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Can low blood pressure cause a crawling sensation ?

I am a 19 year old female and this past year I have experienced some symptoms that I believe may be due to low blood pressure . For instance, when I stand up often I get a very uncomfortable sensation that I am going to faint and the room turns almost black for a few seconds then I am fine. Also I seemed to be constantly cold or get chilled easily even when I am in area that is not below normal room temperature. Furthermore, I am a runner and was on my university club track and field team and I ve noticed lately that when I run my chest feels tight like my lungs cannot keep up with the running intensity. I ve also noticed lately that I sometimes forget simple things like what I had eaten for breakfast and thought I hadn t eaten at all yet that day. I do not know if this is relevant but also around February this year I experienced a night where just as I was drifting to sleep I woke up in a panic because i felt like I had stopped breathing (this occurred six times) but I could not figure out why this was happening, it took me a walk outside and a puffer (I am not asthmatic but this helped) to fall asleep. Also these past few months I ve noticed a crawling sensation on mostly my scalp and arms and sometimes my legs, I check for any signs of parasites, bugs,etc. but nothing is every there. I ve checked with magnifiers and even had others check and again nothing is ever there. I live a very clean lifestyle but I put everything through the wash several times and cleaned out my room at university dorm room from top to bottom just to be sure it wasn t any bugs, but again I felt this sensation and nothing was there, could all of these symptoms plus the crawling sensation be due to low blood pressure????? (I don t know if this is relevant either but I had pneumonia this past December that I took antibiotics for) -Female, 19 years old, 5 9, 135 lbs.
Tue, 3 May 2011
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Low blood pressure can lead to syncopal attacks and dizziness but your problem seems to be more due to weakness and reduced haemoglobin levels.You need to get your blood investigations done. The crawling sensation can be due to neuropathy.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal

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