Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose primarily because patients usually keep the disease’s signs and symptoms secret. There are, however, some common signs and symptoms that can aid in the diagnosis. Primarily, an eating disorder results in malnutrition and starvation, which in turn causes gastrointestinal issues. Physically a patient will complain of feeling full early, bloating, nausea, acid reflux, abdominal pain, and constipation. People with an eating disorder also often experience fatigue, lack of energy, dizziness, near fainting, and feeling cold. They also can exhibit dry yellowish skin, brittle nails, thinning fine hair on the scalp, furry hair on face, neck, arms, back and legs, as well as purplish-blue hands and feet. The more symptoms a patient exhibits the more a physician should consider an eating disorder as the underlying problem. People suffering from an eating disorder should feel better once proper nutrition and hydration leads to a proper weight.
- 1Eating disorders can really do a number on your gastrointestinal system from the start.
- 2There are a lot of different symptoms to deal with then it comes to eating disorders, like fatigue.
- 3Having an eating disorder can also cause damage and dryness to the skin, like yellow skin
Although there are clear diagnostic criteria for diagnosis of anorexia nervosa in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), there are no such criteria for a diagnosis based on symptoms, signs, and physical exam findings.
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