First of all, thank you to you all for sharing your experiences, I'm new to this forum and it has helped me to find more info and understand condition better.
I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst (6cm) and suspected endo in April this year having gone to my GP with severe bleeding during my periods and excruciating abdominal pain. I've had a few more appointments back and forth between the Gyne department and the ultrasound scans (my cyst is now over 10cm) and finally been given a provisional date for laparoscopic surgery for November this year.
In the meantime, I have to live with constant pain on my left, pain when opening my bowels and not able to have intercourse properly. I was admitted to A&E last week with pain all over my abdomen but CT scan only revealed my large cyst. Since pain decreased, they sent me home with no further treatment (except one of the gyne doctors that, when asked if I could go privately, seemed more concerned about getting me the number of his private secretary than on relieving my symptoms now.
Is this a normal waiting time (April-November) for a laparoscopy? I think they may be breaching the 18-week referral to treatment policy, but don't know how to raise this.
I am exploring the private option in the meantime as I can't continue with my pain and discomfort, but I would like to know if anyone has had long waiting times in the NHS -and how to raise this, if possible- and any downsides of going private (NB. My sister was born in a private hospital but there were complications during birth, so she -and my mum- were rushed into an ambulance across town to the closest public hospital. Never used private insurance since).
Thanks for your help.