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A 28-year-old male asked:

just had my blood tests it says elevated immunoglubin a ( iga). having diarreah and gas bloating, mixed bowel movements, doc says it may be ibs?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Big picture: Having an IgA slightly (or even considerably) about the reference range (the range into which most people fall) in the absence of a monoclonal spike (which at your age would surprise me greatly) seldom means anything. Treat the person, not the labs. Good luck.

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Both of my older kids had chronic ear infections; does this mean my new baby will, too?

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A 49-year-old female asked:

4 months ago I had total knee replacements(both) and I still have swelling, burning, sharp needle like pains is this normal? What are the signs if one is allergic to the metal in the knee replacement (both)

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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A 51-year-old female asked:

A friend gets a severe pain on her lower right side of her abdomen and her tongue feels numb. What can this be? Her gallbladder was removed 3years ago

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Dr. Andrew Glantz
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Is a heating pad or i've better for kidney pain? Er said I had a UTI but i'm not really having bladder problems, it's just my left kidney.

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Dr. Roscoe Nelson
Urology 28 years experience
Neither: If it's a stone not much but medication and passing the stone will help. My condolences.

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