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Been awarded 0 points 2 months 2 weeks ago #218285

Thanks your reply.

In terms of the walking, the pain is severe and I have to push through, to lead some form of normal life. I often get cramps in my calf after walking around, almost every night. But I don’t know if that would be enough to support my claim.

If I was to undertake unfamiliar journey’s on my own, without my eldest or mom by my side. I wouldn’t go anywhere due to my umcomfortableness in doing so. Even going to familiar places without a Satnav would cause me distress and a few times the Satnav on my phone has not worked and I’ve had to pull over on the side of the road, trying my might to fix it, because I was not comfortable enough to proceed on my journey, it’s pretty much a safety blanket.

I am have a pain specialist appointment coming up and I’m sure I will get an excercise plan.

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Been awarded 0 points 2 months 2 weeks ago #218294

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Claire

You are not required to walk pain free but any pain that restricts the distance that you can walk should be taken into account.

Specifically for the Moving Around activity, if you are able to walk but you are in severe pain when doing so, then you can argue that your walking is not to a necessary standard and should be disregarded.

The legal test requires you to stand and then move (walk), so if you have problems getting up then you should document these as well.

If you walk slowly then it must take you at least twice the time to cover the 20m as a healthy person would, this could be down to the speed of your walking but could also be the result of having to stop.

You must be able to repeat the distance, so if you could walk it once but not then be able to walk it again within a reasonable timescale then you should be classed as unable to repeat the activity.

I'm afraid I can't tell you how to show your walking is more restricted but things you need to think about is what you can't do, for example what can you walk in your house, how far is the toilet from where you normally sit, things that will count against you are any trips that you make outside, so for example, how do you do your shopping?

You must be able to walk the distance you can, reliably and on the majority of days, both these terms are defined in the PIP Claim guide

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

So you need to explain what you can, how you are limited and why.

The Going Out activity looks at three things.

Planning a route - this is primarily a cognitive or sensory (e.g. blindness) activity. You are being asked about the problems you would have with working out how to get from one place to another, you do not need to be able to follow the route that you are planning.

Undertaking a Journey - this is to do with mental health issues such as agoraphobia and social anxiety and is concerned with you leaving the house to go somewhere, they will be interested in the things that stop you doing this. You need to show that you would suffer "overwhelming psychological distress" to meet the criteria.

Following a route - This activity about the problems you would have navigating a route. So are there problems; cognitive, sensory or mental health issues that would prevent you from doing this? This is different from undertaking a journey, in fact, if you cannot undertake a journey then you will not score points for following one and vice versa.

The terminology you are using is confusing as you refer to being unable to undertake journey but you also talk about being unable to follow a route, you can only score for one of these so you need to decide which, again you must be limited on the majority of days to score.

Gordon

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Been awarded 0 points 2 months 2 weeks ago #218358

Claire, my assessor scored me zero for managing treatment because she concluded that as I can drive and have the mental ability do so several times weekly, I should be able to manage my own medication. Probably true enough but suffering from fibromyalgia too, fibro-fog means I often forget my insulin and depend on my husband to remind me and set alarms

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Been awarded 0 points 1 month 2 hours ago #221095

I have been away trying to compile my MR, then to find out they had already done it before I sent my officially response. Anyway it actually worked in my favour, because they gave me an extention and I have been formally diagnosed with Fibro.

I have also put in an appeal to the courts, so if they don't revise this, I am in the long standing queue, trying to get the help I so desperately need.

I will say before this experience, I hated the way the government treated the vunerable in society, paticularly the disabled & to be honest I never thought I would be in this position, but this here is the worst experience of my life & to top it off caused by some idiotic fool, who doesn't know how to drive!

Sue G, thanks for your supporting words, regadring managing medication, I sometimes feel like I am going mad with this condition.
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