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Hey everyone. I am a 24 yr old female and this is my story. I have had enlarged tonsils my entire life. Never had problems with a sore throat or anything, but I have had problems with tonsil stones off and on. Other than having the tonsil stones pop out occasionally I've had no uncomfortable symptoms with them.

Last winter I started having a feeling of a lump in my throat. It felt like my throat was swollen and closing. Also I had to clear my throat all the time and felt the need to swallow every 2 seconds. I went to my doctor who tested my thyroid and tested me for mono. Thyroid was fine but my mono spot came back positive. He treated me for mono but the lump in my throat persisted. I went to an ENT who looked at my throat with a light by going in my nose. He said there was a lot of redness and inflammation and diagnosed me with LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux). So for 8 months I've been on Nexium daily, then prilosec daily (due to insurance not covering nexium), then Prilosec twice daily, then Prilosec twice daily and zantac at bedtime, then back to Nexium daily (insurance decided to pay), now Nexium twice daily.. I've had an EGD which was normal. My ENT looked at my throat again 3 weeks ago and said it was still red and inflammed. He suggested that the lump feeling in my throat may be coming from my large tonsils. He suggested having them removed. I really do not want to have tonsillectomy due to it being painful and the long recovery process. I've had large tonsils my entire life and had tonsil stones my entire life. So why would all of a sudden my tonsils be the cause of my globus sensation? I just don't want to have my tonsils removed and my problem be true LPR.

I went back to my GI doctor today and he scheduled me for 24 hour pH testing and esophageal manometry on July 20th. I guess if these tests appear normal I will have a tonsillectomy.

Has anyone had these tests done? Or is anyone going through what I am going through? The lump in my throat is so uncomfortable. On really bad days it makes me nauseated and anxious. Sometimes it feels like my throat is going to close completely. I'm so frustrated and tired of living with this. I've given up everything I love; soda, juice, coffee, spicy food, tomato based food, citrus fruits, chocolate, PB, pepper... I'm only 24 and this sucks.

Tiger
[QUOTE=TigerGalLE;4009623]Hey everyone. I am a 24 yr old female and this is my story. I have had enlarged tonsils my entire life. Never had problems with a sore throat or anything, but I have had problems with tonsil stones off and on. Other than having the tonsil stones pop out occasionally I've had no uncomfortable symptoms with them.

Last winter I started having a feeling of a lump in my throat. It felt like my throat was swollen and closing. Also I had to clear my throat all the time and felt the need to swallow every 2 seconds. I went to my doctor who tested my thyroid and tested me for mono. Thyroid was fine but my mono spot came back positive. He treated me for mono but the lump in my throat persisted. I went to an ENT who looked at my throat with a light by going in my nose. He said there was a lot of redness and inflammation and diagnosed me with LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux). So for 8 months I've been on Nexium daily, then prilosec daily (due to insurance not covering nexium), then Prilosec twice daily, then Prilosec twice daily and zantac at bedtime, then back to Nexium daily (insurance decided to pay), now Nexium twice daily.. I've had an EGD which was normal. My ENT looked at my throat again 3 weeks ago and said it was still red and inflammed. He suggested that the lump feeling in my throat may be coming from my large tonsils. He suggested having them removed. I really do not want to have tonsillectomy due to it being painful and the long recovery process. I've had large tonsils my entire life and had tonsil stones my entire life. So why would all of a sudden my tonsils be the cause of my globus sensation? I just don't want to have my tonsils removed and my problem be true LPR.

I went back to my GI doctor today and he scheduled me for 24 hour pH testing and esophageal manometry on July 20th. I guess if these tests appear normal I will have a tonsillectomy.

Has anyone had these tests done? Or is anyone going through what I am going through? The lump in my throat is so uncomfortable. On really bad days it makes me nauseated and anxious. Sometimes it feels like my throat is going to close completely. I'm so frustrated and tired of living with this. I've given up everything I love; soda, juice, coffee, spicy food, tomato based food, citrus fruits, chocolate, PB, pepper... I'm only 24 and this sucks.

Tiger[/QUOTE]
Hi There, you poor thing, maybe you really should consider having your tonsils out, trust in your ENT specialist he/ she knows what they are talking about. I have tonsillitis for 30 plus years, usually once year now it worse I have had it 10 times since November and have just recently developed stones Yuk, also I have tested positive to mono. I have taken the big leap the biggist of my life - yes surgery on the 17th of august. I have 53 years old and a nurse, yea a nurse and have looked after many post op patients, but on for the first 24 hours. So have no experince of the rest of the trip except from what I have read on these sites and from friends. I truely belive its going to change my life. Also having tested positive to mon is definitely another good reason to have them out. Let me know how you get on.
Linda





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