Hi everyone, I am new here and I am 25 this year. If you have a moment, I would appreciate your advice on the situation I am going through at the moment.
I am in NYC in the United States but I guess there is a lot you guys can relate to even though the health care systems are different.
My pain started in August this year but it has been constant since its start (before that my life is literally pain-free). I noticed I have been feeling nauseous in April this year and discomfort during menstruation has kept getting worse since April as well. I have had ultrasound, CT scans, and colonoscopy, all came back clear.
I have a diagnostic lap scheduled for Nov 25th (haven't discussed with the doctor what she will do, will have a meeting with her on Nov 13th). For this surgery, I only need to pay $100 since it is covered by my insurance.
However, I feel like I couldn't trust her 100% so I looked up online and found a top endo specialist in nyc but he is out-of-network (which means I will pay between $3000 - $4000) for the procedure since my insurance does not fully cover his service. This specialist uses excision and has unbelievably high recommendation here. He will treat you right at your first lap. He will enlist a bowel surgeon if he thinks it is necessary for the first lap. Given I feel I have bowel issues this idea really sells to me.
I am in a bind. What should I do? I heard that your first lap is important and I don't want to go through multiple laps. However, that is a lot of extra money to pay and I am still a student.
I appreciate your advice and I hope you will feel better soon! x