I was thinking about my loss of taste last night/ today and I thought of the perfect way to explain this bizarre symptom I have had a few times over the coarse of my MS life. When I have loss of taste it’s not like a light switch; on or off. I can still taste things just not the way they are supposed to be tasted. Same with the numbness in my mouth and on my lips; I can still feel but not the way I am supposed to feel. It’s like when you get numbed up at the dentist and your lip feels fat; you could bite it and bleed and it probably wouldn’t hurt much but at the same time you could still tell that something is touching your lip.
When it comes to loosing my sense of taste though it’s kind of like this; imagine the perception of taste as the perception of color. The vast array of colors we see in the world are all made up of the three primary colors; combing them differently creates different colors right? Well think of your sense of taste in the same way. It’s like the many different tastes one can perceive is made up of several “primary” tastes and when I loose my sense of taste I don’t loose all my “primary” tastes but just one which makes it impossible to taste things the way they should taste because one important “ingredient” for that taste is missing.
Taste doesn’t really work this way but this is how it feels. It’s like I can’t taste “green” because the part of my tongue that taste “blue” is not working so all I am tasting is the “yellow” in it. Does that make sense or was my “perfect idea” for illustrating this symptom only perfect in my head?