Hi everyone ive has a horrendous time recently with a massive flare which has had me off work for a month. I'm still having a lot of pain in my neck shoulder and arms but at present my hands are really bad. Typing this is a strain and speaking on the phone not much better as havd to keep changing hands as my arm aches after a couple of minutes. My question to anyone who knows out there is my line manager has suggested maybe cutting down my hours as she is really very supportive and I want to do this but I don't kno if I qualify for any benefits as my wage would reduce with my hours. I've contacted pip and I have the form to complete but I've noticed a lot of posts also claiming ESA. I've contact them and they say I have to he working 16 hours per week or less and no more than £104 per week. My husband is self employed and I really would like to do 4 hrs per day which puts me way above the limit. Is there anything else I can do bearing I'm mind tht i may not get the pip as others have been denied and are appealing. This is making me more stressed as I do not know what to do. I've got critical illness cover but it does not cover lupus as I took out my policy before they added lupus and I made a complaint but they told me I've a disability cover if I become disabled from work. Don't kno how tht works if I chose to work part time. If there is anyone who is able to help me I'd be so grateful as CAB Weren't much help and waste of a phone call to be honest. Im hoping to return to work next week even tho still not so good but I'd like to kno what my options are so I can sit down with my line manager and discuss my options... HELP
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