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bigojo posted:
I had a small stroke on July 25th and am having trouble with my taste buds and was wondering how long it takes to get them back,my vision is back to normal and my balance is geting there. Thanks.
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
This is a common question and not unusual after a brain injury or stroke. The first place to look is any new medications that may have been added since your stroke. A number of medicines can affect your taste. You can look them up on line and combinme the name of the drug with "loss of taste." and see if that might be the problem.

Changes in taste froma stroke usually improve over a few weeks to months. Some people complain of a metallic taste. Here is a link to an answer I gave a few days ago to another stroke survivor on WebMD.

http://forums.webmd.com/3/stroke-exchange/forum/756

http://forums.webmd.com/3/stroke-exchange/forum/226

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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itmatsb responded:
If you looked up the doctor's references it says that most people regain their taste buds so your chances are very good.

For anyone else who still has problems, I had my stroke 4 years ago and still have difficulty eating anything the slightest bit acidic such as strawberries and cherries which I used to love. I still have no appetite and eating is a terrible chore most of the time. I was way below a normal BMI until I started to eat ice cream every day which my doctor thought was healthier than my very low weight. Sometimes things taste funny to me also. So I guess I'm a part of the unlucky few who don't recover.


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