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TOPIC: esa50 and members esa50 guide

esa50 and members esa50 guide 6 months 1 day ago #174502

Hi I am in the process of completing my esa50 while following your guide, I suffered a compressed fracture to my L1 Lumbar support in my back over 3 years ago and suffer with moderate to severe pain every day.

my question relates to activities I could do whilst suffering severe pain even though the pain is not caused by those activities.....

4. Picking up and moving things

5. Manual dexterity (using your hands)
Please tick this box if you can use
your hands without any difficulty.

Can you use either hand to:
l press a button, such as a
telephone keypad
l turn the pages of a book
l pick up a £1 coin
l use a pen or pencil
l use a suitable keyboard or mouse?

Both of these activities I could do even when suffering severe pain and extreme fatigue which occurs daily, but the guide repeatedly says if your are in severe pain or extreme fatigue while doing the activity you should tick no?

On most of these I have ticked yes but stated that although I could do it there are many occasions when I would be suffering severe pain and extreme fatigue resulting in a need to lay down and rest for between 1 and 4 hrs.

I would be extremely grateful for your help with this matter

Thank you


esa50 and members esa50 guide 6 months 1 day ago #174534


You are not required to complete the ESA activities pain free, but any pain that limits your ability to complete them should be taken into account, I'm afraid you need to decide where the cut-off point between the two is and justify that to those assessing you.

By ticking "yes" on the form you are saying that you can complete the activities on the majority of days.

So you need to detail the time you can do the task and the times that you cannot, either using hours in a day, days in a week, days in a month, etc.

If you can't perform the activity first thing in the morning then you should be considered to be unable to do it for the rest of the day.

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esa50 and members esa50 guide 6 months 1 day ago #174665

Thank you very much Gordon for your detailed reply,

That all makes sense the way you put it, I will go back and review my answers, because now I think about it i would not be able to carry out the task whilst suffering extreme pain and fatigue as I always go and lay down for several hours to recover when this occurs, sometimes logic eludes me!

thanks again
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