Our expert says:
If you have been bulimic for 14 years, your teeth must be in a bad state because of exposure to stomach acid. I would also not be surprised if your oesophagus and the membranes lining your mouth and your tongue are badly scarred by repeated exposure to stomach acid. Your are probably also suffering from a variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies which will gradually have serious effects, e.g. your calcium intake is probably inadequate so you are a candidate for osteoporosis later in life. I would strongly urge you consult a clinical psychologist (they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you), to help you work out what underlying psychological problems are driving you to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area. If you are in Gauteng then it may help to contact Tara Hospital as they have an Eating Disorder clinic (phone (011) 783-2010. In Cape Town and environs you can contact the Kenilworth Clinic (021) 797-1400 and in KwaZulu Natal there is Riverview Manor (033) 701-1911.
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