Hi, I'm just looking for any advice anyone may have. I claimed ESA as I was turned down when I tried to claim JSA- I can't hold a pen, I can't stand for long, I can hardly do anything with my hands due to arthritis. I filled in the form in the only way I knew how- took double painkillers and anti inflammatory, had a glass or 2 of wine, filled it in quickly before the pain got too much. Really, really regret it but I didn't know anything about the process.
My medical thing is this week and I can't remember anything at all I put. I dithered a lot as the medical note from my Dr just sais arthritis but I feel my depression is important too into why I can't work but I didn't mention it on the form as it wasn't on the note. I don't know if I can mention it.
My medical is friday, it's 3 busses away from me. I've not been sleeping, I've been having panic attacks at the thought of this travel. I'm going insane with worry. busses scare me so much, I can't hold on, I'm youngish so I don't get given a seat but if there are no seats I will fall as I just can't hold on. My grip is poor but mainly the sheer pain from holding makes me let go and I fall.
I wanted to ask if anyone has done this assessment, any advice at all. I don't have anyone who can go with me at all. No one who could drive me. I asked my GP and they don't offer help to people who need support with travel.
The other thing I wanted to ask is about PIP. I have the form to claim after being advised to claim that too, but I just can't fill it in! I can't hold the pen, I don't want to resort to drinking just to get it done. Any advice? It needs to be sent so soon. It also says in it I can do a diary of my day to day struggle but again I can't write. I don't have word. I don't know what to do right now, without any benefits I lose everything, I lose my home.