I had a re assessment on the 16th dec 2011 and have received the decision today (23rd Jan 2012) they said that I didnt qualify and revived 0 points in all categories which i can understand why for these reasons:
I am virtually unable to and can walk less than 50m at a time very slowly in an extreamly poor manner
I need help to prepare a meal carry and lift safely
I need help to wash and dry myself dress and undress
I suffer from major back pain with perm. tense muscles in my back and degenerative discs
I had an operation on my foot that has left me with perm nerve damage and complex regional pain syndrome
I suffer with anxiety and outbursts of anger
I cant cope with spontaneity or change /change of plans
I get short lived (2-4 weeks) depression spurts that happen without warning
I have to have someone go with me where ever i go and have to return to a place of safety when my anxiety kicks in
My anxiety gets that bad that i get headaches and suffer from dacosta syndrome which mimiks angina (but isnt lethal)
The tablets im on are Amitriptyline, baclofen, tizanidine, diazipam, pre gabalin along with my inhalers (purple & blue) these tablets make me disorientated and most of the time send me to sleep, they also make me quite dopy and simple questions become a major task.
I have to use a crutch or a wheelchair to walk (the wheelchair is a push wheelchair not self propelled)
I am receiving treatment from the pain clinic for these problems and have to see my doctor every 2 weeks to review things, i receive cognative analitic therapy every week to help me with my mental disabilities and im awaiting numberous operations on my foot along with injections to help manage the pain.
I went tot he assessment which took a lot for me to go there and had numberous anxiety attacks i got there by a lift from my dad and took my girlfriend with me they saw how badly i was walking and to be honest the dr that assesed me cut me off mid sentence and seemed quite snotty. i took a letter from my phyciatrist which out lined my problems and also took in appointment letters from all my Hospital appointments but she seemed not to want to see them she took a copy of the letter though i also took a copy of my care plan from adult social services but she didnt want to see that either.
i left the assesment and paniced all the way through to today when i recived the letter cause i had heared of all the problems people have had with the atos drs and giving them 0 points they then had to deal with going through the appeal process which im now having to do just for it to get over turned.
the best part about this is i had a re assesment from the DLA as my certificate was due to run out in feb 2012 the DLA my decision came through from them just after i went to the IB to ESA assesment but was posted on the 10th of DEC they have awarded me high rate mobility and low rate care for the reasons that i cant walk 50m when i do walk i walk slowly in a extreamly poor manner, i need help preparing food and carrying and lifting safely i need help to wash and dry myself and to get dressed and un dressed.
they mad the desision by looking at my claim form from a health care professional that examined me 11/05/2010, from contacting my psychiatrist, from symptoms, test results medication and current treatment.
so how the hell have i scored 0 points in every aspect?? somethings got to be going on, either there not doing their job properly or there trying to catch up cause there so far behind they took a month and a week to decide. its not doing me any good my anxiety levels are through the roof and its brought on the start of a depressive state.
can anyone give me any advice or tell me how i need to go about this? im contacting MIND tomorrow to see if they can help me but im going out of my mind right now!!!