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Brent Click to EMail BrentClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-30-08, 03:43 PM (CMT)
"Donating blood?"
I am getting ready to donate blood again but they warned me that it could worsen the migraine sysmptoms. I found that odd since I am using Inderal as one of the preventive meds which lowers BP.

I would think losing some blood would have the same effect as Inderal does.

Hs anyone donated blood and had it trigger or worsen a migraine?

I have O neg blood so it is very much in demand. The local blood centers are extremely low now and I decided to get back to it again.

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RE: Donating blood?, thetsarisa, Dec-31-08, (1)
RE: Donating blood?, lesherb1, Dec-31-08, (2)
RE: Donating blood?, brendaenglish, Dec-31-08, (3)
RE: Donating blood?, Brent, Dec-31-08, (4)
RE: Donating blood?, pammarie, Jan-03-09, (5)

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thetsarisa Click to EMail thetsarisaClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-31-08, 00:31 AM (CMT)
1. "RE: Donating blood?"
LAST EDITED ON Dec-31-08 AT 00:32 AM (CMT)

Brent, I heard on the contrary - that donating blood might be beneficial for migraines. A few years back somebody sent me a link about this but I can't find it no more.
I guess it's 50-50 chance for going either way.

I hope you won't suffer with M if you donate your blood.

I think it's great of you to donate your blood. Kudos to you!

Risa

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller

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lesherb1 Click to EMail lesherb1Click to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-31-08, 09:30 AM (CMT)
2. "RE: Donating blood?"
I've never heard one way or the other about blood donation and migraine. I used to donate blood and then platelets (I'm A- and type A blood is good for platelets).

Since I am on so many medications, I don't donate anymore. I can't imagine it would be good for anyone to receive my medicated blood.

Łeslie

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brendaenglish Click to EMail brendaenglishClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-31-08, 09:35 AM (CMT)
3. "RE: Donating blood?"
I had 3 units of my own blood drawn and stored for a surgery I had awhile back. Every time I went to give the blood, I got a HUGE migraine afterward. I think that donating blood is very important and honorable thing to do. I'd say go for it once, and see how you make out. If it doesn't bother you, keep at it.
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Brent Click to EMail BrentClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-31-08, 11:06 AM (CMT)
4. "RE: Donating blood?"
I certainly will try it and see what happens. I am allready on my third mig since sat. so what's one more(?). It's surprising they will let me considering the meds I am on.

After thnking about it, a loss of blood could trigger vasoconstriction as the body tries to compensate for it.

Thanks for the info

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pammarie Click to EMail pammarieClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Jan-03-09, 05:33 PM (CMT)
5. "RE: Donating blood?"
I've donated blood many times as I am O . One time they asked me if I currently had a migraine so I asked why that would matter. They said it could make a migraine worse.

I've donated in the past with migraines where they didn't get worse, but it's probably one of those things where we can all react differently and even each migraine incident could be different.

I hope everything goes well with your donation.

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