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Dept. of Sensory Obsession

I Can't Smell Anything

It's making me jittery-crazy. In all the years that I've experienced head colds, I've never experienced such a complete lack of smell. As a result, I can only sense sweet, bitter, and salt, which means I can't taste much at all. Is it stupid for me to be obsessing on this? Probably, but much of the positive sensory stimulation I get in this world is olfactory, so it's like I'm living in film, not real life.  I don't know why this particular ailment has done such a number on me, and I'm afraid that I'm a little obsessively worried that it might be permanent. (I'm telling myself that that's really silly, but I can't shake the fear.)
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May. 6th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC)
This does sound like a really distressing feeling, although it can't just happen and then stay permanently out of the blue—but anyone would freak out, even if the fear isn't rationally rooted! I hope this goes away soon ♥
May. 7th, 2018 02:25 am (UTC)
Do you have blocked sinuses with the cold? Because that can cause loss of smell - and I don't just mean the reduced ability that normally comes with a cold. At my worst (nasal polyps pretty much blocking the entire cavities), I remember not being able to smell bacon at a staff breakfast when everyone else had smelt it being brought into the room. (Not that this was a bad thing, mind - I detest the stuff!).

Anyway, if it is sinus-related, it's easily treated. I had a one-week course of Prednisone, and my ability to smell (and breathe!) came back after two days.
May. 7th, 2018 03:34 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I hope this is only a temporary condition. I've had this problem when my sinuses are completely plugged up, and it's not fun at all (though not being able to breathe through my nose is IMO far worse than not being able to taste anything, which for me is more of an irritating side effect).
May. 7th, 2018 09:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think you are (were?0 wrong to worry - losing a sense would freak anybody out. The key is not to get too far down the freaking out hole.

I hope that your smell has returned by now. Or at least semi-returned.
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