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#21 portions for foxes

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 11:18 AM

I used to be an adult special needs teacher and one of my students did this frequently. He had severe autism so I speculate that there was a sensory element to it. At lunch time, he would sit there regurgitating and re-chewing and re-swallowing his meal, over and over. He also used to just throw up whenever something didn't suit him. He was non verbal and had not learned many more socially appropriate ways of communicating so had to use a collection of somewhat "challenging" behaviours in order to tell us what he wanted.

When I first realized this had a name, I read that experts believe it occurs most in infants and adults with below-average IQs.

I suspect most adults with above/average IQs who have this hide it.
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Posted 29 November 2014 - 12:23 PM

Gotta deal with it though.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 12:50 PM

Routine purging over the last decade has made my food come up involuntarily every time I eat. 

I swallow it back down because I've been trying to quit purging altogether, and I hope this will make my body realize that it isn't actually supposed to reject food every time.


When I purge, there's no gagging or heaving.  I just bend over and it comes up.

This regurgitation is a lot like that, but I don't bend over.  I'll just be sitting there and it comes up my throat and into my mouth, like bubbles in a bottle of soda that gently overflows when you open it.


At first, I swallowed it down over and over for hours until it stopped coming back up.

Now it stops coming back after like an hour.


I had to purge Thanksgiving though (we ate on Thursday and Friday b/c split families), and I hope I'm not back to where I started.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 12:53 PM

When I first realized this had a name, I read that experts believe it occurs most in infants and adults with below-average IQs.

I suspect most adults with above/average IQs who have this hide it.


I read this as well last year when I was told that's what was happening. It's completely involuntary. I'm obviously not an infant, and my IQ scores have always been on the "gifted" side (not tremendously outstandingly high, but the norm for gifted I guess). I've also had several things in which I fall outside of the statistical norms. Supposedly mine was attributed to GERD, but my GERD-symptoms weren't exactly GERD - it was stressed induced rumination. It comes and goes.

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 07:46 AM

SO let's talk about regurgitation. Do you do it? How long have you done it for? Why? And most of all, have you had any goddamn success in making it stop?

Okay, so it developed last year during recovery actually. I don't really know why I started doing it, partially because the food itself struggled to stay down and partially because it meant I could, you know, eat the food again and again and again... From there it's pretty much developed into a really compulsive habit. I do it without even registering fully what I'm doing. I just drink a small amount of liquid when I eat and it comes up really easily when I lean over. 
When I focus on trying to make it stop, it gets really hard to. I always thought I had it under control until I tried to stop doing it. What helps most is when I stay completely upright, don't drink a thing with my meal and don't tense my abdomen muscles at all

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 04:11 AM

For me rumination is totally involuntary. It almost feels like a burp coming on and then the food comes up. I don't re chew and swallow it I spit it out. Purging for me on the other hand is totally voluntary as in fingers down the throat, tickle the fancy throat ball and up it comes.
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Posted 25 December 2014 - 04:53 PM

I began getting rumination recently... and I'm trying to recover. I feel disgusting when it happens. I like seeing that I'm not the only one. However, I'm also sorry you guys go through this too


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Posted 26 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

I feel slightly uncomfortable because I thought this happened to everyone and I ventured out of the rant room and found it on an ED site when I thought it was normal.

Back to the rant room, I go. I am not ready to admit yet another difficulty between my brain and food.
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Posted 14 January 2015 - 02:31 AM

I never have been able to hold down food. I was lactoss intolerent and didn't know it so I've thrown up a little everyday since i was seven. Greasy foods have problems staying down too. If I don't have a reason or means to get it out, I'll keep swallowing it till it stops trying to escape.

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 03:40 AM

I am able to do this just by pushing the food up if I've eaten alot and had lots of water. Most of the time It happens mid convo or like walking down the street etc. when I can't actually run away to purge otherwise it makes purging a whole lot easier. 



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 01:25 PM

I had a friend who did this. She would count how many times she chewed her food regurgitated it and rechewed it again, some times it would cause her to vomit. She said that she started when she was a toddler, but it was more of an OCD thing to ward off things she didn't want... idk I haven't seen her in a long time so I could have it wrong but I've def seen a lot of people who do a lot of uncommon things, this is not that uncommon. 

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 08:28 PM

I did not know this was a disorder and I was actually really really excited to hear this because I've dealt with this my whole life and I've never once purged? I just always have done this out of habit. 

I was so excited to know I wasn't just some weirdo alone in the world re-eating my food or spitting it out.

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 05:57 PM

I struggle with this it started after I tried hands free purging in "recovery" I wish I never knew how tho I hate it but also like it I know it's gross but I don't know how to stop

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 09:55 PM

I don't know much about it. Hopefully this doesn't offend...is it hands free that it comes back up? Is it controllable or uncontrollable?

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