• Did you get sensitive to smells during treatment?

    Asked by cllinda on Sunday, August 2, 2020

    Did you get sensitive to smells during treatment?

    I just remember that cooking smells would get to me. He could be at the other end of the house making a hamburger and I would be gagging way in the bedroom.
    So what bothered you during treatment?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Jouska's Avatar
      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.

      11 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      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.

      11 days ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      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?

      11 days ago

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