Cold always makes mine start up a little bit, my nerves don’t like it…more than likely it’ll be a combination of nerves complaining, & muscles getting tense with the cold, pulling on the healing tissues. I’m sure it’s temporary, don’t worry about how you look, hats, scarves & lots of layers!
Thank you so much
In addition to Jules recommendations, I want to encourage you to continue to be patient. It can take up to a year or more for the nerves & muscles to heal. Hopefully by this time next year, you won’t notice your current pain anymore.
Thank you so much. My husband kinda freaks out every time I hurt. I keep telling him it just takes time. I’m going to share this email with him. You are all so awesome.
I’m sure it’s hard for your husband to see you suffer. What a nice guy to be so empathetic! I do recall he retired early because of his concern about your health & longevity. You are very blessed.
Since it gets very cold where you are, keep your neck extra bundled up when you go out. Wearing a face gaiter (ski mask) that keeps your nose & mouth covered when you’re out, might help, too, as breathing in very cold air can do some internal cooling which could be aggravating.
I expect you will continue to see improvement week by week. I will pray for that.
You might benefit from a neck heating pad. ThermalON makes a nice one. You can get it on Amazon. It looks like a sausage with handles. You can put it in the microwave for up to 1 min 30 seconds or as explained in the instructions. I use it around my neck and under the jaw and ear to relieve tension and stiffness and keep warm in the winter. I am getting much better, but it has been useful for a long time after my surgery. Everything is calming down after a year.
Thanks again you are very kind
Day after surgery. Left side removed. Feeling pretty darned good!
Great, just a note of caution, days 3-5 seem to be worst for swelling, so don’t worry if you have a blip! So pleased for you
Thanks for the heads up. Drainage tube just removed. I promise to be a lazy bum till my follow up
12 days post op. I removed my butterfly bandages this morning. My scar looks amazing. I went back to work at day 8 once stitches were removed. I’m having a rough time allowing myself to relax…I’m always bracing myself for pain like before the surgery. Monday I am to begin light therapy at home like opening my mouth wider, turning my neck further. Scary stuff.
I still have loud ringing…it is driving me nuts. I get twitches in my jaw but they are improving. I am off all meds except OTC acetaminophen. I feel extremely fortunate. I hope this give someone a light at the end of the tunnel.