As someone who has previously proffered advice, on this occasion I need some from you guys. I have longstanding acute pain issues, spanning the last 11 years. Following two serious car accidents, the pain across my limbs increased significantly over time and I went from the maximum doses of Tramadol and Gabapentin to Zomorph as well as Cymbalta, Amitriptyline and smaller doses of Gabapentin. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about a month ago. I have had five operations on my knees, including Total Knee Replacement of both my legs, three operations on my back, including a spinal fusion and a laminectomy and five operations on a Weber C fracture of my right ankle. I successfullyn appealled against an ATOS medical investigation of my condition at a Tribunal in 2013, but received no Disability Benefit, despite being unable to work, because of the pain, poor sleep patterns and exhaustion. My question relates to all of the above conditions, in terms of PIP and financial support. I don't know whether I am entitled to PIP/DLA, because although I am able to walk some distance with my walking stick, I am continuously in pain when I do so. Would really appreciate some feedback please. The other issue is that my GP is keen for me to come off my Morphine and my Gabapentin, for cost reasons (to his budget) than my own health and has also mentioned coming off my statin, because I smoke and he feels that as I smoke, the statin will not help me. The last time I came off my morphine, I spent nine days in hospital, as my surgeon (at the time) just suddenly stopped my morphine after my second knee replacement. Would so much vale your advice please.
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