I have had two attacks, the first while I was giving blood for the first time and the second at work on the first day of my menstrual period. I am 20 years old, normally not affected by stress, and these attacks were about two years apart. During the first one, my hands and feet started tingling just when I was done giving blood, then the muscles cramped up so I couldn't move them. Eventually I could only move a few muscles and had to have people bring juice boxes to me. I was still laying down and I couldn't stand for at least half an hour. I had no shortness of breath or anything, just tingling and severe muscle tightening. The second wasn't as intense. I'm a hostess at a restaurant and my co-worker started complaining that they were sending me home first because I was cramping, shaking, and felt light-headed. My manager yelled at us both to stop worrying about that even though I hadn't mentioned the subject. I had been leaning on the stand since I got there about 30 min. earlier, but when I left the stand to talk with the manager I started feeling like I was going to pass out. When he was done I immediately went to the restroom where I dropped to the floor, coughed into the toilet, and started breathing heavily. My hands, feet, and face felt tingly. My hands tensed up so I couldn't move them, but this time I was able to stand fairly quickly and get the situation fairly under control. Both times I didn't feel any tightening in my chest or fear or anything. Both were stressful situations but I have dealt with much worse with no consequences. Also both days I hadn't eaten and had lost blood. Were these full blown anxiety attacks, anxiety attacks brought on partially by something like low blood sugar, or something else?
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