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Would I qualify for PIP?

6080 Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited February 2020 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I was diagnosed with pernicious anaemia in 2006 and now suffer terrible brain fog when talking to people which is very embarrassing for me as I feel judged by people. Now I have been diagnosed with lower back arthritis, cracked vertebrae L5, crushed discs and a trapped nerve. I am very fatigued and struggle to walk any distance due to pain and swelling in my lower back and my legs feel like they are going to give way at times. I'm now seeing a physio to try help manage the pain via muscle strengthening techniques. I'm really struggling to work full time. Do you think I woukd qualify for pip to allow me to cut my hours but still pay my bills? I've read the assessors are really tough. Any advice would be much appreciated 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,575 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors.

    You'll need relevant evidence that states how your conditions affect you and you should send this with the form. A face to face assessment is most likely because most people have them.

    Although people do claim PIP and work, if the work you do contradicts the reason you're claiming PIP then it can go against you.

    Lots of people claim PIP successfully without any problems at all. My advice is not to read too many stories on an internet forum because mostly you'll only ever read the bad ones. If someone's had a decision they are happy with they have no questions to ask so we don't hear their story. One of the worst places to go when applying for PIP or considering applying is an internet forum.

    Having some understanding of the PIP descriptors, what they mean and the criteria will always help. This link is a good place to start, although it's long, it's definitely worth taking some time to read through all of it.

    If you do apply then when you receive the forms, you need to put as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you. Then add a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    Hope this helps.

  • 6080
    6080 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and for  your advice.YYour advice is very helpful and I will have a read through the material you posted. Can't thank you enough ?
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,261 Disability Gamechanger
    @6080 Hello and welcome to the community, I am a community champion. Poop has already give you her excellent advise regarding PIP, once you have read through everything and made a decision about whether to apply, if you have any questions about any stage of the process then please come back to us.  
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,270 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @6080 - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining. I hope the physio exercises are helping a little. I see you've had great advice about PIP, but, as far as your current work goes, I wonder if you've considered asking for 'Reasonable adjustments.' There's some information about this on Scope, so I'll give you a link, just in case. See:  https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/work-careers/reasonable-adjustments/

  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @6080 and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you.  Good luck with PIP and I hope you manage to get your hours sorted at work.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • 6080
    6080 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Morning and thank you for your replies. I was referred to a local physio. During the first appointment, she couldn't advise much as my MRI results were not viable to her so gave me basic pelvic evercises to do until the next appointment which was yesterday. When I went in she said I have been referred to a specialist physiotherapist that works alongside the nurosurgeon whom I've also been referred too. It seems I also have a slipped vertebrae which is causing the nerve to pinch thus, causing the pain and numbness in my legs. The referal takes around 6-8 weeks to come through and then 6-9 months for the nurosurgeon appointment although this could be fast tracked depending on the physios recommendations. I already have reasonable adjustments in place such as an ergonomic chair, regular breaks etc but it was nice of you to alert me to this had I have not had this in place. My employer luckily is very health & safety conscious. I am abit worried about my finances especially given this bad news as I am in the situation where I could face redundancy as our jobs are being relocated so have the choice of redundancy or moving to another devision. I have credit card and loan including car finance which obviously need paid. The redundancy could wipe my debt but means I would need to seek new employment and worry if I have to have surgery, would a new employer accommodate the time off for me to recover, would it be fair to expect them to take on my problems? Certainly not. At least having pip would allow me to take on a part time role but still manage despite my income dropping hugely. I was staring at the phone yesterday afternoon coaxing myself to phone the pip helpline but couldn't bring myself to do it as I had alot of anxious thoughts going through my head about the assessments and whether I could articulate my issues verbally. I know I wouldn't and because I look healthy and well presented on the outside, people can raise an eyebrow when I complain about my pain as did the doctor at first until the MRI revealed what was going on inside my body. I know its wrong to land these issues on you all. I do however appreciate your advice. It's easier to chat with people who can't judge you by appearance but instead from symptoms described. I thought I was quite a confident person but I shy away from sources of help as I hate being a burden if that makes sence! 


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