Tonsils, anyone?

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alienwife
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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
This may be a really bizarre question, but how many of us here still have our tonsils?
 
I had mine removed when I was 22 - I had developed antibiotic-resistant tonsillitis with peritonsillar abscesses . . . funny thing is, I was chronically sick (caught everything I was exposed to) up until that time, but I was rarely sick after I had the tonsils removed. Lupus symptoms started developing a few years later after my children were born . . . hung in diagnosis limbo for years, though . . .
 
Just makes me think and wonder if having extreme and prolonged immune stress followed by 2 back to back pregnancies may have triggered the onset? I think I need to ask my doctors opinion on this one as well . . . . . . . . .
 
Maybe I think too much, maybe I am grasping . . . I am just curious if anyone else experienced similar onset after having your tonsils removed?
AlienWife
There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein
Dx: SCLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy


alim0nkey
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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I still have mine, despite having a phase of tonsillitis about every couple of months during my late teens and early 20s. Then I didn't have anything until recently and in the last year I've had tonsillitis twice and two chest infections (one where I was nearly hospitalised as I couldn't breathe).

I recently read an article which said that early immune infections were thought to have triggered lupus - I found it when I was searching on information about lupus when the L word was first mentioned to me a couple of months ago. Something like there was an increased risk of developing lupus in patients who experienced childhood illnesses like chicken pox and measles in the first few years of life. I'll see if I can find it.

cured4real?
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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The NIAID database lists a ton of articles about research showing different diseases causing or triggering lupus. There are two facets to the research, the genetic side and the infection side. They are all operating under the idea that all autoimmune diseases are merely different manifestations of the same problem. I was researching tuberculosis and found an article there where they had been able to show that tuberculosis caused the development of anti ds-dna to nervous system cells. Another article I read discussed how a person with sarcoidosis had a lesion excised and they decalcified it and in the center was live mycobacterium--tuberculosis. Obviously I was researching TB, but there is stuff out there about tons of other types of infections. I think it was NIAID or NIH, one of the two. I know I emailed NIAID and they sent me some links. They were very cool about it.

I had my tonsls out when I was eight or nine, after a horrible two years of endless throat infections. They kept giving me penicillin, and finally figured out I had a staph infection, my mom thinks I got cultured with a used q tip--they weren't individually wrapped back then. Anyway, once thy got the swelling down I got them yanked. Then, except for the odd case of strep throat every few years, didn't have a problem at all. My son either after his were out.

I am having problems as an adult becausemy salivary glands and lymph nodes are shot from all the infections maybe, don't know. Now I am bein tested for lymphoma. I can only say that if you have a child that is having troubl with throat infections,best not let it go on too long because its not good later on. I don't miss my tonsils one bit.
Love, Marji
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
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alienwife
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input :) Fortunately my kids have never had alot of illness other than the occasional cold or stomach virus, so they have never had the need to have their tonsils pulled . . . I know when I was about 13 or 14 it was recommended to my mom that my tonsils be removed because I had a chronic case of strep throat that went on for over a month, but her response was "there is a reason why we were given tonsils" and she decided not to have them removed.

Oh well . . . it's just one of those things that make you say "hmmmmm" . . .
AlienWife
There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein
Dx: SCLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy

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