I had my ESA Assessment about 3 weeks ago, and havent given it a second thought since really. The thought of them saying anything other than 'of-course you can keep claiming employment support allowance' seemed completely impossible? To me, it is blatently obvious that I am unfit to work! I am in constant, chronic pain; which I told the doctor. I have atleast 3-4 days a week when I cant even get out of bed; which I told the doctor. And I showed him all of my medical letters, a doctors note signing me off for a further 3 months, and all of my medication. Enough? Apparently not.
Today a letter has come through the post telling me they are stopping my money because they think I am well enough to work. I cannot believe it. How on earth could this happen when I told the doctor how much I suffer?
It seems I scored 0 points on the questionnaire thing. Because I can lift my arm above my head? And because I can take a message from a stranger? Oh, and I can write with a pen, or use a mouse on a computer. (These were the actual questions!!!!) BUT SO WHAT??!! Yes I can do these things, but that doesnt mean I can work!!! What do any of the questions have to do with my disease ridden pelvic cavity?
I feel as though I am being treated like a scrounger. Like my endo is in my head. I feel as though they are saying I am lying. Its such an insult. I have had the worst year of my life, and this is the result. Go back to work. I cannot itterate enough how completely impossible this prospect is. I tried and tried to keep going back to work, when I had a job, and couldnt even get through a full day! So after 6 months they let me go. Understandably. I would do anything in this world to be better and work again. But I simply cant. I am ashamed that I have to claim benefits, but I have no choice.
Obviously I will appeal against the decision... but they said it can take several weeks/months to go through the system. Several weeks/months with no money coming in. I dont know how I going to cope......
Can anyone help or advise me? Has anyone been in the same boat? What can I do?
Thank you ladies. Im desperate...