Thank you so much for your responses ladies.....I really appreciate it! Upon further internet research, there seems to be only about 4 or 5 other possible links to that particular type of smell besides possibly fibro and none of them are very pleasant. On the diabetes link they also mention two other, more serious diabetic conditions......diabetic ketoacidosis and acidosis which both sound just lovely! Then, the brain tumor link only increases the fun! And, I accidentally stumbled across a site written and maintained by nurses that describe the "smell of impending death" as a sickly-sweet fruity acetone-like smell and that all experienced nurses know of this. They go further to explain that dogs and cats can smell this as well and will get really close and personal with you as if to comfort you in your final days! Man, this just keeps getting better and better!!!!! (So far my dog and cats don't seem to be any more "interested" in me than the usual "FEED ME" interest. LOL)
Diane, I HAVE been having more trouble with my eyes recently.......even before the hurricane......blurriness and especially bad stabbing, throbbing, searing pains in my left eye that are worse and more frequent than usual. And, with most of my fibro/cfs/cebv symptoms returning full blast, confusion and concern are starting to get to me a little.
Jeannie, I never noticed that you had diabetes until I re-read your sign-out thoroughly. I'm so sorry dear.......if anyone should know about that particular smell it would be you. I sure do hope you have it under control, at least a little if not fully!
Marlee.....thank you so much for your support of my bruised ego from my little personal pity party. It helps so much to be reminded of just how human we all are!
Sherrine & Tyno3......I'm going to approach this as if it is nothing more than another fibro/cfs "thing" because worrying about what it "might" be will only make me feel worse. I think EVERY single illness and disease feeds off of and absolutely loves stress and I don't think they need even more ammunition!
To all, just one more favor please. As far as seeing a doctor, which doctor would y'all recommend......my PCP who is also an internal med specialist or my rheumatologist who was referred to me by him? Which would be more qualified to order the more speific tests, cat scans/mri's that this might require?
Thanks and the gentlest of hugs to all,
Dx'd June 2008 with Fibromyalgia & CFS possibly caused by chronic Epstein-Barr virus (many years of ongoing symptoms.....recently worsening)......also, previously dx'd sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, low testosterone, high cholesterol, heart arrythmia & headaches (all types)
Several meds too numerous to list or remember!