I have chronic migraine without aura and this fluctuates depending on how much I am affected and whether I can dodge triggers and keep symptoms in abeyance by various means!
I've been disallowed ESA, (Employment and Support Allowance), and am having to go down the road of appealing the decision. The mandatory decision has finally come back and I'm still disallowed. So it's now the prospect of a Tribunal Hearing for me.
I'm struggling to write an appeal response as my migraines, when one symptom is considered in isolation, is slight. But as symptoms are seldom in isolation it's their cumulative effect that makes it difficult to live with.
I am able to do short bursts of full-time work, can work permanently part-time, but I can't work full-time, permanently without becoming so ill I have to stop working. the situation is made worse as employers have consistently failed to make reasonable adjustments, or have the attitude that migraines are just a bad, episodic, headaches. It looks like this extends to DWP as well!
Is there anyone out there that has had to go through this process that can point me to any guidance for this for chronic migraineurs with fluctuating symptoms?
Many thanks for any help anyone can give...