I had surgery on July 31, 2013. My doctor took pictures of my eagle syndrome I will post those soon. After surgery I was sick for about 2 days straight throwing up blood non stop. My recovery was 2 weeks of hell. I couldn't even swallow my saliva and I couldn't talk at all. I iced my jaw and throat 24 hours a day around the clock with 2 ice packs. Pain medication became my best friend during my recovery. Slowly I was able to only get down a frosty but nothing more. Within 2 weeks I was able to finally start swallowing water and soft foods. Slowly after that I was able to eat and drink anything I wanted.
To this day 8/30/2013 I am able to eat and drink without any issues. I only have pain when I sneeze or cough. I can FINALLY turn my head in all directions and only have pain when I turn to the right. I still do however still feel the numbness in my neck coming and going.