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    cllinda asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Did you get sensitive to smells during treatment?

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      Jouska

      Smells and taste were both weird. I love Mexican food and I couldn't eat any Mexican food throughout chemo, both smell and taste - it all tasted of salt even when I made it myself and I knew it wasn't over salted. Thank goodness that went away. I hated the smell of toothpaste and that was rough because brushing is so important during chemo and I just had to tough my way through it.

      4 months ago
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      GregP_WN

      Since my laryngectomy, I've had very little smell and not much taste. Other than the strange smell thing I described in another post where I can smell something that is actually coming from my throat. I have always assumed it had something to do with the material they used to rebuild my esophagus. I can only describe it as a plastic type of smell.

      4 months ago
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      MarcieB

      Greg, as if you don't have enough to deal with, now a persistent smell? Because of the timing I would assume, as you do, that it has something to do with your re-built esophagus or maybe your breathing stoma (am I using the correct term?). Have you asked your doctors? This does not seem like an acceptable part of any new normal - it sounds like a maddening nuisance! Have you noticed if anything can make it lessen? A mint?

      4 months ago
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    cllinda asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Since when?

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      meyati

      My stupid opinion-MSO- remember that everyone-LOL-- Seriously--the Shingles virus lives in a body for years and years, waiting to be set off by something. I do think that Shingrix works and protects us from the virus.

      After WW2. it seemed that there was a shingles epidemic. It was what was talked about in the media of that time. I find myself thinking of that time, and I think shingles was probably set off by the stress of WW2. Back then the thought was if the shingles worked around your body and made a ring that you died.

      So go get your shingrix as soon as possible, because these are stressful times. We've had plenty of stress-2008- and so on.

      6 months ago
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      Bengal

      Thankfully I have never had the shingles but I know several people who suffered severe cases, including my mother (twice), my aunt, a family friends who got them on her face, it is a horribly painful experience. I gotta remind that drugstore I'm on their list and encourage everyone to get on a list sonewere. Apparently vaccine is used up faster than they can manufacture it. And if course right now all are concentrating on Covid19.

      6 months ago
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      meyati

      @bengal--try to check every week, because it goes quickly most of the time. Like I said- I waited 8 months. It was pure chance that that I bought some greens at Albertson's when they had the sign up.
      Believe me, I told the pharmacy how delighted I was that they put the signs up at the cash registers.

      6 months ago