Tonsils and silent reflux

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Hi I went to ent last week he told me I have the worse tonsils he has ever seen and they need to be removed as soon as possible at the same time he suspects I'm having silent reflux as there's damage along the throat I've had many issues with my throat inc a 12 hour operation to remove my thyroid ( cancerous goitre ) and frequent tonsillitis I'm now wondering if the two may be connected he's advised surgery for the tonsils lansoprazale ( sorry spelling ) for 4 weeks and a endoscope to see the damage just wondering if anyone else has noticed a connection between reflux and tonsils ??

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    Hey Samantha. I have a long history with reflux and throat issues. I first dealt with it right after I had my tonsils removed in 2005. My throat didn't start to heal unitl about 3 years after having my tonsils out. I was getting sick a lot and that's why the doctor suggested removing my tonsils. It was right after that I started getting the silent reflux and having a constant sore throat. So after 3 years I did get better and my life got better. Then in 2011 I got sick with pnemonia and suddnly my throat got messed up again. I have had terrible pain in my throat ever since. I have been diagnosed with GERD and Silent Reflux. I have seen the best doctors even Dr. Jamie Koufman in NYC. I dont get heartburn on any other symptoms other then the terrible soar throat. I've changed my diet completely and I'm on a bunch of different meds and I'm still suffering from the constant throat pain. I am 30 years right now and this July it will have been 4 years I've been dealing with this pain again. I would get a second opinion about your tonsils before having them removed. Having mine removed brought on terrible throat pain for years.Β 
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      Thank you for replying I have been researching the tonsilitis removal and have heard some pretty horrific stuff about it so I'm defiantly going to make some informed decisions about it the recurring tonsilitis is a nightmare and to be honest my throat has not felt normal in about 3 years constant pain and issues but nothing compared to what the reflux does chest pain stomach pain sickness and all the other wonderful things that come with it I'm 34 and feel about 70 lol thank you again for your reply hope that something helps you soon 😊
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      I have similar problems with GERD, but I am not sure whether my reflux started prior the tonsil removal or it was the cause of the chronic tonsil inflammation. As far as I remember I have had similar symptoms when I was 24 and suffered from chronic tonsil inflammation. I thought it is just a simple chronic infection. I don't have any throat pain since the surgery, and I left the hospital after 10 days. I have throat inflammation rarely, but I still have allergy like symptoms, sore throat sometimes and constant red throat and hoarseness, because of the reflux. It is not that painful in my case though and my diet keeps it under control, but cold whether in spring and autumn worsens it. My diet is somewhat similar to gastric ulcer diet e.g. I reduced that fats/oils and processed foods, I eat smaller portions, but it is far from perfect yet, I am still working on it, it is really hard. Antacids are okay, but I don't like eating pills every day. Do you removed grains completely, I mean even oats, or just grains containing gluten?

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    Yes i have. I suffered reflux on and off for years with the usual symptoms of stomach issues and burning in the esophagus etc. Then i noticed i don't get those symptoms anymore, but i would start waking up with a sore throat, and when i swallowed i would get a lump in my throat. However when i took pills like Tagamet, or other acid reducers, the symptoms dissappeared, so i knew i was still getting reflux. The only way i have been able stop my reflux is completely was by removing all processed food (no exceptions), no junk, no refined sugars, no grains. When i switch to only fruit, veg and some meat/fish, it goes. Even if i eat a better bread like Ezekiel bread made with srouted grains, it triggers my reflux again. For some reason my body just does not like grains or anything processed.. I've even tried using enzyme pills, but it doesnt help.

    Stick to all natural foods, like fruits and veg, fish, meat and it will clear up. It was extremely tough at first, as i have been eating processed foods most of my life.

    But i think gradually over time the food industry has started to put more and more garbage into the food. Reflux now seems to be an epidemic. I hope you figure it out, soon. All the best.

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      Hi thank you for the reply I have had to self diagnose the acid reflux I did this months before the doctor did so I already am well into the dropping acid diet I'm in the uk and we don't seem to have that many great doctors who know about how acid reflux can affect your whole system I'm a single parent and 1 of my kids is disabled so money is quite tight and it's hard to always be able to afford the herbal remedies and ph water and everything else but i have managed to cut out and it's helped I've been suffering for about 2 years and at first it was so bad I jus didn't eat I dropped 6 stone in weight and got terribly ill but it's all a learning curve I have learnt that acid will attack even if I don't eat so you feel like your at a dead end sometimes lol thanks again for replying and I'm glad you have found some relief hopefully I will too soon 😊
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      Don't worry other countries have just as many bad doctors as you have... I live in Hungary, and I was diagnosed with chronic tonsil inflammation. Five years after the surgery my ENT specialist diagnosed my red throat and probably starting asthma as allergy, but I was with ear ringing by her. I read a lot about these symptoms, but I only realized that I have GERD when I had two really bad weeks last autumn. I wanted to vomit everything and could not sleep because of the acid. Bicarbonated mineral water helped a lot those days. I am still thinking on seeing a gastro specialist, but I don't have too much faith in doctors and I am afraid of laryngoscopy. I have hoarse voice, and afaik. laryngoscopy can damage my vocal cords even further... :S Is it really that bad?

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    Man pretty much destroys anything he touches, that includes food. So eat what nature provides, i.e fruit and veg, some fish and meat. I'm almost certain it will clear up, it may take a few months. We did not have this reflux epidemic until man started processing food and loading it with refined sugars, salts, doing hydrodgenation of oils etc etc.

    Get well soon and good luck.

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      This is true thank you for the advice and replying I will certainly try it

      Wishing you all the best

      Samantha

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    Hi, i live in the UK also and have been suffering on and off with my tonsils and having tonsilitus reguarly. The doctors at one point said it may be glandular fever but never actually diagnosed, i had blood tests and stuff but heard nothing. im always one or two tonsilitus episodes away from being referred to ENT. Anywho since november i have been suffering with chest pain, tummy pains and acid feeling in my throat. When i went to the doctors they seemed to think i have anxiety. Every time i hear the words anxiety within the doctors office i deflate and know they are not taking my symptoms seriously. I am not an anxious person, but feeling ill and this constant burning when i eat or dont eat is starting to take its toll on me. I'm 22 and im active i exercise frequently and eat healthy i have cut all acidy things out of my diet but still i have this horrible acid feeling or needing to be sick. Eventually the doctors put me on omeprozole and i feel a hundred times better for it but i dont want to take it for ever, so what im wondering is, is it my tonsils causing this? And are there any other ways to stop the awful tummy pains and reflux?

    Kind regards.

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      Hello, I know it was while ago but can you please share your experience with me. I am suffering from same issues. I had tonsillectomy ( and laparoscopy for overian cyst) last year and since then all the gastro problems started (abdominal pain, bitter acidic taste in mouth, change of bowel movements, bloated, winds, tiredness all the time, chest pains and many many more) to add my tonsils has grown back! straight after and not to the same size but they there. Been on lansoprazol and omeoprazol which didn't help.

      Recently had upper endoscopy and been finally diagnosed with sliding hiatus hernia, relaxed LES and bile reflux sad Will be undergoing some acid measuring 24h test in few weeks.

      Still don't have a diagnosis off what has caused all this and why my diagestive system isn't working as it should.

      I add that I also suffer from pain on the back of my head. Could it be to do with nervous system?

      Has anyone got to the bottom of it please?

      My life is a misery and I have truly enough of this "fight" sad((

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    Hello id just like to let you know you arn't alone with your problems.

    I have also noticed everytime time i start to get issues with silent reflux i get a very sore throat and my tonsil swell up. Other symptoms are nasal dripping, stuff nose, difficulty swallowing, but by far the scariest problem with the reflux issues is it also causes breathing difficulties and asthma like symtoms.

    Unfortunately i still havn't got my problem fully under controll. Because although ive been to the doctors numerus time about the matter. They don't seem to know much about the problem. Im currently on somac tablets which you arn't supposed to take long term but everytime i stop taking them after about a week or two my symtoms return and i risk what feels like an asthma attack.

    So i decided i will book a doctor appoinmet next week and see if theres some way better to manage the situation. Sorry i can't be more of a help.

    I do hope we can both find the answers.

    Best of luck

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    I had Tonsillectomy surgery 3 months n 5 days ago. I wished my Dr would have told me if you have Reflux that having a Tonsillectomy Will make your Reflux so much Worse. So my advice if you have Reflux At All Is Do Not Have Tonsillectomy Surgery. My Dr has Not been much help, I actually have pretty much figured this all our thru such g the web. I went back to my Dr Twice n he stuck the thing down my nose n he said it was a little tight n I have some scar tissue n of course we already knew I had Reflux. I thought how can Reflux really make things worse. Well if your sitting in the movie theater n all of a sudden I cannot swallow. . . Well it's enough to scare the crap out of you or it has me. So I've started noticing There it is again I cannot swallow. So I'm gonna call my EMT Dr so I can talk to him more on what I have to do to live a half way normal life now. I'm 52 n I'm also having weezing with the Reflux now. Please speak with your Dr before having a Tonsillectomy if you already have Reflux because it truly Messes your living a normal life to anxiety n I pray Either this Dr will help me get it together. I read somewhere that you can have a laranex or speech pathologist that might can help but I'm not sure. God Bless Everyone. Paddyyy

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    I have GERD also an I've had it for 6months now I have changed my eating habits an all an I have a few questions 1.how long did it take the gerd to go away 2.did getting your tonsils removed help the GERD calm down 3.what medicines did u take for the GERD

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