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Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by NeuralgicNeurotic on October 18, 2017, 11:53:34 AM »
Good luck bub!  >x-fingers< >hugs<
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by bub1 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.
Talk / Re: Funny init
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on October 18, 2017, 11:09:39 AM »
For me, it's pschological abuse that's worse.

Yes, and just try getting believed by those who are in a position to stop it - especially if you have a mental illness and therefore can be written off as a delusional nutjob who is just imagining/exaggerating the abuse  >angry< So in effect the victim/survivor is traumatised at least twice over. 

Quite honestly, I had a lot of work to do in forgiving certain authorities for their part in my distress, ie failing to protect me from the abuser(s) and even punishing me for trying to draw attention to what was happening.  It's actually still an ongoing process to some extent, demonstrated by my unexpected triggering last night, which I admit I got annoyed with myself for (after trauma-based one-to-one therapy earlier this year, aren't I supposed to be 'cured' of all that??)

Sorry you had to suffer at the hands of the NHS as well, Sunny; the psychiatric system has a lot to answer for...

>edit to amend
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by Sunny Clouds 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.

Talk / Re: Funny init
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on October 17, 2017, 11:47:37 PM »
For me, it's pschological abuse that's worse.

Having said that, I saw physical and psychological abuse of a relative in a nursing home and simply removed them.  I didn't tell the CQC because past experience shows that it's a total waste of time.  I've complained about physical violence in an NHS hospital and if you're really lucky, they'll get rid of a token member of staff, but then they'll focus on covering up and pretending it didn't happen.  So whilst a lot of people, when traumatised, get help from the NHS, I've needed help from the traumas of being 'cared for' by the NHS.

Meanwhile, there are people who need help to cope with the psychological impact of unemployment, and now where does the government want to get it?  In, or via referral from, jobcentres, which would be fine if it weren't actually the system there that's the most traumatising part of being on the dole.

People need love and kindness and it's in short supply.
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by bub1 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?
Talk / Re: Funny init
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on October 17, 2017, 09:40:32 PM »
***trigger warning***

Abuse is a hot topic for me, having experienced it in different ways in various situations, and its effects seem to be longstanding - earlier I was triggered by something in the final episode of ITV's latest hit drama 'Liar' (for those who haven't watched, it deals with 'date rape' and a horribly convincing and credible 'respectable' surgeon who has carried out repeated rapes of this kind and got away with it - until his latest victim fights back...)  Bum, now I've lost what I was going to say  >doh<  more tomorrow, if you're all lucky  ;-)
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by Monic1511 on October 17, 2017, 09:40:04 PM »
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
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by bub1 on October 17, 2017, 09:07:11 PM »
Thankyou I will look it up and add the necessary bits.
Welfare Rights / Re: Radiculopathy
« Last post by Sunny Clouds 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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