Capita pip home assessment

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I have my capita pip assessment next week. I'm very anxious. I have ra with symptoms that are very up and down. I take methotrexate and various pain relief any advice on what to expect will be most apreciated

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    It's a home assessment no idea why I didn't request one

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    Hello Clare3295,

    I now receive PIP, and i can tell you they will keep you waiting a long time, me since March 22nd this year, don't be fooled by the sympathetic and caring attitude, they will watch every thing you do, as well as a home visit, i also had to go in to the city for another assessment,and i have just had the good news, but i also received a copy of the observations, and i'm telling you she wrote down all her observations even how i took my wallet out to give her my medical history cards. Also i have been told there is a 12 week back log.

    Anyway having said all of this i did get it all back paid and i don't want to rain on your parade, if you have all the medical history and all the medication , and any aids that you use to assist your daily life then you should have no problem. I had very severe RA in the beginning with one closed hand , and was confined to a wheel chair, but over the past 27 months i have improved , and i am self injecting RoAtemera and prednisanol with painkillers, but i also have other medical issues due to the RA. They will assess you on a score basis, how far you can walk, stand, how you can care for your self, personal hygiene, eating drinking, cooking ,daily activities.

    If you can not perform normal functions and routines and how much pain you have...is all relevant . They will give you some small  things to do like lifting your arms, they will also give you a small examination,like squeezing there hand with your finger and thumb, just to find out how much strength you have ...that sort of stuff. Just be your self and give them as much information about how your RA effects you and your daily life. You will be assessed on a point scoring system. It is very hard these days to get more help because as you know there are a hand full of scum bags that abuse the system which makes it harder for genuine cases.  So having said all of that the very best of luck and i hope it all goes well for you,it will be interesting to know in the future how you have go ton , and if they have awarded you PIP.

    Andy  

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      Thank you Andy. It's a very stressful time. I'm concerned that my condition futures daily. Sometimes I can't get out of bed. Other days I can but not without stiffness and pain. My concern is if they come and it's a good day it won't be a true representation of me. I say good day but no days are ever good maybe not as bad as others

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    Hello again, 

    Yes i am the same, today has been a bit difficult with very painful fingers, and knees, but it has subsided now, i just get exhausted so much , i only have to have a shower and go to the doctors, and i'm knackerd.

    You have not given me much detail on your RA, how long have you had it  and all that. I started on a cocktail of tablets Methotrexate, Hydrochloriquin, prednisanol , i also ended up in the QE with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs,and last year pneumonia, so although i am no longer on the MTX i am on other medication for life as well as the RA meds. I am sure you will be able to convince them you have a long term condition, they only have to look at the medication your on along with your doctor and specialist's back up , trust me they look in to every thing, but i feel that you sound like you have the same issues as me, but taking in mind we all suffer differently , as my stillness never goes away, as others it is just in the morning. 

    Like i said don't worry your self it will only add to the stress.

    Andy.

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