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    Old 06-11-2005, 07:03 AM   #1
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    Constant sore throats, before and after tonsils removed!

    Quick summary: for the past say, two + years I get sore throats and ear infections every few weeks. I'm a college student so you can imagine how frustrating it is so be sick all the time. I had my tonsils removed last summer, a month later I was sick again. My doctor sent me to a infectious disease specialist. He found I had this bacteria that causes post-nasal drip and theorized I had this other bacteria that causes sore throats in my age group and was resistant to penicilin, which is what I had been taking to stop the problem, He couldn't prove I had it though. So, it's been about 2 months since I've seen this doctor.
    It hasn't helped much. For the past few weeks I'll come down suddenly with a terrible sore throat. I get white ulcers in the back of my throat as well. I also get small red ones that have not 'popped' yet. Last night, for example, my throat became very red with what looked like little red veins all over. It was a cluster of those little red veins that caused the most pain. It feels like that discomfort you get when you sleep all night breathing through your mouth, plus ulcers. Luckily it usually goes away in under 48 hours.
    What is this? I'm so frustrated. I d everything every doctor tells me, but they can never make it go away. I basically had strep so bad at one point they just had to wait until they took my tonsils out to cure it. Now I don't get strep so much, but just the usual ear-throat trouble.
    At least I don't have to get my tonsisl out again... I always joke with my mother that the doctor left some in there and that they are growing back.

    PS- the post nasal drip also went away rather quickly with allergy medicine
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    Old 06-12-2005, 09:35 AM   #2
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    Re: Constant sore throats, before and after tonsils removed!

    Broadwaygirl03

    I note from another thread that you are a GERD sufferer. I too had my tonsils removed but still suffer the symptoms of reflux. Is it more likely that you have LPR as opposed to traditional GERD. The acid would cause inflammation and redness to your larynx and pharynx with LPR. Also it is regarded as the number one cause of PND in the absence of sinusitus. My ENT felt my tonsil crypts were caused by the LPR and it kinda makes sense now.


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    Old 06-13-2005, 02:45 PM   #3
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    Re: Constant sore throats, before and after tonsils removed!

    I went to the infectious disease doctor, he said the same thing. I understand how it would irritate my throat, but I don't get how it would make me sick. I am getting over an awful case of Strep right now. I just seem to catch everything and anything. My doctor wants to look into such things as singles, I'm getting a sinus cat scan and going to see my ENT in a week so hopefully I'll be better soon. I also work with young children every day as an early childhood major in college, so that does not help matters.
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    Old 06-15-2005, 07:38 AM   #4
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    Re: Constant sore throats, before and after tonsils removed!

    Hi Broadway, Seems you and I are going through much the same thing. I had my tonsils out in April but I still have white stuff in the throat, redness and swelling. I had a CT scan of my sinuses just yesterday. My ENT says the post nasal drip is causing the irritation. He found that my sinus, above my left eye, was completely full of gunk. He believes by going up in there and clearing it out that this will resolve the problem. He said he thinks all the post nasal drip is being caused by this. We'll see as I am going in for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery on July 5.

    It is frustrating to have throat issues after a tonsillectomy. I did ask my ENT why this is happening after the tonsils were removed. He told me since the architecture of my throat had changed the post nasal drip is hitting a newer and larger area.

    He also told me that where the gunk is explains why the antibiotics did not work.

    That's all I know. Hopefully your scan will reveal something that can be fixed pretty quick.

     
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