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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Eagle’s Syndrome

Eagle’s syndrome is an uncommon disorder in which patients may complain of facial and/or neck pain and/or numbness, constant sore throat, constant ear pain, or a constant sensation that something is “tickling your throat”. This is caused when there is an elongation of the styloid process of the temporal bone. This is the slender bony piece that is behind the ear and points towards your throat. When this process is elongated, it can pinch or irritate certain nerves within the face. Specifically, it is very close to the glossopharyngeal nerve that controls your throat movement, salivary glands, taste buds, and certain sensory fibers. This nerve controls your gag reflex. Treatment options include analgesics, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, and certain types of injections. If that does not work, surgical options may be considered.