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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2013 3:38 p.m. PST

I've just spent 3 days in an out of state hospital with tonsils that were closing up my throat completely, which made swallowing an excruciating experience.

For as long as I can remember, I've been getting tonsillitis about 4-6 times a year, along with numerous sinus and ear infections. As a result, my body is starting to feel the effects of so many antibiotics, including weird fungal infections I never had before.

So, without exception, 3 of the 3 ear nose throat specialist that saw me (and two infectious disease doctors) said that, the moment the current infection is completely under control and I fly back home, I need to get them removed ASAP.

Anyone else here had the procedure done as adults? How bad was the recovery time?



Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Mar 2013 3:43 p.m. PST

My brother had it done 5 years ago or so. He was 30 something at the time. It wasn't bad at all for him. He was up and around in no time.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Mar 2013 3:45 p.m. PST

And you can have all the ice cream in the world. grin

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2013 3:47 p.m. PST

Ooooo, I like that!


skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2013 4:23 p.m. PST

Go with rum milkshakes.

Space Monkey Inactive Member17 Mar 2013 4:33 p.m. PST

I almost had mine out as a kid but the Doc called it off the day before the operation… saying he'd decided it wasn't going to be necessary.
So there was me, all those visions of promised ice cream vanishing in a single POOF. So sad.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member17 Mar 2013 6:56 p.m. PST

I've still got mine at 55.

Roderick Robertson Fezian17 Mar 2013 9:29 p.m. PST

ICE cresm, we're gonna have ICE cream!

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Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2013 6:48 a.m. PST

I think a tonsilectomy in the summer would be better. Ice cream. Plenty of chocolate ice cream. Yum!
Good luck with your situation. Having the bloody things out has got to be better than the problems you've been having.

The Dread Pirate GeorgeD Inactive Member18 Mar 2013 10:23 a.m. PST

I had mine out about 6 years ago Dan ( I am almost 48 now ). I recall being quite sore for about a week. The first 3 days or so I had to limit myself to very soft foods and liquids. After that I could eat more substantial items but still had to be careful as I was still a bit sore. Your mileage may very, as I had just gotten over another infection just before the surgery and was still a little tender. They decided to perform the procedure anyway. My doctor told me that at my age a tonsillectomy is considered major surgery. I am still glad I had it done. the constant infections every couple of months where really starting to effect my health. the doctor was even concerned about me contracting Rheumatic fever if they where not removed.


Ron W DuBray Inactive Member18 Mar 2013 12:05 p.m. PST

It all depends on how fast you heal and the skill of the Dr.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member10 Apr 2013 6:25 a.m. PST

Still have both of mine,though one tonsil is a bit larger than the other.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member25 Jul 2013 6:40 a.m. PST

And I'm wondering if that might be contributing to some respiratory issues I've been having lately. That and/or a pinched/narrowed trachea.

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