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.

Best regards,

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Feb 04, 2012
How I removed my tonsil stone
by: Autumn

I just found out I had a tonsil stone about 10 minutes ago. I woke up this morning and I could feel something in the back of my throat, thinking it would go away I didn't do anything about it. Then I asked my mom and she told me I probably have a tonsil stone. So I got a flash light and a mirror and looked in my throat and there it was just sitting in my throat. I couldn't get it out first, I tried a whole bunch of things. I then decided I needed something small to use so I got a bobby pin, cleaned it off, and basically just picked at the stone. A little bit came out, and I was happy because I thought it was gone, but I still checked to make sure. But there was more, so I again used the bobby pin to take it out. I could still see a little bit but I couldn't get it with the bobby pin because I could barely see it, so I used my finger and pushed at the side of it, and this giant ball (about the size of 2+ peas) came out. It was so nasty. That thing must have been growing in there for a long time. (I still cant get over how gross that was!) But my throat feels so much better now, and I can already tell a difference in my breath. My throat us a little sore, but I'll be okay. So the point of this is try a bobby pin, worked great at first for me!

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