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What's your blood type? // Does blood type matter in CFS/ME

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by Lelvina, May 24, 2010.

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What's your Blood Type?

  1. A positive

    15 vote(s)
    29.4%
  2. B positive

    9 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. AB positive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. O positive

    14 vote(s)
    27.5%
  5. A negative

    4 vote(s)
    7.8%
  6. B negative

    2 vote(s)
    3.9%
  7. AB negative

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  8. O negative

    5 vote(s)
    9.8%
  9. I don't know/ don't want to say

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  1. Lelvina

    Lelvina ex-Bookworm

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    I wasn't sure where to put this.

    The two members of my family with CFS/ME have the same blood type. No one else has our blood type, no one else has CFS/ME.

    I've wondered if there could be a connection.

    Has anyone else noticed this in their family?

    Does anyone else have a family member with the SAME blood type, who also has CFS?

    Thanks.
  2. _Kim_

    _Kim_ Guest

    I just checked the results from the XMRV+ survey and it looks like there is a scattered distribution of the different blood types.

    I'm B-neg, the 2nd rarest blood type. I would have been donating frequently, as my mother and sister (also B-neg) have done. But since I had hepatitis (a consequence of Mono) when I was 18, I am not eligible to donate blood. Good thing, huh?
  3. HopingSince88

    HopingSince88 Senior Member

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    I am also B- and I have not donated blood because all 3 of my children are rh+ and I became sensitized. Red Cross turned me down back in 1979 - the first time I tried to donate blood. I haven't tried since. I suspect that both my girls may have XMRV. One is B+ and one is O+.
  4. awol

    awol *****

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    Kim is it possible to see the survey results already? How and where?
  5. jace

    jace Off the fence

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    If you vote you can see the results, just vote 'I don't know/don't want to say' if you have to.


    So far 71% are either A- or B-

    Ooops.
  6. vdt33

    vdt33

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    This is really interesting. I am A +
  7. _Kim_

    _Kim_ Guest

    julius is working on getting some of the results up on the survey website. In the meantime, if there are some particulars you are interested in, i can look them up and post them.
  8. Forbin

    Forbin Forbin

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  9. lululowry

    lululowry Senior Member

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    I am O+ and luckily, I have never been able to donate blood in the U.S. For years it was because I didn't weigh enough. Then it was because of mad cow disease: you cannot donate if, from January 1, 1980, through December 31, 1996, you spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 3 months or more, in Europe. I did.
  10. awol

    awol *****

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    My guess is that blood type probably doesn't matter for whether or not you have ME/CFS, however it may play a role it the types of symptoms you get and their severity. It may also play a role in deciding what food sensitivities you have.
  11. HopingSince88

    HopingSince88 Senior Member

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    Yes, Awol. I concur.

    I think the distribution of types that we see in the poll is close to what it is in the general public...so we are a representative group.
  12. helsbells

    helsbells Senior Member

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    I have always wondered what blood group I was? How do you find out - is it when you go to give blood? That would explain me not knowing.
  13. Lelvina

    Lelvina ex-Bookworm

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    But does anyone else have family members with the same blood type, with CFS/ME? Could it play a roll family-to-family? Or is it a coincidence (in my family)... that the 2 of us with cfs are the same.

    The poll results seem to show that we're a fairly normal group of (by blood type distribution) folks.

    Thanks guys.

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