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Nose Nopes

Nose Nopes

May 20, 2015
Posted in: Lyme Disease | Reading Time: 1 minute

Phantosmia - 087/365

Phantosmia: an olfactory hallucination makes you detect smells that aren't really present in your environment.  It’s seen in people with Parkinsons disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and of course Lyme disease. It’s usually an unpleasant smell.  For years as I went undiagnosed, along with multiple neuro and muscular skeletal symptoms, I would smell cigarette smoke when nobody was smoking. I detest cigarette smoking. Why couldn’t it be baked cookies? Because Lyme disease is a cruel bitch.  Author Amy Tan, who’s recovered from Lyme disease, referred to her phantom smell as putrid rat. Yikes! Cigarette smoke doesn’t seem so bad compared to that.  A few months into treating with IV antibiotics last fall, that symptom abated.  Score ILADS doctor! Lyme disease you’re going DOWN!


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3 comments on “Nose Nopes”

  1. The smell of cigarettes is horrific, but we can't imagine putrid rat:( Thank dogness for those antibiotics.

  2. Good thing your sniffer isn't as sensitive as Juno's! Oh, wait, it has nothing to do with the nose, does it…It's a neurobiological thing. I agree - brownies would be nice...

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