The first 2 days i would say where not that bad and i was beginning to underestimate this surgery…
Yesterday on the 3rd day, I was quickly reminded how serious this surgery is. So, I was having some dinner (blended chicken and veg. soup) and i was looking down constantly to look at my plate but after like 10 min of eating i started to feel alot of tingles and pressure building in that area of the neck. Then the pain starts to set in. Following this i begin to feel DIzzy, weak, off-balance, spacey, temperature (felt real cold indoors and would feel hot around my feet) and my whole body was tingling my wife was telling me that i was looking pale. I began to panic a little because the pain around the neck was excruciating and the pressure didn’t allow me to have much mobility without feeling real dizzy.
It took about 90 minutes until the pain and pressure subsided around my neck (surgery side). It felt like an eternity because i was super sensitive. So im thinking it was an episode of syncope due to inflammation around the arteries or maybe it was the vagus nerve? Did this ever happen to you?
SO other then that the process has been fine with the immediate side effects from surgery that are as follows so far for me:
Left side (operated side):
Pain and pressure in ear (tinnitus seems a little louder after surgery)
Tingling and in pain on face
Around the jaw pressure and pain
Neck tightness and pressure
Inability to open mouth more than an inch
Difficulty: Chewing, talking, smiling etc…
**I feel alot of pain in the area behind my throat on the side operated when i swallow and in general. I thought that i wouldn’t feel this pain anymore behind myh throat or is it just inflamed???
This ear was hurting alot along with the left side
My jaw hurts on this side also
I have some tingling pain around this side of face
***THis side is not as bad as the operated side as far as pain
Other then that i seem to be doing just fine. Everything at NYU langone was excellent. The doctor that performed the surgery was very experienced. Before the surgery he mentioned that i could get the droopy lip and the first bite, but i dont have it. The only complaint wiuld be that for some reason i didnt see the doctor come to my rooms, I just saw the assistant that kinda gave me a break down of the post surgery info but couldn’t really give me an in-depth info on the in surgery process (how did it go and what did they see?) SHe didnt tell me much but i guees when i see the doc next week he could tell me. She said the styloid where 3cm but i dont know if she just guessed that. Next week the Doc will give me the info.
My ES symptoms post surgery are all still pretty much there and are in worse pain then before i got the surgery. Im assuming this is normal and should resolve after the inflammation has gone down but im not sure. Anyone experience that their ES symptoms after surgery are worse before they get better post surgery?
I would like to appreciate Isiah for being there to answer all my questions for the past few weeks and all others who have also done a great job answering questions. You guys ROCK in this group!!!