hi everyone I'm new to this site today and I hope this post is ok.
I am wondering if I should apply for DLA.
I was diagnosed with Fibro 4 years ago by a consultant rheumatologist and with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea about 18 months ago. I have all the usual symptoms of fibro; severe muscle pain, sleep problems, chronic exhaustion, severe Irritable Bowel syndrome etc. I was also diagnosed with stable angina last year after thinking I had suffered a heart attack and in April I suffered a minor stroke which has left a slight but marked weakness in my right side. I'm just out hospital after being admitted with pneumonia and have to go back as an OP to have a lung function test as consultant believes I have COPD but I'm not sure what severity that is. I am always very breathless and will contract nasty chest infections when I get a cold.
I also have a history of depressive illness and currently grieving the death of my mother who passed away in January.
At the moment I am on ESA support element which I have been told takes me to September 2017.
I'm thinking perhaps I should apply for DLA but I have heard so many nightmare stories I am in 2 minds. I feel like I would deserve at least the mobility element and perhaps low rate care element but would appreciate any feedback anyone could give me