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Derek1987

I feel ill when my wife cooks

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Not because the food is nasty lol. Whenever she cooks, even if I'm in the back of the house, I feel flushed and ill to where I feel so bad I just want to sleep. I know I have a major heat intolerance problem. But I'm thinking this has to be related to my sense of smell as well?

 

When I was working I remember not feeling right when they used the popcorn machine. But I was at least 20-30 feet away from the machine in a different room. I feel Ill and shaky when I'm around cooking. Can anybody else relate or offer an explanation?

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I am hypersensitive to a lot of smells.  Some will make me fill I’ll to my stomach.  This seems to come and go for me.   It can be food smells, perfume, flowers, etc.

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3 hours ago, Alex D. said:

I am hypersensitive to a lot of smells.  Some will make me fill I’ll to my stomach.  This seems to come and go for me.   It can be food smells, perfume, flowers, etc.

Yes. I feel sick to my stomach as well. Insane. I see my autonomic specialist today for the 2nd time ever. Gonna bring this up. I'm really looking for a proper diagnosis. I've learned a lot from this forum. Thanks for the reply.

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Some smells for me, sounds more so. Does light bother you at all or motion? I used to be able to stomach anything and be swung by my feet on a chandelier, but now, lots of stuff sets me off. 

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13 minutes ago, JimL said:

Some smells for me, sounds more so. Does light bother you at all or motion? I used to be able to stomach anything and be swung by my feet on a chandelier, but now, lots of stuff sets me off. 

My favorite place to be is my dark quiet bedroom. I have the windows blacked out. Sounds of conversation or tv seems to get my adrenaline going sometimes. I'm always telling my wife to turn the volume down on the tv or her phone. Light bothers me when I get my frequent headaches. I really need to lay off of the aspirin. I'm not sure if this is what you are referring to. When I go anywhere public now my hands are sweating. Adrenaline and anxiety flowing.

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2 hours ago, Derek1987 said:

My favorite place to be is my dark quiet bedroom. I have the windows blacked out. Sounds of conversation or tv seems to get my adrenaline going sometimes. I'm always telling my wife to turn the volume down on the tv or her phone. Light bothers me when I get my frequent headaches. I really need to lay off of the aspirin. I'm not sure if this is what you are referring to. When I go anywhere public now my hands are sweating. Adrenaline and anxiety flowing.

I was like that the day after my spine surgery. I had a CSF leak and I felt like my head was in a vise. What happened was the PT people sat me up and my head hurt so bad I would have put a gun in my mouth to stop it. They laid me down head low and turned off the lights and shaded the windows. That was Halloween. One of my kids has autism and when she runs around flapping and yelling, I feel like I am going to jump out of my skin. It never used to bother me. As far as stomach goes, things turn it now. I could watch my own surgery at one time and not be freaked. It's a reversal of a lot of things. 

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It sounds like a type of sensory overload. I am wondering if some type of low-dose muscle relaxant might help tone down your symptoms. I am very prone to overload, I've learned to take half a diazepam (just 1 mg of valium) before I leave the house for someplace that is busy or noisy. It's made a big difference in my being able to function without setting off many of my symptoms. 

I hope you feel better soon.

 

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That is kind of interesting. I know I have sound issues, but can't say smell has bothered me. It would suck if it did. My husband likes to cook Cajun and the smells are amazing, even if I can't eat it :D

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3 hours ago, StayAtHomeMom said:

That is kind of interesting. I know I have sound issues, but can't say smell has bothered me. It would suck if it did. My husband likes to cook Cajun and the smells are amazing, even if I can't eat it :D

I am not scent very sensitive though I bought a sale candle last week that gave me a whopping headache like from an overdose of cheap perfume. Probably anyone would have gotten headaches from it, I bought a dollar store candle and I paid for it, ugh. All our senses are triggers to alert our nervous system so if any of them are kablooey I'm going to blame dysautonomia until I have proof otherwise. They can all go weird at any level anytime. 

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59 minutes ago, WinterSown said:

I am not scent very sensitive though I bought a sale candle last week that gave me a whopping headache like from an overdose of cheap perfume. Probably anyone would have gotten headaches from it, I bought a dollar store candle and I paid for it, ugh. All our senses are triggers to alert our nervous system so if any of them are kablooey I'm going to blame dysautonomia until I have proof otherwise. They can all go weird at any level anytime. 

Normal people can have problems with certain scents. I wonder if it is smelling is triggering the malfunction, or the malfunction makes us more sensitive. Does that make sense?

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I have a non-POTS sensitivity to perfumes (all artificial scents).  Could be the case with you, or not.  What about when you cook?  Same problem?  Is it certain cooking foods or all cooking foods?  For example, maybe there are compounds released to the air when frying things.

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14 hours ago, StayAtHomeMom said:

Normal people can have problems with certain scents. I wonder if it is smelling is triggering the malfunction, or the malfunction makes us more sensitive. Does that make sense?

Yes, very. Scents are triggers for allergies and your body reacts. Scent can trigger memories as well,  it can cause you to recall a moment in your past. Sometimes that can be stressful and stress is a trigger. I do believe that our senses are effected by dysautonomia. I also think that like anything else our reactions are sensationally unique to ourselves. There's no one-size-fits-all fix for it. Though Valium does seem to take the edge off.  Pleh.

 

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Just offering my two cents............does she mainly use non-stick pans?  Wondering if it could be something in the coating that is bothering you.  Also, what about food allergies?  I have food allergies and can't be around my mother when she's cooking shellfish and can't be around others eating peanuts.  Could something like this be contributing to your feeling ill?

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3 hours ago, HangingByAThread said:

Just offering my two cents............does she mainly use non-stick pans?  Wondering if it could be something in the coating that is bothering you.  Also, what about food allergies?  I have food allergies and can't be around my mother when she's cooking shellfish and can't be around others eating peanuts.  Could something like this be contributing to your feeling ill?

No food allergies. I believe they are non-stick. Perhaps it is in the coating. I mentioned it to my autonomic specialist yesterday and she pretty much confirmed that's a normal reaction for people with our condition. Maybe not everyone reacts but some do.  Thanks for the replies everyone.

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Derek, I have the same issue and know exactly what you're talking about.

I've been able to notice I'm mostly triggered by certain foods so I'm able to avoid it or prepare. Bacon is the worst as I frequently get pre-syncope, and have to cook with a chair and fans. 

I'm assuming it has to do with the grease or fat, but unsure of why it happens? If you or anyone learns the science behind this let me know lol

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