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    It's Official - I Have Parosmia

    I had noticed some time back that I seem incapable of smelling bad stuff. I mean, everything smells fresh and clean or pleasant or "chocolate". I think I have a thread somewhere where I noted I seemed to 'smell colors'.

    I learned today I "suffer" from Parosmia.

    Parosmia, from the Greek < para = osmi, also known as troposmia (Gk.) or cacosmia, (Gk.) is an olfactory dysfunction that is characterized by the inability of the brain to properly identify an odor's “natural” smell.


    I say "suffer" - cause there seems to be no real "down side". (The obvious exception would be that I can't distinguish "bad" smells that would warn me that food is spoiled, or the stuff that is added to natural gas (t-butyl mercaptan) to make it detectable).

    I'm still learning what all this means, but most of the time I'll just notice a very "pleasant" smell that smells like the town I'm preaching in - though I don't know why that town would have such a smell associated with it.

    Oh, I just remembered, there's some perfume that women wear that smells horribly offensive to me. Sometimes, like while shopping, I'll go down the isle after a woman, and just be repulsed by this very "sharp" kind of "fly spray" smell. And those women who wear "oils" for fragrance - those are incredibly nasty to me.

    But the vast majority of the time, I'll just notice something very pleasant smelling that seems somehow relaxing and -- not quite "euphoric" -- but gives me a very positive feeling.

    It's the strangest thing.

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    I wish I couldn't smell the dog next door every night after he goes out to do his business.

    Our fresh air intake pipe brings the stink right into our house.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I wish I couldn't smell the dog next door every night after he goes out to do his business.

    Our fresh air intake pipe brings the stink right into our house.

    Being uncharacteristically serious, the smell tests are done with chemical samples that are supposed to mimic actual "nature" smells, and one of them was doggie poo. It smelled like chocolate. HONEST!

    ETA - they literally do the blindfold "smell this" thing, and they record your answers next to whatever the chemical composition is supposed to represent.

    This neuro-whatever is a recent grad of doctor school who did his specialization in olfactory disorders. My doctor, to whom I seldom go in an official capacity , asked me to come in and meet him and be his guinea pig, cause I had mentioned sometime back the weirdness I have with 'smells'. This neuro-doctor is somehow related (nephew I think) to my GP.

    Who knows, I may be in a published study!
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    I can't smell. The only vapors I can detect are the ones that physically irritate my mucous membranes.
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    My grandfather had completely lost his sense of smell before he died.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    My grandfather had completely lost his sense of smell before he died.
    Yeah, my Pastor's wife lost her sense of smell when she was about 20. Couldn't even smell bleach or other 'sharp' odors. She said she didn't mind it too terribly much when she was changing diapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I wish I couldn't smell the dog next door every night after he goes out to do his business.

    Our fresh air intake pipe brings the stink right into our house.

    Sorry, SYT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I had noticed some time back that I seem incapable of smelling bad stuff. I mean, everything smells fresh and clean or pleasant or "chocolate". I think I have a thread somewhere where I noted I seemed to 'smell colors'.

    I learned today I "suffer" from Parosmia.

    Parosmia, from the Greek < para = osmi, also known as troposmia (Gk.) or cacosmia, (Gk.) is an olfactory dysfunction that is characterized by the inability of the brain to properly identify an odor's “natural” smell.


    I say "suffer" - cause there seems to be no real "down side". (The obvious exception would be that I can't distinguish "bad" smells that would warn me that food is spoiled, or the stuff that is added to natural gas (t-butyl mercaptan) to make it detectable).

    I'm still learning what all this means, but most of the time I'll just notice a very "pleasant" smell that smells like the town I'm preaching in - though I don't know why that town would have such a smell associated with it.

    Oh, I just remembered, there's some perfume that women wear that smells horribly offensive to me. Sometimes, like while shopping, I'll go down the isle after a woman, and just be repulsed by this very "sharp" kind of "fly spray" smell. And those women who wear "oils" for fragrance - those are incredibly nasty to me.

    But the vast majority of the time, I'll just notice something very pleasant smelling that seems somehow relaxing and -- not quite "euphoric" -- but gives me a very positive feeling.

    It's the strangest thing.
    Wouldn't a lack of a sense of smell limit your ability to taste things much like when someone has a bad cold and is all stuffed up their ability to taste is impaired?

    If so, that means you really haven't been able to fully enjoy the taste of crispy bacon! My poor, poor, older little twin brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah View Post
    Sorry, SYT.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Wouldn't a lack of a sense of smell limit your ability to taste things much like when someone has a bad cold and is all stuffed up their ability to taste is impaired?
    I think, yes, but lack of sense of smell (affecting taste) is different than parosmia. That's another fancy medical word (anosmia), along with one that describes an acute sense of smell (hyposmia), and another that describes smelling smells that aren't actually present (phantosmia). Who knew!!!

    If so, that means you really haven't been able to fully enjoy the taste of crispy bacon! My poor, poor, older little twin brother
    Praising God, I have not lost the sense of smell or taste for crispy bacon.

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