A woman says she is suffering from a bizarre syndrome that makes everything she eats taste like "sewage" – and it is ruining her life.
Natalia made a TikTok video on her @hannahbaked account on Monday (November 15) and describes the awful daily battle she has just to eat a small volume of food.
Struggling to talk through her tears, Natalia says: "I don't think anyone understands how much this affects your daily life.
"It's not just that foods taste wrong, it's garbage, it's sewage, it's gasoline, it's ammonia, it's mould."
She says: "Like imagine the worst smell you have ever smelled in your life and it's that but everything. It's everything."
Natalia then speaks of her terror that she will not recover – quoting research that says most people get better by three months.
Sobbing, she says: "I am on month 10. And the one doctor that said he'd seen this before… after I went from doctor to doctor… that doctor told me if it didn't improve within a year there was a chance I won't ever get better.
"I have got two months left and it's not going away."
Natalia says she now has a severe eating disorder and anemia due to the condition because "it's not like everything tastes bad, it tastes like sewage".
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For a long time, she was vomiting up bile every time she tried to eat and even developed gastritis because her symptoms were so severe.
Natalia says: "There is no research, there is no cure, there is no… there is just hoping…"
"I had a breakdown the other day because I realised how disabled I'm going to be for the rest of my life.
"I am malnourished, I can barely eat…"
Natalia, whose symptoms developed after catching Covid, then begs people to wear a face covering and says she is "never going to be ok again".
The video was watched more than 5 million times and there was an outpouring of support for the college student.
One person commented: "This is what people don't realise surviving from Covid is not the same as recovering from Covid."
A second viewer tried to reassure her, writing: "Lived with it for nearly two years! Your nerves regenerate yearly it will go away!"
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