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Date: 21.07.2008
From: Clive Sampson

Subject: Benefits-osteoarthritis.

Hi, I'm a 44 year old man and i have osteoarthritis in my feet and ankles. I can no longer perform my job, i was a plumber but the government do not pay me enough to live on. I have had the disease for nearly six years but it has been the last year the disease has got to the point where i cannot walk without being in excruciating pain after a few steps.
I have claimed for DLA but have so far not heard from them. Does anyone know if there is anything i can do to convince them of my needs? I have written to my MP and he said he would look into it??? My rent isn't covered and my bills are piling up. I'm getting etremely concerned.
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Date: 21.07.2008
From: Maggie

Subject: Re: Benefits-osteoarthritis.

Sorry to hear of your problems. I am not sure of the Benefit system, can you go to Citizens Advice to find out what your entitlements are?
I hope you get a response from your MP.
Good luck.

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Date: 12.10.2008
From: Valerie Faarr

Subject: Re: Benefits-osteoarthritis.

The pain in your feet and ankles is there because your muskcular skeleton is out of alighnment.[not sure about spelling] There is a book called living pain free. I cannot remember the writers name as I have loaned this book to my son in law. Please look for it and buy it. You will not be sorry.
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Date: 14.10.2008
From: Anthony

Subject: Re: Benefits-osteoarthritis.

The main reason that people get DLA is due to them not being able to walk for a long period of time or distance. You certainly should qualify for this. I would ring the office that you returned your form to and ask them politely what the hold up is. They normally contact your local doctor to get their opinion as well.

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