It sure sounds like a panic attack to me. I have had them. They can be just a few seconds to even hours long. If they last, if you can, get your blood pressure tested. We keep a home blood pressure kit handy. I have experienced very high BP during a panic attack.
You can check your pulse easily at the time of the event. If it returns to a normal level soon after, it is likely a panic attack. There are a variety of trigger for panic attacks. It can be difficult to identify the trigger without taking not of all of the stimuli at the time.
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and reduced paroxetine by half 3/2013
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