I just met with Dr. Samji and have scheduled my left side surgery for 7/29. I was very impressed by him. He has now done over 300 Eagles surgeries.
I am also a little nervous now that the surgery is actually scheduled.
My ear/throat/tongue/tooth pain are pretty well controlled with Motrin every 4 hours when it’s bad, but the Motrin may be contributing to my increasing tinnitus in both ears, so I want to quit taking it. I also have times when something catches in my throat, making swallowing difficult and painful - the Motrin doesn’t help with that. Dr. Samji said it was probably the ligament catching.
He asked if I had trouble turning my head. I said no at the time, but I have had limited range of motion on the left side for several years now. I just didn’t think the two could be related. Does anyone else have trouble turning their head?
My other big problem is teaching. My pain is worse after I talk all day, and my voice becomes hoarse. It’s the same if I sing for any length of time. Dr. Samji said we wouldn’t know if that was caused by the SP or not until he took it out. I’d be interested in talking to others with voice issues.
And, I’m interested in learning more about first bite syndrome. I think I had it after my tonsil surgery. The first few bites made me cry, then eating was much better. This lasted a couple of weeks. Does this sound like the same thing?
Overall, he said my SP process was long enough (over 5cm) to be the likely cause of my symptoms, and that the risk of nerve damage was about 1%. He feels that I am a good candidate for surgery. So, I’m hopeful that this will work a lot better than my tonsil surgery did to help my symptoms. I’m so thankful to live close to San Jose.