- CASE FILE
I have facial flushing and certain things make it worse like computers, flat screens, smart phones and the sun
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In 2005, I was perfectly normal and in a college class when I got this hot flash over my face. My cheeks and nose became red and I became extremely hot. It went away as I cooled down but then it kept coming back more frequently and eventually after about six months, the flushing was so bad that I had to be under a fan 24/7. My face felt like it had hot water running down it and a blow dryer blowing hot air on it. It was absolute torture. Also, during this time, certain things made the flushing more extreme where my cheeks would turn purple for five days if I was exposed to any of these things: computers, flat screens, smart phones and the sun. My eyes would also flush where they would become extremely watery and sensitive. My lower lip would also flush and enlarge where it looks like I am wearing makeup it would become so red. I also developed back issues which I will discuss more in the next paragraph. I saw doctors from the Fresno area, UC San Fran, UCLA, Scripps Institute, the Mayo Clinic in MN and Stanford University.
In 2008, a doctor at Stanford recommended I get endoscopic thoracic endoscopy. The surgery immediately got rid of the major flushing. The dark redness in my cheeks turned to light pink, but the things that really escalate my flushing, still bothered me. While, my cheeks don’t turn purple when exposed, it is still very painful if I am exposed to computers, the sun…etc. It feels as if a sunburn is on my face and my eyes and lips still have the same affect as before the surgery. As I type this I am on a projection screen because I can’t be on a regular computer. Back, to my back. When my face gets irritated as I call it, my back always seems to have sharp pain. This may seem far fetched to be a correlation, but it happens every time my face becomes irritated and I know that there is a correlation there.
I have exhausted a lot of options and can’t seem to find a doctor that is willing to really look into my case and try and find a solution for me. I cannot go to many places like restaurants because it is full of flat screens. I can’t even enjoy a simple day out on the beach. It has changed my psychology where I basically have PTSD from this. I’m not as outgoing anymore, I have and still deal with depression with it and almost have a paranoia about going out sometimes because of how I feel. Thank you everyone for your time.