@RM05MB you're welcome! If my experience helps just one get to the bottom of their issues then that's a good thing.
I understand re being rural (having grown up on a farm 4+hrs from a capital city). It doesn't make it easy, but it's so worth doing, even if you have to re-arrange your life a little bit to get to the city. Get onto it soon if your symptoms have been getting worse. The good ones often have 2-3 month waiting lists for initial consultations. I've found that once I had my initial consult, I could be fitted in for (private) surgery within weeks. If you're closest to Sydney, Brisbane or Adelaide I've come across some great ones worth considering (PM me & I can give you details). Wishing you all the best! xx