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    Old 06-08-2003, 06:16 PM   #46
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    I have this same problem... I'm 16, I've had it for about 2 years or so now. I thought I was the only one who had it (as did many of you evidently) Well, any way, I want to do something about it, but I can't just go to the doctor. I'm a little embarrased to explain this to my mom (since it's not known widespread I would have to say something like "Oh by the way mom? I have this white crap that forms in my tonsils, they're called tonsil stones, I want to go to the doctor about it") So what should I do?

    I can't just go to the doctor on my own. So how should I explain it to my mom? Your help is appreciated, thanks.
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    Old 06-13-2003, 12:24 AM   #47
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    I had my tonsils removed a year and a half ago. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself!

    My tonsils were swollen up so huge that they were actually touching each other in the back of my throat. I had lost tons of weight due to the difficulty in just swallowing food. I Constantly had bad breath (horrible in the mornings!), and had difficulty breathing when laying down and trying to sleep at night.

    I will not lie, the surgery was EXTREMELY painful. I couldn't talk above a whisper for a week, I couldn't eat or drink barely anything (lost even more weight). The pain meds made me throw up all night the first night, and when you get your tonsils out, the Last thing you want to be doing is throwing up! It was so painful that I went off the pain meds, and then the REAL pain from the surgery set in. Ouch!!

    But I will tell you, it was all worth it! I no longer have huge touching tonsils, I can swallow my food, I can breathe better now (!), I no longer have the white dots that I could pick off with tweezers, and best of all, I never have bad breath anymore!!! It was so painful, but worth it.

     
    Old 06-13-2003, 12:25 AM   #48
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    I had my tonsils removed a year and a half ago. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself!

    My tonsils were swollen up so huge that they were actually touching each other in the back of my throat. I had lost tons of weight due to the difficulty in just swallowing food. I Constantly had bad breath (horrible in the mornings!), and had difficulty breathing when laying down and trying to sleep at night.

    I will not lie, the surgery was EXTREMELY painful. I couldn't talk above a whisper for a week, I couldn't eat or drink barely anything (lost even more weight). The pain meds made me throw up all night the first night, and when you get your tonsils out, the Last thing you want to be doing is throwing up! It was so painful that I went off the pain meds, and then the REAL pain from the surgery set in. Ouch!!

    But I will tell you, it was all worth it! I no longer have huge touching tonsils, I can swallow my food, I can breathe better now (!), I no longer have the white dots that I could pick off with tweezers, and best of all, I never have bad breath anymore!!! It was so painful, but worth it.

     
    Old 06-13-2003, 10:56 PM   #49
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    Hello.
    I am sorry to hear that you do not feel comfortable telling your mother about your condition.

    I suggest that you try some of the steps others have mentioned on this board and then discuss your problem with your mom.

    Start off by telling her how long you've experienced the problems, how having this problem makes you feel, what you've done to fix the problem and how you've taken the time to research the problem.

    Hopefully she understands your concern and gets you in to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT).
    As for myself, I too have this problem. I went to see an ENT about two years ago and he numbed my nose and throat by placing an instrument in my nose that squirted out a highly pressurized local anesthetic (it didn't really hurt, but it felt very weird). Then he used a little scope/camera to see what he could find. The doctor said he couldn't find anything. I knew they were there. But, he basically told me I didnít have a problem.

    It took a lot of guts to go see that doctor and when I found out there was nothing he could do I was upset and frustrated because I was able to recognize that I had a problem.

    Anyhow, I still have the problem. I do not want my tonsils removed...although that has been suggested; I haven't taken it into consideration. OUCH!
    Like others, I am able to cough them up. One of my tricks is to use a little water tube that sprays water out at a direct/sharp angle (I got it when I had my wisdom teeth removed- ask your dentist for one). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    I notice that I have more problems with the tonsiloliths when I eat certain foods, especially bread and ground pepper or other coarse spices. I notice that when I am able to remove a tonsilolith and I've recently eaten something with ground pepper, the middle of the tonsilolith will be solid and look like ground pepper (or whatever spice).

    I agree with other people that this problem is probably related to post nasal drip. I have tried many products to rid myself of that problem. I haven't had any luck. Ever since I began to experience postnasal drip I've had tonsiloliths.

    I hope that they go away.

    I found a website that contains a product to help with tonsiloliths. Since I cannot post the product name or website, I suggest that you go to yahoo.com and look up information on it.

    I haven't tried the products, but am thinking of trying the nasal drops (because they are supposed to target tonsiloliths).

    Good luck. Please don't feel embarrassed to tell your mother about medical problems- compared to other problems you may come into contact with in the future-THIS is MINOR!

    GOOD LUCK!




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    Old 06-13-2003, 11:34 PM   #50
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    JennieBlue,

    I too saw two different doctors who told me I didn't have a problem with my tonsils (and they were so large they were touching each other in the back of my throat!).

    I KNEW that I had a problem and tonsils that big couldn't be just nothing. I went and saw a third doctor who, when I opened my mouth, said "Holy S---!" She then immediately apologized for her comment, explaining that doctors are not supposed to have that type of reaction in front of patients! I told her I was glad to hear that somebody finally agreed that I had a problem!

    That third doctor referred me to an ENT (a fourth doctor by that point) who was very nice and felt I had wasted enough time (6 mos by that point) and scheduled my tonsillectomy on the spot. Having the surgery was so worth it, I don't have any of these problems any more!

     
    Old 06-14-2003, 09:56 AM   #51
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    Hey Marie,
    I'm also from northern CA. Doctors have suggested that I have my tonsils removed, but I really don't want to.

    At this point, I am still at a standstill. I am thinking of trying the threabreath products and see where it takes me.

    I hate having this problem. I have had the same significant other for about 5 years now and about 1-2 years into our relationship I started to have this problem. It has been extremely embarassing and I feel awful. It's hard for me to even bring myself to kiss! *SIGH*. Threabreath here I come.


     
    Old 06-14-2003, 06:32 PM   #52
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    Jennie,

    Are your tonsils enlarged at all? Or do you only have problems with the tonsiloliths and bad breath?

    The same thing happened to me with my ex-boyfriend. He was the one that told me I had bad breath and that was why he didn't want to kiss me anymore! I was so humiliated.

    I know the fear of the pain is scaring you away from the tonsillectomy. But if you don't get it done, you will likely have this embarassing problem for the rest of your life. Do you always want to feel self-conscious? After 2 weeks, the pain was almost gone for me.

     
    Old 06-27-2003, 06:28 AM   #53
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    First, if that Thera product works, please let all of us know. I am 26, and recently developed Tonsil Stones. I just got them in April. At first, I thought they were coughed up from my lungs, but later I discovered that I was wrong. I have no idea how I developed them. I went to see TWO ENT doctors. One doctor told me that I should just live with them because surgery is so painful. The other doctor told me, I will have to live with them, because insurance companies consider this a cosmetic surgery and would not pay for the tonsillectomy (I guess Health Companies may be the Doctor after all - since they decided my fate is to suffer with Tonsil Stones). Although the ENT agrees that they are a nuisance. If I experience infections then it would be grounds for removal of the tonsils, according to the ENT. I never get any throat infections, only sore throats. I want my tonsils removed. I use the Water Pik, Q-Tips, self-gagging method, coughing, etc, and NOTHING works. I can barely see mine and when I do, it is only because I am making a weird face and then they hide again. It is horrible. I cannot think of living out the rest of my life with this. At times, (to say the least)... Most of the time, I get a low-grade sore throat because they are so irritating. I even got a sinus cold and literally felt them in my throat, but could not get them out. I still feel them this very second and every time I swallow. I am envious of all of you that can "pop" them out. I would live with that, but I cannot live with Tonsil Stones, because mine do not pop out. When one finally does (after two weeks), I think there is a line of them waiting to come out, in addition. Again, I ocassionally get a glimpse of them on both tonsils. I have no idea why or how this happened. If anyone is successful by other means of surgery, I will definately pursue it. I am deathly afraid of a Tonsillectomy. The pain that people write about is horrific. I can deal with a bad sore throat and not eating, but I cannot imagine, razor-like feeling in the back of my throat. I have very small tonsils, but the ENT said, that does not matter. Plus I am allergic to Codeine. Does anyone else out there have any solid advice. I want to find out more about Laser Surgery and just scraping the surface of the tonsil so that there are no more pockets. I think Flonase caused this to me.

     
    Old 06-28-2003, 07:46 PM   #54
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    Well... imagine my surprise at finding this message board while looking up "quincy" through Google. What I thought was an unusual condition and what my doctor told me (as some other's doctors have) must have been food impacted in my tonsil, turns out to be much more common than I would have ever thought. I had a "tonsil stone" or whatever you like to call it on my right tonsil this morning... I say "had" because just since I started reading these posts, I've apparently coughed it out... just took another look and it's gone now. It had been there for the last three days and I'd been keeping an eye on it to see just how big it would get. When my fiance caught me looking at my throat in the mirror and asked what I was doing, it was difficult to explain about these "things" I've been having come out of my tonsils for years now so I did a search to try to show him I'm not nuts.

    My sister and I have had these nasty-smelling little buggers for years and years (I'm 46, she's 43) and when they first started we both thought, as some of you did, we were coughing them up from somewhere deeper inside... maybe from down in our throat. Neither one of us could imagine what they could be but since we both had them, we figured it couldn't be all that serious.

    A few years ago, however, I had a VERY sore throat... it had been sore for about 2 days so I took a look to see what was going on and, as the one woman's doctor put it, "Holy S***!!!"... what was that THING sticking out of my left tonsil? It was my first glimpse at a tonsil stone/tonsolith/whatever. Over the course of the next two days it got bigger and bigger. I let my sis take a look at it and her response was to jump back (literally!) and ask "what the H*** is THAT?". LOL... my thought exactly. Being my usual optimistic self, I immediately made an appointment for the next day with my regular MD so he could tell me I had throat cancer. Wouldn't you know it... during the night part of it came out (I have NO idea what happened to it... swallowed, perhaps... ick!). No biggie, I thought... there's still enough left poking out of my tonsil to show my doctor I have cancer (yep, I'm an optomist, alright!). During the morning before my appointment, a coughing fit comes over me... wham, bam, what's left of the stone flies out of my tonsil and into my hand (can we say "ugh"?). I run to the bathroom and take a look... nothing left but a big GAPING hole in my tonsil. Ok, fine... still good evidence that I had a tumor in my tonsil, right? Wrong! By the time I got to the doctor's office later that day, the hole had nearly closed up. "It must have been impacted food", he says, after giving me that "she's clearly out of her mind" look. I just looked back at him and said nothing. Maybe it wasn't a tumor after all, but I KNOW it's not impacted food! Food? I still have my doubts on that theory but finally I'd discovered just exactly where those hard little thingies I'd been coughing "up" for years were coming from. I still have problems with them. I also have many of the problem lots of you folks have described... a hard time breathing through my nose (hence, I'm a mouth breather), chronic postnasal drip/drainage/whatever, throat sore more often than not, tonsils constantly swollen and inflamed.

    I've gone on and on here, haven't I? LOL... sorry, just wanted to tell my story and say I've read every single post in here and as soon as I get married (at which time I'll have medical insurance), I plan to get myself to an ENT and have something done about this... I don't know what, but something WILL be done. I'm sick of the constant sore throat, drip, swollen tonsils, etc. In the meantime, I'm going to look into getting a Waterpic... it seems from some of the posts, that trying to keep my tonsils cleaned out will be a big help. Thanks to everyone for your input and good luck... maybe we can all get some help of some kind eventually.

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    Old 07-04-2003, 01:45 AM   #55
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    Wow, I'm amazed at how popular this message board is.
    I too have been fighting the endless battle with these nasty 'tonsil stones'. My removal method of choice has been sqeezing them out with my fingers and lots of gargling with listerine. (Luckily my hands are small enough to reach back there.) However, that Waterpic sounds like a really good idea. I think I'll go buy one this weekend and add it to my daily tonsil-picking ritual.

    Anyhoo, my question for you all is this... Does anyone have any idea if other people can smell these rancid things on our breath?? If I knew somebody else could catch even the slightest whiff of these nasty things, I don't think I'd leave my house! My boyfriend told me that most of the time he can't smell them, but he could just be being polite. I'm curious if anyone else has gotten any confirmation from a trusted friend!

    Thanx for the all the stories!

    ~Tara

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    Old 07-09-2003, 08:18 AM   #56
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    Just wanted to respond to the previous message, I'm sure if someone is close enough to you they would be able to smell your breathe. Which is why I always chew gum or keep some powereful meant in my purse. Lately, the tonsil stones have gotten worse. Just yesterday, they not only showed up in the pockets of my throat, but they were also behind the Uvula (you know the thing that dangles in the back of your mouth). This morning my throat is aching, I'm not sure if its becuz there are more or becuz I was picking at my tonsils. I definitely plan to use the waterpik. I also so advertising for some mouthwash and oxygen tablets that are supposed to decrease nasal drip and bacteria causing the tonsil stones. Its amazing that this topic has been going on for almost a year!!!

     
    Old 07-09-2003, 11:49 AM   #57
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    Hi everyone, I've never been on this site before, but I was doing a search for "tonsil stones" on google and came across this board. So glad I did. Knowing other people are suffering through this same crap makes me feel better already. I had a huge tonsil stone when I was an adolescent and was able to show it to a doctor. The doc knocked it out and I can't remember what he said. I think I was just relieved it was gone. I didn't have them (or notice them) again until I was in my early 20s. Seems to have been right around the time I started having post-nasal drip. Since that time, I've had all sorts of sinus, ear and throat problems. I always thought the problem was somehow connected to my ears because of the itchiness that some other people have mentioned. I seem to get one really bad sinus infection per year, (I am recovering from this year's right now.) After all the reading I have been doing, I think the bacteria building up in my tonsils may be contributing to my susceptibility to the sinus infections. Anyway, I too have made a habit of trying to press these buggers out before they get too big or annoying. However, I'm never sure if I'm getting the whole thing or just runts from something more ominous. I do get some relief by doing this, but more are always on the way. I can always tell if I have one building up because of the low-grade sore throat that other people have mentioned. These stones combined with post nasal drip have made life somewhat miserable, as I'm sure you all know. I am now dedicated to finding a way to have better tonsil health. I have ordered some therabreath ClO2 nasal drops and tablets. Don't know if this will work or if it is false hope, but as you know the promise of getting rid of these things will make you do just about anything. I'm also going out today to buy a water pik and try cleansing my divots that way. As for having your tonsils removed, I have a question: Is the only reason that this procedure is not recommended for adults because of the ensuing pain? Or are there other risks or things that can go wrong? Just wondering because I haven't read any messages from people who had their tonsils removed that said they wished they hadn't.

     
    Old 07-09-2003, 02:45 PM   #58
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    I wrote a little over a month ago on this message board about having my tonsils removed. I had a bit of a tough time at first, and about 8 days after my surgery my throat began to bleed. It bled on and off over days 8 and 9 post-op and by day 10 (The day I was supposed to return to work), the bleeding wouldn't stop. I was rushed to the ER and the doc used silver nitrate on my throat which is similar to cauterizing. The bleeding stopped and never returned. At my post-op dr. appt., he told me that the severe bleeding that I experienced only happens to 2 percent of the people. It has now been almost 6 weeks since my surgery and I feel great!
    Before, I was constantly look in and digging at my throat. Now I hardly even look in there.
    There was pain involved, especially being an adult, but I am so glad I had it done. It was well worth it!

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    Old 07-10-2003, 04:40 AM   #59
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    Heh, I found this forum by typing "hard yellow throat" into Google on a whim, lol. I't's quite surprising to find that this is such a common thing and so unrecognised in the medical profession.
    Unlike most here I dont disslike my 'stinkballs' all that much. Sure they cause the occasional swelling and smell like pungent death but I think I'd miss those cute little nuggets of vile if they ever dissappeared perminantly. After all, what better way to liven up a dull party than to violently hock up a quivering, 3lb khaki specimen on the nearest coffee table.
    Hmmm... perhaps not, but dont you think having your tonsils removed is going a bit far? Surely there must be some small surgical procedure to stop the post-nasal-thingy, thereby halting the production of tonsil stones.
    Apart from the old finger squeezing method, I find that trying to suck the throat or tonsils into your mouth removes them relatively easily, I havent had any new ones for well over a year after using this method so maybe the method could help some others to clear them.
    Somewhere on the net, I saw mentioned a tonsil stone "the size of a large grape". The doctor, in reply, consistently mentioned the chance of tonsil cancer in relation to the size of the stone. Anyone getting very large stones should perhaps take the mention of this into account.
    Btw, I once kept a large stone aside for some reason. When I looked at it an hour later, it had turned into a small brown crystal! http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif


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    Well, I don't believe this! I went out and bought a WaterPik today. I got home ripped it out of the box, mixed some Listerine with warm water and gave it a whirl. First of all, this is way harder than I thought it would be. If you have any kind of gag reflex you're going to have problems. I had the thing on the lowest setting and its spraying out of my mouth and every which way, all over the mirror, my shirt, the floor. I couldn't really see where I was aiming so it's all kind of by feel and just when I get back to where I think my tonsil is, I gag. This is definitely going to take some practice, I'm thinking.

    See, my problem has always been that my left tonsil is always a little hard and sore even if I don't have any stones and I've always figured that something has been blocked up in there. (It gets stones way more often than the right tonsil.) But I never wanted to press on the thing too hard for fear of injuring myself. But you know I'm kind of in this frenzy like I feel like I'm onto something. So I take out the tongue-cleaning tip for the WaterPik and try using that because it kind of deflects the spray a bit. Low and behold, I'm able to get that back on my tonsil opening for a bit, I have a few gags and then I have the MOTHER of all gags and the most putrid brownish-black slime comes pouring out of my mouth. No kidding. Sorry if I'm grossing you out, but I've never been so disgusted and so ecstatic at the very same time in my entire life. This crap has to be the remnants of some kind of infection that's been hanging on up there for sometime now. Unfortunately, the slime slides down the drain before I can really examine it. If I'd known that was going to happen, I would have had the drain shut so I could donate it to science. Oh well. I don't know if I got all that was up there, but it's definitely a start. For the first time that I can remember, I can swallow and not feel pressure or weirdness in my left ear. This has got to be one of the happiest days of my life. I think cleaning and disinfecting these areas just might be the ticket. I'm going to stick with it until it's second nature. Luck to all!

     
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