My husband has been diagnosed with nerve damage to his right leg he had a discectomy 8 years ago and we've been through the worst 8 years ever. He's currently on Tramadol and Amitriptyline and we are waiting to see the INPUT pain management team at St Thomas' in the hope that they will be able to get him to manage his pain better.
He was on Incapacity Benefit which then changed to ESA. But he was only "allowed" to be on ESA in a Work-related activity group (WRAG) for 365 days. The WRAG lasted two years which ended in May of this year. This is run by Shaws Trust and in the two years he was there all they did with him was write a CV and covering letter. They made no attempt in helping him find work at all. I had written to my local MP on several occasions asking for him to get involved as I feel that disabled people are just put in a pot like everyone else and things are not tailored to their needs. I don't feel there is enough support out there for people like my husband. On talking to the manager of Shaws Trust he said that because my husband is on Tramadol that this would "scare" employers as it is am opiod. In my opinion if he can do the job why all of this red tape. So now my husband does not attend any group and has been referred back to the Jobcentre to a DEA and since May there has been no contact so I feel as though my husband has been left out on a limb! I just wondered if anyone else has had the same experience or if there is any more I should be doing. I only work part-time and I'm trying to support the family as much as I can. My husband wants to work and is volunteering but it's not the same as having money in your pocket!