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Experiencing strange smells

New postby liswbb on Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:18 am

I have been experiencing a smell that noone else smells. Ive had the symptom for 9 months now. I havent had any other neurological symptoms at all...no headaches, blurred vision, dizzziness, etc...just the smell. Its difficult to characterize. It is not a burning smell. It isnt a fowl smell. its actually kind of pleasant..maybe sweet. Sometimes like cappucino, or a sweet bread? It can be quite strong at times. Often it isnt, but if I inhale through my nose, I will always detect something. I havent had a ct scan or any tests done, and am wondering if I should to r/o brain tumor or something ominous. I havent,because it seems after all this time there would be other symptoms if it were something serious. What do you think?
Thanks, Lisa
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New postby EE1 on Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:04 am

1) Has a local cause (e.g. problem in the nose or neary) been excluded by an ENT examination?

2) How long do the episodes last?

3) Do you have any other symptoms (loss of consciousness, shaking, confusion etc?)

4)Please provide general info (age, other medical issues, medications etc).
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby angiefaithbrown on Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:07 am

I think it would be better if you consult a ENT specialist, not because it doesn't look serious, you will not give attention to it. It is really weird to me that you smell something sweet...maybe you're just thinking about it. But to better explain it, again, I would suggest that you visit a specialist.
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby RhiannonsMoon on Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:00 pm

I know this is quite old and that it has been inactive but I love to "talk". I have smells associated with epilespy, but because of the neurological issues I'm having, loss of feeling, loss of use of limbs, pain etc I have to wonder at one particular thing that happens. When I turn my head to the right, and only then, I get a beautiful smell of fresh ginger.

Most of the smells I get are foul and the worst is a dirty ashtray smell that stays with me for hours when I have simple & complex partials; I guess the reason it is so bad is because I'm a non-smoker.

Because of the smells I was having I was also tested for schizophrenia, at the time I was having the smells randomly, but that was ruled out, and a pattern emerged when my carer kept a diary of what was happening.

I guess I would be looking at if I were being overly emotional, afraid, had tremor...things that we wouldn't usually even notice as happening because they've always been there.

I hope you found out what was happening with you. Would be interesting to know.

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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby dianibm on Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:57 am

I know this is very old, hoping maybe the OP will get an email and come back to let us know what's going on with this.

I too am suffering from the issue. It has only happened twice, once a few years ago and it lasted a week. Where I smelled this sweet smell, I don't know what it is about the smell but it makes me very ill. It's going on again now. So far, this time, it's only today, I really hope it ends tonight. The last time, it lasted a week. I couldn't eat or drink, everything smelled and tasted like that awful sweet smell. It created an awful anxiety attack which also lasted a week. I was on vacation, and spent the entire vacation either sleeping or freaking out. A dr prescribed me a week's worth of an anti-anxiety med., which in my crazy state I ended up taking in a few days, I had no idea what was going on. Now, at least I'm home, so I can change my scenery as needed to help myself.

I need to figure this out, because I cannot go through another week like this. I do suffer from anxiety and like I told me friend today, I'd rather have a full on anxiety attack, because in the worst ones, where I'm sure I'm going to die, at least on some level I know it's an anxiety attack and will go away. This, I don't know what it is where it comes from or what to do about it.

This is the first time I saw someone mention a sweet smell and that it appears to last more than an hour. So, I've gotten a little hope here that others may also suffer from this.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone that knows anything about this.
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby Bernie M on Sat May 19, 2012 7:29 pm

I have had the same condition that you express but I can smell Savlon and also the taste of it lingers in my mouth even though its not around. It is actually a response to chemicals , in my case a reaction to certain perfumes that people are wearing. I have had loss of smell for years due to working with solvents in the past and generally only smell bad odours!
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby average guy on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:15 am

I see this hasn't been active for over a year, and sporadically before that. I have a similar situation in that I experience a strange smell, but only occasionally. It may not be there for months at a time, and then just occur one day. It usually lasts for at least several days, and then may disappear for a few days only to reappear. I think it's usually several times of this before it goes away for a few months. The smell is kind of stuffy, not sweet like others have described. It may be strong in one building, or outside, or a car, or it may not be noticeable in other buildings, or outside or cars. Right now it is strong to me in the office I am in (it is always present in this particular office), yet if I cover my face with my freshly washed hands I don't smell it. I don't remember if there is any consistency to which places I smell it or not, other than the office I am currently in. Nobody else smells it and it makes me feel like it's slightly more difficult to get a good breath. I do suffer from occasional migraines, but they don't necessarily occur in relation to the phantom odor I experience. Any suggestions?
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby Clutter1 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:50 am

Hi,
I have the exact same thing and have been experiencing it for almost 2 years now. I just put it down to another odd thing that I had to live with but have recently visited and ENT doctor who says it's most probably down to a cold virus that attacks the sinuses and damages the sense of smell. It's fairly common evidently.
He did send me for an MRI scan just incase there's something going on in the brain that's causing it but says that's unlikely, just something they have to rule out as slow growing tumors can also cause these symtoms.
I am still awaiting the results of this scan. There is no cure if it is down to sinus damage and there is unfortunately no treatment. I can go for a week or so at a time where it isn't too bad but then I can have it pretty bad for days at a time. I do believe that it gets worse when I am stressed but then everything does doesn't it!
I would advise asking your doctor to refer you to an ENT specialist as ghey do a thorough check of the nasal passage and will get you booked in for an MRI scan too.
I hope this helps!
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby Clutter1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:32 am

Just had my MRI results and all is clear! Good news but just have to put up with the strange smells. Oh well.
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Re: Experiencing strange smells

New postby ap0305 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:40 am

Back in 2010 I closed/lost my business that I had put a lot of work and my savings into. It was devastating, like losing a child. I went into a very deep depression which had me placed on suicide watch for a few weeks until I was able to get on a SSRI. After the combination of therapy and medications I began a slow recovery.
An odd occurance happened...I began smelling odd and nasty smells that no one else smelled. I was told by my PCP that it could be a swollen and infected area in my nose that was distorting my smell. My PCP never did anything other than give that possible diagnosis.
What I have found in my own research is that on rare occasions severe depression can cause this. But it is now 2014 and I smell foul smells in certain places. I do believe it is psychological because I only have odd foul smells in areas that have caused me stress or when my stress levels elevate. I have documented these times and the smells I have along with duration. I am now going to try meditation in the morning to see if I can reduce my stress and this reduce or eliminate the odors I experience.
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