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Body Odour during Morphine (and others?) withdrawal.

Discussion in 'Opiate addiction' started by MrGettinBetter, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. MrGettinBetter

    MrGettinBetter Silver Member

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    Jan 7, 2010
    from U.K.
    Swim alluded to a strange affliction which has occurred during his first enforced withdrawal from Morphine Sulphate six months ago and his current planned and absolutely final withdrawal which he is going through now. I am now approaching the end of day 5 opiate free and is feeling great except for RLS and significan GI Problems. The monkey is almost dead . . . But this condition remain. . . .

    I have noticed that he has a very strong acrid/sweet/metallic/pungent body odour that does not smell at all like normal body odour. I am very self conscious of the smell, and can detect it throughout the house. Others in Swim's abode are unaware of the odour but it is definitely real and permeates bedding and used clothing.

    What causes this? Surely if it toxins/the drug being released then I would have smelt like this whilst self medicating. How does the withdrawing process precipitate this? I have stopped suffering with sweats from his withdrawal but the odour remains. I have noticed that his sense of smell is exceptionally acute at this time too.

    So In essence, does anyone know the cause of this odour? Why is this odour not present when taking the drug? Does this only happen with opiates? And finally does You a similar issue?

    Many Thanks.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  2. lease25

    lease25 Titanium Member

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    Nov 27, 2009
    from Australia
    I don't know the scientific facts behind it but swim knows exactly what You is describing, its a normal part of detoxing off opiates and not just morphine or heroin. It could be heightened sense of smell, swim notices that during detox her sense of taste is also affected.

    I always assumed it was the toxins leaving the body, just drink lots of water, have showers and change the sheets every couple of days. Swim will also notice their urine is very dark and smelly, means You needs to drink more water which is harder during detox so drink less more often.
  3. Motorfreak231

    Motorfreak231 Silver Member

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    SWIMrGettinBetter, congrats on making the commitment to kick this naughty little habit!! SWIM wishes you the best of luck through the battle, and invites You to send a personal message if You has a hard time and/or just needs someone to talk to who has been there quite a few times!!

    Just as a reminder, You did ia good job SWIMMING for the most part, but best be a little more on top of learning how to SWIM. Just a friendly reminder to avoid any hassles!!

    Keep up the good work! Stay strong and You WILL tame this beast. Willpower and determination are key. Stay strong!!!

    All us SWIMMERS are here for You support!

  4. MrGettinBetter

    MrGettinBetter Silver Member

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    Jan 7, 2010
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    Thanks for your replies and offers of help. Swim will indeed take up your kind offer if he finds things tough. Thanks for your little hint Motorfreak. Swim must have forgot he was talking about!:confused:

    A little O.T but I have made it through another night, still RLS and GI distress but otherwise good. I am a litttle worried though as he has to go back to work today and wonders what will happen. It may be a very good thing for Swim though as it may take his mind off of everything.

    Swim still wonders why the smell is not present when he is on Morphine since surely the metabolites and other "toxins" would be at a higher level than that during WD. Or is it that the massive amount of sweating early on washes the toxins out?
  5. Spucky

    Spucky Palladium Member

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    Feb 9, 2009
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    AW: Body Odour during Morphine (and others?) withdrawal.

    Hmmm, a very old and good question, the Cat never found a answer who satisfied her,
    but the Bodysmell is made by Microorganism who eat/ metabolize the sweat.

    Maybe they need a inner-balance
    or they get killed by the sweat, die a become rotten?:cry:

    Edit: Do the People also think it`s like a smell of Cooper?
    If so i have maybe a explanation!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  6. malsat

    malsat Gold Member

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    I had just thought it was from the sweating and increased sense of smell/taste. SWIM's senses were heightened during detox #1 so much that he couldn't even tolerate smoking.

    Although it is very unpleasant and embarassing that it does not seem to go away with washing.
  7. Helene

    Helene Gold Member

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    Jul 27, 2009
    from U.K.
    That smell! God, it's evil, isn't it? I know exactly what you are talking about, she has experienced this many a time when in heroin withdrawal. A kind of sickly-sweet, sweaty, faintly acidic smell, that emanates from your pores as soon as you start to go into withdrawal. Is it all the toxins leaving your body? I amn't sure, but it's a common (yet under-documented) symptom of withdrawal. Of course, you sweat a lot more than usual when you're clucking, but that's no reason to change the smell of it, is it? And also, as Malsat and Lease25 say, your sense of smell is unusually heightened during withdrawal, which makes it even more unbearable. In fact, any smell at all bothers swim when she's ill, she can't even open the fridge to get milk out of it for tea without retching...

    That Smell - Lynyrd Skynyd

    Whiskey bottles and brand new cars;
    oak tree you're in my way.
    There's too much coke and too much smoke
    Look what's going on inside you.

    Ooh, ooh that smell
    Can't you smell that smell?
    Ooh, ooh that smell
    The smell of death surrounds you.

    Angel of darkness is upon you.
    Stuck a needle in your arm (you, fool, you)
    So take another toke, have a blow for your nose,
    one more drink, fool, would drown you. (hell, yeah)

    Now they call you prince charming.
    Can't speak a word when you're full of 'ludes.
    Say you'll be alright come tomorrow, but
    tomorrow might not be here for you. (yeah, you)

    Aw, you, fool, you.
    You stick them needles in your arm
    I know I been there before.

    One little problem that confronts you,
    got a monkey on your back.
    Just one more fix, Lord, might do the trick.
    One hell of a price for you to get your kicks. (hell, yeah)

    Oh, you, fool, you
    Don't stick those needles in your arm.
    You're just a fool, just a fool, just a fool.

    (not swim's sort of music at all, but a relevant addition to this thread she thinks!)

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  8. Trapped_under_ice

    Trapped_under_ice Newbie

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    Dec 21, 2009
    It's most likely the result of the huge noradrenaline release, resulting in increased sweating and heightened smell. Opiates supress the sense of smell, withdrawal work the opposite. It will pass.