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??