I have been on incapacity benefit and DLA (high rate mobility) for over a decade, I get about when the pain isn't too bad on crutches and was diagnosed with Fibromialgia a bit over a year ago.
I was recently assessed for this new version of incapacity (Employment & support allowance) and told I no longer qualify which has left me totally baffled. My condition has continued to worsen. I had difficulty walking before, but now have frozen shoulder aswell as knee and back problems so walking even with strong co codamol is agony. I can't cook meals as I can't use crutches and carry or stand for long and the Fibromialgia leaves me in constant pain and exhausted most of the time.
I am seeing a solicitor today regarding the appeal process but wondered if there were others out there having similar problems since the change to the new benefit?