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My experience has been very much like yours. I have unusually low blood pressure. I also have anxiety during any medical procedures performed on me - possibly stemming from a bad hospital experience when I was 5 years old. With these characteristics coupled together, I have had many fainting episodes in my life. Mostly at hospital. A few years ago I went in for minor surgery and had a grand mal seizure in the anesthesia room. Scariest experience of my life. After that, the doctor prescribed xanax for my anxiety. I do not enjoy the zombie-like effects of the drug, but taking a modest amount before a medical appointment does seem to help. Other non-prescriptive solutions include keeping physically fit by running lots and drinking lots of water to keep hydrated. Also, if I feel an episode coming on, I try to get as low to the ground as possible and/or sit with my head between my knees taking long deep breaths. This has actually prevented fainting without the use of drugs. I hope this helps you. If anyone has any other solutions, I would love to hear them.