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What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, everyone.  I'm new to these boards.  Hoping someone here may be able to answer my question.  Could acid reflux be causing issues with my tonsils?  My tonsils stay red and irritated looking most of the time.  Some days it will feel as though one of my tonsils is swollen when I swallow and also hurts when I yawn.  Currently have white spots on one of my tonsils and well as holes on both sides what weren't there until the last couple months.  The tonsils issues have coincided with a bunch of GI issues that I've been having.  I've been battling abdominal tenderness as well as burping, and chest discomfort.  Also have a spot in my middle of my chest that feels irritated and burns on a regular basis.  Also wake up every morning with a white film covering my tounge.  When I went to the doctor the other day, I failed to mention my throat issues because I was nervous and forgot.  Was focused mainly on the stomach/chest issues I've been having.  So, I was wondering if you all think all these symptoms could be related?  Could acid reflux be causing the issues with my tonsils?  Or could it be something entirely different that would account for these issues?  Or maybe they are totally seperate?  Any insight would certainly be greatly appreciated.  I have an upper endosopy coming up soon.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/25/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am thinking your should revisit with your physician re your throat problems. Could the problems be related between your throat and your other sx, most likely yes or you could have a problem with your tonsils.



I am sure you will be hearing from some of our other great members.



Kindly,



Kitt

What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/25/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Kitt.  Gosh, this is so frustrating.  I wonder if they will still do the endoscopy this week if I call and tell them about my tonsils?  My guess is no, so I don't know what to do.  I've had a really bad day with my chest aching.  It started about an hour and half after I ate breakfast this morning and continued through much of the day.  If that is from acid irritating my esophagus, why aren't PPIs helping me?

couchtater
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like spasms going on with you. When I'm having spasms I have to take pain killers and zantac to try to stop it, but it mainly dulls it.

Joy

What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
It finally eased up this evening.  When I'm up moving around it seems to make it worse.  What would cause the spasms?  Would it be acid reflux related?  It's like an aching pain that's not severe but enough where it's hard to focus on much else.  Also have the one spot that tends to be a bit of a burning sensation.

Mike C
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   Posted 4/26/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Be careful what you have for breakfast... and take your PPI's first thing when you wake up and wait at least 15 minutes before eating.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/26/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Your vegus nerve is being irritated, that's what's causing the spasms.

The vegus nerve runs down the backside of your esophagus. When your esophagus is irritated the nerve becomes inflamed, causing all sorts of troubles.

Joy

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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what I should be doing differently, I'm frustrated.  For the most part I'm following a GERD diet.  Also taking the Prevacid and liquid Carafate 4 times per day.  Starting to wonder if something is seriously wrong.  A lot of times if I eat in the morning it will really make my chest and sometimes my back ache.  It's happened other times as well but eating breakfast does seem to trigger it fairly often.  What would cause hiccups because the last few days I've gotten hiccups a few minutes after eating?  On top of all of that, I'm having the issues with my tonsils and for some reason my blood pressure has been lower than normal the last few days.  It's been around 95/55 but the diastolic number has been as low as 47.  Usually is around 110/70.  What in the world is wrong with me?

couchtater
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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Get an EKG to rule out heart troubles. The blood pressure issues is not GERD related.
See your doctor quickly.

Joy

What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not really having any symptoms from the low blood pressure though. For the most part I feel alright. Not lightheaded or anything.

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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi What's Wrong,
This is going to seem like a strange post, but I'll share it. I happened to mention my stomach problems to my principal. He responded that he had horrible stomach problems for years...had many tests, was on lots of meds, and that doctors even considered surgery.

Then he had his tonsils out. After his tonsils were removed, his stomach issues disappeared.
It sounds strange, and it's very ironic that you're connecting your GI problems and tonsils in your post.
Just thought you might be interested. He's happily healthy and having no GI symptoms, after years of struggling.
Good luck to you!
Denise

What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/26/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That's very interesting, thanks for posting. It is very strange that my stomach/chest issues have coincided with my tonsils being irriated. When I mentioned my throat issues to my primary care doc he just said that it's probably acid irritating my throat. I'm really wondering if these are seperate issues or maybe all goes together. This is all starting to drive me crazy and I'm hoping my doctor can figure it out soon.

dencha
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   Posted 4/26/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if your tonsil issue is anything like my principal's tonsil problems. Although his experience doesn't seems to make any sense to me, I am certain it did happen. He's not the type to make things up. Interesting, I think.

Yes, I'm sure that if you're getting lots of acid refluxing, it could irritate any part of your throat. I just thought you'd be interested in the tonsil story.
Good luck!
Denise

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/27/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
WW-
I had tonsils that were just as you describe. I finally got tired of them hurting and saw an ENT surgeon who told me mine should have been removed long ago. According to him when the tonsils have to holes( cheesey tonsils as he called it) infections can hide there and cause lots of problems. I had mine removed at 32 and was sore for a couple weeks, but I stopped having soreness in that area and even have less throat and sinus infections now. I did have my sinus turbinates reduced also by that surgeon, so that might have helped the sinus infections too. Oh, I also still had my adnoids(sp) and he said they should have worn away by the time I was 20. Guess I am strange.
I thought I saw somewhere that some reflux meds can lower your BP. I also believe that if the vagus nerve is irritated it kinda affects the heart too. I'm not positive, but seems I read it somewhere.

LOL! Hope they figure everything out for soon.

Take care,
Bill

What'sWrong
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   Posted 4/27/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Just checked my blood pressure and it was 99/54. The bottom number has only been above 60 one time in the past 5-6 days. This has been a rough week and really has me down. I'm having so many issues right now and I'm very frustrated. Woke up with a bit of an earache but it didn't bother me all that much until I tried to eat lunch. When I would chew my food I was getting ear pain and even pain in my eye. Seems to feel better now as long as I don't eat. Yes, I'm completely falling apart and I'm still 4 years away from 30, haha! Today my chest and back have been aching quite a bit. I know this has something to do with my GI issues as I've done nothing to injure my back.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/28/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has troubles with her blood pressure. The doctor told her it could be her B-12 anemia, kidney disease, or lukocytopenia.

Please see your doctor.

Joy

oldpoopie
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   Posted 4/30/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey What's Wrong. Search for Cryptic Tonsils. I've got them too, but I've never noticed a correlation to my stomach problems. Try pressing on or near the white spot (if it doesnt make you gag too badly) and generally it will force the buildup of dead cells and mucous that you are seing out of the crypt. Warning these white balls are very smelly...... and often the cause of bad breath.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/2/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
That's exactly what mine were like. I often had the gunk come out on it's own. For a few years I didn't know what is was, but it sure smelled really bad. I am so happy to be rid of those nasty things!


Take care,
Bill

What'sWrong
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   Posted 5/3/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
A completely gross update but in case anyone is wondering I no longer have one of the white spots anymore.  The last 2 people who posted were right, it finally came out.  Been reading online and I guess it was a tonsil stone?  It came out when I accidentally gagged brushing my teeth this morning.  It was a kind of hard and very bad smelling ball that came out.  Know have a hole there in my tonsil.  Absolutely disgusting.  Is this something I need antibiotics for or do these things just happen and then go away?

couchtater
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   Posted 5/3/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd get some antibiotics for that.

Joy
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