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Twisted Jon
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...is it possible to donate plasma if you have lyme? I know the plasma is filtered while it is extracted having donated in the past. I am just seriously low on funds and still have more doc appointments to go to. Co-pays are putting a pinch on the household finances with me out of work and I am getting desperate....
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Tincup
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Would you want to be the recipient of that donation if you were otherwise healthy?

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Razzle
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If you are donating to provide plasma to a blood bank, I would not do that.

However, if there is a facility who takes plasma for research purposes, that would be fine in my opinion - but make sure you ask the people running the plasma research facility to make sure...

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jackie51
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I would say no if you could have undetected babesia.
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Twisted Jon
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I'm gonna take that as a big no. Thank you all very much!
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Unrelated but troubling...what can I do about my weight loss? I just weighed myself and I am down to 155 pounds. I was 188-190 in late 2009 but have not been able to even get close to that again. Starting to feel like the guy from Stephen King's Thinner....
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Neil M Martin
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I agree with NOT donating plasma. There may be some risk to the recipient.

From the WILEY Online Library:
Lyme diseaseanother transfusion risk?
S. K. Aoki, P. V. HollandArticle first published online: 5 MAR 2003

"Lyme disease (or Lyme borreliosis) is caused by a spirochetal bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Increased recognition of the disease and increased exposure to the vector (ticks) capable of spreading B. burgdorferi from animal hosts have resulted in a rise in the number of cases of Lyme borreliosis reported in the United States.

There are three stages of the clinical course of Lyme borreliosis; however, not all those infected will have typical manifestations of each stage, such as the arthritis of the third stage. Routine blood cultures will rarely document bacteremia and serologic testing is not yet reliable.

Early treatment can prevent later stages of Lyme borreliosis. There is evidence that transmission of B. burgdorferi by blood transfusion is possible, but, to date, there has been no documentation of transfusion-associated Lyme borreliosis. Thus, no new recommendations for screening donors to identify possible carriers of B. burgdorferi are suggested at this time.


From TRANSFUSION (ABSTRACT)
Volume 29, Issue 7, pages 646650, September 1989
Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in blood products (pages 581583)
S. J. Badon, R. D. Fister and R. G. Cable

Article first published online: 5 MAR 2003 | DOI: 10.1046/j.1537-2995.1989.29789369673.x

The incidence of Lyme disease is rapidly increasing in the United States. To assess the potential of transmission of the disease through blood transfusion, we studied the survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in blood products under blood bank storage conditions.

Two units of whole blood, separated into red cells (RBCs), fresh-frozen plasma (FFP), and platelet concentrates (PCs), were inoculated with B. burgdorferi (strain B31) in concentrations of approximately 3000 organisms per mL of RBCs and FFP and 200 organisms per mL of PCs. Products were then stored under blood banking conditions and sampled at several storage times.

The viability of the spirochete in blood components was determined by darkfield microscopic examination of cultures in modified Kelly's medium. The organism was shown to survive in RBCs (4 C) and FFP (below -18 C) for 45 days and in PCs (2024 C) for 6 days.

The results of this study do not exclude the possibility of transmission of Lyme disease through blood transfusion.

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payne
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razzle, good idea. [Smile]

neil,

when they do a blood transfusions
what do they do with my dirty blood..?

perhaps, if they checked our blood supply in certian areas,
(Heavy LD spots)
thru like IgeneX
would prove lyme, but, chronic lyme is our/my dilemma....
good post neil
don't donate...
here we go again with
D__m if we do and D__m if we don't.

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Dah, on me, I guess when they did my blood tranfusion for coumadin levels that were 21.2-
they did not with draw my blood , but rather added to my blood...
so much for the oil change and grease job
[bonk]

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nefferdun
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twisted, you probably want to post again about your weight problem. Sorry you are having such financial problems. It is so expensive to treat these diseases.

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