So my surgery was a few weeks ago, and it went really, really well! The surgery itself only lasted about 15 minutes. I got there around 7 AM and got home sometime in the early to mid-afternoon. They gave me Propofol (to knock me out), IV Zofran (for nausea), Phenergan (for when the Zofran didn’t work), and Norcos (for the pain). I also got my prescription of muscle relaxers for my jaw refilled in anticipation of jaw pain from being intubated. Needless to say, I was very out of it for a few days.
I immediately could tell I breathed better after the surgery, but I was told not to breathe through my nose (or blow my nose) for a couple of days. I had thought that my vision had improved after the surgery, but it had not, I was just too out of it to notice.
Starting Saturday or Sunday following the surgery, I began to feel very, very ill, like I had the flu. My sinuses hurt, which made my throat hurt. I was worried I may have had an abscess or infection of the surgery site, so we made an appointment to see my ENT surgeon and got in to see him Tuesday. He stuck a long metal sucker up my nose to clear everything out so he could get the scope up there. It hurt, and it hit a spot in my nose that made me jerk, which hurt SO MUCH WORSE. It reverberated, like when you chime on an instrumental triangle. They numbed my nose after that, and while it didn’t make the weird reverberating pain stop, it did make it so the scope didn’t hurt when they worked it up my nose.
He checked out where my cyst was and said that it was not infected – it was, in fact, almost completely healed over! It turned out that I just coincidentally had a sinus infection so soon after my surgery. He prescribed me some antibiotics that almost no pharmacy seemed to carry (because I’m allergic to sulfa and Amoxicillin, which are very common in antibiotics), but we finally found a place that had them.
I felt immensely better that evening, weirdly so, and I realized it was because the doctor had sucked all the gross sinus infection stuff out of my nose. I started to feel bad again a few days later, but that was likely due to the antibiotics.
I was on the antibiotics for ten days, and I felt horrible and dizzy. I had yet to feel 100% after my surgery and experience the full benefits, which was frustrating.
Some time later now, and I can confirm that I definitely do feel better with that giant cyst gone. I can breathe a bit better, I’m slightly less dizzy all the time, and (the best and most surprising part) my jaw is SIGNIFICANTLY better. The doctor mentioned that I may experience some relief in my TMJD pain, but I was skeptical. He was right, though, and I’m very happy about it.
Unfortunately, my vision has not improved. It actually has continued to worsen. My spinal tap results came back normal, which is good but also bad because we still have no answers and my neurologist has made it clear he’s through with trying to figure out what’s wrong with me.
I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed with all this doctor stuff lately, however, so I decided to take a break from doctors for a little while after my surgery. I see my ENT surgeon for a post-op check-up October 26th, I believe, and I’ve decided I don’t want to see any doctors before then. After that appointment, we’ll probably get back to trying to figure out what’s wrong, unless I decide to prolong my break. It’s all just very, very exhausting, and I am already tired all the time.
I got the doctors to take pictures of the cyst, and I’m posting them down below as links! It’s not really that graphic, I don’t think. It’s really just some ambiguous fleshy tissue that gets deflated. No blood, really, or ooze or anything. I know this isn’t some people’s cup of tea, though, so I wanted to make sure you guys were warned beforehand.