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pettelly

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Hello fantastic people
It's been a while since I've been on this forum but a quick update. My D has now been WR for a few weeks. Periods are back (three already), she's back at school and making great progress. Still some food issues (calorie counting, rigidity) but we've been told they should resolve with time if she stays at the right weight and keeps her calorie intake up and challenges herself to address the behaviours.

Honestly, when we were in the dark months of September, October and November I didn't think we would ever make it out but here we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm so grateful to you all for being there during those horrific times.

Over the last few weeks, D has been developing symptoms of IBS. She's had killer stomach aches which eventually resolve when she moves her bowels, lots of wind, mucus and some blood in the stool. She's lactose intolerant so at first we thought that might be the reason but she's been very careful and still the symptoms continue. From what I read, this seems to be IBS and it may be related to the anorexia? Anyone familiar with this? 


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Hi pettelly,

So glad to hear that your daughter is weight restored and that things are on the upswing with that! Now the trick is to keep her weight restored and also gaining some weight each year throughout her teens. I remember when you arrived at ATDT last fall in a state of panic. You have come such a long way and should be proud of what you were able to do to help your daughter. The rigidity will probably remain for awhile, at least it did in my d's case but you have time to work on that while she is a teen.

So sorry to hear that she possibly has symptoms of IBS. My son, who does not have an ED, has unfortunately also been having some symptoms which may point to either colitis or IBS. He is also lactose intolerant, just like your daughter, so we first wondered whether it was that as well. He went to his GP who advised him to make an appointment to be seen by a gastroenterologist for an evaluation, so we are waiting for that appointment and to find out more. It might be a good idea for your d. to see a specialist if she has not already. I think the blood warrants a dr. visit.

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It is great to see your D is doing so well. IBS is very common with kids with ED, but it is always a diagnosis of exclusion. The mucus and blood in her stool is potentially a sign of something more serious such as inflammatory bowel disease. I would suggest a doctor visit to discuss this just like Kali. 
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Hi pettelly,
Congratulations on weight restoration and the return of the period. My daughter was diagnosed with IBD- ulcerative colitis almost 2 years ago, about 5 month before anorexia. Her main symptoms were blood (lots) in her stool and diarrhea. With your daughter it sounds like she might be having pain from constipation and maybe gas, since the pain resolves with bowel movement. The blood might be from straining. Is her stool hard?


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Hi pettely,

great to hear that your d is WR and doing much better. I missed you here...[smile]
My d had problems with bowel movement and constipation for a very long time. It is just for the last 2 months that it is really better. We added more magnesium and vitamin c and since then she has no constipation any more. She still has a lot of winds (up and down) and sometimes stomach aches. She takes meds on basis of melissa leaves after a heavy meal or a meal with much fiber. That helps a bit. Its name here is Gastrovegetalin.

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hi pettelly,
Great job on the WR!
Bowel movements should not have blood in them. If there is constipation, maybe hemorrhoids but also a more serious issue may be present.  The  terrible pains are also a bit concerning. Please get her checked. There is no harm in that and then you will know
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Glad to hear from you and your wonderful update on your D.   I agree she should be seen by a doctor.  My D was very constipated and her doc recommended Miralax taken daily.  It's a powder that you stir into water.  This really helped my D but please get your doctor's approval before you try it.

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