Written by a patient
7th July 2020
I attended the A&E three times with lower abdominal pains. I was hospitalised for one week and even though I was reviewed by a registrar and head of Gynae; I discharged with no diagnoses. During that week, I was seen by 8-10 doctors and every each one I saw had a different approach and a view of what my pains may be related to. In the following couple of weeks after my discharge, my pains worsened and my first routine appointment with the Gynaecology department was booked for 3 months later and my appointment with the Endoscopy department was not even booked. The Gynae department cancelled and rebooked my appointment a few times. I contacted the department as this was not a pain I could survive for 3 months and I asked for my MRI to be reconsidered. Once they reviewed my MRI, I was asked to come in urgently by one of the senior doctors. When I attended I had an ultrasound scan and I was told that I had lost an ovary… “likely to have suffered a torsion whilst I was initially in pain” and either could wait for things to get better (?! if they would ever just get better) or have an urgent operation. The doctor who saw me was due to be on annual leave and had squeezed me in after reviewing my MRI. It felt as if he just wanted to go on his holiday. I was in a cold hospital room, half naked, unaware of what may be happening and the doctor carrying out my scan just casually said that I had lost an ovary! This was a very sad and shocking experience. The whole experience was upsetting. I had been pain for weeks and no-one told me what the saw on my MRI properly. Lucky for me, I had an emergency operation with Dr Mohamed Mabrouk who carried out a successful operation and unfortunately, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis.