I’ve been reading on this site for many months and gained a lot of knowledge.
I am no stranger to pain. I have gastritis since high school. I’m 32 btw.
Since 2012/2013, I’ve been battling neck and shoulder pain (muscle spasm according to dr) and constipation and pelvic pain due to IBS. (Tests done: endoscopy, colonoscopy, abdomen n pelvic ultrasounds)
Around 2015/2016, pressure like pain in both ears and headaches around temple area. My eyes were also off with constant floating image. Developed pain in jaw, teeth, gum and tongue area. Also clicking sound when opening mouth. Suspected for sinusitis and ES. Ended up with glasses for astigmatism . Eye problem solved with less headache both in frequency n intensity. Ear pain eventually went away. Diagnosed with TMJ. Not diagnosed with ES due to lenght. (Test done: ct scan sinus - left styloid 3.2cm, right is 3.0cm, eye examination, left mandible ultrasounds)
since 2017 : constant tension like headaches from the back of head to the temple (more severe on left side) that i thought due to my neck n shoulder spasm.
Late 2017, started having on and off sore throat. I also felt sudden throbbing around my head when projecting my voice loudly. Thought it’s normal since I’m a teacher. Around this time, my jaw, teeth, gum and tongue pain intensity increase again.
September 2018 to March 2019- feeling sharp pain around the left end of hard palate and upper gum when talking. By October, the pain became constant. Feel like i have a cut that keep been sliced open by a razor. The pain centering from left hard palate and back of tongue (wisdom teeth, floor of mouth n tongue area - i dont the correct term) towards soft palate and down my throat. The multiple pain are on top of each other. Cut like pain, throbbing and needle like pain all over my throat. My throat is sore and inflamed. I notice that there are small bumps around soft palate and and back of my throat(don’t know since when they’ve been there). Talking and teaching are torture. I cannot sleep properly due to the pain. This 10 scale pain last for 6 months.(test done: throat MRI, ear,nose and throat scopes by multiple ents) took antibiotics n medication for silent reflux with no progress. I lost weight and became anemic because the pain made it hard for me to eat and also because I’m stressing out that i might have cancer.
Since April 2019- the throat pain go down to 7/8 in scale when I’m talking/teaching. When I’m resting and don’t talk much, the pain will be 4/5. Although the throat pain go down, my teeth, gum and tongue pain are not. There is a hard knot on my left cheek - parallel with the wisdom tooth area. There is also lump (unnoticeable but can be felt) under the jaw around a jagular (next to the pulse area).
Starting this year, I’ve met dentist, general doctors, ents, speech therapists. Now, I’m under the care of OMF dr who also suspects ES. However, ES is in KIV because in my newest cone beam ct, my styloids are more or less the same. Dr compare the cbct with my 2016 ct scan.
For now, I’m treated for TMJ. I’m wearing soft upper n lower splints and taking amitriptyline 20mg a day.
After all the lengthy history, what i want to know is whether the unchange styloids length can cause more severe symptoms?
Thanks in advance to those who read this till the end. Pardon my language as English is not my first language.