I have a DLA tribunal soon. I have been in receipt of higher rate DLA mobility component and middle rate component for approximately 18 months. This was suspended in August because the DM decided that I wasn't virtually unable to walk based on my GP's report. In reality, if anything I'm in in more pain and discomfort than I was when it was awarded. My GP, who rarely sees me said my condition was under control and that he rarely sees me. What is the point? Whenever I've been in the past, all he ever does is tells me it's part of the condition and gives me an extra painkiller. It's totally pointless and soul destroying.
I already take 20mg of Methotrexate per week, 5mg of Prednisolone every other day plus an Infliximab drip at regular intervals. When I applied for DLA, I was on 15mg.
My movement is getting worse. The pain in my hips is an ongoing thing but walking is becoming increasingly difficult, making it from the door to the car leaves me really sore and in pain. Without it I really don't know what I do.
In the interim period I've also had an occupational health report which advised me to consider quitting full-time work, saying that although I was OK to sit at my desk during the day moving around the office was really difficult for me.
Does anyone know how the tribunals go or what my chances are? It feels horrible to hear a doctor who I rarely see decide that my condition is under control. He doesn't have to sit in the bath for an hour because he can't get out or lay in bed for a full morning when he's had a flare-up, it's so frustrating.
Sorry for moaning all