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What causes loss of taste sense? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 07-Apr-2014
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User:I am unable to taste or eat food. I am able to swallow, but sugar, lemon juice, water and all foods taste awful.
My meds have not chaged....I had knee surgery on XXXXXXX 15th
This is day day 10 of drinking Ensure or Boost
I have been to three doctors and they have no idea. I did have an CT done yesterday and it was clear.
Tomorrow I go to an ENT
I am frustrated, HUNGRY and angry.....
Thank you XXXXXXX
Doctor:Hi
Doctor:Give me a moment to read your query
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:I need to know the medicines that you are on
Doctor:Sorry I did not understand
Doctor:Can you reframe your sentence
User:Ok helpful
Doctor:ok
User:My meds are not here
Doctor:Let us proceed with your query
Doctor:ok
User:ok
Doctor:It seems like an infection of the mouth
Doctor:or esophagus
User:How come no doctor has said something so simple?
Doctor:They may have checked the mouth but do not have access to esophagus
User:I am able to swallow...it is the taste and texture
Doctor:Unable to swallow is dysphagia
Doctor:Since you are unable to swallow
Doctor:solid food
User:No no I can swallow
Doctor:ohk7
Doctor:You are able to swallow but hate the food because it tastes aweful
Doctor:Do you have dry mouth?
User:Yes
User:I guess
Doctor:How about dry eyes?
User:they are okay
Doctor:ok
Doctor:Then it is just dry mouth (xerostomia) and it is not Sjogrens syndrome
User:I am hungry and my sense of smell is fine
Doctor:In such a scenario you need to take steps to moisturize the mouth
Doctor:ok
User:Water tastes awful
Doctor:I think water must be tasting bland
Doctor:awful and bland are different
User:And I do have some nausea but i think because i am hungry
Doctor:ok
Doctor:That is understandable
User:Sugar, lemon juice and hot sauce tastes the same
Doctor:Firstly you need to take oral care with oral rinses, frequent brushing etc
Doctor:ok
User:I am doing that......................
User:I have lost 9 pounds
Doctor:that means the taste buds for sugary and salt are not affected
Doctor:Eating food with water
Doctor:Soft foods may be taken
User:sugar and salt taste the same as every thin gelse
Doctor:I understand that
Doctor:It is possible that some taste buds got affected
User:Please listen I can swallow it but it tates soooooooooooooooo awful I don't want to swallow
Doctor:I understood that
Doctor:Dry mouth can be caused by medicines
Doctor:SArtificial saliva products are also available
User:but there has been no change in meds
Doctor:like glandosane, saliva orthana
Doctor:but require frequent administration
Doctor:It is worth trying
Doctor:Sometimes a person starts to react differently to same medicines
Doctor:Some side effects happen after prolonged usage
Doctor:So a change of medicine is not always needed for a side effect to happen
User:What about a sinus infection?
Doctor:Sinus infection will also cause headache
User:No i only have a hunger headache
Doctor:It is less likely to affect taste buds
Doctor:ok
Doctor:Pilocarpine is a medicine that is used to treat severe dry mouth
Doctor:You should also consult an ear nose and throat specialist
Doctor:The reason is that cause can be found by hit and trial method
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