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I can smell a horrible smell and I have a metal taste in my

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I can smell a horrible smell and I have a metal taste in my mouth. I have asked family members to smell me and they said they cannot smell anything at all. It has gotten so horrible that I went to my family practitioner who swears she could smell urine. She tested my urine and it was clear. She gave me a pelvic exam and did not find anything at all. She gave me metronidazole 500mg and sulfameth/trimethoprim 800. I have been taking it for 5 days and the smell has not dissapated. I don't think she smelled what I am smelling. I am "borderline" diabetic and I take metformin every night. I am also being treated for high blood pressure (but it has only been really high one time). I have diverticulosis and take Nexium every day and my gall bladder was removed 2 years ago.
I am scared and don't know what to do. No one is taking me seriously because they cannot smell what I am smelling.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. German replied 4 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for your question I am Dr. German I would be here to help you and give you assistance until you are satisfied, if you are perceiving this horrible smell and metallic mouth taste , you should consult a specialist preferably an ENT Specialist .
There are several conditions that should be investigated and that could produce these symptoms you have been experiencing including :
1-Olfactory nerve damage
2- Internal brain masses
3- Nasal polyps ( which are benign masses )
4-Partial seizures ( in this condition , the patient experiences irregular electrical activity in the temporal lobe ,producing these smell sensory distortions ).
5- Nutritional deficiencies
6- Smoking
7-Medication side effects specially anticonvulsants ,diuretics, antibiotics ,thyroid hormonal supplements and antidepressants )
8- Chemo or radiotherapy side effects
9- Gingivitis or teeth infections
10- Excessive calcium ,iron,copper,selenium ,iodine ,mercury ,cadmium or lead blood levels
11- Kidney disease ,specially when your kidneys are not eliminating blood waste products properly .
The doctor will need to perform several tests including a head CT or MRI , a mouth and nasal passage physical examination , an EEG ,blood ,urine ,kidney function tests and a complete medical history to determine which of these conditions is producing these symptoms so you can receive an appropriate treatment .
If you need any additional information I will be happy to continue further and assist you until you are completely satisfied . Good luck to you and have a good day !
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** to say that I take Detrol for stress incontinence. Plus I have gained nearly 20 lbs since the end of April.

Expert:  Dr. German replied 4 years ago.
Detrol could produce both side effects , the metallic mouth taste and alter your olfactory functions producing these irregular smelling sensations , so it would be good to contact the doctor who prescribed the medication to see if DETROL could be behind your symptoms .
If you need any additional information I will be happy to continue further and assist you until you are completely satisfied . Good luck to you and have a good day !
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Dr. German ... I am in the process of following your advice and will rate your answer and pay for the service very soon. Please don't drop me.

Expert:  Dr. German replied 4 years ago.
That is perfect if you need any additional information ,just tell me , I will be here to help you.
Good luck to you and have a good day !
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