Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.

Professional Members

We support both claimants and professionals.  These are just some of the organisations who have subscribed to Benefits and Work:

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Chesterfield Law Centre
  • Coventry Mind
  • Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Colchester Borough Council Welfare Rights

Read more



The forum is in read only mode.
Welcome, Guest
Username: Password:

Remember me. Note: ticking this may affect members file download ability.
The Forum is closed until 8pm Tuesday 30 May

TOPIC: Stupid Question?

Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13345

Good luck with that, but bear in mind its only you being the one experiencing the pain that really understands its efects. It may seem insignificant to others, but that dosnt mean its insignificant to you.

Peoples pain thresholds are different and while some people are not affected too much others are affected greatly. Does your GP fully understand the bearing your pain has on your mind, this might be worth stressing. How difficult is it for you when your mind is telling you get up and do and your body is telling you dont because you will suffer more pain as a result and you then find yourself in a vicious circle.

I think your GP is wrong in implying that the damage is insignificant and cant be causing you problems in other areas.


Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13349

Thanks for the advice dudes. I'll see what the doctor I have to see tomorrow has to say.

Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13370

No joy, no surprize. Apparently while they are aware my condition is getting worse all they are prepared to put on a sick note is low back pain, which the DWP will not accept.

Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13375

  • boris1
I don't understand why the DWP wont accept "low back pain" as it's a common condition that can cause disabilty and pain.

Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13376

It's in the DWP's A-Z of Medical Conditions Back Pain

Re:Stupid Question? 7 years 5 months ago #13387

That's what has been put on the sick notes since January. As I failed the appeal I can only re claim ESA if the doctor will say I have a new condition or that the old one is deteriorating. They refuse to say it is deteriorating on the grounds that what I feel is a deterioration in my back problem has not actually been diagnosed as being so. Despite the fact that several months ago I raised the problem with the very GP who first decided it was unrelated to my back, and she said it could be arthritis, which the x rays proved it wasn't OR the pain radiating from my back.

They argue it could be an unrelated condition causing the pain in my sacroiliac joint and hip on the right side when I walk for more than 5 minutes or so. They are, however, kindly going to write to the pain consultant and lay the whole thing at his door. I would have thought my GP could refer me to an orthopaedics dude, apparently not. They're going to suggest the pain consultant do so.

I still can't understand why I have to prove I can't work at all to claim a benefit that is intended to help people who have limits to their abilities but can work. That said, none of it makes sense - so that shouldn't be a surprize should it?
Moderators: bro58GordonMrs Hurtyback
Time to create page: 1.660 seconds