Flushed, hot face – anxiety and stress forum – ehealthforum gas bloating pain


Everyone on here is looking for a cure, well i can only tell you what worked for me. I used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it truly worked for me. It’s not an easy fix like popping a pill…it takes effort and you have to go to therapy. I used to get hot, red face all the time. Mostly in the evening. Whether i was relaxed at home on the couch by myself or with friends at a restaurant…it began to seriously ruin my life. Cognitive Behavior therapy (or CBT) was scary at first because the first thing i would do in therapist’s office is blush/flush! The room felt stuffy, warm and i was uncomfortable, but in a strange way this was good because it made my problem arise quickly and we both got to deal with it right away. I had a very good therapist, she walked me through my thoughts and fears of having such a hot, flushed face, i.e. "i feel ugly, people think im a freak of nature, everyone is going to look at me". I took pages of notes and she even gave me homework! I kept breaking down my thoughts until my brain learned to retrain itself "oh, i dont need to flush or if i do, its OK" Telling myself over and over truly made it stop happening. But it took time. My symptoms subsided with each visit (over 9 months) and completely went away in one year. CBT works best with flushing associated with anxiety/panic, perfectionism, type personalities. For 7-10 years my hot face was completely gone, and I mean gone. Only recently it has started to come back. I’m ok tho, i think i will try another round of CBT and try to re-train the brain again. Good luck.

I had some sort of flushing incident last night I think. My neck felt like it was on fire and stingy kind of. I got dizzy, felt a lot of indegestion, my heart was beating fast and I had a panic attack from it. I also felt like I needed to use the restroom and could not. Then even though my neck felt like it was on fire the rest of me felt cold like I had a fever or something. Like chills. I was shaky too. This lasted for quite a while, over 2-3 hours and I could not sleep. Every time I went to lie down I felt worse. I finally checked my blood sugar around 4:00 am and it was 77 and ate a EAS bar with vitamins in it that raised my blood sugar up pretty quickly to around 93 and the shakiness started going away but the rest did not for another half hour or so. Then today my friend at work asks me if I’ve been taking niacin. I just started taking vitamins this weekend and took two in one day on Saturday but yesterday only took one. It has a low dose of niacin, about 50% of what is normal consumption for a day and ate 2 EAS bars which have about 20% each for a day along with whatever food I ate yesterday which wasn’t a ton but some.

So my question is… Does this sound like a niacin flush and I still have indegestion today and it feels like it could start again with the neck burning thing but not sure. Can a small dose of niacin added to your daily supplements get this bad of a reaction? I’m not kidding I thought I might be a goner for a little bit and kept my cell phone in my hand while I panicked.

In a certain perspective, it does sound like anxiety. Although in order for it to be classified as a disorder, you need make several assessments like: 1. How often does this happen/Is there a certain stimuli that caused it? 2. Are you under stress? Stress affects us in many ways. One way is to affect our gastrointestinal system, resulting in indigestion, cramp-like sensations, etc. 3. What are your other symptoms besides the hot/flushing sensation? Also, caffeinated beverages are powerful stimulants. They greatly affect the Central Nervous System, resulting in a great "fight or flight" response, as compared to the lack of said stimulants.

Bottom line: Be observant of your feelings/symptoms. It is important to determine whether there is a chance that the symptoms are psychosomatic (triggered by the mind) or conventionally physical (caused by an abnormality in the normal regulation of the body). Visiting the doctor may hurt the bank, but it is important to consult a healthcare professional in order to thoroughly rule out more serious complications.