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Should FM and CFS patients donate blood?
MagPrincess posted:
I know this has come up in the past and i just stumbled upon it.
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An_198685 responded:
It depends on the person. I do every 6 months when my weight allows me. (under weight).

I don't think (COULD BE WRONG), FMS or CFS is passed through blood.

I don't see an issue with it.
jenniK73127 responded:
I don't, mainly because I'm on so many different meds and I worry about them not being filtered out completely. That, and I usually feel to crummy to go do it.
rowan73 replied to jenniK73127's response:
Same here about the drugs. I wouldn't want to jeopardize an ill person's recovery with drug contamination. I also had a bad experience when I did give blood. It took me weeks to overcome the weakness.
I've always wondered if my fibro contributed to my difficulties with pregnancy. It was almost like my body was allergic without the complications of incompatible rH factors. Maybe it's in the blood. (dramatic music here, lol) didn't mean to sound so dramatic.
Smile you're never alone, and laughter is the best medicine. As Bobby McFerrin said Don't worry, be anthem for me...remember stress makes it worse ;)
missist replied to rowan73's response:
My DIL had 2 units of blood over the weekend as she had emergency surgery--- I have always been hesitant about donating--and now that I feel it more personally with her being so low on blood that it will now take her nearly 3 mos to build it all back up--

My feeling is more strongly than ever that I should not do it.

Nobody knows at all what causes this or by what mechanism it has become so widespread. I just don't feel right about it. I also have a ton of drugs and a cluster of other chronic illnesses.

I would be uncomfortable thinking my dear DIL was trying to build healthy blood starting with a base that included mine.

So I agree with Rowan. I may be paranoid? I don't know--but it creeped me out seriously thinking of poor N. with all her challenges now--and my 'unknown' issues blood.


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