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A quick question -- taste buds

S for StacySS for Stacy Posts: 35
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Has anyone else had the experience of altered taste after their cervical fusion surgery? I'm a month post-op and have really been noticing the last couple of weeks (although it's probably been going on longer) that I get a weird, bitter/sour aftertaste after eating salty things. And very few things really taste like they're supposed to (even sweet things are a little "off")

Is this related to the surgery, or possibly some medicine I'm taking (taking some heart/BP-related things and Tramadol as needed for pain), or is it possibly something completely unrelated?

Thanks, and sorry to keep bugging y'all!


  • Stacy,

    Lol! You're probably gonna think I am stalking you soon since I reply to so many of your posts! (G) In all seriousness though... I've had various medications affect my taste, and sometimes too the texture, or feel of my tongue. I pretty well know it was the medication, because after I stopped (or finished) the course of medication, my taste returned to normal. One for me that was 'off' (and I even threw a quart away thinking it was bad), orange juice!

    Now if it happens, I have the hubby do a taste test so I don't dump 'good' food/drink.

    [my edit] Oops, forgot. I have also gotten into the habit of sniffing everything as my nose hasn't lied to me yet!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I had ALIF L5-S1 at the end of February and definitely experienced a problem with taste changes & poor appetite. Foods I loved before surgery I can barely tolerate. It is as if tastes have been intensified 100 -fold. I can no longer stand the taste of coffee and have completely switched to green tea. Textures bother me too. It might really be described as a food aversion issue. I've never had any type of eating disorder. Very weird.
    In my case I do not believe it is medication related as I am taking the same as I was preop. Perhaps it is due to anesthesia. Can anyone provide an explaination?

    Pat Gibson
    L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
    Now L4 Retrolisthisis
  • I would love to know! I bought a package of Barbeque Kettle Chips the other day, one of my favorite "bad for you" snacks, and I couldn't eat them! They were horrible! My son said they tasted just like always, but I had to give them to him, just couldn't stand them.

    Anyway, yes, if anyone has a clue whether it could have been the anesthesia, or the steroids post-op, or something else (nipped nerves?), I'd love some ideas!
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