It has been 5 days since I had my tonsils removed by traditional method. It's the best thing I have ever done. Having suffered with bad breath from the time I was 14 or 15 right up until this point (I'm now 28) I had given up all hope that there was ever a solution to this embarassing problem.
My tongue had always been coated yellow/white and 'hairy' looking during this time and I used to spend 20 minutes morning and evening brushing my teeth and tongue to try remove it. It always came back within an hour or so along with a manky taste.
It was only last year when I was coughing up tonsil stones I realised where my tonsils actually were and went at them. I was able to squeeze out numerous small foul smelling stones and puss. That's when I realised that my tonsils must have a chronic low grade infection with the last 13 or so years.
I went to my doctor and insisted on a consultation with an ENT surgeon regarding this problem and also nasal congestion I'd had for years. I had become addicted to Sudafed nasal spray and needed it in order to breathe through my nose.
I didn't brush my tongue the morning of my ENT appointment (gross! I hated leaving the house without completing my pain in the ass brushing ritual) so the consultant could see the problem I had been showing my doctor and complaining about for ages.
Within two seconds of looking in my mouth he said I needed my tonsils out. I couldn't believe it I was delighted I thought I was going to have to put up alot more of a fight and had come prepared with 2 A4 pages explaining my symptoms ha!
So anyway I had the surgery last Tuesday under general anaesthetic. Everything went very smoothly and I was eating toast within 3 hours of coming around. I had some morphine through IV and then followed with Oxycodone that night and again the following morning. I was discharged after breakfast of corn flakes, a boiled egg and soda bread.
I'm on day 5 now and I'm not gonna lie I do have a good bit of pain. I'm taking Lemsip Max 1000mg paracetamol every 6 hours and Ibuprofen 400mg + Codeine Phosphate 26mg every 8 hours.
My tongue has looked completely different since the surgery. It's amazing it's pink and moist and coating free. I do have a horrible taste in my mouth right now but it's just a horrible taste of dried blood from the surgery. I know that will resolve so I'm very excited to reach the end of the healing process!
I'M WRITING THIS IN THE HOPES THAT IT WILL HELP SOMEONE ELSE WITH THIS HORRIBLE PROBLEM TO DECIDE WHETHER A TONSILLECTOMY IS RIGHT FOR THEM. I FEEL IT'S A VERY SAFE PROCEDURE NOWADAYS AND IF IT CAN CURE YOUR BAD BREATH LIKE IT HAS MINE THEN YOU SHOULD FIGHT TO GET IT !!!!
Note: You can see the scabs in my throat from the surgery. This yellow / white color is normal and is not infection. Should resolve itself as time passes from what I've read.