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MRI confirms L4/L5 & L5/S1 problems

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Janerose186
Janerose186 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi, after suffering with chronic back pain and down both legs into my feet for over 2 years, I eventually have had an MRI of whole spine.  I have confirmed L4\L5 disc bulge with pronounced facet hypertrophy resulting in compression of both traversing L5 routs and also L5\S1 facet degeneration.  Disc dehydration within cervical spine with shallowing foraminal narrowing.  I also have trace of oedema along sacroiliac joint.  Can anyone advise if I am entitled to any disability payments?  thank you

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
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    Disability benefits such as PIP is not awarded based on any diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect you against the 12 PIP activities. As we have no idea how your conditions affect you then it's impossible to advise whether you're entitled to it.
    You can see the descriptors here. https://pipinfo.net/

    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.
  • Janerose186
    Janerose186 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    hi, thank you for the link.  I have had chronic pain for over 2.5 years which means i struggle everyday.  on waking i am so stiff across my back and have limited mobility, i struggle to get down the stairs.  once standing the pain shoots from my spine down both legs into my feet, i struggle to walk any length of distance without any pain at all, it is there all the time.  i also struggle to reach my feet for dressing, bathing etc.  and there's the incontinence which i am waiting to see a seperate specialist about, but it all makes sense now that i have the results of the MRI as the nerve root compression explains some of the troubles i am experiencing.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
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    Walking applies to the mobility "moving around" part only. This activity should be judged in relation to a type of surface normally expected out of doors, such as pavements on the flat and includes the consideration of kerbs.
    Walking up to the stairs in not considered in any of the descriptors.
    Dressing/undressing, washing/bathing etc are all part of the 10 daily living activities.

    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.
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Good morning @Janerose186 welcome to our great group, i hope your well this Friday.
    When your ready have a look around the site, there's lots going on and i'm sure you will find a lot of members with the same sort of condition as yourself. I for one have stenosis followed buy really long words ha ha, so your not aloan with your condition. You will find being a member you can get lots of tips, advice and distractions to help cope with your disability or Demons as i like to call mine. Any problems just ask, some one is bound to be online. Enjoy.
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