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Help with going or not going to Tribunal please
Just recieved my mantatory reconsideration notice and it has several, cant find a nicer way of saying, lies. It also states that what I am saying and the medical info they have do not match. Which again is false, if theyve looked into my conditions.
I have Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Sciatica and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My physical conditions mean that standing is very painful and difficult, I get very dizzy, my joints dislocate, I am in extreme pain. And the same goes for walking, I walk around my house (few meters at most) and from my home to my car (which is in a desinated space less than 20 meters away) But other than that I use my wheelchair. Many people with my conditions do.
Like I said i have PTSD and I also have really bad anxiety. So the Tribunal scares me no end.
But they have said lies such as 'You used your stick to stand' I dont and never have had a stick. And 'There was no reported dizziness' when I asked for a glass of water because I was dizzy. And ' You do not see a specialist due to your mental health' I have been seeing a senior therapist for CBT for months.
They say that I should be able to walk 20 to 50 meters (which I wish so badly I could do) as I dont have muscle wastage and my muscles have good size and tone. My condition effects my joints, so my muscles could be like a body builder but they wouldnt stop dislocations and pain occuring. So I have standard mobility dispite being unable to walk 20 meters or more. Although I was awarded higher rate back in 2014, they reduced it after having my daughter in 2016, and I asked for another assessment which happened in feburary 2018.
They say I didnt get my wheelchair through wheelchair services. Which is true, because I could afford one at the time and didnt want to have to make the NHS fund it when it could fund someone who really needed it. But that somehow means I dont need the chair?
I suppose I am at a loss as to what to do.
If I go to tribunal are they going to believe these lies dispite my truth. I hate admitting how hard my life is. I try to be a super positive person. But I am not in a good place. It's not even about the money, its if i dont go to tribunal I am saying that their lies are true and that I am not struggling like I say I am (which I actually am)
Can I print information from websites to take with me that say my conditions mean I need to use a wheelchair? Should I make an appointment with my specialist and ask for his help? (although I dont want to burden the NHS)
I wouldnt normally post like this. I just don't know where else to turn.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate the help.