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Hi, my name is Bill1964! I need some advice on benefits and housing
Hope you are all coping as best you can in these difficult times.
I am hoping I can get some help and advice on how to navigate the housing and benefits system (which to me seems daunting, confusing and unwelcoming to say the least and causing untold stress etc).
Sorry in advance if this is not the right place or time to introduce myself and my issues. I have a few physical and some mental health issues/problems.
At the my situation is exacerbating my health problems. In short, I have had multiple heat attacks 4+ years ago and repeated heart problems ever since, I have heart disease and angina and I am also waiting for cardiologist appointments as my Doctor believes I have heart failure. I am also awaiting Sleep Apnoea Services appointment as I have respiratory problems (some COPD and possible Sleep Apnoea). I also have spondylosis in my neck and lower back which causes constant pain with near to no discs between some lower vertebrae and neck. This causes not only constant pain, but also severe numbness and pins & needles in my hands and legs (sometimes an extreme burning sensation in mainly my left leg especially when standing or walking for 5-10 mins or more, and headaches from my neck problem. I am also unable to sleep on my back as this also causes my legs to go dead and makes it hard to breathe. Typing this has been hard work due to these problems and I have to take regular breaks whenever I do anything physical. This is made worse due to my heart problems, bending to pick something up, suddenly getting up to answer the door, walking and suddenly stopping to say cross a road etc etc all cause a sudden drop in my heart pressure which in turn is causing fainting and near passing out. Also any physical output causes profuse sweating due to my heart being weak and my physical problems.
I have also lived (and coped not very well) with stress, depression and high anxiety for many many years (made worse no doubt by a serious head injury when I was a school teenager) and at the moment (and since the heart attacks, where I was revived in the ambulance when it finally reached me, and then they had to revive me twice at the hospital with electric shocks etc, at Manchester RI). I also have stomach problems and related problems and recently had endoscopy and colonoscopy cameras, which luckily hasn't revealed any cancer or tumours, though doesn't explain the stomach pain, bloating, bleeding and loss of iron from my system. My regular blood tests continue to come back with varying problems. Also possibly due to my low blood counts, I am susceptible to infections and over the last 18months to two years I have lost count of the number of serious infections I have had to be treated for.
At the moment my long term relationship has broken down and I am now being forced to sell what was my family home. (the estate agents are coming to photograph the house today).
Also recently I lost my best friend of nearly 40 years who died suddenly, aged 61. This is all adding to my stress/anxiety/depression, and causing panic attacks and heart palpitations etc. I really feel unable to cope with my health issues and the fact that I am about to be made homeless.
Over the last 4 years the only financial help I have had is the most basic PIP £60 pw and do not even qualify for free prescriptions? (I am unemployed). And because my partner(now ex-partner) is working I did not qualify for any other financial help or benefits.
We are forced to share the house until it is sold and so I assume I will still not qualify for any social security until such time as we are living separately?
I will leave it there for now as it is depressing enough just putting this down in words and I'm unsure if this is even the right time or place to be offloading all my problems.
I literally feel like I am drowning.
I may only be able to really get into any discussion about my needs and issues on Monday onwards as I am busy until then and also need to be in contact with my doctor.
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