• Messed up taste buds. Its hard to taste anything. Everything is bland.

    Asked by Lexi21 on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Messed up taste buds. Its hard to taste anything. Everything is bland.

    Has anyone had trouble with their taste bud due to chemo or radiation. Almost everthing I eat has no taste. Does anyone have any food suggestions? I am also getting treated for thrush so that may be playing into this loss of taste.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It's one of the most common side effects for most people. No taste is better than everything tasting bad. Just eat based on schedule and hunger rather by taste.

      over 4 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      The important thing is to keep eating. For the past three years, I have received a study drug that produces 2-3 days of anorexia post-treatment. I have difficulty eating at all for 1-2 days post-treatment. After that, I must be highly selective. What I have found is that certain foods will appeal to me as being "edible" but I must put some thought into it. If I concentrate on those foods (and they seem to change regularly), I can eat them at that time. The next day, they may not be so appealing, for some reason. Some days, even water tastes salty - that is a problem I must admit.

      Now, what I decide that I can eat may be something that is not terribly nutritious, but having some food intake is better than none at all. As well, there are some foods that can mask the effects of taste change. It does take some experimentation, but you will probably find at least one or two foods that are palatable. And, if that is not the case, make a list of things that offer decent nutrition and make yourself eat them. Chemo will not last forever, and you vitally need to keep your food intake up to maintain some strength, and to avoid developing infection, which your low blood numbers may not be able to fight.

      over 4 years ago
    • roselind63's Avatar

      For me eating smoothies, and fresh fruit helped me. I know what you mean, I got thrush in my throat, dr prescribed something I had to swallow. It helped, .

      For me it took days before I could eat solid foods. Eggs were the only thing I could eat after treatment. (over easy) It wasn't so easy for me. Nothing had flavor.
      I made my own beans in a crook pot.
      also, made my own chicken soup, in crook pot. added vegies I like.

      over 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      You have some great advice here. I can't taste much either but I remember how the food tasted in the past so if I focus on how the food should taste, it doesn't seem so bad. I have also been focusing on texture of food. I try to each crunchy foods and then smooth foods. For some reason that helped a lot.

      I am really hoping my taste ability comes back. I have several foods that I'm not allowed or can't eat right now that I really want to enjoy at this journey end. It will be so disappointing not to enjoy them the way I am thinking about them!

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Exercise helps because it helps with appetite. You end up wanted to eat. I lost quite a lot of weight, and I had to eat on a schedule. This was easier to accomplish on more active days than on less active days. By a long shot, actually.

      My taste buds went totally crazy on me, to the point that I could not tolerate our normal toothpaste. I ended up using Transformers toothpaste, of all things, and how it tasted to me (tolerable) versus how it tasted to my child (awesome!) was pretty darn surprising.

      Good luck - this part sucks, but the taste buds do seem to recoop. I'm just two and a half months out from my last chemo, and food tastes truly good again. I even enjoyed a beer the other night - yummy yummy stout. That was a first in a long long time.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Yep, me too, been through the loosing the taste 3 times. Lucky to say that it has come back each time. I had certain things that still tasted somewhat good, and thats what I ate. Mashed potatos and gravy, was a big one, I ate Ice cream a lot too, don't remember if I could taste or not, but felt good on my throat.

      over 4 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar

      Best advice I got was to eat anything that you want when you want. I have been drinking Ensure to keep my weight and just figure out what else I can get down. I have found food I can swallow quickly works better that those I have to chew. Small and crunch works well too. Smoothies seem to work for a lot of people, but it may depend what you put in it.

      over 4 years ago
    • WVgirl2424's Avatar

      I had a problem with my food tasting metallic, so at that time I used plastic spoons etc.. Then food had no taste, and shortly after that I had blisters all through my lips, mouth, throat and intestines. I was in hospital and the doc put me on pain pump and I ate pudding, ice cream and Popsicles. That lasted about 3 days, then blisters healed and I went for at least a month without tasting anything. I kept track of my food intake so that I knew I was eating enough each day. When you have no appetite and cannot taste anything you need to keep close track so that you get enough nutrition and hydration. That was 7/2011, now I have to watch what I eat or I gain weight. So, just know it passes, and please eat, your body needs it to heal.

      over 4 years ago
    • pakb56's Avatar

      I don't know if I so much crave things but find that certain things seem very appealing and others start making me a little queasy.

      When I have a taste for something I try to eat it because before I know it I may not want to eat anything.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I'm towards the end of my 8 week treatment and what's worked for me is having a variety of foods. Which means that I eat whatever I crave, when I crave it. Something very important is to eat on a schedule, that way you can make sure you are getting nutrition to sustain you. I know when food tastes just bad or no taste at all...you certainly don't want to eat it. Mentally tell yourself that this is your medicine too. Just as we are all going through treatments that make our body weak, we have to help our bodies heal and fight back. Good nutrition helps with this. Keep a supply of Ensure nearby for those times you definitely can't stomach food. I would even suggest taking one a day to help maintain a balance of vitamins, etc. Hang in there. Wish you all the best.

      over 4 years ago

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