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Phantosmia (Olfactory Hallucination)

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  • Posted By: celticstuntmonkey
  • February 3, 2013
  • 02:14 AM

Hi. I've never posted on a forum before, but am really stumped. The smell that no one else smells (Olfactory Hallucination) began back in Summer 2011. It smells like diesel fumes and is so realistic that it actually causes nausea and a headache. It isn't constant, but rather, it comes and goes. The longest episode has lasted for almost 6 days. Sometimes I have as many as two episodes in a month, and then I may go five or six months before I have another episode. I am scared, and worry about a brain tumor or something, but have no insurance for expensive diagnostic tests. Has anyone besides me ever experienced these episodes? If so, what causes it and have you been successfully treated?

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  • I have this happen every spring and it is horrible! I smell burn coffee or cigarette smoke. Last year I started rinsing my nose in the shower. Letting the water run down my nose and out my mouth. After doing this for a couple of days the smells disappear. I don't know if this will help you but it has helped me so much. I used to go crazy for weeks at a time, but now I can get rid of it fast....
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