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Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:13:15 PM »
I've been getting a lot of headaches lately, Dr. said it's just stress. My current worry is brain tumor. Today out of nowhere i smelled an ammonia type smell and felt really lightheaded and out of it for a couple minutes. My husband and kids that were sitting within a couple feet from me couldn't smell anything and felt fine. Isn't that a symptom of a tumor? Smelling things that aren't there? I'm freaking out now. Anyone ever had this happen??
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Re: Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 04:47:39 PM »
Hey there so I get this quite often and I think it is heightened senses from your anxiety. That's what I have chalked it up to anyway.
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Re: Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 05:01:12 PM »
I have that too sometimes, although for the most part I faintly smell smoke. I'm not going to lie - it can and I stress can be a symptom of a tumor in the temporal lobe area. However - other symptoms of that would most likely also be present such as forgetting words, short term memory loss, hearing voices in your head, headaches, and that sort of thing.

Most of the time smelling something that isn't there is caused by either anxiety or sinus problems (whether you have an infection or simple congestion).
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Re: Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 06:32:26 PM »
I have gotten this too... One night I was sitting there and randomly smelled this strong smell like a perfume. I thought my mom sprayed something, but she didn't. It was very sudden and went away. I also sometimes randomly smell very faint rubbing alcohol (but it's always when I am sitting in this one spot using my laptop, so it could be that).

Anxiety can cause your sense of smell to heighten. I also read that anxiety can make you smell and taste weird things.
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Re: Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 06:33:12 PM »
I'd like to add that I had an MRI (without contrast) of my brain three months ago, and it came back clean.
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Re: Smelling things that aren't there. Brain tumor?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 06:39:55 PM »
Like other ppl said, you can't just take one symptom and say you have brain tumor without many other symptoms related to it. Also, as anxiety can cause heightened senses that is the most likely cause of your problem, although the hardest one to accept.
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