I’m excited for you! Surgery is coming up soon. Generally, if you have nerve pain before surgery, some of it goes away pretty quickly after surgery but some may stick around for awhile as you recover. I did get some new nerve pain post op from First Bite Syndrome. For most people that goes away w/in 6 months of surgery but for a few of us it sticks around longer but diminishes in intensity over time.
The main cause for new nerve pain post op is the surgeon having to move a nerve out of the way so the styloid can be safely removed. Sometimes this requires a little stretching of the nerve. In general nerves don’t like to be touched so they can become a bit irritated during surgery. Long term post op pain can occur but can be managed by medication which can also potentially be reduced & stopped as the nerve(s) recover. It does take up to a year after surgery for some nerves to fully heal though you’ll be feeling pretty good 6-8 weeks after surgery & possibly long before that. Each of us is “designed” a bit differently so our experiences are different w/ surgery.
I had bilateral ES & did find that the symptoms my remaining styloid were causing kicked up substantially once the first side was removed. That made it hard to tell exactly how well the first surgery worked though there were some symptoms that for sure were gone after the first styloid was removed.
As you’ve read & as deezy456 mentioned, have ice packs at the ready, a wedge pillow & a V or U shaped pillow on hand to help keep your head elevated & neck stable when you sleep & you’ll be off to a good start. You may have a stiff jaw &/or sore throat after surgery so make sure to lay in a supply of softer foods like soups, yogurt & fruit for smoothies, mashed potatoes, etc. I’ve mentioned that what worked for me was to take whatever meal my family was eating & put it in the blender w/ some water or almond milk & make it into a shake. These looked nasty but tasted great!