Hey guys, I have a confusing and embarrassing question to ask you all. I'll try to describe it as accurately as I can.
The problem began when I was 9-10 years old, getting blood drawn. After having the tip of my finger clipped to draw blood, I started to feel woozy. Next thing I knew, I was being woken up on the examination table. I had collapsed.
Since then, I have periodically lost consciousness after receiving a strong blow to the elbow (funny bone), the middle part of the thigh, or shin. Additionally, whenever I enter a doctors office I become aware of "the feeling" - wooziness and disorientation, which I've learned I can deal with, although not well.
The last time I had blood drawn, I was very anxious, but I told the doctor very directly I was uncomfortable and would feel much better if we could have a conversation throughout the entire procedure. Being able to talk without any pauses or breaks let me get through the uncomfortableness.
Similarly, after having a fairly bad car accident, I was examined by a doctor, who gently began to touch various parts of my neck to feel for any pain. In the situation, I had feelings of wooziness and faintness as well. There was no pain, just an uncomfortable feeling that became overwhelming.
Today, in a routine checkup for upper respiratory illness, a nurse was gently touching my neck to feel my glands. She had already taken my pulse and blood pressure, which can bring an onset of wooziness. At that point, After about 3 seconds of touching, I said I wasn't feeling well. The next thing I knew was that familiar feeling of coming out of a daze, having no idea where I am or whats happening (with everyone around me talking very fast). I had passed out.
So, what do you guys think? I have had an ecocardiogram one or two years ago by suggestion of my doctor, and it came back normal. I'm close to underweight at 6'4", 160 lbs, but still in a healthy range, and I have a slender build. I don't do any drugs, hardly smoke (1-2 a day and cutting down) and as far as I know am healthy otherwise.
This problem presents some difficulties for me as it is difficult to explain. Doctors (and parents, friends) often assume it has to do with pain, which it does not. I wouldn't say I have a high pain tolerance, but that i'm like anyone else. I can whack my thumb with a hammer and curse it away. I think it has to do something with unwanted contact. I regularly get chiropractic treatments (I believe it is beneficial to anyone) and I have no problems with it. Similarly, I can get a massage without any problems. But, I seek out that kind of contact and know it makes me feel good.
So what do you think, yahoo? Do I have a natural propensity towards fainting? Do I have a fear of doctors? This problem really confuses me, as I've never heard of anything like it. If I could get a more clear idea of what I'm dealing with, it would make it easier to explain to doctors and the like.4 AnswersMen's Health8 years ago
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