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Dr_Jahko45 karma

I’ve read that smell is a major component in how we taste. With that in mind, I’m curious. What are some of your favorite flavors?

claymanation39 karma

Reddit is being weird, I thought I replied to this a bit ago. Here is the copy paste of the reply:

That’s an awesome question! I’ve always been a bad eater, and I mostly associate foods with textures. Sushi without cucumbers, Five Guys double burgers ketchup only, and steak are all some of my casual favorites. Lots of potato-based foods are also favorites.

Also a meatball marinara with southwest sauce from Subway is something I forgot to mention in the original reply.

ChokingOnYourScreams9 karma

what are some things that you don't like to eat?

claymanation19 karma

I’ve always disliked bacon. Everyone has a strange affliction with it, but the crunchiness has always never been worth the taste.

ViHQ11 karma

You can make soft bacon, it's delicious. Where it starts to get crunchy at the ends, take it off

claymanation3 karma

I’ve tried good soft bacon, but still never been as enticed. I’d gladly take soft bacon over crunchy any day, however.

dj3hac4 karma

Bake it slowly on a cookie sheet in the oven, easier to get perfect and the slices don't curl up on you.

claymanation2 karma

I’ll try that! Sounds good in concept, at least 😂

claymanation4 karma

That’s an awesome question! I’ve always been a bad eater, and I mostly associate foods with textures. Sushi without cucumbers, Five Guys double burgers ketchup only, and steak are all some of my casual favorites. Lots of potato-based foods are also favorites.

ChokingOnYourScreams34 karma

what did you think when other people mentioned a particular smell? did you just never know what they were talking about but pretended to do? i imagine that there would be quite a lot of situations where you should have noticed that you aren't able to smell..

claymanation25 karma

I always was a slight bit confused but went along with it. Such as ‘bad’ smells being bad, I just always heard they were bad and had a correlation. As a kid it probably came from insults or other things being along the lines of ‘you stink’, and having that be a similar thing for bad. I’m surprised it took this long to be honest. I didn’t have many friends during middle to the beginning of upper school, and I guess as soon as I started expanding my friend group and talking to people more, the chances of me figuring out skyrocketed from where it once was.

Supreme0verl0rd19 karma

This is exactly my question. I don't not believe OP, but it's so difficult to believe that it didn't come up in general conversation. What did you think the words "smell" or "scent" meant?

claymanation1 karma

Sorry for the late response - I have damaged nerves in my nose, so I always thought smelling for everyone was the thing I thought smelling was for me, being a slight tingling sensation in my sinuses and the back of my nose. Smell and scent meant that to me for the longest time.

sidnfhej21 karma

Hey I'm a congenital anosmic too! I only was diagnosed 2 years ago. I'm 18M

claymanation13 karma

I’m glad to find someone with a similar experience! Also 18M, just diagnosed maybe 5-6 months ago.

sidnfhej8 karma

Have you ever smelled anything? I think I have in the past but very few things

claymanation7 karma

Can’t remember. I might have when I was very very small, but in the most recent ten or so years, no.

sidnfhej10 karma

I'm about the same. I think I know what oranges smell like but that might be 10 years of slight taste. I'm trying to train a psuedo sense of smell by detecting air pressure and temperature changes. It's not great, obviously, but I have been able to predict where a gas station is before

claymanation7 karma

That’s super cool! I haven’t heard of that before. That might be something awesome to look into!

Alterscape1 karma

Also anosmic, mid-30s, male. I think I tasted skunk-smell once -- when I was 19 or 20, my friend's dog got sprayed in his parents' back yard while I was hanging out over there home from college. The scent was so pungent it legit tweaked my tastebuds. Not a pleasant experience.

claymanation1 karma

Doesn’t sound pleasant at all😂 I’ve had people always say when they describe a smell that it ‘smells how it tastes’, and am always confused. Does that happen with you?

squid50s16 karma

How’d you figure out you couldn’t smell?

claymanation26 karma

Normal conversation with my girlfriend. She was talking over the phone how the inside of different people’s houses have different smells, and I said that was the weirdest thing ever and didn’t make sense. One thing led to another, and the next week I’m in the ENT office being diagnosed with anosmia.

indecisive_maybe18 karma

Can you give more detail on "one thing led to another"?

claymanation26 karma

Sure! After conversations about smell and attempting to distinguish various ‘smelly’ kitchen items, we scheduled an appointment for the ENT. After tests, scans, and conversations there, I was diagnosed with anosmia. It was pretty funny having my girlfriend on the phone telling me to smell various hot sauces or fruits and asking me about what was happening haha

Supermanic_Soul6 karma

People had to have mentioned smell before. What was different now?

claymanation10 karma

Banter with my girlfriend. I didn’t have many friends from middle to the start of upper school, so the increased interaction from my friend group expanding led to more conversations. Probably a statistics thing, I don’t have a good answer for this :/

Paranitis13 karma

And you know why you didn't have many friends from middle school and beyond? Because that's when people start to smell their worst.

claymanation11 karma

I was super paranoid for a month about that after I found out! But I always have been good with hygiene and stuff like that. I wasn’t one of those ‘axe body spray instead of showering’ types in middle school 😂

HutSutRawlson8 karma

Have you ever seen the movie Walk Hard and if so what is your opinion on it?

claymanation3 karma

Never, I’ll add it to the watch list

whatsthehappenstance5 karma


claymanation6 karma

Thanks! I’ll make sure to watch it soon! I’m on a ‘movies I’ve never watched but should have’ binge right now

AcesWild_155 karma

First of all congrats for being the “if you smelt it, you dealt it” champion. So have you ever smelled a fart? Also, I was wondering if you could smell other really pungent smells like: cigarette smoke, weed, campfire, rotting roadkill, grill smells (burgers/hotdogs), etc. What can you smell, if anything?

claymanation10 karma

Well yes, but actually no.

Damaged nerves in my nose mean that I can tell when something is smelly, but not really at all, but can’t distinguish. Smelling very pungent things (or so I’m told) results in a sort of tingling, pins and needles feeling in the back of my nose / sinuses.

AcesWild_153 karma

That’s really interesting, thanks for responding. Are you able to tell if you smell good or bad? Being that you’re 18 (saw in other comments) and you were recently diagnosed, were you told that you needed to shower, or put on deodorant? Or were you always just a really clean person- that’s how I am, personally, but I know some people who don’t care or just can’t tell that they smell bad

claymanation3 karma

Always been a clean person. Never really have been directly told that I smell bad or need to shower except after hockey games, where I’ve been conditioned to know that sweat smells bad. I was super duper paranoid for a month after being diagnosed of smelling bad and caked on deodorant and showered a little too much😂

MBlaizze1 karma

Have you noticed any enhanced abilities of your other senses, like how blind people often have enhanced hearing?

claymanation3 karma

Funny you mention, I have slight hearing loss due to being in a band for a long time and having a job in sound for concerts, I wear glasses due to bad vision, and my taste is distorted due to smelling, or lack there of. Maybe I have super touch! I don’t know 😂

pleura2dura1 karma

ENT resident here. This may be due to a different nerve being stimulated in your nose. The nerve for the sense of smell is cranial nerve 1, the olfactory nerve. The trigeminal nerve, cranial nerve 5, also runs inside your nose and can be irritated by things like ammonia/smelling salts, etc.

Just curious, but at the ENT clinic did you take a smelling test? I’ve administered the UPSIT a few times when seeing someone with anosmia.

claymanation2 karma

Thanks for your expertise! Haven’t had a direct smell ‘test’, but I have had some exams to see if anything is wrong internally. I’ll ask about that the next time I’m there, I don’t know specifics too well, sorry 😂

longdong1234565678935 karma

You never knew farts smelt?

claymanation3 karma

Never! As a kid I always heard phrases such as ‘you stink’, and I just associated bad smells with things like that.

RedditMayne4 karma

Have you considered a lucrative career in either the mortuary or waste treatment sectors?

claymanation3 karma

Hopefully going into astrophysics, actually 😂

NotVerySmarts3 karma

So you're the guy that thinks his shit doesn't stink?

claymanation1 karma

I’m glad I’ve never been ‘that guy’ haha

quixoticquail3 karma

When people talked about smell before this realization, what was your thought process? I’m a bit puzzled how you didn’t know something was up.

claymanation7 karma

My sense of smell is gone, but the receptors that pick up smell aren’t all gone. I’ve always thought smelling for everyone else was the same for me, being a tingling sensation (hard to describe, that’s the best way I can put it) in the back of my sinuses. It never has been directly talked about with me before, and I guess I never developed the mental connection or thought that I might be different.

DrHivesPHD3 karma

What does it feel like taking medicine or something you dont like, since people tell you to usually not smell if you hate what your taking which helps it go down easier?

claymanation7 karma

Good question Usually foods or other things I don’t like are texture-based. But if something tastes bad, then it probably just tastes bad and I deal with it.

DrHivesPHD1 karma

Some say onions apples and pears all taste the same, its the smell thats different, i wonder if thats actually true also you might not like coffee since the draw of coffee is the smell..

On a related note, what is probably your favorite thing to eat?

claymanation5 karma

I hate coffee, actually! I’ve never bitten into a raw onion before, might have to try that😂

I said some of my favorite foods in another response, but they include: Cucumber-less Sushi, ketchup only double cheeseburger from Five Guys, steak, ramen noodles, pho, spaghetti, etc.

I also have a strong aversion to bacon too, which people find weird.

Raspberry_Mango3 karma

What about the times in school science class when you learned about the senses - smell, sight, taste, touch ... and... what am I forgetting? Are there only 4?

Edit - hearing. Sound. Duh.

claymanation4 karma

With some damaged nerves in my nose, I always thought a slight tingling in the back of my nose and sinuses was smell for everyone. I always was confused about why people made such a big deal about it 😂

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claymanation2 karma

That’s what I keep telling myself haha

Cakeportal1 karma

If anyone wants to read the post now that it was removed, go here. OP, do you have any idea why it was removed?

claymanation2 karma

I didn’t remove them myself! There were some Reddit issues at the start of the post and some may have gotten sucked into that vacuum.

If you’re one of those people who’s comment got removed on accident, comment again!

Cakeportal1 karma

Huh. I thought it was deleted. Thanks for the reply.

claymanation1 karma

No problem!

DDaveMod1 karma

Can you taste? (Serious question, as I believe smell and taste are crucially linked)

claymanation3 karma

Well yes, but actually no.

I don’t know since I’ve never had a frame of reference. I’ve listed some favorite and not favorite foods in other replies. Here’s a zinger you may want to try: Meatball marinara with southwest sauce from Subway

DDaveMod1 karma

Thanks, will give it a shot.

It is very difficult, near impossible, to eat with a complete loss of taste. Everything is nauseating.

claymanation1 karma

I guess I’m very happy to have some taste then! Haha

Mickasaurus1 karma

You've said you really like "Five Guys" but have you ever eaten at "Mooyah"?

claymanation1 karma

Never! I’ll make sure to try it soon!

SuperSaiyanSkeletor1 karma

Are you ever asked to do something someone would find gross from the smell such as take out the garbage or help them dig up a body or are you the 1 person out of 10 that doesn’t prefer glade air freshener to other generic air fresheners?

claymanation1 karma

Interesting question😂 Ever since I’ve been diagnosed my family and friends have been targeting me a little with that kinda stuff 😂 Never used spray air fresheners in my room or anything. Maybe that’s a good YouTube video idea - ‘Guy who can’t smell reviews air fresheners!’

melodic_mayhem1 karma

Have you ever liked or disliked certain foods that other people seem to dislike or like?

claymanation7 karma

I have a strong aversion to bacon of all things. The texture always has been not nice, and the crunchy always destroyed the nice taste. On the other end, spicy food hasn’t bothered me as much as other people. But that might not be related to my smell, however.

DrHivesPHD4 karma

enjoy your lettuce tomato sandwich

claymanation7 karma


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claymanation0 karma

I answered this in another question, but the receptors in my nose are damaged from something, so I can still have a tingling sensation in the back of my sinuses instead. That is what I thought smelling was for everyone, when it isn’t. People describing smells the same way people describe food (such as ‘sweet’ or something) always confused me.

seabassseabreeze1 karma

How has your condition affected the funniness of farts?

claymanation5 karma

Fart sound jokes > fart smell jokes

thatsthetealeaf1 karma

Do you have Kallmann syndrome?

claymanation1 karma

Not sure! That’s a good question to ask my ENT.

mati0021 karma

Do you feel the heat sensation when eating tasty hot food ? When you "smell" mint do you feel different than other things, could you tell the difference with the eyes closed ? Do you like chewing gum ? Why/why not ?

claymanation1 karma

I do, but that’s different I think with capsaicin and taste. I like mint chewing gum cause I can feel and taste how my breath is.

Stat_Zombie1 karma

Do you feel like you're "missing out"? You don't seem to care, but do you?

claymanation3 karma

To be honest, no one ever talks about good smells all too much. I’m kind of glad I can’t smell what a horrid fart or moldy milk smell like.

emceeyoung1 karma

An old roommate of mine had a less severe version of this, and he was always dangerously skinny because food held so little appeal for him. Is this ever an issue for you?

claymanation2 karma

A little. I’ve always been picky with food, and I’ve never had a good diet. My rotation of food is quite small, probably due to this in hindsight. But I still enjoy food to some extent!

Sudain1 karma

Same situation - no smell. Glad you are bringing this to light.

Do you notice that some clouds of air have texture? For example you just walk into a room and it's the air has a different weight?

claymanation1 karma

It’s in my opinion an issue that needs to be more prevalent. I wish people had talked about it to me more.

I don’t really understand, but I kind of do and can agree. Maybe different sinus pressures in rooms? Not too sure

Sudain1 karma

:) Those 'clouds' are smells. I feel those clouds on my skin rather than through my head. If you focus on the texture, you can start to tell them apart and then manually associate them with what other people smell.

35 years for me to figure that out.

claymanation1 karma

Woah. That’s weird. I’ll try to notice that more, thank you for your advice!

Keetamien1 karma

How do you deal with your personal hygiene? Ever had issues with others having to tell you that you smell bad?

claymanation1 karma

For a month after being diagnosed, I was super paranoid about hygiene even though I’ve always been a clean person. I’ve never had issues with other people telling me I smell bad, actually. I’ve always used deodorant and shower frequently

Keetamien1 karma

Wasn’t it strange to use deodorant (when you cannot smell yourself or the deo)? Did you understand taking a mint after eating a dish with a lot garlic?

claymanation2 karma

It felt strange, but I did it anyways because that was what I was told to do. I can taste bad breath if it gets bad enough, so I understand the garlic.

Coba341 karma

You seem pretty ok with the diagnosis by the looks of these replies, when you first heard about it what was your initial reaction?

claymanation2 karma

I was more shocked and confused. After coming to terms with it over the course of a couple months, I’m happy still. I don’t see it as a setback or a disability at all, as i can go nearly my whole life to this point without figuring out😂 Being generally optimistic helps, along with talking with people who have similar stories also helps.

qwiglydee-4 karma

Is it possible that you're just unaware of smell?

(just like most people unaware of thermal, gravity, magnetic, airflow and such kind of senses)

claymanation3 karma

I’m confused, sorry😂 Like how sharks can sense electromagnetism with their nose but we can’t? It might be that way. I have damaged sensors/nerves in my nose that make smelling near impossible.

qwiglydee-2 karma

What I'm asking is whether the physical damage is confirmed by those doctors. Or maybe they just asked you some questions or something.

claymanation3 karma

Damage verified by doctors. Can’t remember the exact name of the exam, but it was similar to a CT scan.

claymanation3 karma

First questions, then that led to scans. I’m going to be in for an MRI in a month or so.