Do your taste buds change after surgery?
on 2/10/10 6:14 pm - Canada
good news is that I have lost the taste for diet coke - which is great as i was a serious addict before the surgery.
I remember for the first few months everything was so sweet. My taste did change....at first.
Now two years later I would say my taste is pretty much the same as before surgery. I still like the things I did before surgery and I still don't like the things I didn't before surgery!
I agree with the other posters here. Don't stock up. Chances are right after surgery, your taste buds will go a little crazy on you!!
on 2/11/10 3:50 am
However I'm still unable to eat certain foods without pain. Sugar and milk do a number on my tummy. Many people said they can still eat the same things post op (just less of it), but not true for me.
Many things are too sweet and foods I once loved and craved hold no interest for me. You're smart not to stock up on too many protein drinks. I went through the phase where I was buying different brands and throwing out a lot of product I didn't like. I finally found 1 protein drink I like and stuck with it. Even the protein drink I like I find too sweet but diluting it with water remedies the problem.
Even sugar-free jello can taste a little too sweet for me but I'm thinking that will even back out over time.
Stock up on the more bland kind of things that you KNOW you will need like soups (broth or anything you can puree). Remember that strained chicken noodle soup will be much more flavorful than just a can of chicken broth. (I had never even thought of that until I had it at the recovery house).
WELL I AM 3 1/2 MONTHS OUT. NOTHING MAKE ME SICK. I REALLY CRAVED SWEETS BEFORE SURGERY, BUT NOW I DON'T. MY TASTE MUST HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE I CAN'T STAND PLAIN WATER NOW AND I DRANK A LOT BEFORE, BUT OTHER THAT THAT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THE SAME OR I HAVEN'T REALLY NOTICED.
MY SENSE OF SMELL HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRETTY STRONG. I HAVEN'T NOTICED ANY CHANGE.