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has anybody had their tonsils removed as an adult
November 14, 2006
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Anybody that has had their tonsils removed as an adult could you please tell me how long the pain and recovery lasted. Could you also tell me why you had them removed. I heard the pain is worse as an adult.

November 15, 2006
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Hi hopeful,

Are you getting tonsilitis pretty often? I had them removed when i was 17, i was getting tonsilitis once a month towards the end and it was cause i wasn't taking care i think...

I would get medication for tonsilitis then go off to the nightclub with my friend till 5am so i was running myself into the ground and never really getting better....

My experience in the hospital was a nice one, i met a young guy who was getting his out too and he spent time with me the night before and came to check on me after it was done.... Oh that doesn't answer your question....... haha

It hurt my dear, i was stupid and i was in a bit of pain to the point where i wasn't drinking enough and got dehydrated, i lost a bit of weight too as it hurt to eat....

I had a husky little voice as it hurt to talk, i got a piece of ice put in my mouth as i awoke after the needle wore off..... Grocery shopping is more fun than having tonsils removed....

Yes it does hurt, its just a very sore throat i guess and i've never had any problems since....it doesn't take long to get better if you take care of yourself after the surgery, advice for any operation hey,

good luck

November 15, 2006
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Hi Hopefull,

I had mine out when I was 5, so for me it was all about getting 3 weeks off school and lots of ice-cream! However, two of my close friends had theirs taken out at 21 and 25. I think it is more painful yes, but they tend to keep you dosed up on a lot of pain-killers to ease the pain.
Both of my friends say it was well worth going through the pain and discomfort. One girl got them out because she was having lots and lots of really bad sore throats and had to keep taking time off work, she felt afterwards that her health was so so much improved, and she had more energy too as she used to have to sleep a lot (swollen glands makes you very tired I think) it really made a difference.
My other friend was getting a lot of sore throats but also had really really bad psoriasis which started when she was in her 20's, my god I've never ever seen a worse case than this, its an awful thing to have specially for a young woman...she went through an awful lot of depression and low self-esteem because of it. Anyway, the doc'ts told her that getting her tonsils out would not only get rid of all the sore throats but my also clear up the psoriasis. I remember talking to her after she had them out and her telling me this and I was just fascinated that getting your tonsils out could clear up a skin condition. But apparently as tonsilitis effects the glands, it can cause all sorts of health problems...even depression!! Within a couple of weeks of getting out of hospital, her psoriasis was completely gone..she still gets the odd few little tiny patches of it now and then, but she just uses the cream and its gone...but back then, her lower torso, from her chest to her navel was just like a blanket of red rash and her legs were covered in it too.

So, thats the positives of getting your tonsils out as an adult, but I'm sure someone will come along to tell you the negatives soon enough!

November 15, 2006
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I was 22. It seems like it took months to recover. I did lose weight (a bonus). When I first went home, my mom had made spaghetti. the tomato sauce she made was very painful and I think set me back in the recovery. so, my advice is to take it easy and choose carefully what you put in your mouth.

I am glad I had the surgery.

good luck.

bonni

November 15, 2006
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I haven't but I hear its more difficult being an adult. The same goes for wisdom teeth...the older the person the more difficult the surgery. I was told if my wisdom teeth started bothering me and I needed them out the surgery could cause facial paralysis...great.

November 15, 2006
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i am 32 and doctors as well as dentists have commented on how large my tonsils are. They are not infected but could cause loud snoring and restless nights. In addition the folds in the tonsils catch food particles as i swallow. I am leaning towards having them removed before they become more of a problem.

November 15, 2006
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I had my tonsils out at 16. I remember the first time I swallowed afterwards.........it hurt SO BAD!! However, after about 3 days I was really on my way back to fine, and the biggest perk was not getting sick every time I turned around!!

Just drink lots of liquids and jello, etc. till you WANT to chew and swallow. Make sure you have at least three days to be holed up with your TV and your blankie. Don't expect to go to work the next day.

I too heard that the pain is worse as an adult, but in truth I think it is just like anything that involves kids -- they're more resilient, they bounce back faster, heal a little faster, have a better disposition, etc.

November 15, 2006
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Hi hopefull...

I had mine out at 29. I didn't have a lot of sore throats, they were just full of infection all the time which started to get worse and was pretty gross.

Anyway, my experience was (hate to have to tell you this) horrible. I am so glad I got them out, but I was unable to even drink water the pain was so bad. I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks and it took me about 4 weeks before I could eat solid food and 6 weeks before I felt normal and had no more pain. It was more than a sore throat, for some reason the pain traveled to my ear and it was agonizing, even though I think I have a very high pain threshold (been through childbirth twice and this was worse!)

Even so, like I said it was worth it and I am glad I went through with it.

Good luck to you!!!

November 15, 2006
12:22 pm
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HOLY CRAP

November 15, 2006
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But maybe I'm the exception????!!!!! I am sorry I didn't mean to scare you!! Maybe expect the worst and it will be a great experience? (haha?)

Oh geesh I feel like a big jerk now!! But I'm serious when I say even though it was awful it was still worth it....I'm sorry....

Take care!!

November 15, 2006
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But maybe I'm the exception????!!!!! I am sorry I didn't mean to scare you!! Maybe expect the worst and it will be a great experience? (haha?)

Oh geesh I feel like a big jerk now!! But I'm serious when I say even though it was awful it was still worth it....I'm sorry....

Take care!!

November 15, 2006
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veggiemom, were you on any painkillers? if so did they help at all?

November 15, 2006
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If I remember correctly they gave me tylenol with codeine and I think it helped only a little...thinking back, I probably should have gone back to my doc and asked for something stronger, which probably would have helped.

I know with the ear pain (I don't know if that's common with a tonsilectomy or not) I used a hot pack (made of a sock filled with rice then microwaved) and that brought some relief.

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