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Thank you so much for this article. It really set my mind at rest. I am on day 8 of my recovery and feel like I am getting worse rather than better. I feel like this misery will never end. I still cant eat, talk or even sleep more than 1.5 hours a time at night and I have had a small amount of bleeding and clotting which terrified me. Hopefully things will get better soon.
Hi Natalie, things will get very soon after day 8. You really are at the worst point, I remember feeling so fed up around then! Just be glad that you are definitely over the worst! Well done!
well that was good reading but nothing in there about taste disturbance at all! its been about a year for me and my taste has still not recovered fully. The doctor who did surgery failed to mention this. and upon follow up just brushed me off
i’m on day 3 and in agony someone help me.
UGH, what a process! I’m currently on day 11 post tonsillectomy. I had a bout of thrush around day 5, the ENT blew me off until he saw it and finally treated it. Little did I know it was a blessing in descuise since the mucus was keeping my throat moist. Once that went away I thought I was going to die. It dosent help at the same time that was happening my husband had to go back to work so I requested Motrin for the pain instead of the Vicoden. I thought I could handle it, boy was I mistaken! I’m still waiting for a call back from my ENT to switch me back. I really feel I only need it at night right now since I keep waking up in excruciating pain! My question is when will food stop feeling like razor blades? I had potato soup for dinner last night, the tiny pieces of potatoes that fell apart in my mouth (they were really tender) hurt my throat. I’m finding I can’t eat much more than broth, applesauce, pudding and ice pops. Everything else hurts still. I also find myself coughing a lot if I take a deep breath. Is that normal? It hurts like crazy and the ENT blew me off about it last week.
I’m on Day 2.5 (60 hours after my surgery). I’m a 39-Year Old Male and it has been difficult these past 2 days. The Local Sonic Fast-Food Drive-Thru sells big bags of the super tiny cubed iced, which is perfect in a glass with a spoon. It has been painful for me to drink water (cold or room temperature), but the tiny ice cubes are perfect and no pain what-so-ever. I also have been applying cold compresses to the front, back, and both sides of my neck (rotating every 15 minutes) to keep the swelling down. I just used 2 ziploc bags with crushed ice inside a medium-sized hand towel, and twisted the ends and secured with rubber bands. I have found things are easier to swallow after applying the cool-packs to my neck. Jello & Dole Frozen Fruit Pops have been my favorite and easiest thing to swallow. I just got brave and had my wife make some scrambled eggs and I was able to finish them. I mashed them down so they were super soft. I also constantly spray my throat with a fine mister that my doctor recommended filled with regular purified drinking water. I experienced pain and even a little bit of blood came out of my nose yesterday, when I bent down to pick up a piece of paper, so my doctor wasn’t kidding when he said no bending. I also have a cool-mist humidifier (I need it even more than most living in Arizona). Taking the Hydrocodone Pain Medication every 4 hours has been extremely important. I hope some of my tips will help some of you. I’m not even on Day 3 yet, but I’m going to keep reading other people’s journeys in other blogs, and hopefully make it through without too much unnecessary pain. I will update again if I think there is anything else worth mentioning. Hang in there everybody!
I’m on day 5 after my surgery and it’s been hell! I literally cried today at the dinner table from how hungry I was. I found drinking water constantly helps a lot and taking the meds every 4 hours. I’ve been in a lot of pain…I drink about a gallon of water a day if not more. I’m noticing I’m becoming thirstier than usual and have a sort of cotton mouth is that normal?
Not sure if you include surgery day in the ‘day count’; if so, I’m on day 7 now, and pain’s been at its worst today (piece of cake first 2 days). I’m a 39 year old woman, and gosh I wish I’d had these out when I was a kid instead! I have a crazy high pain threshhold, but this HURTS; I’m mostly scared of bleeding, and will do everything I can to avoid that. I’ve been taking photos twice a day to watch changes; no matter what I read nothing prepared me for the black holes I saw when I first got home – we immediately named them The Deathly Hollows.
For anyone interested, here’s some things that have worked for me.
Medication: I was put on Tramacet (tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen), amoxocillan, and celebrex (for swelling). Apparently patients need less pain meds when on the celebrex, though I’m terrified of bleeding and am suspicious of the celebrex. Another downside of celebrex is needing food with it, which is why I’ve tried so much food. I take a gravol with every Tramacet. So far I’ve only taken half the doses needed – 1 every 5 hours instead of 2 every 4, so I’m a fan of the celebrex mix. I think the constant icing has also contributed, as well as getting some nutrition into me.
Water: I don’t sleep more than an hour straight – I have an alarm that goes off every 30 minutes so I drink. Finding it hard to drink much at once, feels like I’m drinking a whole glass but tiny sips don’t add up to much, but I’m constantly doing it. Despite that I’ve been having a really parched feeling in my throat when I drink now, no matter how often I’m drinking. Very tempted to use the dry-mouth spray I have, but don’t want to mess anything up if I shouldn’t use it (it’s a bit gelly).
Other hints: I second the ice packs on the neck trick – I have two ice-gel packs that are 14″ long x 3″ wide and from the moment I got home alternated between them; chewing gum – it’s great for working your muscles again, and aids in keeping your mouth moist. Extra ice-gel packs that are small for targeting ears – ear pain has been the worst part.
Food: I’ve found instant potatoes to be heaven. Apple sauce has also been great – first 2 days I ate it frozen, really soothing. Now I seem to be craving rougher/warmer things. Only problem with solid food is it feels like it stays in the tonsil caverns; day two I had a bit of scrambled egg, and bits stayed; day 3 some KD, and hours later a bit of soft macaroni came out of the pit along with some white scab. I’ve also had soft crumpets with butter/jam; jello; oatmeal cookie soft from tea; soup broth with soaked crackers; 3 flavours of applesauce, cooked yam. I find a soggy cracker or cookie really soothing as it slips through, same with the potatoes. Sugar-free jello feels coolingly wonderful, but makes me nauseaus (surprisingly-only thing that has).
My white scabbing is really thick. I have a small chunk missing out of it, but other than that it’s a heavy blanket of ick. Looks like it’s sort of separated in a few places. Does the scabbing all fall off or does it turn into skin? Does it fall off over a day, or 6 days? Does everyone have some bleeding?
Brian, I LOVE the idea of the water spray, I’m going to incorporate that into my tricks. Worst mistake I’ve made was zoning out while brushing my teeth, and accidently poking my brush head into a pit – OMG pain!
Hey everyone, I’m 20 years old and I’m on day 5 after surgery and it has been horrible! I’m so hungry and I wish I could eat. I can barley eat jello and mash potatoes, but I found that mac and cheese works easily. When can I expect for this to get better?
I am at day 7 post-op. I have had all the classic symptoms mentioned above. Quite painful and I still have my scabs but the thing I am most worried about is my speech. When I am able to talk ( isn’t too painful) I sound like a deaf person. No one can understand me and my voice is very nasal-ly and soft. Is this common and does it go away? I also had my uvula trimmed (I snore and the doc said it was abnormally long). Not sure if others had this done too. My doctor didn’t mention anything about this and I am starting to freak out. Help!
Hello! This blog is so helpful! i am on day 7 (if you include operation day as day 1) of recovery and DESPERATE to be ok to eat Christmas dinner normally! Do you think I will be able to? I find y throat isnt too bad but when i eat the sides of my tongue are unbearably painful! Ive also had terrible nausea the last 2 days although thats been better today, infact, i would say today has been the first day I have not felt like I may drop dead at any moment, so perhaps things are looking up!
I’m on day 6 of recovery now and I have a lot of pain still in my neck, ears, jaw and tongue as well as my throat. I’m still finding it hard to swallow anything including water and swallowing the tablets I’ve been given as pain relief is a problem but I’ve found that putting them in the middle of mashed up jello really helps. I’ve had a little bleeding which I’m worried about although nothing significant, as well as feeling nauseous the past few days.
I’ve found that although it’s painful talking a lot eventually releives the pain a little by keeping your mouth moving, as well as taking your mind off the pain.
My doctor told me I’m not allowed out in public places for 2 weeks to avoid getting an infection but I’ve tried going to my friends houses for an hour or two for a change of scene which I’ve found helps as the more normal you feel the better you tend to feel.
This site has been really useful but I’m like Sarah, desperate to be able to eat christmas dinner this weekend!
My name is Raeanna. I’m 23 years old and had my tonsils out on Thursday,December 16,2010.
It has been hell! I don’t wish this upon anyone. After surgery, they discharged me after I held
a Popsicle and some sherbet and water down. I thought I was fine- but it as just the drugs. Fast forward to
9:30 pm that night. Ended up back in the ER due to non stop vomiting blood. The surgeon came
in and sprayed liquid nitrate to stop the bleeding and he left. They gave me some nausea Meds and fluids
and it didn’t get any better. I couldn’t stop puking still and the surgeon had to come back. By 1:30
AM I was back in surgery again getting the wounds re coterized. Spent
the night in the hospital and was released Friday afternoon
recovery has pretty much sucked. I won’t lie, it hurt. But it was pretty much bearable pain for me
and still is. I ended up back at the doc yesterday because I wasn’t having bowel movements. No
solid foods= no bowels. Also found out I have oral thrush..yay. Like things couldn’t get any worse…well today
I ended up back in the ER because I couldn’t breathe. I think I had a major panic attack. The
problem is that it feels like something is hanging/choking/gagging me on the right side of my throat.
Has anyone had this problem? I don’t know if it’s scabs or what. But please if anyone out there
has had that, let me know.
I’m hoping to be able to eat Xmas dinner but it’s not looking so good.
I had mashed potatoes today for the first time and I had tears in my eyes.
They were watered down, but still didn’t go down. So I have had oatmeal, ramen
noodles, chicken and stars soup, broth, Gatorade
and slushees! Good luck to everyone
I had my tonsils out on Monday, so I’m on day 5 – I’m 21 years old. The first two days were a walk in the park, but days 3, 4 and today were/are rough. I’ve been drinking a lot and taking my meds on schedule, but I’ve been eating next to nothing and feel extremely weak. Compared to what everyone else has said, I’ve been sleeping all day everyday and I’m not hungry at all. I think all the sleeping has hurt me though, because I tried to get up and walk around yesterday and I ended up throwing up, which was super painful. I haven’t seen any blood or had any ear pain, but I can barely stand without getting very tired/nauseus. I’m guessing this means I need to eat more, but all I have are applesauce, broth, and popsicles and I’m never hungry for anything.
Are Ramen noodles a good idea?
Thanks for all the advice!
Im 20 years old and I also had my tonsils removed on dec. 27th and my first two days were also pretty easy. On day 5 and 6 I got brave and ate a tortilla, meat and potato salad… Idk how I did it but it was good. It hurt a little bit but man I was so hungry. I did wake up the next morning to bad pain though. So far I think today was my was worst day (day 7) I woke up with horrible pain in my throat and my ears, which btw it’s become like that every morning now, I took my Hydrocodone and all I could do is sleep. I can’t watch tv because I get all nauseous. All I eat is soup, popsicles and drink water but I have yet to see any blood? I’m just wondering when my scabs or stiches fall off? I go back to school on the 18th and kinda worried that I wont be healed all the way? I just plugged in a humidifier to see if that helps when I sleep at night. Oh and yes I sleep a lot, sometimes I think it’s too much. Oh and is it okay to talk a lot? My friends come over and keep me company and all we do is talk and laugh. Thanks soo much for all this great advice!
I am a 20 year old male, and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed, and both of my nasal cavities cauterized on December 29th.
The first day wasn’t too bad, and the biggest thing that irritated me was my tongue. It was swollen and looked as though it had gashes on it from the clamps they used to keep it out of the way. Any movement of my tongue caused a lot of pain, particularly to the sides and the back of it. I’m still having tongue pain, although it’s not as bad. Currently I’d rate it 4-5 out of 10.
I haven’t been able to sleep for any more than about 3 hours at a time. Once the Percocet starts to wear off, I wake right back up. When I woke up on day 3, I had somehow managed to sleep for about 5 hours straight. I was in a ton of pain because my mouth and throat had completely dried out. Because of the cauterization, my nasal passages had been extremely congested, and I was unable to breathe through it. As such, I was breathing through my mouth when I slept which dried it out. I felt my tongue when I woke up, and it was completely dry. My throat had dried out so much that just swallowing caused sever pain and something to rupture causing me to bleed moderately for about 10 minutes. I was about to head to the ER, but it stopped. I called my ENT and he said that I should keep an eye on it, and if started bleeding again that I needed to go to the ER. It hasn’t bled since though!
I have been able to eat pudding, yogurt, apple sauce, and ramen noodles without much trouble. The ramen is probably the most difficult, but the sustenance it provides is worth the minor discomfort.
I haven’t had too much throat pain, the only time it really bothers me is when I swallow, burp, or get the hiccups. Most of my pain has come from my tongue.
I feel better today than I have at any point since the surgery. Here’s hoping it continues to get better!
I had my tonsils removed on 12-29-10, I have been such a baby! This is the worse experience ever. I wish that I had not gotten it done now. I am 29 years old first four days i went through about 7 dish towels with spit. I keep choaking on the white stuff and my scabs. I too have a sharp pain in the right side of my throat. I havent taken any meds in a few days, pain has been somewhat tollerable with cold compresses in my throat. Eases ear and throat and neck pain. i had a bleed yesterday was very worried. after about 6 glasses of ice water it stopped. I got another one a little bit ago. Doc. said to go to ER if i keep having bleeds. I guess I will go if I have another one. I dont want to so now Im scared to drink or anything. I keep caughing because of the scabs and have a terrible smell and taste eww. Im going to try the humidifier tonight and take some meds because i dont want pain to get un bareable like everyone said. Just dont like taking anything I have an irregular heart beat so it scares me. I have only been able to do ice water, bannana flavored pops and applesauce which gets caught in my throat.. too scared to try anything new with the bleeds I have had the last two days. My scabs are almost gone also. Is that too early for them? Maybe thats why i have bled twice. Wish me luck! Best of luck to everyone else. Not a fun experience.
Also forgot to add i tried the carnation instant breakfast for first few days, failry easy to go down if you drink it right away before it thickens. But it does increase your musus and make it thicker. Also, all natural apple juice has been good. i dotn like apple juice but that stuff tastes good. just doesnt taste so good after your scabs fall off and you taste the old apple juice from 4 days ago:)
What a fantastic job you are doing here! I stumbled upon this page researching tonsillectomy recovery. Your eBook is right on the money and the personal support on this blog is wonderful! Keep up the good work.
Thanks Greg! I really appreciate your comments!
18 years old- n I’m on day1 I think ( surgery bein ystrda)
Yoh felt really really bad after the op, felt lyk calln it quits, culdnt talk, sounded like a deaf man too. But 2days a lot better, I can talk, there’s not much pain,but my uvula looks like a plum,its HUGE- I cnt swallow, and I have a lot of mucus and spit flowwn from my mouth…
Beenn tryng to drink apple juice, swallowing has become a mission
I am on my third day post op recovery. I am 28 years old. All I can say is keep your throat well hydrated. I also forced soft foods into my throat. According to one article that I read this will actually help in thinning the scab. I do not experience that much pain unless I tried to swallow and I have tylenol with codeine Q4 hours as needed and it does help me.
I had my tonsils removed on the 28 December 2010 and things are looking good for me!.am on day 13 theres abit of pain but i can eat food normally,lots of water has helped me speed up my recovery and another secret being chewing gum,it really helps alot!my taste buds hav really gone back to normal,am even driving to school!am urging everyone to stay positive n please keep ur throat moist and take ur pain meds 30 minutes before u eat so that when ur eating u can eat cormfotably!speedy recovery errone!xx
January 11, 2011 at 3:06 am
My name is Jenna.I am 9.I am on day 8.It has been so painful.I have read through most of the comments and there are alot of similarities.My scab is starting to come off.The hydrocodone burns my throat.The doctor says I can mix it with anything I want.I always mix it with apple juice.It does not taste bad.For some reason the hydrocodone somtimes makes me drowsey.Sometimes I take half of what I am suppose to take of the hydrocodone and it still helps.It really helps my pain but burns.
I am 27 and had my tonsils removed 3 days ago. I sometimes feel like I’m going to choke on the massive amounts of mucus in the mornings and after naps. I have had a constant headache since the procedure, and my ears are in pain. My tongue is still very swollen, so much that I cannot see the back of my throat.. even when suppressed with my toothbrush. I have been having problems swallowing food, i.e., smoothies, jell-o, pudding, but am more afraid of water. The thicker substances, while take more time to consume, don’t drift up my nasal cavity like plain water tends to. I have noticed I am less grounded, and have become a great deal more clumsy, and I am nearly always tired.
I had my tonsils out on Friday, January 7th, so I am not on day 4 of my recovery. The pain is manageable with plenty of water and following the medication. My biggest complaint would definitely have to be the HORRIBLE taste/ smell in the back of my throat. I know this is a normal part of the healing process, but it is so nasty, it is becoming unbearable! The only thing that provides some relief from this disgusting taste are popsicles, which I have been having PLENTY of. I have tried gum, sucking on hard candy, juice, iced tea, brushing the back of my tongue, pretty much everything I can think of. It helps to breath through my nose, but every time I swallow the taste resurfaces all over again. Is anyone else experiencing this nasty problem? Or have any suggestions? I am desperate!
Please help! Thanks.
First, I want to say how nice it is to have this site. It helps just to know I am not alone in my recovery.
I had my tonsils removed on 6 Jan 2011, so counting surgery day, I am beginning day six. The throat pain has been getting worse the last couple of days, but what is really bothering me is the ear pain. My left ear has a constant ache and when I swallow the pain is almost unbearable. My throat pain is controlled pretty well by the hydrocodone and motrin. However, even with overlapping doses of the two pain relievers, the ear pain incredible. I noticed the ache starting in my other ear this morning. If both ears get as bad as the first, I fear I will not be able to take the pain. What is causing the ear pain and is the anything I can to to lessen or get rid of it?
It’s officially a week post surgery for me. Talking seems harder, as does eating and drinking. The pain seems to be getting worse rather than better. This article had some helpful incite as to why I’m having such trouble.
I am 3 days after surgery, the pain moved from back of my throat to the side back of my tongue, the pain is getting worse and it becomes harder to drink too. My uvula has almost its normal size now before it was so big that it was dragging on the bottom of my throat giving me some gag reflexes. The bruises on my tongue are almost gone as well.
Hey, My name is Rob and i’m 18 years old. I’m on day 10 or 11 (not sure if you count the day of surgery). I’ve noticed on one side that most of the scab has not falling off, actually its alomost all still there. I was just wondering if that was normal of some sorts and when should I expect further improvements?
My daughter is having her tonsils removed on Monday 24th 2011. Antibiotics not seem to help much after 10 days to clear up the infection so tonsillectomy is recommended. After reading all those previous comments I am better prepared to cope with aftercare. Too many contributors have had horrid experiences and I wonder if we should really go through with this procedure. She is 26. However I would purchase some of the stuff recommended for example popsicles, ice cream, chewing gum-polar ice, jello and putting a cold ice pack around neck and ear area.
Thanks a lot
So far my recovery has been very similar to others. I’m on day 6 and my pain is getting better but I haven’t lost the scabs yet. I had to have my uvula trimmed as well and it is still very red puffy painful and scabbed as well.
I have a question about constipation. It was painful at first and i got some releif from pharmacist prescribed laxative with docusate sodium and sennocides I think. But over the last few days it hasn’t worked. I don’t have much discomfort at this point but wonder if I should be worried and get something stronger? I’m eating quite a bit now, a full three meals a day of various soft foods.
I was doing some research on tonsillectomies and found this sight. I will be having surgery on January 25th and am a little nervous. I am 33 and glad I found this sight. You have very helpful hints on here and to be honest I don’t think I am preparted for my surgery.
i am 40 yrs old and day 6 of a tonsilecomy. the pain is constant and annoying. The pain is a lot like a an extremely bad case of strep throat but it doesn’t get better in a couple of days. Besides the pain my constant thirst is an issue. I am so thristy i want to guzzle by drink but i can only take sips. has anyone expereinced an increase in secreations post surgery? I am completely scabbed over and just waiting… thanks for the info i now know i only have a few more days till scabs come off. i have been scabbed since day 3.
hi. im day 6 after my tonsillectomy and my god will i be glad when this is all over. i have been religiously taking paracetamol, votaril and codeine with hardly much relief from the pain. i too have had the dreaded tongue pain and even the meds haven’t done much to relieve the horrible bruised, stinging sensation. yesterday was day 5 and by far the worst. meds stopped working at all, the ear ache and jaw pain started on both sides of my face, my neck felt like i was being strangled and by 5 o clock this morning i was in tears and climbing the walls. my husband rang the doctor who faxed me a prescription of penicillin through to the local chemist. so at 10am whilst collecting my tablets, my hubby asked the pharmacist if there was anything i could spray into my mouth to numb some of this horrendous pain i have had constantly for the last 6 days. this is when i found my miracle spray… ‘difflam spray’… it contains benzydamine hydrrochloride, and i was actually given a mouth wash from the hospital with the same ingredient that i have been using regularly but with far lesser results. anyway, 6 pumps of spray directed at the various gashes and sores on my tongue saw me eating a sandwich and drinking a cup of coffee within 10 minutes of using. i could comfortably take my tablets and join in a normal conversation without straining my voice and neck muscles. i then slept solid for nearly 5 hours, missing my next dose of paracetamol and codeine. waking up i had the usual dreaded pain, but armed with my difflam spray and 5 to 10 minutes later, i was taking my tablets and eating a bag of crisps!
i had to share this with u all. please give it a try, it will be one of the best investments u have ever made. make sure to follow the instuctions inside the packet and dont forget to drink drink drink and eat eat eat. anyways the spray combined with meds will definitely help with the latter. good luck
I am on day 3 of recovery, as a doctor myself, I suppose I knew about the details and recovery issues in some detail (which rather put me off) but in reality when you go into the surgery with realistic expectations the recovery should not be much worse than you expect. Personally speaking the pain has been quite moderate, I would certainly advise getting organized with your medication and the importance of keeping hydration levels up cannot be overstated.
hi again. just a quick update on my progress. am now on day 11 and think i can say the worst of the pain is now over. had a slight bleed yesterday, but followed instructions rinsing out with ice cold water promptly put a stop to that. the only pain killers i need now are paracetamol and ipubrufen. am eating a LOT easier. can only get better now.
Iam so HAPPY… to find this forum… people look at you thinking you are exagerating… I cried! I cried from pain, hunger and frsutration.. this is my 10th day I am still have diffculty to eat or drink… and I am starving but tired of sweet & liqudis… I foreced my self some solid food BAD idea…not only because i have to pass it with a glass of water each bite, but I also have to put my face up to swallow… just like a pelican…!!! in top of that… if i dont put enough water..food come backs to my mouth with so much saliva that making me sick… (in my case I have been creating too much saliva and I have to spit all the time…is a ugly picture for anyone around you… but I cant help it ) Anyhow I end up exausted just to think about eating.. I loose interest of eating… I will keep dreaming.. that doesnt hurt… sorry about my winnig… that’s all I did… = (
Hi, Im Laura, im 25 and I had my tonsils out on monday 31st Jan. It was the most painful experience of my life, ive had a nose job and that isn’t a patch on this! Just a bit of advice, avoid fruit juice or anything containing fruit as it really stings and brings the pain up bad.
I’m only on paracetamol and ibuprofen but the hospital gave me a brilliant spray called “difflam”. Hopefully I wont have to be on antibiotics.
We are all in this together everyone so keep your chins up x
Hey everyone, I would like to start by saying that this is an absolutely wonderful site, and I think my recovery would have gone much smoother had I found out about it before my surgery. I do not know if there are any ENTs on this site, but if so, give out the address to anyone thinking about the procedure.
I am a 32 year old male, and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed two weeks ago. The first few days are as bad as everyone has said and I do not think there is anyway around that. I started feeling much better around day 6 or 7, and by day 12 I was feeling almost no pain (except for the eating which I was up to cheese and hummus). My doctor had told me to take it easy for 2 weeks, and I really was.
Then on the evening of my 12th day of recovery, I woke up with a lot of blood in my mouth and could not stop the bleeding with a few rinses. Apparently, my scars were falling off, but I had not healed all the way, so I drove to the ER where they called my ENT to re-cortorize my wounds to stop the bleeding.It turns out that I had lost or swallowed almost a liter of blood, and could have some severe problems had I not gone in.
The 2nd surgery worked, but now I am back home and it feels like I have started the recovery all over. I was just wondering if there is anyone else who has had this type of bleeding issue, and if so will the recovery really be as long as before? My doctor says it is a much easier recovery, but he also failed to mention the possibility bleeding, so I am not all that inclined to trust him.
Thanks for any input, and good luck with all of your experiences. May it go better than mine!
hi. i had my tonsillectomy on the 18th january (3 weeks ago). the pain for me has just about gone now. have a little residual pain but nothing a couple of paracetamol doesn’t take care of. it has been a tough few weeks, but hang with it, it does get better. honestly. drink lots and lots. i can’t stress how important it is to drink plenty of fluids. keep a glass of water at your side. for the first few days u might find it easier to wet ur tongue with ur fingers before trying to sip any liquid. it kind of helps to loosen things up a bit. it will hurt to begin with, but i promise u, the more u sip the easier the pain will be… i had a job believing this myself, but it is very true. i bled a little. on around day 8 and again on day 12. nothing major though.. hope i have helped a little. i have posted before. feel free to ask any questions and if i can help i will try. good luck and dont forget, drink drink drink! get well quickly xx
Howdy – I am a 59 year old man who had part of his tonsils removed last October when I was diagnosed with squameous cell cancer. Upon a checkup and petscan two weeks ago we found an ugly growth exactly where the cancer was removed, and anomalies with the petscan so Monday (Feb 7) I again had surgery. The remaining bit of tonsil was removed and immediately flash-frozen and sent to the lab for diagnosis. Had it proved cancerous the surgery would continue to include removal of the lymph nodes on the left side of my neck. Thankfully it came back clean – the petscan anomalies were skewed by an unresolved cold I had in late January. So now I am on Day Two of recovery. I actually spent Day One shoveling snow off my roof and pathways so woke up a bit stiff but other than that I feel about as expected – a bit of discomfort but not like I gnawed my arm off or anything – similar to what I experienced with my earlier surgery. Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, bit of ear ache, somewhat weakened voice. Living on liquids and ice cream. I make my own juice, both vegetable and fruit, so I don’t thing I’ll suffer nutritionally at all, and a practice I recommend. I expect to take it a bit easier for a few days but it has been my experience to get back in the saddle as soon as possible. No demand, no supply. Our bodies (and minds) thrive and grow stronger through use and stimulation, so hard as it may sound I suggest we suck it up, dry our tears, stop our whimpering and turn the page! Good luck!
Just got my tonsils out about 6 hours ago . Obviously I feel great! For now…….
Question- if I have mucus build up, can I clear my throat?? (hock a loogie)… I’m worried it will irritate the area or cause bleeding.
Also is it good to keep the cold compress on as often as possible or should I give it breaks?
Is the difflam spray over the counter?
Btw this site is great. Definitely very grateful! Thank you.
Totally normal and totally irritating! Some people complain about it more, but I had the exact same problem. I found some relief in gargling water but even more so in eating…..wait for it….toast – yes, you wouldn’t think it but rough food can actually help clean that area as it is swallowed providing an unusual sense of relief. I hesitate to recommend rough food since most American doctors advise only smooth foods, so eat at your own risk!
What a useful site. To be honest tho I am glad that I did not read this before I had my tonsillectomy! I am 25yr female and I am currently on day 8 and still in pain.
I have had two children and it is not as painful as this. I use to tell people that it was the worst pain ever. This pain just seems to go on for days and days.
My surgery was fine, stayed overnight in hospital as I did not have it until late afternoon. Managed to eat a tiny bit that night and even some toast the next day. The first two days seemed not too bad, I was geering myself up for day 4/5 ‘the worst’ but when those days passed I am starting to get a little more impatient.
Night 5,6,7 have so far been the worst for me, I went to the doctors on day 6 to get some stronger pain med than just 8mg co-codomol and imbrupfofen. Now on a stronger codine which is great but i cant take more than 8 in 24hrs which I need really so now have to restrict myself in the day. So no more setting my alarm in night for pain. Last two night I have had to make cups of tea at 3 am just to try take edge off.
I seem to get excruciating ear pain which is causing my main problem.
When I went to doctors he said to eat dry toast and lots of it, I have done that for the past two days, yes I only have 1 third of my scabs remaining but think I will go on soft food today because I feel I am making it worse. Feels like I havent ate properly for ages. The taste of cabbage in my mouth is finally settling.
A warning to anyone who hasnt yet to get come constipation tablets cus it took me nearly a week to go, the tabs the put you on are not good.
I have been hearing alot about ‘day 10′ so at the moment I live in hope.
So it’s back to the water diet for me even tho when I dink it feels like razor blades in my throat
What we must all remember tho is why we wanted them out in the first place, so in the long run it will pay off!!
My doctor also advised me to undergo tonsillectomy.
I’m thinking about it and I did some research before going for it.
Thanks for these info.
It has been 5 weeks since the surgery.. I am 34, I still get food stock in my throat if I dont push it with liquids… Is funny cuz I do have a sense of taste in my mouth, but NOT when I swallow.. Mom say is been too long, and that i should be fully recover…
Do you know when I will be back to normal? more days weeks.. years? = (
I had my tonsillectomy just two days ago and i was terrified of the recovery process after reading a few of the posts. I’m a 21 year old female and i just want to say that i actually had a really good experience. I’m on day three post-op today and the worst pain that i have felt so far is pretty much a sore throat. I even had solid food yesterday and felt fine! Just make sure to drink plenty of fluids, and stay on top of your meds! I take my medications in the pill form because the liquid form have always made me more sick. I just mix them with apple sauce and they go down very easily. Also, i like to drink liquids such as powerade or gatorade. I like them better than juices because they are not as sweet and for me, they just go down my throat easier, but make sure to drink plain water as well. I’m very happy with my recovery so far, because as I said earlier, after reading a few of the posts I was expecting THE WORST!! So i hope this helps those who are about to have the surgery. I know I wish i had more positive stuff to read about the recovery period before i
went in for my surgery! Just remember, drink, drink, drink , and follow your doctor’s orders for taking the pain medications and you should be fine! Oh, and this comes from a person with very low pain tolerance
In reply to Annna who has had a positive experience lol I would like you to re-post at day 7 and let us know your thoughts then. I was thinking it was a doddle day two three
I had My tonsillectomy done on the 28th of january. Day one and two were the easiest, from then on until day six the pain was unbearable, the heaviness in my tongue and the built up of secretions were driving me crazy. To add to everything I started bleeding heavily and lost a lot of blood, had to be readmitted to hospital for two days, My blood count went very low and of course ended up very weak and with a prescription of iron tablets for a month. Was supposed to be off sick for only two weeks, but I am still at home. up until last week I was still feeling very dizzy and breathless just doing little things around the house. I am feeling a lot better now compared to last week and i am planning to retunr to work next week, but My throat still feels a bit sore and the secretions and the feeling of something stuck in the middle of my throat is still there, hopefully these will go away soon because is really anoying.