I've always been one to think that if you get an infection in your throat, then chances are both tonsils would swell up. About three or four months ago, I went to the health center at my college wondering why one of my tonsils was so much bigger than the other. The "doctor" dismissed it as allergies, since blood tests came back normal, gave me some sample allegra and sent me on my way.
I didn't really think much of it, as I had no pain other than a swollen lymph node on one side. Swelling went down over the three to four month period up until recently, when I noticed again that the tonsil on my left side was huge compared to the other one. My most recent doctor visit came up negative for strep, and I've had some bloodwork done. So far, CBC is normal, TSH normal. My mono spot test, and EBV profile are not in as of yet. On the subject of mono, my room mate contracted it around the same time I went to the health center, maybe a little bit after. I have also already had mono about two years ago, with completely different symptoms as this.
The only way I can describe the "pain" is that it's a very dull sort of pain with pinprick qualities at times. My lymph node in my neck doesn't really hurt, but is persistent in it's swelling. I can constanly feel my throat. It's all I think about. Everyone around me just tells me it's nerves and that I need to relax, and I imagine many of you will say the same. But what bothers me about the whole thing is that only one side seems to be affected. It just doesn't seem right. One tonsil is huge and the other is normal. Same with the lymph nodes. Additionally, both my ears at different times feel like they're popping. No amount of cleaning remedies this. ALso when I went to the doctor earlier this week, he used some sort of ultrasound machine right in my ear, and noticed an abnormality. Not really sure how to describe it, other than he said the pressure from my tonsil was causing my eardrums not to respond correctly (but I hear just fine).
If anyone else has had a similar situation, or knows someone who has, please, I urge you to reply. I'm not at my wit's end or anything, but I don't know what to do. I'm sick of being told that it's nothing, or sitting in wait wondering what's going to happen. All I ask is that you don't think of me as some kind of sissy for complaining so much about a little sore throat. It just feels like a lot more to me.
Question for you... My tonsils have been hypertrophic (swollen) for over a year now, and finally NOW when the primary care physician decided to send me to an ENT for it, Im starting to notice odd things back there. For example, the flesh that is next to my right tonsil (the tonsillar pillar, not the tonsil itself) has a reddish patch on it. Have you noticed any odd colorations or other unusual things in there? Sometimes when Im sleeping I will wake up with a slight earache that I have to change positions to make go away.
WEll, one side looks really white, but it's way in the back, where you'd expect to find Post-nasal drip (which I also have). I can't see the other side because there's a tonsil in the way. It also just kind of feels like I can't swallow everything. I've been salivating like crazy, but I think that's mostly a result of not smoking cigarettes in four days. The first time I went to the health center, I had been smoke-free for about a month. Since then, I've had my share of moments of weakness, but not a pack-a-day like I was for about 6 years. But yea, like I said, I haven't noticed any other discoloration, but I'll check for you shortly.
Hmm, you may just have a Peritonsillar Abscess. The best thing you can do is have your PCP set up an appointment with an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist for you so he can examine your tonsil and make sure all is well, which Im sure it is.
ENT kept telling me my tonsils were fine. I constantly felt like something in my throat. Finally my regular doctor convinced the ENT to remove the tonsils and I had an abscess on the back of one that he could not see. Antibiotics would make it better for a few says and it would always return. (the feeling of something in my throat)
Interestingly enough, I've also felt a considerable amount of discomfort in my neck muscles, directly to the right of my adam's apple. Don't know what that's all about, but it's really freaking me out...
Hi --I came upon your post late---how is your tonsil now? I have had the same thing for ten weeks now and it just doesn't seem right. I have seen two ENTs, one said remote chance of lymphoma, the other said it didn't look that bad, but it feels weird just like you described
DOesn't really hurt so much anymore, but it's still huge compared to the other one. Shortly after that, a dull feeling localized itself in the area underneath my tongue. I can feel bumps underneath the skin and see what looks to be discoloration to me. I again saw my doctor, and was again told that it was nothing more than my body fighting infection. It's like "oh yea, tha's right doc, people are always fighting off infection in the same place for over a year". I've had a lump in my neck since thanksgiving, but apparently that's just my body fighting infection. It's so stupid... But anyways, I did recently move, so once my new insurance kicks in, at least I'll be able to find a new doctor and see if he comes up with anything.
Tell me more about your situation, I'm interested to figure out if we have something in common here.
Sounds like an abscess to me, too. I read online they can do a throat ultrasound which is supposed to be a very good tool for detecting these. You should do an online search of peritonsillar abscess and see if your symptoms match. I think I have one right now.