I was previously on a lifetime DLA award (mid rate – care, low – mob) for my mental health issues. I asked for early migration to PIP having received several physical health diagnoses and having been electric wheelchair dependent, indoors and outdoors, for a year.
I was awarded standard rate care and mobility for PIP for two years.
The assessor was at my home for two hours and twenty minutes. And from that time she decided that my care needs are minimal because I managed in front of her to, press a button on a recording device, lift a cup and manipulate some PC buttons to output a CD copy of the recording.
I walked two steps and turned back to my wheelchair that apparently evidenced I had a normal gait. The examination of my legs gave the assessor so much information that she deduced me capable of walking 20-50 metres, safely, as often as I might need and in a timely manner.
This suggests I should telephone wheelchair services and arrange to return my electric wheelchair. As i no longer fit the assessment criteria for the loan of the device.
My mental health has been completely disregarded, it seems in the report I requested. My taking an antidepressant has been labelled as merely a first line treatment, my extensive history seems minimised to provide less context. That i take the fluoxetine at twice the standard dose was ignored. My referral to clinical psychology for yet further therapy was seen as fairly insignificant.
My pain therapy is stated to be for moderate pain. The NHS describe Tramadol as ‘for moderate to severe pain’ and I find the need to take the maximum dose 5 to 7 days per week. That in addition to 2700mg of gabapentin per day. I concede I don’t take the maximum dose of gabapentin – this is contraindicated due to the risk of serotonin syndrome due to taking fluoxetine.
That some of my medications can help with more than one thing has been ignored. The assessor repeatedly stated I take nothing for anxiety. She disregards that many ME, Fibro, POTs, MCAS patients cannot tolerate a lot of the sedating drugs. She ignores that gabapentin helps with anxiety.
I am massively offended to be represented by the assessor as someone who has exaggerated her conditions and symptoms on her forms. My conditions are not moderate but the whole of the report is such that I am justifiably perceived as much more capable than I am.