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shirleysshirley Posts: 201
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Chronic Pain
hi hoping for advice from uk members mostly.
i am currently working but pain is making me take more and more time off, boss is supportive but also keeps telling me he is running a business.
im waiting for discogram as root nerve injections have just made me worse, depending on results as to whether i have artificial disc replacement or 360 spine fusion l5s1.
i was wondering if anyone with spondylolisthesis and ddd has applied for disability living allowance and actually received it.i also have facet joint wear an tear. i am unsure if i should apply or not. thanks for any advice. been on the merry go round of NHS for 17 months now


  • i have been turned down for DLA 4 times now but just the other day was given it ..at last ..my advice to you is to send for the pack and when you receive it get a person from the CAB to complete for you ..good luck
  • i have got the forms just wondered if it was hard to get the benefits, do u get carers and mobility or just one of them, sounds like u had a hard fight to get it, glad u carried on fighting and won
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  • the higher rate mobility and the lower rate bit for looking after you {carnt think what the real name for i it is !} i am using it for my prescriptions and TENS electrodes and i an saving for an electrical adjustable rise and recliner recliner as my old lazy boy manual recliner is broken.the money is a big help but i would love to be well enough to work and have no benefit !!
  • Shirley,

    I too have DDD and Spondy at the same level - I've met with two Ortho Surgeons and a Neuro and all say the only fix for Spondy is Fusion. What does your Surgeon say about the ADR working with Spondy?

    Atb, Mike
  • just needed to know if there was a safety net when i fall from this very narrow perch.
    ive read lots of your posts and i know you would rather be working and pain free, but such is life that you cant, dont feel bad for claiming what you deserve.
    no one ever gets rich claiming benefits but they can help to provide the comfort of appropriate chairs etc
    all the best mate
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  • have no idea what ADR means. glad to hear from someone with the same prob, how long have you had this? are you still able to work ? im pretty stubborn i wont give up without a fight but the rounds seem to be getting longer and my strength weaker. hope to hear from you again, very interested to hear your story and if you are considering surgery etc
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