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Old 04-07-2004, 10:20 AM   #1
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Ongoing tonsil problems

I have had a tonsil infection now going on 9 months.
It is constant.
There are no stones
Just pus that drains out of them constantly
I wake in the morning with a sore throat from the puss that has collected on the back of my throat
My ears hurt
I am always stuffed up too, breathe through my mouth alot at night because of this.
Headaches, low grade fevers ( it comes and goes)
A few days i will only have the drainage as a symptom and then for a few days a low grade fever and ear problems.

I have been on antibiotics last fall for about 50 days and it did not touch the problem.
Have been tested for strep but was neg all three times.

All blood work that i have done is normal.

What would cause this.
It certainly cant be a viral thing - to last this long i mean.

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Old 01-23-2005, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

Oh my goodness.....I have finally found someone with the same symptons I have been having. I know this post is almost a year old......but please tell me you found out what was wrong!

Old 01-23-2005, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

Tonsils can become so infected they simply cannot get well. I had the same problem many years ago. The only cure was to have tonsils removed. However, they will need to get tonsils under control befoe doing surgery or the infection will scatter thru your body. Good luck.

Old 01-26-2005, 04:23 PM   #4
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems


I too have had ongoing tonsil problems. 6 months for me now. And now my ears hurt too. My tonsils are "scarred" and my family doctor says they will never heal. But also, I have achey muscles, accompanying all this. My doc reckons it's the poison in the tonsils getting into the bloodstream and affecting the rest of my body. It makes me feel like I have the flu.

I saw a nice ENT consultant, who doesn't think taking my tonsils out will help, as he thinks my symptoms reflect those of CFS (which I don't agree.. I'm not even tired) and wouldn't take out my tonsils, as it would be a big deal for me, so has referred me to see a CFS specialist instead.

I just wonder if anyone else has the aching muscles too, along with the tonsillitis?

One time, I hurt so bad, I couldn't even stand up and walk.. just collapsed in pain.


Old 01-27-2005, 04:57 PM   #5
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

It's been 4 months for me now with the tonsil problems. But I don't feel swollen glands and I don't have a temp. I have had huge tonsils since childhood (I am now 47) and have dealt with the tonsil stones....right now it feels as if there is one there but I can't see it. I do have pus coming out from time to time and my ear hurts. My Dr. did dig behind one tonsil and got a little "gunk" out....but she sees no sign of anything wrong. She gave me an antibiotic but it has done nothing. She thinks I may have a stone buried deep within my tonsil. Isn't it frustrating!

Old 01-27-2005, 05:10 PM   #6
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

When I was 38 I started having tonsil problems. It was not pain but felt like there was something in my throat. My tonsils looked bad but not particularly enlarged, so the doctor would not take mine out either. I would take a round of strong antibiotics and it would just begin to feel better, then come right back. If I had not had a brother-in-law doctor (internal med) who told the ENT to take the tonsils out, I might still be suffering. After the surgery, the ENT said the tonsil was badly abscessed behind and he could see why I was complaining. I am now 51 and Im so glad they are GONE...Yes, it took a while to heal, but nothing like the problems they were giving me staying in.

Old 01-27-2005, 05:26 PM   #7
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

Could your Dr. tell there was an abcess by looking in your throat?

Old 02-01-2005, 04:47 PM   #8
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

He couldn't it was abscessed until he took it out.

Old 09-02-2005, 06:44 PM   #9
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

yea i had mine taken out and i want them back in because i cannot get over these throat infections unless they are in they do heal your body you ever thought that it might have been something else in your body that could have been causing this or do you ever get any throat infections since you had your tonsils removed.

Old 11-11-2005, 08:34 PM   #10
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Re: Ongoing tonsil problems

I had a similiar problem and got very little help from local doctors. Since I am a doctor I was able to order my own diagnostic testing and blood work. I had a CT scan w/contrast of my neck (soft tissue) thoracic, abdomen and pelvis. Turned out I had bilateral tonsillitis, lingual tonsillitis, and swollen lymph node on the neck scan. the thoracic/abdominal showed an enlarged spleen. I tried to get my doctor to order tests for mono, he said he did and the mono spot was negative, I ordered and EBV profile and a CMV w/and IgG and Igm. The CMV was negative but the EBV profile showed I was in the convalesent stage of the the viruse (EBV is epstein barr virus, a cause of mono) since everyone took so long to look into all of this my tonsils are a mess and have to come out. My first ENT dx'd me with acid reflux even when the endoscopy showed no signs. So if you are having unexplained tonsillitis for so long try and get your doc to order the above tests and look deeper for the cause. Although there is no treatment for EBV they could have given me steroids and shrunk them before they became so large and I may have avoided the surgery I now need.

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