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  1. As I have realized that medicines/drugs actually can help reducing blushing at a significant level, I decided to read up on it as much as possible. I have therefore gained some knowledge that I believe some will find valuable. For people only suffering with blushing at certain situations, like presentations, taking Propranolol (a beta blocker) and/or Benzodiazepines an hour before is often the solution. This is not what this thread will be about. My goal is to find the best medicines that you can take in the morning, and that last for a whole day (I will post information about different medicines in this thread, but for people interested in my own personal experience I have posted my information here: http://esfbchannel.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/4079-kprf-red-cheeks-questions-and-my-facial-blushing-story/). I have found that there are 3 different types of medicines you can take every day, that will reduce blushing. I will also get into natural supplements that can be helpful. You can choose to just use one og the medicines, but a combination of several might be a better option. This is because if you just use 1 medicine you might have to use a high dose to get an acceptable effect, but then the chances of getting many side effects also increase. Whereas when you take several you often do not have to take high doses. The medicines also affect the body in different ways, so different medicines may work best for different situations, and therefore a combination of several might be the best fit. When choosing a medicine make sure to pick the slow/extended release version, when available, so that it will last for a day. The side effects from the medicines are actually very similar in all medicines. Common side effects are fatigue, sexual dysfunction, etc. But every person respond somewhat differently, so you have to try for yourself. And of course the higher dose you take, and the more medicines you combine, the greater are the risks for side effects. Beta-blockers The main usage of this medicine is for people with heart problems. They work by blocking the effect of Norepinephrine, which is involved in the ”fight and flight”-mechanism. It is particularly helpful in typical “high pressured situations", like when giving a presentation. Atenolol: This is the beta blocker you should pick. It is known to last longer than propranolol, and with fewer side effects. Lowest dose is 25 mg/day, but you can increase up to 100/mg without a problem if needed (maybe even more). If you don´t respond to atenolol, there is a slow release version of propranolol available. You usually will be able to see the full effect from this medicine the same day you take it, but at least within two weeks. Antidepressants As the name indicates this is a medicines used for depression, but it is also used for panic attacks, social anxiety and general anxiety. It works by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, and it is known to help with both blushing AND flushing. It works particularly well in “everyday blushing” when talking to people. There are so many different antidepressants available. I will list some of the once I have read to be most beneficial in curing blushing: SSRI (Top 4 – starting with the best): 1. Zoloft (Sertraline) 2. Paxil (Paroxetine) 3. Lexapro (Escitalopram) 4. Celexa (Citalopram) SNRI 1. Efexor (Venlafaxine) This is the only SNRI to consider. Buspirone (In combination with SNRI or SSRI) If you experience sexual side effects from these medicines, which is very common, one way of solving it is combining them with this drug. It is mostly prescribed for general anxiety, so the medicine by itself may also cure blushing. Mirtazapin This is one of the few antidepressants not known to give severe sexual side effects. So, if you are worried about that, this might be one to try. You should see the full effect from all antidepressants within 4-8 weeks. Pregabalin (Lyrica) This is a medicine mostly used for epilepsy, neuropathic pain and general anxiety. It increases the GABA production in the brain, and calms down the nervous system. Most surgeons performing the ETS surgery think blushing comes from an overactive nervous system, so this might be the perfect drug for blushers? You should see full effect from this drug after 1 week. Natural supplements: 5-HTP - This is the natural version of an antidepressants, and works by increasing the level of serotonin. Normal daily dose is 100-300 mg/day, taken before bed and in the morning. A good dose to try is 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg before bedtime. If you do not get any effect from 5-HTP, you can try L-tryptophan. It is also a natural supplement working in the same way as 5-HTP. 500-1000 mg is a recommended daily dose. You should not take both 5-http and L-tryptophan. L-theanine – This is the natural version of Prebagalin/Lyrica, and it increases the GABA-production in the body. 400 mg is a recommended daily dose. Also here you can take 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg before going to bed. Also note: There is a natural supplement called GABA. This is not known to cross the blood brain barrier, so there are no scientific evidence saying that the supplement called GABA will work. Still, there are people claiming it to work, so if L-theanine doesn´t work for you, you can always try this. The natural supplements take 4-8 weeks before you can se the full effect from them. There are no severe side effects to get from them. So if you have not tried any medicines you really have nothing to loose trying out natural supplements, to see if they are of any help to you. Combinations of drugs As mentioned, a combination of several medicines, using low doses, might be the best option. Perhaps antidepressants and beta-blockers is the perfects fit? Or Lyrica and beta-blockers? Maybe a combination of the two natural supplements is enough for you? You have to try this out for yourself. Please post any success stories in the comment section below. Make sure not to mix medicines and supplements that should not be mixed, like 5-HTP and an antidepressant. Note: Taking medicines should not be done without consulting a trained physician. ANY SUCCESS STORIES REGARDING USING MEDICINES/DRUGS IN CURING BLUSHING ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATED. PLEASE POST THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.
  2. I assume I dont need to explain how much blushing has affected my life so I will get straight into it. Im looking to have ets surgery. Has anyone had ets for facial blushing and has it helped. Can you go over side effects and possibly your story if your willing to share. My blush happens like an switch it just comes and its really hot and uncomfortable. Sometimes if i dont leave a situation my face will sting and feel very hot. Does anyone else have these symptoms and will ETS help
  3. I have had chronic, pathological blushing since childhood. That is the first time I have ever written those words. I've never said them aloud. Aside from overhearing people say, "Aw, look how red she's getting", my reddening is not something that has ever been discussed or acknowledged by my friends or family. I guess it's the "red elephant" in the room. How have people not asked me about it? How have I not had the courage to bring it up? I have never even had the nerve to research it. I guess I thought that admitting that it happens, even typing the words into a computer, would have been letting it win, making it real. And if I had ever had the courage to talk to my family about it, two things would have happened: 1) I would have blushed (and we all know that we avoid any situations/conversations that make us blush) and 2) they wouldn't have understood. I have never even googled blushing before today. Once I did, I was shocked to learn that there are so many other people who suffer from this condition. And I mean suffer. I felt such relief to know I was not alone. I am going to assume that anyone reading this does not need the bleak, destructive effects of facial blushing on one's life explained. How the fear of blushing is all consuming, or the havoc blushing reeks on one's social and professional life, how infuriating it is having a condition like this because you know you are better than this, more confident that your face it letting on, not embarrassed, not shy, not pathetic, not someone people should feel sorry for. Did I mention, "Aw, look how red she's getting?" I cannot say that any of the websites have helped me understand or explain why I redden when the cashier at the supermarket asks me a question, or when I am called on unexpectedly, or when I run into an acquaintance on the street, or when I think I may have said/done something wrong, or when I have to repeat myself because someone didn't hear me. But now I know there are treatments. I used to wish that I was of a nationality with darker skin so that no one would see the blushing. As a kid I was jealous of my friend with the jet-black skin. In high school I used to wish I was an inanimate object. There were days where I would have traded my life for that of a pencil because pencils don't blush. Crazy, huh? I have considered ridiculous solutions like staying chronically sunburned, or always being "two and a half glasses of wine" tipsy, or pretending to have chronic allergies so that I could cover my face with a tissue at any given moment. If women could grow beards, I would be the Wolfman. I know, I am being too garrulous. It's just that this is my "coming out of the oven" so to say and I'm still shocked that this community exists. I don't know my next move though. Can anyone share any thoughts or recommendations on meds or cognitive/behavioral treatments that may work? Although I would let a doctor come into my house right now and perform ETS on me on my kitchen table with a butter knife (now that I know such a treatment exists), I know it would be more prudent if I try other treatments first. Any feedback would be very much appreciated. Yours in redness, Tomato Face
  4. Hi everyone! So I went to my doctor yesterday and spoke about possibly doing the ETS surgery for my darn facial blushing... She said that insurance is most likely NOT going to cover it. Which then I would not be able to afford it. I reminded her that I have been on all sorts of anxiety and anti-depressants because of this issue, and they do not help it. I reminded her how she prescribed topical creams that did not help. I reminded her about the antihistamine allergy medications she had me try to solve the problem, but had no effect. And lastly, I reminded her how I have been to over 6 different therapists throughout the years, and all it does is takes me in circles with the problem but never fixes it. I told her I feel like ETS is my last attempt to feel normal and stop this vicious cycle. She told me to try Atenolol(Tenormin)25 MG daily and let her know if it helps. I started it today, and it does seem like it might be working a bit... But I have that feeling of ALMOST beginning to blush, and it has been like that all day. Does anyone have any input on this new medication that is prescribed to me???
  5. Just another episode of my horrific facial blushing. This was taken right when I got out of the doctor's office. They advised me that surgery is not an option yet. I wanted ETS so badly, I am devastated.
  6. Top left photo I am completely normal. Within minutes it can all change, like in the other photos shown here.
  7. Has anyone had ets for facial blushing. Can you please go over your situation and how it has affected you before and after surgery. Every little detail helps thanks. Also please go into details of the blush. How it comes on how it feels etc. E.g. mine gets hotter and hotter and feels really uncomfortable. Does anyone get the immense heat with their blushing.
  8. Hello everyone out there! I have just stumbled across this website a couple of days ago, and I wish I would have known when I was younger that there were so many people like me with same issues! I have felt alone my whole life, struggling with the red blotchy face... I felt like no one truly understood me. Starting to notice at a pretty young age, in the middle school years, that my face would get so red and hot feeling for the most odd reasons. People would ask me why I was so red and put me directly on the spot ALL THE TIME. I couldn't figure out what would cause it, because it would happen during random times of the day and in different situations. I constantly tried using foundations and other makeup products to hide the embarrassing blotchy red skin. Nothing worked. Wasting my allowance money on all sorts of quick fix remedies that always failed. And the family that I grew up in was a very strict and private family. I was the oldest of two girls, and my parents brought us up in a Christian church. I loved my childhood, don't get me wrong. But I could never go to my parents for issues I had. I always had a hard time communicating with them, and that made my anxiety about getting red and blotchy even more. I started to only wear my hair down, to hide the majority of my face. I never had short hair cuts. When it came to school activities, I was too afraid to join in most of the time. I would go to one school dance, get an episode of a long lasting face and chest blush, and never go again. It kept me in a social state of being shy and nervous. I turned to food as comfort because it made me feel good. My self esteem was very low due to weight gain and the red face. In high school I couldn't even participate in P.E. class because I would get all worked up with the hot red skin, so I got an exception to graduate without taking the required class as long as I took an online class. When senior photos came around, I made sure the photographer would edit the pictures to make my face blend better instead of having harsh red blotches all over. After I graduated high school in 2007, I went to a Christian Bible college that my parents paid for. It was just a year long course, and I made a lot of good friends. But even in college, if I started getting a tiny feeling of an episode starting, I would run and hide in my dorm room. I would be so very afraid to participate in activities, I would just pray and pray for it to go away. I graduated the Christian college, and came back home to my parents house while I looked for a job. I only applied for places that I wasn't required to put my hair up. (So no fast food jobs that make you have your hair pulled back for the food... etc.) I was still packing on weight because it was the only comfort I had. I was hired at a grocery store as a cashier, and things seemed to go pretty well. I would still have episodes, but I was able to have my hair down so that I could hide it. And if it got too bad I would just run to the giant walk-in freezer and try to cool it down. While still at the grocery store and living with my family, I joined a dating website. I figured since no one in my day to day encounters liked me, someone online would have to like me even though I was over weight and had this blushing problem. Sure enough, I started talking to a guy who lived almost 2 hours away. My family always wanted me to wait until marriage to move in with a man, so of course I was eager to marry the first man who liked me. He purposed after knowing me for 3 months, and we got married a year later. (The whole engagement I would pray and beg God to just let me have a normal face during the wedding. I would find myself trying to bargain with God, and demanding him to do this one thing for me.) The wedding turned out beautiful. I caked on makeup and made sure my hair was down, which helped me feel like it wouldn't be noticeable. My husband made a pact with me that he wouldn't point out when I would get red. He never understood it, but at least he didn't draw attention to it. The marriage was awful, I suffered from depression and anxiety. He turned out to be an abusive man. I had the courage to leave him thankfully after 2 years, and no children. I was put on anxiety/depression medicine for the first time, which started to kind of help the episodes become less frequent. But they still occurred often, and I spoke up about it with my doctor finally for the first time. They just increased the dosages of the meds, which made me a zombie. And then prescribed me topical ointments to try, as well as recommend that I take an allergy pill to relieve the redness. Nothing helped it still. I felt helpless. And they were out of ideas. I tried to change my diet and exercise... still no change in the facial blushing. I just kept eating my pain and fears away, gaining and gaining more weight... and then still having episodes daily. I had got pretty good at figuring out times of the day it would happen, and situations (like eating out at a restaurant) that it would happen the most. I would avoid going to different events due to this. I finally wanted to at least put a stop to my weight gain if I couldn't fix my red face. So in 2014, I had a gastric bypass surgery. I lost 104lbs in just a little over 1 year! It was amazing results. During this time I would go tanning everyday to make my blushing less noticeable. Which helped some, but it would still show. When my funds could no longer support my tanning, I just stopped cold turkey. And it made the redness become very noticeable again. I became fearful once again to be as social as I wanted to be. I started gaining back weight because I would go straight home after work to eat and hide out in my home. I went to therapy in hopes of working through my anxiety and triggers, but no one I went to could help me. It was only scratching the surface of my issues and never directly dealing with how the red blotchy skin affected my everyday decisions. That is when I finally decided to keep looking for answers and stumbled across forums like this one. It is amazing to see that I am not the only one out there that struggles with this. I want the ETS surgery soooo bad! I had never heard of such a thing until last month. I wish I would have known about it back when this all started. My life would have probably turned out so different if I wouldn't have had this haunting blotchy face. I made an appointment with my doctor next week to talk about it and see if I could have insurance cover most of the expenses. Wish me luck!
  9. Came across this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2618700/Men-slapping-cream-SHEEPS-PLACENTA-overcome-blushing-boardroom.html To me this sounds like complete BS, but I will ask any way: Anyone tried it?
  10. Hi all blushers (and hopefully many former blushers!)! The goal with this post/topic is to create an arena where people who have had ETS-surgery goes in to detail of how effective it was curing blushing and what kinds of side effects they got from it. The reason why I have created this topic is because I believe it will give a wider and more accurate picture of what to expect from the surgery, which will enable people who haven´t had the surgery yet to make a better decision of whether to go through with it or not. The information out there is very diverse. The surgeons base their information on side effects from a question form sent out usually 6 month after surgery. From what I have read in different forums, the most severe side effect don´t start until 2 years or more after the surgery. Also the results seem to vary based on factors like whether you are male/female, how old you were having the surgery, if the nerves got clamped or burned, if you are overweight or not. Information that we don´t usually get from surgeons, but that people report from forums. And lastly, people write about side effect they got from the surgery, that surgeons never mention. I have read through a lot of the testimonials and forums on this site and others, but there often lacks a great deal on information. Plus, it seems to be the same people responding over and over again, which doesn´t give a wide range of experiences. It also is both hard and time consuming for people searching through that much information. Hopefully, after people responding to this post, we will all have a clearer and greater picture of the truth of the ETS-surgery. To make the posts on this topic as complimentary and accurate as possible, I have made out some guidelines for what should be in your post. Please try to follow them to the best of your ability, as I believe it will be of great help for many. Some questions might be a bit uncomfortable to answer, but keep in mind that none of the answers will make it possible to link up the information to a specific person: - 1. First, ONLY write a post if you actually have had the ETS-surgery (or a blushing surgery called something else, like the ESB-surgery). This topic is made specifically for this. - 2. Try to say all that you want to say in ONE post, as this topic is meant for as many different peoples opinions as possible. - 3. When did you have the surgery done (year and month)? - 4. How old were you when you had the surgery? - 5. Are you male or female? - 6. Did the surgeons cut/burn the nerves or did they put on titanium clamps? And at what t-level did they do it? T2? T3? Both? - 7. Are you overweight? Do you eat healthy? - 8. Did you get CS (compensatory sweating), and how bad is it? PLEASE go in to details. How is it affecting your daily life? Do you just sweat a little bit more during workouts or do you get soaking wet just by going outside on a warm day? - 9. Did you get dry hands, and how bad is it? Do you have to just moisturizer once a day and then they are like normal, or do you have constant dry hands no matter what? Please go in to detail on how it is affecting your daily life. - 10. Did you get cold hands? - 11. Have you lost hair on you head or facial hair? - 12. Is it harder exercising now? How bad is it? - 13. Has the sex life got worse after the surgery? Like have you got decreased libido? - 14. Have you had problem focusing on mental tasks? Like studying for many hours or doing some kind of intellectual work over a longer period of time? - 15. Have you had problems with your upper body getting over-heated (split body syndrome)? - 16. Have you experienced you personality changing? Not being able to feel strong emotions, like positive highs or negative lows? - 17. Has your energy level decreased? - 18. Any other side effects you had that aren´t mentioned above? Everything you share is appreciated, and the more detailed you are, the better. - 19. How bad was the blushing before the surgery? What kind of situation would make you blush? Did you get red and warm and then it would quickly go away, or could the redness and heat stay for many minutes to hours? - 20. How is the blushing problem today? Do you blush at all? - 21. How is your life in general after the surgery? Happy about the result? From your perspective, do you recommend people going through with it? (I am myself in the position of trying to gather information and then decide. Had I done the surgery already, I would of course also have started of this topic with a post of my own experience). To all who have had the surgery done, and choose to share their story about it, a BIG thank you! I am sure it will be appreciated by a lot of people!
  11. http://myblushingcure.com/how-did-i-cure-my-blushing/
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