I had mine out at age 21, many years ago. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it. I had been sick too often. Rarely do I have a sore throat anymore, and usually from strep, which couldn't be avoided. Take the pain meds during the first week and drink often. It will hurt more if you don't use your throat for a long period of time. Don't push to get back to normal too fast. My kids will probably have to have theirs out soon. Better now while they are younger. TAke care and good luck.