Regain sense of smell/taste after right basilar skull fracture?
I usually and frequently post on the Pain Management Board, but I have a situation that might be addressed better on this forum.
On June 1, 2007, I endured the experience of cracking my skull behind my right ear. Either...I tripped and hit my head or I had a bleed of some sort that caused me to pass out, fall, and crack my skull. Either way, I cracked my skull, bled out of my right ear, was in the hospital for 12 days, and--in the process--lost my sense of smell and taste.
When I talk about losing these senses, I truly cannot smell anything. I cannot smell smoke, bleach, ammonium, cologne, etc. When I talk about losing my sense of taste in particular, I cannot detect flavors of anything. For instance, spaghetti sauce does not have a flavor. HOWEVER, MY TONGUE CAN DETECT the various sensations like sour, salty, sweet, etc. So, I can tell that the Orange Juice is sweet, and I can tell that the spaghetti sauce is salty. Still though, I don't have a working or practical sense of smell and taste.
The ENT intelligently explained to me that I damaged some of my cranial nerves that must regenerate themselves--nearly 6 inches of growth. She said that these nerves grow back--IF THEY GROW BACK APPROPRIATELY--at the rate of 1/4 inch (or a little less) per month. She said that the process could take over a year. Again, she indicated that these senses may not come back at all.
Has anyone else gone through this? If so, did you regain these senses? Did you do anything to assist this process?
I would greatly appreciate your comments. Thank you.
P.S. I have Systemic Lupus and the Lupus Anticoagulant. Currently, my medications are: Coumadin, Verapamil, Vytorin, Tegretol, Duragesic, Actiq, Dilaudid, Elavil, ProSom, Fioricet (as needed), and Fioricet w/Codeine (as needed).
P.S. At first, my right ear felt full all the time. But, that cleared up. Also, my eyes acted independently for a couple of months. Over time, however, they have begun focusing my vision like it used to be. I'm very thankful for all of these improvements--even though the timeframe has seemed very S-L-O-W!