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Old Yesterday, 05:33 PM
 
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I have not been able to smell anything but the strongest of scents for a few decades now. I am told this is a gift, but not so. An example is that I cannot smell smoke if something is burning. In the rare event that I do smell something, I know it's really strong. I am very sick of people saying "Do you smell that?"
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Old Yesterday, 05:56 PM
 
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Sometimes (very rarely) it would be a blessing. Such as the times you are walking your dog and he does his thing. Then you get to bend down and pick it up--not a very nice smell, ultra fresh doggie poo.
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Old Yesterday, 06:41 PM
 
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Old age is not for sissies. I just discovered I've lost my sense of smell.

It's called anosmia. I am praying my case is temporary.

I don't know what could have caused it other than stress and/or "old age" (but I don't know what goes wrong in the aging process to cause this).

Not happy about it!

Will start taking multivitamin again - and zinc is supposed to be beneficial.

Ugh.
Zinc has direct correlation to your sense of smell and taste
So have a blood test for your zinc reserves...
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Old Yesterday, 07:29 PM
 
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This is rich.

Yeah, I'm sure my doc will know just what to do. Lots of tests!!! And in the end, no answers.
He might be able to tell you that zinc deficiency is very rare but there are concerns about toxicity due to excess amounts. Rather than poison yourself or just waste your efforts you might want to try to find out what is wrong. A sudden loss of sense of smell is not normal and might be a warning sign of something really serious.
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Old Yesterday, 07:33 PM
 
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He might be able to tell you that zinc deficiency is very rare but there are concerns about toxicity due to excess amounts. Rather than poison yourself or just waste your efforts you might want to try to find out what is wrong. A sudden loss of sense of smell is not normal and might be a warning sign of something really serious.
Well, according to my google "research," it can be caused by "old age."

I don't feel like there is anything else "wrong" with me.
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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM
 
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My sense of smell has always been good, DH not as much. We had natural gas for the furnace, stove, and dryer for many years. I could smell the faintest leak immediately and DH took my word for it, never hesitating to call the utility company if I said I smelled gas. When we went house hunting in NY years ago, I could immediately tell if a house had gas or oil heat when I entered. My sensitivity to smells hasn’t diminished yet.
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Old Yesterday, 08:09 PM
 
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Isn't loss of this sense sometimes associated with the onset of dementia? I can't remember.

Jokes aside, if anything my sense of smell is keener now than in earlier years.
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Old Yesterday, 08:32 PM
 
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I temporarily lost my sense of smell almost two years ago, after a particularly bad cold--and it had been about 20 years since I'd even had a cold. I didn't lose it the way many do--while you're stuffed up. This occurred about 10 days AFTER the cold cleared up.

And I got no sympathy lol. All I heard about was Helen Keller. Yes, I know there are worse losses than the senses of smell and taste. But it's a pretty joyless life, nonetheless.

It was also...claustrophobic. I'd inhale so hard, yet couldn't smell a thing--when my senses of taste and smell had always been so acute.

A poster mentioned smelling the shower soap. Well, that's what happened to me. I was lathering up about two weeks later, and detected the faint smell of the soap. I was so happy! And I ran around the house like a nut, taking deep whiffs of ground coffee, cloves, garlic powder....I WAS like Helen Keller but, instead of touching everything, I was smelling everything.

The next day, my sense of smell was back--100%. So I went to the grocery store and filled the fridge and freezer with all the things I couldn't taste for 2 weeks. Two days later, we lost our power for 3 days after a windstorm. lol!
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Old Yesterday, 09:31 PM
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I temporarily lost my sense of smell almost two years ago, after a particularly bad cold--and it had been about 20 years since I'd even had a cold. I didn't lose it the way many do--while you're stuffed up. This occurred about 10 days AFTER the cold cleared up.

And I got no sympathy lol. All I heard about was Helen Keller. Yes, I know there are worse losses than the senses of smell and taste. But it's a pretty joyless life, nonetheless.

It was also...claustrophobic. I'd inhale so hard, yet couldn't smell a thing--when my senses of taste and smell had always been so acute.

A poster mentioned smelling the shower soap. Well, that's what happened to me. I was lathering up about two weeks later, and detected the faint smell of the soap. I was so happy! And I ran around the house like a nut, taking deep whiffs of ground coffee, cloves, garlic powder....I WAS like Helen Keller but, instead of touching everything, I was smelling everything.

The next day, my sense of smell was back--100%. So I went to the grocery store and filled the fridge and freezer with all the things I couldn't taste for 2 weeks. Two days later, we lost our power for 3 days after a windstorm. lol!
I had the same thing happen when a lady who sat near me at work came in with a really bad cold. And of course I caught it and, like so many times in my life lost my sense of smell and taste. Only it did not come back after a few days.

Days turned into weeks and months. Doctor said it might or might not come back. Could taste salty or sour or sweet in food, but no flavor whatsoever. My wife would ask what I would want for dinner and I didn't care. What was the use of asking for something that I liked if I could not taste it? Same thing for going out for dinner.

After a year or so I came to grips with the fact that I might never again smell woodsmoke or a flower or rain. Or enjoy food. Then after about a year and a half or so, it very slowly started to come back. I was never so happy as when we visited my wife's family in Ohio soon after and the lilacs were blooming. I got out of the car and went straight to the big bush and buried my face in the blooms.
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Old Yesterday, 09:34 PM
 
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I temporarily lost my sense of smell almost two years ago, after a particularly bad cold--and it had been about 20 years since I'd even had a cold. I didn't lose it the way many do--while you're stuffed up. This occurred about 10 days AFTER the cold cleared up.

And I got no sympathy lol. All I heard about was Helen Keller. Yes, I know there are worse losses than the senses of smell and taste. But it's a pretty joyless life, nonetheless.

It was also...claustrophobic. I'd inhale so hard, yet couldn't smell a thing--when my senses of taste and smell had always been so acute.

A poster mentioned smelling the shower soap. Well, that's what happened to me. I was lathering up about two weeks later, and detected the faint smell of the soap. I was so happy! And I ran around the house like a nut, taking deep whiffs of ground coffee, cloves, garlic powder....I WAS like Helen Keller but, instead of touching everything, I was smelling everything.

The next day, my sense of smell was back--100%. So I went to the grocery store and filled the fridge and freezer with all the things I couldn't taste for 2 weeks. Two days later, we lost our power for 3 days after a windstorm. lol!
For me, it was laundry detergent that signalled the beginning of my olfactory recovery. It was only a faint whiff at first, then as more time passed it gradually smelled stronger. I tested myself every day and was thrilled when milder scents also became detectable.

Food tasted 1000% better when my sense of smell fully returned.

Claustrophobic is an interesting way to describe the loss. “Incomplete” and “Vulnerable” most accurately describe the deprivation and background-level fear I felt during that time.
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