I would just like to say a big thank you to people that offered me support over the last few weeks and months regarding my tribunal and my fibromyalgia,
I had my E.S.A tribunal yesterday and was really really nervous, the doctor was trying his hardest to confuse me, and the judge wasn't exactly the most helpful of people to be honest,
the judge asked a few questions but really didn't have a lot to say for himself, the doctor, well what can I say was trying to get me to trip up,
unfortunately for them once he had started he didn't like the fact that I had grown in confidence and could answer his questions and thoroughly to,
The intimidation factor is amazing, they really do try to Intimidate you, when answering his questions it seemed like he didn't believe me one bit and just kept asking for more information,
But I am now living proof that these things can be won, and that just because you are given 0 points after your assessment and mandatory reconsideration process, if you take them to the tribunal and force them into a corner for a change you can win (I did)
unfortunately it seems that they have not taken the fibromyalgia into consideration and it was other factors of my health won it,,
I do recommend that you seek advice from the citizens advice bureau, we are lucky here as they have a specialist benefit caseworker. who compiled a submission form and told them what and where points should have been awarded, not that they appreciated it at the tribunal, I was able to submit evidence on the day of the tribunal, although it dose mean that they will make you wait for them to post there decision to you, I also had a very helpful and supportive GP who also composed a supporting letter, which again they didn't like, it has been a really realy long and agonising wait and process
But please do not let them intimidate you, (easier said than done I know) but they can be won,
thank you again everyone!
ps if anyone does have any questions that they feel I might be able to help with regarding these please feel free to ask and I will happily try and help.