Edema, or rebound water retention, and alternating periods of dehydration are usually caused by dieting, vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse
. Often the edema is worst when a person initially ceases vomiting and laxatives abuse
completely. Edema can be quite uncomfortable causing a person to return to their destructive behaviors. Your body is trying to seek it’s natural water balance. Patience is needed to get through this tough period.