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rejected PIP application
Hi all, I had a PIP face to face assessment last year, and after days filling in the form, and attending the assessment, it was rejected. Now I have severe Osteo Arthritis in my knees, which swell, cause severe pain and discomfort, and I cannot bend or kneel. I cannot walk very far, before pain and swelling starts, and causes me to limp, and have to rest constantly. My hips, ankles, feet and toes are all severely affected, and I have had to have surgery, to correct my malformed toes. I have been told by doctors, that I will have to have artificial knees, as my knees are so damaged, they cannot repair them. I have had 2 Arthroscopes on my right knee, and 1 on my left, and a number of scans and MRI's. I have this condition in every joint, and have severe difficulty, carrying out any task I have to do. I had to give up my career, as a painting and decorating tutor, as it made my condition worse. I was unable to carry out my job properly, because I couldn't climb ladders, or kneel to work at floor level. I need help with dressing, shopping, cooking, pretty much everything I do, causes me pain and risk. I have spondylitis of the neck and top of my spine, which is very painful, and I am always very stiff. I have muscle impingement syndrome, which I have to have regular injections in my shoulder, to ease the pain. I am now struggling to drive, my manual car, due to pressure on my knees, and my inability to turn in the seat to check behind me. Pain through my neck and shoulder, causes muscle tightening in my upper arms, and elbow pain, and is so severe, I can't hold the steering wheel properly. I have to get someone to drive me, anywhere I need to go, and I will almost certainly have to exchange it for an automatic car. I refuse to have to give driving up completely, because it is my only means of getting my disabled daughter, to and from appointments, and her after school activities. I am only 51 years old, and I feel 90, it really gets me down, because of how debilitating it has become for me. I conveyed all of this in the form, in full detail, and sent over 20 sheets of medical letters, proving all of my symptoms, and the procedures I have had, to the benefits office. My disgust when they sent the letter of refusal for PIP, a couple of weeks later. When I went through the criteria they used, for the decision, I received 4 points over both points of the criteria. The questions where I scored no points, were all to do with my mental health.When I called to appeal their decision, I asked the person, why I was scored on an illness that had nothing to do with my condition. My condition, was that of extreme pain, and the inability to do things for myself safely, and without severe pain. It had nothing to do with my ability to talk face to face with a person I didn't know. I told him I used to teach, and I had no trouble at all communicating with people. My issue was that I can't even walk around a park with my daughter, without pain and discomfort, forcing me to have to go home and rest. I told him how low I would get, when I was at my worst, and how my anger would become apparent, to family and friends, when I was in so much pain. He said he would take this on board, and he would send a new decision, after reassessing my claim. After about 7 days, I had my second rejection letter, I was dumbfounded to find they had done this again. I was so disappointed, that I never bothered to appeal again, because they were not interested in my difficulties. This was especially difficult to comprehend, after someone I new, had received full PIP, for her depression and anxiety difficulties. After all the information I sent in, and all the detail I put into the form, it just shows that the assessors, do not look at the information claimants send in. I have know idea where to go with this, as I feel that my condition, deserves as much compassion, as that of someone with mental health issues. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would love to know, how others managed to get their PIP accepted, and mine was refused. Can anyone offer some advice, or understanding on this matter please.
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