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Does anyone regret having their tonsils removed?

  • Posted By: thatgrrl
  • December 21, 2011
  • 07:05 AM

Of course, I'll think long and hard about this and weigh the pros and cons.

I may just be sick and frustrated with tonsillitis.

I had several strep and mystery infections growing up, but my parents opted to not have my tonsils removed. (grrrr)

This left my tonsils very crypt-ridden. I gargle a lot to try to keep them clean. The scent of my breath seems to vary according to the condition of my tonsils (how inflamed they are).

I almost constantly battle sore tonsils as an adult. More strep infections. Most recently, viral (not strep, anyways) tonsillitis.

And recently, I've been having gigantic tonsil stones. I just want to die. But it might just be me feeling sick and miserable and touchy, but it's going on 2 weeks.

Theoretically, the tonsils help prevent other infections.

I know there's a lot of pain involved. But I've probably had surgeries on par with the pain. I'd rather have misery for a few weeks if it will fix something. What are the risks for a late 20's/early 30's adult going into it?

Has anyone REGRETTED having their tonsils removed?
Have you gotten sick more often or suffered more severe illnesses?
Did it not live up to your expectations of fixing anything?
Did it not seem to make much of a difference either way?
Did you have complications that you regret?

Or... if it was one of your favorite decisions, please chime in!

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