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Chronic pain syndrome. Still get pain24/7

I have chronic pain syndrome, high blood pressure, and anxiety/depression. I have to take a cocktail of pain killers to get me through each day. I used to get mobility and was asked to apply for pip which I was refused resulting in my car going back. I struggle to keep my car on the road due to not working, no day is the same good/bad still get pain 24/7 . I feel like I have been put on crap heap with no help. Any advice please

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Did you ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration for the PIP? When was the decision made? Do you claim ESA, if so are you on assessment rate or in a group? I'm not sure what advice you would like.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • WaylayWaylay Member Posts: 918 Pioneering
    Hi there. Have the same conditions as you except for the blood pressure, and also have Complex PTSD. It's incredibly hard to handle the constant pain (mine fluctuates - back spasms - does yours?). Having MH problems just makes it worse. I find that the MH problems make the pain and mobility problems worse, which make my MH problems worse, which makes ... It's a horrendous spiral downward. 

    Have you been to a pain management programme? It made a huge difference to me. Do you see a counsellor or therapist? I managed to find a wonderful counsellor, who only charges me £10 a week. Are you taking meds? Do you have any official support, or family/friend support? You are not alone. There are a lot of us on this site, and so many more out there in the world. We hear you.

    Your also not alone in having problems with benefits! Can you tell us more details about what's going on?

    *Gentle hugs if you want them*
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