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I know that there is another thread going right below mine about tonsillectomy, but my circumstances are a bit different and I don't want to take over that person's thread, so I hope you don't mind me starting another. :)

PS - I apologize for the length of this! I want you guys to have as much info as possible so you know what's going on.

I'm 17 years old and I'm having my tonsils out on Friday of this week. I haven't had strep throat a certain number of times or anything, but rather it's like I've had one bad sore throat for an extended period of time. I could live with it. But I'm a singer and in February I lost my voice I haven't been able to sing properly since then. Whenever I think I'm getting better, I lose my voice again and it's even worse than the time before. I've taken voice lessons for a few years, so right away I asked my teacher if I was doing something wrong technically that could have caused the problems, and she said I was fine.

so I went to my ENT to see if he could figure out what the deal was. I was checked for vocal nodules, and I have none. He told me what I've been told by a few doctors in the past few months - one of my tonsils is "severely enlarged", but probably not infected. It's blocking my airway, therefore preventing me from getting enough air to support my voice, and preventing the sound from getting out. This is causing strain, which could lead to vocal nodules. So, after some time of discussing the potential pros and cons, and having my tonsils rechecked a few times over 3 months, I decided to have the surgery. and I was pretty darn excited about it because I would have my voice back.

But now it's 2 days away and I've been doing a lot of research. I'm not allowed to sing for about 6 weeks after the surgery. Because of a cleft palate I had when i was born, there is a bit of air escape in the back of my throat (which creates a sort of nasal sound in my voice), and there is a possibility that it'll get worse without tonsils. There are some people who've said their voice was completely different after the surgery. :eek: I'm hoping to pursue musical theatre as a career. My voice is useless as it is, so I figure the surgery can't make things much worse, which is why I didn't chicken out of it when I started hearing horror stories. ;)

Is there anyone who sings who can give me some pointers about recovery time and how their voice was affected by the surgery? You could say I'm starting to freak out, and I'm interested in seeing if the cases I've been reading about are unusual, or if there really is a good possibility that this could have a negative affect. :( and I go back to school on the 2nd, which is about a week after the surgery. Should I be feeling good enough by then to go back on time? Thank you guys so much! and again - sorry for the length!
Thank you so much. :) I think it turned out to be a good thing, because I feel better now than I have since I got my tonsils out to begin with.

I have a question for anyone who went through it. It was only the right side that had to be re-cauterized. Now it's been 4 days since my second surgery, 10 since the initial surgery, and there is litterally no pain at any time in the right side of my throat. the left side, however, still feels "weird" and there is still pain while swallowing. Is this because it's in a different stage of healing than the right side or should I be concerned? I'm trying to be extra-cautious after the complication because I'd really like to avoid that happening again LOL. I'm going to see my doctor on wednesday for a follow up, but I may call the office tomorrow if it persists. I just want to be sure.

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