Hi All, Just discovered this area of the site although have been registered for a while. I was diagnosed with Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia about 21/2 years ago although I know I have had it much longer. I had a ligament stabilisation for a degenerated disk about 15 years ago followed by a repair to the false ligament a few years later. I had arranged to see a rheumatologist due to the pains in my feet (my brother has Psoriatic Arthritis which started with foot and leg pain), whilst she carried out various tests which ruled out the arthritis but showed another disk prolapse, I was on the net and actually took in the symptom page off of the nhs.uk site with me when I went for the results. I showed her the list as I had pretty much all of the symptoms listed and she agreed with my diagnosis except for stating that she preferred to call it Chronic Pain, advising it was a knock on effect of the long term back problems. I have since discovered it just depends on who you are talking to as to what name they give it. I have put off further surgery for the 2nd disk since at the time of diagnosis I was going through a rather complicated divorce, there also seems little point if the problem is just going to work its way up my back. I now live alone except for my cat in my own little bungalow in Southend and get by with the love and support of my family and friends, some of whom have similar health issues so we all help support each other. The biggest bain of my life, like many others is dear old ATOS. I was awarded 18 points at my ESA tribunal in December 2010 only to have them taken away at reassessment in June 2011, a year later I am still awaiting a date for my new tribunal. I applied for DLA after I was awarded full ESA , got turned down and didn't have the energy to appeal but armed with the knowledge I have gained from this site and the Benefits and work one I will reapply once I have got my ESA tribunal out of the way. The best thing about this site is knowing that I am not alone in my fight, the downside is I am spending far too much time sitting in front of my computer (-;
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