hi Irene. It doesn't have to be your G.P who signs it-would your consultant sign? When I was practising, i used to fill all the medical bits in then get the consultant to sign it.
Hope to see you soon.nicky
I am a bit concerned about them contacting my GP as I have never gone to her with my LO problems. My consultant referred me to the LO therapist and she has delt with it since.
I was advised by the local Jobcentre to apply for DLA after I had surgery in 2006 as I was having a lot of problems using my left arm.
I was turned down for it on the basis that when my GP was contacted he told the DWP I wasn't disabled enough. When my husband questioned this the GP retorted you had to lose the use of all of your limbs to qualify. Needless to say my OH was pretty disgusted with that reply, given that there seem to be plenty of "walking well" people registered with out practice who manage to get it! Bear in mind this GP also doesn't believe women with breast cancer need counselling, despite the fact one of the receptionists was diagnosed.
I am another who became very disillusioned by the system.
I have rarely benefited from the social system as I just muddle through. It annoys me when I see people (my brother for one) who claim for DLA and no longer need it, and other benefits, when some folk don't claim and realy need it.
In the past I have claimed for a few bits n bobs and always found the forms a nightmare, so will prob get advice. I have a LO nurse and a MacMillian nurse I can call on for guidance.
Sorry things not good at home AGAIN, will be in touch soon.
Just wanted to say DLA is worth applying for but get help filling in the form, from a Mcmillan nurse or even CAB specialist.
Unfortunately they seem to be cutting back on Income support, Employment seekers allowance and DLA claims.Maybe its the re-session
I saw 3 people one ofter the other wk last Tuesday at the CAB all wanting to appeal against being turned down for the above benefits.
Such a distressing ordeal. I find it hard to not get emotionally involved as I know the trauma of it all personally.
I believe it is possible and some people have posted on here about it.
Don't know much more myself, but hoping this 'bump' will get you some more responses.
Has anyone here claimed for disability living allowance for Lymphodema? It has been suggested that I claim for this as my recent flare up has begun to give me problems. Not sure if it will be considered severe enough but as I'm skint, and on the verge of leaving my husband, I thought it may be worth a go.