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TOPIC: PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo)

PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo) 8 months 5 days ago #199516

Hey all

I've just been and seen an ENT ref sudden bouts of vertigo
At first me and the GP had been thinking it's Ménière's disease but after seeing the ENT it looks like MAV will be the diagnoses. Just waiting on a MRI scan to confirm but can I still apply for it?

My question is I will be applying for PIP, it's very different to a migraine in fact I rarely get the head ache, just full blown vertigo where by I'm on floor throwing up for a couple hours and then sleep. Once I wake the vertigo is gone but feel like I've been beaten up for a couple weeks after
Very clumsy, can't think straight etc. I'm also a carer for my wife which has made this even harder. One thing I'm afraid of is that PIP will just see this as a headache and that's it
So I'm concerned about form filling and more so F2F as on the day it may seem I'm perfectly fine.
Any advice on what to do?

PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo) 8 months 5 days ago #199517


PIP is not awarded for the condition(s) that a claimant has but rather the limitations that result from them, so how does your MAV limit your ability to cook, to wash or dress yourself.

Have a look at our PIP Claim guide for a better understanding of the criteria that you will be assessed against.


If you have any further questions then please reply to this post and we will do our best to help.


PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo) 8 months 5 days ago #199521

Hi Gorden

I'll go have a look Thankyou.
I get maybe 1/2 days a week upto a couple weeks where I feel ok, except maybe some evenings where I get a headache, eyes streaming etc. The rest of the days I don't, don't even make coffee as I'll miss the cup it can be that bad, practically bounce from wall to wall when my balance is off after an attack so refrain from cooking amoungst other things
Also stopped from driving in the aftermath of an attack until I feel well enough to do so. DVLA are also aware of this, only just managed to keep my licence. When I go out I need someone with me due the fact the vertigo is spontaneous and can happen within 10mins of the symptoms starting. I've had one attack when out which resulted in people having to come rescue me along with paramedics being called. so lost my independence and being 34, it's totally life changing.

Concern is that this condition fluctuates from day to day I did think maybe a diary will help with PIP

PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo) 8 months 4 days ago #199560

Hi Matt,

You must be careful to document the reasons why you cannot cook. If you say you 'refrain' from cooking, it is likely to be interpreted that you prefer not to cook rather than that you cannot.

The PIP guide explains how to deal with variable conditions.

PIP for MAV (migraine associated vertigo) 8 months 2 days ago #199675

Thanks for the heads up. Love cooking tbf but take yesterday. I was flat out ill all day, barely moved but today not so bad
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