hi everyone. my name is phil and i am 42. i have psoriasis and also psoriatic arthritus. i have always suffered with a bad back and poor grip for as far back as i can remember. always put it down to doing heavy manual jobs and maybe over exerting myself as i,m not a big fella.
i used to be a foreman for a construction company with my own gang of men so i could pick and choose what i wanted to do workwise and when to do it so it was convenient being in charge but also i earnt a very good wage...£720 a week.
when the recession bit hard the company laid men off and i ended up being on my own on the job and i was struggling to finish my daily tasks. i worked out an 8 hour job took me 12 hours. this was due to pain, stiffness, tiredness and being uncomfortable. i was under dermatology and rheumatology and on medication and these hospital visits were getting harder to disguise so time off was getting noticed. eventually i phoned my boss, explained the situation and said i needed to call it a day as i couldnt do my job like i used to.
i claimed incapacity benefit and failed the atos assessment. i appealed. whilst appeal was in process i was moved to esa and had another medical and again failed and had to go on jobseekers. i had also applied for dla as i had been on incapacity benefit for about a year. eventually i had my appeal upheld and was put back on incapacity benefit. the dla was refused on the basis of second assessment only and i didnt bother appealing, although i think i should have.
i have been told by my consultant i cannot go back to my old job/work as i will end up in a wheelchair and to train in maybe computers. my mind still wants to lay drives, kerbs, concrete, etc,etc but my body has said noooooooooo.
i have been told i have psoriatic arthritus, then r.a, then spondilitus and now back to psoriasis arthritus. i have difficulty getting up in mornings, sitting, standing, walking, tiredness, painful joints, warm body parts, swelling...all the stuff you hear about. i dont believe i have sufficient pain management other than tramadol as and when needed and am about to start pysiotherapy.
i have had an xray which shows degenerative damage to L4, L5 and S1 but no sacrilitus evidence so on this basis am i ok or not and does that xray suggest i have problems? nothing shows up on blood tests but consultant says this is due to my age but funnily enough there is veery little medical evidence saying i can cant or should shouldnt work so where do i stand with benefits as i have an assessment coming up to judge what benefit, if any, i am entitled to.
sorry for this long letter but i think i have covered start to finish?