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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – A Tennessee man who cries tears of blood has spent the last seven years searching for answers and help.

The first time Michael Spann cried blood he was in his home coming down the stairs and had a sudden flash of pain.

“I felt like I got hit in the head with a sledgehammer,” Spann told The Tennessean. “I never felt anything like it.”

Spann said blood was coming not just from his eyes, but also his nose and mouth.  He was 22-years-old at the time when this started to occur almost everyday.

Now, seven years later, he said it’s not as frequent, only happening once or twice a week.

Span explained to the newspaper that doctors haven’t been able to figure out why this is happening to him.  Exploratory procedures could do more harm than good.

“There probably is a cause, but it is a small tear duct that is only a millimeter or two or three in diameter,” Dr. James “Chris” Fleming, an opthalmologist at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Hamilton Eye Institute explained to The Tennessean. “It’s a tube. To get into that tube and examine that tube from one end to the other would cause scarring, and you could lose part of the tear duct.  That’s the dilemma that can cause problems, that we will leave someone with a permanent disability.”

Spann doesn’t have health insurance, making it difficult to get the help he needs.  His condition has kept him from working or even attending college.

“Any job I get I lose because my eyes start bleeding and they can’t keep me on,” Span told the newspaper. “Obviously, I can’t be a waiter and work in any public thing because you are bleeding.”

Even worse, Span is now a recluse, not leaving his home in fear that his eyes could begin to bleed.

“I have kids that ride by on bikes in this neighborhood who point and say, ‘That’s the guy who bleeds,'” Spann explained to The Tennessean. “I really don’t want more than that.”

His mother Peggy Spann said that her son will start talking to someone and all of a sudden his eyes fill up with blood.

“They haven’t seen it before, and it will scare the living daylights out of them,” his mother told the newspaper. “It is very frustrating not to be able to treat or even get some kind of remission for it.”

(H/T: The Tennessean)

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