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I applied for p.i.p in october last year as have severe Ostioarthritis. I had 2 hip replacements and a knee last year. I still need my other knee done but needed a break from surgery as l was in so much pain. OA has took over my life in the last 2 years. I have just turned 44 and found out only a year and a half ago l has OA after months of walking about in pain and been told it was a pulled muscle and for months but eventually when they did xrays they found out l needed both hips replaced. Which l went ahead and did and during recovery my knee's started getting very painful. So more xrays found out that both knees needed replaced. I had to give up my full time job and go part time. I was off work for over a year but am in constant pain l can hardly walk and my husband is basically my carer now he has to help me dress get in and out bath cook clean and as l am in strong pain medication he sorts all that fir me.
So l was awarded standard rate pip in january after filling the massive form in and oroviding them with more than enough evidence and attending a face to face assesment. But since January my ankle has started welling up l can't put any weight on it the pains just got worse. So again more xrays and my ankle has OA and l need an operation on it asap. I now need to change my car to an automatic as l can't use my left ankle. I need the higher rate of pip to get a mobility car and l missed it by 2 point before.
So l called DWP to inform them of my change in circumstances. I have now been sent the same form l filled out in October that toally stressed me to the max. So basically l have to start again and go through it all from the very begining just to add that l now have OA in my ankle and can't drive a normal car. Why does it need to be so stressful. I just had my assesment in January now l will need to fill form out which took me a week provide all the evidence l did before and add my new ankle operation to it. I just think there must be an easier way. Why can't they just take a gp letter about my ankle and go with my formar form. I am in pain 24/7 l can hardly concentrate plus l am worrying about the ankle op. Not forgetting l still have to get my knee replaced.
I am just so fed up and dreading doing this form again.
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