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My doctor says I need a transplant.
Dear Dr. Chung,
I have HCV I am 47 years old male. My doctor says I need a transplant. I am taking Enulose for the ammonia levels I am taking Spironolactone for my liver. I am also on methadone 15 mg a day. I am detoxing off the methadone, should I continue taking the methadone, or continue detoxing and be off it totally before I start the transplant process. But as I do the pain in my stomach is getting worse. The doctor gave me hydrcodone for the pain. But it doesn't seem to help much unless I take 3 or more pills Which makes me nauseated. What is normally given for pain for people in my health condition? My platelet count is dropping. My last blood test my platelet count was 68. He said last time it was 88. That was a month ago. I go back in 2 weeks. If I don't get a transplant what is my life expectancy? Also have you heard of a transplant program in New York supposedly at a Mt Saini hospital. That does transplants on HCV patients that are also on methadone. I have no insurance I have been disabled since an accident in 1989. The SSA just now agreed that I am disabled but they say I haven't worked enough in the last ten years to receive my benefits. So I am having to come up with what money I can for my doctors care.
  Dr Chung Writes-  
Mount sinai may do transplants for people in your situation. you may need to stay on methadone to get through this period.
  Dr. Chung      
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