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Old 01-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Adult Tonsilectomy with Complications

I had my tonsils removed on December 27th. The first few days were uneventful until day 6 when I had to go back and have a small area of bleeding patched up with silver nitrate. On Day 13 I had a major bleed out of the blue from the right tonsil (different than the other one above). I lost about 8 ounces of blood and went to the ER. It stopped bleeding on its own and they sent me home with instructions to see the ENT specialist in the morning. He looked at me for all of 3 minutes and said you look fine you are healing and you shouldn't bleed again after day 14.

On Day 16, I had a terrible experience where I bled and lost about 30% of my blood. I was sent to the ER and received emergency surgery and stayed in the hospital overnight for observation. Apparently they cauterized an artery that was bleeding.

I'm now on day 19 and find myself anxious and literally fearful of another bleed. I've never seen that much blood before and it scared me a lot. I was told that I would be fine, but I could bleed again.

What gives! I just want to be done with this. I'm very healthy in the general sense. I workout 6 days a week, run the occasional 5k or 10k race every now and then, and lift weights regularly. I'm exhausted right now and don't feel myself at all.

Can anyone tell me what to not to do in order to prevent another bleeding? At what point can I stop worrying?

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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Re: Adult Tonsilectomy with Complications

Hi...I can only imagine that that area would take a while to heal since it's so sensitive. It sucks you're having to experience these complications after the surgery. I'm curious about a few things, however..

1) are you taking any over the counter or prescription pain meds?

2) are you taking any supplements that would have blood thinning properties such as omegas, fish oils, digestive enzymes, vitamin e?

3) have you had your iron and your vitamin D checked?

4) are you exercising a lot at this point?

5) how is your blood pressure?

I hope that all has been fixed at this point since the last emergency surgery...maybe giving yourself a rest period of maybe another week would do you well.

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: Adult Tonsilectomy with Complications

Thanks for the reply. Now to your questions:

1) are you taking any over the counter or prescription pain meds?

I'm only taking what the doc told me to take at this point, Tylenol, tramadol as needed (I've only taken 2 in 5 days), and a multivitamin.

2) are you taking any supplements that would have blood thinning properties such as omegas, fish oils, digestive enzymes, vitamin e?

No.

3) have you had your iron and your vitamin D checked?

Yes. They did a complete blood work up when I was at the hospital, however I have a follow up tomorrow so I will request they check it again.

4) are you exercising a lot at this point?

No. I was told to do nothing but lay around until the follow up. I was told not to lift my son or anything over 10 pounds that could strain my neck area.

5) how is your blood pressure?

My blood pressure is in its normal range, perhaps the systolic number is a little higher than normal (about 5 points).

 
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