Respiratory Disorders Expert Forum
I could get my sense of smell back?
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding lung and respiratory issues. such as: Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds - Flu, Chronic Cough, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Fibrosis, Lung Abscess, Nasal Polyps, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Sarcoidosis, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

I could get my sense of smell back?

I’m 19 and have completely lost my sense of smell. It’s been at least a decade since I’ve been able to smell (I cannot remember any specific scent, but my mother swears I was once able to smell), and recently I’ve found out that I require jaw surgery for a separate matter. To perform the surgery successfully, I first need an operation done on my nose, without which the breathing tube needed wouldn’t be able to fit.
My newest doctor says this surgery will allow me to smell again.
I’ve been to more doctors than I can remember about this smelling thing- and the consensus has been that the nerves were severed.
I want to know if I should believe this new doctor, or if I shouldn’t get my hopes up.
Tags: smell
Related Discussions
242588_tn?1224275300
The evaluation of loss of smell and any forecast of recovery of the sensation of smell requires the expertise of those few who engage in this very narrow subspecialty.  There are many causes of a loss of smell including, trauma, viral infections and tumors that arise in the frontal area of the brain.  Nerves may indeed be severed or permanently damaged, beyond repair, by viral infections.

The expertise required for a thorough, informed evaluation is most likely to be found at institutions with great experience with all kinds of olfactory problems, such as Massachusetts General in Boston, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins.  You would do well to consult with your doctors for guidance to the best places.  You should be cautious, in expectation that your sense of smell will return and carefully question anyone who promises it will regarding that person's experience with this problem, the extent of his experience with loss of smell and the outcomes of his surgery and the reason(s) why he has reason to believe that the proposed nasal surgery will result in your recovery of a sense of smell.  He could be right if, for example, the loss is due to extensive nasal polyposis but you have a right to know the logic behind his optimism.
1 Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
A related discussion, Empty Spots Syndrome was started.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
242587_tn?1355427710
David Tinkelman, M.D.Blank
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
Blank
Request an Appointment
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Asthma Tracker
Asthma Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Allergy Tracker
Allergy Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank