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I was awarded the minimum care component of DLA, indefinite, a year or so before PIP. I am now a few months off 69 and received the dreaded PIP form in July. I had help from a charity to complete it (lady completed the form but left a few things out).
Although I receive very little DLA my conditions have increased since the original claim. Then I had sciatica, a herniated disc, and depression. Now I also have anxiety, panic attacks, atrial tachycardia, enlarged lungs (COPD?), vertigo and quickly get very tired. I rarely go out as I no longer have any living friends or relatives and can't stay out for long, or go anywhere I don't know without panicking.
I only found one consultant's letter, about my heart. Although I received others (MRI results for disk, three cancercares and several visits for a prolapse that left me incontinent after the last treatment, but I do have a summary of my medical record (not necessarily everything) on my EMIS web page.
It has been several years since I've been able to have a GP consultation of over 5 minutes so I've never mentioned some of my problems, and now my GP does same-day telephone consultations with face to face appointments being very rare, so getting evidence would not be easy. Age UK put on my form that I needed a home assessment and if I can't get one I don't think I can get to wherever they do them. I have a car but have driven under 1000 miles in the last 5 years.
I'm assuming that I'll get no PIP, and won't be well enough for frequent assessments in my 70s and maybe later.
My PIP form was received a week ago so I'm waiting for another letter that either calls me for assessment or just turns me down.
If I receive no PIP should I apply for Attendance Allowance?.
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