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Blue123
our daughter was diagnosed with AN jut over a year ago and we have been making progress using FBT. We think that she is just within her weight range and she has recently been able to make more food choices herself and we have seen her choosing to have snacks / second helpings for the first time (which has been great) she has however also been plagued with really sore stomachs and is feeling constantly hungry - saying that eating makes her feel hungrier (leading to her wanting to restrict her eating again) does anyone have any experience of this - are we doing the right thing continuing the battle and trying to get her to continue eating, is this a recognised stage and will pass?
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Ellesmum
Hi Blue, 
yes stomach issues are very normal and it takes a while for the digestive system to settle down,  tummy pain, bloating, constipation are very usual.

when the hunger struck I told my d that it was a clear message from her body that it needed this food (and she ate an astonishing amount) it’s not binging, it’s more catching up so don’t show any alarm it will settle down.  Have a look for ‘extreme hunger’. I will caution that some therapists don’t understand this phases, can become concerned and try to pull back, so please don’t allow anyone to remove your child’s permission to eat.   Reassure your child that this is really ok and perfectly safe.  (We had to do a few late night burger runs and more doughnuts than I can tell, pints of ice cream, bar after bar of chocolate) 
Ellesmum
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Blue123
Thanks Ellesmum, my d is really anxious that continuing to respond to the hunger and keeping eating will mean she’ll put on further weight (she put on 2k this week and doesn’t want to put on the same again) and also that it will mean the sore stomachs will continue - I’ll take your advice and try to reassure her and ask her to listen to her body and keep eating
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Ellesmum
If your d is close to a good weight you may find her ED comes roaring back and behaviours get worse before they get better again.   You may also notice she starts to get night sweats (a sign of hyper metabolism)  all normal.   
Heat packs and warm baths can help with the pain.  
Ellesmum
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tina72
Some tend to binge eat at the end of AN so it might help her to just stick to regular meals and snacks and make sure that she eats the right amount but not double 🙂.
The stomach is a muscle like the whole intestine system and it has shrunk and it takes time to grow again. Here the stomach pain went slowly away about 1 year after WR. A warm cushion and some plant meds like Gastrovegetalin helped here. And good digestion with no obstipation (magnesium and vitamin C helps with that).

It is great that she has hunger cues, some do not have them. Try to avoid food that makes her blood sugar level go up and down quickly (stick to food with low glycemic index) and try to avoid food that is hyper palatable.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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scaredmom
Welcome to the forum,
Blue123 wrote:
our daughter was diagnosed with AN jut over a year ago and we have been making progress using FBT. We think that she is just within her weight range and she has recently been able to make more food choices herself and we have seen her choosing to have snacks / second helpings for the first time (which has been great) she has however also been plagued with really sore stomachs and is feeling constantly hungry - saying that eating makes her feel hungrier (leading to her wanting to restrict her eating again) does anyone have any experience of this - are we doing the right thing continuing the battle and trying to get her to continue eating, is this a recognised stage and will pass?


Great job so far!
The fact that she has hunger cues is a positive. The sore stomach can be a normal part of the healing as well as the hunger. Do you feel she could eat more at each meal to help the hunger? I wonder if she needs more food overall. It may get better over time. Is the pain severe enough to warrant medical investigations? Is it anxiety that is making some pains worse? ( I feel my anxiety in my stomach).
Do you feel she needs to gain more weight? The fact that she is worried about more weight gain, makes me a bit concerned that she may actually need more weight.  

Please read around the forum and ask us anything you wish. We all desire to assist you in any manner we can.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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scaredmom
I found this thread. There may be something there that is useful to your situation.
https://www.aroundthedinnertable.org/post/extreme-hunger-in-daughter-9481721?highlight=hunger&pid=1301849744
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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Mamaroo
Hi, the constant hunger is very normal, even the men in the Minnesota semi starvation experiment experienced this. I would add protein and fat at every meal and snack time and have all meals/ snacks at the same time every day.
D became obsessed with exercise at age 9 and started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. View my recipes on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLW6A6sDO3ZDq8npNm8_ww
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