Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ramifications of Laxative Abuse...

Last night, at the EDH recovery group, we discussed the physical ramifications of having abused laxatives....Bloating & constipation are some of the uncomfortable results of coming off laxatives....What do y'all think about this topic? Any experience with recovery from laxative abuse to encourage others suffering through the consequences and coming off laxatives? Please be careful to share constructively and not pass on unhealthy tips to others who might be vulnerable to suggestion.
But, do share your experience and what has helped you to get past the abuse of laxatives....
thanks.
Jacquelyn

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well I guess I'll start off since I'm the laxative queen! ( I guess this isn't the most popular topic) Well, laxatives were a MAJOR part of my ED. I took them constantly and tricked myself into thinking it wasn't really ED behavior b/c I was just taking pills and then helping my body do what it naturally would be. I think it goes without saying that this is extremely unnatural and very damaging. But because of this delusional thinking, I have thought it would be ok to take laxatives in recovery, b/c it didn't seem as violent or bad as purging and/or starving. This again was untrue and only damaging. I don't really know how I've had some amount of recovery from Laxative abuse, other thatn talking to people about it. Hetting the secrets out. Reading about the damage it truly does to your body, and trying as hard as I can to stop the behavior. On an interesting side note, my brother, who I'm staying with, and I had a long talk about EDs yesterday. He actually went through a bulimic stage, due in part to watching me, during high school, and he told me that he also abused laxatives, but was able to stop once he realized his body was no longer =functioning on its own. Ok, this has been so long and boring, I'm sorry! But I miss you guys. NYC is going well, hanging out here with the health nuts (my brothers), and it hasn't been too much yet. I've been going to lots of meetings and doing yoga, but I miss you guys! I'll see you soon. Please post guys! I'd love to hear how everyone is doing!
Much love,
Megan*

AmandaR said...

Hey everyone!

Well I'm glad Megan said something about the topic. I felt like no one must have struggled with it so I was not going to talk about it. Laxatives was a big part of my ED. Thats what got my parents wondering about me in the 1st place. They found them. Its really crazzy cause I feel the way Megan said in her post. Its not a bid deal if you take them in recovery. I know its not right. Laxatives have changed how my body works and I'm going to have too accept it. Well Im just rambling now so I will stop.

On the other hand....

I will be at group. Im really happy about it. Not geting to come for two weeks has killed me. But I will be there.

I will be send Jeanette a package this week. If anyone would like to send something to her you are welcome to give it to me and I will send it in a big box from all of us. I talked to her a couple of days and she said shes making it. I asked her if she needed anything and she said stamps cause shes really enjoying writing. Well I will see ya'll soon. Have a great week!

*amanda*

eating disorder hope said...

Thanks for commenting, Meagan and Amanda. You both bring up very good points!
Both of you exhibit strong recovery motivation and actions!
Jacquelyn

Anonymous said...

laxatives are dangerous and scary. I read about a lady who had to have a colostomy as a result of abusing laxatives. Not worth it. They don't prevent caloric absorption anyhow, as most of the effect of the laxatives happens at the lower end of the intestines(so I hear).

AmandaR said...

Hi everyone~

I just wanted to see how everyone was doing?! I'm really busy with work but its good. I have been getting up at 4 45 in the morning for the last 4 days but the thing is I cant sleep so I am running on nothing. It sucks. I am going to the family doc and eye doc again on Wen to get me back on all my meds cause I had taken myself off. I have to get my eyes ck cause I stop wearing my contacts so now my head is starting to hurt. So thats going to be a big day about seeing what the doc says about my meds. I know this topic is about lax and I know that they are bad but I will have to say that they are a daily struggle for me. Not a lot of people are talking about this topic but oh well. I wish I could just cold turkey it and not take them but it just does not work that way. My tip on this is from the begin. know they dont work and just never take them. It sucks but I guess I will live with it. My therapist (Carla) last week told me to try not to take as many everyday but wow is a mind thing its hard. Sorry Im rambling, so I will get off. If anyone still struggles with lax your not by yourself in the group I know its not a really cool topic to talk about so I understand why a lot of people did not really talk about it. So I guess I will go so I dont keep boring you.

eating disorder hope said...

Hi Amanda,
Thank you for bravely sharing your experience. I know a lot of individuals that have struggled with laxative abuse as part of their eating disorder. It is a tough habit to break, and yet the sooner one does, the sooner one's body can begin healing. I admire your being honest with your therapist about your struggles with this issue, and it sounds like you are really wanting to get past this chapter in your life, go on to college, and continue to bloom into the beautiful young woman that God has created you to be........all without the ball and chain of an eating disorder holding you back. You can do this!
J.

Anonymous said...

I am back everyone....kinda. I am in day treatment program at the hospital and I stay in a hotel overnight and the hotel has internet. So I am back kinda. I miss you all so much. I have my cell phone back too. My potassium is still out of control but insurance thinks I can do this on a day patient basis and get hocked up everyday to an IV. It stinks but oh well what can I do. I miss you all so much. Thanks for all the support.

Jeanette

kimander said...

Hey Jeanette, it's great to have you blogging again. Group has missed you. The sudden change of events must be maddening. To finally make the decision for in-patient treatment, and then have the insurance company tell you what the best treatment for you is outrageous. They are just another big business looking at the bottom line. I know it's hard; but stay focused on health and happiness.

kim

Anonymous said...

One of the most troublesome way to go through life, is having to deal with an eating disorder. Thank you so much for putting up this blog to help others learn more about the dibilitating facts of these eating disorders

Cheryl Myers said...

I had my colon removed over ten years ago from laxative abuse. When they took the main ingredient out of EXLAX and swiped them off the shelves, my colon never worked again. For five months, nothing moved. They tried everything, but they had to remove it. Even after all of that I sill tried abusing them again after surgery. I felt stupid going through all that so I never did it again.

Anonymous said...

I had an ileostomy after decades of laxative abuse. I now have a bag. It was a drastic solution but my colon had lost the ability to function without large quantities of senekot. I advise anyone abusing laxatives to stop before it is too late.

beek74 said...

I am one of those people. I started abusing laxatives when I was 14, and took a ton of them. I also vomited. I quit for a little while in high school, but when I went away to college, my laxative abuse went into overdrive. I hated taking them, because they made me feel so sick, but I would take them anyways, because it made me lose 10 pounds overnight. I knew that it was just water weight, but I figured since the human body is like 90% water, that was good enough for me. After abusing them for a little while (while still in high school) I developed rectal bleeding and stomach pain. I was diagnosed with colitis. I stopped using the laxatives at that time, and my symptoms went away. I stopped my colitis meds after awhile with no problems. Then in college, when I started back up, I wasn't having bleeding that I could tell, but I became anemic. I tried to quit laxatives, but ended up using them sporadically until after I had my colon removed. I now have an ileostomy. I used laxatives once after the surgery, and it made me sick, but no weight loss. I can't guarantee that I would not have developed colitis without abusing laxatives, anything is possible, but I know there is a link in my case.