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What can cause these current symptoms, heightened sense of smell, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings. I had a complete hysterectomy in 2012.

What can cause these current symptoms, heightened sense of smell, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings. I had a complete hysterectomy in 2012.

Migraine Headaches: Heightened sense of smell may be descriptive for something we call "osmophobia" while the other symptoms are commonly known to be characteristic of migraine headaches: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings (irritability). Of course, you never said you had headaches but there is also such a thing called "acephalgic migraine" which is a headache-less migraine....Symptoms of aura only...Maybe? ...Read more

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I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?

I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?

Maybe: Stress affects the body in very strange ways. I've never heard of it causing a change in smell but I suppose it is a possibility! ...Read more

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Can birth control pills (nortrel 1/35), cause heightened sense of smell?

Can birth control pills (nortrel 1/35), cause heightened sense of smell?

Sense of smell: Yes it is known that birth control pills can enhance the sense of smell. It may be due to an increase in Progesterone levels. ...Read more

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I have a heightened sense of smell in my left nostril. Before that I had a runny left nostril that just stopped a few weeks ago. What can this be?

I have a heightened sense of smell in my left nostril. Before that I had a runny left nostril that just stopped a few weeks ago. What can this be?

Skull base tumor: Benign tumors of skull base and coverings of brain called meningiomas can alter sense of smell and can cause spinal fluid leakage through nose. Mri eval would be useful. ...Read more

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My period is 14 days late, 1 negative hpt, heightened sense of smell, pre period like symptoms but never seem to start. What's going on?

My period is 14 days late, 1 negative hpt, heightened sense of smell, pre period like symptoms but never seem to start. What's going on?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What can cause altered sense of smell?

What can cause altered sense of smell?

Obstruction: Diminished or altered ense of smell is likely due to poor airflow to the roof of the nose where the nerve endings for smell are located. A thorough nasal endoscopy will check for nasal polyps (which are usually due to allergies). If the endoscopy is normal, then a ct scan may be helpful in ensuring no other abnormalities in the skull base that can alter sense of smell. ...Read more

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What could cause a really strong sense of smell?

What could cause a really strong sense of smell?

Olfactory stim: Hormonal changes have been known to affect the sense of smell. Also, correction of sinusitis, congestion, or other conditions in the nasopharynx may seem to be enhancing the sense of smell. Certain drugs may do this, too, though usually alter the sense, rather than increase it. ...Read more

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What can cause a person to lose all sense of smell?

What can cause a person to lose all sense of smell?

3 main reasons.: 1.Head trauma: a blow to the front off back of the head causes the brain to bounce in skull. Smell nerve fibers can be ripped by this sudden action
2.Nerve damage: a seemingly minor cold sometimes causes enough inflammation that nerve is damaged. Some drugs can also cause this
3. Obstruction: something can physically block smell particles from reaching the smell area. Polyps or rare tumors. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lost my sense of smell and I don't know what caused it?

What to do if I have lost my sense of smell and I don't know what caused it?

Suggest: Visit otolaryngologist, and see if there are sinus or nasal issues. Sometimes, MRI can visualize problems affecting olfactory area. In some cases zinc supplements may help. ...Read more

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Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

Nasal inflammation: Typically this occurs when your nose is inflamed either due to infection, allergies or some other reason. In people who lose their sense of smell intermittently, polyps can also be an issue. You would benefit greatly from a consultation with an ENT doctor. This consultation should include looking in your nose with a fiber-optic or telescope to see whether or not you have polyps. Most cases like yours can be successfully treated with medication. ...Read more

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What can cause a hightened sense of smell? No infection no truma

What can cause a hightened sense of smell? No infection no truma

unusual: A heightened sense of smell can occur in various neurological diseases, tumors in the brain and low grade sinus infections. Some medications might cause an altered sense of smell as well. I would seek help from an ENT specialist to help sort out this problem. You may need to obtain and MRI to assess the brain and the area where the smell fibers come into the nose. ...Read more

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What would cause my 17 year old to have a bad sense of smell? She has no allergies but is frequently stuffed up. It is getting worse over the years.

What would cause my 17 year old to have a bad sense of smell? She has no allergies but is frequently stuffed up. It is getting worse over the years.

Smell test!: If you take your daughter to an ent, they can do smell testing to get a measure of just how limited her sense of smell is. They can then do a thorough work-up to evaluate for causes. Often this is something simple like allergies, however, there can be rare other causes that should be looked for. ...Read more

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I am always stuffy, sense of smell going away, hearing diminishing. Was told years ago I had nasal polyps. Are these likely the cause?

I am always stuffy, sense of smell going away, hearing diminishing. Was told years ago I had nasal polyps. Are these likely the cause?

Smell polyps: I am always stuffy, sense of smell going away, hearing diminishing. Was told years ago I had nasal polyps. Are these likely the cause? ANS: could be have someone look in your nose and test you smelling ability. ...Read more

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Can pituitary adenomas cause a decrease in sense of smell due to hormonal imbalance? Which hormones are out of balance with hyposmia?

Can pituitary adenomas cause a decrease in sense of smell due to hormonal imbalance? Which hormones are out of balance with hyposmia?

Not usually: Hormonal alterations based on resection of a pituitary adenoma do not typically cause changes in smell. However, there is a dependency on how an adenoma was removed; there is a small incidence of hyposmia with a endoscopic transsphenoidal surgerical approach. ...Read more

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My sense of smell heightened, 6 days after sex had pinkish brown disharge. Still no period. Sensitive nipples. Mild lower back pain. Restless nights.

My sense of smell heightened, 6 days after sex had pinkish brown disharge. Still no period. Sensitive nipples. Mild lower back pain. Restless nights.

Take pregnancy test: You have not really asked a question here, but I'm guessing that you may be concerned about possible pregnancy. If so, you can take a home pregnancy test once you've missed your menstrual period. It will be accurate a week after your missed period -- some are accurate sooner. Or, visit your doctor who can provide a serum test. ...Read more

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How could someone lose their sense of smell?

How could someone lose their sense of smell?

Trauma, infection: Complete loss of the sense of smell can follow certain upper respiratory infections
trauma can impact the nerves from the olfactory system with loss of smell. Sometimes the loss is partial with sensitivity to certain smells and loss of others. Check in with your otolaryngologist for these. ...Read more

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I have no sense of smell what could this be?

Anosmia: It is called anosmia. There are several potential causes. Best you see your doctor to have this looked into. ...Read more

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My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

Good for you.: In pregnancy the sense of Smell get enhanced.
After the resolution of long standing Cold/Congestion or Allergic Rhinitis; one gets sense of smell back. ...Read more

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What is it called when you don't have a sense of smell?

Loss of smell: It is called anosmia, can be caused by viral infection, flu, or chronic sinus infection, polyps also can cause this, rarely, olfactory nerve diseases, tis also can affect taste, seek advice and evaluation, from ENT specialist ...Read more

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How is sense of smell restored?

How is sense of smell restored?

Smell restoration: Often, it cannot be restored, but it depends on why your sense of smell is impaired or absent. If it was from a sinus infection, treating the infection can help. If nasal polyps, treating them may improve it, too. If the loss is from olfactory nerve damage from trauma or stroke or infection, it might not ever come back. If your nose is plugged, just returning your nasal breathing can help. ...Read more

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How can they test my sense of smell?

How can they test my sense of smell?

Scratch and sniff: For a crude assessment of the sense of smell many ENT doctors have a scratch and sniff packet that can be used to see if you can identify odors. Very specialized smell and taste disorder centers have much more in depth testing material available. ...Read more