When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you (or someone you care about) have been
anorexia nervosa and:
- Are not able to pass urine.
- Have a
pounding heartbeat, skipping heartbeats, or a slower-than-normal heart
- Have been fainting.
- Have severe belly pain; are
vomiting up blood; or have black, sticky (tarry) stools. These signs may mean
that there is bleeding in the
digestive tract .
- Have severe pain anywhere
in the body, such as the joints or torso.
Call your doctor if you (or someone you care
- Have signs of anorexia, including rapid weight
loss, eating very little, and being overly concerned about weight and
- Have lost a lot of weight and cannot stop losing
- Are fearful of gaining even a small amount of weight, and
this interferes with eating healthy meals.
- Notice that you are
secretive or lie about your eating habits.
- See yourself as fat and
feel that you must diet, even when other people say you look too
- Have been making yourself vomit or are abusing laxatives or
- Are female and are not having
menstrual periods when you should.
- Feel the need to exercise a lot,
and do not give yourself healing or rest time when you are injured or
- Have been diagnosed with anorexia and feel
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see
approach. Watchful waiting is not a safe way to handle a possible eating
Getting early treatment improves your chances of
Who to see
The following health professionals can help diagnose
or treat an eating disorder:
For severe anorexia, starvation, or life-threatening
mental health problems, getting treatment in a hospital or an eating disorder
treatment center is needed.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.