I work from home for a call centre. My payment kept getting stopped when I was claiming disability because apparently I must be lying cos no one in their 20's has arthritis. I used to cry down the phone begging for money to feed the kids and they didn't give a shit. This way, if I'm having a bad flare up, I can have a sick day and male arrangements to take holidays or swap a shift, which is easy in such a large company. I can get up and stretch or hop into bed for my lunch break if needed and there is no back breaking commute so it works for me.
My mum has just been taken off ESA because she missed a few points on her assessment and the assessor was very impatient with my mum cause she the assessor wanted to get home on time. So wasn't taking my mum at all seriously.
So my mum has chronic back problems,high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, eyesight issues etc and they told her she could sign on to UC but my mum refuses because she says what job is out there for a unfit 58 yr old woman with a bad back and eyesight issues. So she is appealing the ESA decision which has also affected her housing benefit and council tax reduction. I feel so angry at the system having to watch my mum suffer!!!
Can you get esa (used to be sickness/incapacity benefit) start with medical cert from gp, look at benefit website, make a claim. They pay you for first few weeks on gp cert, then you have dp medical. Get help for this. There are two rates, support group if severe, work related if less severe and can do some tasks. Get help with pip as well.
I'm on ESA( support group) and receive Enhanced rates of PIP as I have cerebral Palsy of my Left side I'd advise you to see Citizen's Advice as they know exactly the right wording to maximise your point You can certainly start a claim for " New style ESA" with a sick note from GP then will be assessed in due course for work related or support group In your position I'd certainly apply for both, even if your conditions vary this is taken into account and stated on your claims Good luck