Ok, so saw my ENT today, who last time had suggested ES (this is the fourth doctor to suggest it, but nobody has really spent any "time" talking to me about it, more in a conversational "I had a thought" kind of way). He reviewed the last CT scan I had done, and he came back and said that I definitely do not have ES, because the CT shows the styloid process as normal in length, he even said that "they are short, actually." I said, "ok, no extra length, but what about calcification," and he said that the CT would show the calcification, and I don't have that either, that the CT scan was very clear. He put my fingers way in my mouth, but that tube up my nose to look all around, felt around, and felt nothing. He has referred me to a neurologist....he's stuck with knowing what's going on, since he is convinced it's not ES.
Now, where I get confused is the countless things I've read on this site about CT scans not being so good for showing this, and that a 3d ct scan or a panorex is the way to go. I mentioned this to him but he was adamant that this regular ct would show it. So, what do you guys think?
I am concerned over the whole thing, sway back and forth for a couple of reasons:
1 - I'd like to know what's going on. I get concerned over reading things like the bone could press on the carotid artery.
2- Since October, I have had two ct scans, plus a pet scan/ct scan, and a full set of dental xrays. This seems like a lot of radiation...and I want to be healthy and start a family soon.
I think I'm jumping the gun with all of this detail, I know, but I'd just love to hear your thoughts on what you think- in reference to what the ENT said, and if there good good reasons to get more radiation, outside of being in pain...
thanks so much guys.