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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:20 am

:wave: :wave: nufclad147, I've split your lone opening paragraph into smaller, easier to read sized ones as quite a lot of us on here, incl myself, struggle when it comes to reading large blocks of text.

Whilst your on your quest to find out the reasons for your various symptoms and problems we can try to offer you the advice and support we do to each other, a dx or lack of one doesn't always matter. You may find we are sometimes as bemused and frustrated as you at times tho, esp when it comes to a lack of understanding and help from "those" healthcare professionals that most of us have met at some point along the way.

When it comes to completing the ESA50, we usually suggest getting help with it from someone who is familiar with the benefits system. Advisers can be found in places like Citizens Advice, Welfare Rights and other similar organisations. A bit of Googlying can throw up who is in your area, or quite often local councils have an info point where you can find out details of who there is and what they can do.

Seeing your GP about this could be helpful as they may well be able to provide you with something in writing to help explain things. When I have had to complete forms for assessments, reviews etc, even with a dx, I always list my symptoms in order of intensity, starting with the one that is causing me the most problems and working thru them. I start by making a rough list, then add and juggle things around as needed. I also spend a bit of time Googlying a symptom along with ESA attached to the search to see if anything is thrown up for completing the questionnaire. Whilst there may not be much comes up about how tackle a more unusual problem, there can be suggestions of how not to phrase something. You could also do a bit of this in preparation for an appt with an adviser as the more prepared you can be with things, the easier it can hopefully be for completing the form.

Have you had any letters or reports for any investigations or procedures you have undergone or will be having at some point in the near future?? Whilst the question asks about medical reports, anything else you can include as supporting evidence can also help with a claim.

I'm sure there are other things that I meant to add, but foggy head clouded even further with even less sleep and even more hurty isn't the best way to start the day :oops: :facepalm: Hopefully others will :penguin: :penguin: :penguin: along with some additional suggestions for you :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:


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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby denys » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:48 pm

I definitely think you need some proper help getting the forms filled in so my advice would be the same as Fluppypuffy's :fingerscrossed: and :goodluck1: with your claim I hope you get things sorted out quickly :-D :-D :-D :-D
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:24 am



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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:28 pm

Think we've got a bit of the crossed wires happening, either that or the Gremlins are at it again with chugging things about. I didn't mean my reply to come across as you have read it either:-? It's all to easy to put a word out of place without realising, and whilst it read ok in my mind, when you read it, it comes across in a completely way.

In amongst all the confusion I'm glad there was something helpful in what I had posted. Hopefully our future responses will be a bit less confuzzling :)

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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:28 pm

Sounds like a good plan nufclad :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Hopefully, with your info, and any tweakings they think could help, will mean you have a fighting chance :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:


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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby Iceskatemum » Sun May 12, 2013 9:20 pm

By some miracle I was lucky and wasn't called for medical but from what others have said you seemed to get the stock interview type. tee questions & setting seem to be staged so that you almost contridict your self. Not a very nice way to do business .

Good luck and glad you got the form etc in on time and are in thenext stage of the process.
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby fibro-lu » Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:32 pm

hi nufclad147 :xmaswave1:

just read through the whole thread :yikes:

it sounds so typical ... and discribes the :banghead: obsticals we have to go through

hope you recovered from the heart attack

sorry I don't have any answers to your questions :dunno:

keep on keeping on :penguin:
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby zappa20 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:12 am

I've found it a bit confusing reading your full thread, but didn't want to just read and run. Do you have a date for your Tribunal yet, or are you still in the process of putting your appeal together? Have you had your MRI and results yet? What treatment did you get at the time of your angiogram? did you need any intervention like a stent or bypass? Or are you being treated with medication?

Regarding what the judge can accept and can'taccept. He is looking at your condition at the time of your assessment. No new conditions will be accepted as evidence.

However if the symptoms or problems you were experiencing at the time you had your assessment were due or as a result of a condition you've since been dignosed with then he should take them into account. So, can any of the symptoms you had back at the time you were assessed be attributed to you having undiagnosed coronary artery disease which resulted in a heart attack? Furred up arteries can occur not just in the heart, but all over the body causing a variety of symptoms. Do they think you could have vascular disease?

Try not to get mad at the hopeless admin process of the DWP, it doesn't help your health.. It's a huge big machine of a system, and a lot of the front line staff who answer the phones don't have enough training or experience, since they've paid off a lot of staff due to cut back, and oftne give the wrong advice.

If you still have time before your Tribunal I'd seriously consider getting some professional help from CAB or your local council welfare office to help you with this appeal.
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby zappa20 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:13 am

Definitely sounds like your coronary problems were causing some of your symptoms at the time of your assessment, so the Tribunal should take this into account, even although it wasn't diagnosed until later.

Good to hear you're at least having a couple of decent days in a week now , sounds like your stents are making a difference . And very best wishes for the rest of your test results and your appeal .
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby zappa20 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:01 am

From what I can remember, the fatigue you were claiming as a problem back when you had your assessment should be taken into account as you've now had a stent and things have improved in that regard. So it definitley seems to link back to a symptom you originally mentioned.

Not sure on whether your MRI result will count or not, depends on whether it can in all balance of probability be seen as the underlying reason for symptoms you mentioned on your ESA form? No ahrm in mentioning it. a letter from the neuroligst saying this would account for balance problems previusly would obviously help.

You can only try your best at a Tribuanl. Stay calm and focussed when giving your responses , and don't waste time complaining obout ATOS etc, the panel aren't interested in that. And have heard it all before. There's a seperate process to make your complaints about how ATOS handled things. The Tribunal panel are there to look at your claim with a fresh pair of eyes, so in their opinion what's happened before is of no interest to them.

Wishing you good luck on the day.
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Re: advice with esa questionnaire +claim

Postby zappa20 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:19 am

Hopefully he will. Stay focussed on why you meet the descriptors and get your points across firmly but calmly and you'll do just fine.

Will be thinking of you. :-)
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