I have learnt from others and as my DLA form said on their last letter to me, that I should add doctors notes to my PIP claim in order to give concrete proof of my disability.
I have spasticity in my left leg. It has not been proven that I have spasticity and I haven’t been diagnosed with spasticity either, I basically diagnosed myself with it :).
1996 was my first bout of surgery that lead to brain injury. Since then my balance had been bad. Over the years during school 97, 98, 99 and 2000 I had operations on my head.
About 3 or 4 years ago is when I really started to notice stiffness in my left leg and it was slowing me down a lot.
I am now walking around with a walking stick which I never had to since 1996.
I don’t really trust doctors or the pharmaceutical industry in general at all and so I was the one who did the research on spasticity and when I read about the symptoms sounding like what I have then I easily diagnosed myself with it.
What I do not understand though is why does the diagnosis have to come from your doctor?
If I told the PIP acessor that I have spasticity and they asked where are the doctors notes proving that, then I might not be accepted or get lower pay than I should.
Yes, the doctor may know more about the body than I do but that doesn’t mean that I HAVE to get my doctor’s referral.
I just don’t understand why, it sounds pathetic to me.