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Migraines related to blood loss (personal experience I would like to share)

I joined this forum because I had a traumatic experience the other day, while donating plasma & I wanted to share my experience with someone researching the possible link. Here is my story. The other day I went to donate plasma. I have not donated in years. Nor have I had a migraine in over 5 years. I am 36 years old. I started to have the symptoms of an oncoming migraine attack on my first draw giving plasma. The phlebotomist did not stick me in a sturdy vein. Hell, I think it was a capillary. So, on the return, everything started to go downhill. I was under stress, trauma, & about 200mL blood loss when I experienced the aura that usually obstructed my vision for about 30 minutes before a dehabilitating migraine would begin. However, another phlebotomist was able to return my blood back to me, in a different vein in my other arm. Minus the plasma collected after one draw. & I NEVER HAD THE ONSET OF THE MIGRAINE I was sooo dreading. I have NEVER had the aura & NOT had a 4 hour migraine. I really wanted to share this information with someone studying this correlation between migraines & redblood cells. If you read this & have any more questions about my experience. Please let me know. I would like to help. I don’t even like talking about this. But if I can help with this research I would like to get this information to the right person.

  1. Hi coronaprincess,

    As unpleasant as that sounds, thank you for sharing your story with us. Hopefully others will read this and be along shortly to share their experiences as well.


    1. Yesterday I went to donate plasma for my first time. I have had blood drawn several times in the military and have never really minded being stuck. I had clear urine all morning yet they said I must be dehydrated because it took an hour and a half to get all the plasma they wanted. Afterwards I felt completely fine for the rest of the night. However, I woke up at 5 this morning and had a progressing migraine that completely took over by 7. I had diarrhea, severe vomiting and the shakes. My temperature was at 96.3 however. The only thing I can think of for the cause is that I was not prepared to give 850ml of plasma or possible I did not receive enough fluids back into my body. I am finally getting over it at 10am now but I wanted to share my answer because I definitely believe there was a correlation between donating plasma and my severe migraine.

      1. Hi, BravoDude! How are you feeling now? Hope you're doing better. -Melissa, team

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