Jun 10, 2013 - 1:56 pm
I was wondering if anyone who has undergone radiation treatment to the head/neck region noticed an increase in their sense of smell? Or perhaps a decrease?
I read an account online of someone whose smell sense increased during treatment and they thought it likely due to a compensation for the lost of taste, due to the idea that when one of our sensory perceptions is decreased or lost, another increases to compensate for it.
I have noticed an increase in my sense of smell, especially the past week or two (I'm currently entering week 5 of a 7-week treatment course), especially to things like food, plants, and people. I was on my deck last night watering my herbs and the scent of many of them hit me very strongly, something I never noticed before. I have also noticed that people have odors (not pleasant). I have been bugging my son about showering and washing his clothes because I pick up odors when he is around me, and I never noticed them like this before. I assumed it was hit fault, but now I'm wondering if it's just me.
Curious if anyone else has noticed the same thing as me? Or did your smell stay the same or decrease?