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For about a year and a half or so, I have been having a problem. When I wake up, everything smells and tastes normal. Almost everyday, however, out of the blue, I may cough, laugh speak loudly, inhale strongly, or sneeze, etc. And then everything smells very strange. It is almost as if my sense of smell is stronger but distorted.

Also, my sense of taste becomes strange in that it too seems stronger but very much distorted. When this happens, it seems as if I always have a weird taste in my mouth. Beer tastes almost soapy and this change in taste can bother my stomach. Spicy foods seems spicyer and with a strange aftertaste. In fact, all foods have an aftertaste. Though I rarely smoke, if I smell smoke after this condition comes out, it smells very odd- kind of like a burnt chocolate smell.

The strange thing is this may not happen one day or the next, but then it will every day for weeks. I never know when it will happen and I always make it a point not to sneeze or cough or clear my throat if I can help it. I've tried to find a pattern of when it occurs but can happen at anytime, in any environment. And when it does happen, i'm stuck with it all day until I go to sleep. When I wake up the next da, everything is back to normal again until I cough of sneeze or whatever. Sometimes I can cough really hard or sneeze a ton of times, or laugh out loud for minutes without anything happening and then a simple inhale or throat clearing will bring on this strange condition.

Hope i'm not boring you. I have not gone to the doctor yet, but just wanted to know if anybody had any idea what this could be.
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replied December 30th, 2007
Potbelly, Do You Have Gerd (acid Reflux) Problems?
I ask because I developed GERD in the middle of this year, and since then, I have had almost the exact same problems as you. A tentative explanation for the taste and smell effects would be that the taste of reflux in the mouth causes taste, aftertaste, and smell changes. Remember that the senses of taste and smell are deeply connected to each other. Coughing and sneezing would make the problem worse because these actions can provoke more reflux.

Best wishes,
--ratobranco
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replied December 12th, 2009
HELP!
Has anyone figured out what this is? I'm currently suffering from the same thing and I don't know what to do to fix it.
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replied March 12th, 2010
Strange smell and taste
Hi Potbelly,
I have exactly the same problem, except I have something I call the smell, and a stronger variant called the super smell, both come on an ad hoc basis and go when i sleep at night. Have you had any luck solving this problem?

regards,
David
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replied July 26th, 2010
Eat a better diet , like what the dept of agriculture recomends the food pyramid.. Plus fruits taste good. The only trick to this is you need to pack your food the night before. i had this issue... im free of any smells and tastes... also go buy from a organic grocery store, a bottle of apple cider vinegar and take 2 tablespoons in a 8 oz cup diluted with water , and drink. I noticed the Apple cider vinegar is very very effective ... what happened is your esophogas has been exposed to stomach acids and has become burnt ... stomach acid only belongs in your stomach. So 1. go get apple cider vinegar drink 2 tablespoons of it per day diluted in 8 oz of water (half of a small bottle of water from the store) and drink that for immediate heart burn relif drink it untill you feel the full effect of it this may be a week to a month depending on you. 2. go online and get a printout of the us dept of agricultures most recent copy of the food pyramid and take a look at what you should REALLY be eating on a daily basis.(you will love the savings in grocery... forget oreos and chips and soda and junk u'll be amazed at the snacks u CAN eat according to the food pyramid... trust me you can do with those snacks u dont need to spend extra cash and buy junk that only makes gerd worse...)3. if you only eat right and just with your daily activities you sweat alot, i find that i dont rapidly loose weight, but i DO loose weight. i dont even work out religiously at all. follow this and i promise you will feel tons better even with your confidence. CONFIDENCE! wake up every morning and get some more CONFIDENCE! You can do it, just CHOOSE to do. You will save more money your food will be more organized. just print a food pyramid and magnet it to your fridge. just cooking is enough of a workout.. PS. the reason doctors think gerd is no longer popularly belived that there is TOO MUCH acid in your stomach, is because now they feel that there is too little acid in your stomach. I remember reading that in my research..

I swear im cured of acid and bad smells i can finally face someone and talk to them rather than look away to say my sentence then look back man i remember those days... oh yea and i also on top of all of this madness quit smoking cigarettes but i did so with chantix... if your healthy enough for it do it and stay comitted... pretend your in jail and its survival mode. .. work tawards quiting cigarettes or i promis just the gerd is enough to put you out early. your esophogas will do something with the scar tissue causing barrots esophegous or something like that witch is cancerous. I wonder if the Kardashians dad died of that esophegous cancer... anyways life is yours, you choose what u want out of it. Farewell, good luck
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replied November 21st, 2010
The food pyramid would be great...if you turned it upside down. I used to follow it and found that I was gaining weight and I never felt good. I now follow a diet of whole unprocessed foods as Bryan Marcel recommends. I am losing weight and sleeping better.
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replied March 18th, 2014
I have the the same thing. I've been to doctors and specialists but they can't tell me what it is. Sometimes even certain smells can trigger these effects. I found some relief one day when I laid down and cried my eyes out in pity and dispair. And it was gone for the moment, like my tears cleaned it out some how. So I went to the drug store and bought a squeeze bottle kit sinus wash. Followed the directions and forcefully squoze the bottle in my nostril and got the same relief like the crying did. A netty pot is an option as well. Another relief for me is hard to explain. I lay on my side hold my nose closed and seal my lips shut and go through the motions like I'm breathing in air through my nose. Like your trying to pot your ears but a reverse way if that makes sense. Don't remember how I came to that conclusion but it sometimes works. I've been suffering from this since the summer of 2005. I hope this helps you like it did me. When I read this I burst into tears because I thought I was the only one. If anybody finds out what this is please post.
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replied March 29th, 2014
Same thing has been happening to me for about a year. A cough and then the taste and smell. But I don't think my senses are more acute but wrong. And the taste/smell is kinda... alkaline.
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