Anorexia Nervosa - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you (or someone you care about) have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and:
- Are not able to pass urine.
- Have a pounding heartbeat, skipping heartbeats, or a slower-than-normal heart rate.
- 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 about):
- Have signs of anorexia, including rapid weight loss, eating very little, and being overly concerned about weight and appearance.
- Have lost a lot of weight and cannot stop losing weight.
- 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 thin.
- Have been making yourself vomit or are abusing laxatives or diuretics (bulimia).
- 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 exhausted.
- Have been diagnosed with anorexia and feel dizzy.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. Watchful waiting is not a safe way to handle a possible eating disorder.
Getting early treatment improves your chances of overcoming anorexia.
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.