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#1 Raiiny

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:01 PM

I've seen a lot of confusion in what this eating disorder is and wether or wether not you have it.

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This is an eating disorder where someone regurgitates their foods, or constantly chews and spits and regurgitates their food. It becomes more of a habit and is extrememelt hard to quit. By technical diagnosises, symptoms have to go in for a month or longer, and sometimes you have these habits and do them so often that you don't even think about doing it, it becomes a second nature. Regurgitation is usually occurred when swallowing the food or right after ingesting it.
This is not just c/s!
C/s is just chewing and spitting food, but it can accompany rumination disorder.
Rumination disorder can accompany many eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia and EDNOS as well as pica.
While rumination IS considered an eating disorder, it is also known to be a motility disorder ( because it becomes like a tic)
There is no standard " behavior" for someone with this
You can Rechew and regurgitate for hours or whilst you are chewing or while the food is in the middle of swallowing or maybe you only do it with certain foods.... any of these things that go on repeatedly but with lack of control is rumination,
But, if you feel like your rumination is " forced" it doesn't mean you don't have it, most of the times it is a known or forced thing but then gradually slips into an unconscious almost act,
Unfortunately, not a lot is known about this ed, and so many people are misdiagnosed with a gastrointestinal problem or other illness or even bulimia, especially if the person has a history of eating disorders or other illnesses or if they have developmental problems.
Rumination is very hard to recover from, but there is treatment, and by that, I me a forcing yourself as hard as you can to not do it and swelling the food if it is recognized that you are regurgitating it. It took me over a year to stop doing it, and 3 years later I still occasionally do it, so you have to work and work at it.
This can cause many esaphagual problems as well as halitosis and acid reflux.
Stay strong everyone, I'm sorry to all those going through this! <3
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Posted 28 May 2017 - 06:54 PM

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 04:26 PM

I think I have this! I've talked to multiple dietitians, psychiatrists, and my psychologist about it and they all said it was just a part of my bulimia. Is this something that can be diagnosed? Or do they overlook it if you already have an eating disorder that causes it (like you said it can be caused by EDs). I've always wondered what caused it, thanks for posting this!


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 04:57 PM

I think I have this! I've talked to multiple dietitians, psychiatrists, and my psychologist about it and they all said it was just a part of my bulimia. Is this something that can be diagnosed? Or do they overlook it if you already have an eating disorder that causes it (like you said it can be caused by EDs). I've always wondered what caused it, thanks for posting this!

Yes it can be diagnosed, and it can be triggered by your current ED
Air depends on your psychiatrist I guess,but just bc you're diagnosed does mean this isn't what you have, and you shouldn't feel invalidated! Maybe try bringin up rumination disorder next time you see them
It is still a very unheard of ED
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Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:32 PM

I have had the issue of essentially 'throwing up' my food after eating with no effort or stomach acid, with no intent or control... it seems to be 'triggered' by foods I think I shouldn't have eaten or simply eating too much, even just drinking too much water. I thought it was caused by damaging my esophagus from bulimia- is rumination disorder what I have? :-0


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:52 PM

Yeah for me it's not like chewing/spitting. This is when you actually swallow the food and it comes back up on its own accord. It's my method of purging actually, so I just view it as that, but I guess if a doctor wanted to diagnose it specifically then I'm pretty sure that's what it is.


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 06:03 AM

so is this the reason I can purge "hands-free"


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:47 PM

this was informative, thank you


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:06 PM

Hm, very interesting.  Never heard of this before but it makes sense.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:15 AM

wow thanks for educating me!  :D


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:20 AM

so is this the reason I can purge "hands-free"


I purge hands free but i wouldn't think it was rumination. For me anyway. Because i have to work at for it to start happening
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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:40 PM

Oh well today I learned something new about myself... so you're implying that naturally being able to purge handsfree isn't a superpower at all? : (((


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:04 PM

OMG. I've been doing this since I was a little, little girl. It has nothing to do with bulimia. Most of the time, I just rechew it and swallow it and to be honest, I really enjoy doing it. I can also purge "hands free" and have always been able to.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

I always thought this was my OCD



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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:56 PM

I've seen a lot of confusion in what this eating disorder is and wether or wether not you have it.

So

This is an eating disorder where someone regurgitates their foods, or constantly chews and spits and regurgitates their food. It becomes more of a habit and is extrememelt hard to quit. By technical diagnosises, symptoms have to go in for a month or longer, and sometimes you have these habits and do them so often that you don't even think about doing it, it becomes a second nature. Regurgitation is usually occurred when swallowing the food or right after ingesting it.
This is not just c/s!
C/s is just chewing and spitting food, but it can accompany rumination disorder.
Rumination disorder can accompany many eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia and EDNOS as well as pica.
While rumination IS considered an eating disorder, it is also known to be a motility disorder ( because it becomes like a tic)
There is no standard " behavior" for someone with this
You can Rechew and regurgitate for hours or whilst you are chewing or while the food is in the middle of swallowing or maybe you only do it with certain foods.... any of these things that go on repeatedly but with lack of control is rumination,
But, if you feel like your rumination is " forced" it doesn't mean you don't have it, most of the times it is a known or forced thing but then gradually slips into an unconscious almost act,
Unfortunately, not a lot is known about this ed, and so many people are misdiagnosed with a gastrointestinal problem or other illness or even bulimia, especially if the person has a history of eating disorders or other illnesses or if they have developmental problems.
Rumination is very hard to recover from, but there is treatment, and by that, I me a forcing yourself as hard as you can to not do it and swelling the food if it is recognized that you are regurgitating it. It took me over a year to stop doing it, and 3 years later I still occasionally do it, so you have to work and work at it.
This can cause many esaphagual problems as well as halitosis and acid reflux.
Stay strong everyone, I'm sorry to all those going through this! <3


I know this is a late reply, but have you lost any weight from it?


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 09:56 AM

I never knew this existed until today!

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:54 PM

Sorry for reviving this a bit but I believe I may have this??? I thought it was just a form of bulimia? It has been going on for -years- and honestly I thought it was hands-free purging for a while. Huh.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 08:02 AM

Sorry for reviving this a bit but I believe I may have this??? I thought it was just a form of bulimia? It has been going on for -years- and honestly I thought it was hands-free purging for a while. Huh.

Have you lost any weight from it?


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 10:04 AM

this is interesting, I'm wondering if I have this.... I don't binge or purge, although I do get full fast and feel sick after normal meals often. When I'm full and I burp, or when I'm lying down or generally not controlling the burp too well (sorry, TMI?) food comes up. I swallow it unless I'm standing over the bathroom sink, then I'll spit it out. I think I've been doing it at least a month (? sorry again) and I'm concerned about my teeth but otherwise it's not a big deal, if I've just eaten there's not much acid.


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