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Anyone had a tonsillectomy due to tonsil stones?

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MB34 Fri 23-Aug-13 22:11:07

Recently I've developed tonsil stones, no apparent reason for them - not had tonsillitis/sore throat/infections - they just appeared 4/5 months ago and have got worse.

I went to see a consultant today and he seemed surprised that I had so many. I haven't popped any out since last weekend (to show him how bad they are) and my right tonsil had about 5 that he could see and about 2 in my left. After my appointment, I had a go at them and removed probably about 8 or 9 and can still feel a couple which I can't reach.

He said the only real cure for them was a tonsillectomy but he did say I could wait another 4 or 5 months to see if they clear on their own. Am leaning towards having them out but not 100% sure yet.

I know others have had them on here but has anyone had them clear up on their own or anyone had them out?

fengirl1 Fri 23-Aug-13 22:18:43

IME, once you have tonsil stones, the holes never go away and just keep refilling. Mine gave me a sore throat about every six weeks and I eventually had my tonsils out. Not an operation to be recommended as an adult, but it did resolve the problem.

AvonCallingBarksdale Sat 24-Aug-13 13:37:18

Sounds a bit drastic! I used to get them quite a lot, until I started regularly actually flossing every day. Hardly get them at all now, thankfully!

MB34 Sat 24-Aug-13 15:43:38

Thanks both for replying, was having them out as bad as I've read about fen?

Avon I do floss every day. My consultant said it was to do with glands not working properly in the crevices in the tonsils - nothing to do with teeth!

fengirl1 Sat 24-Aug-13 16:15:02

MB, the first week after was ok really, but the second week I was waking in the night with pain and couldn't swallow a tiny codeine tablet... I had to get some anaesthetic throat spray which solved the problem.
After that it was fairly uneventful, but do make sure they give you decent painkillers as you will need them for a while.
Having said all that, I would push for it to be done. Digging around with a toothbrush handle to push them out and wondering if your breath smells is no fun! smile

MB34 Sat 24-Aug-13 16:21:07

I know that feeling fen - I've used toothbrush handles, both ends of tweezers, my nails, am currently using the other end of an eyebrow/lash brush/comb thing. I did read about using a chopstick - I may be trying that too :-) I don't think I have a gag reflex anymore :-/

I am leaning more toward having them out, having two weeks off work will be worth the pain lol!

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 24-Aug-13 16:52:01

I had mine out in my teens for this reason. The stink is revolting, isn't it? grin I've never looked back.

3catsandcounting Thu 29-Aug-13 10:23:04

I had mine out when I was 25 for the same reason. (I'd had constant sore throats and swollen glands for years followed by Glandular Fever). Having tonsils out was the best thing I ever did!! I was warned, because of my age, that it would be painful and recovery could take longer but I was back at work after a couple of weeks and 24 years later have had the odd sore throat/cold like everyone else. Do it!!!!

bevelino Thu 29-Aug-13 18:36:25

My dd had terrible bad breath from tonsils stones and once her tonsils were removed it transformed her life. No more sore throats or seeing her excavating lumps of bacteria from her tonsils, which was revolting.

MaddestMother Thu 29-Aug-13 23:34:47

I had this done when I was 24 (14 years ago). Post op was pretty awful but just keep on top of the pain relief and it's so worth while.
I've barely had a sore throat since and no more worrying about bad breath smile It will make such a difference to you, I have never regretted having it done.

valiumredhead Fri 30-Aug-13 01:12:47

I used to get loads of stones, went on for years then I seriously upped my game when it came to gargling with salt water twice a day for as long as possible. Never had them since even though I have really pitted tonsils still.

valiumredhead Fri 30-Aug-13 01:19:29

I've read that water piks are excellent for removing the stones. Quite expensive but rather that than surgery imo.

DalekInAFestiveJumper Fri 30-Aug-13 03:37:16

I had my tonsils removed because of stones. It was a really hellish few weeks while it healed up, but I'm very glad I had it done. I've only had a sore throat once in the seven years since I had it done, and no more nightmare hassle trying to jab the stones free with waterpik and toothbrush handle.

Mariachi Sat 12-Mar-16 07:14:16

Yes. My tonsils were permanently inflamed which was not necessarily a problem itself. However perhaps their large size caused them to produce large tonsil stones. I had lots of them and they were big and they stunk and I hated them! I had elective tonsilectomy at 24. There was a week of painful recovery, but in return I have gone 15 years without having to fetch disgusting stinky things from my throat daily. My elective tonsilectomy was so worth it.

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