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IgG Levels
A MyMyelomaTeam Member asked a question ๐Ÿ’ญ

My IgG level has been consistently low. My doctor wants to start me on an infusion to increase it. Has anyone done this and are there any downsides?

posted February 2
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A MyMyelomaTeam Member

Hi Mark, I think he is referring to IVIG infusions. They are usually given once a month or just during the Winter months to get us through flu and Covid seasons. They prevent us from getting infections. They don't usually order it unless we have had infections. But my IgG level is very low. I personally wouldn't mind having this treatment. It is a slow infusion. You will be in the clinic a few hours. I think it is a good thing. I would follow your doctor's advice and get it. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™

posted February 3
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

I have had IVIG (IgG) transfusions 1x every 4 weeks for many years. Probably 17 years. It's because I don't produce enough on my own. IgG is an antibody that fights a wide variety of infections, anything from cold, strep, ear infections, to infection from a hangnail. I don't produce IgA or IgM either, but IgG covers a cast array of things.
I feel blessed to be able to receive this. The other medicine someone mentioned sulfamethoxide, aka Bactrim, is completely different. It helps prevent infections of the heart or lungs. I forget right now; but I take that too.
IgG is an antibody.
If your doctor recommends it, I would go for it.

posted February 5
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

I think IVIG is beneficial to lots of myeloma patients

posted February 6
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

I have the same but always borderline. I did Get IVIG infusion after my Stem cell but no side effects . They give this to boost your immunity

posted February 4
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

I take IVIG once monthly. It's an iv infusion that lasts about 4 hrs. It has really helped me be more healthy.

posted February 3

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