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Smelling cigarettes all the time, none around! #nqlu I am freaking out because I'm having "phantom" smells... Mainly cigarettes. I keep smelling them, but no one smokes here. I kept thinking my husband snuck one, but he has not, and he isn't lying to me

Smelling cigarettes all the time, none around! #nqlu I am freaking out because I'm having "phantom" smells... Mainly cigarettes. I keep smelling them, but no one smokes here. I kept thinking my husband snuck one, but he has not, and he isn't lying to me

I: I can't diagnose the cause of these "phantom smells". On one hand, if you have problems with your sinuses if could cause a bad odor. I think you would have mentioned it, if you developed severe headaches after smelling this. Since you are having more than one type of aroma, I recommend that you have this evaluated. You could be experiencing olfactory hallucinations. It would be appropriate to see a neurologist to be assessed. ...Read more

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My elderly father is experiencing phantom smells in the middle of the night which no one else can smell?

My elderly father is experiencing phantom smells in the middle of the night which no one else can smell?

Abnormal smells: There is limited history here to go on. But if the smells are truly phantom and disrupt your father's sleep your concern is well founded. I would advise a full physical including a complete neurologic evaluation. Possible causes include dementia, brain tumor, seizure disorder or an untreated sinus infection. ...Read more

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Are phantom smells normal? I've had them since I was a kid off and on again but I've been worried and stressed out of my mind lately please help

Are phantom smells normal? I've had them since I was a kid off and on again but I've been worried and stressed out of my mind lately please help

Dysosmia: Is abnormal smells occurring on increased frequency in an individual with possible lesions in the olfactory tract in the brain or local lesions in the nose and and sinuses
you need to be examined by a good ENT surgeon ...Read more

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Over the last 12 hours, tastes and smells have changed for me - coffee like milk - phantom cigarette smoke - earth smells. Could something be wrong?

Over the last 12 hours, tastes and smells have changed for me - coffee like milk - phantom cigarette smoke - earth smells. Could something be wrong?

Hard to say!: Change in taste and smell can have several causes, including zinc lozenges, a sinus infection, or other supplements or meds you are taking. It can also be due to scarier things, but this is less likely. Stop any supplements or over the counter meds you may have started, and no recr. Drugs or alcohol, either! See a doc if your symptoms continue for more than a day or two. ...Read more

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My elderly father is experiencing phantom smells that are so real to him he is leaving his home in the middle of the night - no one else can smell the?

My elderly father is experiencing phantom smells that are so real to him he is leaving his home in the middle of the night - no one else can smell the?

Phantom smell: This is abnormal. Your father needs to see his doctor or a neurologist to be examined. This phantom smell could be a sign of several types of brain pathology e.g. Brain tumor. He needs examination and tests. ...Read more

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Does experiencing phantom smells cause brain damage?

Does experiencing phantom smells cause brain damage?

No, but: The phantom smells may be due to problems within the olfactory apparatus within the brain. Talk to your doctor about this. However, may represent benign sinus issues. ...Read more

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Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Unusual symptoms: By and large, phantom smells are not a frequent sign or diagnostic featue for an anxiety disorder. One would need to have a better history and tohrough diagnostic intervie to assess this symptom. On the other hand, whle ringing in the ears belongs to what we call tinnitus, which can also be linked to harmless, albeit bothersome occurence but could also be linked to anxiety. ...Read more

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Psych nurse thinks my phantom cigeratte smells may be seizures... Whoa! How can you tell? Smell last for hours not seconds. + take lamictal

Psych nurse thinks my phantom cigeratte smells may be seizures... Whoa! How can you tell? Smell last for hours not seconds. + take lamictal

Other possibilities: Phantosmia is the name for smelling things that nobody else smells. There are several possible causes, inc. Certain medications, infections, seizure disorders, etc. An excellent article with lots of references & more resources is on Wikipedia. Wikipd can be an iffy resource, but in medical matters it can be quite reliable. With any online resource, check that footnotes are true & its ad-free. ...Read more

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When I am really focusing on what I'm doing, I smell smoke and other phantom smells? Is it anxiety or my very mild sinus infection?

When I am really focusing on what I'm doing, I smell smoke and other phantom smells? Is it anxiety or my very mild sinus infection?

Dysosmia: You report a sensation of altered smell when you are focused or anxious. You are a smoker so I never take anything lightly in a smoker. You need to be examined by ENT for nasal pathology that can effect the olfactory nerves, including sinusitis. However, you may be somaticizing your anxiety which is more likely given the information you have provided. ...Read more

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Hi there, I am 36 years old. Phantom smells. Have rotten eggs, cig smoke smell. Ct scan neg and ENT went great! Help?

Hi there, I am 36 years old. Phantom smells. Have rotten eggs, cig smoke smell. Ct scan neg and ENT went great! Help?

Challenging but...: Your condition is called phantosmia. I advise being evaluated by a neurologist. I am unaware of research on how to treat this but some have success with Gabapentin ; other meds for epilepsy- see http://chemse. Oxfordjournals. Org/content/27/7/611.Full
when western medicine does not have answers people often find relief with homeopathy and chinese medicine/acupuncture, so those are worth exploring. ...Read more

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Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Hmmm...: Actually, sinus infection, if anything should give you a reduction in smell acuity. I've not heard that it causes paradoxical hyperosmia. But what can do that is an irritative stimulus in a place known as the "olfactory groove". which is just above the cribriform plate in the head. What kinds of smells you'e been having? If your new found talent persists I'd have a neurologist look first before EN ...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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+Ana 1:160 H. +EBV 3.97 H (via igg). Joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, phantom smells (bleach), metallic taste, dizziness, weakness, some nausea.?

+Ana 1:160 H. +EBV 3.97 H (via igg). Joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, phantom smells (bleach), metallic taste, dizziness, weakness, some nausea.?

Nondiagnostic: Despite the elevated ANA your varied symptoms are nondiagnostic although a connective tissue or autoimmune disease is suspected. Perhaps a screen for toxic substances including metals, mercury levels etc should be done. I recommend that you consult a rheumatologist who will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination and order an appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed siezure disorder in the last year. Now having migraines everyday for last week and phantom smell of chocolate. What can this be?

Diagnosed siezure disorder in the last year. Now having migraines everyday for last week and phantom smell of chocolate. What can this be?

Aura: Could be the aura of the migraine, but can also be a type of seizure. Would discuss with your neurologist and see whether you require additional testing. ...Read more

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Could any GI problems cause a phantom poop smell that has been persistent for months?

Could any GI problems cause a phantom poop smell that has been persistent for months?

Fecal leakage?: There's a good chance that if even a little stool leakage is present, that may be your problem. Any change in diet, alteration in gut flora, or purgative agents may change your stool pattern & odor. Not everything bought in a health food store, or "natural" products (however well intentioned in taking), may agree with you or be entirely safe. See your doctor for evaluation & definitive advice. ...Read more

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Back pain like pulled muscle and phantom smell of burnt hair.

Back pain like pulled muscle and phantom smell of burnt hair.

Best to see MD: I can't tell you that the two symptoms have anything to do with each other, but, olfactory hallucination, if that's what it is, needs to be evaluated. Please go see your doctor and explain. ...Read more

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Hi only recently IV had some light brown discharge that smells.... Also very bad headaches are they linked? And is it serious? Xx

Hi only recently IV had some light brown discharge that smells.... Also very bad headaches are they linked? And is it serious? Xx

Depends: 1st off- Discharge from where? Anything coming from the body that smells "bad" probably needs to be cultured since it sounds infected. So you'll need to get that done. 2nd'ly- Headaches related? Depends on timing. Are these headaches exactly linked in onset to when you starting with discharge? If they resolve with discharge then, likely yes. More questions? Www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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I don’t take no medicines. I am 16 years old and my pee smells like medicines. I assume I’m sick because I’ve been getting minor headaches.

I don’t take no medicines. I am 16 years old and my pee smells like medicines. I assume I’m sick because I’ve been getting minor headaches.

Drink more water: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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52 female. Vomiting precipitated by regular kitchen smells for 2 wks. Episodic dizziness minimally responding to stugeron for 6 months. No headache.?

52 female. Vomiting precipitated by regular kitchen smells for 2 wks. Episodic dizziness minimally responding to stugeron for 6 months. No headache.?

Need eval: The symptoms you describe are concerning. Recommend formal neurological evaluation to include possible imaging. Please discuss the symptoms with your doctor as they are somewhat concerning. Best of luck with this. Dr. R ...Read more

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Why do certain foods give me headaches, like citrus? And some smells give me headaches too, why? I also have 2 unexplainable red/bruises on my head. Help!

Why do certain foods give me headaches, like citrus? And some smells give me headaches too, why? I also have 2 unexplainable red/bruises on my head. Help!

15% solution: About 155 of migraine sufferers have headaches either caused by or aggravated by food sensitivities. Citrus is a common offender. Migraineurs also have increased sensitivity to smells, especially perfumes & hydrocarbons (gasoline), triggering headaches. The bruises? Well, your guess is as good as mine but unrelated to the 2 things discussed above. ...Read more

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Food, other smells make me very nauseated sick to stomach. No appetite. Day/night flashes soak body causes, headaches 2. Lower abdomen and RLS pain?

Food, other smells make me very nauseated sick to stomach. No appetite. Day/night flashes soak body causes, headaches 2. Lower abdomen and RLS pain?

Please be seen: You are having total body involvement...Could be the flu or some virus like that...But soaking yourseljf, headaches, and pain...You need to be seen. Please make appt. ...Read more