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splatcat
splatcat Community member Posts: 8 Listener
edited November 2022 in Work and employment
Hi I'm 53 I have had 2 x spinal decompressions but left with residual nerve pain and now have Osteoarthritis in my knees, hips, all fingers, and thumbs and wrists. I applied for a health assesment from universal credit back in april when i was off sick due to not being able to do the job i was in at that time. Dwp said i needed to find another job so i took at part time job in a dentists doing decontaimination,but im finding it so hard on my back and hands that i dont think i can do it .i just got a letter to say assesment will be on thursday. But im really low in pain all the time struggle with everyday jobs and just dont know what i should do. 
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  • iza
    iza Scope Member Posts: 703 Pioneering
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    Hi @splatcat, I think you need to prepare for the assessment. Do you have all medical evidence ? Please make sure you do. @poppy123456 can you please advice here more. Thank you. 

  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    iza said:
    Hi @splatcat, I think you need to prepare for the assessment. Do you have all medical evidence ? Please make sure you do. @poppy123456 can you please advice here more. Thank you. 

    Hi iza,
    poppy doesn`t like being tagged ;)
    Having said that, your comment to splatcat was hepful :)

  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @splatcat

    Just wanted to check in to see how your assessment went? How are your pain levels? Have you had any further medical help with them?

    We'd love to hear from you :) 
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  • splatcat
    splatcat Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    I have had my first proper assessment with the pain management team and they have arranged for me to have some therapy I will join the course in the new year. They have also said I should up my dose of pregabalin but I'm waiting for the doctor to get the letter so I can do that.
    I have reduced my hours at work to 16 hours a week but due to the business being so busy they would like to reduce it to 13.5 hours a week but I'm worried I won't be able to live on this. I do get UC and they have put me on LCW but I'm not sure if they will think this is enough hours. I keep going up and down with depression and it seems a very decreasing circle. I'm suffering from a lot of pain in my hands, especially my thumbs which makes doing anything very hard. I'm feeling very alone and I don't feel like I can make a decision about anything.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,336 Disability Gamechanger
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    Cartini said:
    iza said:
    Hi @splatcat, I think you need to prepare for the assessment. Do you have all medical evidence ? Please make sure you do. @poppy123456 can you please advice here more. Thank you. 

    Hi iza,
    poppy doesn`t like being tagged ;)
    Having said that, your comment to splatcat was hepful :)


    Thanks. This is the very reason i don't like to be tagged because all my notifications are turned off and i could miss the tag because of this. I didn't actually see this until just now, which is almost 2 months later.
    splatcat said:
     I do get UC and they have put me on LCW but I'm not sure if they will think this is enough hours.

    You've already been found to have LCW which means reducing your hours will not mean you'll need to look for more work.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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