Sorry if I’m posting in the wrong place - I’m not very tech sav, it took me ages working out how to post. Thanks for this website, it’s amazing and so helpful already. Here’s my story - desperate for some advice.
At the start of this year (2023) I felt something sharp at the back of my throat. I started to poke around down there and was surprised at what I felt. I have no gag reflex so it was easy to feel about and run my finger alongside it. I went to the Dr and she had a feel, she said to me it was a nodule and that I had to wait 3 weeks to see if its gone down. Of course 3 weeks later it hadn’t gone down, I also knew fine rightly it was not a nodule. Within that time I managed to figure out what it was. It felt like bone and it was long. I know nothing about the anatomy of the throat so I researched bones in that area and up came the styloid process. After three weeks I went back to the Dr because it well … was still there. I said to her I think this is an elongated styloid and she looked at me and actually laughed, she said “no it’s a nodule” and she referred me to ENT. So it then took me 5 months to see an ENT Dr (that’s the NHS in Scotland for you). I told the Dr right off the bat that I have an elongated styloid, he looked at me rather surprised. He felt around and said “eh yes you do”. I then got the CT scan. It took a while to get an appointment back with him, maybe 3 months. The results from the letter says that I do indeed have Eagle syndrome.
So the other day I finally met with the ENT dr.
So it turns out i don’t have one but I have two elongated styloids. I can actually feel them both below my tonsils on each side. Mt Right is longer its 5.5, the left is 5cm. (I asked him to measure them by the way as he hadn’t done that).
He asked me about my symptoms and if things have improved. I said no, things have got worse. I said the throat spasm at night are awful, it feels like I am being strangulated. (I have had this and sleep apnea for many years, I’m 8 stone and don’t fit the classifications for sleep apnea). Anyway, he said that the the elongated styloids have NOTHING to do with this, that it’s reflux. He said the ONLY thing that an elongated styloid would do is cause pain at the back of the throat when swallowing! He starred through me and I shut up there and then. He then went on to say about surgery and seemed keen to get me to sign the paper. He asked is it’s ok he takes pics for training purposes.
I asked him if he’s ever done surgery like this and he said no. I said is there any other dr’s who have done this and he said none in Scotland.
He then said he’s going to do it intraorally and did not mention tonsil removal.
I asked him if he thinks there any nerve compression and he said they would not do that. I said how does he know that, he said because we would see that in how the tongue presents itself … it would shake? By the way he never looked at my tongue. He will be using a robot for surgery, but I’m terrified as I don’t feel he knows anything about eagle syndrome at all??? I think he’s keen to do his first op to look cool and train his co workers lol
Here’s my symptoms - I’m not sure they are all related but I feel it adds up.
When I lie down my heart rate accelerates, trying to sleep is horrible, it’s uncomfortable, my heart is pounding, I then choke and suffocate multiple times a night, I feel like I’m being strangulated. I get numbness in my arms and legs, this has been going on for years. I had an MRI years ago and my C1 & C2 are joined, a birth defect. Nothing has ever been said about it.
I always have a nagging dull pain back of my throat.
My tongue also feels like it’s burning.
My gut does not work! I had 6 colonoscopys to date - the 6th was CT one… nothing moves through… the nerves don’t work, I was diagnosed with slow gut transit and take nerve meds called Resolor (precolopride) to make it work. I now believe this is because the Vagas nerve is compressed. But of course when I mentioned this to the ENT Dr he said no it wouldn’t do that and rolled his eyes.
Thanks for creating this site, I’ve no where to go really. I’m sorry to read about people in so much pain, I have mild discomfort that I’ve been living with. But I feel I’m in a state of nervous system overdrive at all times. I teach yoga & do plenty of breath work to help calm, but nothing can totally soothe my system. Also I dred going to sleep - does anyone actually find a comfortable sleeping position! Thanks again