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I have been turned down for Incapacity Benefit despite suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for at least 15years. This has been confirmed by my doctor and the hospital. Could anybody suggest a specialist that I might be able to see who I could see to confirm this diognosis. I live in Kent. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Katie
 

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Katie;Where is Kent... UK, US?Is an Incapacity Benefit provided by an insurance company or the government?I just recently qualified for long term disability provided by my insurance company. My physcian filled out the insurance forms with a primary disability of depression and a secondary problem of a bowel disorder.While my insurance company has come back to me with questions about why the primary problem has received more attention that the secondary problem, they have still authorized the claim. I suppose I'm lucky that my case worker has had some experience with IBS and is sympathetic with the condition.What I'm suggesting is that if you are suffering from depression or anxiety, your claim provider my be able to relate to that better than IBS.
 

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If you explain to your G.P. that the IBS is effecting your mental wellbeing then this will greatly increase your chances of getting Incapacity benifit. Explain in simple terms that you are not able to work a standard job because of your condition, and that having this condition has caused you to become anxious, depressed,etc whatever applies to you.The Goverment are trying to get as many people as they can OFF incapacity benifit as it was used as a way of massageing the unemployment stastitcs. The Government now believe there are many who should not be on the benifit but working.
 

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I claim Incapacity benefit for IBS.Was accepted on GP's sick notes plus what I had stated on the claim form. Had a medical last June and basicly just told the Social Security doctor how debilitating it was and how bad it was even with medication. I even mentioned I had had two attacks of D on the train whilst travelling to the centre (which was true.) She recommended I be signed off for a year then have another medical. It got accepted.You are best claiming for both IB and DLA, certainly having a diagnosis from a consultant would help. Though given the length of time you have had this illness, I'm surprised they wont accept it with a report from your GP.You could probably benefit from using the Citizens advice or Welfare benefits service in your area.Hope this helps.Best regards,mr_colt
 
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