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crying-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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 Karen March 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi all ….

My name is Karen and I am a 30 year old from Australia. I have read every post and piece of information on this site before I got my tonsils removed on Monday 5th March and I have found it all SO helpful. I don’t know if it is because I followed every piece of advice on here or because I mentally prepared myself for the WORST, I have had a very tolerable recovery so far!! I would have to say that the thick mucous (or whatever it is) that just won’t go away has been the worst. I have been forcing myself to eat a normal diet (which my ENT specialist keeps insisting on) and I am managing ok. I believe that things are meant to get worse soon due to the scabs starting to come away so I will post an update then. Thanks to everyone who has contributed on this site!!

 tonya March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Any day 7 advice? I was up all night in pain on the left sidd

 Tanya March 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

I am on day 9 and I am in pain on my left side to, my tongue hurts also. So I really don’t know:(

 Andrea March 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I’m on day 3 of second op recovery. I’m able to eat most things which is pretty good. But my left ear is completely blocked. I really hope this time everything goes smoothly this time. Im worried when I sleep purely cos that’s when my bleeds started. I’m sure it will be fine.

 Kristin March 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Day 8, doing better-not great. Ended up getting steroids and another pain narcotic yesterday. Swelling in throat was horrible but I think steroids are helping a bit. New pain meds is disgusting! A little weaker then other stuff, ear pain yet. I was finally able to eat scrambled eggs today. Yesterday I only had water and 1/2cup applesauce. I am thinking on trying to control pain with tylenol now, too early? I hope I don’t have anymore setbacks, this is getting old. The upside: I lost 19 pounds so far!!

 Megan B March 10, 2012 at 2:57 am

I had my surgery March 2nd, a week from today. I am 21 years old. The pain was ridiculous and taking a full dose of my pain medicine made me vomit. I took a small dose of the pain medicine along with childrens tylenol (recommended by my doctor) and that made the pain go away! Drinking anything hurt, eating ice cream and ice pops and anything cold hurt and still does. My ears and jaw hurt and there is an awful taste in my mouth that wont go away because of the pain medicine. I finally am eating normal food but it’s still a little hard to swallow. When I eat or drink anything it has a weird taste but to everyone else it taste normal, so i’m ready to be pain free and get my taste back!

 tonya March 10, 2012 at 4:39 am

Day 8- my best day so far! Threw up all day 7, I’ve gone thru 3 different nausea meds, the last seemed to finally work. I must say this has by far been the worst week of my life. I did manage to eat for the 1st time today , i only had 1/2 a porkchop and a lil stuffing. Doesn’t seem like much but its the 1st I’ve had in days. Hopefully, i will continue to get better and have no more back slides.

 Anna.H March 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Got my tonsils removed on 3/7. I am currently at the beginning of day 4. I’m 27 years old.

I’ve been pretty mindful about drinking fluids as much as possible and sleeping whenever I can during the day. They tend to keep me up at night as they tend to get dry while I sleep, so I keep water or tea w/honey by my bed.

I have been using Lidocaine numbing solution. According to my doctor, it’s ok to swallow a bit of it. It was hard to get it on the surgical site the first few days with the swelling, but has gotten easier.

My diet has consisted of chicken noodle soup, grits, tea and Ensure. Overall, they’re healing very well and the scabs are beginning to thicken.

I also have chronic pain due to a serious back injury I had 2 years ago, so I am managing both my throat and back. Anyone else having to double manage?

 Jean March 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi, Yes I had my tonsils and adenoids out along with endoscopic sinus surgery and sinuplasty all on the 6th and then had to have an ankle arthroscopy done on the 9th to retify my broken ankle. First week wasnt so bad but the last 2 days hve been the worst. Yet I eat and drink as normal even though every time i swallow i want to cry. Ear ache is quite bad but i see doc tomorrow for post op check up. Lets hope he give me some more pain meds cos mine are all out and im suffering. I think it is worse as the scabs are starting to fall away leaving my throat more raw than normal. HOpe all gets better soon

 Anna.H March 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thank you for your reply, Jean. Feels good to know I’m not alone. I had my post op check up and received more meds. Almost out of everything also, but they have been understanding and helpful. I’m starting to scab and noticed a bit of it breaking away this morning, so I know I’ll need more soon. Throat def feels drier and more raw.

I’m sure they will take care of you! Please let me know how you are doing.

 Eby March 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

I got my tonsillectomy removed on the 8th March. I am 33 year old. Belive me, one should be mentally prepared to face this. Pain is extreme. Pain killers are helping me a bit. Taking pleanty of water and liquids.

 Becky March 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Eby, I am the same age as you & you are right! I was not mentally prepared at all. People told me it would be really bad and I believed them I just wasn’t prepared for how bad it really was! I just never could have imagined. Reading peoples suggestions and stories here has been very helpful and today I am 10 days post op and feeling pretty good. I had my first bit of “real food” yesterday and today I have been able to survive with just ibuprofen so far. I noticed around day 8 was when I started to feel better. It’s a long road & a long time to be in pain but it was so helpful to know that an end was in sight from reading about everyone else’s experiences here. I really hope it gets better for you soon and If you have any questions on how to help things along there lots of helpful tips. I tried several suggestions and it helped so much! I hope it goes quick & you feel better soon!

 Chloe March 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

I had mine removed on 3/6, and it hasn’t been too terribly bad. I am only 18, so hopefully being on the young side helps me in a speedy recovery. I have to take my medicine every 4 hours, which should explain why I’m up this early haha, but they’re pain killers so I don’t mind it at all. I could sleep all day if you’d let me, and I have to say that’s probably the best thing right now. On my second day my nose got all stopped up and I had to breathe through my mouth for a night (which made the wounds in my throat very uncomfortable and sore), but the decongestants I’ve been taking have been miracle workers. As far as eating, I have been drinking a lot of Gatorade, ice water, and eating cream of chicken soup, ice cream, pop sicles, and a lot of milkshakes. I was famished the day after my surgery, but my appetite has been mediocre since then. As of recently the back of my throat has been very itchy and irritated, I’m not exactly sure if this is my scabs getting ready to fall off or what the deal is. Drinking has caused me mild discomfort this entire time, hasn’t gotten worse but also hasn’t gotten better, but I’ve read everywhere that water makes a huge difference.

 Danielle March 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hi Chloe,
They actually say it is harder when you get older I am 18 & this has been a night mare for me. I hope you have a speedy recovery though

 Danielle March 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

MOrning every one it’s the weekend now Monday will make a week since my surgery. I haven’t had to take my paineds to often but when I do get pain it is excruciating and unbearable. I had three surgeries in one my to sole removed my adenoids removed and a tube put into my left ear so the left side is. Ery sensitive. Normal I don’t have pain untill I swallow. The flim is starting to reside which I’m happy but. Now it’s like my throat burns? What could this mean it started yesterday when I was eating Ice cream

 Amanda March 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Monday will make a week since my surgery. I have to say the pain I have is terrible. I am 23 and I think that I would have rather not had my tonsils out. I know it will be better in the long run but the pain now is terrible. I can barely drink, let alone eat. I am hoping the rest of my recovery goes quick and smooth.

 natasha March 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

im going threw the same thing, im on day 6 or 7 depends on time i guess, ahah, i honestly thought shooting my self on the foot would feel better than this, eatting and drinking seem to be impossible for me, its so hard and every time i do i wanna cry, i threw up three times yesterday it was terrible!

 Kristin March 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Day 9, dying!! of referred ear pain! What can I do?

 Mandy March 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Try taking a damp towel, wrapping it in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and microwaving it for about a minute. Then wrap all that in a dry towel and using it as a moist warm compress. It has been my best friend the past few days with the ear/jaw pain.

 ron March 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I’m 47 yrs. old .The 1st thing I want to say is having a positive,and stay happy attitude is the most important thing !!!.I Had mine taken out on 3/2,also had UPPP. It got very bad for Me on 4th day,stayed bad untill 8th day…..Now 10th day,and I’m finally feeling some relief ! Sweet oil and cotton in My ears helped the ear pain. My Wife has taken Super care of Me ! Praying,giving thanks to God,and drinking lots of water has been My strategy,It just makes since,dosn’t it ? Liquid Hydro has helped also…It’s all down hill from here…..Good luck with Your recovery

 Michael March 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Hello All:
I had my tonsils removed on March 8th along with my uvula trimmed down, one turbinate trimmed down and a deviated septum fixed. Ouch, I know! The first day I came home from surgery it wasn’t too bad. It has slowly gotten worse, but this is nothing compared to my lower jaw surgery.

I have been staying on top of fluids and liquid diet. The only downside is at night when I sleep. Since I have stints in my nose I am forced to breathe out of my mouth… causing my throat to dry up. I wake up every 3.5 to 4 hours to take pain meds. Better to be on top of the pain meds than catch up.

 Kellie March 11, 2012 at 6:04 am

I had the same thing only not the uvula..I had the adenoids taken out too. When the packing comes out you will sleep MUCH better. Just drink LOTS of water. Days 6/7 were the WORST of my entire recovery as the scabs started falling off. I had my surgery on 2/29 and finally got my appetite back two days ago…just don’t go crazy and eat everything or you will have the worst stomach ache of your life :)

 Michael March 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

I can’t wait to go in tomorrow and have my stints removed. It will be like a whole new sensation…breathing out of ones nose. I have been keeping up with fluids and shying away from dairy for now.

 Sarah March 11, 2012 at 3:38 am

Hi All!
Just wanted to say to everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I foung this blog on day 5 of my post op because I was actually getting really worried that something was wrong with the amount of pain I was in. Ordinarily, if I was in that much pain I’d bein hospital, but because it was recovery, not an illness, that wouldn’t have helped much.
I’m now day 9 and I feel sooooooooooooooooo much better than I have been. Started to see improvements on day 7 really early in the morning, was the first night I slept the whole way through without waking up in pain or vomitting. Days 7 and 8 the pain was finally down to a managable level and I was able to eat some more and drink lots of water (some points I’ve even been spitting out my own saliva because I couldn’t bare the pain of swallowing it). Day 9 and I’m still on pain meds but overall just FEELING better. Jaw has finally loosened up, that really weird tongue pain has gone away, ears are still a tiny bit achey but managable. My right tonsil still seems more inflamed than the left but still not too bad.
So to everyone that’s currently going through this, I’d say I know how horrible it is, but everyone heals differently, so just do what you feel is best for you in terms of sleeping, eating, drinking and of course, pain killers. I thought after reading most of these comments I’d still be in hell until about 2 weeks after but as I said, day 7 and there was significant improvement. The things I worked best for me were the heat pack for my ear, sleeping in a recliner and drinking broth, the warm fluid always went down so much easier than cold water and seemed to lessen the pain for a short while.
Lastly, just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their experiences and suggestions on here, really helped me out and made me feel a lot less worried about it knowing that it wasn’t just me that felt like that.
Keep well guys and hope you all recover quickly!
Sarah. :)

 Kristin March 11, 2012 at 5:09 am

Sarah, I am so glad you are feeling so well. It sounds like you are really almost done with this horriffic journey. I wish I could say the same. I think it’s swelling up again so my hubby may need to take me in again. :-( . Well just wanted to wish you continued good health and recovery!
Kristin @ 9 1/2 days

 Cindy March 11, 2012 at 4:58 am

I am postop day 5 and feel like I am dying. I can’t remember ever being in this much pain, ever. The liquid Hydrocodon is to be taken every 4 hours but only provides pain relief for about 30 minutes. On top of that I have thrush and the liquid just makes my mouth burn more. I am now crushing my regular Hydrocordon into applesauce and getting about 2 hours of pain relief. I had no idea it was going to be this bad. I am encouraged to see that things improve on day 7 but sure wish that was day 6. Emotionally, I am at the lowest. I just want to sit and cry.

 Kristin March 11, 2012 at 5:12 am

Cindy, it’s ok to cry…they say not to though. I did about 4-5 times. It is to be expected. Hang in there, keep drinking.

 Cindy March 12, 2012 at 3:39 am

Thanks Kristin, I have cried alot. Today was only slightly better. But I feel hungry for the first time in 7 days. Today I had a cup of yogurt, a cup of pudding and a cup of jello. That is two more things today than since surgery. So I am really hoping for another baby step tomorrow.

 Lisa March 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

Thought I’d share my tip on dealing with the early morning blues / anytime of day when your throat has dried out and swallowing is super painful. I fill the bathroom basin with hot water, moisten a flannel with the water and then wring it out before holding the damp flannel over my face, so I breathe through the flannel itself – dunking it back into the water every few seconds to re-moisten it. I find breathing in the warm air vapours rehydrates my throat brilliantly and helps loosen everything up so I can drink without it feeling like razor blades in my throat! I also find having part of the warm flannel on my throat itself helps soothe it. It’s improved my recovery time from dried out throat from 20 minutes to about 5 minutes. Good luck with everyone’s recovery, I’m on day 6 (if Op was day 1), have been good days and bad days, hoping I’ll be over the worst soon though!

 Julie March 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

They told me not to breath in warm air as it would severly dry out my throat. So I’ll have to try this, I’m desperate at this point. I’m on day 8 and haven’t been able to eat anything yet still. Went to my follow up yesterday and my doctor said that if I ate something I wouldn’t feel so miserable but when I swallow food I get severe throat pain that goes up into my ears. I was so constipated from the medication that I cried through eating a yogurt this morning cuz it was so painful but I the milk of magnesia did nothing for me. I also still am not able to talk I’m in pain swallowing my own spit. I’m hoping things get better so I can get back to work! I pray all of you do not experience the pain I’m in.

 vanessa March 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I am on day 7 and pain has really cranked up this afternoon, i was very dizzy for past few days so went to dr and i also have an infection now to deal with. My scabs r so thick in back of throat i cant sleep as i feek i am choking, been eating and drinking, everyone else seems to be getting rid of scabs at this stage but mine r hust so thick!

 Ron March 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I’m 47,on 3/2/12,I had a tonsillectomy,and UPPP. I was prepared for the worst…and it has been…. Drink lots of water,take pain meds every 3 1/2 hrs….Sweet oil, and cotton for ear pain….Prayer,a positive attidude,and self discipline.These are the things that will make Your recovery faster and easier…..GOD BLESS US ALL….

 Anon March 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

My husband got his tonsils out on 3/5. We were about to leave the office a few hours post op, and blood started squirting out of his nose. We ended up in the ER and he was admitted because he was vomiting blood. He didn’t have much pain after. We figure that’s due to the whole ordeal that he went through that he probably isn’t caring too much now. We went through a whole mess with the doctors thinking we could handle him going home when they couldn’t stop the bleeding and he was throwing up. Everyone kept saying it was normal to have a little. It of bleeding, but of course no doctors or nurses were to be found to see the bucket fulls coming out whenever he stood up.

 maria March 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

gosh! i am escaping from my doctor since past three years for my surgery, now, i have decided to go on, but after i readyour post, it made me scared again…

 Hannah D March 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

Had tonsillectomy on 3/6. So I am on day 7. Worst pain I have ever felt. The first few days wern’t bad but then the ear pain started in both ears and down into my throat and jaw. It’s unbearable. I had tried every suggestion for relief out there. From warm compresses to hylands ear drops to numbing cough drops. The on call nurse said sudafed can help but it didn’t for me. Drinking anything warm or cold brings tears to my eyes and makes me want to vomit it hurts so much. The liquid hydro only brings relief for 30 mins or so. Any suffestions? I feel I am getting dehydrated as now I have a huge headache and am dizzy. Waiting for my doc to call me back. Hopefully it gets better from here because right now I really regret this surgery.


 Debbie March 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I had mine out years ago at age 34. Surgery was at 7:30am and I was eating macaroni cheese at 12pm and wondering what all the fuss was about. Within 2 days I knew all about it! I couldnt even swallow my saliva, let alone water or meds. And my doctor told me to eat toast and drink Coca-Cola! ALL that helped for the pain was anti-inflamatory suppositories (because you dont have to swallow them). It took me 10 days before I could return to work, and then I refused to speak to anyone or take any phone calls until about 2 weeks. I wish I had read/been given some of this advice before the op.

 tonya March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Im on day 11 now and still have some scabbing left and haven’t bled at all. I know this should be a good thing but from everyone I heard said I should at least a lil. Is this normal?

 Az March 13, 2012 at 6:24 am

I’m 33 and had my tonsils out 3/1. Days 5-7 were horrible. I could barely swallow my saliva let alone water. I was taking pain meds up until 2 days ago and feeling much better now. I too was nauseated from the medication. I find that the last couple days I only need to take ibuprofen just before bed to help settle the remaining pain so I can sleep. My thoughts are with all of you as you recover!
It’s funny how tons of people before my sugery said oh it’ll be a breeze my son/daughter recovered fast…big difference between a 6 or 7 year old and a grown adult! I initally was regretting having the surgery although each day is a little easier now.
My only slight concern now is that I haven’t got all sensation back in my tongue as well on one side I’m not sure what it is but it feels like there is something “stuck” in my throat and after awhile of talking during the day it seems to slur my speech…could be the healing process still I guess.

 Monica Young March 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

I am 18 years old and going into surgery on friday, seriously freaking out im really scared of how painful it will be

 Jean March 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I am 24 and I had my Tonsils and adenoids out last week the 6th of March along with endoscopic sinus surgery and sinuplsty. Main trouble i have had is that my nose will not stop bleeding, though much better today. I also had an ankle arthroscopy to rectify a broken ankle on Friday the 9th of March. All in all I am in tremendous pain and have had no time to sit back and recover as I had to be at work again the 7th the day after surgery. Dr gave me heeps of medication that seems to help but said that i must carry on as nomal and eat normal food. NOT SO Easy, but I have been trying. All in all it is not so bad as long as you have a good anti inflammitory that brings the swelling down so you can eat. My husband took what the Dr said and really thinks it is not so bad so he doesnt see reason as to why i would want to have jelly and icecream for supper. but im sure all will be geting better this week.

 Erica March 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Hello, going in for my tonsil op on thursday… Reading g all the comments has hot me very worried… Is it that bad for every one? I’m 20 … Also any post op recovery advice would be greatly appreciated xx

 Mandie March 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

I had my tonsils taken out on 3/8. This is by far the worst pain ive ever been in and it seems to only be getting worse. First it was throat pain and now its moved in my jaw and ears. Day 1 was fine but by the time saturday came i was in the er bc i couldnt keep my pain meds down. (i was on oxycodone/morphine solution) They gave me fluids and diloted to help with my pain. I also developed a kidney infection on top of all this. I havent thrown up in two days but i was twice a day before then. Worst part ever. I also could keep down gatoraide or popcycles because of the acid content which was making it extremly painful when i did have to vomit. I thought i was starting to feel better today but now the pain is unbearable. Im thinking its from the scabs starting to fall off. they leave a horriable taste and bad breath. i would only recomend having the surgery if it is critical like my situation. I was developing sleep apnea and my dr said i had 70% of my airway blocked off because they were so big. hopefully things get better.

 deepak March 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

its 9 \th day,more pain ful then all befoore 8 days,not able to drink water at all,cant speak even,eaten all my pain killers,sufing net for relief,landed on this page

 brad s March 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

I had my second throat surgery about 9 days ago. The first doctor fused my throat to my tounge. P.S. don’t ever have doctor duberstien in memphis do your surgery. Lol. I am 14 years old. It hurts to eat some food but not all con gets stuck and feels like it scrapes but I just spit it out…..ewww lol. But for some reason eating ice cream burn like crazy but it goes away. Stitches (hanging down) come out and its the worst pain out of the whole tonsill recovery. Its like having razor blades coming out of your mouth. Biut DO NOT SWALLOW THEM ITS EVEN WORSE! I am drinking everything and it is different tea came out my nose lol. But by now you should be feeling better if not please for your throat sake consult a doctor. If u can get liquid pain reliever it helps and try not to smoke its hard not to if u do I tried to the second day and it burns and makes it worse. Hope fully I helped some people. Get….better soon…..I guess lol. :)

 Adam W March 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

I am 17 and I’m on day 6 of my recovery now and in immense amounts of pain. Peaked lastnight when I cried because every single pill hurt to swallow. Doctors don’t seem to tell you just quite the amount of pain you’ll be in, and If they do it’s not particularly well emphasised. The day of the op I really did wonder what pain my doctor was talking about, as I ate my entire dinner and pudding with little discomfort. Day 2 was painful, and day 3 I collapsed due to a massive infection that caused a huge temperature. I’m now back out of hospital, but days 5 and 6 are now the worst for me. Swallowing feels like swallowing glass, drinking hurts almost more than eating, and I’ve recently starting getting a little mucusy again in my throat. People are saying that days 7-11 is when it gets easier. All I can hope for is that it hurries up for me, no-one who’s had this procedure should blame themselves for maybe feeling a little selfish and snappy with people. The frustration really can get you down. But it’ll be worth it in the long run I’m sure.

As a quick question. Does anyone know what happens to the scabs when they fall away, as this is the only thing worrying me, Good luck to future patients and chin up to all of you going through it now.

 Ron March 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Eating will cause the scabs to loosen up,then You will probably swallow them…..Or,if You cough,or vomit,they may come off then….I had surgery on 3/2, I’m doing alot better now…..Day,s 4-8 were the worst for Me….I’m 47,and it has been very bad . Gets better everyday now….GOD BLESS US ALL….

 Keashua March 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’m on day 7 of my recovery and the pain is still horrible. :( Everyone is saying drink liquids but this is so painfull. I’ve had two kids and didn’t have this much pain. I didn’t know what to expect when the Dr. told me I would be in main, but now I know. I hope that it getts better. I’m 26yrs old by the way.

 laura89 March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Anybody know anything good to eat that wont hurt? On day 7 loosing wait n really tired due to not eating, pain is horrific

 Kiran K March 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

Applesauce is the smoothest among all, pudding. Try breakfast burrito with egg and cheese or cooked beans. I just take my 15ml Hydrocodone 15 mins before eating and the pain med is so strong that i don’t even feel little spice too. Let me know your progress.

 Kim March 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I am on day 12 and jut finally starting to feel normal. Right now I feel like I did before the tonsils when I had strep which Is actually rewarding considering the past Almost two weeks. This is the worst recovery process ever.

For me the pain was awful but it was the Taste that put me through the most misery. It’s almost like old pizza dough, it’s awful makes you nauseous and have the urge to spit all the time. The pain peaked mostly in my ears around day 6 and that was terrible. If u take ur meds appropriately the pain is manageable. Eating is impossible, and painful an frustrating when u try it. I felt more frustrated than anything. I’m so glad to finally be able to walk around without being exhausted!

Some things they don’t tell u– bad taste all the time. Oxycodone makes I vomit, vomiting it not fun at all!!
Ear pain is awful. U choke on your own spit.
Healing does not take a week. Expect two weeks off of work or school.
Cranberry juice breaks up the bad taste for about five minutes.
You only know the scabs ate coming off because they come off in pieces and taste awful but the scabs didn’t really hurt too bad.
Sleep on a 45 degree angle it helps.
You will lose weight. Eating is put of the question. Apple sauce is a miracle.
If you like your daily regulated poop, kiss it goodbye.
Expect to whine, cry and even beg someone to murder you. I did it I don’t feel good about it but I meant it at the time lol.
Good luck!

 Kim March 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

The scabs jut come apart in pieces. You really don’t notice. I coughed a few up whic was unpleasant but didn’t really hurt at all. You mostly swallow them and don’t even know it. I woke up with less scabs the last two days and didn’t even know. Do t worry about he cabs thy are the easiest part! Other than the taste! Yuck. Good luk gettin better ur almost there!!!

 Melissa Matthews March 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm

One week post op. I am a 29 year old female my tonsils were ( at a normal size) the size of golf balls each. And damn it the day after i scheduled my surgery i had strept throat. I also had tubes put in my ears. it’s been a hell of a week. I’m tired. I’m weak. I’m pissed. I’m in more pain than I have even been in, in my entire life. I am constantly having to spit. The scabs fall off and gag you. Drinking water and gatorade isn’t to bad. I’m not sure I cry all the time. I’m not a sissy. But I’m hurting. My tongue is still so swollen. I can talk a little. But when I speak I can not pronounce words. I sound as if im deaf. It’s hard to be understood. I’m really hoping the next few days go by fast. Puking isn’t the bad. Because its just liquid. I seriously recommend slim Fast or ensure. Get it cold and sip it. For the calories. It’s a bad journey but if you get strep over and over it will be well worth it. And if you have not had the surgery get. DO NOT keep reading these comments. Or google about the surgery. I almost chickened out because of it. I’m glad I’m post op. I have an awesome husband and mother to help. You will need help. Getting up to pee takes every oz of energy you have. So make sure someone will be with you.

 Melissa Matthews March 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

For got. Your mouth tastes like you sucked in pennies. Not pleasant.

 Katie March 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

I feel so much better knowing I’m not alone! I had my surgery on the 8th of March, I’m dying! One good thing it seems to be around the 10th day or so that things start to look up! This IS the worst pain I have ever expierienced and I’m a mother of 3. I’m thankful for the surgery, but as I lay here dying is it all worth it, boy I hope so?!! Mornings seem to be the worst time of day because of the extreme dryness, also if you haven’t moved much remember to do your leg pumps to prevent blood clots in legs! We are not alone! Hang in their my fellow friends!

 Jamil B. March 15, 2012 at 4:23 am

Hello my name is Jamil and i am 19, i had my surgery on 3-8-12 i have to say this is the worst pain i have ever been in my life the first few days were for some reason easy as hell then around the third night i couldnt sleep and still cant now no matter how much pain meds i take, i can barely drink water because of the pain i have in my jaw, ears, and throat one good thing i would have to say is one of the scabs fell out last night which i was surpised which because this was only on day 5 i havnt eaten anything in 2days besides few spoon fulls of pudding and ice pops, my doctor said i should feel normal in 3 to 4 days does anybody have any advise for me because to be honest with all of you my jaw is the worst thing hurrting right now and the others just fall inline right after, im so restless i cant sleep. please reply thank you all for good advise thus far

 Anna.H March 15, 2012 at 7:04 am

As much as it hurts, try sipping room temperature water or see if ice chips help. It gets easier to swallow the more you moisturize your throat. Tea with honey is good too. Also, if you can take a steamy shower or put a towel over the sink/your head, breathe and let the steam from the hot water rise up– it might help your throat feel less dry. Liquid pain meds might be helpful if you’re not on them already. If you can get something down (pudding, applesauce) after taking your meds, it should help em work better. For the ear/jaw pain try an ice pack.

Hope this helps!

 Jamil B. March 15, 2012 at 4:24 am

oh yea my tongue hurts bad az hell to.

 Alecia M. March 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on 3-9-12. This is day 7 and the pain is intense. My throat is still sore and the ear pain is getting more intense by the minute. I have times that I can talk, and times that I am muted. I haven’t really eaten a meal since before my surgery…which is very unpleasant. I have not had trouble with nausea, which is great, considering the above posts. Around day 3, my tongue had a thick coat on it that gave me bad breath. It hurts to brush my teeth STILL, but I fight through the pain. I eat all of my foods without seasoning in order to prevent burning. I am beyond ready for my scabs to fall off, because that is when life becomes worth living again. My doc told me that days 5-7 would be the worst, so hopefully things get better after today. What are you guys doing to soothe your ear pain?

 Anna.H March 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

Ice packs help me.

 Kiran K March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hey, i got my tonsils removed on 3-9-12 too. I cannot sleep for more than 3 hrs during night. There is ear pain too but i’m just tolerating it. Somehow i feel it is soothed after a slow 5 min walk. taking pain med just before eating and then i go to sleep for about an hour or two. I had a del taco veg burrito without tomato and sauce, that din’t feel bad. Just few more days to go!!

 Kiran K March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

After two hours of posting above comment, my pain level is at whole new level (day 7). My walk and 5 mins wait din’t work. Took 15 ml of Hydrocodone and now feel a little better. Yes, day 7 is special!!

 Isabelle March 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

I had my tonsils taken out in Tuesday and it’s now Thursday, I was wondering if anyone else feels that their food doesn’t go down when they eat, as when I eat I have to take a sip of water otherwise it doesn’t go down properly. I just wondered it this is common? In a lot of pain!! Can anyone recommend some good pain killers?

 Hannah March 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

hi! i had mine out last tuesday march 6. I felt like i had to swallow everything twice to make sure it all got down. My doctor perscribed my hydrocodone and tylenol but my ears were hurting so bad he had to switch me to demerol. That was what worked for me. I know it doesn’t seem like it now but it does get better. Popsicles and gatorade and instant mashed potatoes were my saving grace.


 Kiran K March 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

That is common, you have to do it with the help of water. Din’t you doc prescribe a pain killer?

 Isabelle March 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Does it pass? As the taste of the food makes me feel sick and makes me unable to eat anything else! And they gave me some paracetamol, ibuprofen and codine phosphate.

 Jamil B. March 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

hi everyone im proud to say im feeling great now i got a full nights rest after i ate like 10 popsicles i fell out, for everyone out there eat as much popsicles as you can that is the key to numbing your pain trust me.

 Holly March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’m 27 years old, on day 3 post op and I have to say that I must have prepared myself pretty well because its really not too horrible as of yet. The pain is bad but just as bad as some infections I have experienced, plus I got liquid Tylenol and ibuprofen and take those alternating between the hydrocodone. Drink lots of water and gatorade! It helps a lot! I eat a top ramen soup very mushy and Luke warm, chopped up very well. I really hope y’all make a good recovery.. Just remember to keep drinking and sucking on ice, it is really helping me!

 Kiran K March 16, 2012 at 3:21 am

Are there any issues if we just take “hydrocodone” ?

 Anna.H March 16, 2012 at 4:16 am

Not at all.

 Kiran K March 16, 2012 at 5:22 am

Thank You Anna. On my 7th day, just taking this pain medicine only when the pain is moderate-severe.

 Rose March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Apparently taste disturbances are very common after a tonsillectomy, but thankfully for most people this is only temporary. It does, however, often take many months to return to normal. I think this is because of the nerve damage that can be caused by the clamp used to hold your tongue down during the surgery and also by the anesthetic. I am nearly 4 weeks post op and still have that constant metallic taste in my mouth and lots of foods taste “off”….even water. It’s very frustrating. Chocolate, juice, most meats, and fruit, in particular taste odd. After doing lots of research, it seems that taking a zinc supplement can be very helpful for those of you suffering through this as I am. I haven’t tried it yet to report back, but I plan too buy some as soon as I get a chance.

 Jennifer R March 16, 2012 at 3:59 am

I am 34 years old and just had my adenoids and tonsils out today. I have stitches where my tonsils use to be. I work for a family practice doctor who advised me to stay on pain management schedule, keep your throat lubricated and try to talk a lot. It’s like a horrible rug burn and needs to be treated like it. Try keeping the soft palate pliable so it doesn’t dry and crack. Read out loud or make a phone call and try to speak in a normal voice. Set an alarm to keep up with meds and keep ice water by bedside. Once ice melts still have something to drink also, try chewing gum.
I’ll let you know if it works as days 4-10 seem to be the worst.

 Holly March 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

That is odd that you have stitches, I do not have any stitches, my throat was cauterized and seems to be heeling very fast! My tongue does seem very numb though and I have burn marks on my uvula, this is causing worse pain than the surgery spots from my tonsils :(

 natasha March 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

i had my surgrey about 5 days ago, day 3 was the worst for me, day 5 just started, i feel it everywhere, i feel like i should have a headcold along with the worst feeling in the world!, swallowing just started to become easiyer for me but swallowing my spit isnt, the taste in my mouth is horrid i hate it!, my pain pills have made me vomit twice this week, tomatoe soups been my best friend, i keep having to cough and it hurts so bad i was told to avoid coughing but this morning it seems like its all i wanna do!

 Kiran K March 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Guys, this is how i am feeling on day 8th..
Very less ear and throat pain – not taking any pain meds. I still don’t see any scabs coming off, when will this start? I am able to talk a little bit and my roomie is able to understand me.

 Neena March 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I had my surgery one week ago (March 9 2012). The first few days were not bad at all so I think I got a little ahead of myself in terms of what I ate. The last three days have gotten progressively worse. And I woke up today in what I would consider unbearable pain ( If i wasn’t a mother I would say this would be the worse pain I’ve experienced). I have this ripping searing pain down my right side and a horrible ache in my right ear. I don’t know if this is normal or extensive. I might just be being a wimp since the previous pain hasn’t been this bad. The pain medication definitely helps but after a certain point in the day I do not feel comfortable taking it because my son returns home from daycare. I would like to know how bad other’s pain is. I don’t know if I should head to the doctor or not.
Neena 25 y/o

 Kiran K March 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I had it on 9th 8 am. If i sleep for more than an hour (may be my sleeping position is bad) pain is untolerable.during night, I am waking up every hour and sipping water, slow walk for 10 mins and pain is almost gone. This is the way i am coping with it. Din’t take pain meds today even with this much of pain.

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