Faint When I Read Medical Articles

I've fainted for other reasons too, like standing for too long, but the most common trigger for my fainting is reading medical texts. I had to have blood taken a couple years ago at the doctor's office and when the nurse first stuck the needle in my arm, no blood came out and that made me come very close to fainting. I broke out in a cold sweat (and it seems like gallons when I faint) so one of the assistants got me a cold wet towel and held my hand, I felt so silly! It's happened a few times in public...at the library, in a theater, and I feel like such a freak when I come to and see people standing over me asking if I'm okay. I've seen doctors about this and even had an EEG, but everything appeared normal. One doctor said it might be a drop in blood sugar, but it feels more like a nervous reaction to me.
heartofglass heartofglass
41-45, F
1 Response Jul 24, 2010

wow! we have the same exact symptoms except i faint when i read about HIV/STDs. Just a few days ago i was in the bank drive-thru line to make a deposit. I was reading an article about STDs on my phone (I underestimated my fainting ability). I started feeling dizzy and next thing you know the driver of the car in front of me is outside asking how i ran into his car! So i had let off the brake and ran into the car in front of me. Luckily no damage caused, but man that was scary. I've had this happen to me several times, like you, while doing blood tests and simple injections. I always think about HIV/STDs around needles. I dont know how this fear was implanted but it sucks.