• Susan August 09, 2008
    August 09, 2008

    I am a nurse and I have honestly never heard this, please check with you doctor

  • cactusrosenaz July 02, 2015
    July 02, 2015
    I am a nurse and a Paramedic and had never heard of anyone smelling something burning prior to a stroke until day before yesterday. We went on a call for a relatively young stroke patient (42 yo male). His wife stated he'd been smelling cigarette smoke the past few days even through no one smoked in their home. That stuck in my head and intrigued me so I've been searching the web looking to see if that may possibly be a precursor to stroke. READ MORE
  • Greg Petrie February 24, 2016
    Greg Petrie
    February 24, 2016
    My experience seems very odd to me, but I swear it is true: For about a decade after up to 2014, I would occasionally smell something vaguely like wood burning. No one else smelled it. In 2014 I began having distinct occurrences of smelling something woody and pungeant like potpourie, but not that exactly. The occurences became more and more frequent until they would happen daily 2 to 9 times. It smelled like something I never smelled before, not bad, but sudden & strong. It would dissappear in about 2 minute give or take. During this time period, (I noted in retrospect) I would feel pain and pressure in my chest and neck when I mowed the lawn. I knew it was probably angina, since I watch TV, so I went to a cardiologist. He did a scan and stress test and found nothing bad in my heart. I told him I felt strongly it was a mild heart attack because when I pushed the situation hard, it would start to go out my left armpit also. Therefore he granted giving me an angiogram. During the angiogram, he found a 95% blockage, and a 90% blockage, which he treated with stints. Starting the next day I felt better all over. I also noticed that my daily "olfactory hallucinations' did not happen any more at all! What the heck! Next visit to my cardiologist, I told him, and he theorized that when my brain was sensing cardiac distress, it did not know how to interpret the pain, so it made up smells. I should mention they were not just smells. They had subtle elements o fa mix of impressions; of a color and an emotion and a face, sorta, and a curving direction. This is what happened and I cannot explain it. But still, since the angioplasty, the mental impressions of the smell events disappeared. Approximately a year later i had a faint smell event one day. Hmm? About a week later another one. Then they started coming back almost daily, a different smell/color/direction completely, but they were back. I went back to my cardiologist, his scan/stress test found nothing, but I said I believed "the stinko" events meant there was a problem. So again he allowed an angiogram based only on my "olfactory hallucinations", but also because the first scan had missed a 95% & 90% blockage the first time. During my second angiogram, he found a 90% blockage on the back side of my heart, and placed another stint. The "stinko" has not been back since then. I promise you I am not making this up. I think our brains make up work-arounds when they sense trouble. Anyone else have something like this? Greg A Petrie PE 2-24-16 READ MORE
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