hello everyone, I have been gone a lot and will be from now on. I have a lot of degenerative disc problems and cannot be on the computer much anymore. What time I am on, I need to do work for my family who are handicapped.
I just want to reply that surgery worked for me. I had my styloid resected. They took out 2.8 cm. My CT scan did not say how long my styloid was, but I could touch it in my tonsil bed. Mine was intraoral, and it took me 11 weeks to really feel better. It took much longer for the scar tissue to disappear. I had my surgery in February 2013. I am not having any more problems with the Eagles. I do from time to time have some jaw pain, but I wear a bite guard for awhile and it dissipates. I have some TMJ, so I deal with it that way. The internal ear pain only comes back when I need to use the bite guard. I used it nightly for several years, only to discover that it was the cause of my acid reflux, therefore I only use it now when I need to relax my jaw muscles and only during the day when I am not sleeping.
I agree that the external would probably be the better approach, but my doctor only did intraoral and I had not found this site until 4 days before surgery. By that time,I was just done with the pain, so I followed through with my surgery and I am glad that I did. For those of you, who go to lots of doctors, my doctor is an ENT and said the only reason that he knew about Eagles is that he had it, himself. So doctors only learn about it in textbooks and then forget about it.
I would still be contributing to this site regularly, but I just cannot do it anymore. Best wishes to all of you. Please, follow through after you are healed, because many people are counting on us and on this forum. I see that one of our members is seeing a docto in Barcelona, I hope that is a great experience. It puts a smile on my face when I see new doctors on the site.