I posted a while ago about people's experiences of claiming PIP linked to respiratory issues & started a claim a few weeks ago. I got the form this week & am working through it. Much of it is fairly easy to describe, & I've had good advice from an advocacy organisation, but wondered if anyone has any thoughts or experience around a couple of issues.
Firstly, walking distance. The form seems slightly ambiguous in that it reads as if they are asking what distance I can walk at all. Now the truth is I can walk around, just that I get very short of breath almost immediately, and oedema/pred-induced muscle weakness means that my legs don't function walking uphill. I'm going to explain that in the text section, but is it reasonable to tick the 'Less than 20m' box for how far I can walk?
The other issue is around working. My situation is that I couldn't continue to work as I was doing & so have taken a 25% p.a. pay cut on zero-hours contracts to be in an environment where I can function. I just can't afford not to work, but am worried about how best to communicate that it's still very difficult to work but I have to whether I like it or not. I realise it's not clever not to tell them, but wonder again has anybody got any experience of communicating to them about working & coping?