Hi. I have had a f2f PIP assessment for my lower back pain and have the results to share. I've had my lower back pain for 2 years, the MRI is clear and it's been suggested by a physiotherapist I had to see that my pain is caused by overloaded facet joints. Whatever the case, I require large amounts of Oxycodone and tramadol each day. Only the minimal pain is controlled. I'm not able to do any house work or cook. Having a bath it's difficult.
I explained clearly how the pain is interfering with daily tasks using the PIP descriptors criteria.
The pain in my tailbone was so severe on the day of my assessment, I couldn't sit down at any chair, even with a special seat I brought with me. I had to lay on a couch. The medical evidence by my doctor says: I have chronic pain and I'm waiting for the pain clinic. I was very clear about how my pain was interfering with daily tasks and used the PIP descriptors as a guide. My prescription for pain medications was handed over to my assessor (again) on the day.
Despite not being able to sit for the whole assessment I got no points for any pain issues. She just went to talk about my anxiety and didn't even perform any tests for my pain. When I got no points her reasoning was I don't know what you've been diagnosed with....
If my doctor wrote I have chronic pain, that can be so bad I end up lying flat on the floor and I'm waiting for the pain clinic. Isn't this a form of diagnosis for now as its not possible to offer anything else?