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Anorexia to over eating with other problems

Postby Ruth Hughes on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:36 pm

I apologise if I have posted this in the wrong area.

I am struggling badly. :cry:
Three years ago I became anorexic for the second time, and was given two hours to live at one point. I followed advice to overcome it, but remained a starvation/binge eater. Over the last six months I have changed to overeating uncontrollably almost every day. My weight has shot up. I cannot help myself.
I am a type 1 diabetic ( for 48 years), long term severe clinical depression, and for over two years have had a tongue problem, which apparently they can do nothing for. My tongue is always dry, my tastebuds are shot, nothing tastes nice, and the tip sort of burns, especially if I eat/drink anything sweet.
I think this may be part of my problem as my mouth cries out for a satisfying taste, regardless of how full I am, I keep eating to try to satisfy, I easily eat 4000 Kc worth of food in an hour or two. :o

I cannot get any help for any of these problems anywhere.
I am wondering if you can give me any advice or where I may be able to get help.
I know the theory of three meals and three snacks daily, but it never helped and I can't do it any longer.

Sorry for the long post, but I am now very desperate.
Thank you
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Re: Anorexia to over eating with other problems

Postby beat Charity on Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:55 pm

Hi Ruth,

Firstly well done for sharing your struggles. It is really important that you feel supported through your eating difficulties. Beat are the UK's leading eating disorder charity and we have a range of peer support groups, online groups and a helpline for you to access in order to get the support you need on your journey.

Beat are a signposting service and will be able to help you find services local to you which will be of help.

If you need to talk to somebody urgently please call our Helpline on 0845 634 1414.

Our website is and here you can find resources and read about the support groups we offer. They are free to attend and self referral groups. We hope to see you at one of these groups and to hear from you soon,

Take Care,

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Re: Anorexia to over eating with other problems

Postby Ruth Hughes on Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:52 pm

Thank you for your reply. There are many factors involved, and I cannot get any NHS help, I am aware of BEAT and shall look at your website, maybe there is help for me after all :D
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Re: Anorexia to over eating with other problems

Postby Gary Turner on Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:52 pm

Hi, I really feel for you. I work with anorexics, including extreme cases. I can only begin to imagine the impact on you.

If you cannot get any help through the NHS there are private routes you can take, and also the charities as mentioned.

You need the right attention, that's for sure, and there is help out there. Please seek can learn to be different...have the hope you deserve...
Gary Turner
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Re: Anorexia to over eating with other problems

Postby Dr Masud Haq on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:53 pm

Thank you for your post.

Eating disorders and type 1 diabetes is very common and can be difficult to treat without appropriate support and help. As this is such a specialist area your diabetes specialist needs to consider referring you to the local psychology team but they really need to have an expertise in this area.

With regards to your altered taste sensation their could be several reasons for this. I would suggest your seen by an ENT specialist.

best of luck
Dr Masud Haq
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Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Hospital
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