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Diarrhea and gas problems possibly related with my IgA deficiency?

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  • Posted By: xyz2814
  • March 21, 2007
  • 10:49 PM

I'm 19 years old and currently at college. I was diagnosed with an IgA deficiency when I was very young. When I moved to college at the end of August last year, I began to have constant diarrhea. I figured it would go away once I was used to living at college, but didn't go away. After awhile I think I accepted in the back of my mind that having it constantly was normal (even though I know it's not). I came home for Christmas Break in December, which lasted about a month, and it did not go away during that time so I cannot blame the school's food for causing it.

This semester I still have diarrhea, but I also have a lot more gas than I used to. I've noticed that this semester the diarrhea is more "pencil-thin" than it used to be. Sometimes the gas would get to the point where it would sound like my stomach is growling, but it wasn't, it was the gas in my intestines that other people around me could hear very well. Once in awhile I'll skip a class because it's so loud, embarassing, and uncomfortable. I tried taking Anti-gas (a cheap version of Gas-X that can be bought at a dollar store near me) which did help some.

After the gas increased, I finally went to my doctor that's specialized with knowledge of immune problems last week to do something about it. I had blood and stool tests, but I don't know what the tests were specifically for (I'm calling the doctor tomorrow so I can add a comment later to list the tests). The main point is that the results came back saying that everything that was tested for is normal. The doctor perscribed Flagyl (I ended up getting the generic version for it) to try to fix this, but it hasn't helped.

Even though I have diarrhea constantly, I haven't lost any weight. It's possible that I'm not eating as well as I could be, but for the most part I've been eating similarly to what I had at home before I got these problems.

I'm aware that my dad has digestive problems and he has IgA so I'm just wondering if anyone else out there with IgA has this. I know my mom has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) so I'm not sure if it could be that either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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