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   Posted 5/11/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering, does this autoimmune prevent us from donating blood?  I really don't know and to be honest haven't looked anywhere else yet.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
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   Posted 5/11/2010 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that I was told I couldn't donate because of my 6MP. So it would probably be more a matter of what medications you are on and your general state of well being, rather than a blanket rule that your CD precludes you.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 5/11/2010 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it is more med related. Also, if yuo are prone to GI bleeding, it would also be inadvisable, for your protection more than the recipient. I have seen posts here from CD patients who have successfully been blood donors. I would think being on pred or any of the immunomodulators would be a rule out.

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   Posted 5/11/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told I could not donate blood, but not because of the meds. I am on the simplest of meds. I was told by the Red Cross reps that they would not let me donate due to anemia issues, etc with CD and that it could cause problems for me. They were not worried about my donation, but about my reaction to the donation.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 5/11/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been told because of medications, I can't donate, but when I went to ask last year at Comic-Con (they had a blood drive), Crohn's was listed in big letters as a condition that makes you ineligible. I don't know if it was a particular reason only for the San Diego branch of the Red Cross, or if it's universal.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22. Also dealing with gastroparesis & GERD.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Reglan, Prilosec, Hyoscyamine

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   Posted 5/11/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My son was told no to donation too, because he had Crohns, he was on medication, anaemic and underweight.

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   Posted 5/11/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
The Red Cross told me no several years ago, before I even told them I was on Remicade, when I told them I was just diagnosed with Crohn's.  They said it wasn't good for people with Crohn's to donate because some of us already have issues with bleeding (I guess in stool, etc.) and that it wasn't healthy for us to get rid of that much blood, when we might need it.  They said they hated to lose me as a donor but that they were more concerned with my health.  So, they were very nice about it, but very sure that I shouldn't do it.     
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 5/11/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I donated blood several times after my first flare, when I was just on Asacol. I told them about Crohns and they didn't have a problem with it.
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 5/11/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I donated last year, it didn't matter that I had Crohn's or that I was on Remicade.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

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   Posted 5/11/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
They say that they can use my blood but since I have auto immune hep I am not aloud because of my own well begin.

It really sucks since I would love to be able to donate blood.
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with : Endometriosis march 2007, Anxiety disorder august 2007, CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008, Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009
Medication - Humira, Asacol, Librax, Cipralex and Cerazette.

My wonderful dogs :) ~ ~

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   Posted 5/11/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not allowed because of my own safety, If i wasn't chronicly severly anemic i would be allowed to.
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   Posted 5/11/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I also depends on the state and/or agency...each has differing ideas...I know at one point there were some blood groups that would not accept any person with any autoimmune disorder...this was about 2003 or so (when I was working at the state lab and working with the CDC) some may have changed...I also know that many blood agencies have become more concerned about the medications that one is taking...many of the requirements are for the sake of the person receiving the blood...and if there are any interactions...

If you are curious, I know there is info on the CDC website...if I remember correctly, (which lately my memory is not so good), it may have been an article on one of their weekly MMR (Morbidity and Mortality Report)...

The issue of blood donation came up again, because of patients developing WNV from transfusions, so you could also probably look up their on-line (peer reviewed)journals: Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Hope this helps...
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   Posted 5/11/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
If you've ever had a blood transfusion yourself, your no longer able to donate.

In Canada, our rules are country wide. IBD'ers cannot donate.

My solution, I get my friends to donate instead, there are more of them than me, so it works out fine :)
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.

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   Posted 5/12/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
mtoronto....hurts less too! ;-) ive been told no becaus eof both meds,crohns and transfusions. funny while in the Air Force we used to donate all the time. the whole flight would go down on a scheduled day. or if there was extra work to be done you had your choice, cleaning toilets or bringing back a blood banks slip!

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   Posted 5/16/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I told them about the meds and CD and they let me donate
Diagnosed March 3rd 2010, Kapidex 60mg, Pentasa 3000 mg, D 50,000 (weekly), Probiotics, Probiotic Yougurt, SCD

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