I am a 60 year old woman who was diagnosed with MS about 5 years ago, but my MS doctor said that I probably had MS for 10 years prior to that after he reviewed my prior MRIs....My question..My sense of taste and smell has been affected since about May 2017.... Food tastes bad and smells weird, like burned coffee or rotting grass..... Nothing tastes like it should...I'm starting to lose a little weight since I don't eat as much...will I ever get my senses back to normal or is this as good as it gets? How can my doctor determine if this is MS related or something else? Thanks.
Altered or unpleasant tastes and smells are uncommon on MS. It is far more common to experience loss of smell and taste to some extent. It is far more common for altered or unpleasant tastes and smells to a result of viral infections, toxins or vitamin Deficiencies. Have you doctor do an evaluation first and then provide you with some vitamin supplement recommendations, particularly for zinc and vitamin B12.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego