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why does everything smell so wretched during withdrawal?

Discussion in 'Opiate addiction' started by mugwump77, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. mugwump77

    mugwump77 Silver Member

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    Nov 27, 2008
    Male from U.S.A.
    so i tried to UTFSE but all i seem to find are people mentioning the fact that things smell and taste super strong, or just disgusting in general. this i knows.

    what i'm wondering is if anyone knows the medical reason for this? or at least a site that i can find an answer to this conundrum?

    this phenomenon puzzles me. all i can come up with is the not very scientific reasons: the senses are dampened for so long that the sudden return is overload.
  2. ex-junkie

    ex-junkie Newbie

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    Feb 23, 2009
    Female from Australia
    swim agrees with this. the sinuses play up somewhat during withdrawals (eg: runny nose, runny eyes when yawning, sneezing even), making it extra sensitive she presumes.
  3. dyingtomorrow

    dyingtomorrow Palladium Member R.I.P.

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    SWIM totally knows what you mean.

    In SWIM's experience, whatever the last strong smell he smells before going into withdrawals is stuck in his nose for days. E.g. cat litter, old pasta, nasty shit like that.

    SWIM is fucking going through withdrawals like every 2 or 3 days, so what he does is gets like a nice smelling towel to lay his head on. It actually helps you relax a little bit more to have a pleasant smell around you while withdrawing.
  4. stagns

    stagns Newbie

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    Jun 11, 2009
    In a nutshell, opiates significantly depress the rhinal (and to a much lesser degree the entorhinal) cortex deep in the brain, just above and forward of the "alligator brain" named the hypothalamus, a part of the limbic system. Anyhow, any portion of the CNS devoted to olfaction, from the olfactory bulb to several different destinations, the important one being the piriform cortex, where "smell" is processed, is functionally depressed. I agree that Fentanyl severely depresses olfaction, because I too notice within 24 hours of application that all smells are much less pungent. I also notice my cigarette intake increase by 250% (because they no longer stink). Hope this helps.
  5. malsat

    malsat Gold Member

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    Coincidence there, I was just about to start a new thread enquiring whether enhanced/altered (in an unpleasant way, yugh) taste & smell were common of opiate WD - particularly the sudden distaste for cigarettes. That was a shocker to learn about I can tell you... the only info I could find anywhere about sudden distaste w/cigarettes were statements that it occurs in pregnancy, kidney failure and hepatitis!

    Glad to learn that it's just a symptom of run of the mill opiate WD's, lol...
  6. g666d

    g666d Silver Member

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    Nov 13, 2008
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    Swim just knew it as the smell of death. Was always the same, every time. Smelled like... death, lol. Sorry can't really be more specific, maybe like burning skin?
    Swim smells it very occasionally in random moments now (swim doesn't really use opiates anymore)

    Swim seconds the disgust of the taste of cigarettes. They tasted like... death, lol.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2009
  7. missparkles

    missparkles Platinum Member & Advisor Donating Member

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    Jun 2, 2009
    Female from U.K.
    Sparkles isn't sure if this is just another W/D myth, but she heard that after long term drug use substances are expelled by the body. Through urine, waste products and perspiration.
    When Sparkles has been through W/D the smell of her own skin, especially during the hot/cold phase has been nasty. She could shower six times a day but that smell remained until she got through that particular stage.
    Others have even commented on it. It seems much worse when she's gone ct from opiates than when she's reduced.
    It could be her imagination, perhaps the thought of her body getting rid of the crap she's put into it is a positive way of justifying it.
    Take care.