So, my condition started with developing a swollen throat and difficulty breathing. It got bad enough so I went to a local clinic. They are pretty limited on what they can do but they referred me to a local ENT specialist. He looked down my throat and said my tonsils were "huge". I said "what do you mean tonsils? I only have 1 left after having one removed years ago". He informed me then about the lingual tonsils which are farther down at the base of the tongue. Along with the difficulty breathing, I had this issue where if I did too much talking out loud where I teach karate, I would start losing my voice. Anyways, the ENT gave me a steroid shot in the butt and wrote orders for an MRI. After the MRI, he looked at the films and showed me where the tonsils were enlarged and almost closing off my airway. He asked what I wanted to do, and said what should we do. He said they should come out. I was a little uncomfortable with his bedside manner, so I went for a 2nd opinion. The 2nd doctor refused to look at the films and put the scope up my nose and down my throat. His response was "they are not that large". He ordered a sleep study (where I tested with moderate sleep apnea) and a swallow study where he said the report stated I have "reflux" for which he prescribed Prilosec. He said not to jump into surgery and see how CPAP goes and see if things get better. No results with CPAP and that also wouldn't have solved my daytime problems anyways. I went to a 3rd ENT doctor and he was kind of in the middle and said that they were causing problems with my airway. He said it wasn't his favorite thing to do but he would if I wanted to. Sick of dealing with it, I chose him and had laser lingual tonsillectomy on 9/6/2007. My post-op pain was very, very minimal although I did keep taking my meds every 4 hours. However, recovery was so good I had doubts that even did what he intended to do. I went to my post-op appointment and explained to him that there wasn't much pain other than under my tongue which he said was form depressing it to get to the tonsils. I also told him that sleep and not really improved much and I was still having difficulty breathing somewhat. My condition has seemed to degraded since then and I am back to getting very broken sleep, difficulty breathing, post nasal drip, and sore throat and voice lose form talking too much. I've seen the doctor twice since the surgery and he said the surgery site looked great. I had a really bad sore throat the 2nd time which was like a month later and he looked even farther down and he said my larynx was very red and he prescribed an anti-biotic. So, after my long-winded history, has anyone had a similar experience post-op? I am not sure why I have the almost constant post-nasal drip and why I can't talk loud or cheer at a sporting event without coming home barely able to talk and swollen and sore. I'm guessing I should avoid the 1st 2 doctors since I didn't chose them for surgery. Should I go for a 4th opinion to figure out what to do? The lack of decent sleep and constant throat problems is really wearing me down big time.
I would go to as many doctors that you need to until you get the right answer that works for you. I too had a lingual tonsil removed, on 10/18/07. And since then I have been sufferering from what I call a dry and burning mouth. My ENT told me that what I was experiencing was not from the surgery and that it must be related to something secondary. I went to my GP and he told me that I am experiencing an irritation related to the surgery and that it should dissipate in 6 - 12 weeks (I'm on week 7 now). Then I went to another ENT yesterday that told me everything looked great in the area where they removed the tonsil. He said that I had more than enough saliva being secreted because when he stuck that scope down my nose my saliva was fogging it up. He also said that I didn't have a dry mouth or else the gauze bandages that he was pressing on my tongue would've partially stayed stuck there. This ENT also said that what I am feeling COULD be due to the glossopharyngeal nerve getting damaged by the clamp that helps keep your tongue out of the way during surgery. If that is the case then it would take 4 - 6 months to recover.
I'm with you though - I would like someone to give use some kind of encouragement that this IS related to the surgery and that it may take a few months for it to recover, and that it eventually will. A lot of people post on these boards, but when they start to feel better they disappear (excepte for a select few). I noticed your posts back in September (after your surgery) on another board and I so badly wanted to talk to you about this because I was terrified to get this thing taken out (mine was done by laser also). I had to have my left lingual tonsil removed because it was chronically infected. I may go to yet another ENT in the hopes of getting an answer that is more substantial and with a little more hope.
Please keep in touch with how you're doing and I'll do the same. By the way, how's your weight doing - is this affecting your eating habits? It is affecting mine, partly due to the depressed feeling this has all given me.
Hmm, I don't remember where else I posted about my surgery. My weight is not a really big problem but I am starting to think it's a contributing factor. I am around 215-220 and 6" tall. Not overweight by any means, but definitely "out of shape", hehe. I'm probably going to go to another ENT and go through the whole story and see what happens. This feeling of my throat being swollen and the breathing problems is a real drag. I wonder if he should have looked at removing my adnoids or done a test on my thyroid.
i seem to be on the same boat as you. i had my tonsills removed on 12/14/07. to date i am still having sore throats. i have been to the doctor and he says that i am still healing and that i must have allergies. so now im taking allergy medicines for what will be a week tomorrow. and i dont seem to get better. i have read on alot of these post people having the same problem. immmmm tierd of researching and looking to see what it could be. have you found anything new about it.
keep me posted.alexa