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I'm hallucinating the smell of smoke. I've had MS for 24 years, but my MS neurologist says this isn't an MS symptom. I had 3 prolonged episodes of this smoke smelling in may-july 2010, every day for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks remission. I had an MRI for epile

I'm hallucinating the smell of smoke. I've had MS for 24 years, but my MS neurologist says this isn't an MS symptom. I had 3 prolonged episodes of this smoke smelling in may-july 2010, every day for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks remission.

I had an MRI for epile

COMPLEX ISSUE: Your symptoms are atypical for ms, but not impossible. Sounds like there was a consideration for auras associated with epilepsy, and questions of lesions in olfactory areas. However, you may be experiencing ephaptic reactions due to neuronal short circuiting associated with demyelination. Not a true seizure but aed's do help in most cases. I do think, unless you have sinus pathology, due to ms. ...Read more

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Is smelling smoke a symptom of a brain tumor a myth? Had CT scan 2 years ago for phantom smells. Everything normal. Now constant smell of smoke x2 days. Dry sinuses? No other neuro symptoms.

Is smelling smoke a symptom of a brain tumor a myth? Had CT scan 2 years ago for phantom smells. Everything normal. Now constant smell of smoke x2 days. Dry sinuses? No other neuro symptoms.

See your PCP: Myth, or no myth, it warrants further investigation. Smelling unusual smells that aren't present like smoke is not normal. So the first person to start a dialogue with is your pcp. S/he will be able to advise you further, and provide a referral to see a neurologist, if that's needed. Right now it needs to be documented, especially if you're smelling it full-time. ...Read more

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My husband is complaining that he smells like onions if he sweats he doesn't eat that many onions is this a medical issue is it a sign of a internal i?

My husband is complaining that he smells like onions if he sweats he doesn't eat that many onions is this a medical issue is it a sign of a internal i?

Eccrine Bromhidrosis: The medical term for this is eccrine bromhidrosis. It is rarely due to an internal condition, but a thorough physical exam should be performed to rule out any infection or metabolic disease. If the husband is the only one who can smell the odor, then special attention needs to be placed on his nasal passages, as there may be an infection there that only he can smell. History is important too. ...Read more

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Is the smell of smoked/burnt meat after smoking a sign of a serious issue?

Is the smell of smoked/burnt meat after smoking a sign of a serious issue?

Smoking is a serious: Health problem. Please get medically evaluated to pin point the cause of the odor. ...Read more

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Can smelling smoke, fume like smells that no one else senses be a sign of infection or tumor?

Can smelling smoke, fume like smells that no one else senses be a sign of infection or tumor?

Yes.: George gershwin had a strong olfactory hallucination of burnt rubber while conducting. He was later diagnosed with brain tumor. One would expect this to be a new symptom. ...Read more

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24 hours ago my roommate burned pasta/chicken resulting in minor smoke damage. The smell is still overpowering in the room, and all of us (4) are developing cold type symptoms. Any concerns/advice?

24 hours ago my roommate burned pasta/chicken resulting in minor smoke damage. The smell is still overpowering in the room, and all of us (4) are developing cold type symptoms. Any concerns/advice?

Ventilate the room: Smoke or any type of air particles / pollution can irritate airway. Upper airways leading to cold symptoms[rhinitis] and lower airways leading to cough and wheeze[reactive airways/ asthma]. Ventilate the room/s and and stay out of it till the air is cleared .Seek medical attention if any difficulty with breathing. Maybe next time have someone else cook. ...Read more

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My urine smells like smoked ham, what could be causing this. Only sign of infection is lower abdo but put it down to endo which is very bad at the mo?

My urine smells like smoked ham, what could be causing this. Only sign of infection is lower abdo but put it down to endo which is very bad at the mo?

UTI, vaginitis: If you have abdominal or pelvic pain worse or different from what is usual for your endometriosis or if you have fever or bleeding then you should go directly to the ER. You likely have a urinary tract infection but the odor may also be from a gardnerella infection in your vagina or urine so both need to be examined. In either or both cases you need to see a doctor or other healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Have no sense of smell and microwave burned inside- no flames but bad fumes.  What shld I look for symptom wise re fumes?

Have no sense of smell and microwave burned inside- no flames but bad fumes.  What shld I look for symptom wise re fumes?

Need examination: It would be important to know WHY you have lost your sense of smell and why you are smelling the sorts of odd things that you're mentioning. A neurological examination should be conducted to answer these questions and perhaps an imaging studying of the head. If you'd like more specific information through virtual consultation please write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Is breath that smells like urine a symptom of kidney disease?

Is breath that smells like urine a symptom of kidney disease?

Urine breath: Patients who are uremic and not on dialysis try to excrete their increase blood urea nitrogen through their lungs. That is what causes their breath to smell similar to urine. Have that person see a nephrologist to assess the state his kidney function. His breath is a sign of advanced kidney disease. ...Read more

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Experiencing ammonia smell w/ vinegar food products. Only while breathing out. Just got over a bad cold. This is my only symptom.

Experiencing ammonia smell w/ vinegar food products. Only while breathing out. Just got over a bad cold. This is my only symptom.

Dysosmia: An upper respiratory infection can cause temporary changes in smell or abnormal smells. If there are other nasal symptoms like discharge, sinus congestion and pressure, there may be an infection going on that needs treatment. If this is a short-term problem, you may not need to do anything and give it a little more time to improve. If you are very concerned, see an ENT. ...Read more

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Can my loss of appetite and aversion to smell be a symptom/result of being on my period?! This happens almost every time I'm on my cycle. Thanks!

Can my loss of appetite and aversion to smell be a symptom/result of being on my period?! This happens almost every time I'm on my cycle. Thanks!

Yes: The hormonal changes that come with your period can cause that sensation. It is important that you find things that you can eat during that time in order to keep up your nutrition. Taking a multivitamin is also a good idea. ...Read more

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Is having a sour acidic taste/smell in my throat another symptom of gerd? If not what is it?

Is having a sour acidic taste/smell in my throat another symptom of gerd? If not what is it?

Sour throat: Hello, as i see your medical history, you have serious gi/gerd disease. The sour throat is most probably related to you disorder. If you are having symptoms of gerd even though you are taking 20 mg of omeprazole, you need to see your doctor for medical re-evaluation. A change in meds, a low acid diet and GI referral may be in order. ...Read more

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Why can I smell smoke and no one else can?

Why can I smell smoke and no one else can?

Depends: You may have an acute sense of smell that can detect traces of smoke that others can not perceive. However, if you smell smoke when there is none, it may olfactory hallucination. Consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/temporal-lobe-seizure/expert-answers/phantosmia/FAQ-20058131 ...Read more

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I smell smoke almost all the time. And there is no smoke anywhere near me. ?

I smell smoke almost all the time. And there is no smoke anywhere near me. ?

Should see your doc.: If this symptom is new you should see your doc as it may indicate trouble in the area of the first cranial nerve. If on the other hand this is lifelong I am not sure there is much to be done. ...Read more

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I smell smoke sometimes when there is none around. What could it be that's wrong with me. Sometimes the smoke smell is unbearable.

I smell smoke sometimes when there is none around. What could it be that's wrong with   me. Sometimes the smoke smell is unbearable.

Temporal lobe?: This could be a rather uncommon type of seizure called temporal lobe seizure. You can check with a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more