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bub1

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Radiculopathy
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:53:33 PM »
Hi all
I have been diagnosed with the above.
I have had injection into C6 cervical nerve it hasnít worked and I am seeing the consultant on 30tb October.
I have put this on my ESA50.
Where does this condition come in respects to the list they have of conditions

Thankyou

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 06:20:18 PM »
I don't know, but what I do with a lot of things, and would do with that, is to use a mixture of jargon (lots of it, the more obscure or long the better) interspersed with brief, clear explanations.

E.g. I can't do such-and-such properly because of my Impressive-long-name-opathy which stops my Simple-name-body-part working properly by interrupting the nerve signals.  This is complicated by my Long-jargon-word and my Difficult-to-find-in-dictionary-problem, which makes the nerves in my Simple-name-body-part over-sensitive and results in my brain feeling severe pain even when there is no cause for it.   I love to also add references to the condition 'diagnosed by the consultant such-and-such at X hospital and confirmed by the consultant something-or-other at Y hospital as being due to...

In other words, use the jargon, make it clear you're not simply self-diagnosing, then 'translate' the jargon without putting it in those terms, i.e. not 'my Long-Greek-name condition', which is just a fancy name for Everyday word'.

Mind you, whilst this approach worked well for my ESA and DLA, I'm waiting out on my PIP.  I hope I haven't lost my touch.

But if in doubt, when you've got a diagnosis, remember that it's not the diagnosis that gets you the points, it's proving you can't do something, so all the diagnosis actually does is to make it harder for a dodgy assessor to get away with saying you can do something that you can't.


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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 09:07:11 PM »
Thankyou I will look it up and add the necessary bits.

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 09:40:04 PM »
Bub
if you put the name Radiculopathy on you list of health problems the assessor will just google it to see what it means,  you need to explain in each descriptor what your health problem stops you from doing.  I don't know off hand what your illness is, but when I write someone's form I need to explain - due to "arthritis in my knees" I cannot walk more than 30 meters, I then have to explain why I cannot use a wheelchair or a walking stick, so I have to identify the upper body problems as well.   Its like this for all the descriptors on the form.

The only illnesses that get you an automatic award are the ones that are terminal. or there is dialysis or chemotherapy.

sorry a bit distracted just now - will try and come back to this later
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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 10:59:16 PM »
Thankyou do you think I should do a sheet with each illness on and how it affects me?

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 11:51:17 PM »
I did that with various benefits applications, but I think you need also to cross-reference from the specific questions/criteria as well.  Remember when you say how it affects you to use the criteria for the benefit.  Be specific.  I can't remember the criteria without looking them up, but if it uses a term 'lift', use the term 'lift' not 'pick up'.  I know that sounds petty, but don't give them wriggle-room.


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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2017, 11:21:44 AM »
I will do.
Going to do list of illnesses to attach and how it affects me also will do sheet about descriptors.
As my left arm is ok but my right arm is the problem now.
Will cross reference list with descriptors and get my son to type it out as my writing looks like a spider has done it lol. Or should I write it I wonder.
Thankyou for your help so fast will get on it tomorrow as had to be back by 3if November I have drs appointment on Friday so will mention it to him.

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2017, 11:53:34 AM »
Good luck bub!  >x-fingers< >hugs<

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2017, 12:23:06 PM »
Thankyou will send what I think is appropriate as I said drs on Friday 20 back to see consultant on the 30 th October the injections in through neck to spine vertebrae havenít worked. So we shall see

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2017, 04:47:27 PM »
Good luck with the ESA.

Meanwhile, I hope something can be done about the radiculopathy.  It sounds very distressing.

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2017, 08:56:47 PM »
Hi Bub
back again - so I looked online and according to the web you have nerve pain in your spine (I am not being dismissive but it might come across like that) so that will affect walking, sitting, standing reaching, maybe even grip and fine motor skills. You will need to be clear if the pain and issues are there all the time and whatever you do - do not tick it varies - that just means that you can do the task some of the time and if you can do it sometimes you can be a part time employee. >doh<

OK
1 Mobilising - I can mobilise a short distance but the majority of the time will not take more than 10 - 15 steps without stopping (1 step = a meter)
I cannot self propel a wheelchair as my upper body is weak and the pain restricts my ability to move my arms/shoulders/elbows/wrist.  Elbow crutches are out for the same reason

Sitting / standing - I cannot sit for more than 20 minutes before I need to move, standing is also painful and I frequently need to lie down on a flat surface just to get some respite from the pain

Reaching - I can't repeatedly or reliably lift my hands to my head - I rarely wash my hair as I cant do it myself
picking up and moving - I can lift my cup but cannot pick up the kettle due to the pain increasing when I do this, I could not do this repeatedly (I cant stack shelves / scan items at a checkout is what your saying)
Manual dexterity - do you lose power in your hands if yes how often
speaking -- might not be an issue
hearing
vision
Bowels - does the damage to the spinal nerves affect your ability to control your bowels or bladder movements.
consciousness - is this an issue

that's my take on how that one illness affects the ESA descriptors but that's with only a quick look at the condition.

hope that's helpful
Monic

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2017, 09:08:26 PM »
Thankyou thatís all about right except canít pick up cup I use a straw lol.
I have trouble walking already because of osteoarthritis especially bad in knees and feet. Even walking with crutches is a pain literally as canít grip properly as for laying down I can only do that for showtimes and I am always tired. Wheoi had my last day surgery injection the discharge papers does say confirmed diagnosis of radiculopathy shall I send copy with form?
I appreciate all your help this is another illness added to;
Copd,raynauds,osteoarthritis,rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2017, 10:00:38 PM »
Hi Bub
add to your descriptions - I get breathless on exertion and exertion can be walking from my bed to the toilet, due to the raynauds I have no feeling in my fingers or toes - this means that I cannot grip and retain control of any object I try to lift.  I drink through a straw as I got fed up dropping my drink on myself, I no longer drink hot liquids as it causes burns when I drop the cup.  both types of arthritis mean any physical task is extremely difficult and painful.  Since I cannot feel my toes I have a tendency to trip over my own feet so I shuffle rather than walk.
You could send the discharge papers as it also shows when you were last in hospital.

my way of doing the forms is to look at the descriptor and try to work out which job the are talking about
so mobilising - lollipop person
sitting / standing - check out assistant, call centre worker, office worker - just thought do you get breathless when speaking cos that would rule out tele sales (mum there's a heavy breather on the phone  >whistle<)
picking up & moving is the check out and the shelf stacker jobs

 >chocolate< >mug-tea<
monic

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 10:31:20 AM »
Thanks Monic I do breathe heavy. Will get son to type separate sheet over weekend.

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Re: Radiculopathy
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2017, 10:44:37 AM »
My back condition sounds similar symptom wise and I received 0 points for mobility but have enhanced care for mental health reasons. My mobility has decreased dramatically since my last ESA 50 though. I'm currently wondering whether to apply for pip mobility but think I'm too scared plus filling in a form is beyond me and I can't even get to a post box to post a letter so they'd never receive it!

I hope your symptoms improve. I'm moving up the analgesic ladder fairly rapidly with little success as yet but there has to be a stage on the ladder when I'm helped and it must be the same for you. Big hugs  >bighugs<