I've had a letter informing me to expect a phone call and then a form to move from SDA to ESA.
Having looked at the Internet all I see are horror stories which have me worried.
Have severe RA, pain etc from damage done before the likes of Anti-TNF etc which means the joints that have not been replaced are in a right state (knackered was one term used by a surgeon) meaning while I can do things I can only do them once or twice a day or for a few minutes before suffering for a time. I use a manual wheelchair (can walk short distances, I.e. Around the house, very flat ground but no more) but cannot power it myself because of my painful and weak shoulders.
I'm wondering what to ask during the phone call. I see lots about medical evidence...all I have ever had like that is a 16 year old driving ability assessment which is lurking somewhere I think but Im worse now, and a couple of surgeons letters which make mention only of hips and knees which are the least of the problems I have. I don't even have repeat prescription because it's all done by the pharmacist automatically. I have a couple of appointment letters and my enbrel alert card and methotrexate (starting this week) booklet. I also have a relatively new GP and a new replacement Rheumatologist.
I see the form says not to see the GP?
Basically looking for advice on what to expect and what can I do to make this as easy and stress free as possible because I'm worrying about it.
My head tells me I may be able to do something (I'd like to be able to do something) but my body just won't cooperate! If I managed to try and work if I went into the WRAG but couldn't manage it what would happen?
Sorry for the ramble.