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For the last 20 years or more, I occasionally have a quick onset of dizziness followed by what I guess you would call a hot flash. I sometimes feel like I'm going to pass out. A couple of times, I've had to go down on my knees to keep from passing out. After the initial vertigo and dizziness, heat seems to shoot through my body, especially in the arms and legs. Sometimes I also have nausea and even mild intestinal spasms. However... this only lasts about 30 - 45 seconds and then totally disappears. Normally, I have 1 or 2 of these episodes a year. I've asked my doctor about them and he says it sounds like anxiety, but my wife suffered from anxiety and this is not the same as the panic attacks she had. Not at all. Hers lasted an hour or more.

Lately they've become more frequent and in fact, today I've had 3 of them so far, but still only lasting 30 - 45 seconds. I was worried it might be blood sugar but I've been tested numerous times including a few weeks ago and my blood work is completely normal. I'm also thinking it could be low blood pressure. My blood pressure has always been lower than normal until about 3 years ago when I started having high blood pressure. My doctor put me on Lisinopril and it went back to normal. But lately I've lost some weight and now my blood pressure is low again. Any ideas on what this could be? I do have some mild depression, not enough to be on medication, I've had it for about 2 or 3 years off and on. But I've never thought I might have anxiety, these episodes seem way too short for that.

I've had anxiety problems for over 20 years. Luckily I had about 8 years in between where I had no problems but they came back again in 2003. It's possible you still could have anxiety even if your symptoms are different than your wife's because everyone is different and it can all be a part of anxiety. My anxiety doesn't always affect me the same way either. Is there anything in particular you're doing when that happens or is it just random? I hate when I can find no reason for it and that just worries me more.

I'd keep a check on the low blood pressure though. Some of those symptoms could possibly be from it.

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