ask: Should adults get their tonsils removed?

By jetpackjenny August 19, 2008 - 11:13am
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I've heard more than once that adults who have frequent illnesses (like colds and infections) may want to think about getting their tonsils removed. Is there any validity to this?

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hello to all, my name is ruth and I am just freeking out here. last year out of no where ( i am not a sickly person) i got step throut 5 times in a row through flu season. i delt w it being (my opinion) i deal w pain fairly well, its keeping the anxiety down is the trick. well ive been ok till about a month or so ago, these colds and coughs/ allergys started in and i just got a mild hit of everything. i though i was doing ok then bam! w in a hr my thout was sore and i was achy w fever. waited a day and went to emergacare cause pain was at a 12, I have strep again! ok so i came home w antis and more motrin, i was worse today so i went to ER, they gave me iv bag, antis through iv pain meds , naushus med, and steriods. i was there for maybe 2 or so hrs relaxing, one doc said u need to get those out. other doc says we really dont have good reason to keep u here so ull start feeling better w in 24 hrs. i said (jokinly trying to be nice) no I give u permission to keep me for a day and help me to feel better. i am not a person to call off work or blow off things that need done, i like to keep busy. so here i am, and surpisingly i feel better. i acually ate a dinner tonight and was able to eat. of course for some reason i cant sleep but hey I might be able to go to work today, weak but its work. not ive read quite a few of ur statments and one other site and im just freeking out. everyone is saying the same darn things. this is a horrible sugrey! ive had a huge cist removed off y tail bone where they sewed my butt cheecks together for weeks, ive been through two csections w both our kids, i also tolerated cists bursting on y overies ( which was worse then the csections) but the sounds of this is like stupid scary! why cant there be small numming shoots to give ur self after surgery like giving urself insulin? simple! why didnt they do the puddy the first time so u guys didnt pop the scab and bleed half to death? why does this have to be so freeking difficult? i have 2 young ones at home, i can not be down that long let alone them watching me go though this! ok Deep breaths deep breaths i panicking here, all will be ok, no worries. life is to dam short for stupidity! im sorry to all for venting here im gonna go pace the house, do some laundry and try and relax. thank you for ur time everyone.

October 14, 2015 - 12:55am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

Vent away, that's what we're here!

We do have some horror stories, don't we? It's just people telling their stories as it really is a hard recovery for adults. But it doesn't mean to say it will be that way for everyone.
I totally understand about not being able to take the time for surgery, I'm the same way.
Think long and hard and good luck with whatever you decide.


October 14, 2015 - 4:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thank You , I'm scared and was up all night with my Anxiety out of control about this .

October 14, 2015 - 6:27am
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I had my tonsils removed on the 5th of June at the Royal London Hospital, It was an afternoon op and I was too drugged to be discharged to be sent home. I was discharged the following morning with painkillers but NO antibiotics. Day 2-3 were not so bad but I was constipated as I was on codine. Day 4 had the most terrifying experience ever. At about 4.30pm i had a bleed from the left side of the throat. Blood was literally gushing out from my mouth and going down into my stomach. Went to the A&E by ambulance and was kept in the resus room till 11pm when it was time for my turn to go in for ANOTHER op to stop the bleeding. My bleeding had not stopped by then and blood pressure was high and heart beating at 150. At 10.30 i eventually passed out after my heart beat went upto 170. That is when they decided I need to go into surgery and I was now a priority. All this time i was not on top of their list as priority as there had been 2 other patients bought in with severe injuries (one that decided to jump infront of a train and the other had been stabbed three times).

Anyhow I was taken into surgery at 11pm and was in the recovery room at around 1.30am when I started coming back round. the surgeon came and explained he could not stop the bleed by burning the area so had to tie a knot on the vein. I was discharged from hospital that evening with antibiotics and tramodine which I found being a really effective pain killer. I am 3 weeks post my initial op and 2 & a half week since the second op and have had no bleed since.
The pain was worst during days 6-12. Now the pain is near enough gone however at times i feel food does get stuck where my tonsils were and saliva feels wierd to swallow. Food does not taste the the same and I am hoping this changes soon. Over the past 3 weeks I have lost 10kg on the positive side.

Sorry for the long essay.

July 27, 2015 - 4:24pm
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I am 47 years old I had mine removed This past Friday June 26th, I had mine removed due to repeat infections, strep and sleep apnea. I had shoulder surgery last year at this time and I had heard about how painful that is. I would gladly have shoulder surgery again over a tonsillectomy. The pain is indescribable, today the throat pain is slightly better but I have a horrible left earache. Because of my age it was not an outpatient procedure I stayed the first night in the hospital during which time they gave me IV antibiotics and Decadron ( steroids) which causes severe insomnia. I literally did not sleep the entire night. The next night my throat and Uvula were so swollen I was afraid that if I fell asleep I would die, and managed to nap for and hour sitting completely upright.
If you are a person who is prone to anxiety don't do it. I am not an anxious person, but it gave me a panic attack in regards to breathing and I actually ran outside in my underpants because I felt as if I could breathe better outside. I do recommend having a humidifier in whichever room you plan on resting in. It is too early to tell if the pain and suffering will be worth it, but I will repost later.

June 30, 2015 - 7:33pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Did you have the normal procedure or did you have laser surgery? I need to have my tonsils out and am 35 and quite frightened at the forecast for recovery. I have heard that laser surgery is less sin aside and painful but don't know how frequently that is used.

July 25, 2015 - 9:53pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

I'm so sorry Anon.

I should have had mine out as a child but won't do it now - too many stories about the long lasting pain.

I hope this is not the case with us - please update us when you feel better.


July 1, 2015 - 2:54pm
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Hi everyone
I have read trough the comments im 22 and having trouble with my tonsils for a few years now every winter they get swollen and is very uncomfortable i would just like to know if it is worth it to remove them or just to stick it out?

March 17, 2015 - 6:32am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I just had my tonsils removed on may 11 2015, it is the most excruciatingly painful thing ever. I also did rhinoplasty which didn't help. here's my answer to your question, don't do it. It's not worth the pain also remember were adults so our healing process is not as fast as kids. It's now may 14 and I haven't been able to eat or drink. I lost 10 lbs. Unless they hurt then take em out

May 14, 2015 - 2:12pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your advice, Anon

While everyone is different and responds differently, I have also heard that it is excruciating for an adult, with minimal benefits. 

However, it has only been a few days for you (it probably feels like months - pain does that to you) so hopefully you will feel a lot better soon. For every horror story, many adults do just fine. 

Please keep us posted on how you are doing, ok? 



May 14, 2015 - 2:57pm
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