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So Confused.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 19, 2008
  • 04:38 PM

I'm 18 years old, and for the last twelve years I've just been sick. I've had nine surgeries, four of which were sinus surgeries. I have low IgA, but nothing else seems wrong with my immunity. I'm always tired, dizzy, my chest is heavy and my head hurts. Always. I'm so tired of doctors telling me to 'keep on doing what your doing' with the attitude that I'm faking. Please, if anyone has an idea, let me know. Its not Lyme Disease, just tested negative unfortunately.

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  • What are the doctors saying that's causing your symptoms?If I had all those surgeries , I know I would be even sicker today. It takes its toll. Did any of them help and last?Are you able to live a normal life and work etal?
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • November 20, 2008
    • 04:31 AM
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  • It's likely you have what's called selective IgA deficiency. I have this too. :( Did anyone explain what that means? It means that while most people have five different types of antibodies that fight specific types of infections, you and I don't make enough of one kind of antibody, called immunogloblulin-alpha (IgA). This makes you prone to get lots of colds, flu, and stomach bugs. Try here: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/primaryimmunodeficiency/a/iga_deficiency.htm There's evidence that taking probiotics can help boost your IgA levels. I just read about it this week in a medical journal called American Family Physician. I am trying this myself. Go to a health food store and look for Culturelle GG. Sorry for the brand name, but this was mentioned in the article as a reliable brand. Here's the article: 1: Am Fam Physician. 2008 Nov 1;78(9):1073-8. Probiotics. Kligler B, Cohrssen A. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, New York,USA. bkligler@chpnet.org Probiotics are microorganisms with potential health benefits. They may be used toprevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhea and acute infectious diarrhea.They may also be effective in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, andin treating atopic dermatitis in children. Species commonly used includeLactobacillus sp., Bifidobacterium sp., Streptococcus thermophilus, andSaccharomyces boulardii. Typical dosages vary based on the product, but commondosages range from 5 to 10 billion colony-forming units per day for children, andfrom 10 to 20 billion colony-forming units per day for adults. Significantadverse effects are rare, and there are no known interactions with medications. Other things to think about are Turner Syndrome and celiac disease. Get checked out for these things.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 20, 2008
    • 08:45 PM
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  • Chronic sinusitis can cause your symptoms. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that most cases of chronic sinusitis are caused by fungal infections (or the immune system reacting to the Aspergillus fungus) and may get better with antifungals.If you have taken antibiotics, a fungal overgrowth is likely since antibiotics kill bacteria that prevent fungus from growing. Probiotics work great to restore the normal, good bacteria that fight fungus. Just make sure it has at least 1 billion CFU for each probiotic dose (less than that won't work)Colostrum should increase IgA which should reduce your risk of getting certain infections. Probiotics also help with the immune system.
    stanleybrown 29 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 05:33 PM
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  • stanleybrown, I'd be interested in seeing your evidence on colostrum & IgA levels.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 06:35 PM
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  • I read about it awhile ago but I did a quick search on PubMed and found a couple studies for you. I thought there was more evidence. Looks like there is not as much as I thought. It helps salivary IgA, not sure about IgA in the blood.The effect of bovine colostrum supplementation on salivary IgA in distance runners"Median levels of s-IgA increased by 79% in the colostrum group after 12 wk intervention" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16676703IGF-I, IgA, and IgG responses to bovine colostrum supplementation during training http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133885I think colostrum also helps strengthen the immune system by protecting against URI and the flu. Colostrum may also help protect against URI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12923655Colostrum "is at least 3 times more effective than vaccination to prevent flu and is very cost-effective". http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17456621
    stanleybrown 29 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 08:42 PM
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  • I've read some pretty good things about bovine colostrum. Colostrum in general as a lot of antibodies in it, and it should help really strengthen the immune system. When my daughter was born, she was in the hospital for a bit and had nutrition via an IV....anyway, the nurses told me to save the colostrum that I pumped for when she would get sick with a cold or something, because it was so good for the immune system. Bovine colostrum, from what I've read, is almost the human colostrum. So I would think it would be helpful.
    naturalhealth 4 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
    • 06:51 PM
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