Tribunal appeal rejected for epilepsy

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edited June 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Was given only 0 points which I wasn't very happy with anyway, but after all the stress decided to not bother any further.  This however, brought on a bad day epileptic seizure where I spent 2 days in hospital.  My driving licence has been revoked for a year, and have just been to the doctor who has decided that after trying all the medication available but l am still having seizures, that I should try some kind of surgery.  I have just had the dates for my MRI and EEG.  I have temporal lobe epilepsy.  Would anyone think it would be worth contacting the DWP for review of my claim or wasting my time.  The stress usually brings on seizures.   

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  • ataloss2018
    ataloss2018 Community member Posts: 48 Contributor
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    Nothing ventured nothing gained, just put in a new claim and back it up with as much evidence as you can.  Good luck.
  • markyboy
    markyboy Community member Posts: 367 Empowering
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    The trouble with PIP is that it's not about conditions or procedures you have had it's about how your condition affects your ability to carry out the descriptors in the PIP criteria
  • Topkitten
    Topkitten Community member Posts: 1,285 Trailblazing
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    Epilepsy is a difficult one because, if treated properly, it can have no effect on your life at all. My last partner was one of the majority of epilepsy sufferers who respond well to mainstream medication and settle down to a normal life with no drawbacks. The major problems with it are in it's initial diagnosis and treatment and the potential problems if you have to change medication at some point and have problems with the new medication. PIP is aimed at permanent conditions that are not treatable rather than those which can be treated ok.

    Getting benefits for epilepsy will always be difficult because you would have to prove you will not respond to medication in the way most do. A hard task I suspect.

    TK
    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Championing
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    Topkitten said:
    Epilepsy is a difficult one because, if treated properly, it can have no effect on your life at all. My last partner was one of the majority of epilepsy sufferers who respond well to mainstream medication and settle down to a normal life with no drawbacks. The major problems with it are in it's initial diagnosis and treatment and the potential problems if you have to change medication at some point and have problems with the new medication. PIP is aimed at permanent conditions that are not treatable rather than those which can be treated ok.

    Getting benefits for epilepsy will always be difficult because you would have to prove you will not respond to medication in the way most do. A hard task I suspect.

    TK

    For the same reason that I gave in a thread relating to being a Type 1 diabetic. claiming that the fear of an overdose (hypo) was too great to bear and have any form of life. 
  • Yadnad
    Yadnad Posts: 2,856 Championing
    edited June 2018
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    TK
    in sorry but I totally disagree with the wording of your comment.
    Even if treated “properly” a person with epilepsy is allways at risk . Swimming, bathing, etc.
     Medication makes sufferers like me tired and epileptics that have seizures under control can still have rapid eye movements or some uncontrolled movements.
    Therefore the safety aspect of epilepsy is quite high.
    yes - I agree some can lead normal lives, but so can other people who have disabilities.
    i have had epilepsy since the age of 12. I have worked, married, 3 children, even been able to drive whilst still taking medication
    however there were still days eg- when I hadn’t had enough sleep when I felt Abit jumpy and on those days I was sensible to know that I would never drive a car. 
    then something triggered it off again and now I’m back to not being able to cook whilst alone, bathe etc 
    So i don’t agree it’s a life time problem 
    The safety aspect is allways there. 

    You could say the same for a Type 1 insulin dependent Diabetic. There is always the real risk of having a hypo which if not treated will result in coma and death. Such a patient should be able to avoid that happening.  Someone who suffers from a hypo is so disoriented that he/she will not be able to take on board what is happening and thus will not function and be able to go to a safe place. In fact they need the help of another to either give them an injection to increase the glucose content of their blood or summon an ambulance. For hours after recovery you will sill feel drained and unable to function.
    I should know I have at least two a week, normally at 3am and need my wife to help me from going into a coma.


    Now I will be the first to say that does not get you any points under PIP.  Well three times I have been assessed and three times they have discounted Diabetes and everything that comes with it as being a disability.
    If however if it would warrant points I do wonder how many Type 1 sufferers there are in the UK who should be making a PIP claim?