you came to the right place! my story is bad though, so im giving you a heads up, and remember, everyone's journey is different.
OK- well after a a lifetime of tonsilitis i finally found an ENT who was horrified that they were still in me- they were huge and literally blocking my airway. they were also pus coated and inflamed. I had the surgery, only to end up in hospital for 2 weeks, as i haemoraged on the table, then got a staph infection in the wound. i have had 9 surgeries for various issues, but this surgery was the most memorable. because the surgeon's view of my tonsils was obscured by all the blood, he failed to cleanly remove ALL of the tonsils. he left the stumps/roots of them behind (which i didnt find out from him- i found out about 6mths later when i came down with tonsilitis- ?- and went to a doctor who suggested i have my tonsils removed- needless to say, i was shocked, as i HAD them removed 6mths prior)
it turns out i actually had a real crappy surgeon, as he never told me of any complications and let me believe that aside from bleeding, the surgery was textbook. it took another doctor to note that i still had tonsils- not as big as before, but still tonsils. i spent 2wks in hospital and the staph infection masked the fact that remnants of the tonsils remained. i drank milkshakes and played video games (they only had a free bed in the pediatric ward and i was 20- i had a blast) also he was meant to remove my adenoids at the same time- he did mention that this 'slipped his mind during surgery as my bleeding out wasa concern'. tool.
i had the surgery at the hospital i then worked at as a nurse- my background in nursing told me something wasnt right- but i was that bombed on milkshakes and pethadine that i just soldiered on.
Needless to say, as i write this to you, aged 28, i currently have tonsilitis. i cannot put into words how angry that makes me. i get it 3-4 times a year like clockwork. i have surgery scheduled in April for a "throat scraping" where they dig out the leftover tonsils and make sure they get the roots as well. the tonsillectomy did NOT improve my sleep apnea, actually it improved nothing at all. to combat the sleep apnea i had major sinus surgery last year that was very successful and has made a huge difference.
But having fibro makes recovery from any surgery a more difficult task- but like i said, im 28, ive had 9 operations, not including day procedures, im sick as hell, but i work full time (now a high school teacher) and refuse to let the fibro kick my butt.
sorry that story was morbid- but thats my experience-
i hope you find the relief you need,
I also had a tonsillectomy nightmare. I had them out when I was thirty years old after spending three or four times in the hospital on anti-biotic I.V's for infections so bad that they traveled up to the roof of my mouth and down my throat. I had many bad infections as a teenager also and missed a lot of school. I got out of surgery and immediatley started to hemmorage. I choked on the blood and couldn't breathe. I remember the nurses coming in and holding my arms up in the air thinking this would help me breathe. What??? Finally after a day of choking and bleeding they decided I had just lost too much blood, took me back to surgery and with no anesthetic 'propped' my mouth open and went into my throat with a blow torch to cauterize it. Then I went back to my room and had two transfusions. When I went home I couldn't eat anything but cool liquids for two weeks so the scabs in my throat wouldn't break open. I choked on every swallow. I also had three small children at home. I lost 15 pounds in a month. It was the worse surgery I have ever endured and I have had many. I would suggest that if you need to have them out, do it when you are young as the blood vessels in the tonsil tissue become enlarged and closer to the surface as you age. That image they always give you of waking up from surgery with a big bowl of ice cream on your tray?? Not! Sorry my story is so morbid and like Maz said, everyone's circumstances and journey's are different. If your life is in danger you don't have any choice, but my suggestion is if you are over twenty years old...don't wait to have it done!
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 1/1/2009 10:56:01 AM (GMT-7)
I have psoriatic arthritis and on wednesday january 28, 2009 I had my tonsillectomy.
Im so glad my arthritis is controlled by the pain killer "hydrocodone". I take 2 table spoons every 4 hours.
this is my 6th day and i feel so depressed, it might be a side effect to the meds.
its difficult to swallow, and i have nightmares that my teeth fall. my tounge is swollen, and i speak like a deaf person.
I really thought i was going to heal fast. but i still haven't been feeling good. I sleep most of the day only awake 1 hour every four hours.
my diet consist of 6 table spoons of soup, vanilla 1/2 fat ice cream, lots of ice chips and water.
I've lost 12 pounds now. and its not a fun way to loose the pounds.
I don't have no one to stay with me, Im all alone since everyone works.
reading is a no no, my eyes cross and i feel sick to my stomach.
my boyfriend will call the doctor tomorrow, and ask for medicine that doesn't make me sick. I've puked about 4 times in the last few days. it hurts so much.
i just wish this is all over soon. its like torture.