I have suffered from fainting spells most of my life that have all been triggered by pain. Not all types of pain, but specific, mostly sharper pain. Recently, I accidentally cut the tip of my index finger, and it started bleeding profusely, and my first instinct was to lie down to prevent falling and injuring myself in case I did faint immediately. I lied on the floor for about a minute, and felt better and then got back up. Which was a mistake because my body did not fully recover. I sat on a couch, and my head and ears got very hot, and then feeling overwhelmed, I closed my eyes. I could not shake it off.
What seemed like hours, but was really about 2 minutes, I woke up again very slowly, trying to piece back together where I was. First, my hearing comes back, and I ask myself 'where am I'? Once I hear familiar things, I cry because of the confused feeling of being 'gone' or having 'left' without knowing. My brain completely reboots. During the episode, I felt like I was searching for something, and I try to make sense of things while in the 'dream'. I find myself in unspecific 'alternate realities' where I find some security, even though I'm still searching.
My husband has witnessed me fainting twice, and both times I have moved waving my arms and legs around, with my eyes open, and empty expression. Even though my eyes are closed, when I faint, my husband says they snap back open, with a 'zombie-like' expression that scares him. In my dreams I cannot see even though my eyes are open. I cannot see anything specific, though, I feel like I've been to a thousand different places. I wonder if it could have been a seizure. He tells me that I don't move very jerky or fast, and I have not had any muscle pain from over exertion like if I had a seizure. And my eyes do not roll back into my head.
I wonder why this happens. I am not afraid of the sight of blood. That does not make me faint. From my experience I have drunken cold water and sometimes it prevents it altogether. It's almost like I faint so severely that my brain goes dead for a second. I have had an MRI or CAT scan (I cant remember which) when I was younger, that came back normal. Maybe my body has a low pain threshold?
Things like needles, knee scrapes and stubbing my toe have not made me faint either. Also, the pain that I actually feel is not that immense. When I cut my finger, I was not screaming or in a lot of actual pain. My body overreacts. Next time I'll stay lying down for at least 15 minutes to attempt to prevent it.
What really concerns me is the movement and open eyes. Why does this happen?