Hi everyone, hope all is well with you!!
I really need some feedback... in regards to my thyroid and my enlarged tonsils.
Growing up I constantly had tonsil infections... However around age 19 I had one severe tonsil infection that left my tonsils completely scarred. They feel like 2 large marbles on the sides of my neck.
I don't get many infections anymore (I'm almost 23 now) however my tonsils are permanently scarred. I saw an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist who didn't do any tests but examined my tonsils and said they were just scarred. He said I could have them removed- but if they didn't bother me too much then it would be best to avoid surgery (quite painful at my age he says).
About 6 months ago I learnt that I had Hypothyroidism... My thyroid gland was enlarged- not severly and nothing to be concerned about.
I'm curious if my thyroid may be the cause of my permanently swollen tonsils? Could my tonsils be a sign of another autoimmunity that I may have?
What can I have tested to make sure that nothing is wrong and that my scarred tonsils are nothing to be worried about??
Yup, same thing here. I had chronic tonsilitis from age 16-25. Had tonsils out at age 25. Had severe fatigue and sore throats starting at age 24. After six long years was finally diagnosed with hypo....stupid docs told me I was depressed. I actually do think there is a connection. I believe that the tonsils are so close to the thyroid and they get large, inflamed with thyroid problems.
I had my tonsils out when I was 16 yo. This after lots of throat infections since childhood. I too was wondering if there was a connection to thyroid problems and throat problems...in particular surgery to remove tonsils. I do remember the nurses saying that I lost alot of blood while I was in recovery.
Who knows the answer. But I personally think that there is a connection.
When I was 18 or 19 I started having panic attacks, and still do. I wasn't tested until the birth of my second child...in 2001. Thats when I was dx'd. No telling how long it was going on. Which may be why it is so hard to level out now.
i think that there is a connection too!!! i am 25 and i have a pituatary tumor and thus all the the hormones that it affects are messed up. i have a very underactive thyroid and i a was just told that i have to get my tonsils out!! at25!!!! i think that there is def something going on there. i was thinking that myself. i was thinking since i have underactive and it is a goiter (enlarged) and my tonsils were enlarged too that there had to be something to that....
Thanks for the responses!!! I guess there really isn't anything I can do? My tonsils don't hurt enough that I would want to go through the pain of having them removed. It's definitely an uncomfortable feeling in my throat, but maybe it will improve as my hypo symptoms improve?