Next week I will be having a laser tonsillectomy with Mr Mike Dilkes in the hope that it will go some way to helping reduce my Chronic Fatigue symptoms. I had glandular fever aged 20 (many years ago) and following this I was left with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I was also left with tonsil stones. Wikipedia describes tonsil stones as follows- “Tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones or tonsillar calculi (singular: calculus), are clusters of calcified material that form in the crevices of the tonsils (tonsillar crypts). While they occur most commonly in the palatine tonsils, they may also occur in the lingual tonsils.”
I visited a couple of doctors about the issue questioning whether the tonsil stones could be linked to my CFS, but I was always told no this was not the case. After at least 10 years with this problem, after treating myself with oil of oregano for a chest infection, I noticed that the tonsil stones had gone which seemed to confirm my suspicions that they were a kind of infection. I waited until they came back, then went back to my doctor, who agreed to send some to a lab. The lab confirmed that the stones responded to pencillin and I was issued with a prescription. I enquired about having my tonsils taken out but I was told I needed to have five episodes of this within a year. In the following twelve months I had more episodes of this ‘chronic tonsillitis’ as well as one episode of acute tonsillitis for which I took antibiotics. This calmed things down but I was still left with the stones. I went back to the GP who then decided that he could not refer me for a tonsillectomy for bouts of chronic tonsillitis.
So I gave up for another year until I saw Mr Mike Dilkes on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. The program showed procedure done under a local anaesthetic where the surface of the tonsils is smoothed by a laser, removing the stones and making it more difficult for them to form. Fortunately for myself a family member agreed to fund the private procedure and in the summer I took a trip to London to meet Mr Dilkes who performed an endoscopy on me. He noted that I had rather large tonsils and that one of my glands was swollen, and also confirmed that the tonsil stones were present. As my tonsils were on the large side he recommended a general anaesthetic since it would take ‘a few times’ if I had the ‘local’.
I’m a bit nervous but I think it will be worth it. Hopefully the recovery won’t take too long and I will be back with more news.