Back pain

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Hi all need some help I am on standard rate for a bad back I have a stimulater fitted for pain. But I have been in hospital 2 times in 2 month for back pain but lost the feeling in left leg and keeps giving way. Has this is a new problem ( do I phone up for a new review or just wait till ther ask me to come for a review )

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    Hi Kett,

    are you on standard rate with PIP and if so is it for care or mobility.  Also when is your award due to finish?

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      Hi sukes I am on standard rate in both I think it's next year it's up. But I am getting worse but left leg is a new problem

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    There are a couple of people on here who could explain things better than I could and hopefully they will answer you soon.

    If you think your award is up next year, then the DWP will be contacting you 12 months before to start the ball rolling with a future award.  I believe the forms are a lot easier to complete, although I've not got to that stage yet.

    Also if you put in a change of circumstances now, you may need another face 2 face assessment and you will need to provide more evidence.   Also I have heard of some people losing everything or still only being awarded what they were originally given.  

    Hopefully Denise or someone will be able to advise you fully.   I can't really add much more as I only know what I hear others say.  Hang on in there. 

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    Hi Kett,

    Firstly for a new problem you must have had this condtion for 3 months and expect it to last a further 9 months. If you've had it for at least 3 months and you report these changes then you'll be sent another PIP2 form like you had the first time you applied. Review forms are onlt sent if they contact you for a review.

    secondly if you report thses changes (if you've had them for at least 3 months) you risk losing everything you have got. You'll need more evidence to support these changes and the chances of you having to go for another assessment are extremely high.

    As your award is until next year they contact you 1 year before the award is due to end anyway. You have standard for both, how many points did you score for each part in total?

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      Hi Denise15811 I got 10 points on both but I have been given a walking stick coz of my leg but I am under the pain clinic afor a long time but got spinel clinic now as my back is getting worse and left leg plus there put me on Morpeine to I no what there are putting people though is not right
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      How long have you had the back problem because in the post above you state it's a new condition? Remember you must have had it for at least 3 months.

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      Sorry Denise15811 I had opp in 2000

      There say it's failed Back Surgery simdrom and pain simdrom but my left leg is given way for about a year now it's just hard to go about things people say 1 thing some say different

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      Ah i see. Well it's your choice. If you report this changes then you risk losing everything. Report changes is exactly like applying for the first time. Your award now won't be taken into account and your evidence you used last time won't be looked at. As your review is close i'd advice you to wait. I know i wouldn't want to lose everything i have. I was in the as you last year, my condition had got worse but my review was due that same year. No way would i risk losing what i had. I decided i'd wait. Had my review, assessment needed yet again. Got increased to Enhanced mobility with daily living staying the same. It's your choice but a very risky one. So many people have reported changes and have lost everything or their award stayed the same. You'll also need plenty of evidence too.

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      Very wise decision Kett! Those review forms as so much easier than that dreaded PIP2 form too! Start to gather your new evidence now to save stress when the time does come. If you're going for Enhanced award then you'll need evidence to support your claim. Specific evidence to tall with those descriptors too. If you need help when the time comes just come back, i'm sure i'll still be here to advice smile

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      Hi Kett87.

      I would do as Denise advised. I reported my new diagnosis of MS. Lost my mobility and put on standard daily living. Had to fight through an MR then took it to tribunal. I won git enhanced on both mobility and daily living. But stressed out since January. All monies back dated. But if I gad known about this site then. I would not have told them until my new assessment was due.

      Goid luck and stay strong.

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    I agree, your between the devil and the deep blue sea, if your going to be contacted this year to just complete a tick box application would it be worth going down the road of a new application.

    Do you hold plenty of new factual evidence that you could send in to support a new claim or would you just mainly depend on the application you put forward for your f2f last time

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      Just another thought, how physically has the new problem affected your life/job/care needs
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      Yes thankyou I see what the same thing is coming up all the time. It the way there are treating people is wrong I have been bad for 17 year and only put in for pip coz of the doc and specialist last year. My feeling was I was giving up
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      Don't think that way, if your illness effects your quality of life as it obviously does, you are entitled to claim the same as the next person is.

      Its just scary that if we decide to report a change it can completely mess up your previous decision even to the point of losing your benefits completely.

      Do as Denise says and start to collect relevant medical reports now so that when the time comes you can go in guns blazing, not literally of course smile

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