Arthritis Forum


Personal Stories. Links. Message Board.  
Arthritis Forum  
Add your comments to this topic Start a new topic
Date: 12.10.2010
From: SarAhE

Subject: What rate DLA could i qualify for?

Hi, im 18 years old and was diagnosed JIA at the age of 16months. I have arthritis in every single joint in my body, i Also suffer from an anxiety disorder, depression and IBS.
i am currently recieving DLA at lowest care and lowest mobility rate and wondered if i qualify for more? Im struggling to keep up with costs of running my car which is the only way i can get out and do 'normal' things.
General issues i have:
i have extremely restricted left elbow, both wrists and both sides of my jaw.
I cannot chew food at the moment and need encourageing to eat as the pain takes away my appetite. i cannot lift anything heavy or awquard i.e pots, pans, kettle, pile of clothes and large items. Have suffered boiling water burns to feet and hands when attempting to lift a kettle.
i cannot cut my toe/finger nails, squeeze shampoo and condistioner bottles, cut food like meat. and suffer chronic pain and discomfort when i try to shave, tie shoe laces and do up buttons.
i cannot stand for longer then a few minutes before i feel chronic pain and discomfort in ankles, knees and hips.
i cannot use the telephone, speak to strangers, answer the door to strangers, comfortably enter supermarkets or anything that requires interaction with people i do not know.
i suffer chronic pain and discomfort climbing stairs and connot do this with out something/someone to hold on to.
I have stumbled when out and about and suffered extreme pain in my right knee wich stopped me moving for 3 days as it was so bad.
Have to know where the nearest toilet is when in public or at someone elses house and panic intensly if i do not know.
always need others opinions on clothes i wear or i feel extremely paranoid thinking i look abnormal or stupid and causing anxiety attacks.
Medication: currently on a 4 weeks dose of prednisolone and soon to be enbrel.
have been on methotrexate for many years, had intence physiotherapy, 6wk prednisolone, eye drops, diclofenac, total of 9 joint injection and awaiting more, due to have an operation on my jaw, anti anxiety pills and others throughout my life.

Sorry if this is long, i would just like some help and opions on what rate you think i could qualify for DLA as im struggling with payments and also my pride gets in the way of being 100% honest on my form but i do feel i need more. all comments are much appreciated and questions welcome. Thank you. sarah
reply | back to forum

Date: 12.10.2010
From: kazzie

Subject: Re: What rate DLA could i qualify for?

hi i would think you should be gettin the highest rate, on forms always put what your like on the worst daY and see if the doctor will help you good luck
reply | back to forum

Date: 12.10.2010
From: charlotte

Subject: Re: What rate DLA could i qualify for?

In my experience of working with staff from CAB you really must put the very worst scenario and don't let pride get in your way

Good luck
reply | back to forum


Add your comments to this topic
Please type your comment here:

Your name:

(This sum is to help prevent automatic spamming through this page - thank-you)


Site design: T - Creative Home | News | Personal Stories | Links | Message Board