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    The menopause is often called the ‘change of life’ and is not an illness, but a stage in a woman’s life where she stops ovulating and ceases to menstruate. Read more →

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    I have a problem with people hearing me at the loo. I always stay near the front of the bowl, but cannot sit on any seat. There's even a toilet in my own house that I can't go to. My main problem is that I get really anxious at the thought of going, especially flushing. I stare at the water as I'm going and have to unlock the door before flushing so that I can make a quick exit. A few times I've had my back pressed to the door when I've been caught out by sensors and am always shaking afterwards. I hate staying away from home as I often just don't go to the toilet... My parents want to take me on a cruise (my biggest fears are porta-loos, plane toilets, etc) but I'm afraid this trip could be a disaster. My brother in law knew this was a problem and filmed the toilet flush on his cruise but it's made me more anxious. I don't even want to go. Any suggestions?





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    I have the same thing one toilet i just cant stay around when it flushes i just end up running out of the room. it makes me feel really anxoius and uncomfortable, i have tried standing just outside the door while it flushes then each time i get closer.

    I have difficulty flushing my poo away as it floats. Is this normal?





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    I do aswell and it can be really embarressing for me,this probably doesn't help you but i hope it makes you feel better to know your not the only one. i feel better to know i am not the only one.

    After opening my bowels I looked down the loo before flushing and could see what looked like blood seeping from the stool. It wasn't mixed in the water as if it had dripped in but was on the bottom of the pan.There was no sign of blood in the stool or when I wiped. It has happened every time since.I only go to the loo once a day and need help with fruit or prune or orange juice.My GP is sending me for a colonoscopy.I was shocked but pleased it is getting checked out. Has anyone else noticed this whilst peering down the loo.?





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    Do you suffer from Hemorroids. Because if so then these do occasionly bleed. Also you can get a polyp which may also bleed but is not something to panic about

    I have loose stools that are very dark and have black mucousy bits that float on top n sometimes the stool clings to bowl after flushing almost appears greasy on bowl and dark green almost black. Anyone else know what this could be. It happens 50%+ of times I go. I do take iron pills. Other times stool looks normal. Not diagnosed with crohns or Ibs.





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    Hi I am 49 and have always sweated quite a lot but generally when I exercise. However, just lately I seem to be sweating far more by doing very little and it seems only to be from my head. For example I would get ready in the morning wash and dry my hair but by the time I walk out of the door my hair looks like I have just stepped out of the shower and my face is covered in perspiration running down from my head. I have exhausted all possible causes with my GP and his only suggestion to possibly help was to take anti depression drugs or Botox which may not be an option as they would not inject my head to both options I answered no thank you. Is there anything of a natural nature which could possibly help or do I just live with it? I do not experience any flushing of any area when I sweat and have had many blood test and a 24 hour urine collection test to exhaust all avenues. All tests came up clear including one for Diabetis.





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    Have you been seen by a Consultant Dermatologist? You mention your GP trying to help but some things for this condition can only be prescribed by a consultant. If you haven't seen a dermatologist it might be worth asking your GP to refer you. I don't know of any natural 'cures' or things which would reduce the sweating but there are a lot of books available on natural, healing plants and how to use them - take a look on the biggest book-seller online and there is a huge choice. I do get a little relief from it by dabbing peppermint and tea-tree aromatherapy oils around my hairline and the main part of my head so that might be worth a try. I have posted a message in response to a post on 2nd November by Dennis and I have written about my experiences with different treatments and you might possibly find something useful in that.

    Hi EB Over the past three years I have noticed an increase in bodily sweating. The most socially awkward aea is the top of my head which is bald. A warm day can set this into floods even without excessive exercise. I havent noticed if this is diet related. I would say that I am a little over weight (A stone or two). I also notice that the top of my head acn feel quite hot often and I also get some symptoms of facial flushing. Sweating can be excessive two on my back and armpits and all over to a degree. Social situations can be a trigger but the symptons can even happen when I am on my own. I am 49 and around 14 stone 5"9 I have mentioned it to my GP a couple of years ago. He tells me this can vary from person to person and that not a lot can be done about it. Excerise can lower stress and reduce symtons. Any advice would be appreciated. thank you





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    I have always only opened my bowels 1-2 times per week since I was a child (I am now 37, female), but in the past few years I have become feeling really backed up and uncomfortable inbetween bowel movements, with my upper abdomen distending and feeling very solid. When the urge to have a bowel movement finally comes, I do not have to strain to pass the faeces and they are mid brown in colour and reasonably soft and continuous like faeces should be. However, they are often 3 inches in diameter and 10 inches long - ie huge! I have come to expect that I will block the loo regulalrly and sometimes try "nipping it off" half way through, and flushing after one lump and certainly between faeces and putting toilet paper down the toilet to try to prevent this. After such a bowel movement I feel very light and empty, and stretched, although I know I do not tear the anus as there is no blood spotting. However, surely this is not normal? Is there anything I can do to help make me more regular? My GP has suggested I have "sluggish bowel" and that I'll just have to live with it as there is no cure. He has prescribed lactulose to try to stimulate peristalsis, but this doesn't seem to have any effect (and is expensive at £5 a week). I eat a balanced diet and have always eaten plenty of fruit and veg. I am also on an anti-depressant called Sertraline 50mg daily, however this doesn't seem to be the cause as when I have been off these for many months, my bowel movements are the same as when I am on them. I find it is worse on the run-up to starting my period, with sometimes a whole week without a bowel movement before finally going one the day I start menstruating. Please have you any suggestions to improve my bowel movement frequency and abdominal discomfort.





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    hi im lucky if i go twice a week. im not in good health tho and on alot of medication. Ive also started getting severe cramping pains and only thing to relieve it is to sit on loo. anyways, in answer to your question i find that by clenching your fist then firmly massaging your outer bowels helps the stools to move as well as taking 10mg of LACTULOSE SOLUTION before going to sleep helps soften the stools overnight ready for next day. sometimes it works,and sometimes it doesnt as everyone is different. ive also faound ( it might wirk for you too ) drinking 1 pint of water an hr before sleep and eating 6 dried prunes and 6 dried apricots. if all above fails,be persistant but polite to your general practitioner to sort it out,after-all.. thats theur job !

    I too take 50 mg aday of zoloft for depression and anxiety i have bad case of it but this remember effects our levels in bathroom too if i panic or stress out our digest system becomes slow divesting food and can resort in mikd constipation but i eat activia yogurt raisin brand bf veges loads water prune juice is daily salads chicken fish i try stay on a ok eating i also suffer from greds diease reflux i take pevicaid daily i just truly started eating solids again cause of my throat issue but this morning i took movement it wascsoft then i felt not emptt so i checked with my finger i had semi hard pellets stuck so i used a kil bit warm water enema and tryed getting restcout so i belive it helped i also only do this if absolute ness suppositories i hear help my doctor said use metamucil but ill wait cause if u dont drink water tons wit it boy u get worse constipation crazy i know bur i pray too and jesus hears us hope we get well asap in jesus name amen

    Hi, I have suffered from kidney stones since 2000. I have had frequent episodes and have had lithotripsy treatments on numerous occasions too. In 2003, during a routine abdominal scan checking my kidneys for stones, it was discovered that my pelvic area was "full of calcification" as they termed it and I was urgently referred for a full hysterectomy which was done less than 6 weeks later. The consultant was concerned that my uterus, and both ovaries had so much calcification inside that they thought that it would probably turn cancerous if not removed. I was put on HRT straight away (due to the removal of both ovaries). I continued to suffer from kidney stones on a regular basis and then in 2008, I had to have my gall-bladder removed as this too was full of stones. In 2009, I delevoped another kidney stone and again had 2 sessions of lithotripsy. However, after the 2nd session, a piece of the stone got lodged in my ureter and caused a severe blockage which resulted in my having to have a nephrostomy (which remained for the next 8 months). They removed the piece of stone via laser surgery and inserted a stent for 6 weeks to give my ureter recovery time. However, when they removed the stent, my ureter strictured immediately, due to all the damage that had been caused by the stone passing down it. After a failed attempt of trying to stretch out the strictured area with the use of a balloon and then for 6 weeks with an extra large stent, I underwent a major reconstruction of my ureter, which involved them removing approximately 3-5cm of tube and then hitching my bladder up and creating a boare flap to reattach the remaining ureter to. After a long recovery period following the surgery, it was then found that i had another stone in my other kidney. I have decided to leave it alone, as the thoughts of further lithotripsy and what could happen terrifies me now. In November, last year, i was eating a slice of toast and I felt a sharp pain in my face. It immediately swelled up and stayed that way for the next 4 hours. The next time i ate/drank it happened again. I went to the local walk-in centre after 48 hours as the pain was getting worse, and i could not eat or drink without my face swelling up. They diagnosed a salivary stone! I was referred to the maxillo facial department and have just undergone a dilation and flushing out of the partoid duct, as this too has now strictured. The facial consultant has advised that he is doubtful that this procedure has worked and am probaly going to have to have the duct removed. I am now at my wits end and am wondering when or where I could develop more stones? Is there any help or advice you could give me? I am a vegetarian and have been since birth. I have never eaten meat, fish or chicken and even though I do eat some dairy products, this is limited to cheese, eggs and milk (none of which in great amounts).





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    I get facial flushing very often and this can happen when i am not even hot.Then i get patchy flushing on my chest and i can sometimes feel mt knees are getting hot and when i look they ate red. What is wrong with me, i am very concious of this and it isn't making me very confident and i am usually very outgoing.I am 40 but have had this from about age 10.It is just getting worse,please help





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    Hello, I am just a little curious about something. When I eat chocolate, especially if its warm, in any amount larger than the average chocolate bar, I get slight flushing. I feel too warm and my face feels a little sweaty (but there's never any sweat there). My younger brother and sister also get a similar flushing, but no one else in the family does. I just wanted to know if it was a slight allergic reaction. Thanks.





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    Facial flushing or redness alone is not indicative of rosacea. I don't believe for a second that rosacea is anywhere near as common as they make out. flushing is a very normal mechanism and facial redness can have many causes. One thing I would like to say though is UV damage weakens the skin and breaks blood vessels commonly causing facial redness.





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    hi, I'm unfortunately just 60 years old, had a hysterectomy 18 years ago so not anticipating my face flushing to be hormone related. Without warning I've had a sudden, red, sweating face for about 9 months. (the symptom lasts less than a minute, not 9 months!) Recently reading on the internet I realise that my 'spot problem' may well be related. I'd changed face cream thinking that it to be the cause of my unusual bad complection. My doctor plays the 'age card' but has not associated the flushing with the spots. Glad to find that someone else has the teenage problem of blushing and acne when they're older! back to the drawing board methinks - thanks for comments.





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    hi, i found that i had no problems with sweating excessively until reaching mid 30s, i now know that all of a sudden, i found myself sweating all over for no reason. Turns out (i found out myself, i told the doctor, they had no idea.) i have secondary hyperhidrosis. After consulting with doctor, was prescribed a tablet called pro-banthine or pro-pantheline, i still get "flushing" (hot and cold) but no longer "leak" and the flushing does not last very long any more either. There are some side effects though, being, dry mouth, not needing to in to the toilet to urinate too much, there are small compared to literally sweating loads, for no reason. They help me. Hope they may help some of you. I get them on NHS PRESCRIPTION, so don't cost money. I don't like taking tablets but rather that than sticking needles in my armpits eh. Good luck..





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    Hey all! I am a 29 yr old female, and have suffered with flushing around the nose and cheeks, red nose, red tiny spots on the nose which when they burst release a clear fluid which crusts if i do not clean it. Stupidly I thought that the redness and flushing was simply my skin tone(i suffered adult acne from 19-27,which left scarring)and with me feeling preety conscious about my skin. However the past year and a half I have suffered massively with flushes, spots on nose and redness. I put the spots on my nose down to whiteheads, however they are most certainly not whiteheads and today I am finally off to my doctor to discuss this embarrassing issue and hopefully get some answers. Good luck to all!





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    Hi i am a male and forty five years old.I have suffered with facial flushing since i was five years old.This condition has made my life a complete nightmare by seriously blighting my life.I have been to the doctors so many times to explain how this condition is controlling my life and unfortunately he just don't no what to do for me.I have tried hypnotherapy,cbt, had the operation two times,endoscopic thoracic sympathectomise which unfortunately did not work.I have tried beta blockers to no effect..At the moment i am on clonidine two times a day and that is not doing anything for me.I find if i go any where it is hot my face cheeks nose become very red.Also same if i get stressed in any way i start becoming very hot and going very red.This condition like i said has ruined my life making me very lonely because i cant even get into relationship because of this condition.The funny thing about it i feel i am not a shy person it is the facial flushing if anything that makes me want to hide away.Just wondering if there is anything else i could do,or if there is anything on the horizon to help with this condion.Thank you Wayne





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    Hi miranda i was also thinking of hypnotherapy for my at times severe flushing...please keep us updated on how it goes ..

    It should dissolve. But try eating a bowl of high fibre bran cereal with plenty of water to keep flushing the colon out.

    Hi everyone, it's good to hear that i'm not the only one who suffers from Rosacea. I have experienced severe facial flushing for the last 10 years (i'm 25 now). Since the age of 18, It has become more severe and it doesn't always cover the whole of the cheek area - it can sometimes just appear on one side of the face and in blotches or strips. I have also previously had itching sensations on my forehead when I have found myself in awkward situations, and i would get red circular marks appearing on my forehead, (sounds a bit wierd ha) but that seems to have calmed down for the past few months. After seeing my Doctor, I was put on the Metro gel and some tablets which were used to treat people with Acne - These treatments didn't work. Apart from having Rosacea, I have a really clear, pale complexion. So...I went to see a Dermatologist and shortly afterwards, began the pulse laser treatment on the NHS. Each laser session lasts for around 5-10 minutes (with a gap of 3/4 months per session) depending on the amount of blood vessels that need to be 'zapped'. The 'zaps' produce purple-like circles on your face, so when your session has finished, your swollen face is pretty much covered in purple spots, which is a little embarrassing when you walk to your car afterwards, but hey, who cares? There are a lot of people worse off. So i've had three treatments now. I would say that the day-to-day random flushing redness isn't as regular, which is a good thing. However, when I feel stressed out, embarrassed around other people, embarrassed in a public place, eat spicy food or drink wine or spirits...the Rosacea is still just as severe. I was made redundant a couple of months ago and after I had come out of the 'meeting', I went straight to the toilet to check my face, and I had never seen it so bad. My forehead, face, and for the first time - neck and chest, were severely blotchy read, which made me feel pretty damn down. So although the laser treatment does help to tone down the everyday, normal flushing...It does not stop the severe flushing that I know we can all relate to on this forum and anyone who has Rosacea. I have found that trying to keep stress to a minimum; not eating spicy food; and not drinking wine and spirits helps ALOT. Also, drinking a lot of water (4 pints a day) really helps to keep the flushing to a minimum. Always think positive thoughts. Even though it's hard not to think that someone is looking at someone's red face (trust me, i've been there), say to yourself in your head, 'I don't give a &%*$'. Tell yourself that you feel confident and your gona go and do what your gona do - reassuring yourself does help. Hope this helps, and please feel free to share your thoughts. Cheers





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    I thought i was the only person with this kind of 'condition' but it sounds like i could have written what you did! I have suffered from red blotches on my neck, chest, tops of my arms, and my face since i hit puberty (about 13) and i have no control over it and i have no idea why it comes up. I can be sat relaxing, watching telly and i look in the mirror and one side of my face is completely red and blotchy! it always flushes up when i'm nervous, stressed, when i laugh, get embarrassed, drink alcohol etc and eating any kind of hot food (hot as in temperature, not spice!) so, every day basically! I work as a beauty therapist so as you can imagine its so embarrassing when i'm treating clients and one minute i look fine then the next i've got a bright red forehead and chin! clients sometimes get 'put off' as i hardly look professional when half way through a consultation i start to sweat and my face and chest are covered in blotches! i can feel it flushing up too which obviously makes me feel embarrassed and in turn, makes it a lot worse! i haven't ever tried any therapies or treatments (apart from colour correction make-up and moisturisers) as my mum suffered like me when she was my age and said hers stopped after puberty, i'm 21 and i'd like to think i'm passed puberty now! but if anything its got worse. so i've been searching the web for treatments when i came across your comment. do you think it's worth having the laser sessions?? it sounds quite extreme for something that just reduces it, as mine is extreme though (and i am desperate now) i'm willing to try anything!! how long do the purple spots last after the treatment? i have got to the point where i dont give a **** what people think and all of my friends know it happens every time we socialise (alcohol involved or not) and they never say anything as they know if they point it out it makes me worse, so i have learned to live with it, but, i do think its getting worse and i've now got to the point where i cant wear any tops that show off any part of my chest or top of my arms or i have to wear a small scarf to cover my chest and neck, as i do feel conscious. it takes me FOREVER to decide what to wear for a night out!! haha! sorry about the essay, but ive never spoken to anyone about this other than my mum and to find someone who sounds like they have the same symptoms as me, is kind of a relief - if you know what i mean?? i'd really appreciate any advice and if you could answer my questions about the laser treatment, it would be fab :) thank you.

    Hi every one. I have had rosacea for about 10 years. and tried every thing. so up and down its unbelievable. some times it can be realy bad then all of a sudden just go away. spicy food does bring it on, getting hot also. i could sit here all night going through what i have tried. i do a lot of swimming, so the chloride in the water brings it on realy bad,so just before i go swimming i coat my face with vasaline whic puts a barrier on my face which does help. The to things that i stick with now are a Steriode cream called Daktacort ointment which i apply in the evening that makes your face go very red but helps. In the morning i apply JOJOBA OIL which helps through the day.. Anybody got any ither ideas. Cheers Bill

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP! I've suffered from periods of excessive flushing/blushing now for nigh on 7 years and thus far, though debilitating, have coped reasonably well and held down a job for several years. Since last year, however, things have got increasingly worse and I'm currently living a life of Hell. Most days the flushing is so severe (an intense heat in my cheeks and forehead) that I spend most of the day in bed and am self harming to extreme levels. In the past weeks alone I've sliced my legs with razor blades so much that it's currently agonising to walk. I'm currently on quite a lot of meds and am seeinbg a psychologist weekly but this current phase is so excessive, so prolonged and so debilitating that I've considered taking my own life. My doctor and psychologist belive the problem to be a psychological one but I can only hope, pray and believe things will abate again in time as I'm truly scared about what it's doing to me and my family and what my future holds. My health is generally okay and recent blood/thyroid tests have come back negative. I just want to know what is causing these horrible flushes and what I can do to make things easier. Again, PLEASE help as I'm truly scared about what's happening to me.





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    All of these posts break my heart but especially yours. I suffer from blushing & am dealing with it very recently by trying to face it with the help of counseling & going to a support group to deal with my codependence issues. The support group is called Celebrate Recovery & deals with any type of addiction, cutting behavior, grief, codependence, & other issues. It is a 12 step program & works if you get into a step study group & "work the steps". I highly recommend it to anyone & you don't have to be Christian to be a part of it. Everyone is accepting and supportive because we all have our own issues. Most people's just aren't so apparent. There are groups all over the the country and overseas. I pray that this will give you hope and that you won't give up on yourself or your life.

    I got treated for chlamydia a couple of weeks ago with a one of dose, today I have noticed a lot of white discharge, is this a sign that it hasn't worked or is just the antibiotics flushing me out so to speak.





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    I would just have sex when it feels right and don't stress.about the baby or the period stress can only make all that worse... O and the 3week thing is ok since u havnt been reg your body was kinda flushing extra and stress can prolong those things

    i am suffering with crohns but have yet to have the colonoscopy or endoscopy as they want to do them at the same time. i went through the painful two days of flushing my system out, but had a major panic attack at the last moment just before i was meant to go to the hospital. i can't go through with it... i'd rather stick to the lopramide, i have heard that you can get a 3d ultra sound done instead of this invasive technique, if so where? and how do i go about it? any info would be appreciated as I WILL NOT GO THROUGH THAT...!





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    Yeah,i got this a few months ago but it went away really fast because i did some research on it. A fast and easy way of getting rid of them is simply drinking a glass of lemon juice with about a teaspoon of vinegar, yes i know it sounds strange but the acid cleans out all the bad stuff out of your system flushing those worms right out. This totally worked for me. :D





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    When I drink certain alcoholic drinks, mostly wines and drinks with mixed soft drinks i get a flushing/rashy all down my neck and face cheeks.And my cheeks go really hot...I'm wondering if this is because I am allergic to something in these drinks,





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    Its a nightmare Susan I've now got the bp under control but the pain like a corkscrew in the centre of my chest just under the sternum is horrific however I do have anxiety due to my visit to the hospital which I can't get rid off so Iam always producing acid,but the facial flushing and overheating my doc keeps putting down to anxiety,I never knew you could suffer so much from acid reflux and anxiety

    I'm 19 years old and for years iv had really embarrasing facial sweating, and flushing constantly, even when I don't feel hot. I'm a hairdresser so throughout my job im surrounded by heat from hairdryers and such but im at the point where I will have sweat litterally pouring down my face while doing something as simple as a hair cut! I don't really sweat anywhere else but I'm starting to get really self concious and depressed about this. Are there any creams, pills or anything that I can do to stop this?





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    My problem is very simliar to the above cases but isnt as bad as some have described. It has however got to the point where my red flushing is getting uncomfortable and a little embarrassing which seems to make is worse! It occurs mainly when im excercising, drinking alcohol or it could be totally random, even when im sitting down relaxed. In particular, my ears seem to go almost blood red and is very visible. Ive heard Rosacea creams are very effective, but does it actually work?? Or would recommend to go see a dermatologist to provide some kind of solution??





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    hi i seem to get a water infection the day after having sex.... i have been told that sex may causing my bladder to become bruised and this leads to the pain whilst going to the toilet! the best thing i do is just drink so much water that i feel im going to burst and just keep flushing away any bad wee until everntually i get a clear flow! i continue to drink water for 2 days (no hot drinks) and then it wont haunt me for a few months! :(





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