I've had severe joint pain in my wrists and knee since my second child was born, accompanied by a major flare up of my psoriasis. My GP has diagnosed possible Psoriatic Arthritis, and referred me to see a dermatologist (apparently you need to see a dermatologist for this before a rheumatologist?) i've been warned there is a long wait and given naproxen to take daily for now. My GP said he is wary of officially diagnosing it himself because of the "hardcore" drugs that it will involve prescribing.
I struggle a lot with day to day tasks (with it affecting my wrists it is hard to wash my hair, wash me, dry and cook, and I rely on my husband doing near enough everything if he is around) so it has been suggested that I apply for DLA (I dont know anything about the benefits system myself), as without a disability register nowerdays, it is hard to "prove" you are disabled without this.
Do I have to have the official diagnosis (that could take quite a while) to apply for DLA? And what will claiming involve? If I need to, how I am supposed to prove that I'm in pain? And is there anything I can do to speed the process of diagnosis up? Is it worth doing it privately?