Anosmia or Loss of Smell from Brain Injury

Question: 

My friend had a brain hemorrhage from a blow to the head 10 years ago and has completely lost his sense of smell. Apparently, the part of his brain that controls his sense of smell was permanently damaged.

Is it possible that even though the brain does not recognize or register any kind of smell, the effects of that smell still be experienced? For example, even though he can’t smell coffee or lavender, could he still get stimulating effects of the coffee aroma or the relaxation effects of the scent of lavender?

Answer: 

Smell loss following traumatic brain injury is often overlooked as doctors tend not bother to ask about or test for loss or change in smell — or taste for that matter. Many times, people with brain injury first report changes in taste when they lose or notice a change in their ability to smell. Typically, complete loss of smell — or what is called anosmia — will be quite noticeable to a person following a traumatic brain injury and may affect numerous aspects of their life. Unfortunately, there is no good treatment cure for post-traumatic anosmia. Typically, if a person doesn’t regain his ability to smell six months after the injury, the loss will likely be permanent.

Because of the complex mechanisms involved in olfaction — a person’s sense of smell — it’s difficult to determine the reason for the loss. Problems with smell loss can result from craniofacial trauma, specifically damage to nasal passage ways, shearing injury of the olfactory nerve, or injury to primary or secondary smell centers in the frontotemporal regions of the brain. There are also other non-traumatic causes for smell impairment including Alzheimer’s disease and smoking, to name just two. This is why it’s important for people with this type of problem to seek out appropriate evaluation by a doctor familiar with post-traumatic smell loss.

If your friend is truly anosmic, that is, he has totally lost his sense of smell, then he would probably not recognize or register any kind of smell since the olfactory nerve is responsible for scent recognition. Therefore, your friend would not benefit from smelling any substance. That said, we don’t have a lot of research on this. Some people have anecdotally described “blind smell” similar to blind sight (a phenomenon in which people who are perceptually blind in a certain area of their visual field demonstrate some response to visual stimuli), and it wouldn’t hurt for your friend to try and experiment with smells.

 

Posted on BrainLine September 20, 2010. Reviewed July 25, 2018.

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When I was 9 years old I was in an accident at school. I was injured when I slid into a concrete wall head first. My skull was fractured. This was 50 years ago.
Since the accident I have had no sense of smell at all and very little taste. Every thing has always been slightly off. I eat foods based on texture not taste.
I found this article interesting and I sure hate that others suffer with this as well. But at least I’m not alone.

I lost a portion of sense of smell and lived in the countryit was kind of funny really. Kentucky fried chicien and other deep fried foods took on a unique and different smell.there were other things. But the kicker was the night my dog woke me around 2am to go to the bathroom in the yard. He came back to the bedroom where my wife and i sleep. He hopped up onto the bed and snuggled in beside me. I fell asleep.
My wife woke me yelling at me that something smelt terrible!
Seemed ok to me but it appeared that Wally had lost a fight with a skunk and the dog and i needed àn emergency bath. NOW!
I bathed us and we got back to bed which was now changed. I guess the whole room and goods had an intense skunk smell for a few days. I still gets comments from my sweet girl about how could a grown man cuddle a dirty skunk smeĺling dog and not know.
It really happened. And the dog never showed a sign of guilt
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That's funny, had a similar situation but not that bad! I was about to leave the house for work one morning when it was still dark outside. I opened the door to walk out, and there sat a skunk on the steps! It ran off, but it took a moment for me to realize I could've gotten sprayed without knowing it! I had to go back in the house to wake up my husband and ask him if I smelled like skunk :). Lost my sense of smell 6 months ago. Slipped on ice at work and smacked the back of my head on asphalt - was unconscious and concussed.

Hi all, I slipped on some ice and concussed myself a couple of months ago and now have post concussion syndrome. I didn't notice the loss of taste and smell until about 3 days after the accident...prob due to not really sensing anything past the blinding headaches! I have terrible brain fog, fatigue and constant tinnitus too. As in other posts it is the constant weird burnt plastic smell/taste that is quite depressing and puts you off eating anything. Anyway, reading some of the sites, I wondered if my sense of smell or taste would return but I have been having some sessions with a cranial osteopath and I was quite sceptical whether they would help but after the one last week I could detect if a food was sweet, bitter or spicy and after today's session I can actually detect strong smells and I am sure that I can taste more flavours. it is early days but I now have hope. I know that some of you have had issues that have lasted years and results of different 'cures' are prob dependent on the type of damage done but alternative therapies can sometimes help where trad medicine can't. good luck to you all.

Thank you for the suggestion :)
I fell backwards on the ice while skating and had a bad concussion with a small brain bleed and seizures.
I realized that I lost my taste and smells a few days after because I too suffered horrible head pain. Once I was treated with hydromorphone for the head pain I realized that I couldn't taste or smell anything. A few months later I started getting phantom smells and tastes like wood burning and burnt rubber (gross) but I am lucky to also get a sweet soapy/bubble gum taste and smell sometimes, which I prefer.
It is frustrating and depressing at times but 6 months into it I can just get the sensation of salty, sweet, peppery hot, and bitterness in my mouth. I am a texture eater now. The hardest part is that I am a foodie and I don't get to enjoy what I cook anymore and sometimes as I sit down to eat, the gross chemical/rubber burning taste and smell arrives! That is very annoying and upsetting!!
It has been a year now and I doubt this will go away but you have given me a glimmer of hope.... thank you :)

I fractured my skull about five months ago. And had bad bleeding of the brain. A few weeks later noticed I couldn't taste food or even smell it. Everything just tastes like metal

I am in the same boat. Fractured my skull and had bleeding in the brain on April 1st 2018. Everything smells n taste like metal to me too. Having a hard time coping with it..

I lost my sense of smell after a seizure 8 months ago. The only scent that has benefits for me is menthol smell. It opens up my sinuses when my allergies are acting up

I had a seizure as well- got a concussion- and lost sense of smell. My taste seems fine- and now smell some type of scent but dont recovnize it. Did yours ever get better?

2012 I slid down a handrail on my butt in Manhattan from the street down to the subway station. Unfortunately I had been drinking and my pants were extra slippery. Basically I leaned too far backwards and whiplashed the back of my head into the ground at the bottom of the steps. Needless to say, not a single person on that 86th and Lexington station stopped or even asked if I was okay. I thought I was about to die but somehow was conscious the entire time, I think. I had a multicolored half moon shape appear and all the colors were moving and I figured I had some sort of brain bleed. I had hit my head before but never to this extent. I was with one good buddy and he asked if I was okay and I said “no” which surprised me because I think that was the first time I had ever said that. Because he’s quick on his feet, he took advantage of the situation and made my buy him more beer before we took a cab to the ER. He poured his beer into a big cup which he drank next to the doctor who was taking my tests haha! The doctor was clueless as to how bad my brain was doing but also had probably seen many drunk individuals come in with minor head trauma and figured this was similar. Remember, most people in life are wimps. The doctor sends me home and I go straight to sleep (bad idea FYI) and wake up the next morning hungover so I start drinking coffee and notice I can’t taste a thing. Long story short I was unable to taste or smell anything for about two weeks. I quit drinking and only ate and drank healthy foods. I wasn’t too concerned with loosing these senses but I was very much depressed which definitely sucked. Also I had a headache for a week or so at least. Also some out of this world alien slime came out of my nose one day a week or so after the accident. It was brown and the consistency I cannot explain. It was like jello but different. Very bizarre and that freaked me out. After two weeks of not tasting anything and eating healthily I was eating a chicken breast and noticed I tasted something not even remotely close to chicken breast. It tasted like vomit mixed with steel. Really the worst taste ever. And after that everything’s else started tasting like vomity steel. But I still didn’t really care about that because I’ve never been a huge foodie. It did start getting my hopes up though because at that point I realized that I had crumpled my olfactory nerve, rather than severed it. I was still mainly concerned with the fact that I had lost interest in all my hobbies (except listening to music). Belieber still sucked so I knew my music taste had not faultered. Anyways slowly, very slowly I mean I started tasting foods KIND OF the way they used to taste. Like for a second I would taste it the real way instead of the vomit steel. And that one second became two seconds and I would start to taste different foods. That slow process took about two years for me to get what I consider being 90% of my smell and taste back. Now 6 years later I’m back doing all my old hobbies again and have my taste and smell probably about 99% back. You have to train your brain to taste and smell again. Try really hard to remember what something tasted and smelled like and TRY to taste that. That’s how I regained my senses. And be patient. Occasionally (very rarely now) I still get phantom smells of something burning. But not NEARLY as bad or long lasting as before. One time I had it so bad a couple months after I hit my head that I thought my room was on fire so I searched the entire room thinking I would find scorching flames. Needless to say everything was normal. Anyways I hope my story can give some of you hope. When I was doing all sorts of research about this phenomena after hitting my head and feeling down about everything I think I would have felt some sort of comfort in reading someone else’s story. Now I’m back to skydiving, powder skiing, just got engaged, and totally killin it at life! Keep your naugin safe. Wear a helmet.

3 years ago I fell backward on a cement sidewalk and was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. I was in intensive care for 3 days and 3 more days in the hospital for observation and multiple CAT scans and an MRI. 2 days after I got home I realized I couldn’t smell anything. I kept trying all sorts of spices and perfumes and smelled absolutely nothing. Doctors told me it might come back on its own, but there was nothing they could do. After 4 or 5 months I noticed I could detect some odors very slightly. Very slowly my sense of smell has increased. It is very gradual and I would say I have less than 50% of it back. Some things I can smell quite well. I can smell onions when frying and rosemary and sage scents are very strong. I can smell perfume, but cannot detect one perfume from another very well. I continue to try to smell a variety of things each day hoping that will help stimulate the nerves. I hope it continues to improve, but what I have gained back is a big improvement from where I started. Hope this is encouraging to others who have suffered with Anosmia. I still have some phantom smells, but fortunately most are pleasant!

Totally with you. Although I lost the senses of taste and smell immediately after my concussion. I am struggling to accept that, as my profession is as a food and beverage manager for restaurants. How do I create wine or food menus? How do I knowingly create food and wine pairings? If I were to "fake" it, and steer my guests wrong, it could be a disaster for my company. I daily put Cedar and Fir tree extracts on a former sprain. Both are very intense aromas, but....nothing. I have lost a pound a day since the fall, many would be pleased, but this is too quick a loss, and I am concerned about my nutritional needs: fiber, vitamins, etc. When I eat ice cream I can sense creamy and cold. That is as far as it gets. Is there any hope for this condition?

Interesting story Eric, i'm glad your virtually back to normal! I fainted at home back in January and hit my head hard on the kitchen floor. Luckily I did not have a serious brain injury, just constant headaches for a week or so. Since then I have no sense of smell or taste and also get strange burning smells. Its only been 12 weeks since the injury so fingers crossed it won't be forever. How quickly life can change!

I have same problem as u said above. So i would also like to have suggestion for treatment procedure

I really appreciate this comment. Your story sounds a lot similar to what I'm going through. And is one of the few first-hand experiences that I closely can relate to. Except I would describe everything tasting and (smelling) like old, burnt, moldy, musty, gym socks... Everything except milk has a variation of this unique taste. And it's been About a year and it's not getting any better. Almost worst sometimes. But what's weird about my experience is that k also lost about 85-90 percent of my hearing in my left ear, and it's always ringing either really loudly or almost non-existent. I am definitely taking your advice and trying to remember what things used to taste like and it's helped me stomach things a little better and gives me a new small shred of hope.
Thanks, I needed it...

In November I fell hitting the back of my head. Since then nothing tastes nor smells. I'm desperate.

I was involved in a motorcycle accident 07/2017 and hit my head hard on the pavement. I had ringing in the ears and a bad headache for several days. About 5 days post accident I realized I couldn’t smell or hardly taste anything. Citrus fruit tastes strange to me now. Tastes like metallic lotion. I can tell when something has a strong smell but it doesn’t smell anything like it’s supposed to. Mainly the smell of burnt toast and plastic. It is very frustrating. I was hoping to gain smell back but I’m now 8-9 months post injury so it’s not looking good.

I had the same problem the nose an ear doctor said to take zinc supplements to bring back some of the smell and it helps

Two months ago today i suffered a gunshot wound to the head and when i was released from the hospital i lost an eye, my sense of taste, and my sense of smell. I've lost almost 60 pounds due to these losses because i had no urge to eat or drink anything and when i did eat or drink i had to force myself to do so. But, thankfully my taste came back right before Thanksgiving (Thank the Lord up above) but i still cant smell anything. If anyone knows anyway to help your body get that sense back please let me know how you did it because at this moment i am 2,000+ miles away from my fiance and i pack one of her shirts with me and lord knows id give my other eye just to be able to smell her scent at least one more time.

I had an accident around 11 months ago , I was a pedestrian who got hit by a car, I was 18 at the time . I suffered a subdural hematomma as well as a hemmorage in the brain and as a result of this TBI I lost my sense of smell which impacted my sense of taste also . At the beginning when the swelling was still there , I couldn't smell or taste a thing! Around 2-3 months later I begun burping randomly , it wasn't a normal burp ... every time I burped I felt this disgusting taste/smell .. almost like rotten eggs and some sort of gas , somehing that I cannot explain in words. Everything I put into my mouth after that tasted like what I had smelt/tasted when I burped and I found it hard to eat .. I realised that dry foods such as crackers also had that horrible taste but the taste wasn't as intense. I later on got used to eating everything with the horrible taste still there . one thing I cannot eat though is anything orange flavoured ... it tastes exactly how a damp dog smells ... picture that if you can. I can taste sweet, bitter, sour or spicey but I cannot make out what I am eating as I cannot smell a thing .... all these flavours also mix with the disgusting flavour I mentioned previously ... it just all makes no sense , it's terrible but I've learnt to live with it and I'm managing pretty well . Chocolate is something that I cannot eat also , tastes like how soil smells with a mixed in flavour of that horrible smell that never seems to go away .

I'm dealing with the same thing I got hit in the back of the head at first for 5 months I couldn't taste or smell anything now for 2 months I have got this horrible taste that I can't explain it's very depressing I don't know what to do but anything sweet and the smell is worse can't take it my heart is broke because I can't taste or smell

I had that. REALLY sucked big time. Was worse than not tasting or smelling anything at all! And now 6 years later Im probably close to 100% recovered in regard to smell and taste. Goodluck. Don’t hit your head again!

That's exactly what happens to me. I'm a little over 24 months post TBI. Unfortunately for me nothing has come back. It's so hard to explain this to people who haven't experienced it. I love how everyone says oh I would be sooo skinny if I couldn't taste or smell. I tell them your brain doesn't know it can't taste and it still craves things. Blood sugar still spikes andndeops wether you can taste or not meaning you still get cravings for carbs. Anyway oranges and reg chocolate are a no go for me too. I pick food by textures now. Love bread pudding (previously despised it pre TBI). Also try 60% dark chocolate it works for me when I crave chocolate. I learned that it's milk chocolate or semi sweet that tastes like "sulfur" to me

I am 5 years post tbi. Came out of rehab with smell, taste, and hearing okay. Now, 5 years later, taste is just about gone. Docs said this would occur...maybe. Smell is apparently gone too....at Christmas Eve services a guy threw up on row in front of us and I didn’t smell a thing. Only good thing to come from losing your smelling ability. Now my hearing is diminished on the trauma side . The docs have replied ‘sorry’. I will learn to adapt to texture. Hamburgers are still hamburgers regardless. Smell, wish I could smell baking bread. Hearing, well....I will just turn the TV up louder. Sh** happens. I’m alive.

I lost my sense of smell due to being beat with bats in the head and also shot in the head the doctor said my brain was unharmed by the bullet cause it missed but i still want to know if i will ever smell again

I received a hemorrhagic brain injury 3 years ago and I lost the ability to smell or taste but there was this weird chemical odor prevalent sometimes all day and whenever I ate.
So after a year of enduring no sense of taste or smell I was recommended frankincense, which when diffused, crosses the blood-brain barrier and helps re-establish synapse points. Within 3 months of diffusing frankincense and lavender I began to develop a sense of taste and smell again and the experience was much as a child experiences when encountering brand new flavors in their lives.
The sensation was weak at first but it began to develop stronger and a full year later I have achieved what I would consider close to a full palate again : a full spectrum of flavors and smells.
However, that noxious chemical odor persists at times and I noticed recently that it happens after the brain is jostled even slightly.
I wonder if that's the flavor of a cyst leaking into the brain and it hitting all of your blood vessels including your taste buds?

Could you please say how much/long/often you diffused? How many drops of frankincense you used per how much water? I am extremely interested and I have spent many hours researching your information. Now I just need details. Please elaborate. Thank you!

Thank you so much for this information... I'm going to try frankincense too. May I ask how you found about what to use? I like natural as much too and would like to know what natural things to use for taste, smell, vision, balance, thought. I would appreciate knowing where to find what things to use. I'm glad you're better!

I lost my sense of smell and taste following brain surgery for a TBI in March, 2014. Depression is my biggest challenge and would very much like to find some kind of support group. Does anyone know of research or support groups in central NC?

I lost my sense of smell many years ago cause of a accident. I can smell a bit but not perfume or stuff I wanna smell. I wish I could. One thing I dont miss smelling which is alright by me is someone's bad body odor or someone passing gas. At least I can't smell that. I can taste foods with no problem. Maybe someday it will return at least one can hope but if it doesn't it doesn't I've lived with it this long. It just sucks!!!

On April 2016, i had a TBI on a road accident, first few days i was unable to understand why it was smelling same for everything, the after a couple of days i came to know that i have lost my smelling sensation completely and i was able to smell something like preloaded smells in my brain which used to come and getting changes in a cycle i can remember there was four preloaded smells which was repeatedly coming and getting changed one after one and none of the smells were relevant to anything which was there or were in front of me even still now if i come across any strong odour or any dirty thing it smells like sprit....

I had a TBI back in July 2016. During my hospital stay, I was asked about my sense of smell and I would say, "Does my nose work?" then breathe in and say, "Yes". I literally didn't understand (nor was I ever tested) that they actually wanted to know if I could smell, not breathe. A few weeks later, my family complained about the smell of my running shoes and I quickly realized that I had no sense of smell. Soon after that, I noticed I was eating something that I previously had not liked. Smell impacts so much of your taste. I still have no sense of smell and was told that if it comes back, my doctor wants dibs on getting to write my story, as he's never heard of it happening. I can "taste" heat and texture, so I eat almost everything with hot spices and keep increasing the heat as I get used to the next level (jalapeno, habanero, ghost pepper, etc). I still order most of the same foods at restaurants, even though I can't experience them the same, because it's uncomfortable to be out with friends and family and simply order food to fill my hunger while they experiment with high-end dinners and new "chef's specials". I don't mind it, but it makes them uncomfortable, so I play along by not "under ordering".
I guess there are more of us out there than I thought. Stay safe, enjoy the other parts of your life and don't let this one hidden disability bring you down. Yes, I'm talking to myself there as well.

I also lost my sense of smell completely due to tbi in 2003. I can taste just fine which surprises everyone who asks. Once in a while I think I smell something but I know it's not actually happening. learned to live with it, compare it to drinking water. want to keep looking for a doctor that could give me a complete explanation of why they can't make it come back. Just really curious

I lost my sense of smell when I was 18 I'm now 61. I fell out the back of a pickup. In a coma 5 days they say I died a some point. When I'm sick it's like I smell a bad odor . I can smell or recognize rain . Chemicals I can notice them I've affect my nose strangely . When my kids smell smoke. I turn off the lights shine a flashlight to see if there's smoke . I have smoke detectors in all rooms. I do miss the smell of a woman- perfume. Also I've found that I can talk to people than get told by someone. How can you talk to them they smell bad. I believe that you use other senses to compensate and commonsense . Look around, listening, watch where you step. As far as food, two things. If you doubt if it's fresh or not nobody's around I can't tell by looking or feeling don't eat or drink it . And I can eat stuff now that I could not before because I can't smell it. And fake it. People will ask me to smell stuff. If you say you can't smell they don't believe you. So make them happy. Yes that smells good.

1 month ago today I suffered a concussion from a fall at home. I was unconscious for a few minutes and went to the ER. They did a CAT scan and said everything looked normal. Last week I realized I couldn't smell anything except for a strange nondescript phantom smell. This smell occurs a few times a day for a second or two. I've also started to experience a burning sensation on my tounge. Has anyone else experienced this?

Hi Joel. I also have a total loss of smell and terrible burning tongue, following a head injury. The injury was in September 2016 and the severity of burning has reduced slightly over time. I have not had much luck with doctors who are familiar with this side effect. Have you had any luck with minimizing the burning tongue?

Yes I fell and hit my head a year and a half ago. I can't smell anything at all. Taste has started to return but only sweet and hot and spicy foods. This week I noticed everything I eat burns my mouth! M&ms, pizza, cheese, bread! It's bms. Burning mouth syndrome. It's for real! I just googled it!

I had an accident 3 months ago and lost my sense of smell now I also experience a strange kind of smell that makes me more depressing I don't what it is , I just want to become as good I was before

I had a fall fractureing my skull and whiplash injury in 2012. In August 2017 I had a impact to underside of my chin again causing a mild whiplash injury

but seem now to have recovered some of my sense of smell.

Strong sweet odours I can now pick up like herbs and perfumes.

Im so pleased the pain of the neck injury doesn't hurt so much.

I wanted to share this info in case this may help others.

Could it be just scar tissue from first accident inhibiting olfactory glands working?

lost my sense of smell falling off a cab 4 Months ago. I dont know how to recover my nerve back . But tnx to jah i still smell bad things from a distance.

I lost my sense of smell after a TBI in 2013. The doctor asked me if I had any leakage from my nose that was of a grayish colour. I remembered that when I was in the hospital I felt like I had a cold but when I blew my nose the mucus was a grayish colour. She told me i that was the case then it might regain my sense of smell. I did eventually partially regain it but it took almost a year.

I also, because is a skull fracture in December of 2008 lost both my sense of taste & my sense of smell. The sense of taste came back in levels or degrees over the next few years. Sense of smell, that was & is another story. For at least a year or more I could smell nothing. Then chemicals, as in treated water. I could also smell skunks. But food burning on the stove, no. Today, for the first time in many years, I smelled food burning, recognized what it was & was able to get to it and correct the problem. I know it sounds silly to say "I thrilled! ", but I am! I also hope it continues to come back.

11 weeks ago I fell backwards and hit the back middle of my head on the hardwood floor. I don't know if I lost consciousness or not. I only remember waking up in my bed the next morning (I had set my alarm for work so I guess I was in my right mind at the time). I had a big very painful lump so I went to the ER. They did a CT scan and I had a concussion but they said everything would be alright in a couple weeks.

I realized while in the ER that I could not taste or smell at all. I told the Dr. and he said It will either come back in a few weeks or not at all. Since then I have regained about 50% of my former ability to taste but almost no smell at all. The weird thing is that everything smells the same (I can't identify this smell because I've never smelled it before). The best I can describe it is a sourdough type smell and when I say everything smells like this I mean everything. Yuck.

Most foods also taste like this smell even though I can actually taste other tastes along with it. Sorry, this is hard to describe. I read that in some cases a chiropractor can help to regain normal taste and smell ability. Has anyone tried this?. I'm in fear of never smelling again or tasting things normally as I am coming up on 3 months since the injury.

I have the exact same problem. Eveeything stinks and tastes like that awful smell. I have seizures after being beat by one of my patients. (I'm a nurse) and I had a huge episode of seizures one day and fell giving myself a brain bleed. I wish everything didn't smell like this awful strange smell I can't get rid of.

I filed from a motorcycle accident two years ago and I have the same symptoms plus Tinnitus in right ear. I visited many doctors in Germany and Paris. Answer: No treatment for this case and the body will recover by itself. They advise me to get multivitamin B and it’s good for nerve recovery. The happy thing this day is that I can smell and recognize the safron smell. Try it and will make you happy and give hope to back to you and every one.

I also have lost my smell sense in August 2007 in one of big car accident in India. Since then I am unable to smell anything. But I have find a way to live life like normal person.

On NYE this year I fell off a golf cart and hit my head. What a great start to 2017! Initially I was focused on my subdural hematoma and massive headaches. It wasn't until 3 weeks into my injury that I realized complete loss of smell. For a while I had hopes of regaining it back. Doctors told me 6 months after injury was my window to regain it. But sadly that time has come and gone. To wake up everyday with the same phantom smell in my head is a reality I never thought I would meet, but sadly it is there.I can't even describe the smell cause it is nothing I remember smelling. It isn't a pleasant smell. I try to talk to close friends and family about the struggles of being without smell but they fail to sympathize and I don't really blame them- they just can't comprehend that. The other day I got an email about halloween candles coming out (pumpkin spices I loved so much) and I just started to cry. Some days I am OK others I am scouring the internet for some miracle answer to fix this.

It is great to read everyone's story. See the same sadness and struggle associated with such an invisible "disability". To know I am not alone and to hear some of you guys got the smell back after years gives me true hope! Again Thank You for sharing.

I also fell off a golf cart! I have no smell or taste! The phantom smells are awful. I've been sick for two days because of them. It feels like no one knows what you're going through. People pass me things to smell all the time and i try and try with no results. Phantom smells need to go away for good!

January this year(2017)I fell off a semi truck flat bed trailer suffered a concussion. About 2 weeks later I realized I could not smell anything not even ammonia. Dr advised taking zinc that might help. I did for about 2 weeks. That was bad for me. Now I still can't smell and most everything I eat taste like I'm sucking on a old rusty lead pipe. Very frustrating. When I lost smell I also lost approximately 80% of my sense of taste. I wish you all luck in regaining your sense back!!!

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