6 Months Post Surgery Update

Good morning,
I just wanted to give an update since having my surgery in December 2020 in hopes that it may help others. I had my left styloid removed from Dr. David Cognetti at Thomas Jefferson. Most of my symptoms have gone except tightness in left shoulder and vertigo, which is def. both connected. I also still have first bite, a few times a week, but it’s not as bad as it was and I believe my nerves are still healing.
I have been treating/healing myself through meditation (daily), yoga, neck stretching and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and supplements. One realization is that my vagus nerve was damaged. I have been watching/following youtube videos on re-activating the vagus nerve as well as taking a supplement that I feel is really helping called Parasym Plus. I came across it while listening to a podcast and have seen a difference in the past 2 months. I believe that my posture was affected by the Eagle’s syndrome and is the reason for the neck and shoulder pain still there. I am also watching youtube videos and following the stretches to help postural restoration and found the Alexander Method videos to be helpful. It’s all a daily practice, but just wanted to give those some reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel if you are suffering. I have found a lot of help with acupuncture and chiropractic as well visiting a wellness center to detox other organs of my body to take control of my health. Thanks for those who have posted, I truly love reading your journey :slight_smile:


Thanh you so very much for posting your story. I’m just past the six month mark. My journey has been a lot harder than I expected. But your story gives me hope, thanks for sharing.

It’s good that surgery has helped & that you’re finding treatments to help with the remaining symptoms! The Youtube videos sound interesting & may help others, so thanks for sharing that :smiley:
I hope that you carry on seeing improvements & thank you for your update!

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It’s great to read how far you’ve come in your recovery & that you’ve found alternate therapies for your remaining symptoms. Thank you for sharing your resources with us. I’ll have to check them out. :blush:

Hi Jurban,
I had my 2nd surgery in December 2020 also. Im still dealing with neck and shoulder tightness too but I also have neck instability due to ehlers danlos-hypermobility and on-going TMJ issues. I have used a combination of therapies including OT from a therapist who is big into postural restoration and many of the efforts you are doing. I totally agree that our posture is effected by the chronic pain and muscle tightness caused in part by Eagles. It sure sounds like you are on the road to recovery and taking an active part in it. I have found the detox alone can help you feel better. I dont know if you have heard of cranio-sacral therapy? Although there are alot of PT people that claim to know it, (a couple weekend classes) a true practitioner is hard to find. Usually a seasoned osteopathic doctor is well versed in it.I have found it to be very helpful in releasing the muscle tightness in neck and skull. An osteopath also suggested working on my core strength which supports healthy posture by doing Pilates. Glad you healing well and like hearing some good news and updates there is a life after eagles.