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TOPIC: ESA worry

ESA worry 8 years 8 months ago #55080

Hi,

I am currently on IB, so know that I will be invited to attend a medical for the new ESA. I have MS, my main symptoms are: pain, sensory problems and fatigue, its so difficult, as i can be ok for a while, and then wham!!

I worked full time for 26 years, but was made redundant in 2007, unfortunately, the same time as the diagnosis process. Anyway, I have not been to my GP for sometime, as all he can offer is painkillers (we really zombify me) so, I am a little worried about my recent medical history requested from DWP. Can anyone help?

Many thanks cx

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Re:ESA worry 8 years 8 months ago #55083

cx

A good pace to start, would be to see your GP and ask for his opinion. He/she may be willing to refer you onto to a suitable clinic for a check-up or re-evaluation. If nothing else, maintaining regular contact with your GP, will be recorded in your medical records.

If that fails, you could see whether you could commission a private report on your conditions, although this will obviously incur a cost to you.

Have you been in touch with any of the MS charities, they should have experience with these situations and may be able to advise on other options available to you.

Gordon

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Re:ESA worry 8 years 8 months ago #55085

Hi Gordon,

Thank you so much for your speedy response.

I do actually see my neuro every 6-12months. actually, i will see him in june, also the MS clinic in May. Not sure what help they an be.

My worry is, because there has been limited medication invention so far, the DWP will assume I am fit for work, and to be fair, sometimes I am. Its so hard, confusing and stressful.

Thank you again Gordon, very much appreciated

Clairex

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Re:ESA worry 8 years 8 months ago #55090

Claire

Most clinics and Consultants write to your GP after each visit with an update to your condition, so you may have more evidence available to you than you think :)

You could also have a look at our guides for ESA, these will allow you to start mapping your disabilities to the tests, so you can see which areas, you need more support for. If nothing else it will give you an agenda for discussions with your GP.

Gordon

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Re:ESA worry 8 years 8 months ago #55093

:) Hi again Gordon,

You have really made me feel much better, and more focused. I will do as you advise.

I have been a member on this site for two years I think,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, believe it or not only the second time I have actively use it!! anyway, off to view your guides for ESA.

Thank you so much

Clairex

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