Hi everyone, hope you are all as well as you can be. I had my first banding on Wednesday and feel a bit grotty. Up until now I've been a cirhossis sufferer with minimum treatment other than twice yearly consultant appointments and loads of tablets daily. I'm experiencing the first invasive aspect of my illness and the banding (even though I've read posts on here about it) was pretty grim. Was diagnosed with dilated varicies in April, and had 4 done not the three I expected and I'm having some awful after effects. perminant hiccups, feeling sick, and was dissapointed a patient information leaflet wasnt given to me as to what to expect etc. Was told the banding would make my gastritus worse and I can't have the tablet to lower my portal pressure as my liver wouldnt cope with it. That was my GPs comment. I have been pretty much left to get on with my cirhossis. Whenever Im ill and go to to the doctors I just get told 'its due to your liver'. I am 45, teetotal and live in a rural area in Wales. Have to go back to have more banding in 6 weeks so it seems new varicies are developing all of the time . Gosh, I am feeling sorry for myself today considering there are many of you with such serious liver conditions. I really do feel Im being left to my own devices. Thank goodness for you all and although I dont post much I do read your advice and experiences.