Hypersensitivity to smells (gonna whine now, feel free to skip reading this)

Back in November-ish, smells started to bug me. I’m not pregnant; I’m 100% sure of that, but strong (and many food) smells turn my stomach.

I mentioned it to my doctor, and she suggested I contact a local taste and smell clinic. They have a long wait, and I just sent out my paperwork yesterday, but I’m hoping they can give me some answers.

The hypersensitivity to smells is just one more thing that seems to be piling on to my list of weird symptoms that come along with the muscular pain.

While I’m waiting to hear back from the clinic, I’m struggling to get through the day dealing with most smells making me very uncomfortable. I’m hyper aware of the smokers in the building, I can’t stand the smell of cooking food… it’s so uncomfortable, I find myself wanting to cry (well, that & the muscle pain/cramps). Mint is a tolerable smell, so I’ve gotten into the habit of dabbing mentholatum rub under my nose to curb the nausea…

I dunno… the clinic’s website says they generally can only help about 1/3rd of the people they assess. I hope I fall into that 33%; I don’t want to have to live with this hypersensitivity (though my mom also has a similar intolerance for smells. She developed it in adulthood…)

I’m so tired and run down. Triggers around loss abound, and it’s not helping anything at all. A friend’s 6-year-old daughter died unexpectedly Sunday morning (in her sleep, cause as yet unknown, though she had several serious medical issues), it’s coming up on the anniversary of Chow’s death, my brothers in law’s dog passed away the same day I felt like someone died, but couldn’t think of any anniversary… and my 40th birthday is around the corner. I don’t feel 40. I don’t want to be 40. I shouldn’t have ever lived this long… Dr. C suggested that maybe this dread of age is rooted in past experiences (especially since it’s paired with the feeling that someone’s passed away)… it kinda makes sense… doesn’t matter though, since she’s now off for 2.5 weeks in the tropics, so I can’t really process that with her beyond Monday’s brief conversation.

I guess I have a fair amount of reasons to cry, but it still feels unwarranted… I’m just so tired.

The depression hit super hard a week ago Monday, and very suddenly; it felt like a switch was flicked. The intense depression hit, the muscle cramps and pain started, that bitter taste came back (it colors everything I eat or drink)… the smell thing is just intensifying… it’s all so oppressive…

So yeah, whining…

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2 responses to “Hypersensitivity to smells (gonna whine now, feel free to skip reading this)

  • lavenderandlevity

    Birthdays suck when you’ve had a traumatic past. If you’ve never been told PTSD comes with a “sense of foreshortened future,” umm, surprise and I’m sorry? Migraines, neuralgia and epilepsy are all known for the kinds of smell and taste alterations you described. I wonder if you are exhibiting any of those? I am aware that “painless” migraines do exist – with every neurological symptom except the classic ice pick pain – though mine definitely have the pain. My family members can have passive “stare into space” type absence seizures that are preceded by taste and smell alterations, too. So, keep track of any evidence of those types of symptoms to discuss if applicable at your appointment.

    • Samantha Jane

      Thanks for the info i will try to keep track… my mom gets “visual migraines” but I’ve not had anything like she describes. I definitely don’t get traditionally painful migraines. If i get headaches with the smell sensitivity, they’re relatively mild. I’ll have to ask the doctor about those possibilities though.

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