The Drs: Constant Burning Smell After Fall
The Doctors heard from a young woman who slipped and hit her head, but didn’t think anything was wrong until the next morning when she could only smell a burnt chemical. She also had a horrible headache, so her husband took her to the ER. She got a CAT scan and was told it was post concussive syndrome. She was told to wait it out, but the smell wouldn’t go away. Even the things she used to enjoy she can no longer smell, and she can’t even smell when her baby needs a diaper change. She misses all the old smells.
The Doctors sent Megan to see Dr William Chow for an evaluation. Dr Chow said it was possible that she suffered some contusions in the brain so he sent her to get an MRI and other evaluation to look for problems in the temporal lobe.
The Drs: Brain Bruise Affected Sense Of Smell
Megan and Dr Chow joined the show and Megan shared that losing her sense of smell has affected her ability to taste, her cooking, and her home life. She said everything has a smell but it all smells like a burning chemical. Dr Chow explained that when he examined Megan, she was able to feel the smell before she actually smelled it. They found some swelling on the right side of her brain, and when they did the MRI the radiologist also found some bruising on the right side of her brain.
The injury site is actually on the opposite side of where she hit her head. Dr Chow shared that most people will get some of their sense of smell back, and Megan has regained some. In general, the first recovery occurs in 6-12 months. They have found that sometimes a patient will respond to steroid treatment that speeds up the recovery.
Dr Travis Stork said if you’re having symptoms after hitting your head, seek help because you want to avoid further injury as well as find a treatment that could work for you. Have you ever experience odd symptoms after a fall?