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Hypogammaglobulinemia problem causing fatigue and infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia at the age of 51 after 25 years of food allergies, systemic yeast infections and chronic fatigue. This week I begin infusions and was wondering what the expect so far as feeling better and what can I do on my own to compliment these treatments...
Doctor :   HI,
Doctor :   May i know infusions of what ?
User :   ivig I believe
Doctor :   Is It IGg
User :   possibly-very expensive iv treatments that take 4 hours and I have 1/month for 6 months
Doctor :   yes, it is that then
Doctor :   they really help well
Doctor :   and i would suggest you to consume high protein diet and avoid infections to the maximum
User :   any supplements I should take?
Doctor :   Protein powders with Multivitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium will assist the process of acception of the immunoglobulins by the body
User :   can you suggest one and do I obtain at a health food store?
Doctor :   yes, best would be NEUTRILITE
Doctor :   by Amway
User :   How do I obtain that one?
Doctor :   You can buy it online or even from any health food store
User :   Does this situation cause chronic fatigue and when can I expect to see improvement?
Doctor :   it needs minimum of 6 more moths of the treatment to see a better change
User :   any improvement after the first one?
Doctor :   yes, fatigue can be a complication but not dangerous
Doctor :   not really , it take all the doses for a exact perceivable change
User :   I am also going through menopause, I guess that just makes me feel worse-should that improve as well with treatments?
Doctor :   no , its not related
User :   I've heard that being extremely acidic without alkalinity makes me feel worse-how can I eat high protein and not get more acidic and what are your thoughts on this?
Doctor :   you are right
Doctor :   go for the protein powders m as they are in the simplified form
User :   protein powders m or was that a mistype : )
Doctor :   (m ) is a mistype
User :   I was prescribed antibiotics for 10 years-ages 13 - 23 for acne-would that be the cause of this?
Doctor :   needs more detailed history into what type of antibiotics and for what conditions
User :   erythromicin to keep face clear of acne
Doctor :   ok, no erythromycin has no such characteristics
User :   so where did I get this situation? Systemic/ chronic yeast infections play a role?
Doctor :   Chronic infections are the commonest cause
User :   so far as food selections high in protein-what do you suggest?
Doctor :   since yo mentioned you have acid peptic disease , it would be better to go for powders, otherwise good sources would be Eggs , soya , pulses, fish etc
User :   and lots of water? any other fruit juices or other drinks besides protein powder?
Doctor :   yes, citrus fruits are good
Doctor :   Water is always a recommendation
User :   how about massages or any other thoughts on recovering?
Doctor :   No massages do not have effect ,
Doctor :   Good exercise will add to the recovery
Doctor :   specially aerobics
User :   how about epson salt baths? coconut oil? just a couple of suggestions I have read about...
Doctor :   They are just supportive measures but don not add much to the treatment
User :   so exercise, rest, protein drinks-any other thoughts?
Doctor :   Vegetable like green leaves ,
Doctor :   avoidance of steroids
User :   snack foods for energy? eating popcorn at the moment
Doctor :   not related
User :   what are pulses?
Doctor :   Legumes
Doctor :   Green gram , horse gram , etc
Doctor :   green peas
User :   how should I feel the day of infusion?
Doctor :   you may have mild giddiness ( sense of faining) otherwise normal
User :   any good websites for my hypo...?
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