Australia Endometriosis sufferer sent home in agony after three-day wait for surgery

09:59  02 august  2018
09:59  02 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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A woman with endometriosis was sent home in agony after waiting in a NSW hospital for three days to have surgery that was never performed. When 31-year-old Anna Hunt was admitted to Orange Base Hospital in regional NSW last Friday she was in excruciating pain.

The first couple of days it was, but in the long run I far prefer that to the three days of pain every single month. I have pelvic organ prolapse now after so much surgery and it crushed my self-esteem. “The medical profession are too quick to call for a hysterectomy”. As an endometriosis sufferer

a woman smiling for the camera: Ms Hunt has been admitted to hospital three times in the last six weeks due to excruciating pain associated with endometriosis. (Photo: Ms Hunt)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt has been admitted to hospital three times in the last six weeks due to excruciating pain associated with endometriosis. (Photo: Ms Hunt) A woman with endometriosis was sent home in agony after waiting in a NSW hospital for three days to have surgery that was never performed.

When 31-year-old Anna Hunt was admitted to Orange Base Hospital in regional NSW last Friday she was in excruciating pain.

“I was barely able to walk. My pain level was pretty much a ten out of ten. I was just in the foetal position basically,” she told nine.com.au.

It was the third time the young mother had been admitted to the hospital in six weeks because of the debilitating pain.

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There are days when I am physically unable to get out of bed (or, even worse, off the bathroom floor). When I decide to have a child, there is a strong possibility that I’ll need a third surgery if I hope to This move from Nice is so welcome because endometriosis sufferers need to be believed.

Home . Discussion Forums. Women's health. Endometriosis . When I went in after an exam i was sent to do a xray. Then all i know if about 2- 3 doctors Hi guest ☺️. Bless your heart, I read this with tears in my eyes. I'm sitting here in agony , but reading your story is making me tell myself "get a grip!"

Ms Hunt was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago and since then has endured two surgeries to remove cysts on her ovaries and two miscarriages.

The disease causes tissues similar to the lining of a uterus to grow in other parts of the body. In Ms Hunt’s case, this extra tissue has fused her left ovary to her uterus.

After being admitted to the hospital on Friday, Ms Hunt was told she would undergo keyhole surgery the next day so surgeons could investigate why she was in so much pain. They also wanted to remove as much of the abnormal tissue as possible.

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Five reasons why endometriosis sufferers feel guilty (but shouldn’t). After the surgery I was in screaming agony , and ended up at A&E THREE times because the pain was so bad I could not even move. It wasn’t just my periods that were painful; every day was agony .

Back home , Chloe searched for more information about endometriosis on the web In the months after that hospital visit, she took three fruitless trips to the E.R., where a pelvic exam From her first E.R. visit to her surgery , she spent four years waiting for a diagnosis—far less than the average nine.

But, after fasting all day on Saturday, Ms Hunt was told her surgery had been pushed back to the next morning because the operating theatres were all full with emergency cases.

The same thing happened for the next two days. Finally, after three days of waiting, Ms Hunt was told she was being discharged from hospital.

“Each time those in charge of theatre put my case to the bottom of the pile due to it not being urgent enough,” Ms Hunt said.

“Then they said to me on Monday that it would just keep happening because it’s not really considered an emergency procedure.”

“So I was discharged from the hospital and told to go privately as the only way that I will get the surgery needed to give me some kind of relief in the public system is to wait months for elective surgery.”

a car driving on a highway: Ms Hunt said she was disgusted with the care she received at Orange Base Hospital.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt said she was disgusted with the care she received at Orange Base Hospital.

Ms Hunt said she was “disgusted” by the way the hospital handled her case.

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After a failed pregnancy test had eliminated my only logical explanation, my endometriosis hunch resurfaced. I sent my boyfriend the article link. That night, before I drifted into slumber, he turned to meet my eyes. The post- surgical torments barged in the day after surgery .

For eight years Eloise Cage has been sent home from doctors’ offices in crippling pain, after being told her Laparoscopic surgery can remove endometriosis tissue but it can grow back. “The Mirena coil caused me to have agonising contractions every day and I had to have it removed,” she said.

“I understand that emergencies happen. But I just think for me to be sitting there for three days and to just keep getting ignored is not really ideal.

“I left there feeling almost embarrassed and like I had wasted their time, even though I was the one who was sick.”

Ms Hunt said she was advised by one of the doctors at the hospital to make a complaint.

“They said there isn’t a whole lot of awareness around this type of thing and that unless women speak up and do make complaints when this sort of thing happens then nothing is ever going to change.”

Ms Hunt’s experience at Orange Base Hospital came within days of Health Minister Greg Hunt announcing a national action plan to tackle endometriosis last Thursday.

In his announcement, Mr Hunt acknowledged the “insidious” nature of the disease – which affects 700,000 Australian women - and the past failures of the medical system.

“Patients have historically experienced poor clinical care, due to a low level of understanding of the condition, both amongst the public and the medical community,” Mr Hunt said.

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I had a pelvic ultrasound the other day , just waiting for my results to come back. In my experience, a woman with endometriosis gets mind numbing agony during her period. no difference after that and i had to go to the doctor again and this time i was sent for a abdomonal/pelvic ultra sound where i was

“Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and twelve years on average.”

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt said when she was discharged from hospital she was still in a great deal of pain.

“When I left hospital on Monday they told me take Panadol four times a day, Nurofen three times a day and then Endone,” she said.

In a bid to avoid months of waiting to get an appointment in the public system, Ms Hunt said she ended up paying $300 for a private consultation with a surgeon this week.

“I have organised to have the surgery done electively, which will be done in Mudgee in six weeks. I was told to have it done in Orange I would be waiting for five months,” she said.

a person sitting in a park: Ms Hunt, pictured with her eight-year-old son Noah. (Photo: Anna Hunt)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt, pictured with her eight-year-old son Noah. (Photo: Anna Hunt)

Ms Hunt said her endometriosis had been dismissed by other doctors in the past, who questioned whether it was just “bad period pain”, or if she was suffering from depression.

“The tough thing with endometriosis is that it’s really invisible from the outside, unless there is a cyst or something that shows up in an ultrasound,” she said.

“Nothing shows up in a blood test. You don’t have a temperature or anything like that. That’s why it’s a bit of a silent thing and it’s not really taken all that seriously because you are not presenting as sick.”

Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her in so much pain she is unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt): Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her is so much pain she in unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt)© Supplied Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her is so much pain she in unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt) In a statement provided to nine.com.au, Western NSW Local Health District, Orange Health Service Manager, Catherine Nowlan said: “The Orange Hospital is committed to providing all patients the best possible care and apologises for any inconvenience or distress that was experienced by our patient in this case.”

“The patient’s ongoing care has been discussed with her and we will continue to offer any support or assistance that is required.”

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