hi and thanks so much for posting thsi article poorah, i think i have this disorder, i had found this article a long time ago but lately i have been trying to find it, and my goodness this article describes me!!! i obsess about smelling bad, my husband says i dont smell bad but i avoid going out alot because
i think i smell so bad that people around me will smell me, and talk about me, its so embarrasing everytime i visit my family i swear i just think about what they will think about me if i smell bad, will they think i dont shower, when in fact i wash and shower 3x a day, anyway i developed a problem that everytime i went out i started thinking i smelled bad and i didnt even want to breathe on anyone, so i developed social phobia and i only went out when necessary,
and everytime i would go out i would start sweating so much and then when sweat came i started thiniing i must be smelling horrible! so one thing led to another, so i was sweating so bad when i was out that i had 4 surgeries to remove my sweat glands, now i am left with huge scars and skin grafts from the very painful surgery, and at least i dont sweat anymore at all in that area, but then i started sweating in my vaginal area and now i alwasy think my vaginal area smells, and it actually does since after you get sweat glands removed in a certain area, teh sweat multiplie sin another, its horrible.
but i did fidn a good procduct called maxim and i have been applying it on my vaginal area and it stops the sweat, it also works for teh underarm area, and its a great product, that product has helped me alot since i only smell when i sweat, anyway this has been an ongoing battle which has left me with the lowest self esteem, i am not saying everyone suffers form teh olfactory disoprder but i know for sure i do, because i have never been told i smelled,
i do have sinus problems and i have this bad smell in my nose and i swear its in my breath too, anyway i just wanted to sshare my story, i had even gone to a bad breath clinic and got so offended when i was told i did not have bad breath! imagine and i get mad at my hubby when he says i dont smell bad, you knwo what guys i did go through a traumatic situation with my step father he was physicall abusive, and i was scared of getting raped wheni lived at home, this all started when i was 13 yrs old, which oddly enough this smelling problem also started, i used to lock myself up in my room alot and started thinking that people thought i smelled, i am 30 yrs old and i have not been able to keep a job because of this, i always think peopel will talk about me behind my back and i feel so humiliated, anyway thanks for letting me vent