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Old 09-13-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Swollen Lingual Tonsils

Hi everyone, I am new to this board so I hope I am doing all of this right. I first started having health issues in April of this year. At first it started where my throat was feeling tight and I couldn't eat anything for 6 weeks. I lost lots of weight in those 6 weeks and am continually loosing more weight even though I'm able to almost eat like I normally would. I have to been to numerous doctors and nobody can seem to to find anything wrong with me. Even my primary physician told me I had a strange case. I did find out from my ent doctor that my lingual tonsils were swollen when she scoped me but said that wasn't a big deal and that shouldn't be causing all my problems. I am still having problems with my lingual tonsils being swollen and I'm not sure what is causing them to stay enlarged. A couple weeks before all the throat stuff starting happening I did go to the doctor to find out that I had an ear infection and I was given ear drops to heal the infection but I did not take them the way I should have so I am beginning to wonder if that is what started all the problems that I am having now. Maybe the ear is still infected and maybe draining something into my throat that is causing my lingual tonsils to stay enlarged which is giving the tight throat feeling? I would also like to add that all my doctors who have scoped me have told me that my airways are fine and I don't have to worry about my throat closing up where I wouldn't be able to breath, which that is a plus. If anyone has went through this or anything like it, I would love to hear your stories and solutions.

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Old 09-15-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Swollen Lingual Tonsils

I have the same thing and trust me, if you've have the laryngoscopy (scope) and you're doctor has assured you that your throat is not in danger of "closing up", you should believe him

I have the same issue due to lingual tonsil hypertrophy and just having a large neck in general. Sometimes they will do a neck ct scan like they did with me, just to be extra thorough, but it's usually not necessary

The only thing you can do is take acid reflux meds and deal with it. They usually only remove the linguals and/or other tissue if it's causing significant airway obstruction

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