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(WebMD)   Tonsillectomy now recommended for adults with recurring sore throats, once again giving Americans an excuse to go on an all ice cream diet   (webmd.com) divider line 31
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2013-04-04 08:36:07 AM
All the ice cream you can eat, the big lie!
 
2013-04-04 09:00:26 AM
Pish, I'm an adult. I don't need an excuse.
 
2013-04-04 09:48:37 AM
I had tonsillitis about ten years ago...the antibiotics worked so I didn't need to go under the knife.

For those that have never had it, imagine drinking a cup full of broken glass every time you swallow. And then, you can't swallow anything at all. Good times!
 
2013-04-04 09:59:18 AM
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2013-04-04 10:05:22 AM

Sybarite: Pish, I'm an adult. I don't need an excuse.

 
2013-04-04 10:05:24 AM
Had my tonsils out a few years ago - that was not comfortable at all.  Stopped my snoring, though, which made my husband happy.

pro-tip:  do NOT get behind on the pain medication.  wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

/well maybe my worst enemy, but that's it.
 
2013-04-04 10:11:44 AM
Mmm, coffee/Black chocolate ice cream.

/Gonna have to hit the supermarket after work
 
2013-04-04 10:17:29 AM
I used to get strep just about every year. Then had my  tonsils removed as part of sleep apnea surgery (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP) 14 years ago. Haven't had strep since.
 
2013-04-04 10:24:43 AM
I had my adenoids taken out in 4th grade. They decided, "hey, while we're in there we can just take out your tonsils too". I've never had strep, so it seems to be working out ok
 
2013-04-04 10:33:59 AM
Yeah, I stopped having strep 7 years ago when they took my adenoids, I'd think that that would be recommended as well in any tonsilectomy.
 
2013-04-04 10:39:42 AM
Like we need an excuse.
 
2013-04-04 10:42:28 AM

KJUW89: Had my tonsils out a few years ago - that was not comfortable at all.  Stopped my snoring, though, which made my husband happy.

pro-tip:  do NOT get behind on the pain medication.  wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

/well maybe my worst enemy, but that's it.


LOL

Was that a joke on "behind"? Because when I had my tonsils out the pain medication was rectally administered. Besides the pain, it was the horrible metallic and smoky taste I had in my mouth for months after that I didn't like. Also became very sensitive to temperature. The whole ice cream thing was not for me. Room temperature everything, please.

Glad that's over.
 
2013-04-04 10:48:09 AM
As a side-effect, you would free yourself from the nastiness of tonsil stones.
 
2013-04-04 10:58:04 AM
My tonsils are the size of golfballs, and riddle with craters after years of fighting infections, but you know what? They still serve a purpose.   i rarely get sick... Dentists always ask if i've considered having them removed.  For the time being, the answer is no.
 
2013-04-04 11:29:58 AM
Isn't this an old idea--like 50 years old?

Both my brothers had their tonsils taken out.  They were born in the early '60s.
 
2013-04-04 11:50:05 AM
[breaks bottle]

Get away from me! I'll kill ya!

Fight 'em off, Rudy, I'll head 'em off here, they ain't touchin' either one of us!
 
2013-04-04 12:11:46 PM
The older you are, the worse the recovery is

/strep 1x/ month in college
// removed at 19, 2 weeks of misery
/// all better!!
 
2013-04-04 12:17:45 PM
My tonsils disappeared right around the same time I stopped getting annual ear infections. I've never had strep throat or tonsillitis.

/never had them removed either
//they just up and left one day
 
2013-04-04 12:18:28 PM
Having a tonsillectomy is about a million times easier for kids than adults.

As an adult who had his out, here's my experience:
1. The best you feel is when you first get home and the surgical drugs are still working. You think "Wow, this isn't so bad." Ha. Just wait a few hours.
2. Oral painkillers. Must be taken with food. You can't eat without the painkillers. You can't drink without the painkillers. You can't swallow pills without the painkillers. The painkillers are pills. WTF?
3. Bleeders suck. Imagine waking up choking on blood. Spitting out blood. Throat filling up with blood as fast as you can spit it out. Call 911? How can you call if you can't speak from choking on blood and pain? Oh yeah, they fix it by cauterizing your throat. That's a very interesting experience. Like a stickwelder.
4. Ice cream? Forget it. It stings like hell. You're lucky if you can stand a Popsicle. Cold things bring down swelling, but that causes bleeding. Bad idea.
5. Jello seems like sandpaper. Just lie back (oops, sit up, I mean) and take this opportunity to go on a two-week starvation diet.
6. Pro-tip: Ask about oral topical painkillers. Lidocaine gel mixed with water and swished and gargled with is a lifesaver.
 
2013-04-04 12:26:43 PM
I've had a swollen Uvula since Dec.... (gotta love 'free' health care.  I've dropped ~400 dollars and have waited four months....why do Americans think this is a good thing?)

Anyway, no idea if that constitutes a sore throat, but at this point, I'd let them cut out anything they wanted.  Of course, it'll probably take several more weeks (if I'm lucky) before that happens.
 
2013-04-04 02:11:50 PM
I had my tonsils taken out when I was in first grade. Didn't feel a thing afterwards. Then, they grew back and were huge. I had them taken out a second time when I was 34. The week afterwards was miserable. I pretty much lived on Haagen Dasz chocolate ice cream mixed with powdered pain pills.
 
2013-04-04 02:20:24 PM
I used to get it all the time as a teenager. The worst part was that I would get tonsil stones all the time. I still remember wondering what the hard thing that came out of my throat was and biting into it.

Took a while to get the taste out of my mouth,
 
2013-04-04 02:22:55 PM

Teknowaffle: I used to get it all the time as a teenager. The worst part was that I would get tonsil stones all the time. I still remember wondering what the hard thing that came out of my throat was and biting into it.

Took a while to get the taste out of my mouth,


Well, not actual stones, but nasty chunky bits that would get lodgedin the big ole holes that opened up.
 
2013-04-04 02:27:15 PM
Also potentially very helpful for patients with recurrent guttate psoriasis.
 
2013-04-04 06:34:32 PM
browser_snake:

2. Oral painkillers. Must be taken with food. You can't eat without the painkillers. You can't drink without the painkillers. You can't swallow pills without the painkillers. The painkillers are pills. WTF?


I've never understood why doctors prescribed pain pills for this.  When I had my tonsils out 4 years ago, my doctor prescribed me liquid vicodin.  It's even thinner than cough syrup consistency, and was a whole lot easier to take.  I took the first dose while still feeling the effects of the surgical drugs, and then just made sure I kept taking them when I was supposed to, and really felt almost no pain.  The only problem was that it tasted bad, but my mom mixed it with a little cranberry juice and it improved quite a bit.  She called them my vicosmos.  Ahh, good times.
 
2013-04-04 10:05:09 PM
Umm, there's no ice cream on any tonsillectomy menu.. it creates phlegm.
 
2013-04-05 03:58:45 AM
Here's the actual article published in the CMAJ: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/04/02/cmaj.121852

If you look at the full text, you might notice on the first page it refers to "...recurrent episodes of pharyngitis when the cause is unknown." Is it just me, or does this whole study seem like an excuse to avoid finding a proper method of diagnosis and treatment?
 
2013-04-05 06:28:15 AM

cyberspacedout: Here's the actual article published in the CMAJ: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/04/02/cmaj.121852

If you look at the full text, you might notice on the first page it refers to "...recurrent episodes of pharyngitis when the cause is unknown." Is it just me, or does this whole study seem like an excuse to avoid finding a proper method of diagnosis and treatment?


That's pretty much every surgery.
 
2013-04-05 08:26:00 AM
In other news. Doctors want you to have an unnecessary procedure so they can bill the crap out of your insurance company.
 
2013-04-05 02:03:42 PM

lewismarktwo: That's pretty much every surgery.


...except for, you know, those pesky matters of life and death.
 
2013-04-06 12:11:13 AM

hophead929: I used to get strep just about every year. Then had my  tonsils removed as part of sleep apnea surgery (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP) 14 years ago. Haven't had strep since.


me too. the apnea has come back when i sleep on my back. (despite weight loss), but the winter soar throats are gone, so totally worth it.
 
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