Help me stop fainting!
May 26, 2009 12:49 PM Subscribe
Why do I faint at the doctor? How can I prevent this?
posted by emilyd22222 to health & fitness (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since I was little, I have fainted during medical procedures. I really, truly am not scared of the doctor, or of needles, or of procedures. I don't like passing out, but it's more of an annoyance than anything else.
The most common things I tend to pass out at are eye exams and blood draws. Even having someone put their finger near my eye causes a very visceral physical reaction that I am seemingly unable to control. I've also passed out during pelvic exams and IV insertions. I've gotten 11 piercings and passed out during the first two (when I was little), but none thereafter. Once I got blood drawn and walked up to the counter to pay, and passed out at the counter in front of the entire waiting room, splitting my chin on the counter. I have never passed out outside of the doctor's office save one alcohol-induced incident. I think this may have become somewhat self-fulfilling- I expect to faint, so I often do. That knowledge doesn't fix it though.
The fainting spells look like seizures (I jerk and my eyes roll back), although I have been tested for seizure disorders and am clear). My blood pressure tends to run on the low side, but not low enough to cause concern. My doctors have never been particularly concerned about the fainting once they rulled out a seizure disorder.
I do the following things to prevent it:
-Eat a meal and drink lots of fluids in the day proceeding the procedure
-Try to eat something sugary immediately before a procedure
-Have the doctor recline my chair
-Warn the doctor that I may pass out
-Look away, breathe deeply, and talk to someone to distract myself
Is there anything else I can do? Any ideas about why I'm fainting? I have never been able to get a complete eye exam because of this, and I really need to.