work assessment tomorrow

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work assessment tomorrow

Postby Bolla33 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:14 am

Hello people.
I have my first face to face tomorrow and it somewhat scary. I have been on ESA for 9 months just the basic £73 and now I have to face the devil.

Had FM for decades but diagnosed about 4/5 years ago, like many I worked with it until I hit a wall last year.

I have the usual pain/stiffness symptoms and also Asthma, Diverticulitis, IBS, GERD, Diabetes, Migraine type headaches, osteoarthritis in both hips and left hand.
I was wondering if anyone who has been through it had any words of wisdom for me?

Can I answer the questions on the "worst day" scenario? As all of you are aware it can vary so much from day to day.
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Re: work assessment tomorrow

Postby *Lisa* » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:03 pm

Hi,

I did happen to suggest reading up all the info on this board but I will say a few things in addition...

It is suggested that you go on your worse days. The assessor tho will ask you about *good days* now I would correct them or use the term *better days* as the other suggests to them a different version of how we are. It is a lot to do with wording.

Remember it’s all about capabilities to work. You have to ensure you explain how all your symptoms make you incapable to work.

Be consistent with the information you gave in and maybe go over any forms if you have kept copies.

Take any new evidence, reports, examinations, any different meds etc with you.

They will always ask *how did you get here* other questions vary but tend to be...

*what did you do as a job* and they get you to explain why you left etc...
*What do you do all day!*
*do you have children/ pets*

As you can see some may seem unrelated it’s the catch you out questions.

I literally had to tell them my life story from beginning of illness and how it’s effected and impacted my life.

TBH I thought shame my doctor can’t take as much interest :lol:

Questions on travelling, socialising, meeting people...

Questions relating to the forms.

They may ask about anyone who cares for you and care needs.

Mobility....

You’ll be in there for a while.

I would write notes, important information they need to know so you don’t forget in regards to why you have limited capabilities to work.

If you have any letters from previous job/s who have had to make you leave from duties due to health.

As you can see it’s a lot to take in. Keep on reading through information here and over internet. I found the best way was to be ready for them.

I always take on the good and bad and to be ready for all types of questions.

Good luck!
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Re: work assessment tomorrow

Postby Bolla33 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:07 pm

Thanks for the advice.
Feels like I am walking across a minefield. I have read all I can now, my minds spinning. I have two dogs and can walk them on "better days". We do live literally across the road from a park so that helps. On my bad day I have problems getting from the front room to the toilet, that not an exaggeration, so im hoping the first mobility question will get me 15 points. Everything is in my medical history and it has been about 40 years of gradually getting worse. I didn't get enough warning of the assessment to make an appointment to see my doctor in time so nothing but meds to take with me. Doctors is next week.
We know they don't like FM but I have xrays from 5 years ago proving mild osteoarthritis in hips and left hand, xrays from last year showing it has progressed to moderate so I may try to use them more, even though FM is worse. Osteoarthritis cant be faked and does not heal on its own. Just got to hope for the best.
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Re: work assessment tomorrow

Postby *Lisa* » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:57 am

PM you... hope I caught you in time! Good luck for today
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