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Considering making a claim-advice needed

MummymacdMummymacd Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi all, New member here, I was hoping to ask for some advice.
I have suffered for several years with a bad back. MRI showed disc 20% out, lack of spacing between the joints and inflammation. I am on Gabapentin and Amitriptoline for the pain. I have been to physio and also to the impact pain clinic (which was all about not letting my issues stop me from doing stuff). 

The pain is getting progressively worse to the point now I cannot stand for long periods of time or walk far. I get about a hundred metres down the road and my back is awful. This has made it really difficult for me to work and I have just finished working my notice for this reason- I cannot fulfil my role to the potential it needs.

I was wondering whether I your experience I have a claim for some financial assistance. 
I am also a large lady at a size 26 so I am hoping to lose some weight which may help my back a little and then obviously if I can find some work that suits I would like to work again in the future.

I would be interested to hear from any of you with similar experience.

Thank you and best wishes


  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Hello @Mummymacd

    Are you seen by a pain management clinic or not? They can advise you on benefits that you may qualify for. Start with your GP, talk with them and see if they can help you. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-get-nhs-help-for-your-pain/
    There are several pain support groups out there. My advice would be to join one as that can also be useful. Have you ever heard of pain control programmes or not? The sessions consist of gentle exercise, relaxation methods, discussion, ways to recognize/control pain and pace yourself. The whole point is to support you to come up with effective pain management techniques (other than meds) to try. Plus you get to meet other people who also have pain! 
  • MummymacdMummymacd Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I went to a pain management clinic (impact it was called) but it was not helpful. I don’t attend now I just get on with everything. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    For benefits advice you'll need to speak to an advice agency near you because what you could claim will totally depend on your circumstances. A pain management clinic is not the place to go for advice on claiming any benefits.

    If you quit work then this could potentially go against for claiming any benefits such as New Style ESA or Universal credit because there could be a sanction for up to 26 weeks. So face to face advice is definitely needed here.

    PIP isn't means tested and claiming this will depend on how your conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors. It's not about a diagnosis. Evidence will be needed to support a claim and a face to face assessment is most likely. Claiming PIP isn't about not being able to work, people claim PIP and work.

    The process for claiming this could be several months, possibly longer.

    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.
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