I am new to this forum and would really appreciate some advice.
Whilst on a family holiday to New Zealand I was in agonising pain and had to be taken to hospital, they did an MRI scan of my spine and found that I had severe arthritis in my bank and damage to my discs 5/6. I brought the results of the MRI back to the UK and had to claim for ESA as could no longer work.
I have only been on ESA for 1 week and they have sent me the capability for work questionnaire.
I have been referred by my doctor to Orthopedics and was triaged as urgent and have already got an appointment to see a spine specialist for help but this is not for another month.
I am not sure what to write on the form, I am in agony most days and up in the middle of the night as it is too painful to sleep, I have severe problems with my left arm, shoulder and let due to the nerve in my spine which I understand is affected due to the discs that have shattered. I can barely walk for a few minutes without having to stop due to the pain, no painkillers are working for it and it is agonising. I am also becoming quite depressed from the pain and not even being able to brush my hair due to my arm being so weak and painful. I am fortunate I have a husband that helps.
Can anyone advise me on what to do, I am a bit scared to be honest I cannot afford to live as I cant work. Is it normal for them to send a form within 1 week of making a claim also ?
Thanks in advance