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Getting tonsils removed

Nov 20, 2013 - 18 comments

I have been told since a young age they should come out, they're huge, I get constant sore throats, I snore awful, it's pretty clear they need to come out, just finally thinking about doing it. Anyone have theirs removed? I've had two c-sections, but I'm terrified of having them removed, lol!!

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by Des_a_rae, Nov 20, 2013
You hear the saying "it's worse if you're older" and I'm sure sometime LONG ago that was true.  My dad heard the same all his life.  His were god awful and before they decided to take his out he was on antibiotics..800mg of something can't remember, anyways he took antibiotics for about 2 weeks before his surgery because his were infected (again) and on the day of surgery the doctor said his still had puss (so sorry for the TMI) in them.  The worst he had ever seen.  Anyways, my point is..my dad was 56 and recovered wonderfully. :D   It was a little painful and of course he'd never say so but he did binge on the icecream and such as I'm sure it was soothing.  I think you'll do just fine and also think they're  better out than in.  Sending hugs!! :)

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by Sheaby, Nov 20, 2013
I had mine out when I was 2, so obviously I don't remember much about the procedure, but I don't notice much difference.  Make sure when you have your tonsils removed, you also have your adenoids done, too.  I've heard the recovery is a little longer for adults, but I can't imagine it's worse than a c-section!  I do know that you would kind of have to relearn to swallow.  I remember when my brother had his removed when he was 6, everything he drank came out of his nose for a day or two.  Not a big deal, and they usually keep you overnight a night or two.  You'll be just fine and will feel SO much better!  I would say to have Dameon and Chloe checked out by an ENT now, though, since it is a LOT easier to have them out at a young age.

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by Des_a_rae, Nov 20, 2013
I agree about the c section..it's gotta be WAY easier than that. lol.  Dads was just a outpatient surgery.  I know everyone is different though.  Wishing you the best either way. :D

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by plumber43, Nov 21, 2013
I was 15 when I had mine out, was different then, I stayed in the hospital for 3 days. I was fine but perfferred hot and not col!

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by plumber43, Nov 21, 2013
Cold

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by hansen20, Nov 21, 2013
I would not do the laser when they close it up because when I was 9 I had blood clots coming out of the holes and they had to take me back in and stitch it up, so get stitches not lasers. You would be sore for a couple of weeks so you would want acclear liquid diet. Good Lucy hun.

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by Shannon79, Nov 21, 2013
I still have mine, so I have no idea. I would've thought that it's more common to not have them then to have them.



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by Sherri90049, Nov 21, 2013
Have your thyroid checked first. The TSH test result should be less than 2.0. If it isn't, you have to demand to be treated with a low dose of Armour Thyroid or NatureThroid (NOT Synthroid or Levothyroxine)). I had my tonsils out as a child about age 12. And from everything I've read now, being hypothyroid can cause these symptoms. And it would be much better to treat that than to have surgery. Good luck!

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by KTowne, Nov 21, 2013
No way Sherri!! I have hypothyroidism, and do take Levothyroxine!! I wonder if that could be part of it!

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by Sherri90049, Nov 21, 2013
I would ask to start on a trial of NatureThroid and have your levels rechecked in 4-6 weeks. Even more important, just see if you feel much better and the throat symptoms improve. If you've lived with it this long, another couple of months is nothing. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It's always better to avoid surgery when you can.

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by retta483, Nov 21, 2013
i had mine removed at 16 years old . it was painful recovery like 3 weeks of only liquid . but my toncils was making my throat close . they removed my uvula too
(the punching bag thing ) now i hardly get sore throats so id say it would be worth it .

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by KTowne, Nov 21, 2013
I think I will talk with my doctor about trying it. I would really rather avoid surgery, I'm still breastfeeding my 10 month old, DH can't take any more paid time off this year to help me recover since he took a week off for our daughter in January, so I would be waiting at least a few months anyway, if that doesn't improve, I'll definitely be looking in to surgery. I just can't live with these sore throats so often. Thanks so much to everyone who replied!!

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by KTowne, Nov 21, 2013
Another question though, since Shea brought it up, is that something I should check the kids for? Jared, my husband, also has snoring issues, no sore throats though, and he was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, so that could be the snoring, but I would really hate to get either kids surgery, honestly.. I'll do it if I have to, my niece and nephew, and their mother (my sister), have had theirs out also, I just hate the idea of either kids going through that :(

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by retta483, Nov 21, 2013
i had toncils and adnoids removed and I still snore like a bear !

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by Sherri90049, Nov 21, 2013
It wouldn't hurt to have them checked. Just remember that the lab normal ranges are wrong across the board. TSH should always be below 2.0. So if you DH or kids are higher than that, you will have to push to get treatment for them. I think the likelihood of thyroid issues for your DH is pretty high. Sleep apnea and snoring are linked to hypothyroidism. Have him checked ASAP. Sleep apnea is pretty dangerous if left untreated. I hope none of your family needs surgery. I remember it being pretty painful and taking a while to recover from.

BTW, the reason why Levothyroxine is nowhere near as good as NatureThroid or Armour Thyroid, is because Levo only has T4 in it. And T4 is the STORAGE form of thyroid hormone. NatureThroid has ALL of the different kinds of thyroid hormones including T4, T3, T2, T1 & calcitonin. The active thyroid hormone is the T3. Doctors will try to tell you that you don't need to take that, because the body will convert the T4 to T3. Problem is most of us hypo people have trouble converting T4 to T3. I always make them check my Free T3 and Free T4 when they check my thyroid.

If you're on Facebook, check out "Thyroid Sexy". It's Gena Lee Nolin's page and it is very informative. She has been spreading the word about the NatureThroid, and so many people have switched and feel SO much better. She has had Hashimoto's for years since the birth of her child.

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by KTowne, Nov 21, 2013
Thank you so much for all the help Sherri, my DH had a full blood panel a couple of months ago when I did, and his TSH was 1.6, so she wasn't concerned with it, he's had multiple sleep apnea studies, and they said his sleep apnea is mild, and machines weren't necessary at this time, I will definitely look in to that facebook page, thank you! :)

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by Sheaby, Nov 21, 2013
I would definitely have the kids checked. I know you don't want them to have surgery, but their recovery time at this age would be SO much faster and easier at this age than later in life.  There's no harm in having them removed, they really don't serve an actual purpose, but they can create problems over and over again.  Example, my brother was diagnosed with horrible allergies for the first few years of his life.  Always congested/stopped up, etc.  An ENT finally realized his tonsils were so swollen which was his real problem.  Once they were gone, he never had an issue.  No allergies at all.  Because my dad was allergic to everything and I had bad allergies as a kid, my mom just assumed the doctors were right.

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by Sherri90049, Nov 21, 2013
That's pretty good, the 1.6. Would be ideal if it was closer to 1.0. But you won't find too many drs willing to treat someone with a 1.6. :( I still think the sleep apnea (snoring) could be thyroid related. Next time he goes in for bloodwork, have him request the Free T3 and Free T4 in addition to the TSH. Those must be at a minimum in the middle of the normal range or higher. The bottom half of the normal range is not good enough. One last question, you don't have any mold in your house, do you? I had sleep apnea for a couple of years, and it was the two years that I lived in an apt with mold.

It's sad that tonsillectomies are still so common. The tonsil area is where the problems happen, of course (tonsillitis, strep throat, etc.), but the tonsils aren't the actual cause. I do remember reading alot about it. I don't have time to go research it again. But when you have some time, go and Google like "avoid tonsillectomy" or "tonsillectomy thyroid" and just start reading. I remember reading so much and being so bummed that the info hadn't been available before I had mine out many years ago. Good luck! Keep us posted!

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