Our expert says:
Dear Anxious Friend
I too am most concerned about your friend. I trust that she is at least receiving medical treatment for the Bronchiectasis and the severe gastric reflux? In addition she needs to be under the care of a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) to help her with a diet that does not worsen the gastric reflux. For information about gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, click on 'Diet' at the top of this page to access the 'Diet section of the Health24 site' and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read article 195 on 'GASTRO-OESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GORD) & DIET'. If the dietitian also finds that your friend has psychological problems (e.g. fear of eating because of pain, etc) then she may benefit from treatment by a clinical psychologist (ask her dr to refer her).
I do hope you will be able to help your dear friend.
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