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Spinal Stenosis and work

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JeffB
JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
Hi SCOPE family,
I've been off work since late January due to severe pain from Spinal Stenosis. I went to the hospital last Monday in anticipation of having Nerve Blocker injections only to be told that the hospital had lost my notes, the same hospital number had been given to two different patients. This has added to delays of hoping to get back to work and now my position is going to be made redundant. I have applied for two other jobs and have been successful in both applications and have been offered the jobs however I'm really anxious that the current state of my health, this latest spinal stenosis is on top of a complicated lung condition as well as adult onset Hydrocephalus that appeared out of nowhere with no explanation as to how the hydrocephalus developed. 
There's a lot going on medically and I'm concerned that perhaps I have been too ambitious in applying for other roles purely out of the want and need to work for my family's sake.
Should I inform PIP about my recent stenosis? I'm currently only able to walk a very short distance with the help of crutches. Yesterday I had to visit the hospital for pre screening for the nerve blockers and the walking around the hospital has left me in a lot of physical pain. 
Best wishes
Jeff

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,294 Disability Gamechanger
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    What award do you currently have for PIP? reporting changes means you will be sent more forms to fill in and return with all your information and any additional evidence to support your claim. 

    You will likely need an assessment because most people have them. Once a decision is made your award could either remain the same, be increased, decreased or stop completely. 

    A worsening of condition doesn't automatically entitle you to more points for a higher award. You must also have experienced the increased difficulties for at least 3 months. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • JeffB
    JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Thanks for your reply, that's really helpful info, thank you .
    Best wishes
    Jeff
  • JeffB
    JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    I currently have the enhance PIP. Its the mobility element that has changed since mid January which would definitely change the score. 
    Best wishes
    Jeff
  • JeffB
    JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    I suppose my question really should be about applying for a Blue Badge.

    Best wishes
    Jeff
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,294 Disability Gamechanger
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    Is that Enhanced daily living? You only said Enhanced PIP but there's 2 parts to PIP. As I advised for changes to your health condition you must have experienced worsening of condition for at least 3 months and expect it to last at least a further 9 months. 

    You can apply for a BB without a mobility award but you'll need to look at the criteria for your local Authority because outside of automatically qualifying they all have their own criteria.apply-blue-badge
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • JeffB
    JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    I have the 2 enhanced levels of PIP 
    but in order to apply for a blue badge it would appear I would need to contact PIP to reassess the mobility score. 
    Best wishes
    Jeff
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,294 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are you saying that you already claim Enhanced for both parts? and you scored points for following and planning a journey for the mobility part? 

    If so then it's very very very risky reporting changes when you already have the highest award. You risk losing everything you already have and that's a big risk. 

    You can apply for a blue badge without a PIP award but you'll need to make sure you send evidence to support your claim. You maybe expected to attend an assessment with your Local Authority before a decision is made. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • JeffB
    JeffB Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    Oh that’s really good to know. I will definitely take your advice. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply, I really do appreciate it. 
    Have a great afternoon. 
    Best wishes
    Jeff
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,294 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're very welcome! Thank you and you too. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.

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