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Tonsil Stones - My Tonsillectomy *21 Days After*

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  • Posted By: GreenNight
  • July 9, 2009
  • 09:54 AM

I am a 18 year old male. It has been 21 days since my Tonsillectomy. Adult tonsillectomies are tough I wont lie. I've had 5 surgeries in my life, ears, eyes, wisdom teeth, testicles for testicular torsion where I almost lost a testicle...and this was by far the worst. So back when I was trying to decide if I should get a tonsillectomy all I wanted was to hear someone's story...but I could not find one. Well I would be a hypocrite if I didn't at least try to help someone with the same problem. So here it goes. I made an account for all of the sufferers out there. IF YOU ONLY WANT TO JUST SEE THE RESULTS SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM.


My problem:
I had been dealing with tonsil stones for years and they had only been getting worse. Every day I would end up hacking them up or squirting them out with the water syringe they gave me a while ago for my wisdom teeth. They are disgusting. I was always self conscious and worried one would come out at the wrong time...on a date, when I'm speaking, ive had it all happen, ugh. I used to look back there with a flashlight up to 20 times per day.

Failed Solutions:
I tried Dr Katz, f*** that con artist. I tried gargling with salt water. I tried nasal irrigation (that actually helped a bit but not enough) I tried new tooth pastes, mouth washes, flossing, tongue scraping, 3X daily brushing, I had amazing oral hygiene and nothing worked. So I said screw it - Tonsillectomy time. I did NOT want to be doing this for the rest of my life. I had images of me in a business suit and before I leave for work trying to gargle these things out...screw that.

Doctors Visit:
2 different doctors, all I said was I had tonsil stones, I told them I was sick of them, I told them I was disgusted, both understood and both approved me for surgery in 1 visit and both would be covered under my insurance so I got to choose my favorite.

Surgery and Recovery: First let me say, was it worth it? YES, YES, YES 100 TIMES THIS WAS WORTH IT FOR ME. I will tell you later in the post the benefits I've noticed so far.

(Pain)
Day of surgery, they knock you out, rip em out, wake you up. TELL YOUR ANESTHESIOLOGIST IF YOU ARE PRONE TO BEING NAUSEOUS!!! I CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. The last thing you want to do is throw up right after throat surgery. Pain of the 1st day is surprisingly low. I rated it 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst. This will fool you. You are not in much pain because of the steroid injection they give u during surgery. This wears off soon. Nothing will prepare you for the pain to come I promise.

Day 2: Pain starts increasing. Throat only so far.Pain = 5

Day 3: Pain was terrible. The pain migrated to my ears. The pain was throbbing and will bring you to your knees. Pain = 9

Day 4: Pain was worse. Pain = 10 / 10 Mornings are so bad...so bad. Complete ***l. I took 2 percocet and my stomach rejected it. I threw up for 7 hours straight. I couldn't keep liquids down. I took Phenergan and I threw it right back up - Useless anti nausea medication it sucked. I got dehydrated, ended up in the emergency room. In the ER they gave me another steroid injection to calm the pain and they gave me the strongest anti nausea meds they had - these meds were made for cancer patients...they were perfect, a god send, I love the inventor of these.

Day 5: Steroids still in effect Pain = 4

Day 6: Wore off Pain = 9

Day 7: Pain = 10 I wanted it to end...it looked like there was no end it sight. THE PAIN DOES NOT GET GRADUALLY BETTER! DO NOT EXPECT A GRADUAL RECOVERY IT WONT HAPPEN AND YOU WONT NOTICE PROGRESS. IT IS THE WORST RIGHT BEFORE IT GOES AWAY!

Day 8, 9, 10: Pain = 10

Mid day 11: My friend made me laugh, it broke my scab on my left tonsil wound and i spit pieces out, the pain went from pain = 10 worst of any day to pain = 2 within 10 minutes...I was so happy I almost cried.

Days 12 - 14: Gradual recovery, pain is almost non existant, worst problem is my stomach pain from not eating real food just liquids. I felt terrible and nauseous and the taste of the scabs is disgusting.

Day 15 +: Amazing

(Food)
3 - 5 puddings a day for days 1 - 13. Terrible stomach pain after day 6 from not eating...but I couldn't. I ended up losing 15 pounds and I dropped down to 125lbs...Im trying to gain it back now because that is unhealthy.

I am eating normal foods again after 18 days, chicken, salmon, quesadillas, mmmm tasty haha :p:p:p

(Liquids)
I drank over 25 cups of ice water per day. It will help with pain, swelling, reduce risk of bleeding, and keep you hydrated. I *****d almost every 15 minutes lol. After like 5 days water tastes funny and gross because of your scabs...try your best. If you like Gateraide then god bless you because I think it tastes like **s but it will help cover the taste for you. Mix it 50/50 with water so you don't get too much salt.

Don't: cough, clear your throat, sneeze, bend over, exercise, talk too much, lay down flat when you sleep, take advil, pepto bismol, asprin, Vitamin E or anything that will thin blood. DON'T DRINK OR EAT DAIRY! They say eat lots of icecream after tonsils right? They lie: it builds up mucus in your throat and chokes you cause you cant clear your throat and the taste of rotting milk will stay in your thorat for days. IT...IS....GROSS.

Do: Swallow your pills in pudding or yogurt so you don't risk hitting your scabs. Rest a lot. Get someone to help you through recovery.


Benefits I've noticed so far:
The tonsil stones are gone...well DUH!. And guess what? Even when I had 16 day old rotting scabs in my throat...my breath smelled 100X better than when I had tonsils. I mean wow...BIG DIFFERENCE. I remember coming home on the 1st day and just smelling my breath and smiling...it smelled like nothing...what I've always wanted haha. I went 2 days without brushing my teeth after surgery...and my breath still smelled fine.

When I scrape my tongue now...no muscus build up on it and it doesn't smell. I only scrape off saliva...so I stopped...there isnt a purpose for it anymore.
I overall feel better. My tonsils were apparently HUGE the doctor said he was shocked to see how big they were and that I definitely needed them out and he didn't realize how bad it was from the outside.

Was it worth it for me? 2 weeks of absolute ***l, terrible pain? Yes. For a life time of good breath and not having to worry constantly about my tonsils, it feels like a relief. The stress I put myself through on a daily basis, the amount of gum and mints I ate, the amount of times I licked my wrist to smell my breath, the amount of time i spent in front of the mirror trying to hack them out, the amount of time I spent using a flash light checking, the sore throats and strep throats, F*** all of that I'm done with it...I will never look back. I am completely satisfied with my decision.

I hope this helps at least 1 person. Lemme know. ;)

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  • I am thrilled to hear this, actually. I am a 19 year old male, have the same problem, and just had this surgery recommended to me by the ENT doc. I've been noticing a "lump" feeling in the back of my throat for 2 years which was accompanied by bad breath and unproductive cough. I tried pills, I've tried "hacking up" these bizarre, smelly pieces of white gunk, all sorts of techniques, but nothing worked. Even on the rare occasion that I got a chunk out, there'd still be some remaining.So I talked to the ENT doctor today and I'm 95% sure that I'm going to schedule the procedure next week, I just want to do a tad more research. Would you mind if I ask you some questions?Along with the bad breath, did you ever have the unpleasant sensation of having something stuck in your throat 24/7? That's the WORST part of it, in my opinion.Also, is it at all possible to get stones/that lump sensation after the surgery? I doubt it's possible, but I read one post-surgery story online that said they still get them, which makes me nervous.Other than that, I can not wait to get this over with and have my throat feel unclogged for the first time since I was 17.
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  • I would be more than happy to answer your questions. Yes I did notice the lump sensation, for me they were so deep that normally I only felt that sensation when they were emerging or exposed because often times my tonsils would look fine but then out of nowhere I'd get the feeling and i could see some... it was annoying and gross. You sound like you have a very severe case to be feeling the sensation all day.Also, for the stones after surgery, the reason why you occasionally hear horror stories about them returning is because many older tonsillectomy patients have had partial tonsillectomies where only some of the tonsils are removed or have had their tonsils regrow either partially or completely. The tonsils can regrow but it is extremely rare and can only occur if a piece of the tonsil is left behind after a tonsillectomy. This should not be a serious concern though because it is such a rare complication, but most people that come online are people who have gotten unlucky and are *****d off and want the world to know. If the tonsillectomy is successful and complete you should never have to deal with the stones or lump sensation ever again. If you have any more questions id be happy to answer them to the best of my abilities. Hope this helps :) Thank you for responding.
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  • Hey well I'm a 20 year old female and I had my tonsils out on thursday the 16th and I wasn't told that the pain was gonna be as severe as it is. No one told me the truth. It is the worst pain I've ever gone thru. And I hope it'll be worth it in the end but this is my personal ***l right now. But I wante you to know that your blog did help me. I'm glad you put it up. I'm sorry what you had to go through. It's done now tho and you're better! Yay! God I just can't wait to eat. That's why I'm so miserable because I don't have anything in my stomach but liquid for the past 6 days. And I did have to go to the emergancy room cuz I was dehydrated. I loved having an iv and fluids. Within 10 minutes I felt better then they added the morphine and if it was up to me I'd stay the res of the time hooked to an iv lol. But I'm really dreading the scabbing. That's not sounding fun at all and it sounds disgusting. But thanks again!
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  • To the most recent poster: Yup the hospital stay is actually quite a relief and the iv fluids + meds feel great. Hang in there you are more than half way through and u have probably 4 days left. Just take it 1 day at a time and when you start feeling better you can start eating some soft foods like pancakes drenched in syrup etc and your stomach will slowly improve. I hated that feeling when your empty stomach gurgles and it just hurts so bad. It will get better, the ***l will end, stay strong. good luck and keep me posted on how your recovery is going
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  • Hey, I'm an 18 year old female on here 10th day of recovery, my friends and family are sick and tired of hearing me complain (write down, or type) about the pain, they tell me that I need to suck it up, and that this is a simple surgery and the pain can't be so bad. So I was wondering if maybe you could IM me, and we could talk, and I have so many questions, and I think it would be easier to talk on AIM, I really want my answers, as you said, the internet really isn't much help, but you seem to be helpful. Anyway my aim is Amandalee615 and if you don't have AIM and still want to contact me, email me at AmandaLee615@aol.com and I can work something out. I do have MSN, but I now have a mac, and don't go on my pc anymore...
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  • hi. i have just been booked to have my tonsils removed. i cannot wait - i am soooooexcited. like u guys i have had the same problems for a few years & i was so sick of it....i finally plucked up the courage to see my doctor who referred me to an ENT specialist....my operation is not until oct but thats ok as i know that after that i will be tonsil free and smelling fresh, yay.
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  • I just had a tonsillectomy about a week ago. I totally agree with you on the pain thing... day 3 and 4 were the worst for me as well. My problem now happened two days ago. I believe it was when I was yawning and I felt a sharp pain in the back of my throat where my tonsils were. I looked the next morning because it still stung really bad when I would swallow liquids and now I have a hole in the skin in the back of my throat! Every time I drink something it stings because it goes through the hole in the skin. Has this happened to anyone? Is this something I should be concerned about? And here I thought recovery was going smooth until this happened... ARGH!!!!!!
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  • I am a 18 year old male. It has been 21 days since my Tonsillectomy. Adult tonsillectomies are tough I wont lie. I've had 5 surgeries in my life, ears, eyes, wisdom teeth, testicles for testicular torsion where I almost lost a testicle...and this was by far the worst. So back when I was trying to decide if I should get a tonsillectomy all I wanted was to hear someone's story...but I could not find one. Well I would be a hypocrite if I didn't at least try to help someone with the same problem. So here it goes. I made an account for all of the sufferers out there. IF YOU ONLY WANT TO JUST SEE THE RESULTS SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM.My problem:I had been dealing with tonsil stones for years and they had only been getting worse. Every day I would end up hacking them up or squirting them out with the water syringe they gave me a while ago for my wisdom teeth. They are disgusting. I was always self conscious and worried one would come out at the wrong time...on a date, when I'm speaking, ive had it all happen, ugh. I used to look back there with a flashlight up to 20 times per day.Failed Solutions:I tried Dr Katz, f*** that con artist. I tried gargling with salt water. I tried nasal irrigation (that actually helped a bit but not enough) I tried new tooth pastes, mouth washes, flossing, tongue scraping, 3X daily brushing, I had amazing oral hygiene and nothing worked. So I said screw it - Tonsillectomy time. I did NOT want to be doing this for the rest of my life. I had images of me in a business suit and before I leave for work trying to gargle these things out...screw that.Doctors Visit:2 different doctors, all I said was I had tonsil stones, I told them I was sick of them, I told them I was disgusted, both understood and both approved me for surgery in 1 visit and both would be covered under my insurance so I got to choose my favorite.Surgery and Recovery: First let me say, was it worth it? YES, YES, YES 100 TIMES THIS WAS WORTH IT FOR ME. I will tell you later in the post the benefits I've noticed so far. (Pain)Day of surgery, they knock you out, rip em out, wake you up. TELL YOUR ANESTHESIOLOGIST IF YOU ARE PRONE TO BEING NAUSEOUS!!! I CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. The last thing you want to do is throw up right after throat surgery. Pain of the 1st day is surprisingly low. I rated it 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst. This will fool you. You are not in much pain because of the steroid injection they give u during surgery. This wears off soon. Nothing will prepare you for the pain to come I promise. Day 2: Pain starts increasing. Throat only so far.Pain = 5 Day 3: Pain was terrible. The pain migrated to my ears. The pain was throbbing and will bring you to your knees. Pain = 9Day 4: Pain was worse. Pain = 10 / 10 Mornings are so bad...so bad. Complete ***l. I took 2 percocet and my stomach rejected it. I threw up for 7 hours straight. I couldn't keep liquids down. I took Phenergan and I threw it right back up - Useless anti nausea medication it sucked. I got dehydrated, ended up in the emergency room. In the ER they gave me another steroid injection to calm the pain and they gave me the strongest anti nausea meds they had - these meds were made for cancer patients...they were perfect, a god send, I love the inventor of these. Day 5: Steroids still in effect Pain = 4Day 6: Wore off Pain = 9 Day 7: Pain = 10 I wanted it to end...it looked like there was no end it sight. THE PAIN DOES NOT GET GRADUALLY BETTER! DO NOT EXPECT A GRADUAL RECOVERY IT WONT HAPPEN AND YOU WONT NOTICE PROGRESS. IT IS THE WORST RIGHT BEFORE IT GOES AWAY!Day 8, 9, 10: Pain = 10Mid day 11: My friend made me laugh, it broke my scab on my left tonsil wound and i spit pieces out, the pain went from pain = 10 worst of any day to pain = 2 within 10 minutes...I was so happy I almost cried.Days 12 - 14: Gradual recovery, pain is almost non existant, worst problem is my stomach pain from not eating real food just liquids. I felt terrible and nauseous and the taste of the scabs is disgusting.Day 15 +: Amazing(Food)3 - 5 puddings a day for days 1 - 13. Terrible stomach pain after day 6 from not eating...but I couldn't. I ended up losing 15 pounds and I dropped down to 125lbs...Im trying to gain it back now because that is unhealthy.I am eating normal foods again after 18 days, chicken, salmon, quesadillas, mmmm tasty haha :p:p:p(Liquids)I drank over 25 cups of ice water per day. It will help with pain, swelling, reduce risk of bleeding, and keep you hydrated. I *****d almost every 15 minutes lol. After like 5 days water tastes funny and gross because of your scabs...try your best. If you like Gateraide then god bless you because I think it tastes like **s but it will help cover the taste for you. Mix it 50/50 with water so you don't get too much salt.Don't: cough, clear your throat, sneeze, bend over, exercise, talk too much, lay down flat when you sleep, take advil, pepto bismol, asprin, Vitamin E or anything that will thin blood. DON'T DRINK OR EAT DAIRY! They say eat lots of icecream after tonsils right? They lie: it builds up mucus in your throat and chokes you cause you cant clear your throat and the taste of rotting milk will stay in your thorat for days. IT...IS....GROSS.Do: Swallow your pills in pudding or yogurt so you don't risk hitting your scabs. Rest a lot. Get someone to help you through recovery.Benefits I've noticed so far:The tonsil stones are gone...well DUH!. And guess what? Even when I had 16 day old rotting scabs in my throat...my breath smelled 100X better than when I had tonsils. I mean wow...BIG DIFFERENCE. I remember coming home on the 1st day and just smelling my breath and smiling...it smelled like nothing...what I've always wanted haha. I went 2 days without brushing my teeth after surgery...and my breath still smelled fine.When I scrape my tongue now...no muscus build up on it and it doesn't smell. I only scrape off saliva...so I stopped...there isnt a purpose for it anymore.I overall feel better. My tonsils were apparently HUGE the doctor said he was shocked to see how big they were and that I definitely needed them out and he didn't realize how bad it was from the outside.Was it worth it for me? 2 weeks of absolute ***l, terrible pain? Yes. For a life time of good breath and not having to worry constantly about my tonsils, it feels like a relief. The stress I put myself through on a daily basis, the amount of gum and mints I ate, the amount of times I licked my wrist to smell my breath, the amount of time i spent in front of the mirror trying to hack them out, the amount of time I spent using a flash light checking, the sore throats and strep throats, F*** all of that I'm done with it...I will never look back. I am completely satisfied with my decision.I hope this helps at least 1 person. Lemme know. ;)hi. im due to have my tonsils out in october. i have read somewhere that even after having tonils removed i could still get stones n still have bad breath ??? does anybody know if this is true as i am now worried that i may be having an operation for nothing. any help would be appreciated.
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  • this helped me ALOT! thankyou. i'm on day 7 of getting my tonsils out. the pain is less today compared to every other day. im not sure why. i've been living on chicken soup, tea, and jello. the chicken soup i would recommend because it puts solid noodles in your body. im supposed to take 2 teaspoons every 4 hours of my medicine. also i've found that if you wake up in the middle of the night to take your medicine the mornings arn't as bad. i take it at 10pm, 2am, 6am, 10am, so on.... sometimes sooner if the pain is worse. to answer the question before, i can't see how tonsil stones can come back because there is no more space for the food and bacteria to gather up. you can always ask your doctor, he would know best. as they said before, sleep with 2 pillows and kind of sitting up because the mucus will just sit in your throat overnight if you dont and you'll choke and spit it up in the morning and probably want to kill yourself. i've done nothing but layin bed and watch movies, probably watched over 25 movies so far. to much pain to play and concentrate on video games.
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    • August 18, 2009
    • 07:18 PM
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  • i am a 18 year old male. It has been 21 days since my tonsillectomy. Adult tonsillectomies are tough i wont lie. I've had 5 surgeries in my life, ears, eyes, wisdom teeth, testicles for testicular torsion where i almost lost a testicle...and this was by far the worst. So back when i was trying to decide if i should get a tonsillectomy all i wanted was to hear someone's story...but i could not find one. Well i would be a hypocrite if i didn't at least try to help someone with the same problem. So here it goes. I made an account for all of the sufferers out there. if you only want to just see the results scroll to the bottom. my problem: i had been dealing with tonsil stones for years and they had only been getting worse. Every day i would end up hacking them up or squirting them out with the water syringe they gave me a while ago for my wisdom teeth. They are disgusting. I was always self conscious and worried one would come out at the wrong time...on a date, when i'm speaking, ive had it all happen, ugh. I used to look back there with a flashlight up to 20 times per day. failed solutions: i tried dr katz, f*** that con artist. I tried gargling with salt water. I tried nasal irrigation (that actually helped a bit but not enough) i tried new tooth pastes, mouth washes, flossing, tongue scraping, 3x daily brushing, i had amazing oral hygiene and nothing worked. So i said screw it - tonsillectomy time. I did not want to be doing this for the rest of my life. I had images of me in a business suit and before i leave for work trying to gargle these things out...screw that. doctors visit: 2 different doctors, all i said was i had tonsil stones, i told them i was sick of them, i told them i was disgusted, both understood and both approved me for surgery in 1 visit and both would be covered under my insurance so i got to choose my favorite. surgery and recovery: First let me say, was it worth it? Yes, yes, yes 100 times this was worth it for me. I will tell you later in the post the benefits i've noticed so far. (pain) day of surgery, they knock you out, rip em out, wake you up. Tell your anesthesiologist if you are prone to being nauseous!!! I cant stress this enough. The last thing you want to do is throw up right after throat surgery. Pain of the 1st day is surprisingly low. I rated it 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst. This will fool you. You are not in much pain because of the steroid injection they give u during surgery. This wears off soon. Nothing will prepare you for the pain to come i promise. Day 2: Pain starts increasing. Throat only so far.pain = 5 day 3: Pain was terrible. The pain migrated to my ears. The pain was throbbing and will bring you to your knees. Pain = 9 day 4: Pain was worse. Pain = 10 / 10 mornings are so bad...so bad. Complete ***l. I took 2 percocet and my stomach rejected it. I threw up for 7 hours straight. I couldn't keep liquids down. I took phenergan and i threw it right back up - useless anti nausea medication it sucked. I got dehydrated, ended up in the emergency room. In the er they gave me another steroid injection to calm the pain and they gave me the strongest anti nausea meds they had - these meds were made for cancer patients...they were perfect, a god send, i love the inventor of these. Day 5: Steroids still in effect pain = 4 day 6: Wore off pain = 9 day 7: Pain = 10 i wanted it to end...it looked like there was no end it sight. the pain does not get gradually better! Do not expect a gradual recovery it wont happen and you wont notice progress. It is the worst right before it goes away! day 8, 9, 10: Pain = 10 mid day 11: My friend made me laugh, it broke my scab on my left tonsil wound and i spit pieces out, the pain went from pain = 10 worst of any day to pain = 2 within 10 minutes...i was so happy i almost cried. Days 12 - 14: Gradual recovery, pain is almost non existant, worst problem is my stomach pain from not eating real food just liquids. I felt terrible and nauseous and the taste of the scabs is disgusting. Day 15 +: Amazing (food) 3 - 5 puddings a day for days 1 - 13. Terrible stomach pain after day 6 from not eating...but i couldn't. I ended up losing 15 pounds and i dropped down to 125lbs...im trying to gain it back now because that is unhealthy. I am eating normal foods again after 18 days, chicken, salmon, quesadillas, mmmm tasty haha :p:p:p (liquids) i drank over 25 cups of ice water per day. It will help with pain, swelling, reduce risk of bleeding, and keep you hydrated. I *****d almost every 15 minutes lol. After like 5 days water tastes funny and gross because of your scabs...try your best. If you like gateraide then god bless you because i think it tastes like **s but it will help cover the taste for you. Mix it 50/50 with water so you don't get too much salt. Don't: Cough, clear your throat, sneeze, bend over, exercise, talk too much, lay down flat when you sleep, take advil, pepto bismol, asprin, vitamin e or anything that will thin blood. Don't drink or eat dairy! They say eat lots of icecream after tonsils right? They lie: It builds up mucus in your throat and chokes you cause you cant clear your throat and the taste of rotting milk will stay in your thorat for days. It...is....gross. Do: Swallow your pills in pudding or yogurt so you don't risk hitting your scabs. Rest a lot. Get someone to help you through recovery. benefits i've noticed so far: the tonsil stones are gone...well duh!. And guess what? Even when i had 16 day old rotting scabs in my throat...my breath smelled 100x better than when i had tonsils. I mean wow...big difference. I remember coming home on the 1st day and just smelling my breath and smiling...it smelled like nothing...what i've always wanted haha. I went 2 days without brushing my teeth after surgery...and my breath still smelled fine. When i scrape my tongue now...no muscus build up on it and it doesn't smell. I only scrape off saliva...so i stopped...there isnt a purpose for it anymore. I overall feel better. My tonsils were apparently huge the doctor said he was shocked to see how big they were and that i definitely needed them out and he didn't realize how bad it was from the outside. Was it worth it for me? 2 weeks of absolute ***l, terrible pain? Yes. For a life time of good breath and not having to worry constantly about my tonsils, it feels like a relief. The stress i put myself through on a daily basis, the amount of gum and mints i ate, the amount of times i licked my wrist to smell my breath, the amount of time i spent in front of the mirror trying to hack them out, the amount of time i spent using a flash light checking, the sore throats and strep throats, f*** all of that i'm done with it...i will never look back. I am completely satisfied with my decision. I hope this helps at least 1 person. Lemme know. ;) thank you so much for the truth about having your tonsils removed. I will be having mine removed in 3 weeks and i am so nervous. Thanks
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    • August 29, 2009
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  • I am a 36 year old female who has suffered from bad breath from tonsil stones. I had my tonsils taken out on 9/1/09 and I am so glad I did it. The pain is far less than what I had prepared myself for. I am taking pain meds every 4 hours and eating and drinking well.I can not wait to read a book to my youngest son and not have him tell me that I have bad breath. If you are thinking about having it done, don't put it off!
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  • My tonsils hurt and my ent wants them out!Im very nervous though.Question,Did any of you guys tonsil stones cause you to have swollen neck glands,i have left swollen neck glands that are tender to touch!Wondering if the tonsils could cause this?
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  • Hi, I'm 18 and I had my tonsils taken out on the 10th Sept, so 4 days ago now, well finishing my 5th day really. So I used to get tonsillitis a lot when I was younger, but it always got to the point where they were thinking about admitting me for surgery but it cleared up. Anyway, this last year, since about Easter 08 I've had tonsillitis pretty much constantly, tried countless antibiotics and none of them seemed to clear it up properly and ended up missing about a 1/3 of the school year because of it. So eventually my doctor referred me through to an ENT clinic. I saw them and immediately was told I needed the op. This was in about May, and I only just had it done!! Tonsillitis managed to strike a few more times in between!!So on the 10th I went in super early, was attached to an IV and was knocked out in a matter of seconds. I woke up in recovery holding a bloody tissue coz my mouth had started bleeding a little on the edges where it had torn slightly during surgery. At first I thought, wow, this doesn't hurt, did they actually take them out?? Then I swallowed and thought, oh yeah maybe! But hardly hurt at all. Most people are nauseous after anasethetic, not me apparently. I just get emotional!! I cried because I thought the nurse was so kind for giving me a tissue!! So I was taken back to a ward and drank a bit of water, not too bad. Then they offered me food. I was told before, EAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! So I did, and I think that actually helps. Everyone else on the ward was sleepy and nauseous after anaesthetic, but no, I was hungry, so I ate half a sandwich and a yoghurt! It was painful, but keep drinking water and it helps. I had to stay overnight and everything was fine except for a 10 minute episode of feeling really hot, dizzy and nauseous the next morning but that was fine. When I got home I discovered DO NOT EAT DAIRY WHATEVER YOU DO!! Ice cream might seem a nice idea but it leaves a film in the mouth that is impossible to swallow, same with chocolate etc. The main problem I have is my tongue, the left side is a bit numb still, apparently it's common if they accidentally touch it with the cauterizing instrument, and it hurts!!! I think it's because they clamp it down so hard, but that seems to be worse than my throat!Yesterday, (day 4) was not brilliant, but I still managed to eat at mealtimes and drink, even though it was a struggle forcing down the painkillers.Basically:1) Keep up with pain meds.2) Eat as much as possible (especially scratchy foods like crisps, toast etc)3) Don't eat dairy4) Get some mints (your mouth tastes and apparently smells horrible)5) DRINK A LOTI'm already starting to feel a lot better I think (I hope!!) Will post again with an update if wanted!! Only thing now is that when I was in hospital I was told my heart rate was double what it should be consistently so I went to the Drs today and I'm in for blood tests and heart check things tomorrow. I was told it might be my thyroid so if anyone has any info about it, feel free to let me know!! I think it sounds quite likely too because I'm constantly ill (I put it down to tonsils), tired and I've recently started losing weight (before the op) which is something I can't really afford to do (it might be a good thing for some people but I used to suffer from an eating disorder and could affect me quite badly).Hope this is plenty of info for others in this situation, good luck to any of you out there having a tonsillectomy - at the moment I think if you've had problems like I had for so long, I'd advise it! Don't be put off by horror stories, just stick to what they tell you to do and it's not so bad!
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    • September 14, 2009
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  • Hi, I'm a 19 year old female and just had my tonsils removed 4 days ago. I have a great tolerance to pain and have gone through a c-section. And the 2nd day after having the tonsillectomy was worse than anything i have imagined. Thank goodness the pain only lasted a day. I slept the day of the surgery. The third day after, I was up playing with my daughter. Bringing me to my fourth day where I couldn't miss school so I went. For my experience this is what has helped me be able to continue with my daily life. Its more mind over matter. You can lay around complaining about the pain and discomfort or get up and do something every so often. My daughter get me up and playing with her. Avoid anything that contains milk, it will produce a mucus layer that is just gross and makes it even more difficult to swallow. Toast with butter and jam is the greatest thing in the world. Its rough but it wont cut or rip off the scabs and the butter and jam help it become more soggy so you don't have to chew so long. Chewing on crushed ice really is best. It keeps your jaw loose and mobile so you don't get muscle pain from keeping your mouth clamped shut or not moving it at all. The first 2 nights i woke up every 2 hours and drank 5 oz of water to keep my throat moist. But i cannot stress enough to get up and move around, nothing big, just go outside and take a mild walk. Im a full time mom and student and work part time so i rarely have a day off.Yes, im very hungry cause it hurts to eat a lot and feel some pain but if this makes it so i never get tonsillitis and strep again, the 2 weeks of watching what i eat and no stressful activites to never be down for a week again with tonsilitis or strep. it is totally worth it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2009
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  • Hello I'm the 40 year old mom who had tonsil surgery yesterday. 1st day was not too painful due to the anesthesia but the worst part of it all was the feeling nauseous all day long. I had to vomit 3 times but only once spit up a small clot of blood. Today the nausea is not as bad. Not vomiting as of yet. I'm hoping the anesthesia has worn off by now. I'm still taking my pain medicine every 4 hours as my throat still hurts. I'm not looking forward to days 4-6 as I read that is when the most pain comes. I have a questions: When the scabs fell off, do you bleed and if so was it substantial? I worry about getting to that point which I believe is about day 10. I've read of people having to go to the hospital due to the large loss of blood and that scares me. Your reply would be appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2009
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  • It's been 11 years since I had my tonsillectomy at age 41, and it's been well worth it. It's a horrendously painful surgery, but that's what they make pain meds for. There are no more tonsilliths, and mine were huge, numerous and disgusting. I very rarely ever have a sore throat, and best of all, no more bad breath! And my tonsils didn't grow back. It'll be worth it! Hang in there!
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    • October 2, 2009
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  • I had tonsil stones for about 13 years. I tried everything and had my tonsils removed last year (2008). My breath wasa better for a while, but now the horrible odor is back and I can feel the stones in the back of my throat!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
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  • I am now 14 and i have had sooo many cases of tonsillitis. i am finally getting them out. Hallelujiah! i have been getting tonsillitis ever since i was 10. 4 years of suffering every school year. when school would start i would get sick. my throat would hurt like heck and my tonsils would just get inflamed. i would fail class after class and miss like half of the school year because of being sick and Dr. appointments and it was horrible. i am getting my tonsils out on November 30. the day after my mom's birthday! what a wonderful present to my mom! lol! i am wondering if I will be able to keep them. i keep watching videos anout tonsillectomys so that i know what is going to happen in my mouth in just a week. i am soooo nervous and scared, but my friends and family keep saying that it will be worth it. i hope so because i keep having tonsillitis off and on every week since september and it is what... November? I can't wait. So i read your article and it helped me know what to expect. Thank you so much!
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    • November 23, 2009
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  • I just got my tonsils out 5 days ago. I have had tonsil stones since I was little, as well as tonsillitis, and I already feel like I can breathe better, my breath smells better, tastes better and everything! I am 25 years old and a female. I have been doing fairly well, except for the fact that I'm soooo hungry! During the height of my pain killers I got up and made turkey burger and four cheese ricearoni and chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, however, couldn't eat any of it. I've sent my husband to the store multiple times for ice cream, pudding, protein drinks, nothing tastes right and everything is either too sweet, too spicy, or too dull.... I'm craving everything under the sun, mashed potatoes, steak, burgers, fries, soda, pizza, crab rangoon, but I know I can't eat any of it. However, Dec. 25 will mark the 15th day post surgery and my hopes are that I will get to enjoy a nice christmas dinner! It's hard to watch t.v. 'cause of all the food on it... I have lost 8 pounds so far though! I tried to gain weight before the surgery because I knew I would lose a lot. However, I wanted to lose a little, maybe this is my motivation! Good luck to everyone!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2009
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  • I am a 20 year old female and I just got my tonsills out yesterday. I woke up this morning and my throat is bleeding. I was just wondering if this was normal or not?
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    • December 17, 2009
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