Is there anyone that understands this...It would sure be appreciated to have an understanding...This is been going on for about 4 months now for me. It started with just smelling exhaust fumes almost constantly...and now added to the smell is that my nose burns and my eyes too now...It is so strong I unconsciously breathe shallow because I naturally would not want to breathe the fumes..and or get away from it.....and I have to make myself breathe deep and remind myself that this is not real exhaust fumes...But it SURE does SMELL like it!!!!!! It makes me so sick to my stomach.It all seems so strange...and no one really believes me. Like who would?? Ya know? It makes me feel a little better to know I am not the only one... I am looking for med insurance now.
I am trying to take notice of what is going on when I start smelling this.... weather, food I have eaten, etc. I know this is going to sound weird, but, I am noticing that it is happening when I have a large amount of Dairy. One day I had cottage cheese and fruit for lunch, then cheese, and later a large glass of milk at bedtime.... I could smell that and my eyes were on fire. I am going to pay very very close attention to see if it happens again when I have dairy, if so, it may be an allergic reaction.
I have also been told by friends that I have a lot of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia... I was going to see if this was one of the symptoms as well. I hope it is dairy, I can control that...lol
Thanks, 1harvestgirl, for sharing. I was beginning to wonder if I too, was alone in this. It is really really annoying.
I have had the same problem of smelling exhaust fumes when I breathe for the last week. I am getting headaches and am nauseated because of it. I saw my physician yesterday. He told me that the most common cause of the exhaust smell is from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It is especially severe when combined with sleep apnea. He said that the smell is stronger when I am relaxed and doing things like reading, sitting at the computer, sleeping, etc because I am taking shallower breaths through my nose with my mouth closed. This allows the "exhaust" concentration to be stronger. I have noticed that it isn't as strong when I am talking or walking around doing things. He suggested a scope to check the esophagus and may require a biopsy and surgery. I'm wondering if the antibiotics that I took for the last 10 days contributed to this because I was struggling with reflux while I was taking them. I think I will wait for a couple of weeks to see if it goes away before I continue with tests.
He also said that it could be problems with my gallbladder and it's effect on my liver. This would require an ultrasound. However, I didn't feel any pain when he pressed on my gallbladder and my blood tests did not show any irregularities with my liver so he figured it was probably the GERD issue. If I hadn't discovered that other people were experiencing the same problem, I don't know that I would have gone to see my doctor. Thanks everyone!
I have had the smell of exhaust for the last 4 weeks. It's stronger at times and actually makes my throat hurt and eyes burn. I haven't had a problem with reflux and my gall bladder was removed 3 years ago. I have no idea what it could be caused by. I have a very high deductible health insurance so going to a doctor can't happen. I'm just glad someone else has this as I thought I was losing my mind.
I'm so glad I found this site. I thought I was the only one who this was happening to. It's true; I smell it more when I'm sitting @ my computer @ work, or about to go to sleep. I developed a cough x 1 week ago that's gradually getting worse. I just recently started taking Ranitidine for my GERD. Coinicidence? I'm not sure.
My first time experiencing this exhaust smell was this morning in my room. The smell was so strong that my nose was burning and I got a headache from it. First I checked all my electronics in the room, then the windows and checked out in the back yard. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from?!
Now later tonight I entered my room and smelled the exhaust fumes again! I was going crazy trying to figure out where it was coming from. I decided to google it and this page among many other sites came up. I am so glad that I found some what of an answer, but now I am very concerned. I still consider myself to be a young healthy adult, although my diet is very poor. I will be seeking medical help in hopes that this is nothing too serious. Thank you everyone for all your information regard this weird symptom.
I started smelling exhaust about 2 years ago. I mentioned it in passing to my GP & she referred me to a neurologist. I had a brain scan, EEG & an MRI. Although nothing showed up, after a lot of questions & a full examination, the neurologist diagnosed me with temporal lobe seizures. This is a mild form of epilepsy. No I don't have physical seizures, my symptoms are the exhaust smell & I have deja vu more often than is considered normal. The seizures 'may' develop into a more serious form of epilepsy but they may not. I was relieved to get an answer to the problem, though I am very sick of smelling exhaust, it can last for hours at a time. Sometimes it goes away for weeks & then returns every day for weeks. It is so strong at times it makes my eyes sting & water, & it hurts my nose. It is so real it's hard to believe it's just a trick of the brain. If you have this problem, I would suggest you get it checked out. There can be quite a few causes, mine is just one of them.