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Can anyone offer me advice on how to go about applying to see if I am elegable to claim PIP benefit please I have just found out I have been awarded tier 2 early medical retirement I have fibromyligia and chronic fatigue following successful treatment and reconstruction for stage 3 breast cancer. Thank you Harriet 

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    Contact pip they will send you the paper work fill it it and enlose all doctors reports you can get hold of .
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    Hi Harriet

    As you may well know being diagnosed with a condition is just the start in the PIP journey. It is now down to how your fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome affect you over a period of time.

    The descriptors are split into 2 categories Daily Living and Mobility. You need to score points from the descriptors and if you go over 8 points in either DL or Mobility you will be awarded standard rate. If you score 12 points or more you will be awarded Enhanced.

    The descriptors can be easily found online. In DL there are 10 descriptors which cover a range of activities such as preparing a meal, dressing/undressing, washing, monitoring a health condition, social interaction, eyesight/hearing and budgeting. In mobility there are 2 descriptors planning and following a journey and moving around.

    What you have to do is get a copy of the descriptors and match them to your circumstances and then also obtain medical and personal care evidence along with aids you might use. You then need to pass the 50% test which is your condition affects you more than half the time if it is a fluctuating condition.

     If after all that you can identify 8 points and over on either parts then you are in the game.

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      Had a really bad night last night so not a happy bunny, I know I'm really lucky to have been awarded enhanced mobility and that it gives me the opportunity to have a car but to be honest nothing is compensation enough for being in pain most of the time and not being able to walk or to sleep, or share my bed with my partner.

      I'm sorry you haven't heard yet, it does seem to be a slow process.

      Hopefully this week will give you an answer, when I went into a car dealership yesterday they had had two cars returned because there DLA had been reassessed to pip and they had lost it.

      One in wheelchair and one with prosthetic legs, he said that they are really clamping down, and as a charity they have the right to do it, seems most people think its the government that issues the cars its not its Motability which is a charitable organization.

      So just keep calm and you will get an answer soon.

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      Hi alexandria

      I had a really bad night last night I am in bed now not been well at all

      Sometimes stress makes me worse but my knees just lock and gave way

      They gave way going downstairs which has frightened me.

      Fancy being taken off pip with no legs God someone needs a knock on there head and should be ashamed of themselves.

      Now I definitely think it's all a lottery maybe to many been accepted in that area

      Take care Alex x

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    Hi Harriet

    What is tier 2 early retirement?

    I too have fybromyalgia


    You just first ring them, they will send a form on how your illness effects you where you fill in everything that's wrong with you and also send any doctors or consultant letters

    They will either award it or send you for an assessment

    Call tomorrow it's the 0800 number you call first to register a claim.

    I too have chronic fatigue it's horrible isn't it.

    So pleased your treatment for cancer has been successfull x hope all the info is correct but if anybody can add to this please do

    Take care

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      Tier two is the highest level of early medical retirement due to my health I am no longer able to work so I applied and my doctor supported my application it's complex you can google it and it will explain. Yes fibromyligia and chronic fatigue is horrible. Thank you for your advice Sharon take care Harriet X 

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      ? ?I used to get High Mobility & Middle Care for DLA from 1995 to just a few months ago. Failed with the conversion to PIP from DLA  so had to claim Attendance Allowance (DLA for the over 65's).

      ?That is supposed to be the easiest of all disability based benefits to get. Over 80% get the award first time and it's supposed to be almost a guarantee to get it if you previously had DLA.

      ?I was told by the DWP that I no longer have any care needs. Claim refused!!

      ?So with a whole host of medical problems ranging from acquired brain damage/Early onset Dementia, Chronic Pancreatitis, damaged spine (which means walking is more or less out of the question) thrombosis in the left leg (PAD), I have been assessed as 'fit as a flea'.

      ?Currently undergoing tests for Prostate Cancer and a bleed from an Anuerysm within the stomach wall.



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