Hi all, I just wanted to post an update on my surgery recovery journey. I am now 3 weeks post-op intraoral styloidectomy and tonsillectomy. The first two weeks were immense ear & throat pain, fatigue, along with some nausea and vomiting. It has been a bit of a ride but I am recovering nicely, having some bad days along with the mostly good days.
I still have left side ear pain much less than I had with ES, still some pain and soreness in my throat and daily headaches. I still have the white scabs that are annoying as I can feel them like a chunk of food stuck in the left side of my throat that won’t go away.
I struggled immensely with fatigue after surgery and slept a good part of two+ weeks post-op; I have been feeling quite a bit better the last few days which leads me to believe I am healing up.
I am still having a little trouble with food and find I have to stay away from anything acidic as it really irritates my throat, but otherwise progressing nicely with little bites of food. Many of you have noted first bite syndrome after surgery, I didn’t know what it was so I looked it up; I have had that for years and always thought I simply had overactive taste buds, mine is way more intense now and hopefully, it will eventually subside.
All in all, I am now feeling pretty darn great after 5 years of suffering! Most of my symptoms have resolved, although I do feel the right side needs to come out as I am still having mild dizziness and vertigo (nothing like before surgery), as well as a very mild right earache.
I am so thankful to have found this forum and everyone here who have listened, offered advice and support for ES sufferers and encouraged us all to never give up and to advocate for ourselves…you gave me hope again and I now have my life back so THANK YOU!!!