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Thanks to all for the messages, warnings and recommendations. I am 40 and having mine out on Friday. I am amazed to read that so many of you have been given pain pills rather than pain liquid. Also my ENT said he will be giving me liquid Demoral and liquid anti-biotics right from the start. I'm hoping that those two with good care, prayer and a postive attitude will mitigate some of the horrors that have been posted. The stones are one of many of my symptoms and I was told by my ENT that I could keep digging them out and gargling twice a day and avoid the surgery, but I still get infections all the time so my family and I have decided the surgery hassle is worth it. In preparation I have, along with gargling every day, been scraping my tongue. This seems to reduce the amount of bacteria in my mouth and reduces the bad breath and incidents of sore throat. I have a sore throat nearly every day or every other day. I seem to be able to make it every other when I'm vigilent about the oral hygiene. That's just for those folks who haven't decided to have the surgery yet, you can improve your health a bit. I'll try to remember to give you an update afer the surgery to compare the pain level and let you know what works. Thanks for all the ideas, especially the humidifier - brilliant! Good luck to you all and to me too.