I was wondering if anyone could help or has experience of applying for PIP.
I have had an assessment and got 6 points, none of which were for COPD, but a comparatively minor element (Supra.. Tendonitis). I have read the assessment report, which showed the assessor had no understanding of emphysema/copd whatsoever. She seemed to believe that because I had muscular strength, there was nothing wrong with me. I have written a mandatory letter of reconsideration, emphasising that it is my lungs that give me problems, not my muscles and explaining how important it is to keep strength in the muscles when you have copd.
I have severe emphysema - FEV1 - 34%. I have applied for PIP mainly because I can't cook (coughing spasms) and need encouraging to eat (gives me pains in my back). I have to be very careful, as I have a low BMI. I also do become stressed easily and tend to avoid socialising. However, according to the assessor I am a very calm, happy person?
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Can they possibly give me advice on what evidence is best to produce?
Very grateful for any information and incredibly sympathetic to anyone going through this process.