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I Lost My Sense of Smell

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    Smells Like...nothing

    I lost my sense of smell due to a head injury in Dec 2005.  I could not smell anything for a year and still only smell occasionally.  Very strong odors such as bathrooms are perceptible but not strong at all.  Barely noticeable. 
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 17 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    Phantom Smells

    Or olfactory hallucinations, whatever you call them, they suck!  I started to read this new book at the library about a woman who started to lose her sense of smell the same way I think I'm losing mine-- caused by an OTC nasal spray product starting with a Z.  This...
    mrmoo1231 mrmoo1231 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    I Can't Smell Sh!t.

    I don't know if I lost my sense of smell, or if I never had one to begin with. Either way, I can't smell a thing. In school, when someone farted in assembly I'd have to pretend I could smell it or people would think it was me. Nowadays when I tell people I can't smell...
    velosapien velosapien 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    Can Barely Smell Anything

    well over a year ago i almost completely lost my sense of smell. i can still taste food quite well, but I can only smell things if they are REALLY strong. like if i drive past a dead skunk on the road, or if something really strong is pretty much right under my nose. the other...
    valek valek 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2009

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    Doing Clothes Is Another Issue

    If something, anything, bad happened during this process and my clothes come out smelling nasty, how would I even know? Sometimes I tell myself that I'm going to find the first trustworthy person I can find at work and ask them if I stink, but I always forget to... The problem...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 25, 2011

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    Growing Older

    I am now 40 years old. Some time ago, my sense of smell started to fade. I spoke to my doctor about it and he said it was part of growing, such as needing glasses, your hearing starting to decrease etc. I am now at the stage where I can no longer tell you individual smells, but...
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M Feb 27, 2012

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    As Far As I Know, I Never Had Mine...

    Just one more thing that spiraled me off on a course of being different and not fitting in from the very earliest of ages... ... but I guess if you are going to be missing a sense, this is the one to not have... most people just complain about smells anyway... Unlike with...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 24, 2011

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