Not to mention the psychological damage it causes. Just reading this article about the dangerous health effects of bulimia is scary to me.
But Barrett’s esophagus puts you at higher risk for developing esophageal cancer because of changes to the lining of your esophagus caused by exposure to stomach acid, according to the Journal of Eating Disorders. While there is no particular cure for GERD (surgery can cure some but not all cases) a lot of people who have bulimia and acid reflux find that when they start to recover their symptoms significantly reduce and some even report that all previous symptoms of GERD disappear completely.
Trauma, stress and gut health
With repeated vomiting, teeth are permanently eroded and may begin to discolor or change in shape, size or length. They often become weaker, more translucent and brittle. The ends of teeth may become drastically thinner and chip off. Stomach acid coming into contact with veneers and fillings will eventually erode the materials. This destruction of the teeth causes sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, making it painful to eat and drink (Burkhart, 2011).
Like others I had stomach ache as a child, heartburn in pregnancy and a ‘delicate stomach’ thereafter. My baby daughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, and I thought I might be too, so cut out the dairy. Much better! At menopause I started to get constant indigestion, and have just started on a proton pump inhibitor. I know this is supposed to be courageous stories and I am doing my best to be brave.
Through medical treatment and counseling, a person can begin to lead a normal life again. Multiple abnormalities are commonly noted upon dental examination of bulimic patients, making dentists important health-care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
My experience with SIBO
Tuesday rolled around and I was too sick to attend school. A visit to the doctors only resulted in “a virus” so I was told to stay home until I felt better. Too bad I didn’t feel better! As my absences started piling up, I tried to go back to school. but I wasn’t able.
Dental erosion is a frequent finding among bulimic patients due to the acidic nature of vomitus. Erosion is typically most severe on the lingual surfaces of the maxillary anterior teeth. Moderate erosion may also be seen on the lingual and occlusal surfaces of the upper molars.
I am now 43 and had not had any symptoms or issues with heartburn or any other symptom associated with GERD again until 9 months ago. I had trouble with food and it felt like the food was getting stuck in my throat. I went to see an ENT and was treated for acid reflux, but that brought back the memory of my GERD diagnosis some 15 years prior. I went to a gastroenterologist, had an endoscopy done and was once again diagnosed with GERD.
Timing meals and snacks at about 2-3 hours apart tends to make one’s stomach feel less uncomfortable. There is no substitute for food as your medicine.