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  1. I have the same problem with super dry hands. The tips of my fingers especially feel uncomfortable almost ALL the time (still after 10 years post op). I find myself inadvertently licking and rubbing it around to. I know, sounds sick and weird. Not to mention opens myself up for catching 'something'. Fortunately I'm not really a germaphobe, although I do try and wash my hands regularly. Strange how I go to the trouble of having ETS to "improve" my life, but it just ends up making it worse. I might be more forgiving of the numerous side effects if it actually cured the blushing. But it did NOT.
  2. http://etsandreversals.yuku.com/topic/2343/t/Chance-Meeting-with-Adam-Carolla.html Chance Meeting with Adam Carolla Member: songboy1234 Posts: 865 04/03/07 10:42 PM I was in Phoenix airport this past Saturday night, in the Fox Sports bar, waiting to catch a flight back to L.A, and having a few drinks with my friends. In walks Adam Carolla, alone, and he sits down at a table right by us. Of course I immediately remembered that he had ETS. I began debating in my head whether to try and talk to him. He was looking up at one of the TVs, and I was checking him out as covertly as possible. I noticed him lick his fingers and rub it around in his hand. It's tough enough to just approach a celebrity, but how do you bring up nerve surgery?? I went back to paying attention to my group. Another round. What else is there to do waiting around at the airport, besides drink? Adam has that familiar bone-dry look to his head. I saw him lick his fingers again. I've developed the same habit. I'll kick myself if I don't at least try to talk to him. I just went over, introduced myself, and told him I was a big fan. He was totally cool. He told me to sit down at his table, and we exchanged a little small talk about UCLA losing the basketball game that day. Then I brought up ETS. He didn't recognize the name "ETS", but I said, "you know the sweat surgery". He said yes, he had had it for facial sweating. He said he used to sweat from the face when on camera, and it was a big issue for him. I asked him if he was having any problems from the surgery. He told me that he was having trouble with his hands, that things would slip out of his hands because they were so dry. He said it was a problem playing "pick-up hoops", and that he didn't play any more. He told me that he doesn't sweat from his head anymore, that now he sweats from the belly, and back and . . . (he points to his crotch area). I was nodding in understanding. He asked me if I was having any problems, and right then we heard the announcement for boarding the plane. We got up and continued to chat as we walked out of the bar and over to the gate. I gave him a quick recital of some of my issues, and it was clear he was getting very uncomfortable. He didn't know which version of the surgery he had, just that the nerve was "vibrated". I took that to mean the surgeon used a harmonic scalpel. I didn't get a chance to ask him who his surgeon was, or much else. He was sitting in first class, I thanked him, and made my way back into coach. Like a lot of people, I got the distinct impression that Adam was someone who actually wanted to know as little as possible about medical procedures done on him. Can't fault a guy for that really. For the 3 minutes I hung out with him, Adam was completely nice, and willing to talk to a total stranger about his ETS. Small world. http://etsandreversals.yuku.com/topic/2343/t/Chance-Meeting-with-Adam-Carolla.html
  3. Haven't been to this site for awhile but decided to post this quick encounter: a few days ago I met a lady who seriously thought I was intoxicated, ie: DRUNK. I convinced her that NO I was not, no alcohol in my breath! In fact, I quit drinking almost a whole year now. Not that I was much of a drinker before anyways. Sometimes I think my face doesn't look all that red then BLAMO, someone corrects me. Whether it's a spontaneous blush or the persistent red glow of a "flush". I even had that ridiculous surgery over 10 years ago, ETS. Obviously it didn't work. In fact, I think I have full on rosacea now. Never know when it gets triggered, but will last for quite some time: redness, acne, scaly dry facial skin. Errrr.......
  4. I'm glad to hear a low dose Prozac worked out for you.. I want to try SSRIs but I keep hearing about the numerous side effects. Also, there's so many on the market- I hate the thought of having to try them all to find the one that finally works. And from my luck, I most certainly would have to try them ALL first. There's supposed to be a NEW genome test which determines what meds work best on a person based on their DNA or something. I hear it's expensive though. I'm going to look into it more.
  5. My all time worst problem with blushing is when I'm trying to have a normal conversation with someone and I blush because they said a word or phrase that might also be considered "sexual". For example: the other day I ordered a subway sandwhich and the clerk (female) asked me if I wanted the 6 inch or footlong. My face felt instantly hot as if it was hit with a blast furnace!! I think the blushing was so intense because there were other people waiting and standing to the side of me, kind of like I was on the corner, so they all had full view of my face. Blushing is bad enough in front of one person! I've had this problem my whole life, it's a struggle to maintain any kind of a "normal" relationship with ANYONE in the world when you have this problem. Even in work situations when a boss is trying to explain something to me and they might say a keyword such as "hard" or "long" or "wet", although in a serious manner- trying to explain a task to me, my face gets hot (and also RED I assume, but I can't see it, but I know it because of their weird reaction to me). I'm just wondering if I'll still have this blushing problem when I'm like 80 years old (if I even make it that far!)
  6. http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/05/02/deep.brain.stim/index.html http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/deep-brain-stimulation/MH00114
  7. Hey VickyGirl, I know this is a really old post of yours, but are you still taking the beta blockers you mentioned above? If so, how much mg's and how often?
  8. Not that I'm aware of.. But I assume more and more info will eventually come out about propranolol. It almost kind of reminds me of "aspirin". I'm always hearing about new benefits of using aspirin and that drug was invented, like what, 50+ years ago.. So what kind of side effects were you getting from propranolol and what was your reasons for taking it?
  9. Here is an interesting video about Propranolol (Inderal) which is probably the most commonly used beta blocker out there: http://60minutes.yahoo.com/segment/21/memory_drug
  10. How were you prescribed this? By a general doctor or psychiatrist? If in the US, how much did it cost to see the doctor and do you have to see the doc everytime you need a refill?
  11. Hmm interesting stuff. I am seriously considering a drug for daily intake rather than as-needed, like I'm now doing with Xanax. I'm starting to feel a tolerance building up for Xanax, which makes me have to space the doses further apart. Right now I'm just taking it 2 or 3 days per week @ 1.0 MG (two .5 pills). Also sometimes Xanax can make me incredibly fatigued. And considering that I only need it for the social situations at my job, it kind of hinders my ability to do my job at an optimum level- if I'm tired. Otherwise it does seem to work ok, although definately not a full on "cure". And plus it wears off after a few hours. I did a search on Effexor and wikipedia states that it's an SNRI, rather than a SSRI. Never knew there was such as thing as an SNRI. So Does Effexor work all day long? I'm also considering Lexapro as a long term treatment... I've always been against taking a prescription drug daily because of the potential side effects, but now I'm thinking that the "side effects" of not taking them, IE: social isolation, anxiety, sadness, etc. is probably far worse.
  12. worldcreator

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    Exactly. Thanks for that...
  13. worldcreator

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    When I speak in terms of NORMAL, I'm obviously just referring to the social aspect of being normal. Such as being able to carry on a conversation with someone face to face and not turning red or being nervous and having your voice quiver, or whatever social disorder is going on. I realize that no one is "normal" and that everyone has some kind of a problem. But most people have the ability to HIDE whatever disorder they might have. As a blusher, we DON'T. Therefore we are NOT part of the normal social society. Why be dishonest with yourself and believe that you are??? Would you recommend that a paraplegic go around thinking that they're just like everyone else?? They're not, they are handicapped. They have to structure their lives around their handicap, just like WE have to structure our lives around OUR handicap. Is this supposed to be considered negative to think of yourself as being different from everyone?? I don't think it's negative at all.
  14. worldcreator

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    You don't need to insult me, I'm just trying to help you dear. If you don't agree with my "outlook" then that's perfectly fine. And no my outlook is not negative. Read my other posts on other topics and you'll see. I just think in a pragmatic way. I have no more illusions about who I am, and I don't try to be someone other than who I am- at least not anymore. I thought ETS would make me into a better person. I was dead wrong. Tell me, how have I "lost the plot" ??????????
  15. worldcreator

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    HUH????? What study is this??? Where did you find this statistic?? Social requirements are nothing exclusive to a particular region- It's UNIVERSAL. I always thought they were more demanding here in the US, but since I've grown older and traveled around a bit I now realize it's dominant everywhere. As a blusher or a person with social anxiety you have to come to a point in your life and realize that you're NOT like everyone else. You are NOT a "normal". And, barring a miracle cure (which I do hope and pray for everyday) you will NEVER be a NORMAL ..... ETS will not change this!! The only sure thing about ETS is that is will seriously damage your physical health. Change jobs, change your career, change friends. Move. Do whatever you can to find people that will accept you for who you are. Most of all, NEVER commit suicide!! Do you not believe in KARMA??? Regardless of whether you choose to believe it or not, it exists. And you will surely be back to square one and in this same predicament in the afterlife................. Why would anyone think that suicide is the only way out??? "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" What was done in the past, dictates the events of the present. Just ride through this life with your "disability". Lets face it, it's not as bad as missing an arm or leg, or your sight/hearing IS IT??????????????????
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