Thinking of having a tonsillectomy...

by shy!
(Calgary)





I've only recently discovered that Tonsil Stones are what I've been suffering from for years now. I've gone to the doctor and specialist so many, many times and have been told that there's nothing wrong, and that it's pretty much all in my head.

The stench of this thing is in my room, at my work...it surrounds me wherever I go, and I'm very fed-up.

I've recently talked to my doctor about having my tonsils removed as it seems to be constant now. The crypts have deep pockets that make the tonsil stones difficult to get at.

Though I would never wish this on anyone, it's good to know I'm not the only person that suffers with this horrible-smelling problem...

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Jan 17, 2011
thank you!
by: Anonymous

I'm 32 years old. God knows how long I've had this. I noticed it when I was 24, after coughing a big white stone, but didn't really pay any attention to it, until now, that I feel my throat is always sore.
I am so glad I found this web page. Now I will try to remove it my self using the pensil eraser method, the only problem is that I have a bad gag reflex and my tonsils are really swollen.
Will post back when I get results.

Jun 15, 2010
Surgery Scheduled - Tonsil Stones
by: Anonymous

I have been suffering from bad breath due to tonsil stones for years. It has affected my life in every way possible. My doctor would always say OH, you have huge tonsils. Finally I gathered enough courage to talk to my doctor about the bad breath, and she referred me to an ENT specialist. I have surgery scheduled for July 13th to remove my tonsils, and I am super excited. I have basically become a recluse and it's even hard for me to be intimate with my husband. Thanks for sharing!

Reply: Good luck with your surgery. I hope all goes well and that once you're feeling up to it, you'll post back here to let us know how things are going.

Gary

Oct 21, 2009
Hope Is Here
by: Anonymous

Hope is here for those who live in the NY area. There is an ENT, Dr. Yousef Krespi who zaps tonsil stones with a laser. The cost is about $2000 to $3000, and it's not covered by insurance. So if you can afford it, you are a few thousand away from fresh breath.

Oct 05, 2009
Bad Breath
by: Anonymous

Just found out I had this. My boss's son had the same thing, but I never heard about this before. Embarrassed by this bad breath, and my kid complaining about my breath, I thought "what the hell is this?" Well, my boss today introduced me to the You Tube blog on tonsil stones. I nearly fell off my chair. That's exactly what I have. Now I must go see an ENT dr. Mine are too large to come up, and my breath is so bad for business. Oh my god.

May 14, 2009
How to cope w it????
by: Vivian

Hi people! Like you I´ve been suffering from this horrible thing since i´ve got memory. I´m 22 years old and I don´t know what to do! I feel so embarrased when I have to speak in public which is sthg usual in mi life, and I can´t even imagine to speak very closely to sb as I know they will smell the odour. I´ve read a lot about tonsil stones but there seems to be no real solution... please do tell me if you happen to know how to stop it!!!! Thanks

Oct 26, 2008
Happy for the diagnosis (finally)
by: lisa

I've had these things since high school. I remember if I'd laugh too loud or hard, I'd cough one up (sooo gross). I thought something was seriously wrong with me. Now that I'm older (44), I've learned to self medicate (removal). The end of a rattail comb works really well, followed by warm salt water rinses. Does anyone know if this causes more harm than good? And just how dangerous is removal of tonsils at this age? I'd do it tomorrow if I could!

Aug 12, 2008
Re:
by: Bridget

Thanks Gary!
I will be sure to post a follow-up after surgery. It seems it should be a pretty easy procedure (in and out) although he'll be missing a few days of school at the beginning of this new school year. A small price to pay for a school year with no stinky breath! :)

When I check his throat and see those things within the tonsil crypts, he's always been such a trooper allowing me to get them out for him. I found that the eraser end of a pencil (new, clean pencil of course) worked best to apply a little pressure and get them to pop out. We've tried q-tips (too short), water Pik (too much pressure!) among other things. Anyway we've always been amazed at the size of the things he spits into the sink. Yuck!

Thanks again for the wishes. We'll keep in touch.

Aug 12, 2008
Good for you, Bridget!
by: Gary

Bridget,

I'm glad your ENT is flexible enough to see the need for surgery. So many these days just want to ride out the wave of sore throats. Your son's life (and therefore, yours) should improve tremendously following surgery. No more tonsil stones, no more bad breath, no more teasing at school, no more grumpy mornings (maybe - at least for a few years anyway). I hope all goes well. Please post back and let us know how the little fellow's doing.

Best wishes,
Gary

Aug 12, 2008
Little boy with huge tonsil stones
by: Bridget

My son has very large tonsils with many deep crypts, and every few days he suffers from a build-up of very large tonsils stones, and they STINK!

He's already been made fun of at school for having bad breath, and is only going into 2nd grade. Kids say it how it is, and my worry is that he'll have to suffer through this throughout his school years and into adulthood.

He also snores and sounds very "thick" in the throat at night, so I feel his tonsils may also be causing him some sleep disturbances. Not to mention the many sore throats/tonsillitis we've battled over the last few years.

We had an appt. this morning with an ENT, and thankfully she feels they are of enough concern to be removed!! We are SO excited to have an appointment on 8/27 to have them taken out.

Hopefully he'll recover quickly and with no complications and we won't have to worry about these issues any longer.
Maybe if he sleeps better, he won't be so grouchy getting up for school in the morning this year! :)






Aug 02, 2008
I'd Be Shy, Too...
by: Gary

I'd be shy, too, if I found myself in the situation you describe. In fact, I doubt that I'd have held up as well as you have. I'm sure I'd have become a total recluse by now.

As I read your story, I'm thankful that I grew up during a period where after several bouts of tonsillitis, BAM, your tonsils were history.

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure many others who suffer from Tonsil Stones will take comfort in knowing they're not alone, just as you did. Please post back and let us know about the surgery. I hope it goes well and wish you all the best.

Gary

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