My mom is 5'6"-5'7" and weighs 80 pounds. She is skeletal and has been for several years. She doesn't eat much; I think I eat more in one meal than she does the entire day. What she does eat, she inevitably throws up within the next few hours. She'll take two bites of a sandwich and then stop. When we urge her to eat more, she'll declare herself full or she'll complain about the food tasting bad.
When we go grocery shopping, we let her buy whatever foods she likes. No go. She doesn't eat much of even her own cooking. Take her to restaurants she likes? She still doesn't eat that much. Buy simple foods that shouldn't aggravate the stomach? If only that was the cure ... she eats like one spoonful of those small tubs of yogurt you can buy individually at the market before giving the rest to me. Happened twice this past week. Apparently they tasted bad. (I wanted to scream at her the second time it happened. It's one fucking small container of yogurt. Even if it tastes bad, can you not finish it?)
She constantly complains about stomach pain, migraines, and heart burn. My dad gives her medication, but she will feel ill if the pills are too large (apparently her throat is small and she says they get lodged in her esophagus and she can feel them stay there for an entire day?) and they don't stay down anyways, because obviously she doesn't take meds with food. She will get up in the middle of the night to vomit. She throws up in the morning too; I've woken up countless times throughout the years to the sound of vomiting coming from the restroom.
We've taken her to the doctor many times already over the past several years. She used to maintain that she had stomach ulcers and couldn't eat much or she'd feel like vomiting. The doctors say they can't find anything wrong with her stomach and have tentatively suggested a psychological issue. She thinks it's stress and anxiety. I have my suspicions that it's just a well-disguised eating disorder and have hinted to her my opinion. She simply snapped back at me, "Do you think I like being this way? I don't have the energy for anything!"
(The basis for my claim = boxes filled with laxatives my dad found in her closet a few months ago. He told me they were prescribed by a doctor, but fuck, you do not keep an entire box of laxatives in your goddamn closet, you keep it in the medicine cabinet.)
Anyways, she loses ~10-20 pounds every time she gets sick. She used to be a less-alarming 100 pounds last year, but she got sick over the winter and lost 20 pounds. She hasn't regained that weight yet. She was sent to the ER a few weeks ago (before I came home for the summer) due to low blood pressure.
Now, I understand TL's not a place for medical advice or diagnoses, but if anyone has had experience with a situation similar to this, let me know. Otherwise, thanks for reading. :/