Dear All, I had my ESA Assessment on the 18th of December. This was the worst interogation of my life, which lasted an hour.Beware they will watch you like a hawk from the moment you are called into to assessment room, you will be asked how you got there,how long it took,how far you walked to the centre,who you came with etc...Last week i managed to get hold of a copy of the Assessment, well i was absolutely horrified to see that Fibromyalgia wasnt even mentioned on the the list of "Conditions medically Identified" or "other Conditions Reported" Conditions recognised : CFS/Diabetes/Back Pain/Anxiety/Depression/IBS. In fact Fibromyalgia doesnt get a mention until page 18 of the document,and thats all it does get! I had gone to the assessment fully expecting that the nurse/doctor doing the assessment would have full knowledge, of the illness and its related,illnesses,obviously not. I received 2 letters ten days later, one an interview at the Job Center regarding going back to work! The other letter was from DWP stating that i have been put in the work related bracket,and awarded ESA for eighteen months,(they told me that last year)! and my benefit had been reduced by ten pounds straight away. I have my first interview tomorrow at the Job centre. I am however going to appeal the decision, my doc has been fully supportive, and is writing a letter for me listing all my ailments. He also told me that ATOS/DWP arent interested in what problems /illnesses you have, its not what you cant do but what you can do!!! So please if youve got an ATOS / assessment coming up, PLEASE emphasize to them every single related ailment to Fibromyalgia that you suffer with, I am totally horrified that after reading through the assessment, the absence of things i had mentioned ,and also things i hadnt said ! If your going to be sat in the chair for an hour
and ten minutes enduring the interrogation, dont forget to leave the make up off, go in your scruffs,keep rocking in the chair(it proves youve got anxiety, complain about not being comfortable in your chair,as youll be sat there a long time ! and go smelling of beer. unfortunately i will have to endure all of this again for my DLA asessment, which was supposedly Indefinate. Best of luck to you all.!