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CThomm

384d

does anyone have issues with smelling food? it's been awhile since I've struggled so hard w this. I had brain surgery when I was 14, a tumor on the gag reflex part of the brain near the brain stem. never had any issues before then. went from 114lb to 175lb in a month from steroids. since then I gag all the time at food. opening the fridge, crackers, soup, veggies, fruits. Ill eat a meal a day for a week or two then eat tremendous amount of food when I can for as long as I can. sometimes I'll throw up 3-5 times a day. I've thrown up on myself driving. food disgusts me anymore. this is killing me. I know this all comes back to my brain surgery. but I'm wondering if anyone else deals with something comparable & ways to deal with it.

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    • AlannahW

      363d

      Hey 👋 I get when I have bad anxiety as I used to sort of force myself to stop eating at points, I couldn't stand the smell of certain food specially things like bacon or anything that had a high smell, I felt changing abit of my diet helped but I'm now on norotriptoline which helps with this aswell as my anxiety (but everyone's different) hope this helps

    • AlannahW

      363d

      Hey 👋 I get when I have bad anxiety as I used to sort of force myself to stop eating at points, I couldn't stand the smell of certain food specially things like bacon or anything that had a high smell, I felt changing abit of my diet helped but I'm now on norotriptoline which helps with this aswell as my anxiety (but everyone's different) hope this helps

    • scrow7

      377d

      Last time I noticed I was struggling with certain food scents was maybe 6 weeks ago. There was a continental market in town and I felt physically sick when walking past certain food stalls

    • Squidium

      384d

      This isn't nearly as bad compared to what you said and it doesn't happen very frequently, but I have times where I can't eat anything because the smell of food makes me feel like I'm going to projectile vomit. I've never had brain surgery, though, and I don't know why it happens.

      • Squidium

        384d

        @Squidium Also, wish I could help you out with it, but I haven't found anything to deal with it.

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One user mentioned experiencing an inflamed esophagus, which led to an increased gag reflex and nausea when smelling strong odors or taking large gulps of food. They sought advice on how to regulate their nausea and gag reflex but did not specifically mention brain surgery as the cause. It is essential to consult with a medical professional for personalized advice and potential treatments for your specific situation.

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