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I have been smelling cigarette smoke so strong and constant

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I have been smelling cigarette smoke so strong and constant for the past couple of weeks. No one in my home smokes. I smell it everywhere. Cuts my breath it is so strong. I have been having headaches in the AM when I get up. I had new glasses prescribed 3 months ago but vision in now blurry again. Is this something I should see my doctor about or am just slightly crazy? Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

neuromd2012 :

Hello

neuromd2012 :

welcome to Just Answer

neuromd2012 :

I am waiting for you to come online

neuromd2012 :

hello are you there?

Customer:

I am here

neuromd2012 :

hi

Customer:

Hello

neuromd2012 :

so you are having olfactory hallucinations

Customer:

that is?

neuromd2012 :

what is your taste perception like, do you taste food?

Customer:

Yes, everything taste as it should.

neuromd2012 :

ok

neuromd2012 :

so olfactory hallucinations is a problem of the temporal lobe

neuromd2012 :

of the brain

neuromd2012 :

do you have a history of migraine?

neuromd2012 :

or any headache history?

Customer:

No

Customer:

just as of late.

neuromd2012 :

and the headaches are upon arising in the morning?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

Very tired as well.

neuromd2012 :

well, not to overly concern you

Customer:

I am a fit 135lb 5'1 female

neuromd2012 :

but you need to see your doctor about this, and you should see a neurologist

neuromd2012 :

you have three issues

neuromd2012 :

the olfaction problem

neuromd2012 :

the visual blurring

Customer:

Ok what do I tell them so they do not think I am crazy

neuromd2012 :

and the morning headaches

neuromd2012 :

together they sound like a mass effect in your temporal lobe

neuromd2012 :

no neurologist would ever think your were crazy

Customer:

That does not sound good.

Customer:

That is good to know.

neuromd2012 :

it does not sound good, I will be honest, but I cannot examen you

neuromd2012 :

so it still could be nothing

neuromd2012 :

you need a good neurological examination at this point

Customer:

Would you be able to recommend a Neurologist in Bangor Maine

neuromd2012 :

someone to look in your eyes for papillaedema

neuromd2012 :

yes hang on

neuromd2012 :

http://patients.aan.com/findaneurologist/

neuromd2012 :

this is a webpage of board certified neurologists

neuromd2012 :

you just put in bangor maine

neuromd2012 :

and you should have a listing

neuromd2012 :

I do not know anyone in bangor maine

neuromd2012 :

so do you have any double vision?

Customer:

Ok thank you. I have contacted my PCP and they can see me today at 4.

neuromd2012 :

seeing things side by side?

neuromd2012 :

great

neuromd2012 :

if you have any questions after you see him

neuromd2012 :

get back to me if I can help

neuromd2012 :

he should get your a neurology consult or referral

Customer:

I just got new bi focal lenses in Jan. I had trouble with them at first but came to get use to them rather quickly. The vision blurrinest has just started happening about the same time as smelling the smoke.

neuromd2012 :

tell him you are worried you have something in your temporal lobe

neuromd2012 :

I see

neuromd2012 :

do you have blurring with one eye closed?

Customer:

no double vision though.

neuromd2012 :

I see

Customer:

yes

neuromd2012 :

is it one eye more than the other?

Customer:

no

neuromd2012 :

well that might still just be an eye problem

neuromd2012 :

cannot tell from here

neuromd2012 :

you need the exam

Customer:

it is as though I have taken my glasses off. If I am bent over and stand up fast I feel like I have inner ear. I get light headed.

neuromd2012 :

yes

neuromd2012 :

that is not good

neuromd2012 :

positional headache and headache that is in the morning

neuromd2012 :

is always a concern

neuromd2012 :

it could be sinuses

neuromd2012 :

but you cannot say from here

neuromd2012 :

and with sinus problems

Customer:

Ok, so I appreciate your help and will consult with my physician today.

neuromd2012 :

you should not be smelling smoke

neuromd2012 :

ok

neuromd2012 :

good luck

neuromd2012 :

Dr Frank T

Customer:

Thank you for your time.

neuromd2012 :

sure

neuromd2012 :

please rate my service if you can

neuromd2012 :

bye

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Experience: Board certified general Adult Neurologist, with experience in experimental neuroimaging and neurodiagnostics.
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Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thank you very much for your help. I saw my PCP on Wed. of last week and was tested for Prolactinoma. My prolactin levels were 105. They are scheduling for a MRI. Your were right on with seeing my doctor and everything that is related to a proclatinoma is stuff I have been experiencing for the past year. I am very glad I took your advice. Hard to tell how long I may have gone just thinking I was going out of my mind. You have been of great help and I cannot thank you enough, Ruby

Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.
That is great news! That makes my day, thanks for getting back to me. I will attach a webpage on Prolactinoma, and please get back anytime you have questions. Dr Frank T

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/124634-overview

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