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can't stand certain smells - February 26th 2010, 10:39 PM

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Not sure where this goes. A few weeks ago I took a big overdose of paracetamol, I then spent the next few days throwing up, and then I was admitted to hospital. Ever since then, the smell of water (which I took the pills with) makes me feel phyiscally sick. I didn't even realise water particulary smelled before. Also, whenever I get my tablets out in the morning and see them, that has the same affect. Is this weird? How can I stop it? I can barely stand to take my tablets and I can't stand even making someone else a drink!

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Re: can't stand certain smells - February 26th 2010, 11:33 PM

For a few months after I overdosed I had similar problems. I had bought bottles of water to take my pills with, and for months afterwards the sight of a bottle of water would make me gag and feel physically sick, same with seeing pills.
I think it's just your body remembering what had happened and being reading to defend itself, overdosing puts a huge strain on your body both physically and mentally. I would talk to a doctor about it though, maybe there's a type of therapy that could help?
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Re: can't stand certain smells - February 27th 2010, 06:49 AM

Sounds like a really weird form of a taste aversion, although those usually are for things that are new, so in this case I'd assume the new thing is the fact you overdosed and water was somehow with it. The best therapy would probably just be trying to overcome your sudden dislike for water by yourself.
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Re: can't stand certain smells - February 27th 2010, 11:28 PM

The body has a lot of defence mechanisms that you might not realise. Adrenaline for example, helps to stop serious issues occuring when you are in danger. Your body might have made the connection that "taking the overdose seriously affected you, and therefore if you drink water it could happen again." Obviously this isn't true.

The issue is very serious though, as the body does need to take water to survive. I would recommend that you speak to your doctor / a therapist about this to try and find a solution. I hope this helps a little bit!

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