Was up all night before appeal because I was so nervous. Needed to win so that I can put heating on because I am freezing and in pain. Raynauds, fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, vit d deficiency, depression amongst other problems, are all taking toll on my body. Exhausted I struggled to walk into the room aided by a stick and my son. Result of being up all night meant back was in terrible pain. I was there for an hour and half and squirmed about with pain throughout. I told the truth! I have more days than not, not being able to stand to walk. I cannot use my hands through winter because they become frozen, stiff and painful. like marble. I cannot use them to dress or undress. turn a tap on or off or hold anything. I cannot even clean myself after using the loo. (i can tell you that horrendous fact because I will never have to face you.) I lay in a darkened room day in day out, yr in yr out because i am in so much pain and cold. I have not eaten a meal in months. Tea, toast and jam, choc biscuits and cakes are what I live on. I am in pain and exhausted because I have insomnia. blah blah. been like this ten years on my own. Reason for refusal were things like, "you look well, have you always been so slim?" "Your hair is lovely must be difficult to wash." And this one which I love. "If you are so ill and struggling so much, how did you manage to put such a brilliant report together?" I said, "I dont know but I did"
I have fought this for two yrs. I have done nothing else because I have been in bed trying to control pain and cold. I told the truth and it was obvious I was struggling bad but apparantly I look ok.
Anyone else going through appeal, good luck.
I feel too low to do anything
fighting my case has been only reason I did not finish it a while ago
Now I am scared, lost and confused
Sorry for rant but needed to get it off my chest.
Hope you all have a happy painfree day x