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Fainting after donating blood -- Has anyone else had this experience?

  Author:  58334  Category:(Discussion) Created:(10/12/2005 4:30:00 PM)
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There was a blood drive at my school then other day, and I signed up for it. Through out the whole thing I felt completely normal, but soon as they took the needle out of my arm I got really hot, started sweating like crazy, and everything sounded like it was far off and I almost threw up a couple of times. This passed after a few minutes and I was fine after they gave me juice and such.

It was about two hours later and I was in class, still feeling fine. Then out of nowhere I got really light headed and everything got blurry and sounded like it was far off again. I went and sat down with my head on the table and I got really hot and sweaty again and after about a minute I passed out. I think I was out for a few minutes. Some of my friends told me my eyes were rolling in the back of my head and that they had to keep stopping me from slipping out of my chair while someone got the nurse. And also that I was extremely pale.

I was just wondering if anyone has ever had a similar experience after donating blood. This was the first time I ever donated blood, and after this I don't know if I'm up for it again.

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Date: 10/12/2005 4:34:00 PM  From Authorid: 40979    I've never donated blood...but this year I am since I am old enough :-D  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:35:00 PM  From Authorid: 12103    I'm too scared to!! lol  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:36:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 58334    That's how is was for me :-) Good luck, hope you don't get sick like I did!  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:37:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 58334    I was pretty nervous myself, Jen, lol. The lady who took my pulse and blood pressure said she could tell since they were a tad high.  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:39:00 PM  From Authorid: 62476    never doanted blood. after hearing of that I don't want to. sounds creepy  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:42:00 PM  From Authorid: 63026    My brother has given blood. I wouldnt mind it. I can stand the needles.  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:45:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 58334    Needle didn't really bother me. The only thing I didnt like is how it hurts when it first goes in. Ah, I'm such a baby :-P  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:45:00 PM  From Authorid: 63191    Actually what you've described is a common thing when giving blood. What you experienced is called Hypovolemic Shock and occurs when the vascular system has a rapid change to it. In the case of giving blood, the "container" (vessels) remained the same size, but the volume within changed. That will cause the symptoms you've described. Also, in some cases, there are people who have a very sensative Vagus response, and they can have some difficulties for a bit after giving blood. I wouldn't be concerned about this; however, if you give blood again, I would let the staff know about this incident so they can be sure you are sufficiently hydrated before releasing you. BRAVO, by the way on giving blood! You saved a life! USMOM  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:49:00 PM  From Authorid: 63026    I have to look when they put it in. Or I wont let them put a needle in me.  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:50:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 58334    Eh...I hate looking. Drives me crazy. And thanks usmom, I didn't know any of that :-)  
Date: 10/12/2005 4:56:00 PM  From Authorid: 53284    You showed a lot of courage by donating blood. Nest time make sure that you drink plenty of fluids before and after.  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:02:00 PM  From Authorid: 10245    yep... exactly like that, except 2 of my friends got me half way to the blood drive room before I went down in the middle of the hall. It happened the 2nd time I dontated, too. I was advised to not try again until after age 25... I haven't weighed enough since then to try. I go through periods where I get light headed when I change positions. I must have a senstive Vagus response ;o)  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:04:00 PM  From Authorid: 10245    I would suggest making sure you've eaten a good meal beforehand, in addition to being well hydrated, too.  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:13:00 PM  From Authorid: 7574    The only problem I had was that it really tickled when I got the needle put in..lol  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:26:00 PM  From Authorid: 53052    i havent had that happen before.. but i dont give blood(my hubby does though!) did they do a check on your iron levels before they took blood? it sounds like your levels were too low to take your blood  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:28:00 PM  From Authorid: 62849    Yep- I can't donate blood, either. I did it once and the nurse thought I was afraid of needles. But I'm not. Not afraid of blood, either. I can watch, or look away, be silent, or have a conversation. But anytime my blood volume changes (just like USMOM said) I get the chills and pass out. Yup, yup. Hypovolemic shock. Got to love it. Makes me feel really guilty that I can't donate. Especially because it goes so fast for me- the one time I donated blood the lady said she was excited because I was "the easiest and quickest patient ever." Then I fainted. LOL. -Beags  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:30:00 PM  From Authorid: 62849    ** blood volume changes = blood volume changes (lowers) significantly.. although I have passed out after giving 3 vials for labs. I had to fast before those, though. -Beags  
Date: 10/12/2005 5:41:00 PM  From Authorid: 36704    I had something similar in highschool when I donated, I didn't pass out though. Everything went dark and that lasted under a minute before my vision started to come back, but I did throw up after that lol. The blood place would always call and say my blood was desperately needed, I'm O- but I think they tell everyone that. One time I explained why I wouldn't donate again, and the lady said that it can be solved by having your feet above your head while you donate, because it's caused by a reduction of blood flow to the brain. I did donate again, and they reclined me back with my head below my feet and I didn't have the same problem.  
Date: 10/12/2005 6:44:00 PM  From Authorid: 23075    actually i donate blood every 56 days. I am 0+ and my blood type is the greatest needed. My daughter on the other hand we though her's was 0- but she has turned out to be AB- oh so lucky isn't she...NOT  
Date: 10/12/2005 6:55:00 PM  From Authorid: 16845    I'm constantly anemic so they don't want me..LOL  
Date: 10/12/2005 8:01:00 PM  From Authorid: 12709    I'm not allowed to donate blood.. I don't weigh enough. But that's probably what would happen to me..  
Date: 10/12/2005 8:50:00 PM  From Authorid: 16376    I have never donated blood, I don't weigh enough. I doubt this is uncommon though.  
Date: 10/12/2005 9:17:00 PM  From Authorid: 33573    I've donated blood a couple times and am scheduled to next Thursday It's a wonderful thing if you can do it. The friend I am going with has passed out every time she has given blood. Some people it occurs in more often. I think it's probably something to do with the way your body reacts. Just make sure you eat a very good breakfast or at least SOMETHING before giving blood and make sure you are hydrated. Then, they should give you some juice and snacks afterwards and don't leave until you feel good. I'd say if you feel like you are going to pass out again ... not sure, but I would drink more fluids, not sure if that would help, but it certainly couldn't hurt!  
Date: 10/13/2005 4:02:00 AM  From Authorid: 15677    I faint everytime they take blood for anything.....it happens to alot of peeps.  
Date: 10/13/2005 4:15:00 AM  From Authorid: 12966    I pass out when they stick my finger to get a little drop of blood. I am terrified of needles and blood and if the doctor even mentions the possibility of having to draw blood I start crying hystaricaly and it gets hard to brethe. I have never had blood drawn for blood work and I could never give blood. I have friends who give blood plasma all the time to get money, but I could never do that.  
Date: 10/13/2005 6:40:00 AM  From Authorid: 11677    What you have to remember is that youv e just had a pint of blood taken from you! Your bound to feel giddy, light headed and even faint. It was your first time giving, so dont be so hard on yourself, you have to get used to giving blood. Plus it affects people differently. Keep up the good work, i myself am a blood donor! Take care. Collisl  
Date: 10/13/2005 7:04:00 AM  From Authorid: 52141    *shrug* lol i'm too chicken to go donate blood.. bad i know but can't help it :P  
Date: 10/13/2005 7:48:00 AM  From Authorid: 48250    My Younger brother Passes out each time he has blood drawn.., USMom told You all You need to know, just drink orange juice the next time T/C  
Date: 10/13/2005 9:30:00 AM  From Authorid: 13283    I love donating blood ! Maybe you are malnourished . Start eating healthier so you dont faint . Razzy aka  
Date: 10/13/2005 10:21:00 AM  From Authorid: 4144    LOL! i have!! about 13 years ago i donated blood (for the first time) for my niece when she had to have surgery. it was about half an hour later, in the mall, that i passed out in the food court. they had to get a wheelchair to get me out of there!! they called the blood bank and she said it might take up to 3 days to feel better! and she said it sounded like i was one of those people that shouldn't give blood! that's great since i hate needles!! the only problem is i am O+ and that's what they always need.  
Date: 10/13/2005 4:35:00 PM  From Authorid: 61966    I've never donated blood! I had planned on it and signed up, but was out the day of. I'm not really nervous at all. The blood drive comes about once a month to our school. They are real blood suckers..hehe. But anyway, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I hope you are feeling better now! So I guess you aren't gonna do this again huh? :P  

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