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Old Yesterday, 10:59 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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My mom lost her sense of smell in her twenties or early thirties. Family members had to smell things for her (food, gas, smoke). She developed a form of dementia when she got into her sixties that was very slow progressing but finally landed her in a nursing home. She had a head injury as a child that we wondered if that was the cause.

I have just the opposite -- I smell things others don't. One doctor thought it was a precursor to migraines that never actually took hold...just the sensory reaction that sometimes precedes the headache. I think it's a sinus problem.
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Old Yesterday, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I can't smell much off the Coors Light I'm sipping on. I don't know if that's a function of my lack of smell or the lack of aroma from the Coors.
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Old Yesterday, 11:10 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Still have my sense of smell but I've known my hearing has been losing the high frequencies for 15+ years. Just last month I realized suddenly one morning that I most likely have tinnitus because I have a constant "hiss" all the time, very noticeable when in a quiet room. And my memory for names is slipping faster & wider than in the past, I just can't access names of people whose work I'm long familiar with. Old age not for sissies indeed.

But your post about losing smell did remind me of an old joke.

Mr Smith: "My dog has no nose."

Mr Jones: "Huh...how does he smell then?"

Mr Smith: "Terrible!"
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Old Today, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Heart of Arabia (No, not Dearborn)
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Still have my sense of smell but I've known my hearing has been losing the high frequencies for 15+ years. Just last month I realized suddenly one morning that I most likely have tinnitus because I have a constant "hiss" all the time, very noticeable when in a quiet room. And my memory for names is slipping faster & wider than in the past, I just can't access names of people whose work I'm long familiar with. Old age not for sissies indeed.

But your post about losing smell did remind me of an old joke.

Mr Smith: "My dog has no nose."

Mr Jones: "Huh...how does he smell then?"

Mr Smith: "Terrible!"
My dog has flatulence on occasion that makes me fear I will lose my sense of smell. It is powerful.
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Old Today, 10:21 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I can't smell much off the Coors Light I'm sipping on. I don't know if that's a function of my lack of smell or the lack of aroma from the Coors.
That is water you are drinking.
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Old Today, 04:21 PM
 
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Default Don't sweat it

As we age, millions of people start to lose their sense of smell, taste, hearing, eyesight, visual spatial dexterity, sense of balance, etc etc etc. It goes on and on. It's part of aging and there's some things you can do to retard the aging process, but mostly there's nothing you can do. I got the flu this year, had the vaccine, was very sick, ended up in the intensive care unit with a heart arrhythmia, then was told I had sleep apnea during 3 days of monitoring, then had graying of my vision and was told both my optic nerves were swollen, then developed a phantom smoke smell and lost some of my sense of smell.

But after a million dollar work-up, and many specialists later that took 8 months, I'm essentially fine. Heart is good, eyes improved, I'm on CPAP, my labs are all normal, and I feel back to myself again, but it took a long time. So you're right, getting older is not for sissies. I'm only 64 but suspect there is only more to come. So all the alarmist articles about "dying within 5 years", getting dementia, etc etc etc., are just that, alarmist. I had a brain tumor, was getting demented, was going blind, was having a heart attack, had cancer, was going to drop over dead while at work, BUT WAIT, none of it was true and I spent almost a year engaged in hand wringing, needless worry that probably took more toll on my health then the flu did! I had months of MRI's, CT's, nuclear scans, various doctor visits, had a heart cath, and it turned out to be all about the flu. I saw 4 ophthalmologists before I got to a neuro-ophthalmologist who still doesn't know specifically what happened to me, except that when you have an overwhelming viremia (high viral load in your blood), it can effect your entire body, and there wasn't a damn thing they could do about it, it was tincture of time. It was a reminder to get all the vaccines you can (even though the flu vaccine was only 30% effective this year) and don't panic when things go awry because short of taking the best care of yourself, taking your medication, listening to your doctor (within reason), exercising, getting your rest, and on and on, when it's your time, it's your time. So maybe your sense of smell will come roaring back, maybe mine will, maybe it won't, but don't sweat it, try to keep a positive attitude and live each day like it's your last. It's too bad we don't really get that until we start to feel our mortality as we age. If you can walk and talk, and do your activities of daily living, count your blessings and don't listen to the naysayers!
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