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    hello
    i have been a blood donor now for a year and overheard a conversation on the train about someone who's niece was in need of a bone marrow donor. it has got me thinking quite a bit about it lately and i'm just wondering if anyone has any experience of doing it? and if you do could you tell me a bit more please?

    i have looked on the nhs website and anthony nolan trust site for info and i am keen to help out. i have a ridiculously low pain threshold and am wondering if its really as bad as i have heard, though regardless i will still donate as saving a life is more important than a few hours of pain.

    thanks guys
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    No personal experience with this, but anyone I've spoken to about it whose had it or family has had it, mentioned it being painful. But as you say, trade your pain to save a life.
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    These days most donations are taken in a similar way to donating blood. It's explained in this video

    http://www.anthonynolan.org/What-you...e-a-match.aspx


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    Excellent video. Its a big commitment but a pretty amazing thing to do. I hope someday I can brave the pain to do this.
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    I am on the register, but haven't needed to actually donate yet. As far as I am aware, it is no longer the more painful way (from around the knee iirc), but similar to platelet donation - which is basically as extended version of whole blood donation.
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    I am on the register, but haven't needed to actually donate yet. As far as I am aware, it is no longer the more painful way (from around the knee iirc), but similar to platelet donation - which is basically as extended version of whole blood donation.
    The surgical method is where it's taken from the back of the pelvis, it's done under general anaesthetic. In comparison, people with leukaemia have biopsies taken from the same place on several occasions with only a bit of local. I've met people who've donated through both methods (surgical and peripheral blood) and they've said it's nowhere near as painful as the rumours say.




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