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Permanent Sciatica

facemask5facemask5 Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello  - I want to apply for PIP as I stuggle with permanent sciatica due to an operation.   I can't see that the PIP questions apply to me so much but the condition really affects my live and where I go - every day.  I don't know how to even start writing - it's quite overwhelming because I can dress and wash myself but have been let go by my employers because I can't sit down for a long time to do my work.  There are no questions about this.  I struggle reading most of the time because I can't focus due to the medication - does this count?  Anyone been through similar or know where I can get some help?  Thanks

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope. PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. It's also not about your ability to work.

    You can have a disability but if the descriptors don't apply to you then you won't score the points for an award.

    Having some understanding of the descriptors and the criteria always helps. Start by having a good read of this link. It's very long but i strongly advise you to spend some time reading it thoroughly. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers/pip-assessment-guide-part-2-the-assessment-criteria

    If you do decide to apply, you'll need to send relevant evidence to support your claim and fill out the forms with as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you. Adding a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    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: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    A warm welcome to the community @facemask5! I hope Poppy has been able to give you enough information.

    Here is something that give you an understanding of the descriptors. 

    If there is anything else then please let us know. :)
    Scope

  • facemask5facemask5 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you.  I understand it doesn't have to be a diagnosis.  The problems I face daily are not covered in the PIP application. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Do you fully understand the descriptors and what they mean? Very few people do. Did you have a good read of the link i posted above? If you did and the descriptors don't apply to you then you won't score the points for an award. You can have a disability but not qualify for PIP because if the descriptors don't apply to you then you won't score the points.
    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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