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Just got diagnosed with SLE--now another test
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lodossgyrl posted:
I just got diagnosed with SLE and Sjogren's Syndrome. I have been going to my rheumatologist and a gastroenterologist for two years and have also been diagnosed with Raynaud's, fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility syndrome, hypothyroidism, IBS, and a hernia in my esophagus. Now my rheumatologist is running a test for an immunoglobulin deficiency because I get lots of infections (sinus, ear, throat, bladder, and yeast infections). Has anyone else ever experienced this with their lupus or have an immunoglobulin deficiency? If the test comes back positive, he said I could go to the hospital to get infusions but I'm a little scared as these are given intravenously.
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R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR responded:
Your doctor seems to be proposing Intravenous Immunoglobulin. This is generally quite safe. Here is a link to some more information about it.

http://www.cidpusa.org/P/ivig.htm


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