My wait for NHS surgery has caused me further pain

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By S

I am one of the record number of patients in England waiting for surgery. Behind the numbers are people in serious distress

My weekend was spent at the Edinburgh fringe watching standup comedians that I love, while sitting curled up in my seat with heat pads stuck to my skin. This isn’t ideal in summer, but I needed the heat pressed against my left side to drown out the agonising pain I often experience. The only way I can describe it is that it feels like my organs are being squeezed as tightly as possible.