Fibromyalgia Action UK
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PIP assesment

Omg iv got my pip assesment on Tuesday, it isn't much time to prepare myself 🤔

Can please,someone tell me if there is only one person doing the assesment or more?

And what care plan they talking abt?

I am very new to fibromyalgia and still not even settle with meds i am taking ,and constantly increasing dosage etc

I am soo worry that i won't give them enough info etc

Pls help,my lovely ppl

thank you xx

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Hi JustynaFitt take a look at the mother site it has a lot of informative information on there

fmauk.org

good luck my friend

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Thank you

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Hi JustynaFitt oh bless you, no that's not long to prepare is it. Well firstly yes there is only one assessor as far as I know, 2nd the care package they are talking about would probably be, your GP, medications & any other medical professional that are involved in your treatment, i.e. physiotherapists, rheumatologist, pain clinic, they would want to see any information that evolves around the care you are getting.

FMA UK have a benefit adviser (Janet) and I have pasted her contact details below as she maybe be able to offer you some advice?

Benefits Helpline 0300 999 0055 (10am - 12pm Mon, Wed, and Fri)

I would also contact your doctors surgery and ask for a copy of your medial records (there may be a fee for this service?). But then you can print off / download anything that you feel may help with your claim?

I have pasted you two links below in case you do get sent for assessments. They are from the CAB cache:

Preparing for your PIP assessment

citizensadvice.org.uk/benef...

google.co.uk/url?sa=t&sourc...

Hope this helps

Luv Jan xx

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Thank you Jan xx

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Hi

It is normally just the one assessor

If they have anyone shadowing them they are required to ask you if you mind the other person being them you have the right to say you do .

Care plans are sometimes in place with your GP or if Social Services are in place, if you have a Support Worker or someone from the mental health team working with you.

Not everyone has Care Plans so don't worry about it to much

Just have list of meds you take and take meds with you

Any information you have regards medical test follow up letters from Health professionals and list of any aids you may have .

Like electric can opener ,raised toilet seat , toilet frame ,grab rails .bath seats ,shower stools , anything you need on a daily basis .

Try not to worry

Good Luck

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Thank you Rose54

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Hi JustynaFitt, any health assessment is traumatic. I always go with my daughter to these things due to her brain fog and not always being able to follow conversation. My advice is to answer all questions as if you are having your worst day, not what you can do on a relatively good day (even if you are lucky enough to have a good day). They are particularly influenced in how you cope with self care. My daughter can't always dress herself and needs help if she has to go out (which rarely happens because if she's in that much pain she doesn't go out) so tell them you often need help to dress yourself (bras, buttons ) and that you can't always wash/dry your feet/legs/hair in shower. My daughter can't always keep her arms up enough to wash her hair so I help her with that (when needed).

I hope this helps. xxx

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Good advice from everyone, especially about relating to your worst days, as these are the times which will interfere with your life the most, don't be lured into the ' oh, well I can sometimes do that' scenario as the assessor will assume that is the norm. If there is something that really plagues you then don't be afraid to make a point of it. And take a copy of your application form with you as well if you have it. You could also have a look at the Benefits and Work website which is really good, I used their guides and got a good result in the end .

Good luck

Cc xx

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Thank you xx

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Sounds like a good advice,thank you 😉 xx

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Hi JustynaFitt t

The *CAB says:

*Talking about how your condition affects you

You should be prepared to talk about how your condition affects you even if you’ve already detailed it on your PIP claim form. It can be hard to do this but it will really help if you can talk about:

the kind of things you have difficulty with, or can’t do at all - for example, walking up steps without help or remembering to go to appointments

how your condition affects you from day to day

what a bad day is like for you - for example, ‘On a bad day, I can’t walk at all because my injured leg hurts so much’ or ‘On a bad day, I’m so depressed I can’t concentrate on anything’

It’s a good idea to take a copy of your PIP claim form with you. That way you can refer to it in the assessment and make sure you tell the assessor everything you want them to know about your condition.

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

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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Thank you ken, really helpfull

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Good luck my friend

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