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I am trying to recover from an ed. My weight has dropped dangerously low and I am having severe health and emotional problems because of it. I am trying to eat more calories and increase my food intake, trying to get better and not feel and look like crap all the time. The problem is although I am eating more, I seemed to have lost another 3lbs. Is this normal? Do you lose a little before you gain? Also when I do start to gain will I only gain weight in certain places before it all evens out?
 

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I am not nearly as knowledgable about EDs as many other people here, but I would say that 3 lbs doesn't necessarily mean you've lost weight. It could be a normal fluctuations from time of day, clothes you are wearing, how you stood on the scale, your menstrual cycle, etc. I think it might be in your best interest to keep what you need to keep doing for your health and just stop weighing yourself. Let the physician weigh you (are you under a physician's care?).
 

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I am no doctor but I've heard of people losing some more before they gain. Just keep on trying to eat more and eventually the weight will come on...and your health should improve. You should consult with your doctor though to make sure you are doing things correctly. EDs are not easy to live with or recover from, but i dont have to tell you that...but it always helps when you are not in it alone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I agree with Thalia and WildwoodFlowerask your doctor. Maybe it is common for people with EDs to lose some more weight once they try to get healthy, but that might be a dangerous-but-common event, too, and your doctor would know more about what this means.
 

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That sounds like wishful thinking to me.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Also when I do start to gain will I only gain weight in certain places before it all evens out?</div>
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One thing I've noticed about anorexics is they worry about these kinds of things too much. It's a no-brainer. If your weight has dropped dangerously low you need to eat more. And I hope that you are getting professional help.
 

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And I hope that you are getting professional help.</div>
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ditto. immediately. you've a disease, and it needs to be taken care of.
 

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Thank you for all your responses. I will consult with my dr about it and continue to eat more and increase my calories. I am not in treatment yet but I do have some appts scheduled in the next few weeks. As far as it being my menstrual cycle..I havent had one in six months so I doubt its it. Hopefully I'm just losing before I gain. Its not wishful thinking that I lose because I desperately need to gain I need to gain in certain areas where I need it the most first. Thanks again.
 

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It is possible that you shocked your body. Sometimes when people are trying to lose weight (I know this isn't the case), if they stagger their calories, it helps. That might have happened to you.<br><br><br><br>
As for your period, I recommend you look into that ASAP. I was quite ill for a long time, lost my period, and now I have non-functioning ovaries and started menopause in my early twenties. Although mine could not have been prevented - yours can.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and definitely increase your calories. If you aren't hungry, eat calorie dense foods - and start drinking something similar to Boost (unless you drink dairy). It is recommended for weight gain and for returning MUCH needed nutrients to your body. Your poor body is so deprived.
 

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Thanks Laurie for the advice. I'm sorry to hear about your illness. I have been seeing a gyno on a regular basis and have had a couple ultrasounds to check up on my ovaries. They turned out ok but I have painful swollen lymph nodes in my pelvic area that he is concerned about so I am seeing a surgeon next week for a possible biopsy.
 

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hi wildwood flower. I am doing okay. Thank you for asking. I've been eating alot more and trying to deal with the weather. I am having trouble dealing with the cold. I am freezing all the time no matter what. It sucks. Hoping to put on weight soon so I wont have to wear three layers of clothing everyday.
 
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