Donating blood

Starburst
Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
I was wondering if my RA would prevent me from donating blood. I am not anaemic but I do have elevated inflammatory markers. It's something I've always wanted to do.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 2,275
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    princess01 wrote:
    I was wondering if my RA would prevent me from donating blood. I am not anaemic but I do have elevated inflammatory markers. It's something I've always wanted to do.

    Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.


    Dear Princess

    I can't remember what medications you are on but I would imagine they would not allow you to donate blood with RA. To be sure you don't have a wasted trip ring up the blood bank before you go and let us know what they say.
    Best wishes

    Simona
  • Wonkylegs
    Wonkylegs Member Posts: 3,504
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I found this page on the national Blood service site and thought it might be useful for you.

    it has a form to send if you want further info, and also a number to ring with any questions.

    https://secure.blood.co.uk/c11_cant.asp

    wonky
  • daylily
    daylily Member Posts: 641
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi. I donated blood for first time this year and got a letter back saying they couldn't use the blood because of raised imflammatory
    markers.
    They want me to go again and just have a blood test to see if the markers have gone down.
    I've been trying to tell my Doctor for years I think I've got RA but because the bloods come back normal they say I haven't so waiting for the next blood donor session. If the markers are raised again it's back to the Doctors with the letter.
    Going by my experience they probably will not let you donate but there is no harm in asking is there.
    Good luck
  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I know they stopped me giving blood because I was on an anti-imflamatory, nabumatone...
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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,558
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have never been able to do it thanks to a lifetime of drug taking, in the medical sense. Healthy people only for this one. Which is understandable. DD
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  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for all the helpful replies. :) Silly me, I didn't even consider that methotrexate would probably rule me out! Never mind. It's just one of those things, I s'pose. I plan to be an organ donor when the time comes......if they want my organs!!
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Well said Lynn :D

    I contacted the Organ Donation and Transplantation Centre some months ago and they were very helpful.... and have since 'signed up' and am on the register. The point about informing family is important.... removes any potential difficulties.

    I've posted a link to their website, if anyone wants to find out a bit more about it. The site has a really good section on questions (hundreds of em!) that people might have about donation...

    https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/Consent.do?campaign=1960

    Iris x
  • pepperflo
    pepperflo Member Posts: 91
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I had donated blood since the age of 17, and was heartbroken, when they told me I could no longer donate due to my meds. I'm rhesus negative, so donating my blood was important.
    It is a worthy life saving charity its just a shame we can't be part of it anymore :(
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I haven't officially signed up for organ donation but my family know my wishes. I have made a strong point of it and hope I will be able to be an organ donor when my time comes.
  • pepperflo
    pepperflo Member Posts: 91
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I too carry an organ donation card, and my family also know what I want to donate, I think it is a great idea esp if we can help others after we have gone x
  • amberring
    amberring Member Posts: 4
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I used to give blood but was stopped from doing so once I went onto steroids for asthma. Such a shame, as they are always short of donors you'd think that with so much technology they would be able to filter out the bits they don't want and keep the good stuff.
  • apple1
    apple1 Member Posts: 2
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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