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Hi, my name is Mol!

MolMol Member Posts: 52 Connected
edited December 2016 in Disabled people
Hi I am 49 years old and had to have C5-C6 cervical disc replacement, also they had to trim the one away as it was squashing my nerves. I also have Haemochromatosis and Nash (non alcoholic liver Cirrhosis), I have been diagnosed with early  osteoarthritis in both knee's. I have also just been told that all the pain I am getting in my shoulders and neck is because of degenerated disease. I have lost a lot of movement in both arms and i am right handed and cannot even lay on my right side because of the pain. I would like to find out if I am classed as Disabled? I currently work and want to keep on working but my conditions are preventing me the peace of mind doing my job. If i get registered as disabled it would give me  peace of mind that my company could not do anything to take my job away. I am confused because my doctors will not say if I am or not disabled. Can anyone advise please.

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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Mol welcome to the community

    According to the gov website, "You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities."

    Citizens Advice says "Some conditions are automatically treated as a disability under the Equality Act. But if you don't have one of these conditions and you want to make a claim for disability discrimination, you will have to show the effect your condition has on your daily life to prove it's a disability.

    The Equality Act says a disability is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day- to- day activities.

    Normal day-to-day activities are those carried out by most people on a regular basis.

    For example:

    • walking or driving
    • washing or getting dressed
    • cooking or eating
    • using public transport
    • talking or hearing
    • writing, typing or reading
    • carrying or moving things
    • being able to concentrate or understand
    • being able to form social relationships.

    To be considered a disability, your condition must have a substantial adverse effect on your daily life. This means it must have more than a minor effect. The condition doesn’t have to stop you from doing something completely, but it must make it more difficult. It may also be that you avoid doing certain things - for example, because they cause you a lot of pain or make you very tired.

    Some conditions start out has having a minor effect on your daily life, but get worse over time. This kind of condition is called a progressive condition - for example, dementia and motor neurone disease. With conditions like this, it doesn't matter if it only has a minor effect now. It can still be treated as a disability as long as it's having some effect on your daily life now and it's likely to have a substantial effect in the future."


    Do you think it would be possible to speak to your doctor so you had a clearer understanding of your illnesses?

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • CathyInSouthAfricaCathyInSouthAfrica Member Posts: 16 Connected
    Thank you Mol for asking this question, and Sam for your very informative answer.
    I am also confused about whether I am classed as disabled or not.
    I was told that if you can do a full time permanent job, you are not classed as disabled. I understand this, but sometimes it gets confusing.

    One doctor told me that I am perfectly normal until I move.
  • MolMol Member Posts: 52 Connected
    Thanks for your reply Sam, I have spoken to one of your collegues and I have contacted DWP for a pip application form.

    I am fed up with GP'S to be honest as I have been complaining about my conditions for years and they never seem to take it serious. 

    The one thing they love saying is take paracetamol which does not do anything,
    I do have a few more conditions which I have not mentioned but all of them are life long. 

    Another example is I have been complaining about my thumbs for over 3 years and have been limited what I can do. I had physio and accupuncture but was told there was nothing wrong and discharged.

    Now I have been to see a hand therapist and the first visit was a written assessment, the second visit she examined my hands and said straight away that I had trigger thumb in both hands the right hand worse than the left.

    I don't mean to sound negative about our national health service as I do believe we have a good health service that is being pushed to its limits.

    Cathy I would suggest you apply for disability at worse they can turn your claim down, You have nothing to lose.


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