Hello Everyone, I first want to say that I do not intend to take attention away from anyone with debilitating symptoms and thank you for welcoming me to this forum.
I have an elongated styloid process, but not necessarily Eagle Syndrome. I found this incidentally by taking a picture of my throat with my phone when I thought I might have been getting sick and noticed a bulge in the back of my throat. The bulge was hard to see because it was only visible when moving my jaw a certain way, but reaching back I could feel a bony projection. My primary care physician said they couldn’t feel or see anything, my dentist felt all around and also said he could not feel or see anything. I went to an ENT and at first he said he didn’t notice anything but asking him to feel further back he said “oh that’s your styloid process” and that if I don’t have symptoms to just let it be. I was fine with what he said, and even happy that he acknowledged me, but for some reason recently it is freaking me out.
I am terrified that I have vascular involvement and may not know it, or that it may develop. I’m scared I might turn my head too fast and dissect my artery or have a stroke. This has been causing me anxiety and sometimes heart palpitations, which makes me go in circles of - Do I just have anxiety that’s causing me to over think this or is this bone actually causing these anxiety symptoms? I messaged my ENT to ask if there was a way to check and he told me that he had never heard of the styloids interacting with the carotid artery, which a basic google search would show you that it can. He said we could do a CT scan to reassure me, but that he felt it would not make any actionable changes.
I started to think back about certain things and was wondering if they may be related or if I am just overthinking:
About me: 28 year old Female. Tonsillectomy at 8 years old.
- 15yrs old - passed out (it was hot outside and I just stood up after sitting)
- In-frequent lightheaded and/or dizzy (I always associated it with dehydration/not enough food/heat)
- The other day - I gave a presentation at school and was quite nervous. After beginning my talk the hearing in my left ear just went out and I was afraid I would pass out, but 20-30 seconds later it was fine and back to normal.
I’ve made an appointment with Dr. Rui Fernandes as I live in Florida and saw him on the Doctors List. I’m hoping talking to him might help ease some anxiety but I’m worried this is excessive because I don’t have symptoms and that he may brush me off and me traveling to see him might be pointless.
This has been consuming all of my thoughts, just knowing its there and the possibility of it harming me. Any advice or opinions are greatly appreciated.