By Rose Eveleth | Smithsonian
Along with the tremors, stiff muscles and difficulty walking, about a third of Parkinsons patients experience hallucinations. And for one patient, those hallucinations were both horrible and predictive. He smelled an intense, skunk-like, oniony smell that got worse when a storm was coming. According to the International Journal of Biometeorology, he is the first reported case of weather-induced exacerbation of phantosmia.
The case study says that the patient, a 64-year-old white male with Parkinsons, these phantom smells would suddenly intensify two to three hours before a storm and last until it has passed. This also isnt the first time, the patient has been a weather predictor. Twenty years prior, he reported the ability to forecast the weather, based on pain in a torn meniscus, which vanished after surgical repair, the researchers report.
Storms werent the only thing that triggered the patients terrible smell hallucinations; they could also be summoned via coughing, nasal congestion, and tiredness. They could be banished by eatingwhich has caused the patient to gain weightand also by watching TV, nasal irrigation
occluding the nostrils
snorting salt water, blowing of the nose, laughing
humming and talking.
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