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    im not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but has anyone that lives in the uk, managed to successfully claim disability living allowance (DLA) for lupus?????

    i have been advised to apply, but remember reading somewhere that they do not recognise sle as a 'disability' ??? i'd be interested to hear of anyones' experience in the UK. thanks again

  • #2
    Dsability living allowance

    hi how does your lupus affect you do you have other problems with it i was only diagnosed with lupus 2yrs ago but i have been on DLA 9yrs i have other problems aswell as the lupus but there is no harm in applying for it have you spoken to your own GP about it as he has to fill in part of the form aswell as you do where do you stay are you in England or Scotland i have a friend in England with Rayns disease and she was turned down for it but i have told her to appeal all it cost is the price of a stamp hope this help you


    • #3

      I can't help with knowingly with the UK system, but here in Australia (I'm assuming being part of the commonwealth we'd share similar guidelines?) the pension is granted less by the conditions name and more by what you are able or not to do. My advice would be to gather all your medical history and have your Specialists fill in the paperwork also, the more you have the less the government can argue about it. If your Dr's etc are signing their name and stating you are not well enough to work, then people who are not medically qualified can't argue the point .. and if they do & you have the inner strength you have the right to appeal the decision.

      I have recently been granted a pension, but I was anxious leading up to it for many reasons, including the "what if I'm not approved"etc ... overall it wasn't too bad or long a process and it has given me some peace of mind.

      Best of luck to you


      • #4

        I am in the uk & receive dla..I was awarded mine for having rheumatoid arthritis as I was wrongly diagnosed for a number of years..
        however last year when I received some forms that they send you every so often to check on your condition I had to put lupus instead but everything was fine & nothing changed.

        as elisabeth said the severity of your condition will be taken in to account..I receive mine even though I don't have any organ involvement but my lupus affects my joints quite badly..personally I don't think you will have any problems..if you do I would appeal as mandy's quite common to have to appeal.

        also I would get some help filling the forms in,citzens advice & oh I'm sorry I can't think of the other place?? they specialise in dealing with this kind of thing.

        hope this helps a little,the very best of luck to you :luck:
        please keep us updated
        best wishes..karen x


        • #5
          Hi there,

          I agree with Mandy in that here in Australia at least it's granted more on your inability to do things than what conditions you have been diagnosed with. Reason being that Lupus affects everyone so differently. Some may be disabled and some are out there living full and productive working and home lives.

          Another important factor here I think is that your doctor has tried and you have complied with trying various medications and other measures to help control the disease process and improve your quality of life. If you have and you still aren't well enough to work that is also in your favour.

          Mine was granted over a year ago, first application because of my obvious inability to hold down a job in any way shape or form.

          Good luck,



          • #6
            Hello chilli

            DLA has everything to do with how difficult it is for you to manage daily and self care activities plus mobility needs, and nothing to do with the actual diagnosis or whether you work or not, nor is it means tested.
            In applying you need to focus on your worst days which many find a depressing experience, since as a coping mechanism we live from one better day to the next and don't normally dwell on our limitations or even fully recognise them. There are several threads here about it, plus some useful addresses in 'stuck posts' above. You can download the forms online and get tips on how to fill them in.
            You could start by carefully considering everything you need to do from hair washing to veg peeling and simple meal preparation, how much help you need and the varying difficulties.

            Very good luck !



            • #7
              Hello Chilli, Yes, I receive DLA so does my Daughter, both for Lupus.
              I wish you well, and Clare is quite right to suggest you start looking at you daily activities, maybe even carry a notebook around for a few days. If you can get DLA it is a great help.
              x Lola

              Neither of us had any problems getting it.


              • #8
                hi im maria and new to this site i hav just been reading about DLA as i hav been advised to apply but i am working does this mean i cant apply? x


                • #9
                  You can apply even if you are working For some people it makes the difference whether they can continue to work or not.
                  Good Luck


                  • #10
                    Hi Maria Therese, it makes no difference if you work or not. Just remember that when you are filling in the forms you have to think of your worst day.i recieve dla, and got it 3 yrs ago for fibromyalgia. i have just been diagnosed with lupus. Hope your claim goes well.


                    • #11
                      thank you all for the advice and suggestions. i will definitely apply, i have had the forms for around 3 weeks now and i just cannot find the energy to complete them..........not to mention it is so long and my hands/wrist are really achy so i cannot write for long. however, i will try and do a little each day until i finish it. i will let you all know how i get on. keep your fingers crossed for me !!!!!!!!!!


                      • #12
                        hi my name is ronyjo and new to this site i live in cheshire in the uk, i would just like to say that i received dla for 4yrs it was up for renewell august 2007
                        and i didn't get it back i appeeled and lost that as well i am now haveing to go back out to work i found a little job in a laurndry but i am finding it so very
                        difficult, i am waiting to see some one from the jobcentre plus i am 53yrs old
                        who else will employe me after being out of work for 5yrs and not reliable.


                        • #13
                          It's really sad to hear you are being treated this way. Are you receiving medical certificates for any/all days you are missing? If possible keep a copy of all to go with a new aplication. Also what kind of Employer do you have & does this person or any other Staff that may work with you see your struggling to get through days etc.? I ask because adding some of these peoples references I think would back you up higher above the medical evidence and persistance of your doctors/specialist & your own forms. Something else ... if you enjoy working where you do (on your better days) is there anything you think your Employer may be able to provide to make the workplace less of a struggle for you?

                          Wishing you lots of luck & inner strength,
                          Last edited by mandy_au; 02-22-2008, 12:27 AM. Reason: forgot to unquote OP


                          • #14
                            dla approved

                            Hi everyone not been on in ages but had to let you all know that ive just got my award letter in after renewal and have been awarded dla indefinately (Thank god) this is after 1year, then 2years then 4years of awards so it is possible just dont give up as like me you have to be honest and keep fighting. Hope i encourage someone else to fight too


                            • #15
                              I applied last year when I could hardly move at all. Didnt get it coz they said I wouldnt be like that for more than 6 months. Just coming out of it after 2 years.. but there ya go. Ive never had anything for nothing and dont expect to get it now.
                              Sorry.. bit upset and down in the dumps tonight.
                              Keep trying.. Im sure it is worth the effort in the end. Good luck
                              Sal x