Hi all! New to the forum but I’ve been looking into Eagle for a while.
Brief health history
I am a 31yo female. I have had chronic migraine, daily headache, anxiety, and depression most of my life. I also have been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and ADHD. I have military neck and have had neck an shoulder pain for most of my adult life. Also, in case it is relevant, I have had a benign bony growth removed from my left year (9yo) (recent visit to ear specialist showed no issues in that ear). I also had a my tonsils and adenoids removed (10yo) and septum deviation and sinus surgery (29yo).
My biggest issue is headaches and migraines, though honestly brain fog and sluggishness are a pretty big issue too. I just kind of never know if I’ve have energy and concentration or if I’ll be in pain and out of it, which makes it hard to be a reliable, functional person. My migraines have gotten much worse the last few years to where I struggle to function without preventive medication. At their worst, the migraines have features of vertigo, nausea, photosensitivity, sound sensitivity, facial pain, some optical issues, speech issues, etc.
Someone with Eagle pointed out that my symptoms and some of my medical history sounded like they could be Eagle related. After a MRI at my neurologist I was told there was no Eagle present. More recently, I had my head and neck xrayed at an upper cervical chiropractor and the pathology report noted calcification of the stylohyoid ligament, which immediately sent up red flags for me.
I was able to obtain a CD of my xrays and do some looking myself. I am no doctor so I could be entirely off base with my reading of this xray, but after studying lots of images of Eagle online and comparing them I really feel there may be an issue with the left styloid or the stylohyoid or both.
To the best of what I can tell one measurement showed my left styloid process and/or stylohyoid ligament ossified or calcified for 42.4mm. Another view showed it at 38.5mm.
What I could use from the community here
As many of you know, it is a real difficulty finding and getting to an Eagle specialist. I did some research and I did find what I think is my nearest Eagle Specialist. But they would be out of state, over 500 miles away. I’d have to take off work and I am not yet sure my insurance would cover it.
I have done my best to label my methods for measuring and clearly show what I’m seeing. I was going to attach images or links to images here, but it won’t let me so if you’d like to help me with a second pair of eyes we’ll have to email or something.
Either way without or without seeing the images, based on my untrained eye looking at some xrays and on the symptoms, is it worth it to go to the time, effort, and cost of seeking out the specialist?
Am I barking up the right tree or am I grasping at straws?