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Change in tastes? Change in tastes?

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Unread 11-10-2007, 09:40 PM
Change in tastes?

I am new and do not understand all the lingo yet so be patient with me. I am only 12 days post op from having a total (ovaries, uterus, cervix) abdominal hysterectomy at the age of 39 due to endo/ando and other complications. So far the healing is going fine - much slower than I anticpiated, but I just thought I was tougher for some reason since I'm an Asst. Principal of a Middle School. At any rate, my biggest shock has been a change in taste for me. Others are thrilled about this, but I'm not. Since I was about 18 years old I have been an avid Diet Coke drinker - to the point of about 10 - 12 a day. I know this isn't good and have heard all the stories. However, since having the surgery, Diet Coke tastes absolutely awful to me. Is this normal? Everything else tastes the same. I am missing the great taste I was accustomed to and just wonder what could be causing this. Thanks for any insight.
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Unread 11-10-2007, 10:06 PM
Change in tastes?

I was the same way with Mt Dew for about a week after my surgery.I can still only drink one a day where i used to drink about 6or7.I think for me it was the carbonation.hang in there your taste should come back to normal.
Unread 11-10-2007, 10:09 PM
Change in tastes?

How long did you go without drinking your diet coke. This happened to me 5 years ago, I got really sick and could only drink clear liquids for 2 weeks, so I went through my "caffeine withdrawl" while very sick. I went for a coke after I felt better and "gross". Haven't had caffeinated soda since! I usually drink water.
Good luck
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Unread 11-10-2007, 10:30 PM
Change in tastes?

I used to love Diet Pepsi, and now...almost 5 mos later cannnot drink it. I can handle reg Pepsi, just not diet. Who knows?!
Unread 11-11-2007, 05:57 AM
Change in tastes?

I am a sweet tea junkie. I have almost always lived in the south and sweet tea is what I grew up with. I rarely ever drink sodas - makes my teeth scream out in agony, must be the carbonation. I tried to drink sweet tea once after my surgery and it did not taste right. I was horrified to think I would never drink sweet tea again and I did not for three weeks after my surgery, only drank water or cranberry juice. I gave sweet tea another try at 4 weeks post-op and my taste buds were back to normal. I think, for some of us, the anethesia and medications we take post-op may delay the taste buds getting back to normal.
Unread 11-11-2007, 06:28 AM
Change in tastes?

I went through the same thing with pop and strange enough alcohol. I used to have a drink or 2 most nights. I might now have a beer once a month but it was literally months Post-Op before I wanted anything and then sparingly.

Same though with pop, while every now and then I have a real taste for it (and I indulge!) for the most part, I drink water.

The other odd thing was fried food. I used to love a McD's cheeseburger or nuggets with fries. Post-Op, thinking of it made me queasy.

This all kind of faded at about 6 weeks but I have never returned to my Pre-Op food interests. Although that does mean I eat better than I used to.

Unread 11-11-2007, 06:34 AM
Change in tastes?

I also noticed the change in taste after surgery. However, it only lasted about a month and I'm back to where I was beforehand.
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:21 AM
Change in tastes?

This is good to know that I'm not the only one going through this. Sweet tea also tastes too sweet to me now, and being from Texas, I've had sweet tea almost since I was drinking a bottle. :-) I am not a water drinker so perhaps this is my body's way of getting me there. I've been drinking a lot of unsweet tea as that is the only thing that really tastes great. The only other thing that I can drink is Tangerine Gatorade. How weird is that?! I hate Gatorade. For whatever reason, this flavor tastes ok to me. It is odd to me that food tastes haven't changed, just the drinks. Very interesting!
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:26 AM
Change in tastes?

I could only drink water,hot tea,and white grape juice for the first week.then went on a gatoraid kick for about 4 days.things are slowly getting back to normal.
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:28 AM
Change in tastes?

Same thing happened to me. I luv my diet coke/pepsi but after surgery everything has a different taste. I drink tons of water with lemon which I did not do before too much. Taste is slowly coming back! But the good thing is that I lost 20lbs within 1 month after surgery. I was not dieting, I just did not have an appetite and still appetite is fair. I luv my water and lemons now and every once in a while I want a sip of diet coke. Water is better for you!

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