Hello! My ES journey started around August of this year with a simple pain under my jaw. Since then, it has morphed into ear pain, throat pain, headaches, heart palpitations, car sickness, and GI issues. I’ve been to every doctor in the book for every test imaginable. They first tested me for infections… negative. Then cancer… negative. Then autoimmune diseases… negative. Then the doctors put me on anxiety and anti-depression meds. The first ENT I went to told me he didn’t know what was wrong and said I should see another ENT if I didn’t want to take his advice of sucking it up and being glad it isn’t cancer. Right now, the pain is daily and constant, but bearable. Emotionally, it has been tough because I alternate between sad, frustrated, and angry, which has not been easy on my wife and kids.
Here is my dilemma… I was just selected for a prestigious training that would land me a specialty at my work. (About 2 days later, I was told I had ES.) A specialty program I have wanted to get into for years. If I skip the training, it likely will not be offered to me again in the future. During the 4 month training, I will have limited to no access to medical care. At this point, I have limited experience with the condition and I have learned the most since finding this site yesterday. My main concern in solving my dilemma is pain progression. How much worse will my pain be 4 months from now? Will it still be bearable? Am I putting my health at major risk in taking a 4 month break from addressing the ES and possibly having surgery sooner?
Any advice or insight you could provide would be appreciated and beneficial. If this training was not so important to me, it would be a no brainer. It is likely a once in a career opportunity. However, it is not worth it if it will affect my long term health. I just don’t have enough information to decide on my own. My PCP said I am only the second case he has seen or heard of in his career, so he has not been much help. Can you help me decide?