I have been thinking about this for some time and have a few things I’d like to say. This is supposed to be a support group. I have noticed for as long as I haven a member here, some of the new members are frightened & lost and are desperate for support. I see a lot of support but I also see a selected few who become medical experts. Too many times I have seen “you need to see a hepatologist “, or “gastro drs only specialize in colon, etc. . I for one, see a gastro. He is specialized in gastro, Hepatology & endoscopy. He is in the Liver Clinic at one of our major hospitals. Drs in that clinic specialize in acute & chronic liver disorders. He treats Cirrhosis & complications: portal hypertension, esophageal/gastric varices, acites & hepatic encephalopathy, plus 15 other liver conditions. So, before any one of you feel your hepatologist is the only Dr who specializes in the liver, think before you slam a gastro. And thank all of you who are so kind & helpful.