First, I noticed I couldn't taste things properly. I kept describing foods as "metallic" on one side and "a dull sweet" on the other side. Even water was "wrong". My taste buds simply weren't working.
A few days later, I had to take out my contacts because my vision was blurry on one side and my right eye was dry.
The next day, I realized I was having problems moving my face and started self-diagnosing on the internet. I decided I was 95% sure I had Bell's Palsy. Bell's Palsy is a condition where half of the face is partially paralyzed. I can't even close my eye and have to blink my eyes manually with my fingers (hence the dry eye).
This is one of the tests I did before I went to the doctor. In this video, I am trying my hardest to puff out both cheeks. As you can see, I failed:
The treatment is aided by steroids for inflammation and anti-viral medicine, which may or may not work. Conditions can last weeks or months or even a year. Simply, there is a lot uncertainty about Bell's Palsy.
Of course, I was pretty concerned going into the neurologist for the official diagnosis.
The main reason for my concern: I had classic Bell's symptoms except one factor, my hands and arms have been going numb and falling asleep as of late. Bell's is only supposed to affect the face.
I went into the neurologist worried about much greater problems and was thrilled to get an official diagnosis of Bell's coupled with carpal tunnel syndrome (also likely a postpartum condition). Good times.
Check me out. Hello, Grandma Bethany at the drugstore with my wrist braces and eye patch.