Anyone diagnosed with Eagles Syndrome: Where and what treatment?

Posted by kathy513 @kathy513, Mar 1 1:08pm

Anyone diagnosed with Eagles Syndrome and if so what was the treatment and where was the treatment?

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@kathy513, Hello. In 2017, I suffered with increasing one-sided ear/throat pain, I was diagnosed with Eagles Syndrome (ES). This, after several nasal endoscopies (NE) produced numerous false diagnoses. After insisting on a CAT Scan with scan reluctant doctors, (one doctor insisted I "Did NOT have cancer) the diagnoses came back ES. Praying to our creator for an answer, finally produced the truth. Praying gave me the definite feeling that ES was not my problem.
How several radiologists can read a CAT Scan and get it so wrong is suspicious, to say the least. Finally, an Indiana University ENT did another NE and saw the tumor down by my vocal cords. Again, how several prior doctors and several NEs produced conflicting and wrong diagnoses is very disappointing. This University ENT performed the same exact NE as the others had done, yet he saw the tumor immediately. The tumor of the "Pyriform Sinus" was extremely visible on the scan, which was shown to me on the medical device screen.
So, obviously my advice to anyone with these diagnoses, is to continue on with second, third and even fourth opinions. The ES diagnosis may just be a "grasping at straws" diagnosis.
If you are interested, there is much of my journey written in my profile posts. To clarify, the other diagnoses were everything from "arthritis in the neck," to "needing a tonsillectomy." I do not even have tonsils.

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I was diagnosed with bilateral ES approx 2 years ago. I was referred to to the University of Minnesota and saw Dr. Hamlar. We made the decision to try a more conservative treatment which consisted of manually fracturing the styloid on the right side. It was a same day procedure and the results for me are great so far. It actually felt like my entire jaw was shifted back into place. We haven't done anything on the left side as the symptoms so far are mild. Time will tell.

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@sanderson7635

I was diagnosed with bilateral ES approx 2 years ago. I was referred to to the University of Minnesota and saw Dr. Hamlar. We made the decision to try a more conservative treatment which consisted of manually fracturing the styloid on the right side. It was a same day procedure and the results for me are great so far. It actually felt like my entire jaw was shifted back into place. We haven't done anything on the left side as the symptoms so far are mild. Time will tell.

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Thank you, may I ask what your symptoms are or were?
The Mayo Clinic has it on a list of diagnosis that I thought was Occipital neuralgia because my pain follows that path. I am being treated for structural/ arthritic pain with inflamation at C1 C2. So far I have had an injection at C2 Dorsal Root Ganglion and I am scheduled for another. If it does not help then they will look at ES as causing the symptoms. How did they fracture your syloid?
Currently I have a stabbing pain in my throat when I reach or bend over and then it lingers when I swallow for about 30 minutes.

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@kathy513

Thank you, may I ask what your symptoms are or were?
The Mayo Clinic has it on a list of diagnosis that I thought was Occipital neuralgia because my pain follows that path. I am being treated for structural/ arthritic pain with inflamation at C1 C2. So far I have had an injection at C2 Dorsal Root Ganglion and I am scheduled for another. If it does not help then they will look at ES as causing the symptoms. How did they fracture your syloid?
Currently I have a stabbing pain in my throat when I reach or bend over and then it lingers when I swallow for about 30 minutes.

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Welcome @kathy513, in addition to the helpful replies you received from @thomason and @sanderson7635, you may also be interested in this related discussion:
- Eagle Syndrome: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/eagles-syndrome/

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@kathy513

Thank you, may I ask what your symptoms are or were?
The Mayo Clinic has it on a list of diagnosis that I thought was Occipital neuralgia because my pain follows that path. I am being treated for structural/ arthritic pain with inflamation at C1 C2. So far I have had an injection at C2 Dorsal Root Ganglion and I am scheduled for another. If it does not help then they will look at ES as causing the symptoms. How did they fracture your syloid?
Currently I have a stabbing pain in my throat when I reach or bend over and then it lingers when I swallow for about 30 minutes.

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I had the constant sensation of something stuck in my throat with pain that radiated to the ear and hyoid bone. I had a hard time swallowing. It took 3 visits to the ENT over a year to figure it out.
The elongated styloids are palpable in my throat. They put me out and pushed on the styloid until it fractured.

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