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I Can Smell Again!

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GinN Report 6 May 2013 20:40

At last, after more than two years, my senses of smell and taste have returned.
My GP said that there was nothing he could do after steroid nasal sprays failed, so I just accepted it.
Recently, he gave me a steroid inhaler for a wheezy cough, and - Wow! It's all come back with a vengeance. Garlic and rosemary, perfume, new mown grass, roast chicken, bacon - it's like I'm smelling it all for the first time!
I'm like a dog, sniffing everything, I'm so excited! Can't wait to tell GP how wrong he was!
I only hope it lasts! :-D :-D :-D :-D

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 6 May 2013 20:46

Make sure you rinse your mouth after taking that inhaler... that is how I lost my sense of taste. May cause thrush in the mouth :-(


JustJohn Report 6 May 2013 21:01

Wonderful news, GiN. I wonder which of our senses would be the worst to lose. I rather think smell would be up there :-) :-)


GinN Report 6 May 2013 21:07

Hi, John. I think that sight would be the worst one to lose. At least I have remembered how things used to smell and taste. Funny, but when it returned, things seemed very distorted, and not what I expected, but now things are settling down. Only hope I don't wake up tomorrow and find it's all gone again.
Carol, I'll take heed of what you say. Don't know how long I'll be able to stay with the spray, but will discuss things with my GP.


Mersey Report 6 May 2013 21:11

Geordie I have never had a sense of smell......neither has my mum... :-(

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 6 May 2013 21:21


That must be great for you and I can just imagine how exciting it must be.

I lost my sense of taste for a short while after an ear operation many years ago. I couldn't tell if I was eating Marmite or jam...very odd, but was so thankful when it eventually returned.

I hope this is a long-term result for you.



GinN Report 6 May 2013 22:37

Mersey - that must be awful for you and your Mum, but I suppose what you've never had......, still, it's a shame.
Gwen, thankyou. I'm currently driving my Hubby crazy with my sniffing everything, even the rubbish bin is interesting! :-D :-D


Florence61 Report 6 May 2013 23:15

Geordie, thats encouraging news.
I havent have smell or taste for 4 years now. Diagnosed with astma, got powdered inhalers...great sorted out the wheez and hours of couging fits.

6 weeks later developed a stuffy nose which became horrendous. astma of the nose they said. so tried all the usual sprays and alternatives and now discharged from consultants list after 3 failed ops.(nothing helped)

However when im on the steroids, which im allowed twice a year, within 3 days my smell and taste come back.

I go around smelling soap, all my perfumes etc to remind me which ones i like. I so enjoy smelling flowers and washing powder. But if you say that without anything yours has come back, just maybe..maybe theres hope for me.

Im really at my worst ever just now and dont sleep as i cant breathe through my nose and so the mouth dries out,not pleasant.

My poor hubby is suffering beacuse my noisy breathing keeps him awake too!!

Does anyone have any solutions we havent tried?

Living in hope
Florence in the hebrides.
ps gwn bananas taste like cardboard to me and marmite tase most peculiar! :-S


AnnCardiff Report 6 May 2013 23:25

my dad lost his sense of smell and taste after suffering a fractured skull when he was knocked down by a motor bike when he was in his forties - it never came back - he still used to "smell" things cos he said he could remember how they used to smell


LadyScozz Report 6 May 2013 23:32

lol GiN - well done!

Limit the amount of cheese you eat (dairy products do weird things to sinuses, cheese is the worst culprit).

My grandfather had no sense of smell (caused by gas in WW1). Mum didn't know until years after she married; she said if she'd known she would have saved a small fortune on mints, so her dad wouldn't smell ciggies on her lol


Florence61 Report 6 May 2013 23:32

ann that's true, because when i eat curry, i can enjoy it by rembering how it used to taste. The brain reminds you, very clever.
Florence in the hebrides

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 7 May 2013 05:38

Very pleased for you that your sense of smell and taste has returned and hope it's permanent, must be awful to lose these senses. We take so much for granted.



LadyScozz Report 7 May 2013 10:20

all my family & friends know I have a keen sense of smell.

Usually told ~ you have the nose of a truffle pig.

charming :-D


Mayfield Report 7 May 2013 11:13

Glad to hear your good news, reminds me of stories of astronauts gathering around whenever one of them opened a lemon wet wipe for a "hit" of a strong pleasent smell in the space craft.

Best wishes,


GinN Report 7 May 2013 11:58

Thanks, everyone. This may just be a temporary thing due to the steroid inhaler, but it's good all the same.
This morning, I have a rough throat, which is probably a side effect of the inhaler. As Carol has said, it's best to rinse with water after using, so I'll try that. Going back to the Docs next Monday, so I'll continue until then.
Meanwhile, I'll continue on my sniffing safari! :-D


ChrisofWessex Report 7 May 2013 12:12

Fingers crossed it is permanent! :-D