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    Advice sought applying for PIP for the first time - I've never sought benefits before

    Hi,

    I'm applying for PIP because of chronic pain issues I have with my hips making walking a near impossibility.

    Do any of you have experience with applying? I've just had the form through in the post and this is the first time I'll have tried applying for any benefit of any kind or registering as disabled: I've had this problem for 10 years now and just tried to get on with life but it's getting too bad and costing me so much money to try to survive even just around the house.

    What should I expect and do you have any advice to make it a smooth process? I'm guessing the assessment might be humiliating or depressing and feel like it's assumed you're a liar from the outset. I look healthy from the outside and I've learnt to have a poker face, however much pain I'm in (I've been in A&E with broken bones which don't hurt nearly as badly as my hips constantly do, but I just don't show it) so I'm worried they won't believe me.

    I also think perhaps there are key items you should include on the application form for a greater chance of being considered - there's so much I could say and so little space, I'm not sure how to answer some of the questions without writing essays and essays!

    Thanks for any help you can give, I'm really nervous about this and youreable seems like a really supportive community, so I'm glad I've found you :-)

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    You might like to start by reading this post

    http://www.youreable.com/forums/show...me-reflections

    which has some excellent advice.

    Some people who have lots of medical evidence and a knowledge of the 'system' do apply for PIP themselves with no problems.

    For the majority I would say that it is worthwhile to try to get some help from CAB (choose one with a benefit specialist) or a welfare advisor for the application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmlindyloo View Post
    For the majority I would say that it is worthwhile to try to get some help from CAB (choose one with a benefit specialist) or a welfare advisor for the application.
    Thanks for the advice. I'd not really considered talking to CAB even though I'd seen other people mention it, but I'll give them a call tomorrow and see if I can meet with them to go over this

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    hi there,i spent time reading this forum,especially the sticky thread (as our friend above mentioned) before i filled out my pip form,all was fine,i didn't have any problems with my assessment,and i didn't go to the CAB for any help

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    As others have said, take some time to read the "sticky" thread about PIP. It has lots of info and experiences from other forum users.

    Another good idea is to keep a diary for a few weeks. Write down from the minute you wake up until you go to bed and also any problems you have during the night, such as struggling to get out of bed to go to the toilet etc.

    Remember, PIP is not about your illnesses/conditions but how they impact on your daily life. You have to "paint a picture" of what life is like for you. Two people wit the same/similar conditions may have vastly different experience.

    I found it helpful to write notes for all the questions before filling in the form. You might be surprised at adjustments etc you have made to your daily life, that you now take for granted without realising.

    Some local councils have welfare advisors that may be able to help.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    hi there,i spent time reading this forum,especially the sticky thread (as our friend above mentioned) before i filled out my pip form,all was fine,i didn't have any problems with my assessment,and i didn't go to the CAB for any help
    That's really good to hear. I think I was too worried about it yesterday to realise that of course other people have asked this question before and I'll find answers by looking instead of asking

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    Don't worry about asking questions, do both looking and asking.
    Where pip is concerned you can't have too much advice.

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