Hello, hope everyone is having as pain-free a day as possible. This is my first post so I do apologise for any mistakes
I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis in December 2011 after being in agony for over a year. Since then I have suffered with terrible pain and fatigue of the sort I'm sure you're all unfortunately familiar with. Over the years my GP (who is lovely and very supportive) and other health professionals have suggested I apply for some financial help but until now I have been afraid to - nervous of the whole ATOS procedure etc, mainly. However I have finally conceded that I do need financial support. My husband works but my conditon means I can't and the financial strain is getting too much - my husband's job is fairly low income. My arthritis mainly affects my feet - I cannot stand for more than a few minutes and walking even the shortest distance ranges from quite to unbearably painful - I also have plantar fasciitis which makes things even worse. Standing in front of the cooker to make meals is often agonising and housework is out of the question. Neither me nor my husband drive so I have to pull all the shopping home in a trolley which is painful and incredibly tiring. Even a few pounds a week would mean I could get a taxi home with the shopping and save for the only shoes which give me any relief at all (FitFlops - I bought a pair in the sale at TK Maxx a few years ago and oh my goodness, they were so comfortable! Way out of my price range at full price though). Also would help with prescriptions - I have had to forgo my meds several times for want of the money to pay for them.
Can anyone please help me with what to expect with the process? Is there any possiblity that I will be elgible for help do you think? Is the assessment part as scary as I'm imagining it will be? Is there anything I can do to help my case? Please tell me about your eperiences with the whole thing (if you don't mind of course! Gosh I sound nosy!
I'm so sorry for the long post and all the questions, thank you for taking the time to read my waffle