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Old 08-11-2009, 08:37 PM
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Who has had their tonsils out as an adult?

I went to Vegas last weekend and came home with the meanest case of tonsillitis I have ever had. I am always getting throat infections and stuff. I am hopefully getting in at an ENT by the end of the week.

From some people I have heard that having tonsils removed as an adult is excruciating. From others I have heard that it's just about as bad as a painful throat infection.

What are your opinions?
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:49 PM
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I had mine out when I was 16...up until that point I was always getting sick, had one terrible case of tonsillitis that lasted a month. It was about a week before I really felt normal again after the surgery. It hurt, but wasn't terrible, and I don't regret it at all. I don't get sick as often as I used to (I'm 24 now).
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:37 AM
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Had the adenoids and tonsils out at 17.
Half a tonsil grew back as did both adenoids. I have to have them out again. (Best move ever though - no more ear infections!!)
I must confess I'm here to kill the pain.
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^they grow back?
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:21 PM
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I wasn't an adult, but I was 17 so pretty close I guess. It wasn't so bad, just uncomfortable as opposed to painful. I was sick more often for the first couple years, but now I am never sick and it is a blessing to be rid of those dreadful tonsil infections. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again in a heartbeat (on a sidenote, I had my adenoids out at the same time and the Dr. said they were the biggest he had ever seen- the size of golfballs! )

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Old 08-14-2009, 07:53 PM
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^^^ lol.. my doctor said mine were the biggest he's seen too!! he said they were the size of golfballs too!!! he said on a scale form 1 to 4, 4 being the biggest, mine were a PLUS 4!!! i had the same problem about getting sick a lot for a longgg while.

i got mine taken out when i was 18. honestly, the first day coming out of surgery wasnt that bad. the aneastetics (sp?) were still in effect for the first day, i just felt really nauseous and weak all day. downside was that i kept puking up blood because of it.

but the most painful part was the few days to follow. i couldn't eat or drink it hurt so bad, even with liquid lortab (which burned to swallow)!!! I barely ate anything during recovery. the doctor told me i didnt have to eat if i didnt want to, but i had to keep hydrated. needless to say i lost a lot of weight at the time from not eating for 2 weeks. and even after the doctor told me it was okay to eat normal food again, i still couldnt. it wasnt painful to swallow anymore, but it was just very uncomfortable for a little while.

anyways, back to the point. IMO it was pretty painful, but was manageable if you take the pain meds a little before the recommended time (instead of every 4 hours, take it 30 mins before or so) to give it time to sink in. other than that, it wasnt excruciating unless i was trying to drink or talk any louder than a slight whisper for awhile..

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Old 08-14-2009, 08:46 PM
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I had mine taken out when I was 38. I won't sugar coat it... it was excruciating for me. I've had major sinus surgery three times so I thought getting my tonsils out wouldn't be that bad but I was wrong.

I usually handle pain pretty well but none of the pain meds seemed to help. My dr gave me liquid percocet because it hurt too bad to swallow pills. That didn't help either. I basically just had to wait it out. My dr said he could admit me back into the hospital so I could get IV meds but I didn't want to do that so I just cried alot... my poor hubby felt so helpless.

I don't think I would go through it again BUT the good news is, I haven't had any bad sinus infections in a long time!

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Old 08-16-2009, 03:37 AM
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i had mine out. i dont think i ate for about a wek
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for the info guys.

The doctor told me if I had the surgery I would probably lose like 10 pounds, and for me, that actually seemed like a pro rather than a con.

I am definitely going to wait and pay really careful attention to any sicknesses over the next year. I am a high school teacher, so I am exposed to germs all the time. Also, it would probably be best to do the surgery sometime when I had an extended amount of time off work, so I was thinking maybe next summer if I seem to be having a lot of infections and stuff this year. Jetcity - your experience sounds awful and I bet mine would be similar. I have a weak stomach for pain meds and I am a big crybaby when it comes to stuff like that. Thanks for your honesty.
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