I applied for DLA in March 2011, I had a 'no' reply in June 2011, it finally went to a tribunal hearing at end of October 2012!!! Which has been unsuccesful and have been informed I'm not emtitled on any level for care or mobility.
I have arthritis, lupus, raynauds, fibromyalgia etc to name but a few.
My daily medications are
Varbim XL 1.5mg
Lacri-lube eye ointment
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg - 8 daily
Glandosane artificial saliva spray
I took along evidence of all this along with mri brain scans which shows inflammation in my brain, cardiologist reports showing inflammation and the start of heart disease in one artery,rheumatology reports stating I'm in daily pain and struggle with mobility. Neurology reports showing very poor memory scores.
I've also held a blue badge for over 2 years, the local council have fitted me with handrails to front and back off house, moved me to a bungalow as I'm unable to manage stairs and fitted me with a level access shower as I'm unable to lift my leg for the bath. I've also got foot drop on my left side and general weakness and nerve damage on my right side leg/foot.
Every question they asked me I answered honestly and made it clear I don't have 'good' days. I was asked if I could peel a potato I said no as I'm unable to even hold a pen to write due to my fingers being so rigid, also could I cut my own toenails, again I answered no. I explained how I need help to lift my leg to get in the car etc, how my family have to carry my dinner in to me etc as my hands are so week I drop everything.
The dss had a gentlemen there at tribunal hearing for defence he asked a few questions which I answered honestly.
We came out of the tribunal, even the dss guy thought I would receive it on speaking to him outside the court room but he did say even he can't call it anymore as when he thinks someone should be genuinely entitled to it they don't get it but those in his opinion should not receive it end up getting higher levels.
Basically its taken up 18 months of my life to no avail. Its all just a joke really and the decision dosent seem to be based on your actual illness and your daily struggle with life but more on the particular panel and area you are applying at. Iv other options to me now other than just carry on in pain, freezing because I can't afford the heating on. The benefit system is a complete joke nd not looking after those who need it most.