I am one week post op for the left side external removal of bi-lateral Eagles. So far the poking, throat and tongue pain and difficulty swallowing are gone! The right side reminds me what that feels like all of the time - maybe that’s a good thing?
I do have quite a bit of numbness from the surgery - from my jaw to my chin. I keep biting the inside of my left lip and my smile and speech pattern is crooked. I have been told by many that it is temporary, but I am 'known" for my smile, so I am bit down by it all. The numb nerves are coming alive and at times feels like the “pins and needles” that one gets after a foot “falls asleep.” The pain from the nerves in my jaw, ear, tongue, teeth and cheek are more consistently worse then the pain before the surgery.
At the last minute, my surgeon offered me the option of internal surgery, which completely through me for a loop. Now I wonder if internal would have been easier on the nerves. I do not have any pain swallowing from the external so that is a huge plus.
My surgeon did not use steroids during surgery or prescribe them post surgery. The swelling was as to be expected for neck surgery for a few day but the ice helped. The ice pack became my best friend. I am still swollen but markedly less. The incision site has started to get somewhat hard but no additional swelling. The surgeon prescribed oxycodone for post op pain (5 pills) but I have not taken them, only Tylenol. Honestly, the worse pain was directly post op under my jaw (pain level 8! Not quite the pain level of an emergency appendectomy). I think that the pain management could have been handled better. My IV was already removed so the only pain relief offered was a pill. I was extremely nauseous from the anesthesia so I was given anti-nausea medication. I took a good hour before the pain and nausea were under control. Once the nausea med wore off a few hours later I was then nauseous for the rest of the day and into the night. I chewed on raw ginger which maybe helped somewhat.
Other symptoms I had on and off before surgery seem to be back in full - heart palpitations, stomach issues and the pain in jaw and face mentioned above. I am still dizzy. I never expected the surgery to relieve anything but the pain as noted in my throat and tongue, but I didn’t expect the others to get worse.
At only one week post op I have to step back and have faith and let time do its magic. I am grateful that I am were I am and for the general, good overall health I am in.
My post op appointment is tomorrow via teleconference. I hope that the surgeon has some additional insight to share.
Thank you all for listening to my story.