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Lost sense of smell and MRI / CT scan are negative

I've had a loss of sense of smell (I'd guess 85%) and some loss of taste (50%) starting about 6-7 months ago and more pronounced (but stabilized) now. After visiting my ENT who ruled out nasal polyps, I've had an MRI w/contrast and a CT scan w/o contrast...both were negative. My ENT says he can't really do much else for me, though he did suggest trying to re-train my sense of smell by sniffing things having different and distinctive scents. From the beginning, I suspected maybe a long-term reaction to my cholesterol and blood pressure meds (lipitor & a diuretic). Also (and this is really reaching), last fall I was really sick for several days after I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot at the same time.
I'd appreciate and feedback and suggestions about what else I might try. Thanks.
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replied December 23rd, 2017
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Anti hypertensive meds and lipid lowering meds cause taste disturbance and could be the likely cause. Consult your oral hygienist and let them help you bring the taste back as meds cant be stopped.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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