I was successful at my Tribunal this week, though I felt my words fell into empty space when trying to explain about FM & CFS. Post-exertional fatigue, fluctuations, etc., it was taken into account what I can do rather than the fact an activitiy can be carried out but not repeatedly or reliably, or safely - the fact that it can take me 4 hours to get up, have breakfast, dress (and this is not every day) was that I can do this. I realize that we write on the form about our worst days, though when you are asked 'can you' it's a case of (for me) 'I can and I can't'. It was agreed on mental health grounds rather than all the rest of the symptoms which are interlinked and compound each other - I think it's really important to have a doctor on the panel who understands these conditions as they are specialized. (Even though I am relieved on the success) - I went into shutdown mode during the ordeal where I was unable to present my case to be placed in the support group (I was unable to get a Welfare Rights Person to represent me and would only have been informed if I were to be represented a few days before anyway). I feel if I were able to put my case forward or had someone to represent me I would have been placed in the Support Group as I had loads of examples to give and was unable to pull anything out of the bag so to speak - my brain felt as if it were filled with solidifed cotton wool. It has made me realize how I need to never go in alone again unrepresented - has anyone any suggestions where I will be able to ensure I obtain a welfare rights persons for next time and not land up in this situation again (I had tried to get an Adocate - not possible - also CAB do not accompany). Thanks.
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