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Old 06-03-2020, 09:11 AM   #1
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The Issue is Fluids

So ... I have developed a strange disorder. When I am stressed I deny all liquids and have to keep hydrated eating salads and fruit. If I try to drink anything I gag. I can't find a name for this or any information about it as a separate thing from the other, more well known eating disorders. My doctor says it's understandable, given my history but I don't know. Does anyone else wage a personal war with fluids?

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Old 07-03-2020, 12:03 PM   #2
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So ... I have developed a strange disorder. When I am stressed I deny all liquids and have to keep hydrated eating salads and fruit. If I try to drink anything I gag. I can't find a name for this or any information about it as a separate thing from the other, more well known eating disorders. My doctor says it's understandable, given my history but I don't know. Does anyone else wage a personal war with fluids?

Hey sweet,
This may seem a silly question, but I remember being in hospital once and the lady opposite me had something similar. She was very distressed and couldn't tolerate oral fluids in the slightest. Solids were fine, thicker things like pudding (thick yogurts, kind of thing) were fine and eventually the nurses used something to thicken her squash with so it was a consistency she was able to tolerate. Have you tried anything like that?
I don't know if it would help, but might be worth a shot, maybe?

I'll see if I can find more information for you on how to do it.




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Old 07-03-2020, 09:05 PM   #3
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There's some thickening stuff called carobel I think. that's available online u could try that. I restrict my fluids but for different reasons so haven't had to try any thickening agents . Take care xxx

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There's some thickening stuff called carobel I think. that's available online u could try that. I restrict my fluids but for different reasons so haven't had to try any thickening agents . Take care xxx
Yes! That's what I was trying to think of!




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Old 09-03-2020, 09:28 PM   #6
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It's definitely not abnormal to struggle with fluids when you have an eating disorder. It's actually fairly common (though obviously not ideal). I know when I was in treatment I was not the only one who struggled with it, and I've known other folks online who do too.

Does drinking from a different type of cup help? For example, are you less likely to gag if you use a straw, or a mug, or a to go cup? Are different types or textures of liquids or different flavors easier than others? Are hot drinks different than cold or room temperature drinks?

For me, I really struggle with cold water, but I am okay with hot tea, iced tea, or other things. I have found I can tolerate room temperature water more easily than cold water. I also really hate straws. I also prefer things like smoothies or soups that I can have with a spoon that are higher in liquid content. It may take some trial, but if you have seen a medical doctor and they have ruled out physical causes, sometimes it's more to do with actual anxiety.

Are you getting any support for the mental health side of things?



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Old 21-03-2020, 03:42 AM   #7
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I am getting some help but now that the virus has taken over, all of the counseling and stuff is online, which is far from ideal. I feel better knowing that there are others while I also feel worse knowing that other people are doing this to themselves too. Makes sense?

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Makes absolute sense to me, Heather.

I feel the same whenever I find someone that has the same condition(s) I do and its like "yay someone who knows" and then I feel bad for thinking that because they get it and I know how much pain they must be in.




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