For several years, I have been smelling fragrances that aren't there, some pleasant, others not. For example, I spent one whole day with the smell of our friends' well-water in my brain. That smell made me happy, as I miss our friends (they lived in another state, and now live in another country). Sometimes I smell synthetic odors, like plastic. I don't always smell things that everyone else does (exhaust, perfumes, etc.). One of the neurologists I have seen said… read more
Wow yes! It's something I hadn't seen anything I've read about PD. It doesn't happen often but I hallucinate smells that don't exist in the real world...for the most part they are wonderful. It can last an hour or so. I haven't lost my sense of taste or smell but this is something else. I even dreamed some amazing aromas once. It's been the best symptom of an otherwise miserable experience.
Before diagnosis and starting Carbidopa Levadopa meds, I would smell toast toasting in the middle of the night. Not since then, 4 years ago.
I have lost nearly all of my sense of smell. Rarely, something will get through the "wall", so to speak. Occasionally I can smell my girlfriend's perfume, or occasionally the smell of an outdoor fire, or if someone burns plastic. On a lucky day I can smell the coffee in the morning-that is a very happy smell! We hike a lot in nearby mountains, which are awash in a plethora of smells: water, creeks, moss, wet earth, trees, lots of wildflowers, even the smells of deer, elk, moose. Most of them are lost to me now. Rarely something will get through, and I will suddenly get a whiff of, for example, the musky scent of a bull elk during the rut. Recently we had a dryer break down and the belt broke and fell onto the heating element and caught fire, and I could smell that burning rubber smell for an hour or two. Luckily, no visual or auditory hallucinations. Yet. Hopefully never will.
Yes I sometimes smell things that aren't there either, or I can't smell anything at all!
My husband who has PD lost his smell several years ago but every now and then he asks me "do you smell that?" as if there's a bad odor - once he thought he smelled gas, and there have been other odors he supposedly smelled that I didn't. I thought it was odd but then realized after doing some research that it was likely olfactory hallucination.