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Do I inform pip of medical changes?

coralqueencoralqueen Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited October 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hello. I have been on pip a few years now. In the last 6 months to year my pain in many areas has increased. Do I inform pip or just wait until next assessment. thanks


  • markyboymarkyboy Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
    Unless your pain is going to affect your ability to carry out the descriptors and you are confident of getting more points  the answer is NO because you will be reassessed  and could end up with less and lose the award you are on now
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,736 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @coralqueen welcome to the community!

    The answers you gave the first time, and as your pain has worsened, has this led to you being more unable to do things?
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • AlexandriaUKAlexandriaUK Member Posts: 40 Courageous
    I agree with Mark is it so bad that it's effectively stopping you doing the majority of things you could do before, if not I would wait for the next assessment, how long away is it
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    Do you have any medical evidence of your pain and symptoms worsening?
    Senior online community officer
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    It's only appropriate to inform them if your ability to do things is worse, if this change has lasted at least three months and is expected to last at least another nine.

    Reporting a change could trigger a reassessment.  People have reported a change for the worse, reported it, been reassessed - and lost points rather than gained them!
  • coralqueencoralqueen Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Things have got worse drastically. Not sure how long for next assessment. Thanks everyone.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Things have got worse drastically. Not sure how long for next assessment. Thanks everyone.

    They may have got worse but you do need to get expert advice before reporting any changes. A worsening of condition doesn't mean you'll be awarded more points for a higher award. Check your award letter to see when your review is.
    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.
  • coralqueencoralqueen Member Posts: 3 Listener
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