Besides the varying malodors coming from our breath, skin, urine, bodily secretions, etc., I am under the impression that we do not experience the same extra “assumed” TMAU and TMAU-like symptoms. Several people in the TMAU-yahoo group have tried to find common symptoms like excessive gas, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, extremely oily scalps, acne prone skin, hyperhidrosis, poor eyesight, discolored nails, reoccuring foot fungus, overactive bladder, etc. Of the survey results I’ve seen, neither of these extra symptoms are seen or reported from 100% of us.
Since some babies are born with pronounced TMAU symptoms and most other people notice or experience worsening TMAU symptoms around puberty, external stress is only one of the triggers. When I get stressed, I sweat more and I produce more oil; therefore I will smell bad faster than when I am not stressed. On a good day in cool and dry weather, I don’t stink until the end of my work day. On a bad day in humid and hot weather, I begin to smell bad by the time I reach work. During my cycle, I stink no matter what I do. When I consume and drink forbidden items I stink and my malodors can range from musty to moldy to sweaty to fecal. I don’t recall ever having a fishy odor, but who knows?
Although there is no cure, there are some prescription drugs recommended for decreasing TMAU symptoms. The human geneticist and hepatologist I visited were not open to prescribing any of those “experimental” drugs because they had little to no knowledge of TMAU symptoms, and some of these “experimental” drugs can cause other serious side effects in patients. I was very frustrated with both of them because neither wanted to assume the liability of prescribing something requiring extra explanations to my insurance company or to their bosses.
I’ve actually seen more open-mindedness from dermatologists, endocrinologists, and general practitioners, than from more popular internal medicine specialists.