Anorexia and the Doctor

Anorexia and the Doctor

The doctor’s visit:  the doctor is an essential part of the treatment team with Anorexia. This  doctor may also need to make appropriate referrals such as to an Endocrinologist  and/or a Cardiologist.

See a  doctor that is familiar with eating disorders

What to expect at a doctors visit: People suffering from anorexia nervosa should expect a  doctor to gather and assess the following information (please note, this list  may not be inclusive. It is a general guideline).

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Pulse
  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature
  • Changes in skin and hair quality
  • Obtain blood-work and a urine sample
  • Gather evidence, through observation of tooth erosion, dehydration and esophageal tears.
  • Ask about menstrual regularity

Lab  tests are likely to include:

  • An electrolyte panel
  • A blood cell count
  • Blood sugar levels
  • A thyroid test
  • Creatinine
  • Blood Area Nitrogen
  • Urine specific gravity
  • An EKG
  • A dexiscan — To check for bone strength and density (After 6 moths with this illness).
  • For males testosterone and gonadotrophin level should be checked

Depending on his or her  health, a person in treatment for an eating disorder may need to have a doctor’s  check-up once a week, or once a month. Eating disorders have devastating  medical consequences. Therefore, it is critical that a person in recovery has a  medical doctor help monitor the patient. Sometimes hospitalization is  required.

If you think you suffer from anorexia, we strongly encourage you to seek treatment. You will need to work closely with a doctor and a mental health therapist. You do not have to go through this alone. Help is only a phone call away.