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New here, I need some reassurance on a PIP tribunal

thebearofwisdomthebearofwisdom Member Posts: 3 Listener
hi everyone, I've been reading all the posts about PIP and everyone seems really helpful and friendly! I'm glad to have found somewhere to talk about what's happening. 


Ok so I have fibromyalgia, depression, general and social anxiety and PTSD. 
The fibromyalgia is what affects my mobility, I have to walk with a crutch, and I can't really go out anymore. Most days I'm stuck in the house because I've lost so many friends through me not being able to keep up with them. I'm in constant pain, it makes me so emotional because I just want some relief but I can't get it.

the PTSD is also what keeps me inside. I'm terrified of people outside, I've been assaulted in the past and I have a hard time trying to socialise at all. Like I said I've lost a lot of friends, I'm alone most of the time and it's very depressing. 

Ive had my mental health issues since I was a child for the depression and I was 17 when I developed the PTSD and anxiety. It's arguable that my anxiety started in childhood too but I wasn't disagnosed then. 

The fibromyalgia started two years ago approx. I've been fighting for PIP for a year and a half. I got awarded zero points, even though I can barely function. 

I was denied over and over until I got to the tribunal stage. It's on Monday. I am so frightened. Firstly because I'll be in a room with three strangers, and secondly because so much rides on me being approved. I have ESA, but because I'm under 35 I can't get he local housing allowance for my flat. I can barely afford food, many days I can't eat because I have nothing. I'm late on my rent at the moment and all I want is to be able to live just like everyone else. 
I lost my job because of my illness. I have not got enough money to function. I currently have discretionary housing payment to top up my housing benefit. But that ends in October, and I might not be able to apply again. 


I am so scared about the tribunal, I don't know what to expect, or how to dress even. I say that because the original assessment made a point of saying my clothes have fastenings. I was wearing an unzipped coat. My dad helped me zip it up after I left, my dexterity is terrible. Now I'm worried if I wear something undone but with buttons or something?! They also made a point about me being able to lift a water bottle. My water bottle was about an eighth full as I'd drank most of it panicking outside the building. It wasn't full, so therefore wasn't heavy. Now I'm panicking thinking I won't be able to have any water to help me calm down, I get a dry mouth when I panic, I won't be able to talk. 

My dad is coming with me for moral support, but my heart is racing just thinking of going tomorrow. 
Can anyone reassure me even a little? How long is the tribunal approximately? I know they're not "against" me per say, but I am really really scared of what will happen. 

Thank you to anyone who's read all of this. I appreciate you taking the time to do it. 

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  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @thebearofwisdom

    Hi.

    Welcome it’s great to meet you today.

    I’m very very sorry to hear about your current situation/problems.
     
    Yes I would be more than happy in helping you in anyway???? 

    I would firstly suggest that you should phone our helpline: 0808 800 3333 if possible on Monday??????

    Here’s some info for you on “Tribunals”

    https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/benefits/appeals

    We have got some more info & advice which I can help you with????

    “Good Luck”

    For tomorrow!!!!!!!!

    “Don’t Worry”


  • thebearofwisdomthebearofwisdom Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you, I appreciate your help! I'm looking through a lot of websites to make a list of things I need to make sure I talk about. I'm so forgetful, I want to make sure I remember everything!
     steve51 

  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 7,129 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @thebearofwisdom
    Welcome to the community! Unfortunately I have no experience of tribunals therefore I am unable to advis or reassure you. Lots of members have experienced the tribunal process and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to offer you support and reassurance. I just wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow and please keep us updated :)
    Community Champion
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • thebearofwisdomthebearofwisdom Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Ami2301 said:
    Hi @thebearofwisdom
    Welcome to the community! Unfortunately I have no experience of tribunals therefore I am unable to advis or reassure you. Lots of members have experienced the tribunal process and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to offer you support and reassurance. I just wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow and please keep us updated :)
    Thank you! I'll make sure to update. I'm just so worried about everything. I usually get a gut feeling about things but this is something else entirely and I have no idea! 
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