Hi everyone. This is my first time posting here although I've been a regular visitor to the forum for the past few months. I've come for some advice as I've been suffering with tonsillitis for the past 5 weeks and I'm not sure what to do.
I'm 22 and as far as I can remember I've never really had any significant problems with my tonsils or with sore throats before now. On 17th November this year I suddenly came down with pretty severe strep throat. I went to a GP who prescribed some antibiotics (Biravid/Ofloxacin
- 3 day course). Unfortunately I was due to travel on the 18th so wasn't able to see my regular GP for a few days. I began taking the antibiotics but they didn't really have any effect so I went to my normal GP on the 23rd November. By that stage my symptoms had somewhat subsided but I still had enlarged tonsils and my throat felt uncomfortable. I was put on a 5-day course of penicillin (Amoxycillin)
which seemed to clear up the infection but unfortunately it returned two days later. I was then put on a 7-day course of Chlorom (chlarythramyacin) (sp?)
, Two days after I finished this course of medication, my throat still didn't feel right and I had phlegm and a bad taste in the back of my throat. When I returned to my GP he said the oral antibiotics didn't seem to be working and suggested I be admitted to hospital for intravenous medication. I was admitted on 11th December and was put on a higher dosage of penicillin to be administered every 6 hours. I was then discharged on 14th December and given another 7-day course of antibiotics. I finished these last Monday 21st and today I started to see the same symptoms returning. My tonsils have become very enlarged and my throat feels uncomfortable and I'm constantly tired.
I should say that my tonsils have never really been very sore over the course of this infection apart from maybe the first few days. It's really just been an uncomfortable feeling and I seem to sleep a LOT (regularly 10-12 hours
) and even still I find it difficult to wake up and get out of bed and I am still tired during the day and just lack the energy to do anything. I realise this may be due to my body trying to fight infection etc.. I'm not sure. When I was hospitalized, they ran blood tests and according to the cert I received I had a white blood cell count of 18.4 (18400 I guess) which the ENT consultant said was quite high. Also, neither my GP nor the hospital did a throat culture (possibly something to do with budget cutbacks here I'm told, lol
- but I was told I did not have Glandular fever by the doc in the hospital)
I guess my question is for any who has experienced or is experiencing similar symptoms. I saw two ENT specialists while I was in hospital. The first on didn't recommend tonsillectomy as he saw this as an isolated case (although severe). The second (more senior) ENT doctor seemed to indicate that the removal of the tonsils would be the best option and even offered to carry out the procedure on the 18th December. I decided to wait and see if the infection cleared up and then decide what would be the best course of action for me.
I am due to meet with the ENT specialist (senior guy) on 14th January and I know he is going to recommend I get my tonsils removed. At the moment I'd agree because they are so swollen but I'm afraid I'd be making the wrong decision. I would be extremely interested to hear anyone else's advice on the subject before I go back and meet the surgeon. Thanks for reading my post! Sorry it was so long