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Date: 09.05.2013
From: Kim

Subject: Ive just about had enough.

I don't claim housing benefit or council tax. I pay for my meds and dental treatment. I now only claim Incapacity benefit, which does not allow any additonal free entitlements. I recently lost my DLA, appeal is going through but I feel it will be a no win. I saw my G.P yesterday and asked if I could be refered to a pain specialist,his answer was a No, but blood tests will be carried out. I must admit his suggestions of physiotherapy and weekly swimming sessions caused me to laugh, especially when I responded that as I recently lost my DLA (through the help of a fellow G.Ps comments), which would have helped to cover the cost of 4.50 a time swimming sessions, and taxi travel to/from these places of therapy Im afraid its a no go on my Incapacity benefit. I think he got the jest that its not only workers who have to pay for things,but incapacity claimants as well. I also informed him that my hubby is now on his state retirement pension which is another thing to be penalized on.
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Date: 09.05.2013
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: Ive just about had enough.

hi Kim , dont blame you being bitter , not sure about weekly swimming because normal swimming pool causes problems for myself with cramp but hydropool would do you a lot of good if there is one around your area

as for the physiotherapy , it dont always mean they think you are a fruit loop , it can help as can other cognitive therapy like meditation/mildfullness , a lot of us with long term arthritis uses these or some kind of mild anti-depressant

the National Rheumatiod Arthritis Society has publish some things on cognitive therapy , you can find it in the link section , as for the benifits a lot of us getting DLA/ESA & Incapacity will have to pay for every thing , just seems wrong
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Date: 10.05.2013
From: Kim

Subject: Re: Ive just about had enough.

Thank you Colin, I will check R.A.S out.
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Date: 10.05.2013
From: Deborah

Subject: Re: Ive just about had enough.

Hi Kim,
I understand how angry you must feel I do not understand why this present government and even the medical institution must be down so much on people with disabilities I realise that there is a lot of abuse of the benefit system and yes I agree there must be a crack down on it but wonder at who's expense I think maybe it will be at the expense of the people that it was designed to help in the first place.

Can't understand why your doctor did not refer you to a pain specialist because after all he/she is not a specialist being a gp but the specialist is,that's why they are there they have spent longer training.

I was referred for physio myself for my neck as I could not look over my shoulder and found that it did really help and keep up the gentle movement's everyday so that my neck does not seize up so it might help you a bit too Kim.

As for swimming I did do gentle swimming on the advice of my specialist but it made me have flare up's so I stopped. But everyone is different so it might help a bit.

When I was first diagnosed with this illness I will told by everyone including the medical profession to take thing's easy and to listen to my body although all that has changed now it's all about keep yourself fit and healthy etc etc and even the arthritis charities have jumped on the bandwagon because I have noticed their advise has changed over the year's .

I was a very fit and healthy person before I took this disease in the first place, I am the one who has to live with this disease and I will not be listening to anyone, I will be listening to my body not some else's.

So I hope this madness with the benefit system will soon ease and get back to helping the people it was setup to help and that you get any benefit's that you are intitled too reinstated.

Good luck Kim with the appeal and all the best Deborah.
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