I have been reading all the latest posts, I am so sorry to everyone who is dealing with ES. It’s so incredibly frustrating having little to zero symptom relief. I have yet to be diagnosed, currently waiting on authorization from my insurance to go ahead with the CT scan.
Recently, like within the last two weeks, I have been getting splitting migraines on the left side of my head that seem to worsen when I cough or sneeze or put any strain on that side.
Has this been a symptom you’ve observed with your ES? I do have an infected tooth on the same side as the suspected elongated styloid and am going to get that tooth pulled asap. I am hoping that will help the migraines but if it doesn’t the only other thing I can think of is that it’s caused by the ES.
Any input would help to ease my mind.
Again, so glad I found this community.
So sorry that you’re getting more pain; lots of members have had migraines, so it could be ES…The trigeminal nerve has 3 branches which can go up the side of the head, it can be affected by ES, so that’s a possibility otherwise, here’s an image:
Does that correspond with where you pain is?
Is your tooth definitely infected? Only the trigeminal nerve can also cause toothache- quite a few of us have had unnecessary dental work because a tooth was hurting when it turned out to be the nerve causing it!
If you have time you could search for migraines in the past discussions, there’s too many to post links to here!
I will definitely be searching for those topics!
I actually just got back from my dentist to see about having the tooth pulled and it is absolutely infected. I had a root canal done about 15 ears ago and never had a permanent crown put on so the infection started under the temporary crown.
I would say I’m having headaches in the maxillary & mandibular zones of the face so it’s possible the trigeminal nerve is the cause. It just gives me anxiety since they have started suddenly and tend to get worse when I cough/sneeze or put pressure on my head. As I said, I am waiting for authorization from my insurance to go ahead with the CT scan so hopefully, that will answer most of my questions. I am so glad I can turn to you and everyone else while I’m in limbo. In the meantime, I will continue to read up on ES and migraines.
Hoping for the best!
Thank you for the response, Jules.
Coughing & sneezing put a lot of pressure into your throat & facial muscles. If your trigeminal nerve is already irritated from your tooth infx, adding extra pressure will flare the symptoms even more. I bet you’ll get at least some pain relief when the tooth is pulled & the infx heals. Anything left over is likely from ES.
Hope that tooth gets better soon!
Root canals never get all the infection out I had one 10 years ago was still infected after 19 years and had it pulled and dentist who did it also filled tooth and gum with mercury poisioning me didn’t find out the mercury was in my gum until they pulled it 10 years later it was on my right rear molars same side as my 3.0 styloid. I wonder if that infection made by body send calcium there making my styloid grow?
Interesting thought, Greatpersun. Sometimes there are things like a whiplash injury that are more probable causes of ES, but there’s no reason a long term tooth infection wouldn’t effect the same body response. Thank you for suggesting more food for thought as to causes of ES.
Yep good for thought and maybe numerous daily hours at computer thank you Isiah hugs
Yes. My worst symptom is a headache behind my right eye that extends into my neck and shoulder. The whole right side of my head/upper body feels off and the pain kinda comes and goes.