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Hi can someone help I have been on pip for a year and get middle rate. But the last to mouths my left leg is given way all the time I have been rushed in hospital 3 Times coz it stops me going to the tolet coz my discs are big bulges and are crushing the nerves in my left . I was thinking about phone up for a FTF what shall I do..help plz

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    I would get doctor or your specialist to writ you a letter and send your discharge letters to them
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      Yes I will do that thankyou. It just puts your head in a spin thinking about going to a F2F again
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      Been fighting was for last 5 month now I have to go to a tribunal now had a stroke in june and then they said I was fit for work when I am not so stopped my esa make sure you do coups off what you send
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      Yes will do I has taking me 17 year to admit that I will never work again 2 year a go had to have a stimulater fitted for the pain in my legs can't move my toes or my feet can't move my feet up and down and my toes feel like I have kick the door frame 24 / 7

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    Hi,

    There's no middle rate of PIP, it's standard or enhanced. I would seriously think twice about reporting any changes. If you report changes you risk losing everything you already have. It's not just about sending them reports, they will first send you another PIP2 form. You'll have to fill that it and return it, along with all your evidence (just like the first time) Then you'll most likely have to attend another face to face assessment.

    I can't tell you the amount of stories i've read where people have reported changes and gone onto lose everything they already have. It's very risky.

    How long is your current award for and what award do you have exactly please? There's 2 parts Daily living and mobility, and 2 levels standard and enhanced. Also how many points did you score for each part in total? Before reporting any changes you really should take another look at the PIP descriptors and see where exactly you can gain those extra points. Start by doing a google search for PIP descriptors.

     

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      Hi Denise 15811 thankyou for your reply I was 2 points of Enhance for mobility but I have had grad rails in the bathroom and I need a walking stick now my left leg is given way
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      Grab rails in the bathroom will not get you those extra 2 points you need for mobility Kett. A walking stick is classed as a aid yes but that's not going to get you those extra points either.

      What evidence do you have to prove that your mobility has got worse? I'm sorry for all the questions but i'm just trying to help. It's so scary reporting changes. Do you have a daily living award as well as mobility? If so do you also claim and Income related benefit such as ESA or JSA?

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      Denise is right with that i need a stick but did not make a difference or the grab rails thats what they said to me their aids to help you
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      Yes indeed those 2 aids will make no difference what so ever in gaining those extra 2 points for Enhanced Mobility. Enhanced mobility is, Can stand and then move more than 1 metre but

      no more than 20 metres, either aided or unaided. As you see the stick doesn't help. The only thing that will help with that award is evidence proving that you can't walk more than 20 metres, regularly and reliably.

       

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      Hi Denise I have my MRI SCANs before and now got letters off my specialist saying that my discs are pushing on my spine cord and 1 disc is pushing on my nerves in my left leg had injection in it and has not worked and there will not operate coz the first operation did not work so the put a stimulater in which cost £36000 and said there will not operate

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      When i was first awarded PIP i was also 2 points short of Enhanced mobility. 8 months before my review was due i thought maybe i would report changes because my mobility had got worse. I had evidence to prove beyond doubt that it had got worse. I decided in the end that it was too much to lose and decided against reporting those changes. At my review i filled out the very short review form (much shorter than the PIP2) sent my evidence along with it. Had an assessment a few month later and was awarded Enhanced mobility BUT my evidence proved that my mobility had got worse.

      I too have problems with my spine and my discs are pushing on the nerves at the bottom of my spine. I was told it's normal due to age and i'm not even 50 yet. I don't claim for this on my mobility awarded, it's not even mention anywhere on anything i sent as evidence. Your evidence needs to state the problems you have with your mobility, it needs to state exactly how far you can walk regularly and reliably. I'm only tell you the truth and trying to help you.

      Do you claim Daily living part? and also do you claim JSA or ESA Income Related? If you do and you have a daily living award do you claim any of the disability premiums that are paid with this? If you do and you lose your daily living award, then you'll also lose your disability premiums. How long do you have left on your currect award? You haven't answer these questions.

      It's your choice and no one can force you into making that decision but i think you're taking a massive risk. Good luck with what ever you decide to do but if it was me then i'd leave well alone until your review. That's all the advice i have for you.

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      Sorry Denise I think March 17 till 19 but I have been told you get a review after a year is that right if so I will wait . Its not right what you have to do. I have had is problem for 17 year now . But the last month or two I have not been out of the house by myself because I got stuck in Tesco had to get my son to pick me up lol its not fair the pain we have for people to look down on us wish I could work
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      No worries. Yes it's review at 1 year but do check you decision letter because some have end dates and no review. Did the decision go in your favour without taking it to Tribunal, if so then it's more than likely review in March ths year. Usually it's the Tribunal that give end dates.

      Yes it's terrible what we have to go through. If your review is March this year then i'd advice gathering as much evidence as you possibly can now, so when the time does come then you'll have everything ready. The only evidence that's not good is future appointment dates/times.

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    All you can do is try and fight for what entitled to don't give up it's like me have payed into the system for 40 yrs so just keep going hope you get it

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      Putting in a change of circumstances is extremely risky, unless Kett has some fantastic evidence to 100% prove that those descriptors apply to her.

      I certainly would never advice anyone to report any worsening of condtion. I would rather keep the award i already have than risk losing everything. When reporting changes it's not a case of just sending that evidence straight to DWP. You start the whole process over again, exactly like the first time. I would risk my award for that.................................... no thank you.

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      Thankyou Denise I think I will wait now listening to what what you all say I will let you no what happens again thankyou so much
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