Also remember if you get knocked back the first time, you can ask for a review, the first time I applied for the DSP I was knocked back, my appointment was at the end of the day, assessors tend to be a bit more grumpy at that time, the review, is was conducted by one of their Physios, he could not understand why I was knocked back in the first place, and so it was passed right then and there, so don't be disappointed lodge the appeal for a review.
Hi Mrs Shingles,
Thanks for your reply. I'm really grateful to have this forum to share my experiences on, and to encounter others with similar situations. Thanks for your good wishes and I hope things are well for you.
Yeah, I feel like I'm running in circles a bit myself. I have tried quite a few medications and I seem to be sensitive to them, experiencing bad side effects. Just finding some without side effects has been a challenge, but to find some that have an impact on my pain is the next step. I am currently using a medication I previously tried, just seeing what happens. I guess it's all just trial and error with this condition....
Thanks for your reply,
I am only on a few medications and my pension application was still accepted. I was able to print the forms off online, but I did need to make an appointment to see my GP. They do want confirmation of your condition and if you have any letters from specialists. Once they get all your paperwork, they call you in for an appointment with a psychologist, who then gives their recommendations to centrelink, regarding your ability to work. My GP told me that crps is a recognised condition in relation to the disability pension.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I feel I can't lose anything by trying different medications and doctors. I'm hoping I will find a good clinic one of these days. I haven't tried ketamine yet, but I've heard it can be helpful. My doctor has said that is more the direction he wants my treatment to go. I'm glad you have had some success with your pain treatments. I hope I can get there too, as I've had little success with treatments so far. Thanks for your well wishes. Hope you're doing well.
I think that after all the paperwork is filled in by you and your doctor, if they can then see that you have done your absolute best to work, you should not have problems. I recall having a lengthy conversation with the psychologist (they don't call them that, but she had it on her name plate on her desk) and she was impressed with the fact that I had returned to study and was doing voluntary work. If they can see effort at whatever level you are capable of, then I think they will see you in a positive light. The only thing is that every interviewer is different, so as Don said, if you happen to be rejected the first time, then try again.
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