Should I appeal my PIP decision?
Hi, I was given a lifetime award of the higher rate DLA for both components following a long stint in icu, I was described on my medical notes as the illest person ever to survive. I klebsiella pneumonia and sepsis throughout the system, I was completely paralysed and need to learn how to walk again, this left me with numerous conditions including neuropathy, cervical myelopathy, degenerative bone disease and chronic fatigue syndrome amongst others. These conditions are severely debilitating and affect my life in many ways. I have medical evidence and was diagnosed following many tests including an mri scan 10 years ago. I was told there is nothing can be done for me except to ease my symptoms with medication and strong pain relief. I am on a lot of medication including slow release morphine and oral morphine, I was also told that I will eventually need an operation on my neck to relieve pressure on the spinal cord, but because of the risks involved this will only be performed when there is no alternative. When I applied for PIPS the award was the standard rate. I scored 10 points for mobility losing the vital points on planning and following a journey. I only scored 2 points on things like preparing food because I need an aid. I only missed out by a few points and I was disgusted as my quality of life is poor. So I appealed, from start to finish the process has taken almost 2 years but I felt certain that the award would be changed. I have just received my results and the appeal has been lost. Although it is accepted that my medical evidence proves I suffer from the conditions stated it is felt I am only entitled to the standard rate, mainly due to my ability to speak and converse with others which is true however this does not reflect the depression and anxieties that have affected me for many years, I am on diazepam and sertraline. At the tribunal there was no attention paid to me, how I mentally coped with my situation and the constant pain I am in. I feel useless, embarrassed and at the end of my tether, sometimes my whole body feels like lead and I have no energy. I rarely go out as it is extremely difficult even with my carer, it is not just what I can or can’t do it is how I feel. You can’t see pain or understand how someone is feeling unless you are going through it yourself. I have recently moved to be closer to family, my last property had adaptions but the house I now live in doesn’t and due to this decision, I don’t think it will be possible to get the help I need or adaptions i need to be safe. I feel let down and abandoned by the system. What conditions are eligible for the higher award. Because I am not an alcoholic or drug addict and can think for myself I am being penalised. Can I appeal and is it worth it, could I succeed this is something that I feel strongly about?