DD, absolutely switch to a hepatologist, preferably at a transplant center. about
those 6 mos. of sobriety: Do you know that they have to be DOCUMENTED, usually by attending AA and having a chairperson sign a paper that you attended, the date, the particular meeting and time? You would make up this form yourself. So you may have to start all over again...no big deal since you are not near transplant.
I've had no pain at all with endoscopies. With my colonoscopies, I had a little internal cramping after the last one, which I attribute to polyps they removed. It only lasted a day and wasn't constant or severe.
Back several years prior to transplant, I was encouraged to do treatment (the "combo"), though Mayo knew I was cirrhotic. I didn't pursue it, due to various surgeries I had to undergo. So I imagine you might get different opinions elsewhere. However, if the treatment causes emesis, there would be danger of rupturing the unbanded varices, which could be a life-threatening situation. So I wouldn't do it until those have been eliminated.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 6/14/2013 4:20:53 PM (GMT-6)