I've been researching on these symptoms i experience from time to time for a long time now and I still don’t have an answer. I started having this “episodes”, as I call them, when I was around 12 years old and I keep having them every once in a while. The symptoms come out of nowhere, normally when I’m in the middle of some task, and they consist of dizziness, extreme weakness, cold sweating, tightness of the muscles of my upper back and neck area and a weird pressure on my stomach. The only way to relieve the symptoms is to lay down for 3 to 5 minutes, sometimes much longer than that.
I went to a doctor and he told me they were anxiety attacks but I doubt this. I know anxiety attacks include most of the symptoms I experience but they also include irrational panic and a need to run away or hide, which I never feel during my episodes. I never feel any “mental” symptoms, just physical. I did my own research and I thought it might be Hypotension (low blood pressure), but the symptoms of Hypotension don’t include the tightness of the muscles around the upper back and neck area and the stomach pressure that I feel, which are some of the strongest symptoms, so I think they’re relevant to the diagnosis.
I’m really looking forward to some suggestions and opinions on this because it’s really starting to affect my life. I had the last episode at work and since I don’t know what I have, it’s difficult to explain to my boss and co-workers why I’m laying down when I’m supposed to be working.
Some extra medical information on me, if it helps, I suffer from mild asthma and synositis, my LDL cholesterol is around 80, which according to my doctor, is a little high for my age, weight and height (23, 110 pounds, 5’3). I’ve also suffered from a mild anaemia for most of my life.