So, I’m trying to make sense of my pain and post-surgery… oddities.
I found this description of one of the muscles that was “divided”:
I’m thinking that perhaps the “division” of this muscle may account for me feeling like I’m almost swallowing my tongue now when sleeping on my back? (I know it’s impossible to swallow your tongue) it just feels like it’s very - in the way. Trying to move my tongue hurts - like when I got some peanut butter stuck between my cheek and teeth. Had to use my finger.
This is from my surgical notes:
“ we divided and excised segments of the styloglossus muscle and stylohyoid muscle.”
The styloglossus muscle also moves the tongue. So I’m thinking the pain on moving my tongue, and the fact that it feels like a great big slug sitting in my mouth - that’s directly from cutting these muscles. ?
Then there is the digastric muscle:
“The digastric muscle was then removed off its attachment to the mastoid bone with electrocautery. We retracted this with a mosquito clamp and divided at the tendinous segment and removed this in entirety with absolute hemostasis.“
According to kenhub, I’m thinking this is why everything under my chin is in such pain.
I’m also wondering what this implies:
We identified a very generous brachial cutaneous nerve and this was mobilized, dissected free with minimal retraction.”
Was the mobilization (which I understand to mean they moved it out of the way but didn’t cut it or anything) possibly the reason for the numbness along my jawline, and numbness and pain in my earlobe?
Might the cranial nerves also be irritated after this?
I’m guessing “generous” means larger than usual, so was it being squashed along with my IJV?
Yes, these are better questions for my surgeon or GP but it’s difficult to get answers from them.