It’s a difficult decision whether to have one or both sides done- we often find once the first side is out it makes the other side symptoms flare up- whether the structures in the neck shift a bit, causing irritation, or whether the pain becomes more noticeable who knows…so be prepared for that if you just have one side done. As you said, it is a tougher surgery to recover from
I hear you. My left is causing all the issues, but the right is longer. I prefer to go through this once, but I don’t think my styloids are too complex (if that’s a thing, lol). And honestly, I feel ready for any surgery simply because of this forum. I know the recovery from bilateral can be a bear, but I’ve already started a Google doc for my recovery where I’m listing many things that I’ll need and want to do and eat… I’m so grateful for the many ideas from this forum! I’m also collecting meditations and other things to calm my nervous system… before and after surgery. I’m finding that focusing on recovery is helping to calm many of the fears I have now.
From everything I’ve read here and online, I trust Dr. Hackman’s knowledge and any recommendations he has. And I have been totally impressed with his office so far. Marcela (his surgery scheduler) has been so helpful and patient in answering my many questions… even about recovery and travel. I’ve been set up in the UNC mychart, and can see that my scans have been read. I couldn’t get scheduled until May, but I’m on his cancellation list (again, Marcela has relieved a lot of my anxiety around this… I think she knows who I am now, lol!). It sounds like your styloids are doozies. When is your surgery scheduled? I believe you are in very good hands, and I don’t think we could ask for a better support system than we have here on this forum.
@DeeCeeNorth, thank you for your kind words about this forum. It has taken many moderators & members over the years to create what we have here. We who have been here for a long time continue to learn new things from each of our members so we are also grateful for you!
I’m glad you are thinking/planning ahead for your surgery & recovery, & that is helping you prepare mentally & feel more calm as the day draws nearer. That’s excellent planning on your part.
My surgery is scheduled for Monday the 19th, but I keep getting sick. I’m hoping it clears up by this Friday or I may have to cancel which will be really frustrating for me. The colds keep causing even more pain. Not to mention the cost of changing my flight.
I’m glad you’re able to keep a positive attitude. I agree this forum has been incredible. As well as Marcela and Dr. Hackman.
Praying you get better for Monday @ectocake
Sending you prayers and lots of positive vibes for Monday.
Vitamin C & Zinc!! I used to be skeptical about zinc but since I’ve started taking it daily, I haven’t been sick in quite a long time (I’m “knocking on wood” as I say this ). In addition to a daily multi-vitamin, I also take vitamin C. I’ve read & heard that swabbing your nostrils & gargling with a saline solution (1/4 tsp. salt to 1/2 c. warm water) several times a day changes the pH there & makes those locations more hostile to the virus.
I’ll also be praying the current cold takes a hike & you feel much better by the time you need to travel in a few days.