losing sense of smell and taste?

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   Posted 7/3/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else having this problem?
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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   

I know my smeller still works . . . .

But my taster is so off that I don't even want to go out to eat anymore . . . as I'm always disappointed, even at nicer restaurants. So . . . yes . . . nothing tastes good anymore.

Sorry you are having this problem too.


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   Posted 7/3/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Never heard of this in some relation to crohns... losing your sense of smell is known as anosmia (sp?).. and my smell/taste is great

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   Posted 7/3/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not having this right now, however, I have at certain phases, pre-diagnosis. it was not long lasting and went away on its own.  I've read zinc deficiency often causes this.  It can come from malabsorption, diet, or, I think, too much copper can give a zn deficiency, or maybe it's the other way around.  try taking some zinc gluconate, maybe, can't hurt.  it can  also be associated with certain kinds of faulty signalling in the brain, but that's very rare.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had that...and I'm a smoker and smokers tend to have their sense of smell and taste reduced because of it...have you started any new meds recently?

It would really suck, especially to lose sense of taste...I just prepared my Greek salad for supper with salmon tonight, I couldn't imagine not being able to taste that.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not a problem here
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
Meds I have tried:  Just about everything 
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 25mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injection 12wks
                           Folic Acid
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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I would definetly check your meds, many medications have strange side effects and that could be it-someone else mentioned nutritional deficiencys and that is also worth checking. Hope you find what is causing this and can do something about it.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, wait, sinus infection?  that might contribute to that also.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Smell goes along with taste so if your sense of smell is off, you will lose some sense of taste. Thats why I always hold my nose when I have to take those nasty preps and bariums. I had an aunt who lost her sense of smell from nasal decongestant, so that is another avenue to consider. Also, your sense of smell and taste decrease with age or so I'm told, just another one of those lovely perks.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
My sense of smell has become more sensitive.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
What meds are you on, Navy?

Have you noticed any other neurological-type-symptoms, like tingling in the limbs or ringing in the ears?
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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
the prednisone definitely hurt/ruined my taste buds. sweets aren't sweet. fruit is mostly bland. yes, it is an issue. it may just be the disease in general... but i've noticed it for sure!

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   Posted 7/3/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I may be way off base here, but are you by any chance on Flagyl? I thought I heard that it could affect your taste and smell. Sure hopes its a temporary thing. (((HUGS)))
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   Posted 7/3/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
when I was on flagyl, it gave a metallic taste to my food, but if I waited a few hours, it would go down.

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   Posted 8/13/2014 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having this problem... My doctor says that when there is a flare up, people can expect all different types of reactions. For about 4 yrs now, one of my tell-tell signs is swelling in my left ankle and foot and a loss of smell and taste. Not from a sinus infection either. FYI: I can breathe just fine, but can't smell or taste a thing. Going out to eat is usually a disaster. Nothing has a distinctive taste anymore. I can smell maybe 1/2 of the yr. Sucks!

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   Posted 8/13/2014 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
The only time I had a loss of taste and smell was after surgery.  about a couple days after leaving the hospital I noticed not being able to smell properly and I couldn't taste my cigars anymore.  I talked to my doc and he said anesthesia has been known to do some weird things, but didn't know for certain.   Other than that when I flare up I actually seem to be light, sound and smell/taste hypersensitive.
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