Hi everyone, I am a 45 year old male who has been able to feel the styloid next to me left jaw grow longer over the last decade or more. Symptoms are unclear as I have always had neck pain, have high BP (treated), and trouble swallowing dry foods - but I also have large tonsils which narrow my esophagus. I do get very occasional heart palpitations but doctors say likely related to Amlodipine. And, I’m a rare bird that has far higher BP in winter than summer. Makes me wonder if the temperature fluctuation causes my vegas nerve to touch the styloid OR interfere with the carotid. At the end of day, it’s being able to touch it and know it’s far too long which took me to seek help. Have a CT scheduled with contrast to watch blood flow etc.
With young kids at home, I’m somewhat terrified of the surgery. In Minnesota, there’s real only two doctors with experience. One does intraoral and just breaks it. The other does extra oral and removes at the base.
Any advice from someone else with young kids? The thought of something happening to me devastates me to think about how they would feel.
Help me out. Which surgery is safer?