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Hm, high white blood cell count.. I don't know. You should ask a doctor about that.

They can't give you anything to help repair the damage to your throat. If you stop purging, it can heal itself, but it takes time. If they find other things, like electrolyte imbalances, I'm not sure what they would recommend. There are some supplements.. but I think it would only work if you're not purging. But it would be a real wake-up call for you, that you need to stop this now because your heart is at serious risk.. and it could be proof to your mother that you're really sick, as well. As far as meds to make you stop purging.. as far as I know, Prozac is the only med out there that is sometimes prescribed to help patients with bulimia. It wouldn't *make* you stop, but it could maybe help take the edge off when you are trying to stop yourself. But if you are against taking meds like that, it is totally your decision and no doctor should force you to take them (if they try, get the heck out of their office).

It is NOT a lost cause to try and get better! It's because of your ED that you have a distorted self-image. I have one too. Sometimes you just have to trust that you are not seeing things right and your mind is lying to you. I'm not very good at it yet, but it takes practice. That is where therapy can help. You know the purging isn't good for you and you know you want to stop and it is ultimately up to you to stop. But therapy can help you deal with the emotions you'll go through when you're trying. I can help you figure out why you do it in the first place. It can help you to stop listening to that ED voice and seeing through ED eyes. Takes loooooots of practice. I'm definitely not there yet, but I'm trying. I just think you're really awesome and I don't want to see you give up on yourself or put off recovery until you're REALLY sick. Does your school have an ED support group? It may take some searching around, but I bet it does. The group I go to has helped sooo much in more practical ways than therapy has. The girls there have ideas on how to stop negative self-talk, how to keep from slipping back into ED behaviors on a bad day.. that sort of thing. It's good to have a real conversation with someone who knows exactly what you're going through.

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