Last Monday I went to the hepatologist for the first time. It was an unusually pleasant experience. Willie went with me. We found the doctor to be very thorough. engaging, and even had a good sense of humor. I was completely relaxed with the whole team at the University of Louisville Digestive Health Center.Also for the first time I found a doctor that would discuss in depth details that I needed to know, rather than talking over my head or not at all or me having to drag it out of him.He put me on Actonel, magnesium, and gave me 1mg doses of pred. for an easier taper.He wants me to continue the taper, but not below 71/2 mg. He ordered lots of blood work, and I see him six weeks, but need blood tests every two weeks. He said I have NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) from the looks of the biopsy report, "fatty liver". I knew that from talking to the GI. . BUT, the hepa doc. is not convinced that I have AIH !!!! That was a shocker as well as a great relief. But, we won't know until the tests are in. He said, and we all know, AIH is very hard to diagnose. He wants to keep me on a low dose of prednisone and most likely add cellcep. He's sending for the biopsy to look at it for himself. I'm so relieved to finally have a hepatologist. I suggest to anyone starting out with liver problems, SEE A HEPATOLOGIST!!. I wish I had gone sooner. I don't think I would have worried so much, or been in so much confusion and fear.I'll keep everyone posted. I was out of town from Tuesday until Fir day. When I got home yesterday I had a message to call his office. I will find out on Monday what that is all about.From what he told me, if it is only NASH, and not AIH also, the treatment will change. It is weight loss and exercise mostly.. definitely a lot easier than steroids. I will hope and pray for the best. Thanks for the love and support that you all give to me. I pray that everyone has had a peaceful, restful and painless day.