My Journey to Recovering from Bell’s Palsy

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[♪ Guitar playing] Hi, I’m Grant. Today is December 26, 2013
and it just so happens that today is my 37th birthday. Four days ago, I was diagnosed
with Bell’s Palsy on the right side of my face. I thought I would try to
do something positive with the experience by making a video diary documenting my recovery, so that anyone else suffering from this condition
could get an idea of what they might expect to see in their own improvement as time goes by. So, this is the first day of my video diary. I was diagnosed four days ago. It came down very suddenly. I just happened to be out with friends,
and I noticed that my lip was numb. And then, gradually, over the course of the
day, my eye began to water more, I had difficulty controlling my eye.
I also got a headache and some shoulder pain, and by the next day my right side of my face
was pretty much totally frozen. Since that time, it’s actually gotten worse. So I’m now on day 4, and this is probably the worst day it’s been
—in terms of paralysis— my taste sensation for foods has changed dramatically. I do still have hearing in my right ear,
but otherwise I have virtually no control over my facial muscles on the right side of
my face. Talking is difficult. Eating is difficult. Pretty much everything is a lot more difficult
now. And I tape my eye shut just to sleep at night. I have gone for Chinese acupuncture,
and I’m on Chinese herbs as well as steroids prescribed by the doctor. And vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, vitamin
D3. I have already been on a vegetarian diet for
six years, so I’m pretty healthy and I’m just doing what I can to keep my health up. You can either get out, or stay at home —but either way—
you’re face is gonna stay the same, so why not get out, see the great outdoors,
and do something? So, it’s now day 11 of my struggle with Bell’s
Palsy, and I came out for New Year’s to Wilson’s Promontory National Park
in the state of Victoria in Australia. I went on a four day trek—
three nights, four days. And in the past 11 days my Bell’s Palsy
has actually gotten worse—I think. I’ve gotten acupuncture twice.
I’ve been on Chinese herbs. I’ve gotten massage from friends
and a professional as well— as well as acupressure. But, my face feels more paralysed now
than it did at the start of this ordeal. But the reason that I decided to record
this video out here is to inspire people to go out and have your own adventures
and don’t let a condition like this keep you indoors because there’s a lot of beauty out there,
and some of your healing can come from being out in nature, and facing people,
and having conversations, and doing whatever you can to stay active
and stay motivated. [♪ Guitar playing]
[Dan Pulfer is the singer]


EveryoneIsAnotherYou · August 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Please also watch this important video from a physician in Chicago who specializes in Bell's Palsy. Because Bell's Palsy can become permanent, it pays to self-educate, listen to your intuition, get second or third opinions, and do everything you can to own your cure. Don't assume the first doctor you see knows the best ways to treat this condition.

Jaren Clement · July 26, 2019 at 2:22 am

Coyote peterson is that you??

Dr Bananas · July 26, 2019 at 2:59 am

Good Job!

p23 gamer !!!! · July 26, 2019 at 3:01 am

This mans life was dragged down by Bell’s palsy but he finds a way live it better than anyone

Tomato Edits · July 26, 2019 at 3:29 am

At first I thought the title was gonna say “Recovering from Belle’s Delphine bath water

__spencer__ · July 26, 2019 at 3:47 am

I thought you were coyote Peterson wtf

MetraByte · July 26, 2019 at 4:04 am

Whoever disliked this is going to hell

LeWakin · July 26, 2019 at 4:37 am

Awesome 👏

Brady Stewart · July 26, 2019 at 5:40 am

Staring contest champion

Destiny Turner · July 26, 2019 at 5:42 am

The left side of my uncles face was also paralyzed just like this. It makes me so happy to see someone with a similar condition if not the same just living life the best he can

BlockBreaker88 · July 26, 2019 at 5:51 am

Fine youtube I’ll watch it

Homack Harrison · July 26, 2019 at 5:52 am

I had this 8 years ago from Lyme's disease and we thought it was a tumor or something YouTube must be spying on me or something when this video was recommended for me because I never watch any videos like this nor have I seen or met anyone with this condition but I just had to give it a watch! update on me I'm doing better much better still don't have 100% movement can't lift my left eyebrow either but it isn't really noticeable

wáľťëř īs héŕē · July 26, 2019 at 6:12 am

If i woke up with a paralyzed face i thought i would have had a brain problem that is uncurable. I feel insanely bad for you man. Get well soon

Theresa Welker · July 26, 2019 at 6:31 am

You are such a handsome man. I'm glad you have been getting better/fully healed. Many blessings your way!

Christian Svendsen · July 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

Is there any reason to believe that the oriental mysticist acupuncture and herbs helped at all?

Buurgi - · July 26, 2019 at 6:41 am

Respect +infinite

Rote Rakaten · July 26, 2019 at 7:21 am

I have had this. It sucks a lot. Mine only stayed for a week. But my great grandfather had it for YEARS.

Kate Davis · July 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

My Mom actually had this when I was little. We always said that her smile was broken. I don't know how, but she recovered it as well. Props to you, too!

ravioli king · July 26, 2019 at 7:42 am

damn that rly is a miracle

bdorrd · July 26, 2019 at 7:51 am


TaurusFlow · July 26, 2019 at 8:22 am

What was it like sleeping at night without being able to close your eye? Wasn’t that kinda irritating?

Lukas Barcys · July 26, 2019 at 8:32 am

I've been through this during my teenage years. Nobody knew what it was. Glad you recovered as i did. Its a scary experience

Nick Konopnicki · July 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

fucking FALLIN'!!!!!!

Da Baby_ 34 · July 26, 2019 at 9:31 am

It’s crazy Bc I had it when I was in elementary. I still have it but you can barely tell now. But when it first hit in I was still in elementary and it was hard Bc I didn’t want to go to school nor do anything but ofc I had to go to school and it was like the scariest thing ever Bc I got bullied and shit

Renix Knight · July 26, 2019 at 10:49 am

Another Wholesome vid I love this kinds of videos

Andrew Urzua · July 26, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Didn’t know you can recover from this .I got Ramsay hunt syndrome when I was 18 .To this day I still have side effects from it.I’m grateful I caught it early if not I would’ve lost all movement in my face.

Skyler Smith · July 26, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Aw, he looks so happy on day 97

Izaak Van Beuge · July 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm

I had Bell's Palsy, I woke up and I couldn't wink my right eye. My dad freaked out a little because my grandpa passed due to a stroke, and paralysis of one side of the body is a symptom.

Brandon Baucus · July 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Doesn’t a vegetarian diet make you more unhealthy

seenic · July 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Coyote peterson?

Through the eyes of Charlotte · July 26, 2019 at 8:59 pm

I was 13 when I got bells palsy and I'm 14 and it's almost completely gone I'm happy, it was as severe as his, my dad thought I was having a stroke :/

Dwak Solo · July 26, 2019 at 11:02 pm

My daughter told me something bad happened to coyote and I thought he probably got f'd up by some reptile.
Anyway the great positive attitude you decided to have helped you tremendously.
Never stop fighting and believing!
Thanks for this video, very powerful and encouraging!

Olivia Brown · July 26, 2019 at 11:38 pm

This happened to my day 2-3 years ago, he woke up with Bell’s palsy on the left size of his face. He is almost fully recovered but you can tell the slightest bit when he smiles :))

insideraph · July 26, 2019 at 11:43 pm

The only reason I watched this is because you spam fucked my recommendations HAPPY YOUTUBE

ImAndrew 766 · July 26, 2019 at 11:47 pm

You kinda look like William osman with Bell's Palsy (it's a compliment)

Harre 02 · July 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

It took my grandpa around 1 year to get back his face to normal

LuckyDW · July 27, 2019 at 2:43 am

YouTube is wrong for auto putting subtitles. I could understand him perfectly

fin · July 27, 2019 at 3:40 am


edL Gaming · July 27, 2019 at 4:15 am

I cried😭😢

xCurlyFry · July 27, 2019 at 4:43 am

Oh shit, I've been to wilsons prom before, I live in Melbourne Vic :p

Firestar 0816 · July 27, 2019 at 5:40 am

He can make the same face expressions as the scorpion king

Jack Suomalainen · July 27, 2019 at 5:54 am

U literally always had a smile 😂

Lil_Hedz PS4 Fixes · July 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

I had no clue what bell paulsy was but now it gives me another thing to be paranoid about.

Kryptonianmexican · July 27, 2019 at 9:43 am

Nice recovery

Shkyp · July 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Ah yes, the good old prescription medicine Chinese herbs.

Aesthetic · July 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm

DONT BE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN, u r starving yourself, u need meat to survive, well I can’t control u but I will warn u. I was taught by a health professional

BeAsA Roze · July 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

I had a cousin who had that, he recovered.

a weasel · July 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

This is really sweet :,)

Jake Casso · July 28, 2019 at 2:31 am

Congratulations on your recovery. This story is so inspirational and I praise you for having the strength and courage to come out on top.

Miss. Fox · July 28, 2019 at 2:59 am

Grant!!! You’re cute!!!

Rebel YT · July 28, 2019 at 3:23 am

Same he looks like him with the hat

Awesomesquid 04 · July 28, 2019 at 6:33 am

I thought you were coyote Peterson lol what

SlavAmerican -_- · July 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

I got bells palsy at 11 but I'm fine now thank God

Autismo Jones · July 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

This nigga look like great value coyote peterson

oh yeah yeah · July 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

This sometimes happens to me but like it pops up at. Of no where

StinkiiMunkii · July 29, 2019 at 2:33 am

My names coyote Peterson, and you’re watching…brave wilderness!!!

Master J · July 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm

It's amazing just how important staying positive and active is during a recovery of any kind. Thank you for sharing your story <3

She Living By Angela Bell · July 30, 2019 at 2:00 am

Thanks for sharing I am on day 6…

Ahmed Khan · July 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm

I got diagnosed with Bell's Palsy 1 week ago, I am 15, this gave me motivation but I am still frightened of the lingering thought that there is a 10% chance of having this permanently 🙁

hawa ba · July 31, 2019 at 4:55 am

One year ago today I was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. I am so thankful to have made a full recovery

Jacob Souch · July 31, 2019 at 11:24 pm

This video means so much to me. I was diagnosed on July 30. My journey begins. Your video gives me so much hope!

Angelus Tenebris · August 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

Great job on your recovery! ☺️

Timexy Emerald · August 2, 2019 at 2:28 pm

i thought coyote got stung by bullet ant in the face o.o

MakkroHero · August 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm


Chris Plummer · August 4, 2019 at 3:16 am

I would’ve thought I was having a stroke

Janissa Emilia · August 6, 2019 at 6:15 am

Bruh I’m 20 and i had thissss i was so scared bro 😩😩😩 my face is back to normal now thank godd

Naggalye Janet · August 6, 2019 at 10:56 am

Omg I cried the wholen time I was watching this. You are a very strong man.I can't explain to you how exactly I felt watching that smile get back onto your face during recovery. Am reading for my nursing exam and I stumbled upon your video but omg its been so emotional for me. Wow I hope you are well, keep being so positive. God bless. Much love from Dubai.

b ho · August 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm

just great!!! Day # 2 for me……..just great!!!!! FML

Brown Desha · August 12, 2019 at 9:33 pm

I want to thank you so much for making this video for people like me I'm dealing with this as we speak right now and everything you have said and done is the same experience that I'm going through this helps so much to know what I can do to get better it sucks going through this anyway you stay blessed from your new best friend😇😇😇

Myra Whitener · August 14, 2019 at 4:34 pm

I have bells palsy. Diagnosed around 1am this morning. Lost my appetite, it's so hard to drink, eat, talk, and smile.

Richard Ansell · August 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

Thank you for sharing this. I am on day ten now and watching this has helped me to keep my hope up.

Blake · August 19, 2019 at 1:56 am

Much love, you are an inspiration to all. Good for you. I hope you are doing better. And i can tell you are a person that will not give up. I am very proud of you.. even tho i dont know you. It must be difficult and depressing, but there is still so much the world can offer you in terms of happiness and expierence!

Blake · August 19, 2019 at 1:58 am

WOW i just finished your video! this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

Fredian Gititi · August 20, 2019 at 7:49 am

Diagnosed with this condition yesterday… At least i have gained some hope of recovery… From Kenya

Elizabeth Shittu · August 21, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Thank you so much for this. I especially appreciate your positive attitude. I came down with Bell’s palsy 5 days ago and I cried on day two but Ive decided not to mope about. Still going out and taking this as an opportunity to realize the amazing blessings we take for granted. Like the ability to close our eyes! Or smile. The list goes on and on.

Вера Иженова-Николаева · August 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Hi. How are you? I understand a reason of this condition not very well, but i saw video through your link (up). I heard what Silvester Stalone had or have a problem a little bit like your. I wish you very good mood and strong healfy

Tábor Góth · August 23, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Thank you Sir, respect, your video helped me a lot to get positive with this.

missanna208802 · August 24, 2019 at 3:16 am

Holy crap you have the best attitude..AMAZING. YOU ARE AMAZING.

Joeli K · August 25, 2019 at 6:40 am

Great video. I think the acupuncture and massage therapy helps relax and relieves the pain/discomfort. Medical doctors still needs to be seen and referral to a specialist if things are not moving fast. Thanks again.

JAY LOVE · August 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm

I am at the beginning of the journey. I am about 3 days into it. Mine is not as bad as his in terms having my right side completely paralyzed, but I am concerned and I still have to go see a doctor. For me, it is almost like licking a nine-volt battery taste on the tip of my tongue when I eat. The next things I noticed is that I thought my left eye seemed to be open bigger. It is really the skin area over my right eye is drooping. Then I noticed that when I try to rinse my mouth when brushing my teeth, it leaks out of my right upper lip that can not smile anymore. Only my left side can full smile. The right side of my face can only smile a little. Even the nostril on my right side seems to have collapsed a little. I never knew my face had so many muscles holding things in place. Thanks for the video. I know there is hope.

JAY LOVE · September 2, 2019 at 8:35 am

Doctor told me to tape my eye shut but I don't do it coz I can close my eye enough. I like your video because you encourage people to not hide in their home and go out and experience life. My right eyebrow is drooping so I am so self-conscious. So far on day 9, one of the things I noticed today I don't like about Bell Palsy is how self-absorbed I have become. It is reasonable with the horror I am experiencing, but there is a part of me that just wants to go have a drink or go skateboarding or something and just let go of it all. The support groups online are the same way. It's "me me me". I am hoping so much that I will recover from this. I so much want to look back at it as a learning experience and move on and not take my life for granted anymore. Yes, it feels like I am in a Saw movie. Anyway, that is my rant. Thanks again for the video with some hope and encouragement in it.

Dave C · September 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

Thank you so much for sharing. I was just diagnosed with Bell’s and now I have hope

B Mo · September 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm

This was awesome!! Blessings to you!!

SantaMuerte livE · September 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Isn't that a really fast recovery ?? How long is the average??

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Endless Nameless · September 17, 2019 at 2:11 pm

I got this when I was 18; it was horrible. I got it the second day after moving back to my hometown to be near my friends: I was so freaked out that I moved back to where I was originally. Worked a night shift job, barely socialized, etc. It eventually went away. I will tell you this: I totally forgot about it until this video popped up. So to anybody going through this: you  WILL recover, your face will go back to normal, dating and friends will happen again, etc. Really brutal for a young person trying to be social to have this, but…it does fade.

Olly Pearce_NZ · September 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

What steroids were you prescribed?

Superplatanoman · September 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

i had bell's palsy. it took a few months to get back to normal

Ali Mustafa · September 23, 2019 at 9:46 am

Sand meican name

J M Rager · September 25, 2019 at 12:30 am

One thing not mentioned in your video was the therapy or excercises you used during your recovery. Your face is very symmetrical after your recovery. Seemed your synkinesis was very minimal if any at all. I am on day 13 of my recovery day 3 I started a 5 day course of prednisone and acyclovir. I have been to two sessions of acupuncture along with vitamins and herbs. Could you help me or give me a short synopsis of any excercises or when and if you started any. My question is obviously speculative considering most treatments for this condition are already lol.

Arjay Fuentes · October 1, 2019 at 4:50 am

I got Bell's palsy on my left face.
When it happened I can still close my left eye and it is really not noticeable if I'm not smiling so it was not full blown Bell's Palsy. It took 20 days for my smile to comeback. But still I can say that I haven't fully recovered because my face is still not as symmetrical compared before. I wonder how long it took you to fully recovered 100% like your face back to normal as it used to. It's kind frustrated since mine was not full blown and I'm on my 26th day after was diagnose but still feel weird and awkward in smiling. I still need to force my smile to be symmetrical.

8ROSHH · October 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

I’m really happy to see your smile again.

aslice ofkate_ · October 24, 2019 at 9:55 pm

This has happened to me 3 weeks ago I woke up and the right side of my face was completely paralysed, now after steroids and lots of rest and recovery time I’m healed. Scary experience, great video to watch. X

Jheriko Nielsen · November 10, 2019 at 3:34 am

Who here has muscles still not working after a year because of bells palsy

J Y · November 22, 2019 at 5:50 am

I was just diagnosed with bell's palsy today. Man…. I hate it

Lonnie Contreras · November 25, 2019 at 7:09 pm

Ha ha ha! I got it twice while I was single both times. That shit has to be related to evil STD

Kaneen Knee · November 27, 2019 at 1:36 am

Ok, let me just add that you didn't need to tape your right eye shut for moisture. I have Bell's Palsy on the right side of my face and my right eye too doesn't close but I'm fine.

Kaneen Knee · November 27, 2019 at 1:37 am

You guys are all acting like Bell's Palsy is so bad but it really isn't? The whole of my right side of my face is paralysed and I'm ok with that. Sure, my smile looks crooked but who cares? It's not affecting me and to be honest, I'm happy to have Bell's Palsy as I can raise one eyebrow c:

Luis Martinez · December 5, 2019 at 8:58 pm

I've had bells palsy twice I first time I made a full recovery the second time not so much. Its not very bad but it's still there

shane mckinley · December 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm

I just got this yesterday one second I was fine and the next second I couldn't open my mouth all the way how I noticed it…..

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