Hi all - I've been considering looking into applying for DLA. I've been ill for about five years, and am a self employed designer working from home. I vary from being able to work 4-5 hours (albeit lying on the sofa!) a day to just 1 hour a day, and recently I've been too unwell to be able to concentrate at all, and haven't been able to work. This is a bit scary, as if I don't work I don't earn money etc... I've never gone the benefits route before, partly because my condition fluctuates so much, and partly because I like to be independent. Now, with all the scandalous cuts and new rules surrounding disability benefits in the UK, it's even less attractive! But I'm fed up with struggling when theoretically I should be eligible for some help. I've joined the brilliant Benefits & Work site, and got their guide. I asked the doctor to provide me with copies of all the consultants' letters since I was admitted to hospital in 2008, and each one reads very similar - patient records neurological symptoms, looks to be post viral, central nervous system, but NO evidence. Everything absolutely normal - the only thing slightly unusual that they've mentioned is I have a slightly low white cell count. It's so demoralising to be feeling so orrible, and have no medical evidence to prove it. I have letters from neurologists and the endocrinologist who eventually diagnosed me with CFS, but if I was at the DLA I would be inclined to suspect I'm looking through the notes of a hypochondriac neurotic! Is it worth it to go through all the stress of applying for DLA / appealing etc? I just don't know if I'm up to the fight now. I understand of course that everybody's experience is different, but has anyone been through it all and regretted it? And, as an aside, has anyone else experienced normal results for practically every test?