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Back Pain in bulimia recovery?

by Rose


I'm two weeks into recovery, and lately my back has been aching. This may seem unrelated to the recovery, but I'm also extremely bloated... do you think that the two are related? Perhaps I'm placing more pressure on my back with my stomach sticking outward so much? I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I'm doing everything that I can to ease the bloating (kefir, exercise, small and frequent meals, etc), and I'm actually relatively fine with it knowing that it is not permanent and is a part of the recovery, but the back pain seems to bother me 24-7.

One other thing... Shaye, is there any way that you can send me your recovery book and recipe book? I received the recovery book once but didn't save it or print it out (I will this time), and I'd like to see if there are any recipes that I can make in my dorm room (this may be a little challenging, but it's definitely worth a try!). Thanks.

Shaye Says

Hi Rose!

I'm so happy to hear that you're 'embracing' your recovery bloat! Keep reminding yourself - your tummy is healing and the bloating will go away once the healing work is done :)

To be entirely honest, I haven't heard of back pain during bulimia recovery - and I did a search on it and couldn't find anything...

Although I know that back pain can be triggered during a detox... So, it is a possibility that you are detoxing... Although I must remind you that I am not a doctor, so if you really are concerned about it, or if it is hindering your recovery - I'd get it checked out...

Don't feel shy to tell your doctor just what you told me... If they have any sense, they'll be impressed that you're doing so well with your recovery... They won't judge you :)

I can definitely send you those e-books again... Please drop me an email at shaye(at) and I'll email them through to you!

WELL DONE for taking action on your recovery - I am so excited for you!


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