I would like to know if anybody suffering with ES has problems with drinking coffee or eating acidic foods or is it just me. Red wine and coffee and certain foods worsens my fatigue and “lump in throat feeling” and ear ache x10. My theory is that the nerves around the styloid that are already inflamed become more agitated when I consume these things. I don’t have a history with acid reflux so I don’t think anything was damaged from acid in my throat region.
The following is a list of my symptoms I have dealt with for 5 years.
Feeling of object persistently stuck in right side of throat
Pain on the right side of throat and base of tongue
Pain radiates towards the ear and causes severe earache
Right side face pain
Lightheaded and unbalanced
Sensitivity to acidic foods and drinks (will make symptoms worse)
Starting to get heart palpitations the last 6 months
Depression and suicidal thoughts
Break down in relationships
So far I have had Tonsillectomy, Thyroid R/H removal (benign tumor), antidepressants, and cortisone injections. My CT scan did show up an elongated styloid process before all my procedures 4 years ago, but my ENT wanted to try everything else first. He has now referred me onto another ENT that has experience in styloidectomy. I have a consult with him on the 23rd April.
I am extremely fortunate I came across this website and I have found much comfort in reading many peoples stories, so thank you everybody, it cant describe how it feels knowing I am not alone anymore.