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My sister in law has had copd now for about 4 years, for the past 8 months she has not been able to taste anything that she eats, has anyone else had this problem and what should she do. She has gargled with everything and did everything her dr told her to do, but nothing works. Thanks and take care.

posted July 30, 2017
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I have been many yea rs without a sense of taste or smell. I just go by the feel of the food and a sense of sweet, spicy, etc. But, I know it is still there somewhere because if I am making a soup or stew, with the lid on the pot and remove it, I will get a sense of smell from the food or if I come from being outside for a few minutes. Also, a sense of taste rears it's lovely head and I get a hint of something wonderful. But 99.9% of the time there is nothing. But, I will still make those great dinners and ask my hubby if it is good. Taste and smell is a wonderful thing and to be without it is a huge loss, but as with many things I don;'t think there is anything you can do about it. Enjoy great food as much as you can. just pretend it tastes super good.

posted May 20
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VirginiaKittrell, my sense of taste and smell comes and goes. It is never consistant. I do know when I’m hungry.
Sometimes I can eat a chicken dinner and not taste the chicken, the pototoes, the vegetables, or the gravy. A waste? No, I knew when I was full and I could see what I was eating.
My days of not tasting outnumber the days when I can taste.
The whole idea though is to not worry about lack of taste, for there is nothing you can do about it except learn to live with it and appreciate the days you can taste!
Breathe easy.😊

posted April 11
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I also struggle with eating. And I’m very underweight. It seems this disease takes away our appetite. I don’t think it’s inhalers; because sometimes I am hungry as a horse, but it’s very fleeting.

posted April 10
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Thank you for the hug.😊

posted March 2, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I have been unable to smell or taste similar scents or flavours for the last 45 years. Flavours such as apple, peach, potatoes, or even meat are basically tasteless! I even interpret the taste of garlic as being salty. I do know when I'm hungry and I don't allow lack of flavour to interfere with my eating.
I know this isn't the result of COPD complications, but I want to encourage others that loss of taste and smell isn't the end of the world!
Once in a while, the taste and smell return for a meal or two but the senses are largely absent.
Stay safe, breathe easy.😊

posted February 27, 2022
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I can taste some things, but not all. I did check my meds for COPD and a couple more that I’m taking and they all said a possible side effect is loss of taste and/or things taste differently than they did before.

posted February 27, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I too have been unable to taste most things. COPD with lots of mucous. 14 years. On oxygen for 4. I can taste somethings. Still get hungry. I can taste thinks I should not be eating (York peppermint patties and Doritos, lol).
I really need to find out why. It started about a year ago. Medicines maybe? 😏

posted February 26, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I have had very little sense of smell and taste for 40 years. Taste and smell mean little to me because I know when I’m hungry! I can taste sweet, sour, bitter, salty, but no flavours. So enjoy what strong flavours you can taste and don’t worry about what you can’t taste. I enjoy a good steak dinner even though I’m unable to taste the potato, the salad, or the vegetables. I get full anyways and sometimes take a second helping of the fixings. You just have to enjoy what is available to your situation.

posted July 26, 2021
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You can do it, I have faith in you 😜

posted April 15, 2021
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Ive had copd for about 17 yrs. I have custody of my 4 yr old grandson hes been with me for 3 yrs. I have lost my taste but its been replaced with a awful taste that i just cant get rid of, so most things taste like s..t. ive also lost heaps of weight in 61 kgs and usually sit round 74. Unfortunatly i still smoke but have just started the stop smoking pills campax. Fingers crossed they help. My will power is out the door lol. Im a 61 yr old living in New Zealand

posted March 29, 2021

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