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Lumpy Tonsils!
I hope someone may be able to shed some light as to what is causing my lumpy tonsils!

In February I have a very severe tonsillitis/strep throat, and my tonsils become very enlarged - they have now receded but they appear "lumpy" for want of a better description.

Although I am by no means an expert on how my tonsils looked before the infection I am pretty certain they werent as bumpy as this!

I visited my GP and mentioned my fear of tonsil cancer, she looked briefly and said they were enlarged (actually they are normal sized for me I have naturally big tonsils) but dismissed the possibility of cancer. I had a blood work up including a complete blood count for another reason and everything came back normal

Someone mentioned that due to repeated bouts of tonsillitis (although I can only recall about four severe occasions in my life) that scar tissue has formed in my tonsils and that is what is causing the bumpiness. Can anyone shed any light on this and should I get a second opinion.
Posts: 7 | Location: UK | Registered: 03 December 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hey Taz...

While totally understanding your anxiety, being a non-medical person, I cannot shed any light on the "lumpy" tonsils. However, I do believe in second opinions and am glad that many insurances will pay for them without a fight. If you are not satisfied that your concerns have not been adequately or thoroughly addressed and you need peace of mind... perhaps seeing another doctor is a good idea. Couldn't hurt... especially if your insurance covers.

I hope Dr. Joshi will also respond to your post with his opinion or recommendation.

My best to you, Taz. Hoping you will soon have information that puts your mind completely at ease. Wish I had the answers you need but, obviously, that must come from medical professionals. Let us know if you do seek a second opinion and what is said. Please know I am thinking about you and hoping all is well.

From my heart,

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Hello Taz

It is probably scar tissue, but your fears are best put to bed by getting a second opinion from an ENT specialist who has seen hundreds of tonsils.

Best wishes

Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

"If you see what is small as it sees itself, and accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, then all will go well. This is called Acting Naturally."
Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
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Thanks Melanie for your kind wishes - you really are a lovely person Smiler

Dr Joshi thankyou so much for your time - I figured it may have been scar tissue but I will get a second opinion just to be really safe - I have been struck down yet again with another viral infection (the perils of working with kids!) and when it is better if things havent improved I will ask for a referral.

Thanks again to both of you
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Don't delay!
The only way to put this to bed is to pay to see an ENT consultant. Otherwise you will get some incompetent SRO lackey who knows feck all and will monitor you over a period of months. If the tonsil IS cancerous ( I very much doubt it) you may later pay a severe price.

Believe me I know this from experience. Severe tonsilitis followed by a severely swollen neck lymph gland. I was put off for 6 MONTHS! and all this time my tumour grew in my lymph glands until it burst out.
Pay for a tonsilectomy if you have to and get it biopsied.
good luck - Tony
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