Newbie here and first post.
I was recently diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia. After 3/4 years of typical meandering gait I had noticed a deterioration in recent months together with loss of sensation and use of right hand, extreme fatigue, problems swallowing with food, etc. I had put this down to Pregabalin (300mg per day) which I take for psoriatic arthritis. Anyway, my GP asked me to do the "tightrope" walk and I almost fell over. Could have knocked me down with a feather! I had no idea I was so unstable although I had bought a walking stick as I felt unsafe walking in the street and especially on public transport. Anyway, my question is: should I apply for a benefit and, if so, which one?
I am 63 and unemployed and in receipt of JSA. Live alone and have no family.
Any advice very welcome as I feel very isolated and have never claimed any medical benefit before. (For example, I have skimmed the PIP form and the question about "meals" - but I don't ever make myself meals, just sandwiches, as I can't stand over a cooker watching saucepans without needing support to stand, etc.)
Thanks for any advice.