Well today I’m 60 days post op after having my left stylohyoid ligament (ligament only, not styloid process) removed via the external approach in Houston with Dr. Donovan. Original Post Op Post
I have my right side scheduled for removal next month on 10/10. Strangely, I haven’t been having so much pain on my right as of late, and I’m becoming very confused about whether or not I should postpone my right surgery. I’m concerned maybe my left side was just making my right worse, but as I heal maybe the right won’t be so bad. That being said, the right side is also nearly fully calcified. And I was having right side pains about 2 months or so before my left sided surgery. But my left side was where the pain originated in Feb. and it’s always been worse on my left. But I have had pain on my right that got worse about a month or so post op from my left surgery and was still there more consistently up until maybe a week ago or so. For instance, for awhile, on and after 8/31 I was having right side pains when trying to smile. But I haven’t been smiling much now due to trying to not make the pain worse). But even if the right side pains are not bad today, I don’t know if they will be tomorrow. I have my CT scan with contrast set for next Thursday to go over with Dr. Donovan on 9/27.
But to add to all of this, yesterday morning, I woke with what feels like a kidney stone on my left side. Fun times. I’ve had kidney stones before. The last ones I know I passed were on 8/1/15 and 8/2/15. So now today I’m going to get a renal/bladder ultrasound. Btw, the stones I had before were calcium oxalate.
Thankfully my right side hasn’t been symptomatic in the last few days (not much of anything there). But my left side (the side I had my surgery on) has been having more nerve feelings in the last week or two.
I wish there was a manual of what is normal, month by month, week by week, day by day. I know ES symptoms are different for everyone, and same with the healing process. But it’s still a struggle. Especially for those of us who also suffer with an anxiety disorder (or two).
My left side has been getting the “bad nerve pain” again sporadically, like pre-op, but maybe not as bad as it was pre-op. It only started coming back more in the last couple of weeks. Before that I really only had maybe one flare up of that nerve about a week post op., and then a few minor times after. But in the last couple weeks it’s been more often. So I’ve been told it’s normal when the nerves start coming back online and as they heal.
The back left of my tongue still feels tight quite often. And my left lower lip still doesn’t work right (I can’t pull it down all the way and the right side tries to overcompensate, so my teeth show more on the right side). I also often feel a tightness and almost like a swelling that seems to come and go (maybe it’s always there) under my left jaw and above my scar. I’ll post a photo of that from Tuesday with the circle in the area. I think it’s right around my lymph node. It’s also tender at the lowest part of my scar toward the bottom. Sometimes with nerve sensations in my scar.
Last month and earlier this month, I was so ready to get my ride side ligament removed with my surgery on 10/10. In fact I was wishing I could get it sooner. One reason for me is that between my surgery I was trying to do egg retrieval. However, it became too much stress with the ES and the egg retrieval stress. Last month my cycle was canceled because I caught Covid the day I would do the trigger shot (and a minor surgery would’ve happened two days later). Well this month I decided not to try egg retrieval again and let my left side heal with less stress (Thanks kidney stones for showing up). And I had planned to have my surgery on 10/10 to remove the right side, so that I could heal and then get back to egg ret. However, my concern now is if I’m not having a lot of pain on my right side, if I should postpone my next surgery, knowing that the ES pain could come back at any time, and possibly be even worse. Or if I should go through with the surgery and just get it over with, knowing that I have had right sided pains (and that it’s I believe nearly fully calcified as well). I don’t feel comfortable doing another egg retrieval cycle ideally until after my ES surgery is done. But I also need to get back to egg ret. soon due to my age.
But, on 10/10 I will be just shy of 3 months post op. So I don’t know if I get my right surgery how much that will slow down the left side healing. And I don’t know if it’s advisable to get the surgery should I still not be in much pain on my right side.
For now, (today at least) I’m more focused on the acute kidney stone type pain, and trying to figure out what’s going on there. Anyone who has had kidney stones knows how much pain it causes. Hopefully if I have a stone it will pass quickly, and before my CT of my neck next week, etc.
Here are some photos from today. You can go to this link to see my older post with my before and after photos: Original Post Op Post
From Tuesday to show the area I feel tightness and swelling(?) sometimes.
From today, 60 days post op:
Smile 60 days post op:
Scar 60 days post op in the sun: