Having had DLA higher mobility for about 14 years I was very apprehensive when I got the pip letter. I filled in all the forms myself and gathered evidence and am very relieved and surprised to have been awarded higher mobility and also standard care. So will be getting more than on DLA. Relieved we can keep our car. Iam 65 soon somit did me a favour as you cant get pip after 65 so might miss out on Mobility.
The assessor was a really nice lady and when I showed her photos of my aids she said dont worry I wouldnt disbelieve you.
I had letters from my cardiologist and orthopod and rheumatologist, detailing the diagnoses I had and on the forms I put down all the problems I have when at my worst ie I can only walk around indoors holding onto things, no further than 50 metres without pain, breathlessness or having to stop. When my back is in spasm I need help showering and dressing and cant cook
The decision maker wrote a report about my interview and in relation to my claims and said that they were expected due to my diagnoses and she therefore agreed my limitations were expected
Seems to me that having a diagnoses of something is a big key
So if you have any diagnostic reports or doctor or consultant letters, submit copies with your forms.
I doubt I would have got anything for fibromyalgia alone as it is difficult to quantify the effect it has on you, mine affects my hands, wrists feet, ribs etc. So if you are applying, highlight any other conditions that cause you pain or breathlessness, ie any arthritis diagnosed, asthma or heart problems.
I bought 2 cassette radio recorders from amazon, the assessor didnt mind at all and it was first time anyone had recorded interviews with her.
Anyway I am a so glad that is over for now until 2022 when I will be 70!!
Best of luck if you are in the process