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I just had a home visit medical assessment today for ESA

minx77minx77 Member Posts: 1 Listener
I have Lupus and I just had a home visit medical assessment today for ESA,  my anxiety was so high I cried within 2 minutes of the appointment.  Now im crashing...... hard and I'm feeling so much pain throughout my body and just off,  if that makes sense.  Does anxiety exacerbate your pain or bring on a flare, I'd be interested to know your take on stress and disease. Thanks for your time,  wishing you all love and blessings xx


  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,085 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @minx77 - Welcome to the community, 'tho I'm sorry to read about your disorder, as I know it can be so difficult, & also your assessment today. Sadly stress may undoubtedly increase pain from a medical point of view, as I'm sure others here may also testify. On a practical note, I will ask @poppy123456 to see if she may help you further.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope. I'm sorry to hear that your assessment was so stressful today. Thankfully that part is now done with, at least that's what i always think.

    Yes, stress and anxiety can trigger many different conditions and pain being one of them. I suffer from a few different conditions and stress is my biggest trigger that makes my pain go off the scale.

    Wait a week and then give DWP a ring to request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you this will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they most go with the report. Good luck.
    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @minx77 and a very warm welcome to the community. I'm so sorry to hear that the assessment was so stressful for you. I really hope you have been able to have some time to relax and please do let us know if we can help. :)
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