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  1. I was recently put on effexor in the middle of July for anxiety and FB. I am wondering how long it has taken for people to notice a benefit from the medication? I just want to know when I might be able to expect some results. Thanks!
  2. I have done a lot of looking into this, but I feel like what I have comes up somewhere in between. I have always flushed from public speaking, and there are many pictures of me as a child where you can see that my cheeks were flushed. I also used to have very bad axillary hyperhidrosis when I was a teen. Thankfully medication fixed the HH. I have a naturally high heart rate and BP. These things would lead me to believe that I have a problem with an overactive sympathetic nervous system and facial blushing. However, I also get what I would call flushing from any kind of exercise (used to only happen from hard aerobic exercise, but now anything sets it off), heat, spicy foods, while I sleep for seemingly no reason, and while I am doing frankly nothing. This "flushing" or whatever it is, lasts for a long time. I cannot get it to stop without ice, fans, or water on my face. It can go all day if I don't do anything about it. Can people who blush also have this problem where the blush lasts a long time once it starts? I am just trying to figure out if what I have is blushing or flushing because I have been researching ETS surgery, and i know it isn't supposed to help flushing. I have been diagnosed with rosacea. I do get some occasional bumps, but nothing major. The only reason I have started to believe that maybe I have something else causing the problem is because my dermatologist (a different one from the one that diagnosed me) suggested it. She said that since it is so prolific and because of some of the contexts that it happens in, it doesn't seem like rosacea flushing. At least not all of it. My rosacea actually just started out with bumps. I was always worried that I would start flushing, and about 3 years after I started getting the bumps, I started flushing. I don't know if maybe me being anxious about it started to cause the flushing/blushing or whatever this is. I also had a steroid shot a month prior to the start of the flushing, so maybe that is what cause it. However, I'd had many cortisone shots for allergies prior to that with no problem. I'm honestly at a loss, and pretty confused at what direction to go to treat this right now. I'm starting medical school in the fall, and I am dreading it. I don't want to be a flushing blushing mess the whole time. It is embarrassing, and for me, the blushing/flushing is actually painful as well. It doesn't happen every time, but sometimes my face burns badly when I flush/blush. I don't know how I am going to deal with it, especially during such a stressful time. Sorry for such a long post. If you read this far, thanks for taking the time to hear what I had to say. I'd appreciate any insight into my situation.
  3. I have flushed during hard aerobic exercise for as long as I can remember, but it always went away quickly in the past. When I was a kid, I also would flush when too hot. Unfortunately, over the past year and a half I have started blushing and flushing with increasing severity. It started out very little, but now I blush and flush for multiple hours several times a day. I flush while I sleep, while I do any kind of exercise, in stressful situations, from talking to people or even just being around people, indoors or outdoors when there is no moving air like breeze or a fan, and seemingly for no reason at all. I think the worst part is that my blushing can be quite painful. It burns badly at times, especially the flushing from feeling anxious or stressed. I also have a bit of baseline redness all the time now. I have been diagnosed with rosacea. I think I have that, but I don't think that's the cause of all of it. I used to have excessive sweating from my armpits in middle school, which was successfully treated with medication. I think that my blushing/flushing is linked to this as well. I also used to have a very elevated heart rate of about 100 BPM before this med, as well as somewhat high BP. I still have the high BP. So I am wondering if ETS surgery would help me with my problem. It is getting to the point where I have to have a fan on my face constantly to avoid flushing. I also saw that ETS decreases heart rate and BP, which I honestly think would be a good thing in my case. If any of you out there got ETS for FB, could you tell me how it went for you? Did the results last, and how bad were your side effects like compensatory sweating? Also, if any of you had permanent facial redness before the surgery, did it disappear afterward? Did the surgery help you in all the circumstances where you used to blush or flush, or only certain ones? If you can be specific that would be great. I have seen some people report decreased flushing with exercise, which would be nice. Thanks
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