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Ear, Nose, Throat problem (tonsillitis in general please help) !!!

I have been suffering from tonsillitis since 3 years now. This infection has been so complicated because I have been going to my doctor often complaining about suffering from different types of symptoms. In 2010 when the infection started my doctor examine me and couldn't figure out anything. But towards the beginning of 2012 I went back to see my doctor complaining that I am still suffering from usual symptoms like breathe oddur (white/yellow coatings on the tonsils), difficulties in swallowing, feeling feverish sometimes, difficulties in breathing properly and inflamed nose, ringing in the ears etc I told him I was suffering from. But he prescribed a nose drop for me to take for the symptoms of inflamed nose/the breathing problem because he thinks is just a sinusitis problem not a tonsillitis infection. I took it as appropriate but see no improvement, after a month went back to see him told him that the nose he prescribe to me didn't work for me. Then he examined me to see if there's more to the condition then he finally realise that I have tonsillitis by checking my throat all swollen and red, which is what is causing breathing problem/inflamed nose. He prescribe me antibiotics to take for maximum 7 days I took it but all the symptoms am suffering from didn't go. Went back to see my doctor again I told him no improvement but when he check my throat he sees is not swollen or red anymore he said the infection is gone since I have took the antibiotic medicine so I should not worry that I have tonsillitis and I told him I still have the symptoms which is the most important part that needs to be dealt with more. I told him suffering from symptoms of tonsillitis for 3 years is the worst of all I also told him that if the throat is not red and swollen anymore doesn't mean the infection is completely gone. If I could be suffering from the most complicated symptoms of tonsillitis infection all this while that even medicines cannot get rid of then I still have the tonsillitis infection no matter what. I told him can I just get my tonsils removed which will relieve me from worrying and stress he told me no because it doesn't look like I have the infection when he check my throat. I take it as it is and still living with these symptoms.

Can you help me please; what can I do to convince my doctor to do the tonsillectomy operation in order to be okay with myself.  Because this is beyond serious; am sick and tired of still living with all this symptoms which make me depress and cry everytime; this condition has affect my education lifestyle; lets just say not only education wise but my lifestyle in general. This was never funny and it still not funny cause I am 100% sure that I am suffering from the tonsillitis infection; I just don't know why my doctor cannot understand how I feel or what I am saying when I explain that I am still suffering from this infection. Is there any advice you can give me please or advice me on how to convince my doctor to refer me to the hospital to get my tonsils taken out or either do anything just for me to get rid of all this symptoms please cause am truly fed up. I need all this symptoms to go away in order to be completely happy in this life that I am in  please!!!! please!!! help please!!!!          

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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Vicky, Understand your predicament. Recurrent tonsillitis is an indication for tonsillectomy, as the tonsils may harbor the infection which keeps flaring up, or they may develop new infections.

But your doctor has advised you well. Throat pain, difficulty swallowing, fever, scratchiness in the throat, post nasal drip, malaise and loss of appetite are symptoms of tonsillitis. Usually with infections, there is inflammation with swelling redness and pain. With tonsillitis, there should be evidence of the same when he examines you, in the absence of which he has not advised you surgery.

The chronic irritation in the throat could be due to other causes like a post nasal drip from sinusitis or allergies. It could be sinusitis, if it is accompanied by nasal stuffiness and facial pain or pressure. Post nasal drip could also be due to allergens. These are substances like pollen, dust, animal dander, certain foods, insect venoms and certain medications. Exposure to allergens causes a runny nose with a resultant post nasal drip where secretions from the nose go backward into the throat and irritate. So, don't worry and discuss these options with your doctor.

In the meantime for relief from your symptoms you could do warm salt gargles and take OTC antihistamines.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Thank you so much for replying back to my question I really appreciate it.

I have heard all the advice you gave me, to me is not all tonsillitis infection determine swelling redness and pain throat. Like I said before all the symptoms am suffering from are all complicated and these are the ones that I focus more on cause it's what is affecting my lifestyle and they all need to go. In order for them to go I need my tonsils taken out, cause I know the only reason why I am still suffering from them is because I still have the tonsillitis infection.

I have done all the warm, salt gargles and OTC antihistamines since day one but none works for the symptoms to go away.

I have used so many medicines that didn't work what so ever and I don't think I will want to use any other medicine ever again.

Main solution now is for my tonsillitis to be taken out and that's it I will gain my rest from all these symptoms have been suffering from since 3 years ago.

Can you help me please on how to convince my doctor?

Thank you
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Understand your predicament. Tonsillectomy is advised if there is recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis, recurrent peritonsillar abscess and chronic tonsillitis. But if there are no signs of inflammation of tonsils, its unlikely there is tonsillitis.

Having your tonsils and adenoids removed helps reduce the amount of Strep throats, but it doesn't eliminate your susceptibility to catch viruses which can cause throat infections.  Your sore throat may be due to acid reflux as it takes less acid to cause throat changes than actual heartburn.  If you don't have any other underlying immune problem, your ENT might want to perform a laryngoscope to look for signs of acid reflux to the throat. Otherwise, your primary care physician may want to evaluate you for an immune disorder.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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