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    Aberrant smells and associated headache
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    Yenna76114 posted:
    I was diagnosed with Migraine Syndrome many years ago. After menopause, migraines almost never occur. Now I have started smelling burning plastic frequently. Very strong, bothersome odor. Nauseating. After about an hour of this, I get a frontal headache. Not one sided like my usual migraines, just center frontal. This smell usually continues for several days. I had surgery this past May on my shoulder and it seems to have started after that. Could it be anesthesia related? Is there medication I can take for this? Should I consider consulting neurology?
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    Timothy Collins, MD responded:
    This is something you should see a neurologist about. Anesthesia side effects would not last this long.

    This may be a migraine, but I would recommend a MRI scan of the brain to make sure there is nothing else going on.
     
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    Yenna76114 replied to Timothy Collins, MD's response:
    Thank you for your quick response. I will make PCP appt. and get a referral for a neurologist appointment.


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