Hi and welcome to the boards, I found that it was a mixed emotion getting a dx, relief that it was not in my head but frustration that it is here for keeps. I saw prof G through a consultants referral NHS my son saw him privatey after my dx and was seen within 3 weeks. my Daughter was referred by G.P to Prof Grahame 3 weeks ago for NHS appt. on the back of both my sons and my dx, we anticipate quite a long wait for her appt. as the NHS list is quite long but as Prof G has already seen 2 of us and we already know what the dx will be for her, however having the dx will give access to specialised physio, podiatry orthotics ot etc. especially as the physio needs to be done by someone with a knowledge of HMS. If you want a private appt. you would normally need a doctors letter, My son didn't have a letter but when I phoned I explained that I had already seen Prof G and an appt. was made over the phone. If you do go the private route I can pm you the details.
The decision is totally your with the do I or don't I need a diagnosis, but if you have read the info on hypermobility and you sort of fit the picture then seeking further confirmation will also help you to look after your joints and build up muscle strength. at 46 I am only recently diagnosed but had hypermobile joint issues all my life causing a lot of pain that was often dismissed, and now having abused my joints through ballet gymnastics and various other activities I now hav early onset arthritis, maybe if I had known earlier I could have adjusted what I did to give the joints less wear. But know it has meant that my children are seen and have access to the appropriate services.
The bottom line is I am glad that I am officially diagnosed for both myself and my children.