I suddenly realised about 18 months ago that I have lost some of my sense of smell. This started with bleach and cat pee (!!) but has gradually got worse until when I was out with my Mum a couple of weeks ago I realised I couldn't smell the flowers she was raving about
Similarly my sense of taste is disappearing.
I did mention it to my GP and she offered a steroid nasal spray but I had a severe reaction to one of these many years ago so declined.
It is really beginning to upset and worry me.
I have my first rheumy appointment this week (lots of symptoms and 2 positive ANA results 18 months apart) and will mention it to the rheumy, but I also googled it (as you do) and found articles that say it can be an early indicator of autoimmune and particularly lupus.
Does anyone else suffer this, and how has it been treated? Was it successful?
Thank you so much, I haven't actually been diagnosed yet but finding the possibility rather scary.