Went to a very nice, considerate doctor in hopes of getting a little more help, but after my visit with him he agrees I have palpable styloids in my throat by my tonsils but is not convinced I have ES. I asked him about the vascular risks and he said it’s not possible because they all run laterally to the styloid and don’t touch basically. I was a bit surprised he sent me home, but later asked him if I could go ahead and have a contrasted CT, which he said he would order one. A few questions:
Although the past 8 years I’ve had head fullness, tinnitus, weird twitching and nerve issues, pain when swallowing (most notably when my tonsils are swollen), along with some other mild issues, overall, my symptoms are mild enough where I can live with them. They are annoying and uncomfortable at times, but overall probably not near as bad as most others here. That being said, I do feel like there has always been a common sensation that my arteries are being constricted slightly, but it has never gotten worse than that and really just more noticeable when laying down, but not positionally worse (like when turning my head etc). My questions is, will the CT scan show any vascular compression if there is any at all? Or is it only when it is severe? Is there anything I can do to try to make sure the compression shows up even though mine is just an overall general feeling of compression, and not positional?
Will any other abnormalities (such as calcification of the ligaments) be able to be noted easily? Or is this something I need to specifically ask them to look for? Does nerve inflammation show up on the CT scan also?
I am mainly wanting to rule out any risks by not having surgery. Truthfully I can live with the symptoms, although I wish I didn’t have to, but I just don’t think the surgery would be worth the risks if I can live with it. So I’m just covering all my bases to make sure I’ll be OK if I choose not to have surgery.