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I have just been diagnosed with an Immunoglobulin M Deficiency.

My Doctor says in my case it is only a little and "no cause for worry" however I am not happy about it  :(

It does explain why I have been getting reoccurring colds and had pneumonia last year in spite of the fact that I eat healthy and try to take care of myself. The official stance is that it is hereditary (I will be having my son tested too) and there is nothing that can be done. Are there any Mamas  here who ahve experience with this?

I am wondering if any of you know of naturopathic treatment for this?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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When doing a google search this site had the best explaination

http://www.answers.com/topic/immunoglobulin-deficiency-syndromes

But I can not find anything  regarding naturopathic treatments.

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You might want to x-post in the Special Needs forum.  I would be willing to bet there might be a mama there that may be dealing with a child with IgM deficiency.

 

I would also find out if they tested your other immunoglobulin levels to see if this is selective IgM deficiency (your other immunoglobulin levels would be normal).  It would help you find information more consistent with your specifics.

 

To my knowledge (and really, I deal more with IgA, IgE and IgG than IgM) the only natural remedies are an extremely healthy diet (like "nothing with a label") and other forms of prevention through natural means... extra probiotics, vitamin C, vitamin D and then being on top of minor illness/illness coming on with other things depending on what it is... kwim?


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Thanks so much for your reply!  I'd given up!

I will check out the special needs forum. I had not thought of that.

I have not had my son tested yet but will.

Just wondering what are the differences are between IgA,IgE and IgM?

Looking at the lab report, I was tested for IgA and IgM. My IgA is in the normal range 1.14 ( 0.63-2.77 is considered normal) but my IgM count is below at 0.53 (0.63-2.77 is the normal range) It looks like IgE and IgG were not tested. I read about “selective" IgM deficiency but do not really understand what it meant.

It is hard to know what is considered a "healthy" diet since there are so many points of view. My family is leaning more toward the traditional foods; locally raised hormone free meat, fermented dairy like yogurt kefir and yougurt, organic fruits and vegetables. Many of my friends would interpret "healthy" as being vegan, if possible 100% raw.


 

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You might want to x-post in the Special Needs forum.  I would be willing to bet there might be a mama there that may be dealing with a child with IgM deficiency.

 

I would also find out if they tested your other immunoglobulin levels to see if this is selective IgM deficiency (your other immunoglobulin levels would be normal).  It would help you find information more consistent with your specifics.

 

To my knowledge (and really, I deal more with IgA, IgE and IgG than IgM) the only natural remedies are an extremely healthy diet (like "nothing with a label") and other forms of prevention through natural means... extra probiotics, vitamin C, vitamin D and then being on top of minor illness/illness coming on with other things depending on what it is... kwim?



 

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