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  1. Right, sorry! I guess the take home point is that misaligned vertebrae may in some cases contribute to excessive flushing, and that in such cases chiropractic treatment might be useful. BB
  2. Hi all, I was recently chatting with my chiropractor about unusual manifestations of thoracic subluxations (misaligned vertebrae that press on spinal nerves) and the issue of autonomic dysreflexia came up. In this disorder, individuals experience severe sweating and flushing (amongst other symptoms) due to a lesion around T6. It occurred to me that subluxations around this area might potentially cause similar, if somewhat attenuated, effects as those seen in autonomic dysreflexia and us. Bear in mind that the vast majority of people are subluxated to some degree. If any of this sounds even remotely plausible to you, perhaps a trip to the local chiropractor might be in order. BB
  3. There isn't really a medication for blushing specifically, but there are numerous that supposedly help with anxiety. Anxiolytics, as they are known, could potentially help with blushing by toning down anxiety levels, but they generally have a high potential for dependence and can cause more problems than they solve. IMO they should not be used long term. BB
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    Niacin is typically considered an aggravater of rosacea due to the side effects you mentioned. In fact, this is one of the main problems associated niacin therapy! If you find niacin to be beneficial for your skin, then you're very fortunate as few rosaceans can tolerate it. Additionally, niacin is considered to be very beneficial for keeping the good and bad cholesterol in check. BB
  5. I would stop if I were you. I'm certain that multiple doses should not be necessary to see a response. BB
  6. Total speculation... but I believe the poor results that some receive may be due to the administration. If the solution isn't present within the target area in sufficient concentrations that a therapeutic dose will not be met. Given the difficulty of achieving this with injections, it seems plausible that this is a major cause for the variability in results. The mechanism of action of botox for blushing does seem to have been established though, and in fact seems to have been used to partially elucidate the physiological process behind blushing: "A link to cholinergic innervation was demonstrated by Kellogg et al. (46), who used local administration of botulinum toxin to presynaptically block neurotransmission from cholinergic nerves. Botulinum toxin abolished active cutaneous vasodilation during body heating, whereas an attenuated vasodilator response occurred at sites pretreated with atropine (postsynaptic muscarinic receptor blockade), as in previous work (46). Taking together the evidence that presynaptic inhibition of cholinergic neurotransmission, but not postsynaptic muscarinic receptor blockade, blocked cutaneous active vasodilation, the authors concluded that an unidentified cholinergic cotransmitter was responsible for the vasodilator mechanism (46)." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963327/?tool=pubmed BB
  7. Psychological stress-reducing effect of chocolate enriched with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in humans: assessment of stress using heart rate variability and salivary chromogranin A. Authors: NAKAMURA, H.1 nakamura-hiroyasu@glico.co.jp TAKISHIMA, T.2 KOMETANI, T.1 YOKOGOSHI, H.3 Source: International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition Nov2009 Supplement 5, Vol. 60, p106 8p. Language: English Subject Terms: *STRESS (Psychology) *HEART beat GABA CHOCOLATE CHROMOGRANINS Keyword(s): γ-Aminobutyric acid; chocolate; heart rate variability; psychological stress; salivary chromogranin A Abstract: We studied the psychological stress-reducing effect of chocolate enriched with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), on stress induced by an arithmetic task using changes of heart rate variability (HRV) and salivary chromogranin A (CgA). Subjects ingested 10 g chocolate enriched with 28 mg GABA (GABA chocolate); 15 min after the ingestion, subjects were assigned an arithmetic task for 15 min. After the task, an electrocardiogram was recorded and saliva samples were collected. HRV was determined from the electrocardiogram, and the activity of the autonomic nervous system was estimated through HRV. The CgA concentration of all saliva samples, an index for acute psychological stress, was measured. From HRV, those taking GABA chocolate made a quick recovery to the normal state from the stressful state. The CgA value after the task in those taking GABA chocolate did not increased in comparison with that before ingestion. From these results, GABA chocolate was considered to have a psychological stress-reducing effect. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Author Affiliations: 1 Health Science Laboratory, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd, Nishiyodogawa-ku,Osaka, Japan. ;
  8. My doc administered intradermal injections 1/cm^2. The effects took a couple of weeks to appear and lasted ~6 months (3 months at full effect). If I were having the treatment I'd probably get it twice a year. Good luck! BB
  9. Actually, I was very impressed with the treatment I had several years ago. If you search my posts you'll find that I've written on the subject numerous times. But bottom line, if administered properly Botox does seem to eliminate sympathetic flushing / blushing. BB
  10. It's tough, no doubt. Recently I had to take a class in public speaking and I was very anxious! To handle my anxiety I say at the front of the class and made every effort to get up an speak as often as possible. The rational behind this behavior was that by appearing very extrovert I would override the perception of any blushing in my classmates. Remember that facial redness is supported by a whole bundle of other non-verbal cues that contribute towards the perception of embarrassment. Whether or not I successful convinced my classmates of calm and collection is irrelevant; what's important is that I took control of the situation. BB
  11. IMO this is really healthy advice. Admittedly, it's harder said than done! But this is where we should all strive to be. BB
  12. It has probably never crossed his mind. Remember, it's the obsession associated with excessive blushing that fuels the problem and debilitates the sufferer. BB
  13. Hi Mozart, I'm sorry to hear that your father is ill. No, of course you are not a disgusting person for feeling anxiety about the possibility of attending his funeral should the worst transpire. Not at all. BB
  14. I read an interesting study recently that tested the effect of observation on blushing. The researchers made a group of blushers watch embarrassing footage of themselves singing while closely observing just one side of their faces. It was shown that the subjects blushed more intensely on the side being observed than on the other! This just goes to show that it is our own perception of blushing that is the enemy; what others perceive is of far less significance. BB
  15. If benzodiazepines cure your blushing then this is a pretty good indication that anxiety is at the route of your problem. Blushers are pretty much ubiquitously fearful of negative evaluation by others. This is something that I'd imagine fits into the realm of psychotherapy. If I were you I'd seek an appropriate psychotherapist and definitely make plans to taper of the pills; they will only increase your anxiety over the long term. BB
  16. Give it a try mate! I'm sure it won't hurt you if nothing else. Worst case scenario, you give your body a break from processed foods and allow it a brief period to detoxify. BB
  17. Hi, There are many substances capable of constricting blood vessels. Our own bodies produce a multitude of endogenous vasoconstrictors! And of course, many pharmaceutical products exist that achieve this same end. The problem is that regular use of such products has a tendency to mess with the bodies homeostasis and lead to rebound effects when discontinued. Sansrosa is currently under development and claims to not cause rebound effects when used a therapeutically effective doses, but we will have to await its release to test these claims. BB
  18. Hi, I've come to realize that a lot of people have unusual body dysmorphias and obsessions. Ironically, that appears to be quite 'normal' today. While a non-blushing girl friend might not be able to directly relate, I'm certain that most could empathize given an appropriate context. If I were in your position, I would encourage her to disclose details of her own insecurities and use this as a basis to speak about your own. If nothing else this should increase the intimacy of your relationship. BB
  19. Hi, Both treatments block sympathetic neurotransmission to the responsible capillary beds. BB
  20. I understand that it might seem simple in comparison to transplanting, but treating blushing is actually incredibly complex. Firstly, it concerns the mind-body connection: an aspect of neuroscience quite transcendental. Secondly, blushing is a very difficult disorder to define; blushing is afterall physiologically normal. It is within the context of society that blushing becomes a pathology where relatively normal physiology is driven out of control by psychological factors. How do you treat that? Or should I say, how does medical science devise a protocol for that? This is why we are, sadly, a little isolated in our problem. To solve it we need to coordinate the efforts of both psychotherapists and physicians in a fashion that would require us to be highly rational (something that we are not). But alas, we still need to find ways to understand the root of our chronic lack of self-esteem, deal with conditioned blush response to multiple benign stimuli, and consider long term management. BB
  21. In fairness we are running on a half crippled B-team...and have an ultimate foobert in goal... But nonetheless, credit where credit is due; America played nice football. It was a fair result. BB
  22. My point has always been that while blushing does indeed suck, it should never alone be enough to render us invalid. Many of the people on this board have considered suicide due to blushing related depression, and I believe that this is a sign of psychopathology; this was certainly the case with me. I had savagely low self esteem and blushing served as a perfect scapegoat for all of my pain. When things changed for me was when circumstances enabled me to grow personally and realize a little of my self worth. Blushing is shite and is not something I'd wish on even my worst enemy, but it should never be enough to catalyze the kind of downward spiral experienced by many of our members. Those that feel their live's are being destroyed by blushing need to acknowledge the psychological aspect of their disorder and it's role in fostering depression; I believe that this is the critical first step in getting better. It makes me really happy to see people talking about this; it is so much more constructive than desperately seeking the elusive 'cure'. It's not easy, but I believe that everyone here can live the kind of life 'normal' life they desire; one where they can enage in rewarding relationships, succeed in their professional endeavours, and most importantly be happy. BB
  23. We have a culture of treating symptoms with magic pills and ignoring the underlying causes of diseases; particularly when acknowledging them is by far the harder road. What person with chronically low self-esteem wants to acknowledge that their blushing problem stems more from a psychological weakness as it does a pathophysiology? This can be a tough pill to swallow, yet one that we all at some point will. Scarface, I think that it shows considerable progress on your part, not to mention bravery, that you acknowledge the psychological basis of your problem. BB
  24. An all time low, Marc, an all time low... BB
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