I’ve heard the same complaint about the FB ES group from another person. The only explanation I can offer is it’s possible that more of the FB members are seeing doctors who are less experienced ES surgeons and aren’t getting enough of their styloids removed. I also don’t know if the FB site has a doctors list, but I will say, we don’t add a doctor’s name to our list until we know that at least one of our members has had a successful ES surgery with that doctor.
I had many crazy symptoms from ES which made my very active lifestyle quite difficult to maintain. I, like everyone else on here, had never heard of Eagle Syndrome, a styloid process, or a stylohyoid ligament until I was diagnosed. I was shocked when I heard that surgery was the only hope I had of recovering from symptoms. My symptoms were debilitating enough that I was quick to decide on surgery so scheduled that w/ my diagnosing doctor, but then I found this forum, & other doctor recommendations, & ended up cancelling w/ my diagnosing doctor & going with Dr. Samji.
As @blossom said, we all have fears surrounding surgery, BUT the best thing you can do for yourself is face your surgery with great optimism. Don’t be unrealistic thinking you’ll wake up cured, but expect that in the months following surgery, your symptoms will disappear one by one. If you have bilateral ES, you may have some symptoms left from the remaining styloid, & they may ramp up a bit as your first side heals. This is a trend we’ve seen here & one I experienced myself.
I had wonderful results from each of my surgeries & have been back to full steam ahead w/ my physically active life for nearly 6.5 years now. I had my surgeries in 11/14 & 8/15. It took me close to a year after each surgery for the full benefits of those surgeries to be revealed. By two months post op, I had good improvement, and about each two months after that, I would notice a marked change for the better. It was a slow process but steady. I expect you will have a similar experience.