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Tica
hello there, my d (15 years old) is just reaching a more appropriate weight after 9 months of refeeding, in which progress unfortunately wasn’t consistent throughout. I’d like to know if others have experienced frequent urination as a symptom? I’m wondering if it might be anxiety related. She goes every hour, often needing a wee at awkward times/places eg having left the theatre at 10.30pm having weed before and during the show, she then decided she desperately needed to wee, so had to go in the car park before getting in car, in dark and rain! It’s a bit like having a younger child again. Also she is farting a lot and she is bothered by it because they smell strong, it is embarrassing for her and she worries about the social impact. Hoping it will pass but it has been going on for some time now...any thoughts? Thanks 
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tina72
My d had more frequent urination but not that often. But she needs to get out in the nights until today (year 3 of recovery). Maybe it would be worth to check that with a specialist? Maybe she has an infection?

For the farking, that is quite normal as there is often a lot of air in the system. You can give her some plant meds to get rid of that air in the stomach and it will stop. Or something that they give babies against air in the system, it is called Lefax here.

Digestive problems got better here about 1 year after WR but are still there now and then. AN has a really bad impact on the digestive system, it takes long to heal that.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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scaredmom

hi Tica, 
 Frequent urination can be due to many things and not necessarily ED. Are there associated symptoms like:
1: Drinking a lot of fluids as she is very thirsty?
2: Does she need to get up to pee in the middle of the night?
3: Is it a significant volume?
If so those are very concerning and she should be seen by a doctor soon. One thing that comes to mind is diabetes.
The gas also could have many reasons and not necessarily a pathological problem unless there is significant diarrhea constipation or blood.

Have you discussed with her doctor?

That is where I would start and I am more concerned about the urination and if no medical issues noted, then yes, could be anxiety, I guess.

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
Just thinking about the gas.
chewing gum a lot can cause aerophagia ie swallowing gas, this can lead to more gas in the GI tract and hence more gas overall. 
People who speak for a living like teachers also may swallow a lot of gas while talking and so can have a lot of gas too.
just throwing ideas out to think about.
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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Ellesmum
We have a LOT of gas here, it’s quite unbelievable sometimes and not very pleasant but I feel it’s pretty normal as the digestive system heals and gets used to food (and a great deal of it) 

my d does pee a lot but then she also drinks a lot too.  The urinating might be worth getting checked if you feel it’s excessive.
Ellesmum
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sandie
We had frequent urinating at start of refeeding. I think this was related to history of fluid restriction and then with refeeding starting to drink much more than previously. It has settled.
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Foodsupport_AUS
It does sound as though she should be checked out, to exclude those more significant issues. Other thoughts include anxiety, is she purging small amounts every time she goes? 
To work out what is normal a lot of professionals well get people to keep a bladder diary - measuring the volume of all drinks and measuring the volume of all pees for three days. It can given them a lot of information about whether the cause is too much in, bladder function/ anxiety/ stress etc.. If she can get normal function when she has to do the diary, then you know it is likely to be stress related. 
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.
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