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    Suffers from:

    Dyspraxia: Speach problems when esp when tired, unable to learn to drive or ride a bike, poor working memory, clumsy (this leads to other accidents such as sprains etc), hypersensitive, difficulties with planning and organisation.

    Chronic Migraine: Suffers from painful migraine attackes 15 - 20 days per month which affects vision, causing photophobia pain in face, neck and arms. nausea and vomiting. Must lie down in dark quiet room to recover takes prescription pain medication and anticonvulsents to try and reduce attacks.

    IBS: alternates between chronic constipation only having one large painful BM per week and having loose stool with blood and mucus. Has frequent gas and cramps. Has to wear pads due to anal leakage.

    Chronic Anemia: chronic low iron, small red blood cells and low red blood cell count. Even when taking proscription iron tablets this person is still anemic, has been anemic constantly for 10 years now. As a result suffers from weakness and palpitations and chronic cough is they get sick.

    BPPV:This is a form of vertigo causing daily dizzy spells at random when this person moves their head and neck, sometimes dizzy spells are extreme and frequent sometimes they don't happen so much.


    Mentally this person is ok, they are sensitive, they suffer from stress and anxiety but they claim not to be depressed even though their poor health does get them down. Person is question is very intelliegent but has significant issues which are a barried to work and success.

    Would you based on what I have said above think this person is disabled?
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    jhayze
    I don't mean to sound dumb but what do you mean by this?
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    Based on what you have said, I would. However I don't see how this person can't live a normal life, it may be difficult, but not impossible.
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    (Original post by lsaul95)
    Based on what you have said, I would. However I don't see how this person can't live a normal life, it may be difficult, but not impossible.
    This is someone close to me who is really struggling at the moment, I feel they could be classed as disabled and would be able to claim ESA for a period of time while they hopefully got help for their health issues and found in time some kind of suitable part time or home based work.

    Do you think this is would be fair?
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    (Original post by dangerdoyle)
    This is someone close to me who is really struggling at the moment, I feel they could be classed as disabled and would be able to claim ESA for a period of time while they hopefully got help for their health issues and found in time some kind of suitable part time or home based work.

    Do you think this is would be fair?
    Definitely. If you believe this person would benefit from aid then get them to apply. There's no harm in trying, I don't know what the requirements are to receive the aid, but from the information that you have enclosed it sounds like this person leads a difficult lifestyle.
    Go over this option with the person, detail how it could benefit them and what they'd need to do.
    Best of luck with it!
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    Thanks I will discuss this with them tomorrow!
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    (Original post by dangerdoyle)
    Thanks I will discuss this with them tomorrow!
    You're welcome!
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    Mental Health Conditions

    A mental health condition could affect:
    your mood
    the way you behave
    the way you relate to the world around you
    how you cope with things from day to day


    I'd say it is reasonable to assume one had a mental health condition based on a number of the conditions you outlined. So yes.

    I know it's not strictly in the same context, but I too suffer from chronic migraine. Under my University guidelines I'm labelled as disabled and get a lot of 'freebies' such as extra time in exams, use of computers, longer library loans etc... I can really sympathise with what a struggle this person must be facing, with migraines alone. Best of luck
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    (Original post by Rybee)
    I can really sympathise with what a struggle this person must be facing, with migraines alone. Best of luck
    Thanks, yeah the migraines really are the worst for her, I think if they were better everything else would be easier to manage. In many ways she put too brave a face on it for too long and struggled on not letting on how bad things were for her. Now I think she needs a long time to get better. I just hope I can talk her round to accepting the help she needs!
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    Yes - I have dyspraxia and I'm classed as disabled.

    IBS wise - she really shouldn't have to live her life like that, has she spoken to her GP at all, is she getting any medical help? There are so many medications and treatments, and I'm sure at the worst she might be eligible to have a stoma or something similar. Is she taking any medication for the migraines? I really feel for her, she needs help and best to see her GP asap to discuss everything x
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    (Original post by dangerdoyle)
    This is someone close to me who is really struggling at the moment, I feel they could be classed as disabled and would be able to claim ESA for a period of time while they hopefully got help for their health issues and found in time some kind of suitable part time or home based work.

    Do you think this is would be fair?
    Being disabled and claiming esa (which is impossible to get) are two different things.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    Being disabled and claiming esa (which is impossible to get) are two different things.
    I'm on Employment support allowance
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    (Original post by Pickle.)
    I'm on Employment support allowance

    and?
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    Being disabled and claiming esa (which is impossible to get) are two different things.
    Well I spoke to her today and we went together to the job centre and spoke to an advisor who thinks that it is likely she will qualify for the support group ESA at least for a period of 6 months to a year.
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    (Original post by daisydaffodil)
    Yes - I have dyspraxia and I'm classed as disabled.

    IBS wise - she really shouldn't have to live her life like that, has she spoken to her GP at all, is she getting any medical help? There are so many medications and treatments, and I'm sure at the worst she might be eligible to have a stoma or something similar. Is she taking any medication for the migraines? I really feel for her, she needs help and best to see her GP asap to discuss everything x
    She does see a gp and several specialists but really she needs time if she is to get any better at all. She just isn't well enough to cope with a normal life at the moment.

    I took her to speak to a really nice woman at an adive service and then JCP today, she is going to see her GP tomorrow for a sick line so she can put in a clain for ESA as she really needs some time to get well, if she doesn't do it now I fear for her long term health.

    Thank you for your reply and feedback!
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    (Original post by dangerdoyle)
    She does see a gp and several specialists but really she needs time if she is to get any better at all. She just isn't well enough to cope with a normal life at the moment.

    I took her to speak to a really nice woman at an adive service and then JCP today, she is going to see her GP tomorrow for a sick line so she can put in a clain for ESA as she really needs some time to get well, if she doesn't do it now I fear for her long term health.

    Thank you for your reply and feedback!
    I'm glad she's off to see the GP and agree with you that she needs some time off. You sound a very caring person, she's lucky to have you in her life
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    Sounds good. Happy for you both

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