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Why am I feeling badly after donating blood?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Panic

Depends on level of anxiety, if the experience was traumatic, and expectations.
Also, if you feel physically not well, check with your pcp.

In brief: Panic

Depends on level of anxiety, if the experience was traumatic, and expectations.
Also, if you feel physically not well, check with your pcp.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Donald Alves
Did you follow the Nurse's instructions? Hydrate well, eat a good meal, get a good night's rest? Limit alcohol and tobacco? Avoid strenuous activity? If not, these could trigger feeling poorly for a day or so. Otherwise, excess worry , as Dr. Ali mentioned, can as well. Or, you could be trying to get ill, which if worsens, should prompt phone call to the donor hotline provided so your blood isn't given to someone who might already be sick enough that getting a "cold" could harm them. Thanks for donating!!
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