I've been suffering from my symptoms since 2014 (but anxiety for around 8 years), and I recently had my ESA medical on 25th July. I got a phone call from the DWP exactly 2 weeks after, telling me I scored 0 points! I was unbelievably shocked. I honestly was not expecting it.
I suffer from chronic pain in my neck, shoulders, back, chest, wrists, elbows, knees and legs, headaches, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, IBS, bladder symptoms, cognitive issues and anxiety. I experience all these every day, from the second I wake up to the second I (eventually) fall asleep. The medication I take for all of these cause me to become incredibly drowsy and in a zombie-like state, so I'm bedridden most days. My knee and leg pain is so bad that I need to use a walking stick when I do actually go outside, but due to my pain and anxiety that is a very rare occasion.
At the medical, I was not dressed up at all. I wore joggers, my hair wasn't brushed and I had no make-up on. I also stressed that I waited for an hour after my appointment time and that the waiting caused my knee pain to flare up. The woman who assessed me seemed very nice and understanding (obviously not), and listened to everything I said when I was talking. I told her when I go outside and walk, I am in pain instantly and need to walk slowly, and that going up and down stairs causes me immense pain. I cannot cook for myself, I cannot do any housework, and I can't dress myself most days. When I'm sitting at my computer, I have to stand up and walk about after every 30 minutes to ease my chronic pain. I also stressed how bad my anxiety is, how I dislike going outside due to the fact that I hate having to interact with people.
I can't remember what else was said (damn fibro fog), but I obviously am not capable of working yet. But I was scored 0 points. I honestly don't know how they came to that decision. Once I get my letter I will be appealing instantly. If anyone has any advice or help with appealing I would greatly appreciate it!