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For the past few weeks I've been purging meals about 3-4 times per week, usually only when I feel I've eaten too much and feel uncomfortable. Is this a problem worth bringing up to tdoc? It doesn't feel like a problem, but then again I haven't had ED issues since I was a teenager (that was a while ago). Is there such a thing as purging that isn't problematic? 

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Yes!  Definitely bring this up with your tdoc!  I believe it is a problem.  So many things can happen as a result of purging.

I don't think there is such a thing as purging that isn't problematic.

I put these links in another thread but I will bring them up here also.  They refer to bulimia and anorexia, but focus on purging.  Aside from electrolyte imbalance (especially potassium), here are other complications that can happen:

http://www.healthline.com/health/bulimia/effects-on-body

Here are pictures about teeth, something that scared me out of making purging an option: 

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/bulimia-teeth

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders

http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/anorexia-nervosa

So I would definitely bring this up with your tdoc.

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  • 2 weeks later...
4 hours ago, aura said:

I haven't said anything yet and things have just gotten worse. I'm going to bring it up next time I meet tdoc.

I'm glad you are going to bring up what you've been going through next time you see your tdoc.  Eating disorders are hell, and if this is caught early enough there is a better chance IMO of changing your mid-set.  I didn't think changing the mind-set was possible after about 17 years (into the 20 years I had one).  But it happened.  So I really hope your therapist gives you some good suggestions too (like Jarn said in above post).

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