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Can I donate Blood?

Postby Taurus » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:23 pm

Can MS patients donate blood? Please inform
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby chowder1 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:37 pm

After 9/11, I tried to donate blood but was told I couldn't due to MS. Weird....... Cause it's not a blood disorder, but I couldn't donate.
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby euphoniaa » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:06 am

Aw geez, my reply just disappeared! Anyway, this topic comes up regularly and it seems to depend on where you try to donate. The Red Cross eligibility criteria no longer list MS as an exclusion, although my local chapter said 'no' anyway the last time I called them. However, many at TiMS say their donations are always accepted.

Here is a link to the Red Cross blood donation eligibility criteria: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-b ... eria-topic

And I was told on my diagnosis 10 years ago that I could no longer be an organ donor so I took that off my driver's license. That may have changed as well, but as long as they truly do NOT know what the hell MS is in the first place, I hesitate to push toward acceptance. The interesting thing is that MS is (usually) so hard to diagnose that they've obviously been accepting our tainted blood unknowingly all along. :smile:
Dx'd with MS & HNPP (hereditary peripheral neuropathy) 7/03 but must have had MS for 30 yrs before that. I've never taken meds for MS except 1 yr experiment on LDN. (I found diet, exercise, sleep, humor, music help me the most.)
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby Yodi » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:08 am

A blood donation is quite a stressful situation for the immune system (blood cells/bonemarrow)
PPwMS should - in their own interest - refrain from it
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby CureOrBust » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:20 am

If you have been diagnosed with MS, you are probably also on a treatment, which would more than likely involve medication. If this is the case, they may not want that in their supply, and I would explicitly tell them what you are taking before donating. Most of our medications are immune modulators which blood recipients may be best not to have.
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby FriscoTxMS » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:48 pm

No, because of the medicine.
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby mmpetunia » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:26 pm

there was a bone marrow drive at my school so i inquired if i could donate and i was told i could not. :/
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby Taurus » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:04 am

Restriction on donation of blood for those taking DMDs is understood. But what about those, like me, who never took any DMD????
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Re: Can I donate Blood?

Postby chowder1 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Hi Taurus

When I tried to donate blood after 9/11, I had never been on any DMD. I was told 'no' and was never even asked about any medication I had been on.

All you can do is try.......
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