Dr. Matthew Conoyer in St. Charles, MO. St. Charles is part of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Here is a link to Dr. Conoyer's biography page... http://www.mid-westent.com/dr-j-matthew-conoyer.html
From what I have read, I had a rather unique presentation. In 2006, I had my first cervical fusion which attempted to fuse C4 and C5. When that failed to fuse, I had revision surgery in 2012 for C4, C5, and C6.
About 2 1/2 months after the surgery, I developed excruciating intermittent pain consistent with glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
I read that some patients developed GPN after a tonsillectomy. When I mentioned the unusual pain issues (and I already knew about GPN) to my dentist, he suggested I get assessed for Eagles Syndrome. My ENT surgeon and I have have been through a lot as I developed one unusual condition after another.
Dr. Conoyer ordered a CT scan of my throat ... but he was not expecting to find Eagle's Syndrome. The CT scan told a different story...I definitely had elongated and calcified styloid processes. I have had quite a few CT scans of my throat and neck area before the GPN pain began. I reviewed those radiology reports and the phrase "elongated styloid process" appeared several times.
I had also learned that the calcified process can be long enough to irritate the glossopharyngeal nerve...thus causing secondary GPN. The surgical treatment for GPN is usually microvascular decompression (ie brain surgery). My neurosurgeon (a doctor I highly respect) did not feel comfortable doing the GPN surgery and I was going to need to go out of Missouri to find a neurosurgeon who could help. That is..until the CT scan surprised my ENT by revealing a very severe case of Eagle's Syndrome.
The surgical treatment usually requires a tonsillectomy so the surgeon can remove or shorten my elongated styloid processes. When Dr. Conoyer operated, he told me that my styloids (both sides) were not only very long but they were very sharp. I believe that the Eagle's Syndrome caused my secondary GPN. After I healed from the difficult and painful surgery, I noticed I hadn't had a GPN attack. It has now been about 16 months since the Eagle's Syndrome surgery and I only had one questionable attack since... I use that term because the attack felt just like the GPN attack but it was nowhere near as debilitating as it was before the surgery. Before the surgery, I was experiencing an attack nearly everyday.
I can't help but feel like Dr. Conoyer is my guardian angel right now. If anyone needs a great ENT surgeon in the St. Louis area...he is the one to call. Here is his contact information:
Midwest ENT Centre, St Peters MO, 63376