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  1. Hi, I have struggled with facial blushing since I was around 15, I am 25 now(from the UK). I only found this site the other day and I was took back quite a lot when I read the "learn more about facial blushing" and then "what is facial blushing". After reading that through I no longer felt as alone, I did always think I can't be the only person who suffers but to find this page took me back abit. It happened not so often before I was 15, but then when I had to get a job and start working, it started to bother me then, like in interviews. Since then I have struggled alot with it on buses, trains, at meals or sometimes social events, I have managed to hide it quite well by leaving the area or drinking alcohol (at social events). It also tends to happen later in the day, not so much in the morning after I have woken up. As time passed, I did begin to learn that it wasn't a feeling of embarrassment, it was a feeling of anxiety. And it became a thing of coming up with coping mechanisms so it wouldn't happen. Which has thus affected my life because as I have carried on being fairly outgoing and doing fun things etc, but I have always had things to help deal with it, like alcohol at social events for example, along with those times I haven't been able to help it and it leaves me feeling awful. I'd say it's 90% of the fear of it happening and 10% the actual situation. I went through a tough time when I was 23 and I was pushed to a point where I had to ask for help, so I told my GP and I went on propranolol (beta blocker) for a few months which made me feel numb to the world, I then went on bisoprolol(beta blocker) which was more of the long lasting throughout the day dumbed down version of propranolol. I was on these for about a year and it helped me calm abit but I realised that it still made me abit numb to the world and I just wasn't creative anymore, so I went onto sertraline(anti depressant). After a few weeks I came of bisoprolol and was only on sertraline, things have been alot better as I have got my creative side back but I do not feel 100% natural on these still, and I still have the blushing in stressful times. I really don't wish to be on prescription drugs for the rest of my life, so I am considering ETS surgery with David Greenstein. I haven't told anybody about this except my local GP two years ago when I had a tough time. If anyone would be able to have a chat then that would help... Aswell... if anyone has had a consultation and the ETS surgery with David Greenstein please get in touch with me as I have some questions. Thanks
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