Does it help to have your tonsils removed?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by angiana, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. angiana

    angiana New Member

    My nearly 16-year-old son has been suffering from nearly constant headaches for about 3 years and catches every illness that it going around.Apart from a whiplash he suffered in a sports' lesson, which is partly responsible for his pains, we also think that the Eppstein-Barr-Virus plays a big role, which he suffered from several years ago. Now his doctor said, he best have his tonsils removed, because that's where the EBvirusses were supposed to be living. That would help him, not to catch every cold anymore. Has anyone had any experiences with that, good or bad? What do you think of this doctor's opinion?
    Thank you very much in advance!
    Love, angiana
  2. angiana

    angiana New Member

    Thanks a lot for your answer, nink!I thought it sounded strange about the virusses living on a certain place....
    And thank you very much for letting me know about the URL. I didn't know that (I should have read the rules, but I thought,they probably are only about not being abusive or insulting....). Sorry about that!
    Take care, angiana
  3. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Back in my generation (I am 52), docs took out people's tonsils at the fist sign of a sore throat. Now they know better.
    Yes, I got no more strep infections after my tonsils were removed.
    However, we now know that the tonsils are a part of the immune system. I believe I also read that lymphatic CA occurs more in folks with no tonsils. We also know that 85% of the population tests positive for EBV, and most of them are fine.
    If a person is simply unable to function, then taking out the tonsils may be the lesser of two evils, but I'd try everything else possible before doing that.
    How about building immunity with good supplements and foods? The junk foods that most teens eat are an immunity nightmare. Refined sugar alone reduces the effectiveness of the immune system by about 60% for 4 hrs. after it is consumed. Digestive enzymes help fight inflammation, esp. when taken between meals. Have you investigated the possiblity of allergens lowering his immunity? When someone has constant headaches, I suspect wheat allergy. Does he wake up with headaches? If so, are you washing the bed linens in cold or warm water? The incidence of dust mite allergy has skyrocketed in this country since cold water detergents came out. Bedding should be washed in 150 degree water only. A lower temp just gives the dust mites a bath! There are many avenues to try before taking what may seem like the easy way out, but may not be in the long run. If you can boost his immunity, it will not matter that he still has his tonsils, IMO.
    If he still suffers from whiplash, I can testify from personal experience that nothing helps like accupuncture. After two treatments, I was cured. Since whiplash is a predisposing factor in Fibromyalgia, be alert to any signs that your child is not sleeping well, since that is often the first sign of Fibro.
    Klutzo

    [This Message was Edited on 02/23/2003]
  4. angiana

    angiana New Member

    Thank you, Nink, I'll do what you suggested in regard the URL.

    Dear Klutzo,
    Thank you very much for your very informative post!! I know that tonsils used to be removed very easily, and they always wanted to do that with mine (I had a lot of sore throats as well, as a child), but my Dad, being a doctor himself, prevented that! It sort of stopped in my early twenties. Thankfully my son is already better than he used to be. After several doctors thought, he just didn't want to go to school (that made us so angry!), we found a good chiropractician, who helped him a lot, and also a pain specialist, who prescribed him high doses of St.John'sWort. With time his headache changed from being really constant to only coming, when he had taken physical or sometimes mental efforts (please excuse my English, it's not my native language)- but that's still very, very frequent, sometimes every day. He loves playing soccer, and after ten minutes he's got a blinding headache. We had him checked on allergies, and he doesn't seem to have any (but I know that allergies can appear and disappear). I always wash the linen with 60 degrees C. Unlike his brother and sister he misses school about two days nearly every week because of a sore throat, which sometimes develops into a step throat, or a bad headache. But I must also add that my husband (his Dad) has been suffering from a lot of headaches since he was a child. Apparently it's better now, but he still has it at least once a week. Colin (our son) is taking high doses of vitamins at the moment.
    Thank you again, Angiana
  5. motg

    motg New Member

    I had mine out when I was 7. Did not seam to matter I still got every cold and flue that there was. My Sister got hers out when she was 10 and she still got sick and at age 16 started to get very bad headachs still gets them as an adult. So I don't think that it helps much
  6. hideycat

    hideycat New Member

    My daughter took karate in elementary and junior high. While testing for a belt she was paired with a grown man. She "did" him first and things went well. When it was his turn, I not sure what happened but it ended with her being tossed in the air and landing square on her head.

    So we learned about whiplash. If you son will take a cold can of soda pop and lay flat on his bed with the soda pop can under his neck it will relieve the pain. Use for 10 minutes at a time. If the cold can is too cold use room temperature or wrap in wash cloth. For years she kept a can of unopened pop on her bed side table.

    For some reason this also helps drain the sinuses.
  7. angiana

    angiana New Member

    Thank you very much, motg and hideycat! Your messages are a big help!! We'll try the method with the cold can! My son often has sinus problems, too!!
    I'm glad about all your answers here - that gives new insight to the idea about the tonsils, meaning that this doctor's idea wasn't so good and unquestionable in the first place as most people around us seem to think!!
    Take care, Angi
  8. LeLeHpr

    LeLeHpr New Member

    Just a little note not to remove your sons tonsils. I had mine removed at 24....Though no one really knows what causes FMS/CFS..I will tell you I was perfectly healthy before having them removed, besides the annoying sore throats. Now, I am suffering from FMS/CFS and still have sore throats all the time? CRUEL? Yes, I think so....Really weight the pros and cons before considering the surgery. I hope I did not scare you, but God did put them there for a reason.

    LeAnn
  9. LeLeHpr

    LeLeHpr New Member

    Just a little note not to remove your sons tonsils. I had mine removed at 24....Though no one really knows what causes FMS/CFS..I will tell you I was perfectly healthy before having them removed, besides the annoying sore throats. Now, I am suffering from FMS/CFS and still have sore throats all the time? CRUEL? Yes, I think so....Really weight the pros and cons before considering the surgery. I hope I did not scare you, but God did put them there for a reason.

    LeAnn
  10. angiana

    angiana New Member

    Thank you very much, Leann! That's very interesting, what you told me - and I'm sorry for you that it sort of started your CFS! My husband and I and our son really have to consider well, before we'd agree to have his tonsils removed! I can see that now!
    Thank you again!
    Take care, Angiana