Advice on Work Capability Form for ESA due in Wednesday

moatarthritis Member Posts: 2
When filling in the section 'Please tell us about your illness and disability' how much of the history of my illness should I put in?

My problems started back in the 1990's. I was misdiagnosed for years which caused me to have to give up work in 2001 because I could not manage with what turned out to be not stress but AS, and other health problems. I have been too unwell to work since due to a combination of these problems (living off my retirement savings).

Should I put the history e.g. dates of registered blind, eye surgeries, consultations with nurologists (chronic daily headache). Details of failed medication due to side effects e.g. cyclosporin.

I only have a couple of days to get this in and am shaking and frozen with indecision.

Thank you for any advice you are able to give.


  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 2,779
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi moatarthritis

    Thanks for your posting.

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you are currently experiencing.

    The best people to speak to regarding what to put on the form are a benefits specialist.

    You can either contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau (, DIAL UK (, The Disability Law Service ( or Turn2Us ( or your local Age UK, if you are over 50 (

    You are welcome to ring our helplines on 0808 8004050 if you need more information or would like to have a chat.


    Helplines Team

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