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Young Woman w/ Flushing and Heat Flashes

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 24, 2008
  • 07:53 PM

A little before I turned 25, I began noticing some changes on my body. My skin was the first to change. Over the course of a few weeks, my skin had become "waxy" looking, and I was developing acne for the first time in my life. A few weeks later my skin changed even more, again with the texture changing--my pores were opening up. I didn't think too much of this at first, just upset that I had a case of adult acne, but then a few months later I began experiencing severe heat flashes that would begin in my lower back and radiate upwards. My whole body would flush with even the slightest bit of emotional stress or exercise--things that I had tolerated very well before then. Then I noticed my hair around my scalp was thinning considerably, and that I was anxious and irritable--despite any real changes in my daily life and despite having any history of anxiety or chronic stress.

Since then I've seen doctors who have all chalked up my experiences to anxiety, which in my opinion is one of my symptoms rather than the cause. I was put on two types of anxiety medication, both of which did not help my symptoms or even my heart palpitations that are sometimes accompanied by the flushing spells. I still take this medication, but mostly to humor my doctors. I have to admit, I'm pretty frustrated and my flushing spells have gotten worse. I can't drink any alcohol without flushing all over, and during a really bad flush my eyes will go completely red. A spell can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. Other possibly related symptoms include: thin skin, poor healing, fatigue, concentration problems and even some incontinence when I cough or sneeze (which is very new). Any thoughts??

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  • Get to an endocrinologist. You know your body so make sure they take you seriously. Check your thyroid but beware some diseases will still show normal lab readings. For years no one would take me seriously. I knew something was wrong but it took having double vision before they did more tests. I had pituitary tumor! And even then they were not sure it was causing all my problems. But they finally did more labs and found out I had Cushings Disease. You may have more than one thing going on. Have you seen a dermatologist? Check for roseacea.
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  • http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/flushing/flushing.htmThis is a good article for you. It has almost all the possible causes of flushing. It doesn't mention H-Pylori, which can also cause flushing (usually you have stomach symptoms with it).I suffer from flushing often and have not found the answer yet. The main suspect is carcinoid tumor (which is in the article), but in my case, it does not show up in my tests. Another thought is to stop the psychological drugs very slowly. Believe me on this...VERY SLOWLY. Deep depression and weird symptoms will happen if you don't slowly reduce these over a long period..maybe 3-4 weeks. While doing this, take Inderol, a blood pressure medication that also eliminates symptoms of anxiety in most people. Many people who are actors or do public speaking take Inderol. If you take it for a few weeks and the flushing goes away, it may very well be anxiety related. Inderol will also help if your flushing is related to Thyroid problems. Thyroid is a real possible suspect and can be treated pretty well with medication. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
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