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TOPIC: Prescribed pills

Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57146

  • Rich
Hi,
On the ESA forms and in the medical assessments, is there any place that requires the prescribed tablets taken by the patient to be noted as a condition that might affect the outcome? I only ask this as a long-term IB claimant with continuing ill health and a great deal of pain due to an industrial injury (I was injured whilst in the Police, so I am not a job dodging, day long pub dwelling, drunk, shirking, stay in bed all day, person that the papers like to portray all IB claimants to be) I take many pain killers and see no where for my list of pills to be noted on the forms or discussed in the assessment.
I take strong painkillers most days to combat the constant pain I am in due to my injuries and these tablets do not allow me to drive or operate machinery and if the pain is particularly bad I take a pill that sends me into a sleepy trance. Do ATOS consider strong acting prescribed painkillers in their assessments or do they just sweep such valid information under the carpet like all the other information that does not tick the boxes on their forms. Do they prefer that the least amount of information is included or ignored just so people can be migrated off IB, ESA without regard to any valid information that might hinder ATOS throwing the sick, and ill onto the JSA heap?
Just like to know, oh and new conditions that are developing in my body due to my injury, like degeneration of the spine and other conditions that are so debilitating. Do these conditions count or not?

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Re:Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57149

Rich

There is space on the ESA50 for you to note your medication, and you are asked to bring them with you to the medical so that the "doctor" can note in the medical report.

With regard to the conditions you have, it's not really what you suffer from, but how it affects you in the context of the ESA tests. Have a look at the ESA guides in the Members area, to understand how this works.

Gorodn

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Re: Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57151

Hi there Rich at the top of page 4 on the ESA50 (03/11) it gives a box for details of tablets, medications and special treatments.

Put as much information in there as you can including any side effects you suffer, and the dosages you take.

As you have been on IB for a long-time you may find it useful to ask your GP to provide a detailed report on your illnesses, prognosis etc, and enclose this with the ESA50 as evidence.

You may have to pay for this, not sure of the charge, one I had produced for my DLA was in the region of £30. It was money well spent.

Good luck with it all

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Re:Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57152

  • RachelPotter
Hi Rich, when you write down your medication, be sure to note all details

ie; what dose and how many times a day.

ATOS assessors have a habit of getting it wrong!

Best wishes,
Rachel :)

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Re:Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57157

Mine noted all my medications at the begining of the medical report, and then through out the rest it, said I didn't take anything.

:laugh:

Gordon

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Re:Prescribed pills 7 years 9 months ago #57159

  • RachelPotter
:laugh:sums them up really!

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