Many individuals in recovery from an eating disorder may experience ongoing chronic complaints of emotional imbalance, gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain and constipation being common), chronic fatigue, and disrupted or abnormal sleep. There are medical reasons why these problems may be experienced, and holistic support for recovery is imperative. Some aspects which I consider medically when working with clients in recovery from eating disorders are detailed here.
Individuals with a history of an eating disorder may experience symptoms of digestive imbalance throughout their lives. Stress and anxiety associated with food or meal times further contribute to abnormal eating patterns and digestive dysfunction. Digestive dysfunction further contributes to mood disorders and is associated with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as physical symptoms of anemia, hypothyroid, poor immunity, fatigue, skin problems, chronic pain and so much more