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I had the weirdest thing happen to me today, I turned red!

This morning I posted a request for a GP in Newcastle, but it was a general request and I didn't think there was any urgency to it.

Early afternoon, however, I went a little dizzy in front of the PC and felt my ears burning and general nausea. The same thing happened to me last week, but it only lasted for a minute or so back then, so I sat for a while waiting for it to pass. But it didn't, I just felt worse and eventually took a taxi to the doctor's rooms.

My doc's on leave and, as I didn't have an appointment, I sat there waiting for about an hour. When I finally walked into another doctor's room, I could see the surprised look on her face and she said "what's wrong with you?". I could feel my ears and face burning, but didn't realise that my whole body had turned red until I followed the doc's eyes down to my arms, which were shiny red like a painful sunburn. I knew the doc didn't know what was going on cause she kept touching my skin and asking me whether it wasn't itching. Sent me for an ECG and had two other doctors have a look at me, but they had the same confused look on their faces.

The ECG showed normal, though my blood pressure was a bit high, and my temperature was normal at 36.something.

While I was answering 1000 questions, the doc said that I looked better and I saw that my arms had returned to a normal white and my ears weren't burning as much.

She's sending me for a CT scan of the abdomen to check for a carcinoid tumor. Says it's unlikely as it's very rare, but it would explain this and a bunch of other symptoms that I'd been seeing my GP about for the best part of this year, so she wants to rule it out first. I have a whole bunch of pains ranging from chest, stomach and legs to regular headaches.

I read on the Net this afternoon that the 5-year survival rate for all carcinoid tumours is 67%. Sounds like a lot, but read the other way around it means that 1/3 of the people with this don't survive more than 5 years!!

Well, I'm hoping it's not a tumor and would appreciate your prayers on this.

cheers,

Dirk

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Hope you go for the scan soon and hear the results soon. All the best.

Hopefully it's just an allergic reaction. I did find another condition with red skin (flushing): see link Autonomic hyperreflexia - could even be your thyroid, or the effect of cholesterol medication if you're on any - holding thumbs

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Get yourself checked out for Hepatitus C! My wife (a nurse) was diagnosed with it a couple of months ago, and she is undergoing anti-viral treatment. She went to the doctor because she was out in the yard for just a little while, and turned beet red and was exhausted. It is a deadly disease if left untreated, it destroys your liver and can linger in your system for years before the viral load becomes big enough to start giving you symptoms.

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Thanks for the replies and prayer people.

Unfortunately I have the same thing this morning again. Not nearly as bad as yesterday, but it's been hanging around for more than 2 hours now. I feel edgy/anxious like something's about to happen (like waiting for a hiding infront of the principal's office). Doctors didn't know what to do yesterday, so I don't know if there's any use in going back again today. I've got an appointment for the CT scan next Tuesday, but if this is going to happen every day, I'm going to worry myself to death before then:(

Anyhow, thanks for the feedback. I'm reading about some of these things and will mention them to the doc. We had blood tests done last week before all this started and she did tell me yesterday that they found something with my thyroid, but that they'd asked for more tests first.

ciao,

Dirk

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I think you might just have gotten lucky to see the doctor you saw yesterday, as from what you have said she is doing tests as per the link included above. Anxiety can be brought about by thyroid, and can itself cause all sorts of weird and wonderful symptoms. Let us know. Hopefully it is just thyroid, which can be fixed I think with medication. All the best and good luck.

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Hi Dirk,

I hope you manage to find out what's going wrong soon. It is very frustrating and worrying when you know something's wrong, but you don't know what.

Good luck!

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Do yourself a possible favor and write down EVERYTHING you eat AND medication you use, as well as the time of your next flush. There might be a myriad of things happening, for instance that something you eat might not correspond with your medication, that your body is starting to react against something you eat (an allergy). But do check for that viral infection that hagar talked about and please, please just remember that antibiotics can do absolutely nothing about a virus. There is wonderful stuff that kills viruses, you can PM me if the tests are positive for viral infection.

Hold on, you most probably have no death sentence, your body is warning you and if you respond quickly (as you did), things can be done.

All the best.

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Go see an allergist. Sounds like you are having a reaction to something.

Thanks for the replies and prayer people.

Unfortunately I have the same thing this morning again. Not nearly as bad as yesterday, but it's been hanging around for more than 2 hours now. I feel edgy/anxious like something's about to happen (like waiting for a hiding infront of the principal's office). Doctors didn't know what to do yesterday, so I don't know if there's any use in going back again today. I've got an appointment for the CT scan next Tuesday, but if this is going to happen every day, I'm going to worry myself to death before then:(

Anyhow, thanks for the feedback. I'm reading about some of these things and will mention them to the doc. We had blood tests done last week before all this started and she did tell me yesterday that they found something with my thyroid, but that they'd asked for more tests first.

ciao,

Dirk

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hey people,

Well I've been for the scans and stuff and it turns out I don't have the tumour!! Since Friday last week I feel fine again and I'm inclined to think I'm just allergic to Cayenne pepper. Doc doesn't know what caused it yet, but she seems a lot more at ease now that we know it isn't the tumour, as am i :) Next doing some urine tests, but that'll have to wait a bit - all these tests have bit my wallet a bit unexpectedly.

Doc didn't seem too excited about the allergy tests, but I'll wait till after the urine tests and then find out about that.

Thanks for your support! It seems like I'm not kicking the bucket yet :ilikeit:

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Woohooo ! Wonderful news ! Yes, doctors are usually not educated in the field of nutrition, that's why it always is a good thing to give 'outside attention' to that if doctor's tests don't show anything obviously wrong.

Very, very happy for you, enjoy a healthy, flesh-colored future !! :D

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Great news!

I suggest taking the cayenne pepper out of your diet and see if you have the reaction again, if not, chances are it's an allergy. At least you can relax now. You must be so relieved, am so happy to hear it's not serious!

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Quite interesting. My wife was recently hospitalized after visiting a health spa. During the treatment she became nauseous and dizzy. A few hours later her skin started showing red bumps of some sort. Who knows what that was, probably an allergic reaction as well.

Glad to hear you're doing better. Good luck.

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Unfortunately I still seem to be having the same problem. Last week everything was fine, so I thought it was just an allergic reaction and was a thing of the past, but then it happened yesterday again... Got dizzy, skin turned red - though not too bad and my ears, head and arms were burning. My pulse was also at 90 and 1/2 hour later it was back down to 75. After that I felt fine except that I could bring the dizziness on just by moving my head from side to side.

On top of that last night was the third night in just over a month that I couldn't fall asleep at all. It's now 11:30am and I haven't slept since I got out of bed yesterday morning. SUX!! I lie in bed, but it feels like I've had a red bull overdose and I just don't fall asleep. I have struggled with a bit of insomnia most of my adult life, but not falling asleep at all is not good!!

I don't know ;)

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My advice to you would be to see a Thyroid Specialist - seriously!! In the beginning of this year I started getting a sore throat, but it wasnt on the inside of my throat, it was on the outside, it just felt weird -anyway I left it and eventually I couldnt bare the pain anymore, I had raging temperatures, terrible headaches and I felt like my insides were burning up. I went to see a local GP in our area as I was too sick to even drive down to my family GP, this GP told me I had some lymph gland infection and put me on antibiotics - I took them for a day and the next day thought I was going to end up in my grave, I dont think I have ever felt so sick and hot before - I had a fan blowing directly on me, my poor husband didnt know what to do. Anyway I eventually got down to my normal GP and he sent me for xrays straight away and told me it was Thyroiditis. I went to a specialist who confirmed this and he put me on extremely strong steriods and took further xrays - basically my thyroid had just stopped working- I couldnt eat, I couldnt sleep, I felt like my world was crashing down, extremely anxious all the time and a very nervous feeling too - it was terrible. 2 days after being on these pills, the pain stopped, but the anxious feeling stayed on for about another month or 2 - its very serious and you do need to monitor it, but its curable which is the good news.

Nobody I know in my family has thyroid problems and I dont have a clue how I even got it, but they say sometimes a bacteria can affect you in a different way and for some reason it attacked my thyroid!

Sounds like you have something similar to what I had. Look up Thyroiditis on the net and see if the symptoms are what you are experiencing!

Hope you get better soon.

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Get yourself checked out for Hepatitus C! My wife (a nurse) was diagnosed with it a couple of months ago, and she is undergoing anti-viral treatment. She went to the doctor because she was out in the yard for just a little while, and turned beet red and was exhausted. It is a deadly disease if left untreated, it destroys your liver and can linger in your system for years before the viral load becomes big enough to start giving you symptoms.

My friend (also a nurse) was diagnosed with the same diseases. You could get hepatitis C through contact with an infected person’s blood.

I work part time in a hospital, so this worries me, Hepatitis C does not have a vaccine yet. Here:

This infectious virus is complex – it comes in three primary forms in the U. S. (A, B, and C) and two more less prevalent forms (D and E). Yet there is much you can do to help prevent hepatitis. Safe and effective vaccines exist to prevent Hepatitis A and B. Although hepatitis C does not have a vaccine yet, there are ways to reduce the risk of contracting it. Today, about four million people in the U. S. have been infected with hepatitis C.

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Dirk

Sorry to hear you struggling so much with your health.

See if you can see Dr Richard Baker he is an Allergy/Immunology specialist and is one of the best tin the country address

7/229 Macquarie Street Sydney 02 9221 1511.

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