I'm sorry I cant advise whether or not you have a chance of being awarded DLA but if you decide to give it a go, you have nothing to lose! DLA is awarded on how your condition/disabilities affect your day to day living, not necessarily what those conditions/disabilities are. There are two elements to DLA: mobility and care. Do your medical problems mean that you need help with getting dressed? getting in or out the bath? drying? can you chop and/or peel vegetables? lift hot pans? Do you need reminding or encouraging to take medication? Do you need someone to be with you or to help you because of pain or fatigue or to prevent injury? Do you need help during the night and/or throughout the day? How far can you walk without significant discomfort or pain? Do you need someone with you when you go out because of anxiousness or the risk of falls? Does the medication you take cause side effects that impact any of these? This is not an exhaustive list but hopefully will give you some idea of the sort of criteria used on the forms. The form can be tricky to fill out and if you can, I advise you to try and get some help from CAB or google benefits/welfare advice services in your area. Failing that and if you can afford the subscription, the benefits and work website have downloadable step by step guides to filling in the forms. It can seem quite expensive but they really are excellent and can help save the stress of having to appeal because you have misunderstood some of the questions and not provided enough information. Gather as much other evidence as you can. I have copies of every single report from every doctor/consultant medical bod that I have seen and I included mri results and reports written by consultants/pain management nurses etc. How supportive is your G.P or consultant? Do they know of your care/mobility needs? It is likely that they will be asked to provide a report and a bad/poorly written one can mean the difference between having to go through the appeals process or not. Bear in mind that if you choose to apply for DLA you will need to do so before April of this year as all new claims from then will be claims for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as DLA is being phased out and the PIP criteria is a lot more...erm...whats the word....tough! I hope I havnt waffled on and that this is the sort of information you wanted. If not...I apologise!
On my own claim for DLA....Applied in September 2011, turned down...appealed....attended tribunal...turned down....appealed against the tribunal.....put in new claim....turned down.....got tribunal decision set aside....turned new claim down....appealed....had tribunal for both claims and got the result today....I won! High rate mobility and low rate care, backdated to the date of the original claim in 2011.
Phew! So, it can be a looooong road but some people get it straight away while others have to fight. The decision, as they say...is yours!