Tonsil Stones LITERALLY STUCK in my THROAT!
I don't know what to do. About 5 days ago, I noticed a heavy feeling in my throat. I first thought food was stuck in my throat and would later on digest, and then the feeling would disappear. Nope! That didn't happen. As time went on, I tried to ignore the sensation, but just yesterday, the sensation returned.
I also noticed that whenever I spit up, I have this weird bad odor of some sort. Researching online, I discovered it might be tonsil stones, which are bacteria/food buildup that have a nasty odor. It's just really annoying because every time I swallow, I feel them slip down my throat then return to the peak of my throat, but I can't seem to get them out.
I tried coughing and sticking my finger down my throat, gargling with warm salt water-- everything, and nothing has helped. I'm so scared. I just want it out of my throat! I'm scared that I will never get to swallow again and feel nothing there. I'm tired of feeling like something heavy's there and won't come out.
OH, and I exercise often and every time I run, I feel like I'm on the verge of gagging... like they're trying to come out or something, but NOTHING comes out. HELP!! I'm 19, by the way.
KBBG Reply: First, a reminder that I'm not a medical professional, but it sounds to me like you have at least one pretty good-sized tonsil stone. One question I have for you is can you see it? If you shine a light in your mouth while looking in a mirror, can you see the stone? If you can't see a tonsil stone, do your tonsils appear normal, or are they inflamed?
If you can see the stone, you might be able to use Q-Tips to squeeze, poke, prod until the stone comes out.
If you have access to any type of oral irrigation device, you might try using that to remove the tonsil stone. Just make sure if you do use such a device, that you use it on its lowest setting. You want to be careful that you don't tear the tonsillar tissue.
Now, if you can't see or reach the tonsil stone, it's probably time to make an appointment to see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist.
Most important, however, is that you try not to worry. Tonsil stones are not fatal. They cannot become cancerous or close off your air supply.
Worse-case scenario is that you decide to have your tonsils removed.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best. Please keep us posted as to how things are going.