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Smell Of Burning Rubber Brain Tumour
Anyone heard of "phantom smell syndrome"? I've heard of odd smells (like burning rubber) with some brain tumors/bleeds. Any other causes?
Yes: Most often this is due to a bit of foreign material or infection in the nasopharynx or nasal sinuses. The death of George Gershwin following a hallucination of burning rubber while performing on the keyboard is justly famous, but it's much more likely that there's something up your nose. Best wishes. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Increased sense of smell after flunose spray. Everything i smell gives a migraine also burning inside nose?
Need more info?: What is your migraine/headache history? How old are you? What are you taking (meds?) Supplements? Past medical/ social/ sexual/ family histories? Do you work with an ENT doctor or your PCP? What have they offered? This in not normal to have burning in your nose all the time. Please provide so we can help you. ...Read more
High allergy! lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste.. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.
I'm having 28 treatments of frictiate radiation . I had 50% brain tumor removed Does the radiation stay just in the brain or throughout the body?
Just the brain. : Using radiation to treat a tumor is like shooting the tumor in that the radiation is aimed at a particular area. It does not affect the body as a whole except for some potential side effects which can include low blood counts and fatigue for example. ...Read more
I cannot taste nor can I smell due to the nerves of such senses being severed from my brain. Would i still benefit from smells of lavender and such?
Phantom smells/numbness in head. Have anxiety and think a mild sinus infection. Head goes numb when experiencing these. Smell all kinds of things?
Loss of smell. Had x-rays done and drained fluid from ears. Smell comes back at random times. But most of the time can't smell. What's wrong?
Tough situation: Smell is a very difficult sense to figure out sometimes. The fact that you can smell intermittently suggests that he neurologic connections are still present. Something is impeding smell. It could be related to sinusitis, allergies, deviated septum, turbinate enlargement, or nasal polyps. You should have a nasal endoscopic exam and imaging of brain and sinuses to help figure this out. ...Read more
Cranial nerves: Smell is by a series of direct nerves from the upper portions of the nasal passages into the brain. Vision is by the optic nerve which exits the eye at the back. Hearing is by the otic nerve which also carries balance sensations to the brain from the inner ear. These are cranial nerves i, ii and viii. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headache: There are a variety of etiologies for headaches and most are not related to brain tumors. Brain tumors can provide a variety of symptoms, including none at all. Headaches from tumors can be described differently by different people and may be related to size, location and an individual's perception. ...Read more
I had strange metallic taste on tip of tongue that lasted for a few seconds. Frightened that it's a sign of brain tumor. Obsessed over brain tumors.
Probably isn't...: See a doc and get examined. Likely will be reassured. ...Read more
Hx of IJV clot, altered sensation, taste, smell with pain behind one eye worse moving. Balance suddenly goes and nocturnal faecal incontinence. Ideas?
Here are some ...: What you experienced & described suggests the incidence of left JV clot and its sequelae affected the neural transmission & functions of the brain tissue under its drainage, which could not be restored quickly, instead, may worsen over time. Of course, improving circulation + judicious use of medicine may help but with uncertain outcome, and neurologist would be the medical specialist to visit. ...Read more
Very rare. : Can happen. Meningiomas can be caused by radiation but don't show up for 20 years. Be careful of further tests to make sure x-rays are avoided if possible. ...Read more
From burning in the nose of nasal spray i lost my sense of smell and taste. Can the nerve heal and i get the sense back?
Yes, but not likely: Sometimes, the tumor may still not interfere with neurological function if slow growing, but they are more likely to present with symptoms like headache, personality change, or dementa, at least. There are no systemic features of malignancy, but there is mass effect on imaging and hemorrhage into the tumor can occur, giving stroke-like onset. A gait problem is a big sign. See your dr. For more. ...Read more
Metal taste and smell and strange burning in back of head i suffer from anxiety an panic attacks is this normal?
Evaluate: Those symptoms may arise from many different illnesses, such as neurological conditions for example. Start by discussing with your primary care doc who can provide relevant referrals. ...Read more
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