ESA Work Related Activity Group
Wits end here. Am in receipt of ESA in the Work Related Activity Group. A couple of years ago I had spinal surgery - I still get a lot of pain at the site of the operation, added to this is Osteo Arthritis, my hip joint also has OA, but docs will not operate in view of my age - I am considered too young. I am awaiting referral to Rheumatology Dept as there is a fair chance I also have Fibromyalgia. My fingers also swell and give pain too from time to time. Add to this poor sleep the last 3 years and you get the general picture. My work related interviewer is now telling me I do not have to disclose any of this at a job interview, the Arthritis Care leaflet says different. I feel it would be very foolhardy not to disclose, not to mention untruthful - particularly given that there are good days and bad days and on the bad days I can hardly move. No idea how to handle this situation at all, does anyone have any tips please. Painkillers not an option presently due to other medical conditions. Thank you.