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Loss of smell

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 14, 2008
  • 05:06 AM

Two years ago my former doctor said my ankles looked "a little swollen", and prescribed the diuretics spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide. Trusting his judgment, I followed his instructions. Within a few weeks, my feet became visibly swollen, painful and red. The swelling then moved nto my ankles and calves. Simultaneously, I lost my sense of taste and smell. After a battery of tests and scans - all clean - I informed my doctor that I would no longer take the medication. Within days the swelling stopped.

However it took several weeks/months for my taste and smell to come back. I believe my sense of taste is 100% restored, but 2 years after the fact I'd estimate my sense of smell is only about 90 to 95% restored.

I raised my concerns to my doctor, his intern and nurses SEVERAL times, only to be ignored.

I'm very grateful to be at 90 to 95%, but here are a few issues that concern me:
* I have a gas stove, but I can't smell the gas;
* I can't tell if food in the 'fridge has gone bad until it's WAY too late;
* I monitor food closely while baking, but during the few times a dish bubbled over, I didn't know anything had spilled until I saw smoke;
* Other odors are skewed, ie, gasoline now smells like my former memory of a skunk's odor.

In my research, I've learned that some sources attribute loss/skewed sense of smell to head injuries (no), certain diseases (no), OR a zinc and/or vitamin B12 deficiency. (I plan on purchasing some vitamin supplements ASAP!)

Has anyone experienced anything similiar, and can you offer any natural remedies?
As you can imagine, I'm at the point where I don't really want to take any medicine. Thanks in advance to any and all that offer suggestions!

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