02 April 2009

Tonsil Tales

Yesterday, caught up in awkwardness, I forgot to share the following:

I finally went to a different ENT. She agreed that my CT scan looked fine, but told me that I had horrible tonsils (I'm glad she could see that even though they don't hurt at the moment--the pain always goes away when I have an appointment. Always). She then said two impressive things: 1. Having a tonsil infection three times a year is reason enough to take them out. 2. She has only seen me once and would like to be sure before doing something like surgery, so I should orally dissolve some tablets three times a day and come back as soon as the tonsils are inflamed again.

I'm not sure what I think about getting my tonsils out here, though Germany is a very modern country. How do I know which surgeon to go to? How do I know who to trust? And will I be sick more often if I don't have my tonsils stopping the bad guys? Plus, I hear it's a horrible process for adults. How much worse will it be in a country where they don't believe in a lot of pain medicine and where I don't have anyone to baby me? Then again, this sore throat has kicked my rear at times, like last October when I had a breakdown because I had dealt with it for so long and my appointment fell through.


  1. I got my tonsils out about a month and a half before I got married. Everyone told me it would be terribel and one person even said it's worse than child birth - but... it's really wasn't that bad. The main thing I didn't like was the food I could eat: apple sauce and jello, it got old pretty fast. You'll be just fine. I would get strep all the time and now I don't, it's great!

  2. Totally different, but I had two wisdom teeth out in France, and they don't do anesthetic so I was novacained and he just yanked them out!! But I haven't had any jaw pain since, so definitely the right choice for me. Good luck whatever you decide!

  3. I had my tonsils out when Matthew was 6 months old, so (6 1/2 years ago) I was 35! It was the BEST thing I ever did! I had my nose fixed at the same time! I was nursing so I could only take tylenol and I did fine!

  4. I didn't get my tonsils out until I was 27 and I was scared, but I was also sick of having sore throats ALL THE TIME and strep. Ironically enough, if you have yucky tonsils, my ENT told me that people end up with tonsils that are always infected, and then occasionally they flare up and get sore.

    I have never felt better and I have been tonsil free for almost three years now. In fact I am sick a lot less. That's the other interesting thing if you have yucky constantly infected tonsils.

    By that point they are actually contributing to illnesses and not preventing them.

    If you don't have access to pain meds, it will be very painful. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but then, it depends on the tonsils.

    On the plus side, you will probably feel a lot healthier.