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I ended up on icapacity benefit because my IBS is really bad. I was on it for about 5 month and had to go for another medical. Nothing had changed in my IBS but this medical said I wasnt entitled to Incapacity I dont know how there managed to work that one out when I got it the first medical I did. Anyway I put an appeal in and its finally come throw with 7 month of waiting. Its on Augest 10th. I was just woundering if this has happened to anyone else and how you got on at the appeal?
 

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These people don't understand how difficult living with IBS really is and don't recognise it as the debilitating disease it really is.My suggestion is to go to your GP or hospital consultant and ask them for a letter saying how it prevents you working.Or simply tell your doctor that the anxiety and stress prevent you from working if the IBS isn't recognised as serious enough.Good luck
 

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I ended up on icapacity benefit because my IBS is really bad. I was on it for about 5 month and had to go for another medical. Nothing had changed in my IBS but this medical said I wasnt entitled to Incapacity I dont know how there managed to work that one out when I got it the first medical I did. Anyway I put an appeal in and its finally come throw with 7 month of waiting. Its on Augest 10th. I was just woundering if this has happened to anyone else and how you got on at the appeal?
How bad is your IBS, what are your symptoms?
 

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Ye I think I'll do that get a letter of the doctor. Its really bad wake up in the morning straight to the toilet and could go to the toilet 5-7 times a day. When I go it feels like my guts are going fall out. I get pain and sometimes feel sick like my throat is tightening up. I wont travel anywhere far incase I cant get to the toilet in time. Its taken over my life I dont do much these days. I worked as a gym instructor for 7 years in a job I really enjoyed. I dont know what i'm going to do if appeal gets rejected because all i'll be left with is going on the dole. I cant work i'm scarred i'll get pushed into something and end up stressing out even more. Plus having to go in to sign on with being no toilets there doesnt bare thinking about.
 

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Hilly1981I know just how you feel, I have been on benefits since february last year, I had to go for a medical, but they turned me down and said I was fit for work, even though the Ibs-d is severe and I had a nervous breakdown in february last year, and now suffer with anxiety and depression as well as the ibs-d, being not close to a toilet is a night mare and sometimes I dont make it. I had to go to a tribunal hearing as the medical I went to in April last year said I was fit for work, as I appealed, it took from the June 2009 until January 2010 for the tribunal hearing. you go and see a judge and a doctor and they ask you loads of questions, Be prepared, get as much letters from doctors and gastro specialist as you can supporting your claim. I have just has another medical 2 weeks ago and they have given me another 3 months, but like you dont know how I will cope with a job and going to sign on with no loos. They have put me in the group called work related activity group, which means I have to attend 5 meeting with working links, so they can see how best I need help and what sort of job I could do, if I dont go to the meetings I could loose the benefits. . I very rarely go out and when I do I worry about where the nearest toilet is. Unfortunately the DWP do not recognise Ibs-d as being serious enough not to work, they see you can control it with medication. But I find that even taking 3-4 Imodium a day like I have to still does not stop the D sometimes and it comes without warning. Best of luck, keep me informed how you get on, if you want to chat more, send me a personal e-mail.
 

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It is really hard now in the UK to get taken seriously by the benefits people. That said I would never even attempt to claim incapacity benefit. The stress of going through all that would just make me feel so much worse, i don't think i could cope with it. I am self-employed and work in an office on a flexible basis, so I am lucky, I can take time off when I want. The downside is I don't get paid for time off and if I'm ill there's nothing. No benefirs, no sick pay, nothing. That's also a stress.
 

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I'm also in a similar position. I was on ESA benefit from May to December last year, then they told me I was no longer entitled (even though my condition was the same, they seemed to base the decision on a questionnaire I had to fill in which was basically about whether I had any physical or mental disabilities. I don't, so they claimed I must be fit to work. Ridiculous). I was told I could appeal but couldn't face the stress of it - even attending the work related appointments/assessments etc was hard enough when I can barely leave the house some days. It's been six months now so I've been able to apply again. No idea how long I'll be allowed it for this time but anything is a help. Thankfully I have some savings to see me through but it's been a struggle. I'm now doing a course that will hopefully enable me to work from home, which would be ideal really. I feel for you Hilly, I really do. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about anything. And good luck!
 
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