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Had 3 stents fitted after heart attack 7 years ago,suffer from angina breathlessness,high blood pressure etc.was on esa for a while thenn got an easy job that I could do.after a year and half I had to give it up as it got to much for me. On jsa at the moment but doctor has signed me off for 8 weeks at the moment(waiting for blood test and ecg results) due to me getting dizzy spells and blacking out for a split second.if he signs me off for a total of more than 13 weeks I've been told that as I have been on esa before I will not be able to claim any benefits whatsoever, is this true?

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Hello Melvyn1959UK and a warm welcome to our friendly fibro forum where you can find advice, support, help and understanding.

Have you seen our Mother Site fmauk.org ? Here you will find a wealth of information including guides and links.

I am sorry you have had such a difficult time these past few years. It must have been very worrying. You haven't said if you have had fibromyalgia or being treated for it. Also which medication are you taking as that can sometimes cause dizzy spells.

Here is the link to the government website which will give you more information.


I avise you to make an appointment with Citizens Advice as they will be able to help you further.

Hope to see you around the forum.


I think you need to talk to someone like Citizens Advice Bureau, or this Website has an adviser. Janet tel. 08448872450. They keep moving the goal posts, but at least talk to someone. Good luck. XX

Hi there Melvyn1959UK welcome to our wonderful forum ☺ I'm sure you will come to find the forum invaluable in chatting to others who are going through the same experience as you, talking to others at different stages of their lives with Fibro and learning from their experiences.

It does help with the whole process and I wish I had found the site years ago. I have had Fibro for nearly 30 yrs and I'm still learning about it, like we all are. I'm sorry you have had so many health issues to deal with, it must be a very difficult time for you.

I see bluebell99 has given you great advise already so i just wanted to say Hi & look forward to chatting with you on the forum.

Peace, luv n light

Jan ☺

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According to the Gov.uk site:-

"Repeat claims

In most cases, you won’t be eligible for ESA again if you were found capable of doing some work after your Work Capability Assessment. The main exceptions are where:

your current condition has got a lot worse

you’re claiming for a new condition"

I really think you need to get expert advice off someone like our excellent Janet the advisor or CAB.

If your present illness or any new that you are diagnosed with are radically effecting you with mobility, washing, dressing, preparing food etc snd this is long term rather than a temporary thing you could claim perhaps try claiming Personal Independence Payment which we all call PIP. it is a benefit for people aged between 16 and 64 who because of a long-term illness or disability may need help with daily activities or getting around. Let us know how you get on with this.x

Hi Melvyn1959UK

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I am so truly sorry to read of how you are feeling my friend and I totally agree with your other respondents as I think you should get some professional advice about this benefits issue.

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you


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