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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.

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    1 year ago

    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.


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