Hello there! I found and joined your forum primarily to figure out a next step. As of today though, I’m not even sure if this will become a part of my story!
My journey with pain began about a year ago with a pinched cervical nerve and symptoms of whiplash for no obvious reason. My GP connected me with PT and took my pain seriously, but he admitted he was stumped. The pinch resolved within a couple of weeks, but the muscle spasms, painful turning of the neck, and headaches never did.
So, all these months later: done with PT, learning to work out with pain, several traction devices around my house and Advil daily, two X-rays and one MRI in the books… I opted for many months to just do what I could from home, and assume my GP was out of ideas. I started experiencing other symptoms that I assumed were related to the neck issue, like my tongue going a little numb, a crazy long dizzy spell, insomnia, ear pain. I didn’t bring them up because, well, I dunno. When you’re a hot mess and your doctor is stumped, sometimes your just out of ideas?
So this Fall I resolved to give my doc a call again. He referred me to a spine specialist and an ENT. I saw the spine specialist recently and she mentioned cervical stenosis and arthritis, and began with an occipital nerve block and suggested I research tricyclic pain med. The block helped a little. I have a follow up with her in a couple of weeks and will meet the ENT next week.
So, after all that random info, why am I here??? Well, I went to see my dentist for bi-annual checkup and mentioned jaw pain. He ran a fancy X-ray to look at the joints and saw something he said he hadn’t seen since dental school. “I think you have Eagle’s Syndrome”
I sent the images to my spine doc and ENT. I log on here to see what doctors even consult regarding this, and I begin to see some familiar stories. But much more than that, I begin to read that this might actually be a fix for my pain. And it sounds less daunting than spinal fusion or nerve ablation. But here’s the kicker - my spine doc got back to me yesterday and said she looked at my previous MRI (I don’t think she looked at the dentist’s images) and “didn’t see any evidence of an enlarged styloid process”.
I can’t imagine why the dentist would see something he considered an anomaly, then the spine doc also look and say everything looks normal. Is that situation at all relatable to any of you?
I know you all cannot figure this out for me. I just wanted to start there. Maybe I’ll be a novel case of Faux Eagle, ha. At the very least, I have gained a lot of vicarious relief from all of your stories.
Thanks for listening!