My sense of smell is gone! - Page 5
I'm in this nightmare for 14 weeks now...it's too early to tell but I came up with many recovery stories which thankfully gives hope... as I read smelling at least something in the beginning is significant. And the fluctuations you mention are the worst. Mine is even worse; in the middle of the night I wake up with a perfect sense of smell but in the morning its gone. Do you have parosmia or phantom smells? This is a crazy waiting game....
Hi to all.
Just want to share my experience with this thread.
First or all, i am not a medic neither affiliated with any medical institution.
My name is Ricardo i am from portugal male xD.
Never had any serious disease just the normal cold/flu once per year dez ~fev range.
Now this year was very dif from others because i had two cold or flu strikes;
The first came on dec 16, runny eyes, stuffed nose the usual, but it cured itself within 2 days.
Now last sunday 26/02/2017, i waked with minor headache, runny nose, and throat pain(could not swallow), but no fever, and smell/taste was gonne.
Well, every year this happens, but this time, as we speak on the 4th day, throat pain is gone, headache went away on first day.
But when i did wake the smell was not there, only after a hour or so it did came but still very weak(i would say 15%).
Now i do not know if it is because the infection is still on, (i do now that my nose does not expelling mucus, but i fell there is something stuffing inside).
By now I hope you have recovered your sense of smell.
To answer your question ( probably more for the sake of others due to the delay) my sense of smell had come back noticeably but not 100% completely at first. I remember using my essential oils as a testing ground for improvement. I would constantly test myself daily (without looking at the labels) to see how accurate my sense was becoming. I would write what I thought the oil fragrance I sniffed was and at the end of the test I would see how many I got right. I had good days and bad days but I knew that I was improving. This kept me positive. Several months later I started to smell smoke again and the distorted smell came back much to my dismay, but this was short lived. I still have sinus issues but my sense of smell is back.
Sorry again for the delay and I hope this helps someone.
Hi, no problem, i do thank you for your answer.
I my case, as it is today 02/03/2017, it did improve alot, because i can smell much more far away from the nose tip, but it seems to me in my case and probaly in others, the problem is blocked nasal passages due to inflamation, because there are brief moments that i can smell much better, when i clear my throat/nose.
From everything i read, and believe me, it was alot, when you have a damage that big on endings you cannot smell anything, zero.
In my case, i am still curing a common cold(not flu because i did not have the fever), this is the 5th day its very likely that the nasal passages are sllowen(i know they are blocked, i can breath good, but the noise outch).
My taste is now 99% recovered, smell is improving, BUT smelling in open spaces still not the same, but close range is improving.
From what i read, the olfactory epithelium do regenerate, from URI only.
This is a light of hope.