ME sufferer

and           DLA applicant

I have just been through the most humiliating experience of my life at the hands of a DLA medical examiner.

He was here 2 and a half hours and told me to get rid of my "energise DVD (from the charity ME Research UK)", that ME was all due to deconditioning and negative behaviour patterns. He said the only one keeping me in that bed is me. The confusion is due to me not using my brain, hearing problems due to not using my ears, light sensitivity due to not going out in the light and so on and so forth. Why should I expect a blue badge when that would only discourage me from walking, he said.

I felt humiliated and ridiculed by someone who was clearly a psychiatrist of some description. He said he gave seminars to students on "people like me".
He seemed to enjoy the whole thing.

I was refused DLA.

I have had ME/CFS and fibromyalgia 12 years and this is the first time I have applied, having tried everything to get better on my own. I hope research will stop this kind of thing from continuing.