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« on: August 04, 2017, 04:09:36 PM »

Hi everyone - please excuse the rambling that is about to commence. Im currently on ESA - suport group and have filled in the renewal form and been told to go to f2f assessment. I havent had to have one for a number of years. I currently suffer with CFS/fibromyalgia (GP diagnosed me but dont see anyone for it) Depression and anxiety, binge eating disorder (was under mental health team for a number of years but was discharged about a year ago), panic attacks, Borderline Personality disorder, Avoidant personality disorder, IBS which causes incontinence several times a week plus anaemia and under active thyroid. I rang up the Assessment service asking for a home assessment as I think it would be too distresing for me to go. They said to get GP to request one for me (GP has been struck off due to fidling prescriptions (I know!) so now I see a locum who I have only seen once and seemed to blame my weight for the pain I have been getting). GP's receptionist said no -they need a request directly off the assessment service. Rang assessment service said no that they cannot contact the GP it is up to me - anyways long story short have just had an appointment with locum GP who said that he would put a request in for me due to anxiety but that there was no physical reason why I should not be able to go. Im a nervous wreck at the thought of having to go - I dont know how I will be on that day in regards to the CFS plus I am petrified of having a panic attack going there even soiling myself because stress makes it worse. I had a panic attack and was sick just going to the doctors today and thats just around the corner. Im not really agraphobic but I very rarely leave the house due to the chronic fatigue, depression, lack of motivation, panic attacks atc Im lucky if I go out once a month and thats usually to my cousins/friends house. This whole process is stressing me out and making me even worse. I honestly dont know know if I can carry on. Suicidal thoughts have become more prominent. Im panicking that Im going to be kicked off ESA and Im going to be made homeless (live with mum) (Yes I do worry too much) I just dont know how Im going to cope. What is the likely hood of them granting a home assessment (not very likely I know)
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 04:56:02 PM »

They usually do a home assessment at a GP request. Take this one step at a time so you don't become overwhelmed.
It is a lengthy process and you have successfully been through the system once so you can do it again. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 06:36:24 PM »

Thank you for the reply. Just going to have to take it a day at a time x
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 09:47:41 PM »

They usually do a home assessment at a GP request.

I wish I'd known that: last time was the first time we'd ever done a f2f, because all the previous ones had automatically been arranged as home visits :(  Guess someone moved the gateposts again.

Hoping you get a satisfactory solution, tinkertink.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 10:41:41 AM »

Finger crossed for you tinkertink2010

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 07:50:37 PM »

After all these months I finally received the letter - Ive got a home assessment next monday. To say Im petrified is an understatement - already had a panic attack over it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2018, 05:53:30 PM »

Read through the answers you gave on the application form to refresh your memory. Also have a look at the scoring descriptors, and if necessary make a few notes to be sure you get those points across....especially if you meet the support group descriptors.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2018, 11:11:07 PM »

Thank you - I feel sick! Fingers crossed and prayers please!
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2018, 04:17:56 PM »

Just had home assessment. It wasnt recorded (I had requested for it to be) She was here half an hour. Talked about medication and then asked me which illness to start with/whoch one affected me the most. I said CFS. Talked about how that affected me on a day to day basis. Then said right thats it. I asked if we were going to talk about my other health issues and her reply was "you have several disabling issues so dont need to." It was over so quick - I dont know if thats good or bad. Now just the stress of waiting. :( 
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2018, 04:20:37 PM »

Hi tinkerthink,

To me it sounds good - as though she thought she had enough to go on without looking at other issues  fingerscrossed
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2018, 04:24:53 PM »

Yes, I tend to think the same as Roger.

You have a lot to cope with and no doubt you listed it all on your form so they have that info that you gave also. I also think that they don't give home assessments lightly so they know that you are too disabled to travel.

I hope they let you know quickly. I know how stressful it can be when waiting.
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2018, 02:25:59 PM »

Hi all - just thought I would update you. I was awarded Esa Support Group (yay) but have failed moving from DLA (both low rate) to PIP - scored 0 on both. I dont know whether it is worth doing a MR and tribunral. I dont know if I have got the fight in me.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2018, 03:22:34 PM »

Hi tinkertink

Well I guess it's congrats on getting the ESA and that's a good start. But sorry you didn't succeed with PIP. If you do decide to persist with that, I wish you all the luck in the world  fingerscrossed
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2018, 06:44:18 PM »

Ask for a copy of the assessors report to see if itís a true reflection of how you are affected. If itís a load of #@**(and it sometimes IS) then ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration and follow through to Tribunal if necessary
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2018, 05:51:27 PM »

Hi tinkertink,

I am so pleased you have got what you are entitled to re ESA. Re going over to PIP. I was on DLA at the higher rate but when I was assessed for PIP i got nil points. Like you I didn't have the will to appeal. Two years later, I decided to reapply and included a letter from my gp. I had the assessment and was awarded the middle rate which I was quite happy with. So, if you feel up to it, I would appeal or would just reapply in a few months time.

Good luck.
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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2018, 05:55:28 PM »

Sorry, I forgot to say. You need to be completely straight with your gp and tell him that you have had suicidal thoughts. Don't play down any of your symptoms. Its a good idea to write them all down prior to seeing the gp. They need to know how all this stress is affecting you.

Good luck. Wink
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