Lipothymia - Definition

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Lipothymia is a feeling that we compare to faintness, but rarely leads to a loss of consciousness. Faintness is characterized by a sudden sense of generalized weakness with the patient feeling as if their legs wouldn't carry them anymore, a black veil before the eyes or blurred vision, tinnitus (perception of ringing or whistling in the ears), sometimes heart palpitations or sweating. Any or all of these symptoms appear suddenly concomitantly with an imminent fainting sensation but disappear spontaneously, usually in less than a minute. A strong emotion or getting up after laying down for a while are possible causes.