I’m two weeks out from the removal of my left styloid, though this pic was taken at 10 days.
True to all of your accounts, the intense pain and swelling really kicked up after day 3 and lasted until day 8 or 9. As of today it’s been two weeks exactly and I still have a bit of pain/swelling on the upper portion of the incision toward my ear and in the very back of my throat that gets activated when I yawn. The upper part of my incision is very hard to the touch as is right under my ear. I have a fair amount of temporal and mandibular fatigue and tension but I haven’t had any nerve-type pain or FBS to date. Though I do have buzzy feelings in my face (mentioned in another post) that haven’t let up. Though Dr. DeLacure didn’t know what to make of the buzzy feelings, he didn’t seem concerned. He also said everything else was normal, and that I can expect to feel a bit out of sorts for at least another two weeks.
I’ve made it through the entire recovery without any of the prescribed meds and was down to 600mg ibuprofen twice a day by day 10 with 5mg of cyclobenzaprine (muscle relaxer from a previous prescription) to relax my neck muscles and help me sleep at night. I used the wedge for three nights but found that it really aggravated a herniated disk in my lower back so I stopped - a real toss up for me because it really did help with neck pain at night.
I have a fair amount of ES pain relief since the surgery. The following symptoms have improved significantly:
- nagging left side neck and occipital pain and tenderness
- deep interior boring headache
- crippling left side temporal headaches upon waking
- difficulty breathing
- inconsistent slightly blurry vision
- clicking when I swallow
While none of the aforementioned symptoms are gone entirely just yet, overall I think things are moving in the right direction. Now that I am through the worst of surgery recovery, I feel comfortable saying I’m glad I did it.
One more thing I wanted to note for you all. Dr. DeLacure did not remove my s-h ligament. We had multiple conversations prior to the surgery about this and he stated that, in my case, he wanted to make a game day decision. While it would have been comforting to hear that he was going to remove it no matter what, I appreciated that he favors using his expertise over a one size fits all approach. On game day, he chose to leave it in. It is what it is! Only time will tell, I suppose. All that said, he did take the styloid all the way back to my skull base.
Ok you all, thanks for reading! Happy to chat more if anyone has questions or thoughts. So appreciative of this community. I’ll continue to keep you posted.
My best from Brooklyn!