Hi , i have been trying to get my DLA increased as i currently receive lower rate care. I applied for this in May last year and after two decisions that i am not entitled to an increase i have just been told that the Tribunal service will be in touch with a Date for the hearing.
I have confirmed spinal stenosis , arthritis and degeneration of discs in the L3,L4,L5 region along with S1 ,S2,S3 degeneration.
I have recently had the Spinal Fusion , decompression surgery along with bone grafts but i am still experiencing the same pains as i was before the surgery and have now been prescribed Oromorph forthe pain and i wear the back brace and use crutches now to ease the pain and to help me walk as the pains that go into my legs are causing me balance problems , increased pain in my knees and the knees give way without warning.
I have already been assessed by the Atos medical persons for my ESA claim and passed this first time , i am a Blue Badge holder and also have a Disabled persons bus pass which both required evidence from my GP when i applied for them.
Does anyone else on here have this condition and do they receive DLA care & Mobility rates.I cannot walk without severe pain now and the difficulty with getting about gets worse with even slight movement. I am unable to do any simple tasks in the house including dressing , cooking and washing.
I am aslo being treated for depression and have not worked since March 2010.
Is it good that it is going to the Tribunal service or should it have been sorted by now ?
Can the Tribunal service make an award without having the meeting based on evidence and should i send an update on my problems ?
Appologies for the long post but i am so frustrated with this and any replies will be appreciated.