No, no anxiety disorder, but both times she was under a great deal of stress.
Update: She has visited her doctor who is testing her for a condition called pheochromocytoma. She has submitted a thyroid blood panel, and 24 hour urine sample. Will update when we have results.
Yes, I agree - we already have an appointment. The doctors at the hospital had no solid answer either of the two times it occurred. I'm really just asking here to see how many (IF any) of us have encountered anything like this - considering how many EMTs use this site across the country. So...
This has happened twice. First time was June 2016, second time was a few days ago.
Of note, the first time was soon after being laid off from her job, and the current case was while she was at the hospital being treated for pancreatitis.
Menopause was 2015 (age 56)
Medications are Crestor...
Thank you for the ideas. I mentioned it to two of myEMS colleagues and they both said "vaso-vagul nerve". I guess that's a possibility. She never lost consciousness. Possibly a response to stress? I think it deserves follup with an endocrinologist.
Please advise if this is not the correct place for this question. I'm curious if anyone has experienced this.
It's summer in the Washington DC area. A generally healthy 61 year old woman is shopping in a supermarket when she suddenly begins to sweat profusely; her skin becomes very flushed; Her...