The effects of Bulimia on the oesophagus

Patient : I have been struggling with bulimia for over nine years. Is there anything I can take to start to repair the damage i have done to my esophagus. thank you
Doctor :   There are several effects bulimia may have on your stomach and oesophagus including acid reflux, oesophagitis or inflamm ation of the oesophagus, ulceration and delayed gastric emptying. Prolonged inflammation and ulceration over time may lead to scarring. You have made a huge step forward in identifying that a problem exists. The oesophagitis should improve once you stop vomiting or purging after food ingestion. It is important to seek advice and help from your family doctor to continue to fight this illness. He may refer you to a psychiatrist for cognitive behavioural therapy and a gastroenterologist for follow-up, if symptoms do not improve.

Related Q&A

Q: For the past 2.5 years, I've had a problem with swallowing food and liquids. At first I had difficulty swallowing sol...

Q: My boyfriend for the past 10 days has refused to eat. He is currently living off of Gatorade, Protein Shakes Etc. (dr...

Q: What supplements or otc medicines can i take to increase my appetite? Thanks

Q: My friends think I have an eating disorder. I'm not super skinny and I do have extra weight on me (20 pounds to be e...

Q: I have been suffering from mild nausea for about two months, constantly feeling tired and not hungry or thirsty at al...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon