User’s Guide | Rules | Contact a Moderator | Registration or Login Problems? | Eating Disorders Learning Center | F.E.A.S.T.



Custom Search of F.E.A.S.T. and Forum Content:
Register Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
nerd

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 40
Reply with quote  #1 
So my friend has had AN her whole life. There were years she wasn't symptomatic, but no matter how much weight she's lost (she's been at a 13.9 BMI) she never lost her period--and wasn't perimenopausal or on hormonal contraception, etc. Her dr. said that happens a lot--so why do we never hear about it? And does that always mean the other systems aren't affected?
Thank you~*
nerd

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 40
Reply with quote  #2 
Now, she is in peri-menopause or menopause, and has gained weight. It's a good thing, but very, very frustrating for her. She fluctuates from 93-112 lbs and is at about 108 right now, and she's between 5'6.5 and 5'8 .
Foodsupport_AUS

Avatar / Picture

Lead Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,116
Reply with quote  #3 
The reason absent periods was taken out of DSM V for diagnosis of AN is exactly this. Some women do continue to have periods despite being at a very low weight. Does this mean other systems are not affected? Of course not, why should it? Bone density can also be affected even though periods have continued. 
I am not quite sure what you mean by your second post. Your friend still seems to be very underweight. Are you saying her periods have now stopped? It is hard to advise what this means or the issues for your friend and realistically I would suggest she should get some advice from an endocrinologist or obs/gyn experienced in eating disorders. 

__________________
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
nerd

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 40
Reply with quote  #4 
You always hear these oversimplified: the reproductive system is the 1st to go, since it's not essential, and if it's not affected, neither is anything else.
BS, probably.
No one has ever thought to give her a bone density test. Weird.
Yes, she is still underweight, but she is distressed about the gain, and has already attempted suicide, even recently.
Since she is at menopausal age, she assumed that that's why the periods stopped. Not sure I can drag her to any doctor besides a psychiatrist, but will try to find an affordable one and go from there.
Thank you, Foodsupport_AUS.
tina72

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 222
Reply with quote  #5 
Hi nerd,
try to get her to a doctor first. All the tests have to be made. Losing period is just one symptom of AN and its very different. Some people get it back by weight recovery, my d got it much earlier (at half the way up). Its just one sign, not the only one.
Its normal that she is distressed about gaining weight. If she has a long AN history, its even more difficult.
If there is nobody there who is able to help her, she would not get it on her own.
Tina72
Heretolearn

Avatar / Picture

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 81
Reply with quote  #6 
My daughter at her lowest weight still got her periods, giving us a false sense of security. In her case we learned a period while on birth control pills isn't considered a true period. She needed to go off of them and then we began the wait....her labs were the true story. Production of estrogen so important to everything!
__________________
Heretolearn

A mother here to learn.....
D diagnosed/hospitalized for 2 weeks January 2013 --Accepted as a patient at Kartini Clinic--IOP for 12 weeks--Discharged from Kartini summer of 2014. WR June of 2013--Our daughter embraces recovery and is reclaiming her life with wins large and small!
nerd

Caregiver
Registered:
Posts: 40
Reply with quote  #7 

Yes, my friend had true periods up until menopause, which appears to be now. Sometimes she'd have a period and 2 other "periods" during the same month.
She is almost 50 and has started having regular hot flushes and flashes, no matter how much she eats--which she is grateful for, since she usually runs cold. (I know refeeding can cause hypermetabolism, but the power surges and night sweats are not from that, as she eats about 1100-1500 cals a day vs. 3,000 or so in IP.)

Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.

F.E.A.S.T. Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to maintaining the Around the Dinner Table forum as a FREE service for any caregiver of a loved-one with an eating disorder.

P.O. Box 1281 | Warrenton, VA 20188 USA

US +1 855-50-FEAST | Canada +1 647-247-1339 | Australia +61 731886675 | UK +443308280031 

This forum is sponsored by F.E.A.S.T., an organization of parents serving parents and caregivers of patients of all ages with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. Information and advice given on this forum does not necessarily represent the policy or opinion of F.E.A.S.T. or its volunteers and is meant to support, not replace, professional consultation.

F.E.A.S.T. is registered as a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Community Rules | Forum Rules | F.E.A.S.T. Principles | YMadmin | WTadmin
Custom Search of F.E.A.S.T. and Forum Content: