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I was diagnosed with EGPA I’m August last year - nasty experience as fellow EGPAers will know. After 6 nights in hospital we started off with lots of prednisolone (60 mg) and methotrexate but as we reduced the steroids I had two flares in the next two months and had to go back to 60mg. In November I managed to get myself referred to the EGPA specialist team at Guys & St Thomas (not a simple process as my GP is out of the GST catchment area - but thank you to Frimley Hospital for helping me with this).

At GST the specialist EGPA team is actually based in the Chest clinic so they are focused on the asthma part of EGPA and the management of eosinophil levels through MAB treatment. It may not be for everybody but my own experience has been amazing so far. No further flares, Pred down to 6 mg and my mountain biking level pretty much back to where it was pre August.

Just thought that I should share this experience. Wishing everyone the very best - keep positive!

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I’m seen at GST as well (I have GPA) and the specialists there are great.

Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear things are going well for you now!

So glad things have improved for you. I have GPA & took 6 months to get referred which by then I had kidney involvement. I couldnt even lift myself off a chair before diagnosis. I was referred to Barts & started 60mg pred & rutuximab infusions. Went straight into remission now down to 5mg prep & now back to 2 fitness classes.

not heard of this treatment ? I have had retixamab which has been a miracle three-year s down the line I'm still on 6 steroids but feeling normal x

So glad to hear some good news. I'm also in remission with GPA and aim to make the most of every day! It's certainly a life changing experience.

Hi Glad to hear that things have improved so much for you.

My experience not so good.

Was admitted to Frimley Hospital twice in the last four years, both times i was in for a week.

Was diagnosed with EGPA after my first stay.

Never got referred to Guys and St Thomas EGPA team, i can only assume because i was living in Fleet Hampshire that i was not in the catchment area.

Moved to North Somerset 6 months ago and the treatment I have received under the umbrella of the BRI ( Bristol Royal Infirmary ) has been great.

Not currently on Prednisolone and my daily peak flow readings have improved.

After my last flare up put me in hospital with short notice, i am well aware how quickly life can change.

Wishing all the best to fellow EGPA sufferers.

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Reboundman in reply to Ruskie

Hi - just to clarify when it came to the referral it was on my initiative. Frimley helped once I asked a the GP route wasn’t allowed by ‘the system’. Computer says no !!

My GP said something similar at first as my borough is technically not GST “catchment” so they didn’t have the option or “the right form” on the “system”. However, unless you need inpatient treatment they can make the referral under your right to choose (see nhs.uk/nhs-services/hospita.... ANCA vasculitis is a rare disease and it is clearly beneficial for all involved (you, the medical team and research opportunities) if you are seen by specialists and have MDT input so it would be unlikely for your CCG to reject the request unless you happen to already have another vasculitis centre in your immediate area. My GP had to get the form from the Guy’s website and flag it to their practice manager so it did involve a bit more work for them, but it went through fine, just had be persistent and point out the common sense argument for the referral!

Yes the message is you have to be persistent and get clear on the route required. For me anyway it has been well worth the investment in time emailing and phoning around. I think the targeted MAB therapies (Benralizumab, Mepolizumab) seem very encouraging so far.

Very heartening story, good to hear things can have good outcomes!! Keep up the good work 👍👍🍀

Hi,Glad to hear such positive news - it sounds like your treatment is working well for you .

I was also diagnosed with likely EGPA last March at Frimley Hospital after spending 10 days there. I was initially started on 40 mg prednisolone with mycophenolate added a few weeks later. After prednisolone being gradually reduced to 5mg , by Dec I began feeling unwell again which resulted in the dose being increased - I am now on 7 mg and awaiting an appointment with the consultant in July for the next action plan.

I hope you don’t mind me asking but was it because you wanted to see a specialist EGPA consultant that you asked to be transferred to GST?

Yes I wanted to see a specialist and was also interested in the specific eosinophil targeting therapies (I have been on Benralizumab at GST.). I can recommend.

Thank you ! My eosinophil count was back to not far from the normal range when I had my blood test this month but it’s at times when I’m not feeling so well that I wonder if I should ask to be referred to a specialist centre. Many thanks for sharing your experience and wishing you all the best

That’s brilliant that you have made such a good recovery so soon. Best wishes for the future

That is fantastic news that you are doing so well so quickly! a mix of Prednisone, Rituximab, and Azathioprine keep me in remission, but my strength is mostly lost from diagnosis 6 years ago. I used to mountain bike once or twice a week. Now I've had to mostly give up my favorite activity except for rare occasions on the easiest trails ☹️ You stay strong and keep moving!

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Reboundman in reply to grindhaus

Hi - thanks for your reply. I’m really sorry to hear about the bike (or lack of it). I got back in my bike two days after I came out of hospital. The neuropathy meant could hardly pedal and couldn’t stand up which as you will know is a bit of a challenge on a mountainbike! Luckily a lot of the nerve damage seems to have healed and I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to get get to a decent level but also not taking anything for granted. I know another attack could happen at anytime so I’m very happy I seem to have found a treatment that works for now at least. What is stopping you from riding - is it the nerve damage ?

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