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crying-mancrying-manThere is a vast difference between having a tonsillectomy as a child and as an adult. Firstly, the older you are, the longer it takes the body to heal. Secondly, a child’s tonsils are much smaller than an adult’s and require much less skin to be removed. The larger adult tonsils tend to cause more trauma and pain. However, doctors do not completely understand why an adult experiences more subjective pain than a child. If you are about to have a tonsillectomy or have recently had your tonsils removed, you should expect moderate to severe discomfort and pain for at least two weeks, sometimes longer.

Immediately after the tonsillectomy operation you should not feel too much pain as you will still have the anaesthetic in your system. The pain usually starts to become very uncomfortable when you wake up the following day. Your recovery experience will depend a lot on how you plan for and manage the next two weeks. You should expect to have a mild to severely sore throat in the first two weeks. The throat pain will peak around days 7-11 when the scabs from the wound begin to fall off. You should also expect to lose some weight and feel hungry as you will not be able to follow your normal diet. Loss of taste, sore tongue, bad breath and jaw pain are also commonly reported after a tonsillectomy. Some people also experience mild to severe nausea after the operation due to the anaesthetic.

Your first challenge will be eating and drinking. The most important advice that anyone can give you about recovering from a tonsillectomy is to drink water. Unfortunately drinking water is extremely painful, especially when the throat is dry .e.g. when you first wake up. However, if you do not drink water, the throat becomes even drier and it is even more painful to drink water. You should keep a bottle of water close to you and sip it as often as you can.

Eating food is also very difficult. The most common food in the first few weeks is ice chips or ice lollies as they both hydrate your throat and numb it at the same time which is very soothing. Rough foods which scrape your throat are painful, yet some doctors recommend rough food as they say it will clean the wound and speed up your recovery. I strongly recommend that you talk to your doctor about your tonsillectomy recovery and find out what foods he or she recommends. Most people in the USA are told to eat soft foods for the first week or so until after the scabs have fallen off and then slowly progress to rougher foods. Popular soft foods are pasta, baby food, jell-o, soup, scrambled egg. Do not eat very acidic or spicy foods or sauces as these will cause pain e.g. tomato based sauces or anything with chillies in it.

You will notice that you develop a heavy grey/yellow/white membrane where the tonsils were removed. This is the scab that is protecting the area where you tonsils were removed. It will slowly go away as you heal. The greatest risk you face is hemorrhaging of the wound. This occurs when the wound opens up and begins to bleed. If it is a very small amount it is usually not a big concern, however if it is more, you need to get urgent medical attention. In all cases, you should contact your doctor immediately or get to the nearest emergency hospital. You should not worry too much about the likelihood of serious hemorrhaging during your tonsillectomy recovery period as less than 4% of people will actually experience it.


Another area to focus on is your sleeping environment. You should plan to make this area as comfortable as possible as this is where you will be spending much of your recovery time. I strongly recommend buying or borrowing a humidifier as it can significantly aid in your tonsillectomy recovery. A humidifier will increase the humidity in air that you breathe and therefore aid in keeping your throat moist. Your sleeping cycle will almost certainly be affected by the medication you take and the pain you experience.Depending on the medication you are prescribed and the schedule for taking it, you may find yourself waking up when the medication begins to wear off and the pain increases.

Most people find themselves sleeping for between four and six hours at a time. It is generally a good idea to set an alarm to take your medication if you may be sleeping as this will also give you some time to drink some water.

Medication is critical during your tonsillectomy recovery. You can expect to be prescribed both a pain killer and anti-biotic. The anti-biotic is used to prevent or control any infection arising from the wound. The pain killers are obviously prescribed to help you manage the pain. You may be prescribed an opioid based pain killer which is very effective. Talk to your doctor and ask him exactly how often you should take your medication and the maximum you can take when the pain is severe.

Remember that after the scabs fall off around days 7-11, your recovery will be rapid. Don’t forget to drink water often and follow your medication schedule. If you have not yet had your tonsillectomy and are planning for it, go out now and buy yourself some of your favourite magazines, books etc. Even although the recovery period is quite short, it feels longer than it is and the more things you have to distract yourself with the better!


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    •  Kirsty:

      Im on day 3 of recovery & after reading this im terrified about getting to day 7-11.
      im not in to much pain right now. only in the mornings when i havn’t had a drink in a few hours, though once i get up & drink & take my pain killers i seem to be fine.
      I’ve also noticed, HOTT drinks like tea & hot chocolate help ease the pain. I was given several cups of tea and water while in the hopsital, & the rougher the foods the less sore eating becomes for the day.

      I’ve been eating whole meals and snacks without a bother.
      Does this mean i’m just lucky, because most people on here seem not to be able to eat AT ALL. or am i just lucky for now?
      I was always told it would getting worse before better, but i am terrified of the pain that seems to be coming.

      Also today my taste did seem to go away slightly, i couldnt taste anything unless it was really strong or really sweet, how long does this last for?

      Right now it only feels like i have a sore throat, but i’m worried that by next monday(day 8) i’m gonna be terrible.
      Some help please?


      February 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Hey Kirsty,

      You seem to be doing the right things, I too found much relief in drinking warm drinks (camomile tea!) and eating toast. Unless you are in you late teens or early twenties, you will probably get a little worse before you get better but its certainly not something to worry about. Just keep hydrated, carry on with the food and drinks you have already discovered and find things to distract yourself like TV series. The taste problem affects everyone differently, my taste just changed slightly everything tasted a little wierd, I would expect that to start going after about 2-3 weeks.

      I’m convinced that one of the hardest parts about the 2nd stage is that you have already been through so much pain and when it gets slightly worse its just mentally a very tough thing to deal with since we are always used to getting better with time. We perceive this as getting a lot worse but in reality its not that much worse (in most cases) – Its 80% a mental battle – We seem to deal with large or small amounts of pain quite well for 3-4 days but the suddenly we become impatient and frustrated and then our tolerance to pain seems to change. Just keep your mind distracted, take you medications at exactly the prescribed schedule and keep hydrated – Before you know it you will be writing again on this forum telling us that it was quite bad, but not as bad as you thought :)



      I am only 17, so will that make it easier?
      Also today when i woke up and had drink of water a very small piece of the scab had come off. & im only on day four.
      It is slightly more painful, but honestly not by much.

      Thank you so much for this site, its so helpful & comforting to know i’m not the only one.

      I will post once i’ve recovered & share more of my experinces with other people.


      Good news! at 17 your recovery should be much less traumatic. You body is able to heal much faster and the general pain that young people report is much less than us old folks. I suspect you have probably been through the worst already!



      Hi Nina, it actually started without notice, I woke up around 6am gargling and swallowing blood, it was a very frightening experience!!!


      I had my gigantic tonsils removed 2 days ago, my throat is full of stitches and I’m in agony! My while face is swollen and my Tongue is giant and numb! I’m taking all the meds but they are doing sod all! Any advice?


      how are you feelin now i got mines out yesterday and experinceing the same thing x


      I am a 21 year old female going to get my tonsils out right after finals next week. im thinking of staying with my 29 year old boyfriend who is a lot more sensitive and understanding than my parents. Do you think this is wise, or will I be so very gross that I should stay in my parents house, essentially alone? I;ve also noticed that you tell everyone that they right in the middle of the worse part, despite what day of the recovery they are on: day 3, day 5, day 8, day 11..whatever. Should I expect to still be in bed 8 days after the surgery, or will I be able to dance, as im expected to that night? Do you have any hint about not getting other problems like a yeast infection from antibiotics, or constipation from pills or severe ear pain (even a mild sore throat hurts my ears, as they are very very sensitive)? Any other before tips?
      Thanks – Gina



      Everyone experiences their peak pain at a different time, you cannot say exactly which day it will be on, it depends on many factors and I use my experience when commenting. People are often motivated to post comments here when they are desperate for help, so of course we will see more people in their peak than otherwise. Likewise I cannot advise you how you will feel after 8 days. I would be surprised if you felt comfortable going out to a dance on day 8 although I’m sure it possible. Most doctors I have spoken to strongly advise that you do not expose yourself to busy contained areas otherwise you risk infecting your vulnerable wounds. Speak to your Doctor about medication to counter constipation and ear pain. About your boyfriend, if you’re very close then it should be fine, but I can assure you that you will have stinky breath for at least a few weeks.



  • Hello me again.

    I am on day 11 & i feel fine. i havnt taken meds today thought there are tiny little scabs left. i know by sunday (day 14) if not before im going to be back to normal. i am no longer in pain thankfully.

    The worst is most definitly over.

    As i’m only 17, my recovery was expected to be a lot less painful & shorter. Which im sure it was.

    My scabs started to come off on day 4, which made me think i was recovering too quickly, by day five i woke up almost crying, i was in terrible pain, but once i took my voltarol. I was back to being normal again.

    Day six was by far the worst of my whole experince, i woke up around 9 am, again in pain that i couldnt believe & then i hit really bad heat rush/dizzy turn to the point i lay on the floor, because i was convinced if i didnt i would pass out & the floor was cool.
    After aroud 10 minutes i could stand back up & i took my meds & went back to bed. i feel asleep & then next thing i knew i was being woken up at 3 in the afternoon.

    Days 5-9 where the worst for me but after that i quickly started to feel back to normal.
    I hardly bleed, i think once when i gargled mouthwash like intructed by my dr. and one of the scabs came off there was a little blood but after that, nothing.

    I hope this helps other younger people who are going to go through this & i am very thankful for this site, because without it. My experince would have been a lot harder as i wouldnt have had anyone to question & compair with, so thank you :) xx

    Kirsty xx


    To Gina

    It’s day 4 for me now, pain is a bit better but my breath stinks!! Make sure you chew loads of gum!! The doctor in the hospital said it helps. I havnt been able to eat anything even slightly acidic as it stings like hell. My aunty is a nurse and she visited me today at home. She saus looking at my throat the surgeon seemed to have no choice other than to use stitches!! I hope your experience is better than mine!!



    I am a 49 year old mother of 2 that has just had my tonsillectomy 24 hours ago. Along with the tonsillectomy I had my palette shortened,my nose shaved and my dangly thing cut out from my throat all due to sleep apnea.So far so good. I know its early days yet and it probably will get worse, but right now just feels like a really sore throat with swollen glands. But because I have stitches it feels like I have a furball in my throat. Just able to drink icy water only. Struggling to swallow any kind of food. Expecting to lose weight, which is probably the only good thing.


    I am 27 years old and I had my tonsillectomy a week ago today. All I can say is that it has been a hard recovery. The first couple of days were as expected which the meds took care of it. After those days the pain started to get worse and I got bad ear aches and it is painful to swallow water. I haven’t been able to eat solid food. Every time I try to eat, some of the food gets stuck in the back of my throat. The smell of the food lingers along with the smell of the scabs which makes me nauseous. I’m doing my best to stay hydrated but it’s when I swallow that the pain is worse. Even talking hurts so I’m forced to communicate with my husband through texting. I have started to cough up some scabs but it is excruciating. I’m hoping that it starts to get better. This has been an experience for me. I have gone through two seasons of scrubs and countless movies through Netflix. I try to stay away from watching TV because of the commercials. It seems like every other commercial is food advertisement. This makes me hungry and realize that i still can’t eat regular food. All I want is to eat a hamburger. I hope everyone has a speedy recovery!


    Hi, i am on day 7 judgement day, i have been to the er 3 times in these 7 days, the worse is today, i found myself lying in bed staring at the ceiling thinking to myself the worse was already done, and boom it hits me, my mouth washer which numbs the throat is now done, so i feel the effects terribly, i am forcing myself to drink cause i definitely don’t want kidney failure, now how long can this severe pain last is it just one excrutiating days or is it unknown?

    i am a 19yr old male MP and still i feel it terribly.

     Amanda M:

    I’m a 22 yr old female and had my tonsils out this morning (about 14 hours ago). I’ve been taking my painkillers (lortab) as directed ans I’m doing just fine. I can actually talk, just not loudly. I’ve managed to eat popsicles,a PB&J, and mac n’ cheese so far. I’ve put on 2 lbs of weight since just before my surgery because I have been making sure to drink fluids constantly. From ice water, to ice tea, to fruit smoothies(which were blending really well). I suspect tomorrow morning will be worse as I will go sometime without pain killers. Today, I’ve taken a nap, watched tv, and read a book. I’m able to get on my feet and move around. I’m actually having to hold myself back from wanting to do things around the house. Swallowing DOES hurt. But the more times you do it, the less it hurts so you have to get over that hurdle. Otherwise when I’m just sitting around, I have no pain. I did not need stitches and it was a very simple tonsil removal. Just wanted to leave a positive comment for someone to read!!!


    Thanks!! Im 22 and getting them out on Thursday, your comment has put me at ease! :)


    Hi, I am a 31 year old female on day 9 of recovery. I have a sore towards the back of my tongue which is my biggest problem. I can deal with the pain of swallowing but I can’t even have a popsicle or gatorade because of the sore. Even soup broth after a few bites is too much because of the salt from that. Has anyone else had this problem? Also I was wondering about aloe juice, is that something that would help? I am not finding any information on this problem. I can’t wait for pizza or a cheeseburger and I love that I read most people feel the same way!

     Leigh Anne:

    • I am on day 6 of recovery after a balloon sinuplasty and tonsilectomy. This week has been pure misery and I noticed you had issues with the tongue pain. Did you figure out what happened to cause the pain and/or come up with any solutions? I have a white line down the left side of the tongue where there is horrible pain. I have been drinking a ton of water and using ice packs non stop with no relief. Any suggestions would be great. Swallowing is still difficult and painful but I expected that so the tongue thing is really scaring me. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.


      I have a small lump on side of my tongue at the back which is really sore. This makes talking very hard and painful, which is very frustrating as I am home alone most days with my 2 young children and cant communicate!!! Did you find out what helped or how long this would last?


Hi, my name is Katy and I’m 20 years old on day 9 of my recovery.
Still in quite a bit of pain when I swallow but it is definitely nothing like it was on day 4,5 or 6. On day 4 whilst trying to eat I fainted due to the pain. Day 5 I cried most of the day. Even the pain killers which are Tramadol didn’t help. A warning to anyone who is on Tramadol be careful because they can make you extremely constipated. I didn’t go to the toilet for 8 days which caused me more pain on top of the the pain I was trying to deal with due to my throat and had to go the doctors to get something to sort it. Not good! Day 7 was the first day that I got out of bed and even then I just laid on the sofa. I looked at my throat today and I still have a yellowish type covering where my tonsils were and a few scabs. Haven’t taken any pain killers today and so far I can cope with the pain. I knew that the recovery process especially in the first week was going to be painful but not as painful as it has been and I have lost quite a bit of weight as eating has been almost impossible, drinking also has been really difficult but i have made it essential to drink. Today I am feeling much more positive as I feel I am definitely on the up! Hope this helps people. :-) xxx


Hi Katy,

I am on day 10 now. I know a lot of people have constipation due to the medications, but I did not have a problem with this. I have been drinking this shake called RVL by Monavie. You mix it with water and crushed ice. It is made from the acai berry and other fruit and vegetable extracts. This keeps things moving along pretty smoothly. We are in enough pain with our tonsils, we don’t need to add to it. Maybe this information can help someone else as well. I am still not able to eat much but the shake has all the daily nutrients as well so it does keep my energy up. I was thinking day 10 might be the day for me, but I think it’s going to take the whole two weeks. Speedy recovery to all!


I’m a 23 year old guy who as of 8 hours ago had my tonsils removed. So far it’s been mainly disorientation from the anesthesia (I can’t sleep without snorting myself awake) and minor pain when swallowing. I ate scrambled eggs, have been drinking lots of water, and haven’t required much pain medication.

Not sure when the extreme pain is going to kick in…but is there any way to expedite the scar forming process in terms of diet/liquid intake? I get the feeling that’s when it starts getting miserable and unbearable and I just want to be prepared. Right now I feel like I’m cheating just by feeling decent after surgery. Much like how I felt after wisdom teeth surgery, which ended up being one of the more pleasant experiences of my medical past. Percocet is quite the drug.

I’m trying to remain realistic so I don’t overextend this temporary relief that I’m feeling from all the talk of “worst thing ever” from docs, nurses, and the experienced tonsillectomied! I feel like I’m waiting for a verdict here. Maybe I’ll get lucky and the judge of tonsillectomies will let me slip by with a warning.


Hey Jake,

The horror stories are generally from people who are a bit older that you and who have minor complications such as ulcers or a minor hemorrhage. There is not much you can do to expedite the process but based on your current state I think you will be in mild pain and together with some good painkillers will probably breeze through it. Obviously keep hydrated and be careful not to eat very acidic foods and I’m sure the judge will look upon your with favorable eyes. Don’t think its over though, keep indoors as much as possible and don’t strain yourself and certainly don’t plan social events for at least 2 weeks.

Good luck!


Hi Jake,

I had my tonsillectomy and UPPP surgery exactly 21 days ago today. I am 49 and expected the absolute worst, however I must admit it was NOWHERE near as bad as I have read from other blogs. My turning point was exactly day 10. I woke up and it felt like I was back to normal ,it literally happened overnight. They say the older you are the more difficult it is,however I managed fine. My pain was probably 4 out of 10 at its worst,however the hardest thing was just not being able to swallow anything,even water. But for others out there dont panic, it is nowhere near as bad as what I thought. I did take 3 weeks off work, however I could have gone back after 2. My stitches are still in after 21 days, but my ENT surgeon said today they will drop out anyday now.I am back to eating a completely normal diet again.


Hi everyone,
My name is Charlotte and I’m 21 years old. I had my tonsillectomy on March 22 (so I guess I’m on recovery day 3 now) which also required an overnight stay. Whilst I was at the hospital the pain was very minimal, now that I’m home, the pain seems so much worse. I woke up this morning with a very sore jaw, sore tongue, sore throat, everything! Is very difficult to swallow but am drinking as much water as possible. I was able to eat toast in the hospital but don’t think that’s gonna be at all possible now :/ I’m in Australia and they recommend you try to get back to your normal diet as soon as possible…

I tried gargling with some anti-bacterial mouthwash last night and got the most awful taste in my mouth. Was that the scab I was tasting??


Hi Charlotte,
I am in Australia too. As I said above I had a tonsillectomy and a UPPP procedure (for sleep apnoea).I am 49 and a mother of 2 and day 10 was the turning point for me. I needed only panadol 4 hourly for the first 4 days after that I stopped taking meds and managed.Good luck


Im 16, i had my op on the 21st of march for tonsillectomy and im now on day 5 and of what ive heard is to be prepared for the worst as they say you get worse before better.
i used to smoke, i stopped on the sunday night the 20th of march just incase it became a problem and caused infections. i thought it would of been hard but i dont feel like having a cig and it doesnt bother me seeing other people smoke.
Day 1 when i came out of surgery i just wanted to sleep i didnt want to eat but they made me eat an egg butty, i was just tired that day.
Day 2 all i wanted to eat was skips and wotsits which i did and had 3 bowls of ice-cream too but my mum shouted haha! so she made me eat soup and bread, I was still in pain with my throat and still very tired.
Day 3 i had spaghetti bolognaise and left quite abit, i had still been taking my meds correctly and still felt in pain, i had tried different drinks but they kinda hurt my throat so ive stuck with water. although i tried a hot chocolate in that morning and it seemed to be relaxed (my throat). but on the night time was worse i had woke up in pain but i took my meds and fell back asleep.
Day 4 i woke up with a sore jaw and aching with my throat. i had curry that day, i know your thinking by god are you mental but no im not i had a mild curry and i left just a little bit this time. i had quite a few ice-lollies and felt great i didnt feel like a drink so i didnt touch one but bad mistake KEEP DRINKING!, i had a little sing that day to but… it was the worst singing ever as you cannot really talk properbly, but i wished i never opened my gob because…..
Day 5 (Today) Ive realised that i thought i was getting better but no im getting worse as i also woke up with a really sore jaw and sore throat worse than day 4 proberbly because of the singing. Ive cried every single day except day 4 thats the day i thought i was going to get better but obviously not its getting worse. i dont feel like talking ive had 5 ice-pops and 2 pancakes and a couple of pints of water i feel ok-ish now but this morning i was bad and im dreading tomorrow and all the days until im better.
Just thought id let you all know how im getting on.


Just finished day 4. By far the worst day so far.

Woke up with sore throat and jaw, and a mild headache. Took some painkillers which just seemed to make me worse. They didn’t really help the throat pain, but made me incredibly dizzy the entire day and gave me an awful migraine. I spent the entire day snoozing on the couch unable to get up because I felt so dizzy.

Was able to eat 1/2 a muffin, some macaroni and cheese and some icy poles… and that’s about it. Swallowing is becoming more difficult but it’s the headaches/dizziness I hate the most right now. Really dreading the next couple of days…


Hi im a 21 year old male who has been experiencing issues with my tonsils for around 19 months and in that time had 3 quinsy’s im generally fit and well except for this. Im now at the end of day 6 after having my tonsils out my surgeon said he had an issue removing the left tonsil due to what he believed to be a result of the quinsy’s but he did manage to remove it.

On day one i had little pain just slightly daises due to the anesthetic. it was around day 2/3 that the pain started and i have been getting severe jaw and ear ache. i have been taking ibrupruphen and paracetamol as much as recommended to help reduce the pain. i have been unable to eat properly since day 3 and i find that most things seem to sting and cause discomfort to the throat. Ive found that scrambled egg is ok to eat but can get boring quickly, tonight i managed to eat a little bit of pasta with grated cheese which was rather tasty.

I have been trying to keep myself as busy as possible to during the days as a distraction, for example on days 4/5 i gave to car a clean which was tiring but got me out in the fresh air and today on day 6 i went to a beer garden with a friend for a couple of hours (i only had a glass of iced water) i find that in the morning and evenings is where the pain is at its worse.

I cant wait to start feeling better as im getting major cravings for all foods especially dominos! watching live t.v. doesn’t help as their are soooo many food adverts.

I need something to keep me entertained over the next few days can anyone recommend a tv series or xbox game?


Hey Ethan,

You seem to be managing your recovery very well. Some great TV series are; The wire, Mad men, The Pacific.. but if you are looking for something totally captivating check out Sparticus!


Thanks forth tips I will check them out :)

I must say this page is very useful it’s reassuring to know their are others out there in the exact same position and you can get some great tips from some of the posts.

I’m now at the end of day 7 well early hours of day 8 and I stayed in bed for most of today watching t.v and Playing Cod and have found myself feeling slightly better I’m not sure if it was because o just rested or was distracted but either way I’m not fussed.

I managed to eat some fried chicken balls tonigh that my family got with their takewaway amd must say they were fairly easy to swallow and helped reduce some of the cravings I’ve been getting. So would recommend them to anyone who is getting bored of scrambled egg and ice lollies.

Best way to get through is find somthing to keep you distracted! e.g tv series(lost) or xbox(call of duty)


Hello, i’m a 17 year old girl who’s tonsils were removed on the 21st of march, making this day 6 of recovery. Its 03:36am & I have woken up in the most painful state.
My recovery so far has been terrible. When I got home from the hospital, I honestly felt fine, expected with the amount of drugs i’d been pumped up with & the anaesthetic still playing a part. The next day I felt almost the same, much more awake & in a little more pain. Then, from day 3 its been the most painful, upsetting & frustrating experience i’ve ever been through.
I am in so much pain, all I want to do is cry but that just hurts even more. I’m only on ibuprofen & paracetomol… these aren’t working in the slightest. I cant eat, drink or talk, the pain of swallowing is too much to bare.
At this moment i’m sucking on a cough candy which is currently the only ‘food’ thats in my system. It also gives me a few minutes of numbness in my throat for me to have a sip of water. As you can imagine, i’m also suffering from constipation, haven’t even felt the need to go since the day before my surgery.
I just wanna know if theres a light at the end of this seemingly long tunnel, & if anyone can give me any advice on what to do, what to eat & drink? I’m really at wits end, any advice is welcome.
Thank you xxx


Im On Day 6 Too, Im in alot of pain and im on the same medications as you too.
All i can say is ive found it ok having a hot drink i can still feel abit of discomfort but it has helped, and i woke up at 12 last night :( but ive found it abit easier setting an alarm and taking some medication and then going back to sleep.
I find that all i want to do too is cry but it seems to hurt more it will soon be over, just think we dont get as much pain as the older people :) xxx


Hey Claire,

All I can tell you at this point about pain is that you will be surprised how quickly you recover, its not something that takes ages to heal with little progress each day. One day you will be in pain, the next it wil have rapidly subsided and a few days later you will have forgotten mostly about the severe pain. There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel! Re: what to eat and drink, read the other sections of the blog – Mostly importantly, drink lots of water even if its not comfortable and stay away from acidic foods which will hurt your delicate wounds.

Keep strong girl!



Hang in there! There definitely is a light at the end of the tunnel :)

As to your constipation, I’ve been experiencing that too, and you can always visit your pharmacist and ask them to give you something to help ‘speed’ the process hehe ;) but on the other hand, as you’ve said you also haven’t really been eating much, and when that happens the system slows down naturally because it doesn’t have anything to really push it along, so maybe wait until you’re able to eat something with a little more fibre in it?


Heyy. just thought i would post something positive! I am now on day 15 of my recovery and I’m feeling almost back to normal. Just a little bit of pain when I swallow now, but not much. Another 2 sleeps and I think ill be completely fine! Being 20 years old I thought I would be absolutely fine by now. never mind. Nearly ok now. Day 14 was the first day that I was able to go back to eating my normal diet. The first week was awful, thought I was never going to get better, so much pain, experienced bad nausea and I did alot of crying! However there is light at the end of the tunnel… So to all you out there that are in alot of pain, it does get better with time! Just got to try and keep positive :-)
Katy xxx


Also… just want to ask a question. I am from the UK and I have noticed on here that people have said that they have received antibiotics as well as painkillers from the hospital on discharge and then have a had a follow up appointment with ENT. I just received painkillers and won’t have a follow up appointment with ENT. I Just obviously have to go back if I have any problems. Is this normal and that it’s just what the UK doctors do? maybe different countries\doctors do different things? Anyone know?
Katy xx


Hi Katy

I think thats just the way the uk does it as I’m from the midlands and I too wasn’t given anti-biotics or a follow up appointment.

Gotta love Cutbacks


As far as I know, I’m pretty sure the doctors are meant to supply you with antibiotics to fight off any possible post-op infections… because if you get an infection, it’ll put you right back to square one in terms of recovery. Maybe give your doctor a call and ask? It’s also pretty important to organise a post-op check-up, just to make sure you’re healing properly.


i was only given 400mg ibuprophen and no follow up either, also from the uk :) must just be the NHS being tight :)


I had my tonsils out last week here in the UK. Was sent home with paracetamol only! Its been the toughest week of my life in terms of pain (and I have had 2 children with no pain relief!!). It has been impossible to eat and I have dropped so much weight i look skeletal! Its very frustrating to read on here about other countries that keep people in hospital for the first week on morphine and drips etc while i was packed off and sent home within 24 hours of surgery with only basic paracetamol. I do feel I would have benefitted from stronger painkillers and a drip for food as I am having dizzy spells now where I have literally not eaten for 8 days. I understand the whole bed shortage thing but I think things have gone a little too far…


I’m on day four and I must say I feel like dying would b less painful it’s agony my throat my ears my Tongue and my head is killing I had a double whammy I had my wisdom teeth and tonsils out in one op not a good idea x


Katy that’s normal I didn’t receive a follow up either I got antibiotics but that was because I have an infection in tge healing x


Just woke up on day 7 – the pain today is by far the worst I’ve had. I think my scabs must be falling off… I haven’t had any ‘chunks’ fall out or anything, but there seems to be less of it covering my throat whenever I take a look. Up until now my recovery has been nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Throat pain was never really above an 8, and I never had any of the referred ear pain. What annoyed me the worst was the dizziness, headaches, tiredness caused by my meds. But yeah, throat pain definitely a 9 or 10 today. I think eating might be impossible… very painful to swallow saliva let alone water or food :/ Just gotta hope that this severe pain is the worst part of the process everyone keeps talking about, and then I’ll start to feel a lot better after…


Hi all,
I’m 19 and going onto day four of my recovery. I’m incredibly swollen and there’s a foul taste in my mouth. Being in Australia they’ve urged me to get back to a normal diet ASAP, but it’s been hard choking down toast and I’ve resorted to ice cream and jelly.
I’m telling you I’ve downed at least a tub of ice cream in the past three days.
My biggest problem is sleep. I hate sleeping now because when I wake up I have dry-mouth and it feels like I’ve got razorblades in my throat.
Also, I always feel like I’m getting food stuck in the wounds which sounds rank and disgusting. I hate this! What’s worse is the boredom of sitting in bed. I’m running out of box-sets to watch and books to read.
My funds are running dangerously low and I need to get back to work! I’ve also got an Usher concert this weekend (it falls on day 8) and I’m going to go even if it kills me!
Of course I’ll take precautions, like not screaming and making sure to keep hydrated.
I’m actually wondering if pets are a problem here. My cats sleep near me all the time; on my bed, next to my pillow, on my lap. I love their company but can their fur be harmful to me if I breathe it in? I’m not allergic to cats.
Also, Aussie doctors warn against hot drinks, but would a warm tea be OK? Or some warm hot chocolate?
Are dairy products in general OK?



Try sleeping by a humidifyer. This really helps keep the throat moist while you’re sleeping. I slept next to my dog the whole time and I don’t think that mattered at all. I was fine with warm liquids, just not hot. As far as the dairy products, some people have a problem and feel like it chokes them and causes phlegm while others say it is soothing. I stayed away from it just to be on the safe side. I hated the feeling of food getting stuck in the back of the throat! I stuck to easy stuff, but I’m an American. I think it is so funny how the doctors have such different theories on this. Good luck to you and take it easy!


Hey Annie,
I’m in Australia too. My doctor’s didn’t give me any warnings about hot drinks, they just told me, like you, to try and get back to my normal diet as soon as possible. I’m on day 8 now and still experiencing a lot of pain, but have managed to forced down foods like toast, a bit of spaghetti, fish, etc. I have been drinking lukewarm lemon tea with honey, so I’m sure if you just let your hot drinks cool down a lot before you drink them, you should be fine.
As for dairy products, I’ve been trying to avoid them. I think dairy in general is not recommended because it can leave a film in your mouth that is difficult to swallow, and can also promote bacteria build up… so maybe avoid it for now. I’ve been living off sorbet and icy poles, those I definitely recommend!!

As for boredom, try playing a computer game! It’s all I’ve been doing lately :)

Good luck trying to get to your Usher concert – if it was me I probably wouldn’t go though. I’m on day 8 now and still feel like crap. If you do end up going, I’d avoid singing or screaming of any kind as this will really hurt your throat.


I am so glad I found this site, I am 53 and on day 5 post tonsillectomy. I never thought for one minute the pain could be as bad as this and was worried something had gone very wrong but after reading your stories I feel much better in myself. The day after the op I felt fine with minimal pain and thought it was going to be easy, since then the pain and swelling inside my mouth has got worse each day and I am dreading tomorrow. I called the hosp who told me to go back for a check and they prescribed Augmentin anti-biotic, that was yesterday, but no improvement yet. I have nasty taste inside my mouth and feel constantly nauseous. I dread mealtimes absolutely. I am drinking lots of water through the pain. I feel such a baby but I cant help thinking there’s something wrong.


Hi all- I am a 58 year old woman. I had my tonsilectomy on March 17th due to cryptic tonsils and large tonsil stones, as well as infections. As a teacher I was continuously exposed to illness and as a grandmother I was sick of it! I was totally freaked out and put this off for many years but now, on day 14, I am almost on the “other” side. The pain/discomfort was as I expected – definately uncomfortable but managed by hydrocodene nicely. My worst days were day 5 and day 10 – I don’t remember much about day 5 but day 10 was difficult because my mouth was very sore due to thinning of the scabs and it was hard to eat anything. I reduced the pain med on day 12 and stopped it completely on day 13 – too constipating and I could deal without it. Today my daughter-in-law and I went to lunch at Panera (oh yeah, more soup) but it was great to get out. My biggest fear was bleeding and that did not happen – a few minor streaks here and there. I really took care to do everything correctly, so far anyways, and it worked :) I drank water continuously but the best advice I can give anyone is this: CHEW GUM! chewing gum releases tension in the jaw, provides much needed saliva and makes your mouth feel fresh – I chewed gum about 10 minutes every hour at first and then less as time went on. The nurse at my ENT’s office gave me this tip and it works! Day 16, this Friday, is my doc visit but I’m looking good and thrilled that I took this step toward better health – it was/is worth it and really not all that bad to endure.

 Sean in London:

Thanks for your account Susan. I had noticed that I had become constipated too – I haven’t been to the toilet since Wednesday and it’s now Saturday. I also noticed that I can only do little wees, and quite often feel I need to go back to the toilet within minutes of going. I will ask my partner to get me some chewing gum, sounds like a good idea to keep my mouth hydrated.


Hello, me again! I just wanted to say thank you for the advice :)
Its kind of ironic, the day after i’d posted that i’d experienced heavy bleeding from my tonsil bed & was rushed to a hospital that wasn’t even my own towns hospital. I had to stay there for 2 nights, turns out I had an infection (thats why my pain was so severe) & if I hadn’t got to hospital when I did, it could have progressed into septacemia. I was attached to a drip, one for fluids & one for antibiotics. It was a horrible experience & i’d never wish it upon anyone.
I just wanna say, if you experience any bleeding from your wounds, PLEASE go to a&e or get in touch with the out of hours call service. It could be nothing or it could be serious… you can never assess these things yourself.
I’m now feeling a lot better than I did, i’m still on a lot of antibiotics & a hydrogen peroxide gargle but its all part of getting better. & you’re right, I almost cant even remember the pain I was in! I’m sleeping a lot better too & think i’ll be fully better in no time :)
This site has really helped me, Nina you’re doing a great thing so thank you so much!


Hi People of this awesome blog :)

I’m 17 and had my tonsils out on the 18th of march. i am a singer and i am doing performing arts and music and college and a lot relies on me being able to sing soon for my final exams!

I’m doing ok i think, although the worst think about the whole process which noone here seems to have experienced is the fact that my mouth was cut during the operation! the corners of my mouth have split and are more sore than my throat when i try and swallow! its annoying because i can take the pain of swallowing to eat, but i can’t open my mouth wide enough to get the flippin food in!! its quite upsetting to look at too, i feel a bit like the joker from Batman :(

Day 1 of recovery (when i got out of hospital) i ate burger and chips :) i thought it was going to be terrible, and as a singer i was really worried about people fiddling around in my throat. i’m still not really able to speak properly yet, but i think thats down to my mouth not opening properly and the amount of saliva i seem to be generating! i can speak, but sometimes some things just don’t come out.
The pain normally gets quite bad around 7 in the evening and then becomes kind of unbearable for a little while, and waking up in pain is awful…really horrid, but once my paracetamol and ibuprophen kicks in i’m normally ok :)

Another thing i have experienced which is wierd is my (excuse the term) “Waggler” at the back of my throat seemed to be horrifically swollen when i came out of theatre and i struggled to breath through my nose, i could feel it touching the back of my tongue which is one of the most bizarre things i’ve ever felt. it’s still bigger than it should be but i can breath through my nose now in most positions, sometimes, i can only breath in through my nose and have to breath out through my mouth, i think my swollen waggler must have been acting like a little valve or something.

It has been quite comforting to read these posts though, i’ve been bored stiff sitting at home on my own with only 3 options of things to do: TV, Playstation or Coursework…..


Hi to everyone. Can anyone help me? Im now on day 6 and swallowing has become almost unbearable even swallowing my own saliva is agony and I am letting it build up in my mouth before I dare swallow it. Has anyone else had that much pain? Im good at pain normally. And when I swallow I feel it is not a proper normal swallow, its like I make myself do a weak swallow instead so it doesnt hurt as much. My ears hurt, my neck hurts. This afternoon I coughed and I dislodged something on the right hand side and I could feel something pricking and sort of ‘stuck’, so I swallowed a half glass of water to get rid of it. Was that a scab coming off do you think? Im fed up, Im depressed, Im feeling ever so sorry for myself. What if it hurts this much forever? What if the swelling doesnt go down?


my pain was just as severe until day 6. day 6 was fine for me just with some drowsyness and chest pains, then day 7 i woke up with the above mentioned stinging pain. i rang a doctor and was told that the pain i had from drinking water was the scab falling off. so be weary of this, and relax. the pain WILL go away, and after a while it should hopefully start to numb a bit. i also found that swallowing was incredably painful. severe, so much so i found myself spitting out my saliva instead of swallowing. till my mum gave me some jelly with a bit of anistetic mouthwash, the mouthwash once swallowed will numb the throat and after that you should be able to eat anything with no pain at all. and the jelly is just to help the mouthwash go down better, (:

 Sean in London:

Everything you describe is what I’m going through right now. It is LIVING HELL. Currently I have a mouthful of saliva which I go and scrape out with with tongue scraper because swallowing is like someone pressing a cigarette inside my throat. To anyone except us guys on here, going through this together, the way I’ve described it would sound like a melodrama, but it is actually exactly as I said it.

I just wish this would go away. It feels like it’s going to go on forever. My partner doesn’t appreciate what I’m going through at all on this, I think he thinks I’m just making it all up for attention or to get out of doing house work.


hey, im 18, currently on day 8 of my recovery, but the pain was quite severe, and i have a fairly high tollerence for pain (and horrid spelling i appologise,) yesterday i woke up to drink some water and found myself in absolute agony. drinking the water made my throat hurt, sting even. this was so bad, i didnt drink all day. until my boyfriend bought some powerade, and i had a sip. i knowticed it went down quite well. i assume this was because the concistency is a little thicker. also tastes grate (: so if you ever find youself unable to drink water as the sting is to bad, then give something else a try, vitamin water, gatorade, powerade, any of those drinks designed to hydrate and taste good.


Hi Everyone! I’m 24 and currently on day 3. When waking up in the morning I have sore throat but after taken my medication I feel great…I been drinking lots of cold water and eating cold apple sauce…My mother been blending me some chicken noodle soup to eat at night with bread that I soak in the soup. I started to hear a clicking sound on both of my ears when waken up this morning…Is that normal? Well hope everyone have a great recovery =)

 Sean in London:

Hi everyone. I’m 37 years old, and into Day 3 of my recovery. I was operated on at Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge, arriving at 7.30am and was discharged by 1pm. The staff were extremely helpful, except that when I came round from the anaesthetic, I was left alone to recover, and I really felt like I wanted someone to be there. The surgeon told me to eat as normal in order that the passage of food clean the wound, and drag with it dead flesh/scabs. I was prescribed a medication regime of 1000mg Paracetamol + 30mg Dihydrocodeine once every four hours, with a 400mg dose of Ibuprofen once every four hours, alternating on two hour cycles, i.e. at 7am take P+C, at 9am take Ibu, at 11am take P+C, etc, throughout the day. I’m now taking my medication on three hour cycles. It is working, but of course the pain is still pretty intense, especially when I eat, drink, or swallow. On day 1, I actually wept with the pain of drinking which is something I haven’t done since childhood. Foodwise, I’ve found small chicken pieces fairly easy to get down, and I actually had one pizza slice yesterday, which I chewed and chewed into mush before swallowing. The main causes of discomfort for me are the soreness, and the fact that my uvula has swollen up to the size of a large grape which makes me feel like I have food stuck in my throat all the time and makes sleeping really uncomfortable as it keeps blocking my breathing passages, so I have to sleep kind of sitting up. Looking down my throat is horrible. It’s just an absolute car crash in there, and looks like it’s all decaying and going grey. I’m very glad I have a tongue scraper which makes scraping out all the gunk and slimy spit much easier than trying to gently cough it out. I’ve found that drinking milk leaves me with thick slime in my mouth which looks like runny cottage cheese when I scrape it out. Glad I read about drinking lots to aid recovery, it’s not something my surgeon mentioned, but the most painful times for me at the moment are when I wake up in the night, my painkillers have worn off, and my throat is dry, so I would say that other than keeping up with the painkillers, the next best thing you can do to ease the pain is keep sipping water. I’m glad I found you all on here, I will bookmark this page for the next few days to keep up with you all!


Well guys I am on day 12 now and I think I am well and truly over the worst of it… I still have a little bit of throat pain, but nothing too terrible. To be honest the whole experience was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I experienced none of the referred ear pain, my throat pain was never really above an 8, I contracted no secondary infection and had absolutely no bleeding… even though the pain was quite severe from days 4-8, I was still able to eat light, soft meals and keep my energy up. I must admit the thing I hated the most was the medication I was prescribed; they made me feel so dizzy and drowsy and sometimes gave me terrible headaches. Plus they made me so constipated! Hehe :)

But yeah, I think I was definitely one of the lucky ones! So to those people who are terrified of having the surgery (just like I was before all this), even though you sometimes see scary stories, just know that sometimes you might just breeze through it all too! :)

Best advice I can give is drink LOTS of water! And try to eat some rougher foods early on after surgery before the pain sets in. I know some doctors in other countries tell you to stick to soft stuff in the first week, but I think the fact I attempted to eat rougher foods like toast straight after surgery reduced the scab build-up in the back of my throat, therefore when the scabs fell off I felt no extra pain, and barely even noticed it to be honest! I’m pretty sure that it was meant to be the most painful part of recovery… oh well :)

Good luck everyone!! :)


You may be correct on eating some rougher foods throughout – I am actually at day 18 – had my 2 week check-up and still have some scabs – it’s interesting, they look like they have all melted away at times and at other times my throat is white once again. My doctor says I look great and just what he expected, but I have to wonder whether or not I would have these scabs had I not been eating only a soft diet – one other issue is that I haven’t had any pain meds for 6 days now and I am just finding my energy – the narcotics really take a toll! I am 58 yrs old so that may also have something to do with it – but I am fit and active and believe it just takes that long for the narcotics to completely get out of the system.
Lastly, I am done with soup for a long time :)


Well, i am 24, had my tonsillectomy 2 days ago… worst pain ever, took a while for me to come round from the anastetic so the drs decided to keep me in overnight, good job, the morning afterwards i passed out, my BP was in my boots and the pain was unbearable! I finally got home late that afternoon, was eating and drinking as much as i could but the pain was too much, the following day i had nausea and vomiting, bringing up clots of blood and boil, i had to have an injection to help get rid of the nausea and vomiting, my breath stinks really bad, trying to brush as best as i can but can barely open my mouth. Had to stop taking diclofenac as they believe it was this that was making me sick, so now just taking salphadine max, it’s barely taking the edge off, hurts when i talk, even swallowing saliva, my tongue is still numb and i really cant wait till im healed cause im seriously struggling. scabs haven’t even started to come off yet either! Starting to wish i didnt have it done now

 Sean in London:

Okay guys, I’m on Day 4 of my recovery. There are three things in particular which are making my recovery more bearable:
1. Keep sipping and sipping water
2. Chew gum
3. Use a tongue scraper


Sean in London,
So glad to hear you are chewing gum – it really does help! I am almost fully recovered and feeling good – you will also! So tell us, is London all excited about the big wedding of Prince William?

 Sean in London:

Hi Susan

To be honest, not many people are talking about it, but I do know that many feel resentful that these two people, through accident of birth, are about to have the most lavish wedding at taxpayer’s expense, whilst the rest of us scrimp within ever declining standards of living and the constant fear of redundancy.

I have read about people in New York going crazy for ‘the Kate Middleton look’.


 Mark from Salt Lake:

Hi All from Salt Lake,

I am 41 year old male. On March 23, 2011 I had a tonsillectomy. All of my problems with this surgery are pretty much the same as everyone discribes. I am on day 11 now and this is how it has been for me so far.

My Progress of pain Day by Day:
Day 1: Not so bad B/C of Anistesia.

Day 2: Started taking Pain Meds (500 mg loritabs, 2 every four hours)pain was starting to set in and I was beginning to loose sleep.

Day 3: More pain, more meds, water, coke, ice chips and lots of movies, very little food, maybe 2 to 4 hours of off and on sleep.

Day 4,5,6,7 and 8: Climbing the walls with pain, tears, and praying this would go away.

Day 9: it all changed,but still in little pain. I stopped taking meds, swallowing improving but not great, still not much sleep. Still not much food, only noodles, apple sauce and no yogurt b/c it put a milky substance on my tongue. Sleep has not improved and I a have noticed my ears, jaw and tongue are hurting.

Day 10: 24 hours off meds and doing ok. Sleep and swallowing improving. I ate solid food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Slight discomfort in swallowing, but not bad at all. I felt alot better by this point but, jaw, tongue and headache ae still a problem. Sleep is improving alot, but I wake up b/c of dry mouth and sore tongue. My diet almost back to regular schedule. I went to the gym today and sat in the steamer (highly recomended) and hot tub (awesome)! I feel good and I am coming out of the woods, however I have found some long term concerns. My tongue is still hurting and my taste buds are not working that great. This forum has helped me understand that my tongue and taste buds may take some time to recover. I understand to be patient.

Day 11: No more jaw pain or head ache. I slept last night for 8 hours, I took a mild sleeping pill, it helped. I woke up twice b/c of dry mouth and tongue was slightly hurting b/c I needed water.

Imagine trying to do this without modern medical technology?
Be patient!!!:)

I hope this may help anyone who is going through what I went through.

God Bless,


 Sean in London:

Very good point you make Mark. I had my appendix out at 17 and my tonsils out the other day. We are blessed with today’s medical technology, without which I could possibly now be dead.


Hi to all. Im on day 9 and have felt some improvement with regards to the pain and swelling of my throat. I tried to eat a mashed banana today, it was no problem to get down but the stinging sensation was so bad it made my eyes water and I couldnt manage more than 3 mouthfuls. Can anyone tell me when I will be able to eat fruit and spicy foods? My throat is extremely sensitive to anything except bland and lukewarm things at the moment. Did any of you guys experience the same thing? I am thinking of you all, best wishes.


Hello! I am a 29 year old female and had my tonsils out almost a week ago, March 29. I was hoping to be eating within a week but so far I can only eat popsicles. I have tried a few bites of soft food but everything tastes horrible. Drinking water is ok but I’m starving and just want some food! My pain is ok but I am still taking a pain pill every 4 hours as prescribed. Reading this site it seems I have another week and a half to go before the pain is gone and I can eat! That is bad news…hope everyone has a speedy recovery.

 Sean in London:

Folks, it’s Day 5. I’ve hardly eaten since last Thursday, and now the weight is dropping off, my urine is very dark, and I haven’t had a bowel movement since last Wednesday, despite taking laxatives now for two nights running. I feel very weak and dizzy and spaced-out, my throat is just disgusting, my breath smells like eggs and garlic, and I keep having hot and cold sweats.


Day 5 was my worst day – and now for you it’s almost over – I finally slept through the night on day 6. My healing is slow but progressive as today is day 19 and I still have thin scabs and today it hurt to swallow but overall I’m feeling good. If you are on a narcotic (hydrocodone was mine) that likely is making you feel yucky although I really needed it to eat anything. Good luck – you are progressing – sadly this operation is the type that the healing process gets worse before it gets better and that is hard to rationalize but you will get there, trust me! I never thought I would!

 Naomi in Durham England:

Hi All

This site makes me feel so much more reassured !

I am 33 and had my tonsils out on 29th March (7 days ago) I was sore on the first day but days 2-4 were fine took some pain killers but was surprised at how good I felt! .

AND then it hit me day 5 – I was in total agony and last two nights I have cried with the pain. Really nice to hear other peoples experiences and know that I will get better soon. I plan to try chewing gum so thanks for that piece of advice.

It hurts so bad when I swallow and the pain killers dont seem to work that well- paracetamol gives some relief- went to GP today and got codeine but that just makes me dizzy and disorientated and doesnt help the pain!! I also have constipation!! and my taste has gone almost completely – everything tastes bland !!

Thanks so much for this site- Its so good to know I am not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel. best wishes to you all


Hi Naomi,
Definately chew that gum – it reall does help! It also helps your mouth taste good – I chewed spearmint – nothing too menthol or spicy. I am on day 20 and still have some “scabs” but they are pretty thin and I am eating normally, with the exception of popcorn or nuts – the doc asked me to stay away from that roughage until the scabs are completely dissolved. It’s hard to believe but you will get through this – keep distracted and take your pain killer – I had constipation and took stool softeners, which sort of worked. But I needed the pain killer for a little longer. I will say that it has taken about a week to get the effects of the pain killer (hydrocodone) out of my system. I’m pretty much back to normal now – you will be too.

 Sean in London:

Morning folks. It’s Day 6, 5am. I woke up with pain and spent 15 minutes in the toilet trying to degunk myself. The toilet pan looked a real mess when I’d done tongue scraping and hacking up as much as I could bear. I just noticed I have enough codeine for today and tomorrow and am worried that’s not enough. I may have to go get some more before I run out. I’m a little worried about ‘the pain to come’. Reading these accounts, it would seem as though I’m on the cusp of a defining period of PAIN, and I’m afraid that my partner’s sympathy is going to run out. Last night he was dropping hints about the dishwasher not being emptied when he came home from work, and having to make his own dinner, etc. It feels as though he feels I’m dramatising the pain of all this, and that I should be doing some household chores while he’s out at work. He even referred to my time off work as ‘the holiday before our holiday’! Is anyone feeling a bit unsupported by their nearest and dearest?


Hi Sean, I found the same thing. The reason is we are lead to believe tonsillectomy is a tiny op-no big deal-a couple of days and you’ll be right-eh. My doc likened it to having your fingernails cut!!! Wait ’til I see him again. We all know different now dont we? Anyway, I cured the ‘no sympathy’ very early on in our house, when my hubby sat there and asked me what I was going to cook for his tea-obviously trying to get me up out of the chair and out of my self-pitying mode! At that point, I stood up and brought him a flashlight, gave it to him and told him to look at my throat, which he did. The look on his face was truly a picture, I thought he was going to faint. I have had nothing but sympathy ever since. Thats the answer you see – unless you show people what it looks like (and I mean really show them, lit up with a flashlight) they imagine it to be a bit red like a sore throat. I have to confess that’s how I thought it would be as well. LOL!!

 Sean in London:

Hi everyone

I’m on Day 7 of my recovery now, and feel I’m in the most painful phase. I can barely sleep because as soon as I start breathing through my mouth, the air feels like sandpaper on my throat and it wakes me up. I then have to go through the dreadful routine of moistening my mouth, using my tongue scraper to sweep out the gunk and then try to drink water to rehydrate.

I have now not had a bowel movement for a whole week. It’s not that I’ve eaten much, nor that I particularly feel the need to go, but I normally go every day, and it just feels terribly unhealthy to have decaying food sitting in my gut this long.

I have just read about the side effects of the Dihydrocodeine tablets I was prescribed: // and it states there: ‘Constipation is the one side-effect of dihydrocodeine and almost all opioids which is near-universal.’ So that is the cause. Reading through the other side effects, I realise I’m affected by two or three others too.

I have one days’ worth of DHC tablets left and I am still in such pain that I’m frightened how I’ll cope without more tablets. I am weighing up whether to go to the doc’s to get another prescription, but I know if I do, I still won’t hit the toilet and I’m very keen to do that to flush toxins out of my body.


 Sean in London:

Guys. I’m going through TOTAL HELL at the moment. This is pain like I’ve never felt in my life. When I swallow, or drink, (I’m not eating going to think about eating), it literally feels like a cigarette end is being pressed on my throat. Looking through these posts it seems I’m not alone, but I honestly don’t know how long I can cope with this kind of pain, it’s so awful and relentless. I’m a 37 year old man and I feel like crying.

 Sean in London:

Has anyone used a throat anaesthetic spray to help? Does it work? I’m thinking of getting my hands on some, if only to help me eat.


YESSS!!! Buy Difflam, best stuff ever! :)

 Sean in London:

Haha, I’ve been using Chloraseptic and it does really help.


Quick question…

How long did you guys wait after your tonsillectomy before you started exercising again?

I’m a long distance runner and am itching to get back into it, but it’s only been 16 days since I had my tonsils out. As far as I know you’re meant to wait 3-4 weeks before you do any rigorous exercise, but I wondered if some light jogging/cycling might be OK starting Monday next week?

 Jean-Luc Tallis:

On the 6th April, I woke up at 11am after having my tonsillectomy. I was the first on the list.

As getting it done so early, today (8th) is technically the 3rd day.

I’m 17 years old, 18 in 2 months. I woke up yesterday very very sore, though I don’t know why I was complaining as today is even worse. I believe the throats nervous system is connected with the ears. So it feels like you have an ear infection but it is just the throat.

Chewing chewing gum actually helps. It increases saliva flow and encourages swallowing.

I don’t have any anti-biotics I believe. Just Diclofenac (Anti-inflammatory) and Co-Codomal. The supply of Co-Codomal is slim. Take no more than 8 a day which only leaves me with a 3.5 day supply. I can’t do that so I had to drop back to 4 a day to give me a 5 day supply.

The 4th day (tomorrow) is deemed to be the worst.

During the night and morning, I cannot eat and find it difficult to drink but so far during the day – I am able to eat normal foods but I am keeping away from Crisps, Toast and anything that may be sharp on the throat.

I would love to hear from someone who’s had tonsillectomy and in early recovering. It’s nice to know you have someone to talk about the pain! If you’d like to add my msn (please be aware I may not add everyone who requests to be a friend) then please add: or you can email me, of course.

Looking forward to hearing from you guys!


I am a 26 year old female who is scheduled for a tonsillectomy on the 25th of April. My tonsils are literally the size of a walnut a piece. They call my tonsils “kissing” because they are so large they touch! I also have tonsillar tissue growing on the base of my tongue. I have a blood disorder and take blood thinners(coumadin). I will be weened off of them for the surgery but will be put back on shortly after. I was wondering if any of you have had the tissue on your tongue and or been on blood thinners/blood clotting disorder. I want to know what I am really in for. Any responses are welcome. Please and Thank you!!!


I am a 33 year old female, on my 5th day, and talk about unusal. I have coughed up a few little pieces of scab, and am concerned that could cause bleeding. Nothing huge, just little rice size pieces. Have the funky taste, chewing gum for that, and my ears that just seem to scream constantly. Sleeping is rather unpleasant, because with sleeping there is waking back up! Mornings are the worst, but today it’s lingered. Taking the meds 2 every 4 hours and still in agony. My ears are burning I’m in so much pain. My throat and jaw are swollen out, my tounge is swollen. I can barely see the scabs in my throat my tounges so swollen. Coughing is horrible, burping is like razor blades sliding the wrong way where my adnoids were, and when I drink a small amount that I ALWAYS choke on seems to want to run out my nose! GGGRRR! My hubby isn’t very sympathetic either, but hasn’t asked me to do anything just yet. Of couse I do believe he is afraid to ask as well. Sniffles, anybody else got them? Feels like I have a MAMMOTH BOOGER in the back of my sinuses dying to be blown out. They said not to blow my nose, but of course wipe it when water decides to pour out of it when i drink. This is jacked up! Also if I drink anything and I mean anything other than water, I end up with weird tastes and side effects. Juices I love are too sour or tangy, and Pepsi too sweet and bubbly. So water it is. I had a lot of help the first few days from my aunt, and I have eaten a little jello, and made the dummy maneover of eating rice last night. Didn’t realize rice could get caught in there considering I hadn’t been able to see the holes until really today. I’m sure my family would love for me to cook, but they seem to have no issue eating in front of me. I’m ready to go stark raving mad!! I have other health issues but damn I never thought that it would take this much out of me or that I’d have such mixed emotions. Like I want to go outside and do something, but if I bend over it’s all done! Bending is horrible! Do believe I’m gonna go make some Hybiscus tea and then try and nap. No pity party, I have to go to Flordia in T-8 days!

 Sean in London:

Hi everyone – I’m back! What a rough ride I had. On Thursday night I had a major bleed from the back of my throat which started whilst I was asleep and I woke up unable to stop swallowing. The bathroom sink looked like a complete car crash. I was rushed into hospital, and told that I had a large blood clot and two balls of pus oozing out from it. It was given an instant antibiotic IV and then ambulanced to another hospital to be kept in for 24 hours’ observation. There, I had a further 6 or 7 antibiotic drip bags, until I was discharged back home last night. I am now on a course of tablet antibiotics and Difflam disinfectant mouthwash. The moral of the story: eat! So important as it drags away all the gunk that causes the infection. I know it’s painful, it was so painful I didn’t do it, or not often enough, and I ended up back in hospital for it. Not fun! Thankfully the pain has now subsided so that I can actually eat without wanting to kill myself afterwards with the pain – it does end eventually I promise you! On the good side, my fairly dramatic bleed did inspire some sympathy from my partner who had hitherto behaved as though I was putting on all the grimaces for effect.


Hello Sean. Glad you’re feeling better. I’ve been reading this message board since my 16 year old daughter had surgery on April 6. I was wondering if there was anything that you can think of (or that the hospital may have told you) that caused you to become infected and bleed? She has started to slow down on drinking because of the pain. She says her pain is 8 out of 10 (day 5). Also, were you attempting solid foods that could have scratched your scabs? Thank you for any information you can provide.

 Sean in London:

I actually bled twice – very rare. Second time around I lost over half a litre. I’ve had a pretty disastrous time of it to be honest, but thankfully the pain itself has subsided considerably. None of the ENT consultants I saw were able to tell me definitively what caused my bleeding. But I have my own theory that it was due to sleeping flat as both bleeds occurred whilst I was asleep and I awoke suddenly with a need to keep swallowing (blood). Sleeping flat I think caused the blood pressure in my throat to rise, and this is what might have caused a rupture.


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