Why do I intermittently smell cigarette smoke or like a tar smell for long periods? Then, it goes away for months, then back again. It then makes me nauseous after awhile; sometimes a headache from all of the cigarette smell. I don't smoke. I do have epistaxis upon blowing at intervals in the winter. My eyes even feel like they're burning - like after crying or a cold. I have no cold symptoms, no sinus symptoms. No upper respiratory symptoms. Dr.'s are baffled however, hundreds of people on this blog site with same EXACT symptoms. I have no psychiatric disorders. I am very realistic with treatment. I am very scientifically oriented. Any suggestions? Is this a "marker" for any other disease or pathology? Very concerned gathering that every physician seems to want to label this as psychiatric or ENT related with unknown findings.
Diagnosis that has been suggested: obesity, NIDDM, asthma, gastritis, bilateral 1-2+ pedal edema no known reason for smelling smoke at long intervals
Current medical status: see above
Current medical treatment: Amaryl 2mg PO BID Protonix 40mg PO BID Ibuprofen prn ( questionable arthritis - going to see a Rheumatologist 1/09)
If you feel a certain smell that doesnât really exist that is called olfactory hallucination. Olfactory hallucination can be a result of nose disorders (inflammation), neurological disorders (brain tumor, epilepsy, multiple sclerosisâ¦) or certain psychiatric issues.
If there isnât any ENT or any neurological disorder the only possibility left is a psychiatric disorder.
You could consult an ENT and neurologist about your problem.
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