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Gamma globulin injections taken, yet the rate is low, low thyroid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been doing gamma gobulin injections for several years. My levels are still low. I need to see a specialist. I feel like I am sick all the time. I have low thyroid and vitaligo also. What type of a doctor should I see?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   You need to see a immunologist
Doctor :   a doctor who specialises in treating immune defecits and autoimmune disorders
User :   OK It is getting really hard to get the gamma for my shots, which I give myself. Is this a trend you are seeing?
Doctor :   you mean to say, there is a shortage of the medication ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   actually the medication is produced by genetic recombination and the production will not decrease
Doctor :   since the demand for the medication is high, the production will not decrease
User :   I had a blood test within days of my last injection. My doctor said my levels are still low. Do you know what this might mean?
Doctor :   but the production needs a pool of antibodies and this needs specialised and tedious procedures, it does take time to make it
Doctor :   this means that the antibodies are being used up by the body mechnisms,
Doctor :   due to the underlying body disorders or disease process
User :   Do they up the gamma amount?
Doctor :   vitiligo, thyroid and immune disorders - this combination indicate a autoimmune condition
Doctor :   and this produces a lot of antibodies that destroy the tissues
Doctor :   the antibodies given toe treat this condition, hence have a short duration of action in the body, as they are being used up to neutralize the antoantigens in the body
Doctor :   and this means, that the dosage you need to treat your condition, needs to increase over time
Doctor :   immune suppressants when given correctly can correct the condition
User :   Are there any ways to boost my immune system naturally?
Doctor :   Are you taking any medications as of now ?
Doctor :   your condition, is excess and over activity of components of your immune system
User :   Yes for other conditions
Doctor :   and this needs to be controlled
Doctor :   But there are medications that can be given to increase the antibody production, including forms of interferons
Doctor :   but there have been no effective natural means that can selectively control or enhance specific activities of the immune system
User :   I need to find a good doctor.
Doctor :   yes , a experienced Immunologist will be of help
User :   OK Thank you so much. I think I see how so many of my problems are connected to this. Have a great day knowing you helped!
Doctor :   im happy to help,
Doctor :   and you are most welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
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