Menopause & Smelling Cigarette Smoke

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Ok, here’s a new one...I am 61 and post menopausal.  For a few weeks I have been smelling cigarette smoke, but no one in my household smokes.  At first, I thought it was the new neighbors next door, but nobody there smokes either.  I use Symbicort & Flonase for my “menopause asthma” and thought that the smoke smell could be a side effect of those drugs.  I remember when I was pregnant I had an irrational sense of smell, I could smell things nobody else could.  I am wondering if this smelling of cigarette smoke is yet another side effect of hormone imbalance.  Just throwing it out there - I looked online and there can be some sinister causes like epilepsy, brain tumors etc.  but I am not going to let my anxiety run wild with this - just thought I would ask - 

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    Hi Debra,

    I get this too!  I am positive it’s menopause related.  I’m 57 and about a year ago I started with this symptom.  I’ve had it happen several times over the past year. It lasts about a week and then will go away for a month or two and then come back.  No matter where I am I can smell cigarette smoke and no one else can.  It does seem to be a bit worse when I’m indoors and that may have something to do with dry air from heating or air conditioning.  Don’t google!!  All you will get is bad news...it’s this or that and it’s all bad. I did that and was convinced I had a brain tumor.  I know that I don’t because I had sinus surgery 10 months ago and had ct scan of head and sinuses and all was well. 

    I have read on this site posts from many women who also suffer from this.  Please don’t worry....I believe it’s all part of this horrible menopause roller coaster.

    Hope this helps.🙂

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      Hi tmpearce - thank you for your reassuring words - I vaguely remember reading on some menopause site (maybe not this one) that some woman do experience this rather strange symptom.  This whole menopause journey is now becoming comical...I think I have truly experienced all 66 menopause symptoms & then some!  Trying to find the humor & wonder what I am supposed to learn from this journey, but all I can say is, whoever abducted my body & life...I want it back! Pronto! Hah!

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    hi debra i just looked this up it says could be your sinuses blocked maybe go to doctors to see if this is the case but was very interesting reading this while on the menopause we seem to experience lots of different things .hope you start feeling better soon 
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      Hi Kim - Yes, I thought it might be related to my allergy/asthma RX, but things appear OK in that department, but if it gets worse, will check it out - I can’t help but think it’s hormone related, geez! I have had every other bloody symptom!!! I think the lesson here is, you have to have a great sense of humor to navigate thru menopause HELL - 
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    I belong to a menopause Facebook page, and there are a lot of us women who have smelled smoke.  Me included.  It definitely is hormonal.  So you are not alone!
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    Well that explains a lot for a doctor who thought she smelled cigarette smoke on me and refused to treat me.  She must have been in menopause (she was of the age).  I was incensed, hurt, enraged at her actions of spinning on her heels and walking out, leaving me to sit there, wondering what happened and no doctor to help me.  Same thing happened with a pharmacist who was just supposed to give me medication prescribed by an urgent care doc.  Both women were of menopausal ages.  Hmmm....wonder why that happens and why not smell lilacs (I smell those) or perfume?  Interesting to say the least but, a head-scratcher. 

    As my grandmother used to always say though..."this too shall pass".  Hang in there!  And, whatever you do...do NOT google anything because there's a lot of crap on the net.  No one knows who is putting out realistic information.  I've made that mistake and ended up diagnosis myself with all sorts of diseases to have family doctors laughing me out of the office for it.  (Of course...none of it was true....I know that now LOL). 

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