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Chronic Subderal Hematoma?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 12, 2006
  • 02:49 PM


I'm hoping someone out there can provide some feedback or lead me in the right direction.

I suffered from a Chronic Subderal Hematoma in Jan of 2000 and subsequently received surgery. The operation went well and the hematoma was cleaned/removed. In Nov 2001, I underwent another surgery because a small screw worked it's way out through my drill hole in the right portion of my head. This operation was also a success.

With this in mind and the fact that six years have transpired I was wondering why over the past few months why the smell of burning cigarettes is constant through my nasal passageway. I don't smoke nor anyone in my family. This smell is stronger at times and it's evident outside, inside....almost anywhere.

I was told that the strong odor or smell of "burning" could be linked to either a stroke or brain condition?? I'm still waiting for my HMO to give me some feedback, but was hoping someone might have some possible causes. The smell is very strong and is similar to the smell of burning cigarettes.

Any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated..

Thanks much

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  • Hi, I can't believe your post! It is exactly the same as I've been experiencing for the past few months, and I feel like I'm losing my mind! Every where I go, I smell smoke. In my home, in my car, outside, in other homes, right now I'm smelling it very strong. Sometimes it's not quite as bad. I've tried "Ocean Spray" to clean my sinuses, but it didn't help. My daughter thought I was "hiding something" and had started smoking again! I haven't touched a cigarette for years, and I have no desire to. The smell makes me sick. I don't have any history of brain surgery like you did. I have no serious health conditions, just a few routine things... hypothyroidism, and mild hypertension. Let me know if you find out anything. Thanks, TNJ
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 00:03 AM
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  • I'm another one. I was searching on symptoms and arrived here. For several years now I've had a strong smell of smoke or something burning including burning, watery eyes that feels exactly like my face is in a cloud of smoke. It can happen when I'm in bed at night or at work, anywhere without any causes I can determine. I've tried the Ocean spray nasal spray but that doesn't seem to make much difference. I have several chronic conditions that may contribute -- type II diabetes, I've had two heart stents put in for blocked arteries, allergies and sleep apnea. For a while I thought it might be related to using a CPAP machine at night and I've tried increasing the humidifier settings but that didn't make a difference. My doctor doesn't have a clue except that it might be related to the medications I'm taking including insulin and the allergy meds. If anybody has any idea where to focus a search for the cause I'd appreciate knowing about.
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