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When I breathe through my nose I get a pungent aroma of amonnia. It does not come from my breath nor my body (sweat) or my urine. I know this cause no one else around me smells it. I have been smelling this for approximately 3 weeks now. I have experienced muscle cramping, lethargy, mood swings, and pains through my lower abdomen. What do you think it is and what should I do? It's been more of a nuesance than anything!
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replied January 20th, 2009
Neurological Disorders Answer A5413


According to the major symptom you reported (aroma of amonnia when no amonnia is close), you might be experiencing phantosmia. It is a condition when a smell is sensed that does not originate from any surrounding source. It is usually caused by nervous system damage. The damage can be due to a viral infection, brain tumor, surgery, and trauma. You might want to visit a neurologist to exclude the first two diagnoses.


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