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Unread 05-12-2004, 09:04 PM
Sense of Smell and Taste...

Hi Ladies,

This really isn't a serious problem, but I wasn't sure where else to ask this question.

Has anyone else noticed a long term decrease in their sense of taste and/or smell since surgery? Right after my surgery two years ago, I had a metallic taste which I assume was from the anesthesia, but I don't know if something else happened, maybe with the breathing tubes or something, because ever since surgery, my sense of smell and taste have greatly decreased. Things just don't smell or taste like they did, it's almost like these senses have "faded" out.

Has anyone else noticed anything like this, or is it just me?

Thanks and s,

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Unread 05-12-2004, 09:26 PM
I've been meaning to write about this myself :(...

I used to be a real "foodie," an excellent cook, and I cared, you know? Now I find myself eating because I have to -- or for texture rather than taste or smell. My salivary glands are affected with Sjogren's and I've thought that maybe that's the problem, but I also suspect that menopause has something to do with it.

Food often tastes metallic to me; the worst, unfortunately, is . It seems to make my tongue break out in little bumps, too. I miss it!!!
This really isn't a serious problem
To me, it is! Food has always been a serious interest of mine; I used to teach cooking classes, etc....but now, it's just another chore. This is difficult with my family, too, since their first inclinations have nothing to do with eating healthy, and now we'd all rather be doing something else than the work of making and eating food.

Luckily my other appetites seem to be intact ...

Unread 05-13-2004, 06:35 PM
Sense of Smell and Taste...

Hi Girls diminished sense of smell can be a sign of low estrogen levels:

Hormones, such as estrogen, are thought to play a role in taste perception. Not only are women more likely to be supertasters than men, but taste perception tends to increase in women in response to high levels of hormones. For example, many women perceive bitter tastes more intensely during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Since the sense of smell is estrogen dependent, it is often greatly diminished after menopause, causing the woman great distress.

It can also be a sign of Vitamin B3 deficiency, but my money's on the estrogen

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Unread 05-13-2004, 08:31 PM
Sense of Smell and Taste...

i was just mentioning the taste thing to my husband tonite..everything tastes salty to me...i find this strange since we dont use table salt at all and very little in cooking (due to me being hypertensive)...i've had my hormone levels checked and they seem to be normal....another thing is that this seems to come and go with no rhyme or reason--one day i'm fine, the next few days or so everythings salty.....weird.
Unread 05-14-2004, 12:42 AM
Sense of Smell and Taste...

I don't know how reliable this is, but in Chinese medicine, a salty taste in the mouth can be a sign of trouble with the kidneys or bladder.
Unread 05-14-2004, 12:50 PM
Sense of Smell and Taste...

i had heard the same thing..i've had both kidney and bladder tests done (for all my cystitis problems) and everything seems to be normal...the link between the 2 was my first thought as well when i first noticed the taste changes........thanks for the reply!...stay well.....diana
Unread 05-15-2004, 10:14 AM
Loss of smell

My Mom didn't have a hyst, but when my Dad died (pneumonia due to Parkinson's Disease -- definitely a longterm illness -- but the death was a blessing), she lost her sense of smell and taste for about two years. Could stress have anything to do with it? She never got an answer from her doctor. It definitely also affected her -- a home ec teacher.

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