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I really need some help and reassurance please. I had surgery March 24th and have since struggled. Foods taste and smell awful, I now hate meat because the smell is so revolting. I'm struggling to eat anything. Will this change? Why does everything smell so repulsive? Will my taste return to normal? I'm now 7 weeks out and feeling quite low. Hope you can help x

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I think this is one of the less common effects post surgery but I have heard people on here reaching out about this immediately post op but I assume it goes away because the posts do. I mean I have never heard anyone who says they are several months or a year post op with the same issue. I wish I could help more. Have you spoken to your doctor about this??

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My sense of smell is more sensitive, like things smell very strong. But I don't have an issue with everything smelling repulsive.

Maybe a stupid idea but can you like clip your nose with one of those swimming clips so you can't smell while you eat? Just to be able to eat something so you don't end up malnourished.

I have heard of it happening and some people say it gets better. I read a post about a woman who literally had a trash can she carried around while cooking for her family because the smell made her vomit. She said there are still some smells that get to her but nothing like the beginning.

Good luck, check with your team. They may be able to help!

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Right now, I've been scouring the kitchen because I SWEAR there's something rotten in here, but I'm the only one that can smell it. I can say the smell of eggs cooking grosses me out now, when it used to be a staple of mine. I've also seen a few things taste different to me now. Not bad, just different. The tea I used to love suddenly has almost no taste to it. The sugar free fruit punch tastes super sweet now. Everything else seems to be normal, so far. I read several posts on here about this, and it seems tastes do change after surgery sometimes. I hope things calm down for you really soon. Have you called your doctor about it, just to see if they have any suggestions?

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Just now, SleeveDiva2022 said:

Right now, I've been scouring the kitchen because I SWEAR there's something rotten in here, but I'm the only one that can smell it. I can say the smell of eggs cooking grosses me out now, when it used to be a staple of mine. I've also seen a few things taste different to me now. Not bad, just different. The tea I used to love suddenly has almost no taste to it. The sugar free fruit punch tastes super sweet now. Everything else seems to be normal, so far. I read several posts on here about this, and it seems tastes do change after surgery sometimes. I hope things calm down for you really soon. Have you called your doctor about it, just to see if they have any suggestions?

I used to drink Crystal light fruit punch pre op and post op it’s too sweet. I now make a gallon at a time which requires two packs and I mix the Walmart brand watermelon which is blah with the fruit punch and it’s not too sweet.

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6 minutes ago, ShoppGirl said:

I used to drink Crystal light fruit punch pre op and post op it’s too sweet. I now make a gallon at a time which requires two packs and I mix the Walmart brand watermelon which is blah with the fruit punch and it’s not too sweet.

I might try that. It's so weird how stuff like that changes!!!

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Just now, SleeveDiva2022 said:

I might try that. It's so weird how stuff like that changes!!!

Yea for me it was sweets taste sweeter and for some reason I don’t hate fish anymore. Some people have a lot more changes than that though. I tried stuff I hated because of texture though like mushrooms and I still hate those.

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has this been going on since surgery or is this something new?

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I think this is one of the less common effects post surgery but I have heard people on here reaching out about this immediately post op but I assume it goes away because the posts do. I mean I have never heard anyone who says they are several months or a year post op with the same issue. I wish I could help more. Have you spoken to your doctor about this??
Thank you for responding [emoji4]. I have spoken to my doctor and he said that I've obviously responded extremely well to the surgery!! I have to wait until next week to speak to my nutritionist. I'm really hoping that it will go away.

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My sense of smell is more sensitive, like things smell very strong. But I don't have an issue with everything smelling repulsive.
Maybe a stupid idea but can you like clip your nose with one of those swimming clips so you can't smell while you eat? Just to be able to eat something so you don't end up malnourished.
I have heard of it happening and some people say it gets better. I read a post about a woman who literally had a trash can she carried around while cooking for her family because the smell made her vomit. She said there are still some smells that get to her but nothing like the beginning.
Good luck, check with your team. They may be able to help!
Hi kcuster83, that exactly how I feel! Cooking for my family is torture, everything makes me heave! I might just give that nose clip a try, thank you [emoji4]

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has this been going on since surgery or is this something new?
It's been since about week 3 roughly. meats are particularly gross smelling and I'm struggling to eat a reasonable amount of anything. I know it's hormonal but I just want to know if things will get easier. X

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3 minutes ago, Nikki@50 said:

It's been since about week 3 roughly. meats are particularly gross smelling and I'm struggling to eat a reasonable amount of anything. I know it's hormonal but I just want to know if things will get easier. X

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Interesting. I am almost at week 4 and the only taste change i have had is certain drinks i dont like anymore.

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It's normal and it should pass, I hated the smell of cooking meat straight after surgery and a few other things but I happily cook meat now with no problems. It all settles down and gets better with time.

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Oh, gosh, the super nose. My sense of smell was ridiculous for the first 3-4 months. It has backed off a bit in the past few months. It still more sensitive than it was in the beginning. I basically turned into a bloodhound and could smell everything.

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I dont feel sick cooking for my family but I certainly do have the heightened sense of smells. Like a few others have mentioned I smell things that no one else in the house can smell lol. The only thing that happened to me post op was by day 6 I could no longer tolerate the commercial Protein Shakes. I gagged every time I tried to get it down. Finally by day 7 I just started making my own Protein powdered smoothies and I feel great. I cant drink protein Water either, too sweet and it gags me.......odd huh?

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