Hi, I've been reading so many posts here where our girlies have been heading off to the GP because of ongoing pelvic pain, heavy periods and it's been going on for years with no diagnosis. Here's an example situation. Can you spot what's wrong with it? You are in agony with pelvic pain and head back to the GP, explain your ongoing problems and maybe this time he refers you again to a gynae. Question- What's wrong in this example? Answer- YOU should already know before you go to see your GP which gynae you want to see and ask for the referral. Tips:1. NEVER wait for a GP to suggest a referral. Ask for one and name the gynae you want to see. You remain in control instead of allowing your GP to dictate the pace of your diagnosis and treatment. You DON'T need to "watch and wait". There are treatments available to help you right now but it's dependent on you getting an accurate diagnosis from a specialist centre, not a random gynaecologist at your local hospital.
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH AHEAD OF THE GP APPOINTMENT. Visit the BSGE site and choose the specialist centre nearest you and choose a gynae from those listed on this page based at your centre bsge.org.uk/ec-BSGE-accredi... (Cut and paste into your browser).
3. DO QUEUE JUMP by paying for a private appointment if you have the means to pay (about £250) or get it via private health insurance if you have any. You will still need to see your GP for the referral but you just tell him who you want to see and say you will see them privately
4. Don't be fobbed off with a "watch and wait" suggestion from your GP. The clue is in the title; a GP is a general practitioner, not an expert in endo. The quicker you see an expert, the quicker your situation will improve. If you just stay under the care of a GP they are likely to just rotate you through a list of basic treatment options until they exhaust that list then refer you. It can take years. That's not best clinical practice. And we all deserve the best care, right?
You all deserve the very best care and to get back to normal life ASAP. And your family and loved ones deserve it too. The speed at which that happens is within your control. Whether you remain in the NHS or go private; you can make 100% sure you are getting world class diagnosis, advice and treatment. It's available to all of us. You have to go via your GP to access it, then see the experts straight away. Good luck and get better soon! Xx