Hello and a big gentle hug to all my fellow FMS sufferers!!!
I attended my ESA Medical Assessment on 21st May 2012 at 3.30pm with my neice, I had sent a 5 page indepth letter stating my long list of symptoms and the difficulties these are causing me in my day to day existance also a list of each medication I was taking. We arrived 15 mins early by taxi and she helped me to get out I was having the most horrific flare up and had been awake most of the night the medical was being conducted on the 4th floor of the dwp building and as I was in agony and feeling exhausted we used the lift ,my neice carried my bag as even that was proving to be a burden, I sat on the seat but could not get comfortable my neice went to the reception desk and gave my details I was asked to sign a form to state I had attended a few mins later the ATOS doctor came and asked us to follow her (I wanted to scream and tell her that I needed to lie down) she asked me loads of questions all of which I had answered in the 5 page letter which was stapled to the ESA form on her desk??
all the way through I could feel her watching my every move she seem to sweet to be wholesome and kept saying in a very quiet voice (we are all girls together) then she attemted to tell us that her typing skills added up to her using two fingers very slowly what a liar we saw her using all 10 fingers and she typed very quickly....I was figeting all the time and could not consentrate she said that ordinarily she would ask me to stretch and bend but she could see I was in pain so she would not ask me too. She went on to add that I would get the result in a few weeks time and she could not give me any indication as to wethe I would be placed in the support group or not as this was not in her remit. we made our way out of the room and as we were walking towards the exit my neice caught a glimpse of the doctor watching us as we made our way out of the corridoor we took the lift to the ground floor and made our way outside I had to lean on the handrail and wait for the taxi to take us home I truly felt ill and my neice had to help me once again to get into and out of the taxi when I got home I collapsed on the settee ''what a day'' I am still awaiting my fate and if I loose my benefit I fully intend to appeal and involve my MP I just wanted you all to beware of soft spoken honey tongued doctors who try to pull the wool over your eyes pretending that they are your best friend so you let your guard down DO NOT BE FOOLED IT IS ALL A SHAM!!!! I will let you know if I keep my benefit or have to appeal xxxKatimaitay