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Benefits and Allowances for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 8 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Those of us who are unwell to the point where we cannot hold down a job or manage by ourselves can apply for help with additional benefits. The most current benefits open to those of us who fit these criteria are Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you’re aged 16 to 64, the amount you can claim depends on how your condition 'affects' you. An assessment will take place through a qualified health professional who will work out the level of help you can get. This will be subject to regular reviews and PIP will soon fully replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit given to those individuals who cannot work and find it difficult to cope by themselves. This benefit is split into three levels and each level is representative of the nature of your condition. There is a low, middle and high rate of benefit awarded and each rate was awarded depending on the nature and circumstances of the illness. You can keep getting DLA if you’re under 16 or you were born on or before 8 April 1948 and have an existing claim. You’ll continue getting DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) invites you to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment(PIP)is similar to DLA and is only given to those individuals who qualify. In order to qualify you must complete a medical assessment which is carried out by an independent doctor once your application has been received and processed. This examination will determine whether or not the information you have provided in your application is correct and will also assess at what level you may qualify for assistance.

You can claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you are under 65, have a disability of a physical or mental nature and are unable to walk – or if your condition is severe enough that you need assistance when it comes to looking after yourself. There is a daily living part of the claim and a mobility part. Whether you get one or both of these and how much you’ll get depends on how your condition affects you.

What is Mobility?

Mobility is the second component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)and is paid at two rates – either what is described as the lower or higher rate, depending on your condition. This addition sum is paid on a weekly basis and may be paid if you need assistance with travel. You or your carer might also qualify for other financial help, for example Carer’s Allowance, or help with housing or transport costs.

Am I Eligible with Fibromyalgia?

As we have already discussed Fibromyalgia – along with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – is a difficult illness to diagnose so it may take some time initially before your doctor reaches a diagnosis. You should expect a lengthy wait as – although Personal Independence Payment (PIP) does cover this illness there are more rigorous assessments to undergo before agreement is reached.

If your application has been turned down then you should make grounds for appeal as soon as you can if you feel that your case is justified.

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elaneh - Your Question:
Just checking that you do know that DLA has been abolished and everyone has to claim Personal Independence Payment now.

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Thank you for your observation, we have updated the article.
FibromyalgiaSyndrome - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:06 PM
just checking that you do know that DLA has been abolished and everyone has to claim Personal Independence Payment now..
elaneh - 7-Dec-17 @ 4:12 PM
Just bean told my esa has been stopped after 10 years plus.have cfs fibromyalgia recently diagnosed,anxiety mobility issues fatigue.yet scored 0 points.now have all the trauma of mandatory reconsideration and then I'm sure appeal Aargh feel totally let down
Katyk - 17-Nov-17 @ 7:35 PM
I cant leave my house, i cant keep things straight. I feel like my body has turned against me. I lost my job. I need help
Jeanna - 8-Nov-17 @ 4:11 AM
For Rosie, if you are 68, you don’t need to apply for PIP as it’s only applicable for 16 to 64 yr olds. You should just stay on DLA
Sues1958 - 1-Nov-17 @ 9:01 PM
For 9 years I got DLA because of Fibromyalgia then in May I got a letter to say my DLA was cancelled and I had to apply for PIP I am 68 I applied for PIP and was refused I have appealed everything I said in my appeal was ignored I didn't score anything on the point system so My question is DLA still available because I was told there is no such thing anymore only PIP what should I do next
Rosie - 16-Aug-17 @ 4:38 PM
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Hasan - 1-Aug-17 @ 10:32 AM
In the last 3 year i have separated, moved house 3 times, lost my father and my son diagnosed with a life long condition and into the mix of all this i am going through menopause, suffering severe depression and anxiety and my whole back, neck, shoulders and arms down to my fingertips is riddled with pain, i have tried every painkiller and rub on the market and now my doctor is saying i have Fibromyalgea.Sometimes i don't know what's worse the exhaustion or the pain, some days i have been so exhausted i have had to phone my work and say i have a migraine just because i am to exhausted to get out of bed.Sometimes i feel i walk like a wooden (wo)man because of the pain, i am only 47 but feel 87!I would just love a full nights sleep and pain free..... all advice welcome
ConstantlyInPain - 31-Jul-17 @ 8:59 PM
Hi I Have just been given the decision that after 5years I have Fibromyalgia. I have been suffering menopause like symptoms and vertigo since 2012 in 2016 I was awarded low rate PIP (scoring 8 points). I did hoped I would of got care because my partner and daughter look after me when days are bad and at work I have buddies- the decisionmaker decided that I am able to use a microwave therefore can care for myself. I have rang and told them I have a change to my condition to report although I did all ready have all the symptoms back in 2016. Do we think I would now qualify for care
LadyPx - 26-Jul-17 @ 3:32 PM
I am a type 2 diabetic insulin dependent I have underactive thyroid have I have got fibromyalgia and also on a lot of tablets on a heart tablet diabetes tablets metformin amitriptyline for the five minute journal Hans my daily life I've got no quality of life tired when I go to bed I wake up tired exhausted find it hard to carry my own body can't wash myself properly dressing and undressing is it very hard for me to Can't Cook after do microwave food and and recently went for disability p i p didn't get nothing on the mobility side just on the care component middle I need to get it up because I need a wheelchair can you give me some advice please what to do
rosie - 20-Jul-17 @ 9:42 AM
Can anyone please help me. I have been told I don't qualify for esa. I'm still waiting to hear about pip. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and been to see a rheumatologist. I will be appealing the decision. I can't believe they have done this after I stated I'd been in a flare fir 6 weeks where I couldn't change my pyjamas or shower because of the pain !! Why can't they understand that no employer would put up with this?
Witch - 14-Jul-17 @ 1:38 PM
Hi I'm 47 and was diagnosed with CFS 4 years ago and have been on ESA and was awarded the lower rate mobility for PIP at the same time. I have been in a lot more pain recently so my doctor referred me to a rheumatologist as she suspected I was either misdiagnosed as I was never checked for fibro or this was something new and at the same time I had a new assessment for PIP the rheumatologist confirmed fibro and with this added information the DWP have not awarded me any entitlement to PIP after having the lower rate mobility for the last 4 years and the only change to my circumstances being more pain and me being able to get around less. I am currently awaiting a hearing with the tribunals service as a mandatory reconsideration was unsuccessful. I am at a loss as to how they came to this decision co spidering the circumstances.
Marts - 9-Jul-17 @ 5:06 PM
Hi I'm 21 and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 years ago but had symptoms for years prior to being diagnosed. Being so young and in pain all over ruined my childhood as some days unable to walk up stairs! I suffer with chronic pain, fatigue and tiredness and struggle to keep a job. This is because I end up making myself worse and then I'll the next day later and can't physically come into work which over time I get dismissed due to the amount of time I have off. My job is strenuous but it's the only thing I'm qualified in but I'm getting weaker and weaker! The demand for massage is overwhelming and I'm in agony the whole work day. I've applied for pip does anyone think they would approve it?
Emzy - 26-Jun-17 @ 8:51 AM
I've bern diagnose fibromyalgia for 4 years now and I've had bad ibs since 2005 and I'm 22 now. I was on all sorts of medication and my partner had to help me walk to toilet , get me dressed when I have a bad flair. Since I've had my son a year ago i haven't been on the Meds and I noticed it's not as bad but I still get the flair ups and symptoms . Tried full and part time on jobs but it just hurt all the time so I can't work but still can't go on pip even though I'm on anti depressants from depression ??
Yasmin - 23-Jun-17 @ 10:39 PM
hi all there is a very good web site called benefits and work that has useful advice. for PIP, it is all about what you can do, rather than conditions and symptoms. there are criteria which are about how you can/canot do things i would suggest keeping a diary and being prepared to fill in the form in a very detailed way--saying i have pain and it hurts to cook is not good enough. you need to go from the very beginning of preparing the ingredients through every process and explain in detail the issues with cooking a simple meal for one on the stove top for example.. I have stiff finger because of the joints and i cannot grip a knife to cut the vegitables..even if i can grip the knife, i find that i am unable to have enough power to cut through hard vegitables like carrots, potatoes etc. the knife has slipped and cut my fingers on several occasions.. etc etc you need to use much more paper than they allow and be detailed. address variations in condition and explain on average how much difficulty across a week, or month or year be clear in describing the variablity of the condition and give a clear idea of how many days/weeks etc that you are in each level of the condition and be very clear of anything you cannot do at all ask your doctor/nurse to read it and help you get together supporting evidence and also be prepared to appeal--most win on appeal but it is about the funcitional aspects not the condition and bring the copy of the form to the assessment and someone to support you one big trick they use is to cut you off-insist on finishing each point, dont let them rush you and correct them if necessary. challenge when they say so you can do..... say No.. and insist they note what you are telling them ask the person with you to prompt you to mention things and to try and keep notes good luck
heffalump - 22-Jun-17 @ 1:01 PM
I'm 57 & in precise same boat. Still adding notes to form. I didn't receive until 10 days after my call ( there was a bank holiday) & have had 2 surgeries & huge home trauma going on & I just can't get my head round it. When I get into it I am so easily distracted. In short it's hard to have any continuity of thoughts & I'm just in a mess of notes. My head is exploding & it's hard to sit. If I was well enough to do this I might be well enough to work. I can't even ask for an extension as I have a hospital admire. Yet they have already chased me by txt & by letter. It's not due til next Thursday. And if I do manage to get it in ( rather than just ending it) perhaps I should start chasing them by txt & phone after just a week of them getting it?? Feeling pressure but like rabbit caught in headlights I've frozen. Good luck everyone.
tess - 18-Jun-17 @ 10:18 PM
I am 27 and along with Fibromyalgia, I have severe IBS, PTSD, Peptic Ulcer Disease, CFS and other mental health problems, I am still debating whether to even finish my PIP form
Jimbobsims1989 - 15-Jun-17 @ 2:00 PM
I have read so much about claiming for Fibromyalgea ! And how people are turned down !! I work full time ! And have worked since I was 15 years old ! Have been married had three children and looked after a husband ! Now I am divorced alone ! Living with Fibromyalgea and osteoarthritis and work 12hour shifts full time looking after patients with acute renal failure and have been told I'm entitled to nothing !! I have no pension with nhs after working 30 years with them ! As I spent all my money on bringing up my family and giving to them ! Now I'm alone and hv to keep taking painkillers until I'm old enough to receive a government pension and keep working until I'm 66 ! I will hv to live on £600 a month ! It seems a lot of money !! But I will try my best to survive without asking for handouts from anyone !! I think of all the people that live on handouts that could be working. !! At Least I don't have kidney failure !! I'm so lucky to be alive !! And still able to go out and work and look after someone who is very ill and sometimes I save lives
Rustylee - 2-Jun-17 @ 9:13 PM
I have read so much about claiming for Fibromyalgea ! And how people are turned down !! I work full time ! And have worked since I was 15 years old ! Have been married had three children and looked after a husband ! Now I am divorced alone ! Living with Fibromyalgea and osteoarthritis and work 12hour shifts full time looking after patients with acute renal failure and have been told I'm entitled to nothing !! I have no pension with nhs after working 30 years with them ! As I spent all my money on bringing up my family and giving to them ! Now I'm alone and hv to keep taking painkillers until I'm old enough to receive a government pension and keep working until I'm 66 ! I will hv to live on £600 a month ! It seems a lot of money !! But I will try my best to survive without asking for handouts from anyone !! I think of all the people that live on handouts that could be working. !! At Least I don't have kidney failure !! I'm so lucky to be alive !! And still able to go out and work and look after someone who is very ill and sometimes I save lives
Rustylee - 2-Jun-17 @ 9:12 PM
I was on DLA for 16yrs with slip disc L5 S1 , depression ,rls , Raynaud's disease, carpel tunnel , fibromyalgia and copd ...I've had my DLA changed to pip low rate where I was on high mobility and middle care ...I've just lost my oral tribunal by 4 points I'm in constant pain , sleep a lot, mood swings suicidal thoughts just don't want to be here and im struggling and don't real know what to do
Tazo1974 - 31-May-17 @ 7:13 PM
I've been looking for advice filling in my PIP form - yes PIP form, as DLA no longer exists.As this article was updated 21 April 2017,I'm baffled by the piece being about DLA.Do you think you could do an actual updated article about PIP as the criteria and form are radically different from DLA in some important ways?For instance there is no longer a lower care rate which I qualified for under DLA but as it doesn't exist anymore I lost my care element.It would be much appreciated by your site users.
Sally - 21-Apr-17 @ 11:19 PM
The simple answer should be no, No you don't qualify regardless. My partner has had Arthritis since she was 2 and Fibromyalgia over the last 6 years. she has been to court and assessors and apparently her illness falls within a black hole with them and that means she doesn't qualify. her doctors have said she is not physically and mentally well enough to hold a consistent job, which doesn't matter, the courts have said the they would reward her if they had control of this. The local MP tried to help but Atos and the like say she doesn't even rate on the assessment. Example of the assessment which was given by a medical professional (Sports Massage): Have you experienced any pain or limit of movement. Yes i have fluid build up on the right knee which requires draining, constant pain in all joints and muscles, muscle wastage. Also taking a cocktail of meds i.e Methatrixate and so on. They write down experience no real issues. Memory test: can you repeat the following Cat, ball, policeman. She repeats Cat then bursts into tears at the retaliation that she cant remember those simple words. They write down no issues with memory. Short of being in a coma, i don't know what qualifies
DB - 21-Apr-17 @ 2:51 PM
My fibromyalgia started after a severe spate of manager bullying at my work place,.my life has been ruined. my councillor said it had caused post traumatic stress and this has resulted in me suffering with fibro. I'm now losing my job because I can no longer function. I'm 60 years old this year and my ssp is ending. my I'll health retirement payment only gives me £33.00 per month and I've got no savings. cant focus on anything, all seams like gobbledygook to me. my words wont come out and I just burst into tears coz I don't understand anything any more. been in hospital with attempted suicide on more than one occasion. waiting for pip but I'm the unlucky one as usual that will get turned down coz my face doesn't fit, what's new. It's just not worth living like this.
jampot - 16-Mar-17 @ 4:27 PM
I have fms. Just been diagnosed and put on 300mg lyrica twice daily. Does anybody on here have funny headaches and cloudy vision? I also can't Wee properly, it just dribbles out?
Fibrosucks - 8-Mar-17 @ 5:16 PM
Hi I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001 my employers Dr at the time didn't recognise fibromyalgia at the time ,as they change my job to riveting.My GP sent them letter telling them I The consult rheumatologist had diagnosed me. I have struggled with this condition now it has impacted my mobility hip pain and arthritis in hands .hoping to get out off work though.ill health .can I claim benefits.
Mo - 11-Feb-17 @ 1:07 PM
I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I feel useless, I am only 55. My doctor refuses to refer me to wheelchair services, so I am looking at trying to buy an electric wheelchair. They are so expensive. I have a normal wheekchair but my Husband is only half my size. He would push me anywhere, but I hate seeing him hurting from pushing me. I cannot walk more than five or six paces. I am doing seated exercises as the gym was too much for me. Don't know what to do. Feel trapped and useless. .
Jewels - 1-Oct-16 @ 4:21 PM
Hi all, I've had Fibromyalgia for around 15 years and have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for around 6 years. I also have arthritis in my knee's, and neck and had a spinal fusion to L4/L5/S1 12 years ago. Although had the operation my back pain is still bad and I was told 2 years ago that I have a further diac gone further up leaking spinal fluid and offered me to have another spinal operation. But after the first operation said No, but I think I am eventually going to have it done. I sometimes have problems going a wee and had numbness around my groin and private parts which I think is linked to my back. I've had 3 operations to both my little fingers and had 3 ops to my left knee which also has arthritis in and was told 20 years ago that would need replacing when I get older. I've had another op to my right knee last year but waiting at this point in time for another op to that knee, which also has arthritis in. I had major nerve damage when had spine done which they tried to repair and I have 2 degenerative discs in my neck and was told to dangerous to operate on and I've been getting 2/3 major headaches every week and sometimes have he headaches for 9 days on the trot. I'm sure they are all linked to my Fibro, Hashimotos disease, arthritis and nerve damage. I have no energy and constantly tired. My vision has got worse and I'm very forgetful and I get very dizzy spells and leg cramps. Basically falling apart and only 49 but had this all start from my late 20's. I feel for everyone who has Fibromyalgia as it can be so bad with each day different from others. I get high rate DLA and low care indefinitely and waiting to hear about pip, yet another stressful few months. If you have Fibro try for Disability. Good luck to you all.
Quiff - 1-Oct-16 @ 1:36 PM
Hi all, I've had Fibromyalgia for around 15 years and have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for around 6 years. I also have arthritis in my knee's, and neck and had a spinal fusion to L4/L5/S1 12 years ago. Although had the operation my back pain is still bad and I was told 2 years ago that I have a further diac gone further up leaking spinal fluid and offered me to have another spinal operation. But after the first operation said No, but I think I am eventually going to have it done. I sometimes have problems going a wee and had numbness around my groin and private parts which I think is linked to my back. I've had 3 operations to both my little fingers and had 3 ops to my left knee which also has arthritis in and was told 20 years ago that would need replacing when I get older. I've had another op to my right knee last year but waiting at this point in time for another op to that knee, which also has arthritis in. I had major nerve damage when had spine done which they tried to repair and I have 2 degenerative discs in my neck and was told to dangerous to operate on and I've been getting 2/3 major headaches every week and sometimes have he headaches for 9 days on the trot. I'm sure they are all linked to my Fibro, Hashimotos disease, arthritis and nerve damage. I have no energy and constantly tired. My vision has got worse and I'm very forgetful and I get very dizzy spells and leg cramps. Basically falling apart and only 49 but had this all start from my late 20's. I feel for everyone who has Fibromyalgia as it can be so bad with each day different from others. I get high rate DLA and low care indefinitely and waiting to hear about pip, yet another stressful few months. If you have Fibro try for Disability. Good luck to you all.
Quiff - 1-Oct-16 @ 1:36 PM
I have FINALLY been diagnosed with fibromyalgia this year, after having suffered with it for 17 years. I'm only in my 20's. I find it so difficult to move, i'm stiff and spend most of my time in a lot of pain. The slightest thing can set off a flare (my body temperature has dropped too low, too much/little exercise, not enough sleep, something has knocked into my body, as well as many other factors). I'm trying to work to pay for my rent and bills at the same time as spending 40+ hours studying for university (30 hours contact time each week plus extra study for exams). I also need to fit in trips to the gym to keep my body working as well as find the time to actually look after myself by doing food shopping, cleaning my flat, eating. I often need crutches to get to uni so that i do not fall behind, but trying to fit this all in each week often leads to a lack of sleep, worsening my pain, depression and already awful fatigue. Yet i have been turned down for financial assistance. I have doctors certificates and letters from my employer and colleagues but still unsuccessful. I understand that to look at i'm a healthy, athletic, 20-something in the prime of life. But if they were to spend a day in the life of someone suffering like this they would see how much work it takes to look like this on the outside, to even get out of bed and not be in agony. The hoops genuine claimants have to jump through is just ridiculous. I count myself lucky to have such a fantastic and supportive partner who goes above and beyond to help me every day. I hope that other people suffering with this have someone they can turn to for support like i can. Good luck with your claims, too.
Sam - 12-Mar-16 @ 2:58 PM
I am 71years old and I received disability until 65. now that I am on Medicare my husband says that my disability money is in with my Medicare check. it is not much of a check. is this true. I have fibromyalgia arthritis, osteoarthritis,sarcoidosis. neuropathy, diabetes, broken shoulder and had to have it replaced. I am in lot of pain. cannot work. in a wheelchair.fall a lot. can I get more help?
judy - 12-Sep-15 @ 8:20 AM
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