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Awful tonsillitis experience help ladies Advice please :(

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Charlotteharknettx · 20/07/2021 08:44

Hi so I’ve had tonsillitis about once every year for the last 4/5 years. Last week I got diagnosed with it again , the doctor said Im likely to have had this particular infection for months , but because of stress I just didn’t notice it.

So I just took days worth of antibiotics and had to swap to other ones because they were making me have side effects. But my tonsillitis is still no sign of clearing up ! Im on the new tablets but I feel like pure , rubbish.

I feel like my tonsillitis is never going to go . My husband said I should try and opt for surgery as he thinks this is a chronic thing? Have any of you ladies had surgery for tonsil removal ? If so what was it like and how did you get on the waiting list to have them done ?

Thank you and good morning :)

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Akire · 20/07/2021 16:53

Sorry you are in pain. Do make sure you are not being a martyr and taking pain killers around the clock to help with the pain. I know the OP is more unpleasant as an adult but they only ever did it if you had like 4/5 infections a year. Don’t think once a year would get you far on the NHS!

Ask pharmacist about throat sprays to help numb it more.


lisaandalan · 16/10/2021 19:29

I have just had it and had Clarithromycin for tonsillitis as I suffer a lot too it has worked very well. X


SmallProvincial · 16/10/2021 19:35

You might hate me for this (I know I deeply resented my friend who told me something similar before I had my tonsils out aged 38).

It was the worst physical recovery I've ever been through, including a particularly urgent emergency csection, a broken leg, and several other broken bones.

It was absolutely fucking grim, I cried daily for two weeks with the sheer pain/discomfort of it.

I have had tonsilitis on and off since childhood, but suddenly went into an 'on' period in my early 30's when I had it about 30% of the time.

I was referred by my GP to the ENT who took one look, declared them "unhealthy" and took them out about four weeks later.

Am I glad I had it done? Yes, I haven't had tonsilitis for 4 years.

Would I have it done again knowing what I know now? Abso-fucking-lutely-NOT.


SmallProvincial · 16/10/2021 19:36

Oh and when I had tonsilitis a lot, I swore by Diflam throat spray.

I feel for you, tonsilitis is rotten and can make you feel horrible.


Pipperleen · 16/10/2021 19:37

Tonsillectomy was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was getting tonsillitis a few times a year and ended up with a quinsy twice.
Was told that I might get more frequent chest infections as tonsils help stop the bugs going further down but I’ve not had that experience at all.
I had PMI at the time so went private as it was recommended by my GP and I wanted it done quickly, so not sure of NHS wait times. I do know they are reluctant to do it sometimes as there is a bleeding risk but it does still happen, so 100% worth discussing it.
The recovery was slightly rough but I went home on the same day of the surgery after proving I could eat some toast!


HeronLanyon · 16/10/2021 19:43

So sorry op.
I had similar adult tonsillitis most years.
In my 30s I had to have emergency tonsillectomy as I had developed quinsy (tonsillitis abscess) was very ill and having trouble breathing. Tonsils in a mess. Scraps left in.
So I have had them out and still get low grade tonsillitis every other year or so.
Long discussions with ENT consultant whose view is risk benefit is not in favour of further tonsillectomy.
I’m sure you know and use Difflam - I find the gargle best) and Streffen lozenges - for me best of all non prescription stuff.
I never travel without anti bs and sick of taking them.
Good luck.


sausagerole · 16/10/2021 20:01

Yes, I had them out and it was such a good choice.
I had chronic recurrent sinus and throat infections, probably on average of one every 3-4 weeks in winter for about 5 years, due to unhealthy tonsils. I had them out and have had no sinus infections since and I think perhaps one or two episodes of sore throat in the past 4 years. It's honestly been a game changer.

I'd 💯 do it all over again, just do your research on the recovery period and tips and tricks and NEVER let your pain relief lapse!


Hoptoit1 · 16/10/2021 20:28

I'm not sure once a year is enough for nhs surgery.
When me and ds had ours out we were having repeated cases every 3-4 weeks and had about a years worth of this before we were even referred. Check the nice guidelines for current requirements.
Have you had your tonsils swabbed to make sure you're on the right antibiotics?
It was life changing operation for both of us and would recommend having it done. The first week wasn't great but after that I felt like a new person.

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