I never heard this before. But I sure heard a lot of it during my last medical procedure. That is because I fainted half way through a diagnostic procedure. I was having a lung needle biopsy done. I am being tested to see if I have developed lung cancer.
Needles have always troubled me. Ever since I can remember I have swooned and passed out when confronted with them. I have fainted in the doctor's office, dentist chair, blood lab, etc. Over time I have acclimated to most needle usage. I no longer have a “vasovagal episode” with injections, blood work or IVs. But a needle through the chest did me in this time.
Some typical triggers for vasovagal episodes that work on me:
- The sight of blood or blood drawing (a big one for me. I always avoid looking.)
- Any painful or unpleasant stimuli, such as watching or experiencing medical procedures
- Stress (Needles stress me!)
- Sudden onset of extreme emotions
- Lack of sleep
- Dehydration (can be triggered by fasting that the procedure requires.)
- Hunger (also result of fasting.)