Olfactory Hallucinations, negative EEG and MRI with IgA deficiency
I have had these olfactory hallucinations for at least 6 months now and they seem to be getting worse. I smell paint, coffee and cigarettes burning. Now Im smelling burnt citrus (thats the only way to explain it). When I smell the cigarettes, I actually feel a burning/stinging in my nose and throat. I went to an excellent nuerologist and went for an EEG which is negative. The MRI with and without contrast only showed maxilary retention. When I initially went to my internist for my yearly check up, she took bloodwork and the results showed for the second time IgA deficient. The first time we found IgA deficiency was at a Gastro Drs visit 2 months ago. I have IBS-D but under NO meds at all for it. What could this be? I am also not able to enjoy foods the way I use to. They taste less flavorful lately. Thank you for all that can help.
The maxillary retention can point towards a sinus infection. Sinus infections can cause stuffiness of the nose with nasal blockage, which can make breathing through the nose difficult. It could also cause altered perception of smell or loss of smell.
ENT found no infection or sinuitis. He says as long as mri and eeg are normal, these things happen for no reason. Most Drs are stumped by this symptom. Sometimes it goes away on its own and sometimes your brain just phases it out. I just hope it goes away because Im getting nauseous all the time and I loose my appetite. I have also been a bit lightheaded too. I have to move my head slowly other wise the room spins and I lfeel to loose my balance.
I've been experiencing the exact same thing. I just met with a neurologist and my eeg and carotid artery scans were normal. An Mri taken in December had nothing of any significance. Blood tests were all normal. I'm experiencing more head pressures than before, however, the day after the EEG, I had a bad headache but no smells. They returned slowly over the next few days. I am 55 years old and take no medication. I've never experienced any neurological problems before. Rarely ever had headaches too.
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