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Sunday, October 24, 2010 stellarness, Community Member, asks

Q: what IS this smell?

i'm 19 years old and i have seizures every so often but the smell i associate with those is that of burning newspaper or phonebooks. about 6 months ago i started noticing a strange air-conditioner smell that came on a couple days a week and would sometimes last all day. uuuurgh matter of fact i smell it right now. great. At first i thought it might actually be the air conditioning at work but after asking a few co-workers if they could smell it i realized it was just me. epilepsy and multiple sclerosis run in my family and i was wondering if anyone had heard of this happening before the smell is almost a taste sometimes its soo strong and once in a while i get this horrible flashing spotted and blurred vision and my eyes seem horribly sensitive to light. i dont have migranes all that much but i do experience dabilitating chest pains that sometimes flash down my right arm and i have been having swelling and pain in some of the joints in my right hand and hip. its hard to move my hand in the morning. maybe you know something i don't?
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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
10/29/10 1:01pm

Hi stellarness,

 

Welcome to HealthCentral.  You probably already know what I'm about to say, but you should really see your doctor to have your seizure-disorder evaluated or to be tested for possible MS since it does run in your family.

 

The offactory hallucinations (odd smells which have no outside source) are a symptom of many different disorders which are related to or might mimick seizure disorders.  You might find this article very interesting to read - Simple Partial Epileptic Seizures and The Nonepileptic Imitators.

 

Strange odors can also be caused by a nasal obstruction, lesions in the brain, lesions affecting specific cranial nerves, or even brain tumors.  You should visit your doctor.

 

The pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints could be symptoms of a rheumatological disease.  Definitely tell you doctor about this as well.  Some simple bloodtest might get the ball rolling on finding a possible reason for these symptoms.

 

Hope that helps and please let us know how you are doing.

 

 

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