First appointment with Dr Jonathan Hughes

Take it easy and take care of yourself- are you hot as in a high temperature hot? Keep an eye on that :hugs:

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Temp is ok 37.6 but I’m taking 1000mg paracetamol and 500mg ibuprofen so it’s probably mask it. The incision site feels warm and sore, but looks pretty good. Think I’m just feeling rubbish today but will keep an eye on it.

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Hmm, might be worth ringing them, sounds like you could have an infection brewing? :hugs:

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@Jules I don’t think it looks infected to look at… in fact probably good for day 2. I’ll take my temp when my meds re due and see if it’s up. It’s probably just me worrying!

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Mr Hughes told me straight after I woke up from the anaesthetic. It’s a bit vague ‘cos I was still a bit drugged but he told me mine was 4cm and chunky. I am confused though and want ask him whether that was just the styloid or including the ligament. It seems like a fully calcified ligament plus styloid would be way more than 4cm and my incision is far longer than that.
I took off the dressing a couple of days ago and was fairly traumatised. It is much longer and much lower down than I was anticipating :sob:

Mine was lower than I expected too but It does seem to sit nicely in the neck fold when turning my head to the side. Be warned, mine got alot worse looking after a day or two of having removed the steri strips. Initially there was almost nothing to see under them, then the scar seems to swell up over the next two days and make itself much more visible and bumpy and lumpy. It’s not turning red in places too and my neck feels more tight around the scar site. I suppose this may tie in to the different phases of repair and is to be expected. It may also explain my symptoms feeling worse over the last few days too. I had started to feel quite well, then got alot more dizzy and head pressure in last three days, at the same time as noticing the scar getting redder and harder.

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Yes there is a lot of healing and stretching etc that needs to happen isn’t there. Sorry you got worse again; everyone says that healing can be very up and down. I am trying to do gentle jaw stretches a couple of times a day to stop everything from seizing up.
Mr Hughes said he had to cut through a fair amount of muscle and that must take a lot of effort from the body to heal it I imagine.
I saw before that you said you had steristrips and I wondered about that. I didn’t have any steristrips, just glue. I guess he adapts depending on incision and skin type or something :woman_shrugging:

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@Warrick @Jacqui I really want to know what he took out, mine both measured 4.6cm in January! I kind of want an idea of what size the remaining one might be! The notes say I had glue and strips. I’ll be keeping the steri strips on as long as possible! I think with all my scars, they’ve flared up when I’ve taken the dressing off. It should heal pretty fast.

I need to call to book the post op appointment, so I’m going to see if I can find out how big it was (&if he did take a photo)!

Feeling pretty good since my last post. Too good! Been tidying the house and did 3 loads of washing!! Going to rest now, as it sounds like it’ll come back at me!! Sore, but pain not bad (thinking of cutting down the paracetamol as on 1000mg) & just taking ibuprofen. The disassociation and horrible vision issues are bothering me the most now, with bouts of temporary dizziness and tinnitus flaring up. Feeling anxious about whether or not my worst symptoms will go away or not. I need to go back to work soon, I’ve got so much riding on it. I’m so impatient … day 2 :joy:

Hope you all feel better soon!

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Glad that you haven’t got an infection @BabzieAM , just take it easy & don’t overdo it or you will suffer! I know it’s hard when you’ve got family…take care :hugs:

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