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I was taken very ill early this year, suffering from night sweats, high temperature, bloody discharge from nose including crusting, coughing up bloody sputum, body rash and a general feeling of fatigue. My bp was very high and I had a job with breathing. My gp sent me to various specialist consultants and eventually I was rushed to hospital with suspected pneumonia. On arrival at the hospital, I was given massive doses of strong anti-biotics intravenously, but my conditioned worsened. The doctors then thought I was suffering from an immune disease and luckily, I was seen by a visiting renal consultant who immediately diagnosed Wegener's granulomatosis and transferred me as an emergency, to the renal unit at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton.
At St Helier, I was given massive doses of steroids followed by cyclophosphamide both given intravenously and I felt slightly better within 24 hours. This treatment was followed by three sessions of plasma exchange by dialysis and then a blood transfusion. I have had a total of six sessions of intravenous cyclophosphamide plus various oral drugs in cluding prednisolone, co-trimoxazole, alendronic acid, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil and adcal-D3 tablets. I was in hospital for a total of just under 6-weeks and have now been discharged for about 6-months. I attend the vasculitis clinic about every two weeks or so and the doctors are very pleased with my progress and I am going towards remission. I am male and 83 years of age and apart from occasional tired spells, am keeping well. The treatment I have and am receiving at St Helier Hospital under the NHS, has been absolutely first class and I have nothing but praise for this hospital and the medical staff, to whom I thank from the bottom of my heart for saving my life.
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