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Just wondering if anyone is on DLA (PIP) or have applied for it for Bronchietasis

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    I amazes me how many different treatments there seem to be for bronchiectasis. Like so many medicines mentioned on this site, DLA is yet another one I've never heard of. With such a range of treatments available there must be a need for a national treatment strategy as treatment seems entirely random at the moment. I've been on a daily dose of Spireva for about a year now and it has transformed my life. The breatlessness has gone, and I don't seem to be getting as many infections as previously. I was prescribed it when attending my 6 monthly chest clinic appointment by a doctor I hadn't seen before, so each doctor seems to have their own ideas about medication. Surely things could be coordinated better as it seems like the luck of the draw as to whether people are treated effectivelly at the moment.
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    There are lots of different treatments but probably towards the same aim.The doctors will want to keep it simple and depending on the severity the treatment may vary.Bear in mind that some peaples may be on other medications which may react with new medicines.I for one appear to have a mild bronchiectasis localised to one lobe and have worked all my life so would be unable to claim DLA. If anyone needs to claim it the rules are simple. An illness or disability needs to have been present for 9 months,this is to prevent claims from everyone with a broken leg or a bad back(unless it goes on) Peaple with cancer can claim with specail form. DLA is a benefit in the UK for longterm disability for people under the age of 65. If over 65 consider attendance allowance.

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