I know it’s been a while since my last entry so I’m going to make this pretty quick or I will be taking breaks while writing this post. So I am on day 6 of my Bell’s Palsy diagnosis. It got worse from day 2.
Let’s go back a few days shall we…
So about 5 days before my facial paralysis happened I noticed some things. My sense of taste had changed. I was nearing my period so I was beginning to wonder if I could be pregnant. Now I know this was not the case. I have been under a fair amount of stress and while that’s nothing new, I have read from others who Bells Palsy has affected, that stress triggers it for them.
My taste only changed for bread. Every single type of sandwich I made on three different bread types, white, wheat, and white wheat bread all tasted like it came from the bottom for a trash dumpster. Not in the bag but seriously like I made a sandwich with rotten foods. I just noticed now that it smells that way to me too.
I got my invisible aligners just one day after my period started, put them in at bedtime and I slept in them. Ouch. My mouth was pretty sore.
So I woke up and my eyesight was weird. Blurry, hazy, and unable to focus. I didn’t notice anything weird with my face. I just felt disoriented. Well about 4 hours later and two cups of coffee later “I wasn’t waking up.” I was still groggy and disoriented. My eyesight was getting worse. My left eye felt really weird and the left side of my face felt like it was numb or swelling.
I got really concerned and was thinking oh great just as soon as I turn 30 I am having a stroke! I have MTHFR, a genetic mutation in my dna so it puts me at risk. That’s another post entirely.
I decided to go to my local urgent care.
I’m putting everything in this post that I feel or was told that could be related so it helps others like myself who didn’t know what Bell’s Palsy was.
My cousin had Bells Palsy at birth 20+ years ago and he never gained control of the paralyzed side of his face. This is what scares me.
Oh yeah, back to the timeline. Ok, at urgent care they checked my vision by reading a chart in the wall. The Doctor then had me close my eyes, smile, and then checked for weakness in my legs and my cheek muscles. He called it a mild case of Bell’s Palsy.
As soon as he said that, it made perfect sense. I should have known myself! I literally 2 weeks ago just researched more on the topic due to a vaccination debate on Facebook.
So I asked why, and there really is no 100% known cause for Bells Palsy, just that it happens more to people who have a virus such as the Herpes simplex 1 virus.
Almost 2 months ago I had a cold sore on my bottom lip. I battled that and a really bad cold while I was on my beach trip. Coincidence? Who knows.
Well I didn’t have anything active in my system now.
So what’s going on? They don’t know. I was put on a steroid for 6 days and sent home. Well on day three of the steroid, my face became more numb and my eyesight is so much worse.
My face drooped more and I can not see clear out of either eye and drinking/chewing are now impossible without me holding my lips closed. I didn’t have the stroke symptoms but Bells Palsy is as close to one as I ever prefer to be.
I can’t imagine how my granny felt to want to hold conversations but couldn’t vocalize them. The pain and depression in her eyes when she would speak and no one around her understanding what her words were. She became very quiet until she healed.
So I am Day 6, just one day away from it being an entire week and it is worse than when it started.
Pulse side is I am not in any pain. That is a symptom for most.
(Pulled from webmd)
“The symptoms of Bell’s palsy tend to come on all of a sudden. You may go to bed one night feeling fine. But when you look in the mirror the next morning, you see that part of your face seems to be drooping.”
Some people feel pain behind their ear 1-2 days before they notice any weakness. Others say that sounds seem much louder than normal in the days before they see any other symptoms.
You might also notice the following things before the onset of Bell’s palsy (remember that these symptoms will probably only happen on one side of your face):
You’re unable to close your eyelid or blink
Your eye waters more or less than usual
Decreased sense of taste
Your facial muscles twitch
Pain or numbness behind your ear
Facial weakness and drooping typically reach their peak within a day or two. Most people start to feel better within a couple of weeks. They usually recover completely within 3 months. Some people who develop Bell’s palsy have a longer recovery period. In rare cases, they may have some permanent symptoms.”
I have done some research over the correlation between MTHFR and Bell’s palsy.
So far there isn’t much. One study says it’s possible due to your body being unable to rid itself of toxins and viruses. That makes sense. I mean it don’t cause it but it definitely is a factor that doesn’t help.
It’s now been two weeks since the first on set of the symptoms. My face has basically gone back to normal and my vision is 98%. My right eye has one section of a milky like vision.
This has been extremely rough.
I’ve called it the broken face syndrome, but it affects more than just your face. It breaks your entire mental stability.
I mean it could have been far worse and I count myself lucky. With that being said, it was hard. I couldn’t drive, couldn’t see to change a diaper, and being a parent you don’t get an option of not changing them. I couldn’t go outside because the sun was too bright and at night I was blind in the house. Wearing an eye patch in the summer is rather hot and sweat burns your eyes(just a warning).
Not only that… I decided to wash my hair. Guess who forgot that their eye didn’t close? Yep, you guessed it. That would be me. This wasn’t a pleasant experience at all. Good news is that it is better. I am better. If you are reading this and have Bell’s Palsy, you will get better too.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a Doctor nor do I have any medical background. Info I have provided is from webmd.com. Read my full disclaimer here.