Day 1 (surgery day) notes:
Surgeon indicated that surgery went very well with no surprises. He told my mother that the styloid was pressing on both the jugular and internal carotid. The left styloid and two ligaments were removed.
Here’s what is different today:
Can look down easier
Can swallow better
No more shooting nerve pains to ear or up side of head (took a neurontin right before surgery though - prescribed for surgery by anesthesiologist)
No headache (had one going into surgery)
Bulge in tonsil gone
No first bite, droopy lip, or tongue issues (Hooray!)
Eyes not red and not hurting. Could be drug-related change (Prednisone:steroid and Percocet:pain med) or just more rest time and sleep today. Too early to say if improved eye symptoms associated with styloid removal. Can only hope.
Still have palpitations. Hoping the remaining right side styloid is to blame.
Twitch still present on surgery side. May just need time to heal now.
Can’t hear as well out of left ear (new symptom) and it pops each time I open mouth. Hope this is temporary. Still have some ringing tinnitus but it seems a bit more more focused on the right ear now and quieter on the surgery side. Have not yet noticed any pulsatile tinnitus post-surgery.
Entire left side of neck is numb (expect temporary).
Level 4-5 pain upon waking up…nurses were very quick about bringing meds to mitigate pain. They also brought an ice bag, which helped. Pain in neck worse than in throat.
Dizziness…probably associated with pain meds (I received several types) or just the trauma of surgery.
Productive cough (no cough before surgery). Probably from tube.
Startling single spasm/closing of the lower throat during sleep that awakened me 4 or 5 times. Spaced pain meds out farther to rule out possible over-relaxation of respiratory tract. Also having some possible opioid-associated urinary retention so more spacing probably needed. Took laxative to keep things going.
Favorite shopping list items so far: applesauce and bag of frozen peas, which I have slipped into a pillowcase. This lives on my neck now. I have 2 bags and switch them out as needed. The wedge pillow is also very helpful to achieve and maintain the required 30 degree elevation.
Overall, I feel pretty good…better than I expected for Day 1:)