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Frequent fainting after seeing blood but want to be a doctor, help me!

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    I've just had another episode of this triggered by getting a nose bleed in the shower. I've currently got flu so I thought my nose was just feeling a bit full because of all the mucous, so I wiped my nose with my hands, looked at them and they were covered in blood. I knew immediately this wouldn't end well so I got out the shower and a few moment later, when I entered my room my vision started to go blurry and I stopped being able to hear anything clearly. I sat down on my chair and as usual I blacked out for a moment, with lots of weird images racing through my head. Two minutes later I wake up and feel very weak, my entire body is tingling and I can barely move.

    My blood pressure is somewhat low, 105/55-ish last time I had it checked, but that alone never seems to trigger this kind of thing, so I don't know So far I've just been hoping that I will get more used to seeing blood and things and this 'reflex' will go away.

    Other times it's happened were when I was in a hospital doing work experience on A&E and one of the doctors was performing a femoral stab on a lady with kidney and liver failure who had lots of fluid under her skin all over her body, after having a blood test (I felt fine after, it only came on a while later when I was walking down the stairs), and when I was doing a kidney dissection in Biology and accidentally cut into my own hand with the scalpel.

    During the work experience at the hospital I did as I mentioned earlier on, after that happened (it was on the first day that i fainted) I made sure I drank lots and ate plenty of sugary things the other days I was there and nothing happened, even when I watched people getting stitched up or having normal blood tests done.

    I had a full blood count and fasting blood sugars done and they all came back fine. So is it just that I have a bad tolerance for blood or could it be something else?
    Also, am I likely to get over this the more blood I'm exposed to?

    I'd really appreciate any help
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    it seems that from what i have read here the consensus is to de-sentize yourself...
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=728793

    maybe applied tension could help you, sounds a it weird though.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_phobia
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    (Original post by rac1)
    it seems that from what i have read here the consensus is to de-sentize yourself...
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=728793

    maybe applied tension could help you, sounds a it weird though.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_phobia
    The applied tension thing sounds interesting. I just not sure how to go about de-sensitising myself because I don't mind videos or photographs of blood at all, it's just quite specific situations that make me faint unless it's me bleeding.
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    what did the doctors at the hospital say, don't know why that just occured to me!?

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