Here’s something I haven’t done for quite a while – answered a question from my search-engine slush-pile:-
“if i have emphasemia and copd will i get pip benifit in thek”
First of all, when applying for benefits, do work on your spelling – it helps. And you don’t have emphysema and COPD. You have COPD, for which emphysema is the defining condition. What “thek” might be I have no idea.
While often considered a death sentence by the ill-informed, emphysema can be managed – I was diagnosed in 1996, for example, and while I’m terminally ill, my COPD isn’t the cause. Type COPD into the search box at the top of the right-hand column – it’ll bring up a load of information. This one should help with your claim
OK, skating around the fact that PIP is, apparently, hard to claim, as with DLA it’s not what ails you that matters, it’s the degree of disability it imposes upon you, so if your COPD is slight, you might be unlucky. If it’s severe you might still be unlucky – PIP is designed that way – but you’ll have a better chance.
Medication also matters. If your meds are deemed to be too low to support your allegation of disability, you might lose out. It’s entirely wrong that this happens as all too often patients are under-medicated by penny-pinching GPs and they have no control over that. This, by the way, is what I take to support my COPD:-
The post is 5 years old, as you can see, but nothing has changed.
Note: Comments are closed for posts over three months old. Sorry, but this does NOT mean you can post comments or questions on another, still open, post.
Finally, if you smoke, stop. Smoking with COPD is, quite literally, terminally stupid, and it will almost certainly compromise your claim if you turn up for an assessment claiming a respiratory condition has disabled you while stinking of fags. And when it comes to medication, work out a timetable – and remember that 3 or 4 times a day means in 24 hours, not just in the hours of daylight – and take them religiously, by the clock, not just when you remember. Not only will you feel better, you’ll probably live longer too.