I don't donate blood because of my migraines.

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I don't donate blood because of my migraines.

Post  milo on Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:50 pm

I was a proud to donate my blood on a regular basis for many years. I stopped this practice when my migraines began.

I would really like to continue, as I feel it is one of the greatest gifts a person could give. I don't donate because I don't know the cause of my migraines and therefore cannot be sure I am not giving someone else my problem.

What about the rest of you?
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Post  charmed quark on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:44 pm

No - I'm not worried about giving a recipient migraines or something from my blood. I don't think that's possible. And most people needing transfusions have bigger worries.

And my blood is pretty clean these days - very few drugs in it. A lot better than most.

I think I was up to several gallons when I quit donating blood. I kept getting migraines every time I donated. Also, my blood type is not very useful as it's a fairly uncommon blood type. Blood like mine is mostly factored into blood products.

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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:58 pm

Heart problems, medication, and syncope are deal killers for me....strict orders not to donate. It's ugly when I go for large volume blood-work.

I'd like to but no go.

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Post  Chairish1976 on Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:17 pm

I'm not sure if it is the same where you live, but I know here in southern california they are required by law to do a quick blood test before they accept a blood donor for the first time. They can't trust anybody's word that their blood is acceptable/safe these days.

But I agree with you completely, it's always needed and helps to give everything we can. I'm on the organ donor list too, so even if these migraines do kill me one day, at least the rest of me will keep someone else going! I wouldn't mind being on a list for a head transplant though.
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Post  Kate on Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:52 pm

I can`t donate because I don`t weigh enough. I was told that you have to be at least 110 lbs to donate.

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Post  AuntieBubbs on Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:09 pm

I keep getting rejected because I'm too anemic. I try but they always tell me my iron is too low.
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Post  Ivy on Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:08 am

I'm in your shoes.
I've been rejected because my ferritine levels are often too low (so I risk anemy) and because according to our laws you can donate only if your blood has been clean from any medicine for at least two weeks. I NEVER spend two entire weeks without anti-inflammatories/ergots for my migraine No

One more sad sides of migraine....
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Post  WitsEnd on Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:30 am

I'm not allowed to donate because I'm underweight. I wish I could donate though.

I don't get why you have to be a certain weight... Does anyone know?
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Post  estre004 on Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:05 am

I am like Kate and Witsend -- do not weight enough so I have never been able to donate. I am an organ and marrow donor though.

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Post  Paradox on Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:30 am

I used to give all the time. Then I couldn't during the "mad cow" panic because I had lived in the UK.

After that I was always on so many med's I figured who ever got my blood would be walking around loopy. Shocked
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Post  theresae on Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:47 am

donated twice, second time, it was also that time of the month and ended up with a really really bad migraine that just didnt go away for weeks, so have made a decision never to donate again, unless my child's life depended on it, my blood group is pretty common so i dont feel too bad about it, although in UK they are always looking for donars.


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Post  Sara79 on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:02 am

Wit's End- the weight requirement is so they don't have people passing out. How much blood you have in you is partly determined by your size, although everyone needs so much just to survive. A 100 pound person giving a pint of blood is giving much more of a total percentage of their blood volume than a 250 pound person, so the larger person won't have as many blood loss issues. HTH

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Post  WitsEnd on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:59 am

Thanks Sara. I suppose it was kind of obvious really lol!
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Post  moominamy on Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:06 am

I have never actually been able to donate blood. Went to do it when I was 19 but because I'd had glandular fever they wouldn't let me and told me to give it 3 years, then by that time the migraines were bad enought to be on preventatives and so I couldn't do it due to the meds. It's been the same ever since. Not on any meds now, but pregnant so can't donate.

I am hoping to donate breast milk in the future though. It gets used on preemie babies in hospital. You freeze a stash and they collect it.

When I've had lots of blood samples taken I do often get a bad migraine, but not every time so may just be coincidence.

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Post  AuntieBubbs on Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:12 am

Amy, wow, what a great thing - donating breast milk. I've never heard of that. That's fabulous.
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Post  Paradox on Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:19 am

I am hoping to donate breast milk in the future though. It gets used on preemie babies in hospital. You freeze a stash and they collect it.

I've heard of it and admire you for doing it. With my youngest I had to stop because I had mastitis. He had so many health problems it made me unbelievably sad that I couldn't give him the extra immunity from my breast milk. It would have been so nice if donor milk was available.

It was odd because I got it in both breasts. HUbby thought I looked great, but really I looked like a Dolly Parton caricature. He was allowed to look but not to touch. It was so painful!
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Post  survivor on Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:26 am

They won't take mine because of my cancer.

I never worried about migraines. I don't think it is a blood borne disease.


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Re: I don't donate blood because of my migraines.

Post  milo on Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:12 pm

The whole point for me is that migraines remain this mystery, so you never do know.

I think I'll sign up for the next one and see if I get screened out.
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Post  Almostangela on Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:36 pm

I used to do it regularily for years and got pins and stuff. Then suddenly, I started to pass out after donating and it would take a few hours for me to be able to stand again. They didn't know why, so I stopped. I was thinking of starting up again.

Are you on preventatives, Milo?

Let me know if you go ahead. I'm curious.

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Post  milo on Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:43 pm

Just my botox and the supplements. AND of course, my good old opiods when I need them.
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Post  estre004 on Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:51 pm

Milo - does your insurance cover botox?

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Post  Mule Kick on Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:40 pm

I, also, am under weight. Extensive blood work can leave me quite woozy.
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Re: I don't donate blood because of my migraines.

Post  milo on Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:42 pm

I suppose my weight would indicate that I could give more then the average person...lol

My botox was covered, then it wasn't, and now I'm fighting along with my pain specialist to get it covered again.
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Post  kutya on Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:49 am

I have been a thirty year blood donor. Last winter I began having migraines but for the most part are now under control. Two days ago I went to give blood. The next afternoon I suddenly came down with horrible vertigo, and diarreha and a headache. I realized that I had not doubled up on my fluids as it was advised and truly believe it was caused by dehydration. I have been drinking water like crazy now and after 18 hours I am begining to feel a little bit better. I will continue to donate but definetly will remember to hydrate.

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Post  Migrainegirl on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:39 pm

My uncle used to get frquent headaches. His doctor told him to try donating blood, which he did monthly and never had headaches after that. I've no idea why this worked.
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