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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 dlmw_58, Community Member, asks

Q: Smells that aren't there?

I always feel hungry and most days have upset stomachs. Lately I have been 'smelling' things, like a baked cake? or Absorbeen Jr. rub when no one else is smelling it...weird or what? Part of migraine?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
2/ 4/09 11:12pm

Hi dlmw_58,


Smelling things that aren't there, like cake or even smoke, during the aura phase of a Migraine attack is called olfactory hallucination.  There are four phases of a Migraine attack: prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome. For more information on this you can read our article: Anatomy of a Migraine.


Good luck


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