Hi, Ellie! Congrats on making it to the doctor, lol.
Yes you need to stop panicking! (sp) You don't have a mass, OK? Pleurisy and pneumonia are handleable, they are the worst case scenario, you don't need the added stress, just try to chill. Take the K if you a freaking out.
Anyhoo, yes, you can hallucinate smells, they are called olfactory hallucinations, just like the auditory hallucinations type Is get like hearing voices and hearing your name all the time. Ugh, I remember the voices and singing that kept me up every night. Also hearing someone call my name at work constantly was getting to be embarassing, lol. Well, half the time there wasn't even anybody behind me, so it wasn't ALWAYS an embarassment!
These are symptoms of psychosis. Now, do you believe you are BP for sure? I would hope so!
Oh man, I remember smells that WEREN'T hallucinations, people's breath mainly, used to set me off like crazy, I even told my boss in my first job out of school to get off my back and leave me alone, becuase she was standing next to me and talking to me and she had the worst smoker's breath, OMG that one ALWAYS sent me into orbit! (I got fired, that day, BTW, go figure). Now it just nauseates me, but I do get mad if I have to smell it. Second hand smoke, even people who smell like a f****** cigarette factory. Funny thing is, I smoked a pack a day until 3 years ago.
How about sounds? I remember having to literally eat dinner in a totally different room than with Paul because the sound of his chewing literally made the hair on all my skin stand up and I thought I would start smashing everything in the house. Unbelievable I'm still married! OMG and TV or radio, esp if someone would try to talk to me without completely muting them first! Same thing as the chewing thing.
I SURE don't miss that! God, I wonder now how I survived that severe irritabilty. As far as I'm concerned that was the very worst of the entire disease, I'm just glad it's gone.
Yeah, just keep taking your meds, you know Abilify takes a couple of weeks to start working, right, so be patient and don't bail when it starts to work!