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Chronic Tonsilitis :(

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by SeraRose, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. At half term, I had a really bad infection in my sinuses, tonsils and chest. Over this weekend, my tonsils have become infected again. I've been to see my doctor who told me that I have chronic tonsilitis; and while I really needed them out, I wouldn't be able to have the operation on the NHS, as I don't meet the criteria for it.
    I feel so tired with it all, I don't get the chance to build myself up before the next bout of it starts again. I'm worried about needing to take time off.
  2. I had tonsilitis on and off for three years and it was very debilitating. In the end the doctor wanted to prescribe me anti-depressants which made even more miserable as the problem was in my throat and nowhere else! I did some things which may or may not have worked, I certainly don't get tonsilitis anymore - touch wood.

    threw out my toothbrush every time I got it and started again, then threw that one out once it had cleared up
    wore a scarf every day that y throat was sore
    always had water to hand and drank all the time to avoid getting a dry and vulnerable throat
    Changed to sensodyne total care gel toothpaste which doesn't contain sodium laryl sulphate (which strips the natural layer of mucus in your mouth out)

    I hope that you're able to try these and that they help, I know how dreadful it is.
  3. I feel your pain. I have had accute tonsilitis 3 time since Christmas and I'm really fed up. I missed most of my baby's first Christmas because I was so poorly. My OH has had to take time off to look after me and my son as I couldn't look after him.
    I used to suffer a lot as a teenage but I hadn't had it for years before now. My GP told me the other week that they are not performing tonsilectomies [sp?] on the NHS any more as they have cut the funding. he did say that he would refer me if I wanted to go private though [thanks!].
    It's horrid and I don't think people realise how painful it is and how hard it is to breathe or sleep with it. Hope it stays away as the weather improves. Take lots of vit c and wrap up warm x

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