I have just started on HRT as I am premenopausal, and my colleague had just come off her HRT, so it appears to be hormone related. Take care Wray. Anecdotal support for the belief that amphetamines may cause hyperosmia comes from Oliver Sacks's account of a patient (who he later revealed to be himself) with a heightened sense of smell after taking amphetamines. I had a relatively early menopause at age 40 and up until a year ago was still having terrible hot flushes, now a little easier thank god , but for the last 2 years my sense of smell has gone haywire . I have been perimenopausal for three years (I am 50). The horrible feeling of suffocation creeps in and makes me feel borderline panicky. I was feeling so discouraged at this point in my life, almost a feeling of being alone, perhaps the only one who was suffering extreme and unexplainable symptoms. This can be due to swelling, d ... Read More. I'm not going to lie. Like many of you I thought I was the only woman to suffer from a sudden onset of a sensitivity to odors. Hello I'm back from my third post. It won't be difficult to find as she's the only Kaylana! Is anyone else noticing a sudden and exaggerated sensitivity to certain smells, bath soaps, air fresheners, perfumes, car exhaust, foods cooking? It can also cause you to be extra sensitive to lights, temperature, and loud sounds. I'm here to say that if you just stay consistent and stay the course your mind, body, spirit will find its balance again. Olfactory hallucinations, or perceptions of smells that are not present, occurs with certain types of seizures and with tumors or other lesions to specific parts of the brain. So all the Christmas celebrations have not done any good at all! I have huge fibroids and they feel like they double in size for 7-10 days before my period. I work in a building where the young girls get their kicks out of spraying perfume because they don't believe it makes me sick. My new Neti Pot and putting a little progesterone in the nose has helped alleviate the dry, stuffy nose I was experiencing. Yes I use a small letter and not a capital because to me they are the smallest thing in the world. The same sensation happened with the next several hot flashes. So it's possible that when you worry about your own smell - even if you don't smell at all or smell "normal" - you start to overthink your own presence, and that can lead to the development of social anxiety and generalized anxiety. We make our own laundry detergent and household cleaners and use Essential oils. Hyperosmia tends to be a complication of another underlying condition. I even got some perfume and sneaked a spritz on their feet as they lay close to me watching a movie. It comes on suddenly then after my bathroom visit I feel fine. They were fresh out of the laundry. Also, we have a large immigrant community from Africa in my town, and normally I love African spices & food, but the smell of their clothes from the food smells in their homes, or something! , It has been observed that the inhalation of hydrocarbons can cause hyperosmia, most likely due to the destruction of dopaminergic neurons in the olfactory bulb.. I honestly can't say how or when. So after all that testing I am chalking this up to Menopause. Most of the time it is due to allergies or infections. Now after IVF, I'm pregnant with twins, and much to my surprise, I still smell of Mexican spices and sweat..... My hormones must have changed surely??? I do go on a bit about the evils of oestrogen, yes I know we need it. I am also very sensitive to medications, I get every side effect. I find popping a menthol cough drop in my mouth letting the vapors bring slight relief along with using a menthol nasal inhaler. I was tested for being premenopausal aprox 5 yrs ago and i was not going through it at the time. But rather a constant swollen nasal membrane feeling. But all of a sudden in mid June everything started tasting/smelling off. Another thing you could look at are your adrenals. My very first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. It's been a while. It use to be only chemicals like perfumes but now I cant even stand essential oils being diffused. Will the madness, the inner chaos lessen and eventually disappear? I spent so much time trying to figure out the origin of the smell. Runny and stuffy nose 7. From the olfactory bulb, mitral/tufted cells send axons via the lateral olfactory tract (the cranial nerve I) to the olfactory cortex, which includes the piriform cortex, entorhinal cortex, and parts of the amygdala. Even though you clearly notice smells just inside the door, you don't think about them for long. Hope this helps. I am in menopause and use bio identical hormones. Thank you. Good luck! Pointing toward possible adrenal fatigue. Now at age 55 and about 18 months into menopause, I can not get this horrible, faint smell of stale cigarettes out of my nose. I was surgically induced into menopause after a full hysterectomy in October of 2015. My sense of taste seems to be poor and I find this odd as taste and smell are linked. Very low immunity and susceptible to infections even if you have had chicken pox, if you have untreated hypothyroidism you can contract it again, as well as glandular fever and cold sores, ulcers these are all your typical clues to see your Dr immediately for a test. I am so glad I am not the only one !  Before they had been discontinued due to undesirable side effects, butyrophenones or thioridazine hydrochloride, both of which are dopamine antagonists, have been used to treat hyperosmia. Natpro & logo are ® trade marks of Organic Products LLC, Hi Beansprout Yes it's something I've experienced too, but seems to have worn off. But now I wonder. I have not been consistent with my vitamin intake, but I did not think this was a big deal. Open Nasal passage: A very common reason for a lack of sensitivity to smells is the inadequate flow of air through one's nasal passage way. Although I am sensitive to smells still. Will Think You HAVE ASTHMA Because You Cannot breathe.  On this basis, it has been hypothesized that amphetamine use may cause hyperosmia in rodents and humans, but further research is still needed. My sense of smell started being on high alert, after being almost non-existent, now at age 45. If your nose gets the “all clear,” your doctor may do a “scratch and sniff” smell test. About 10 minutes later, after the hot flash passed, the smell was barely noticable. I've not found one paper, and it's not likely it will ever be researched either. Now I know that it is related to menopause. Yes I am also having problems with all fragrance. Sneezing 8. Thanks for this page, I know it is my hormones raging. A couple of nights ago I made a batch of liver treats for my dog, knowing full well they would stink up the house. The instructions say twice a day, but other places and formulations, So I have been recommended progesterone lozenges by a hormone specialist. I have been on bioidentical progesteone cream for almost 2 months, initially because I gained 25 pounds after having, Hi Wray, I have symptoms of estrogen dominance and am currently pregnant. If he has allergies then bring it on and let him have a regular dose of that suffering. My doctor assures me this is not a symptom of menopause or the creams and have tried to rule out what it could be. After all sorts of tests and blood work, they told me I was perfectly fine and how a suffered an anxiety attack. Will progesterone help my sense of smell get back in line? I thought I was losing my mind! MTHFR is the abbreviation. There has not been extensive research into environmental causes of hyperosmia, but there are some theories of some possible causes. I was told many people had low levels and to take vitamins. I've traveled a long, hard road. I am so overcome by everyone's stories that I shed a few tears.My problem is quite minor really. I smell them on me constantly, I shower and can smell them washing off me, and when I dry myself, I can still smell it on my skin. Losing a baby in the early weeks of pregnancy or your only son unexpectedly one night just as he's coming into adulthood, well, it's still the loss of a child and what feels like a future stolen far too soon. Interesting stuff about the adrenals. I am so relieved to read of others suffering with the same symptoms of sudden nasal congestion and sinus pressure with the onset of my lovely hot flashes. However, there is another broad category referred to as non-allergic non-infectious rhinitis (NANIR). May our families (and we) survive our temporary craziness! You'll find it comes in fine, coarse, extra-coarse and I have found that fine granules go down the hatch faster and smoother. What happened to me is the opposite and it's really worrying me! Taste too to some degree, but I think that is a byproduct of the sense of smell. Anxiety puts you more "in touch" with your senses. sudden sensitivity to smells and vomiting because of them. my husband had enough of me, I think at times he wishes I would go away. I've been suffering from extreme smells, bad enough that I have to hold my nose ( most happen at night while I'm sleeping and wake me up). I had to throw away a nearly new stick of deoderant because the odor, which I used to find pleasant, was making me sick. Thanks so much. Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include: 1. Women may experience both heightened sense of smell and taste 1. The only people who have any rights are people that are healthy except the one guy in a wheal chair. I am peri-menopausal and wake 3-6 times each night to deal hot flashes. Lately, I have been saying "I'm sorry" to my partner for things I do or say. Basically there are no more man-made chemicals in the home. I also continue to take gaba every single day as well as 100-200 mg of progesterone and 5,000 IU of Vitamin D. But the big page turner for me was the advice from Wray to eliminate wheat and other high-estrogen foods from my diet and to incorporate tons of leafy greens. Liz. I hope this does not last forever. About 4 months ago I started to find smells were getting stronger. I have to choose my seat in a theater VERY carefully in hopes that no one wearing perfume or cologne will sit near me... even elevators can be bad because they are so enclosed and they hold the smell of perfume. I drive a city bus and there are certain buses that have this smell - it's like a combo of old cherry flavored pipe tobacco with some sort of vanilla deodorizer- all over a nasty dead smell. The symptoms associated with migraine without a headache. This aspect annoyed Dr Dalton who wrote about it, saying there comes a time when thousands of anecdotes do add up. Odor sensitivity can also trigger a migraine or make you more susceptible to having them. I cannot handle certain cooking smells, especially when I am not preparing meals or when someone reheats food in the microwave. I stepped outside to get some fresh air and somewhere a skunk had sprayed and the smell was especially unbearable (some times you just can't win.). The smells vary from person to person but are usually unpleasant, such as burnt toast, metallic, or chemical smells. I feel fine as long as I'm not around any products with perfumes, cologne, air freshner's and strong cleaning products. 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