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    Old 01-02-2003, 09:59 AM   #16
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    I just had my tonsil removed 3 weeks ago. I went to the ENT Dr. in Oct. because I had these whitish nasty smelling abcesses that were coming off for a year. They kept getting bigger and bigger. She suggested I either deal with it for the rest of my life or have my tonsils removed also to mention the fact my tonsils where the size of golf balls. I chose to have them out. I am still not 100% recovered but believe it is well worth it. I suggest you go see an ENT Dr. and se what he/she has to say.

     
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    Old 01-02-2003, 10:09 AM   #17
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    Tiger,
    What do you mean you aren't recovered yet? Are you still in pain or what? I want my tonsils out due to these little buggers but have heard that getting them out as an adult can be horrid!
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    June 2002: Had a relapse and tore/ruptured disc again.
    Now I'm 14 months into it and the pain is still there.
    Can't deal with it anymore so I'm having a discectomy in Sept. Hoping and praying that it takes care of my problems!!

     
    Old 01-02-2003, 11:28 AM   #18
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    I had my 2 week check up last Friday and my ENT Dr. said I still have scabs that haven't come off. Some people take longer. Over the weekend I developed a Sinus infection which has infected the area where my tonsils were removed a little bit. They told me today that I need to finish my Anitbiotic I recieved for my sinus infection and it should clear up.

    Adults do have a harder time with a tonsillectomy. They say a good 2 to 3 weeks for recovery. I was in severe pain for the first 6 days. I couldn't eat at all or really drink anything. But again I am a wimp. It all depends on the person.
    Good luck with your decision.

     
    Old 01-21-2003, 02:27 AM   #19
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    Well I have had this problem since 1995. I went to my doc and he commented that I had large tonsils, but at that stage there was no crap in them. But I found out years later in 98 that I had chronic tonsillitis and I had it every month even after a dose of antibiotics. I don't have a problem with it right now and have not had a problem since my last lot of antibiotics. Which was around Christmas. But even now if I press my Tongue against my tonsils I get that yucky taste. Here in Australia we have a 5 year wait to get your tonsils out through public hospitals, to go private its over $1000.00 and a 3 month wait. I don';t have the time or the money so I am putting up with it and making sure I don't run myself down or get sick, for a bad attack to come.

     
    Old 01-21-2003, 08:07 AM   #20
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    A five year wait? For regular insurance coverage?

    Dang,....I guess you have to be really healthy to live in Oz! Wowza!

     
    Old 01-21-2003, 12:13 PM   #21
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    That is what I was thinking. Wow, five years is a long time. I didn't know that was the case over there.
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    2000: Tore and ruptured L4 L5 & L5 S1-it finally got better after about a year. Did really well for about a year.
    June 2002: Had a relapse and tore/ruptured disc again.
    Now I'm 14 months into it and the pain is still there.
    Can't deal with it anymore so I'm having a discectomy in Sept. Hoping and praying that it takes care of my problems!!

     
    Old 01-21-2003, 01:17 PM   #22
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    Most of us don't have insurance for health. Our health system is free, Unless you want to go private.

     
    Old 01-25-2003, 01:40 PM   #23
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    Wow--am I glad found this posting. I have been having these things on my tonsils too and didn't know what they were. I thought I was the only one also. I get them out too and you guys are right--they stink. I will ask my DR. now about them. I thought I was weird or something. lol

     
    Old 01-25-2003, 04:14 PM   #24
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    I still can't figure out HOW they get there. And either they're more common but people don't talk about them, or we're really in the minority to have them.

    They smell just like dental decay.

    When I first started "hucking" them up, the smell reminded me of decay, and I translated that into diseased or dying tissue, and then I thought about how I first felt it in my throat (not my "mouth" area), and then I thought about how I had to "huck" 'em up or "cough" 'em up, and then THAT got me thinking these things were actually coming from my LUNGS!

    Needless to say, THAT had me quite worried that I was doing the proverbial "coughing up a lung!" People have talked about coughing up bits of their lungs, so I made that association and figured I had some diseased tissue coming up.

    I'm so glad to have found this site and learned about what they were. At least I don't feel as freaked out by them!

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    Old 03-28-2003, 08:11 AM   #25
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    2000: Tore and ruptured L4 L5 & L5 S1-it finally got better after about a year. Did really well for about a year.
    June 2002: Had a relapse and tore/ruptured disc again.
    Now I'm 14 months into it and the pain is still there.
    Can't deal with it anymore so I'm having a discectomy in Sept. Hoping and praying that it takes care of my problems!!

     
    Old 03-29-2003, 09:18 PM   #26
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    I just had my tonsils out on the 27th. I only had those things once but am so glad my tonsils are gone now. Everyone says surgery is very painful etc but if you keep up the pain meds, plenty of fluids and lots of bed rest-it's not too bad.

     
    Old 03-31-2003, 12:58 AM   #27
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    Hey guys!!
    I am so glad I found this website. i have been having these nasty white things for about a year now. I get this weird feeling in my throat and that's when I know these "tonsil stones" have formed. I get them out with my nails. and sometimes I keep having to press on the tonsil because more and more white stuff keeps coming out. I asked a doctor about it once and he just said it was food stuck up there.

    Does anyone know what causes these tonsil stones? My mother tells me my father used to have these too. Is it possible its hereditary? I remember when I was younger getting this weird sensation in my throat once in a while. But only last year I discovered a white hard spot on my tonsil.Do antibiotics help at all? I have always had large tonsils and I'm guessing that has something to do with this.

    And yeah these things are the worst smelling things ever!!!

    -Stacie

     
    Old 03-31-2003, 09:16 PM   #28
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    IN a sense they can be hereditary as most people who have them have a condition called cryptic tonsils. It's a fancy name for tonsils with deep holes and groves. There isn't anything that can be done about short of getting them out.

     
    Old 04-01-2003, 04:00 AM   #29
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    After reading all the replies, i just had to add mine. When i was little i suffered from tonsilitis constantly and the doctor told my parents that i'd grow out of it. So at 29 i found myself having my tonsils removed as i was getting sick all the time once again. The specialist said i could either live on antibiotics for the rest of my life or have them removed....and YES i too used to constantly get those "things" growing in the holes of my tonsils which would either come out of their own accord or if i got one of those cotton buds (for cleaning ears) and gently pressed the side of my tonsil, the object would pop out and yes, i agree, it's gross. I had mine out in 1995 and i only had a 2 month wait to have the procedure done in a public hospital. It's not the nicest of operations, but 100% worth it.

     
    Old 04-26-2003, 09:43 PM   #30
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    Hey there,
    Finding this messageboard is like realising finally that i'm not going crazy and i'm not the only one suffering these horrible symptoms. I am a 32yr old mother of two, and have been trying to solve this problem on my own for about 9 years.
    After seeing two ENT's and getting told that i will just 'have to live with these lumps' (which neither of them had heard of before) i became very disheartened and reluctant to push it any further with the Doctor's and instead i have spent heaps of money on alternative treatments (to no avail)- thinking, instead that my whole problem stems from allergies. I even had my amalgam fillings replaced (which didn't help either).
    After getting on-line not long ago i have found a stack of info on these tonsiloliths and today found this page also. My symptoms also include chronic itchiness inside the ear and at the back of the throat when one of these little balls are trying to get out. This is really what drives me crazy as it usually happens through the night and keeps me from sleeping - thus having to resort to antihistimines occasionally so i can sleep. I'm wondering if anyone else has the itching? Also do you suffer 'post-nasal drip' and do you think it is helped by having the tonsils out.
    My voice is becoming croaky lately as well and i'm wondering if this is anything to do with it or if it's just that i'm talking too much.
    This is my first time on a message board and i would dearly appreciate some replies.





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