Thursday, 13 November 2014

Help for Chronic Pain Sufferers 2

This is a follow on for this post. It seems that the authorities are not currently replying to letters and are, at this stage, collecting information on conditions and evaluating which they will include in the list and which they will not.

If you are not receiving any help at the moment please visit this page (for UK residents only). Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the last question in the list.

Q. Can I apply for a Medical Exemption Certificate if I have another long term medical condition not listed?

A: Only the exempting medical conditions listed on the FP92A are eligible at present. The government is currently reviewing other long term medical conditions.

This was one of the places I wrote to. It is necessary for our condition to be recognized and added to the list. We need as much help as we can get. Unfortunately I do not have any information about help in other countries.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Help for Chronic Pain Sufferers

I have found out recently that people with certain chronic conditions can get free medication. But chronic pain is not listed. It seems strange that one person is fed while another starves. Are we not all equal?

Someone is born healthy. Someone else is born ill. It was not a choice. Surely there should be some compassion for people who, as far as we know with the current medical achievements, will be in pain our whole life. We will need to pay what is quite a large sum, every year until death, to get medicine that we do not take by choice. What is even more unfair is that people with chronic pain are less likely to be able to work to pay for this. So the person who is not likely to be as wealthy anyway, now has to lose even more money to pay for medicine for a condition that we did not choose to have. Other chronic conditions have, rightly, been added to list. It is about time that chronic pain was acknowledged alongside them.

I have written to some government bodies to ask that chronic pain be included in the list of chronic conditions for which people can get a Medical Exemption Certificate. I will keep everyone updated as to how it goes.