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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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    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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    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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    Well I am back again with another fart experience. Well it was one afternoon and my sister was laying on the floor in some black sweats relaxing watching tv and I decided to lay...
    flightexpert flightexpert 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I just get so caught up in my thoughts that I miss what's going on around me, and now I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I have two really good friends that mean the...
    Nineismyname Nineismyname 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    I lost my brother almost 3 years ago. It's been the hardest three years of my life. I've learned hate. I'm working on forgiveness. It's just things I can't put into words...
    MonsterMorgan MonsterMorgan 22-25, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I believe EPAllie needs a sense of humor! hehe
    Yu12 Yu12 26-30, M 1 Response 27 mins ago

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    Its rained all night yesterday and I walked into a wet garden this morning....mmmm....The flowers and leaves look fresh and greener than usual...and there is a peculiar scent in...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I remember things or it seems they remember me. They never let me forget them. The ghosts of shame still haunting me, maybe rightfully so. Falling asleep in my clothes and waking...
    joecell joecell 46-50, M Sep 9

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    Hi at the moment I don't live life. I feel like I wasted a lot of time doing crazy things, that are good for telling a story but not for your resume. At the moment nothing really...
    freebirdOz freebirdOz 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 6

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    So I ran out of shampoo and had to use my sister's.. I now smell like "Waterfall Mist".. Yes, I do feel like less of a man now.
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 6 Responses a week ago

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    Ryan Lochte - "Wake up and smell the gardens."
    Kittenpowee Kittenpowee 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Two snowmen are standing in a field, one turns to the other and asks, "do you smell carrots?"
    numba1sublimefan numba1sublimefan 22-25, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    what is red and smells like blue paint? .....red paint
    TheKingWizard TheKingWizard 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Past lives... If you have lived before, forget about this life for a second and think about how many kids you could have possibly had in previous lives, and how many children you...
    Futuete Futuete 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 19

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    I've been married for 20yrs kids just about grown up. I take care of everyone hand and foot. My husband works a lot but never makes plans it always me. We have not been intimate in...
    kyle05 kyle05 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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    I love the smell of petrol Call me weird or whatever but whenever I'm at the petrol station I just love the smell! I know the fumes are bad for you... But I can't help but...
    SimplyBeingMe94 SimplyBeingMe94 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    Technically it is not the rain you smell, but it is the minute particles of dust and dirt being thrown into the air as the elliptically shaped briolettes crash to the ground. I...
    iwantacar98 iwantacar98 16-17, M Sep 16

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    I shop out of loneliness. Retail therapy is a quick fix, but no matter how cute those shoes are, how sexy that dress is, or how good that perfume smells, I'm still lonely and my...
    SirenaVonLee SirenaVonLee 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 21

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    It smells disgusting. You can practically walk into a room and smell the cancer spreading through the air. Not really but the smell sticks to your clothes and your furniture and it...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    Ya it's not a smell I like smelling.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Sep 5

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    There's really more than I can explain to my story; some may think my story is no where near as much of a struggle as theirs. I guess a summary would suffice: I turned 21 a month...
    caringformyself caringformyself 18-21 1 Response Sep 5

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    You might really tell he realized just what exactly he was talking about and he realized what was perfect for my body. The Procedure went very well and my boobs now (2 months post...
    Joshua603b4zn8 Joshua603b4zn8 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    i love passing by people who smell good , when i miss someone i love i miss the way he/she smell!!
    lulutaa lulutaa 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 12

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    I told one of my friends something really personal about me. Something I never really told anyone. I told him I may be transgender FTM and I'm thinking of taking hormones. At this...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 13

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    Though I was a chain smoker at a point of time in my life, today I can't stand the smell of it while standing near a smoker after his puff. At the same time I love to breath the...
    vin123123 vin123123 31-35, M Sep 13

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    When I shower I use yummy smelling body wash and then when I finish follow up with yummy smelling lotion, and perfume.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 14

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    Do you love the good smell of rain? If so, you're not alone. In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied...
    Serenita Serenita 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 14

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    I have patients that come into my office that smell like cigarettes or are just such heavy smokers that they smell like they've been rolling around in an ashtray and I always...
    Z00Z00Z Z00Z00Z 36-40, M Sep 14

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    I Used To Write A Lot Of Novels. Listen To Good Music. Read. Make Stories In My Head. And Now.... I DO Nothing! I Sit And Eat! I Cant't Write Anymore! I Don't Know Where To Start...
    EverMoree EverMoree 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 14

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    Plus I have asthma, so every time someone smokes near me or something I just go or cover my nose, but seriously though who likes the smell of the cigarette smoke? It smells really...
    Keyyuhn Keyyuhn 13-15, F Sep 15

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    Societies ****** me up so badly, that anything I want to do that doesn't include a cap and gown, a degree, a title, a perfect life, makes me feel like ****. As I walk down the...
    Cece4 Cece4 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 16

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    Not in a sexual way, just that crisp, perfumed smell of a guy in a suit. Smells great when you're stuck on a dirty train, or frequenting a poorly renovated pub.
    lowfrequencyorganism lowfrequencyorganism 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 17

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    After trying to be a Christian with my girlfriend. Going to church, getting baptized, and working at a bible camp. I hated it all. Reading the bible I wondered why would anyone...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 22

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    And I love the smell of most earthy, herbal, musky aromas. Especially: Rosemary, Sage, Patchouli, Nag Champa, Sandalwood, Cedar, Pine, Redwood, Dragon's blood, Lilac, Lavender...
    MikjallFimbultyr MikjallFimbultyr 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    :-) Let's enjoy life all sad and lost souls!!! 
    Dams3lfly Dams3lfly 26-30, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    Is there really a group for this? lol Yes I like to smell good. I don't see anyone going anywhere in life smelling bad.
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    The end result was a hands-off approach that relied around the acting with the singers, which was splendid, indeed. Krassimira Stoyanova, in her debut as Feldmarschallin, was all...
    Temple2516ja Temple2516ja 31-35, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    There is nothing better than a man that smells good. Even after coming home from working all day and still smells good, just throw in a little grease, oil, gas or grind and it...
    ErinTripp94 ErinTripp94 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I really like people who have a good sense of humor. Sometimes it's hard to make me really laugh because I have a weird sense of humor but I love making people laugh and I love to...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    This makes me smell so manly and I got this from Forman Mills. I need to watch out because girls are gonna notice the aroma. ;)
    YoungSwag1998 YoungSwag1998 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    Smells like dog - and it's old hat.
    SLdale SLdale 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 5

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    Life can break one in so many ways . So cruel and unrelenting at times .I consider myself fortunate for having had a Mom with a great sense of humor and maybe by osmosis I...
    MizCamille MizCamille 41-45, F 5 Responses Sep 6

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    I absolutely hate getting lost. It's something that might take a while to get out of and you don't know how long it will take to get out of it. Well, I got lost at one point. And...
    DiamondAlexander DiamondAlexander 13-15, M