• changes in tastebuds

    Asked by leesabee on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    changes in tastebuds

    I have heard of people saying that some foods and drinks have a metallic taste to them. Has anyone had food or drinks that taste really salty even when no salt is present. My food tastes like it is soaking in salt water. Can your body produce too much salt during chemo?

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    • Janicem's Avatar

      When I took my chemo treatments it would cause my food to taste that way , but it will go away in time. Mine only lasted about a week after being finished.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Your body isn't producing the salt, it is just your salt taste buds that are over reacting. Very annoying, but not a big problem. For me, sucking on sugar free butterscotch candies helps a little to mask the salty taste.

      almost 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Chemo is notorious for mucking up your sense of taste. For me, a lover of spicy foods, anything with the slightest bit of black pepper in it tasted way too spicy. Others tasting my food felt it was bland, and I'd be unable to eat it.

      The worst (!) is the people I know who couldn't stand the taste of chocolate during chemo! I can't imagine life without chocolate!

      Your taste buds will return to normal after this is done.

      almost 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn (Best Answer!)

      Oh my gosh this is the bane of my existence right now!!! I am dropping weight, and I have a TERRIBLE taset in my mouth pretty much all of the time. To me, it tastes like yucky black olives (as opposed to yummy ones, which I love).

      Ugh - it is not fun.
      I also have the salt issue. Things with salt taste better... And everything Else tastes like bad salty black olives.... It's so strange.

      Oddly, I have found that bubble gum toothpaste provides some relief... Not a bunch.... But a bit. It's this transformers toothpaste that my child can't wait to have when I'm done with this tasting problem.

      Anyway, I went through 16 cycles, and I did pretty well taste wise until I hit the ac cycles - the last four cycles, that is. There's no doubt that it depends on the person and on the chemo.... But I am told that after about a week after chemo is done, the taste buds start turning back towards normal.... I'm two days away from that one week mark, so I really really hope that my taste buds are getting ready to start behaving!

      Also, I have found there are things that I cannot tolerate at all anymore..... One of them is my beloved garlic..... So sad!

      Anyway, hoping my appetite will return with those taste buds... And that I'll get back towards normal soon.....

      So, that's my story.... For what it's worth.
      Best wishes,

      Ps - I haven't really tried candies.... I'm gonna try that....
      Pps - dark chocolate still tastes yummy - thank goodness!

      almost 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Friends who had gone through chemo had warned me about the metallic taste, which I didn't have. Instead, I couldn't tolerate anything sweet. I am a chocoholic and chocolate tasted nasty. It allowed me to lose over 20 lbs, but it is now several months since I finished and everything tastes pretty normal again (including chocolate which explains why I've gained almost 10 lbs back!).

      Spicy foods were completely intolerable since my taste buds were raw, as were all my mucosa linings (crying was beyond painful as was using toothpaste).

      I also had a horrible taste in my mouth, which I called "chemo breath," although my husband swore I didn't have bad breath. I craved lemon, anything lemon. I would often suck on lemon drops just to get the nasty taste out of my mouth.

      So take heart, the taste buds will come back.

      almost 5 years ago

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