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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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 Brandalyn March 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I’m a 20 year old Female and I had a tonsillectomy 8 days ago. Luckily it’s Spring Break and I’m back at home from college for two weeks, so my parents have been taking care of me. I cannot agree with everyone else when they say that this is the worst pain ever! I had my tonsils removed because their size (abnormally large) caused me to snore since I was a baby and for the past couple of months I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea, along with constant strep that’s caused an enlarged lymph node in my neck. With that being said, Day 1 was a breeze, of course I was still drugged up with morphine so I didn’t feel much. As far as I can remember, I think I might have eaten jello. Day 2-5 were pretty bad, never enough sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night from pain (and to take my pain medicine every 4 hours) was annoying and horrible. I began sleeping on back/side with about 2 pillows around day 4 and I’d say it felt much better than sleeping in a recliner. I can’t explain the amount of drool I would wake up in because it hurts so much to swallow. The worst possible day was day 6!!!! HORRID! I woke up at 3 in the morning crying my eyes out, my mother literally rocked me back to sleep (And I’m about a foot taller than her), you can only imagine. I cried until about 6 am from the pain. To make matters worse I have had a ear ache in my right ear from the start. It’s absolutely horrendous! Every time I swallow I have to push my right ear in with my finger. The ache goes from the right ear to the bottom of the right side of my throat. Day 7 was much better compared to day 6 but that’s not saying much, I showered and my muscles ached just from standing up because I haven’t been doing anything, so I suggest you move around at least 10 minutes a day. I went to “watch” my parents eat dinner that night… couldn’t bare anything more than the soft part of the bread at Texas Roadhouse and when I got home I was so worn out from all the activity that I passed out…Today is Day 8 and I had my post-op appointment with my doctor. Concerned about my ears, he said they look good and everything is healing properly. He also said the ear ache should go away ‘somewhat’ by day 11. Throughout this entire recovery process, I have blessed that I haven’t bled. I was told NOT to drink from a straw, not really given a reason why BUT my sister, who is a nurse, told me there is a possibility of it getting jammed in the back of your throat and opening your scabs. I could never really tell when my scabs were coming off, I tasted salted stuff every one in a while and I’m assuming that might be it…? Helpful tips: Well, use an ice pack on your neck constantly! It really does help! When taking your medicine, try drinking ice cold water/gatorade and then take a little bit of medicine with it. Until you’ve finished it all. It goes down smoother. Always drink liquid. And eat as much as you possibly can. The most appetizing thing I had was chicken broth and I let crackers get soggy and drank that. It was delicious! I’ve lost 13 pounds in 8 days. AH. It’s really hard so far and I know I have a few days to go. I think what makes it also so hard is watching tv all day, you’d be surprised how many FOOD commercials there are!!!!

Anyway, if anyone knows how to get rid of the awful feeling in my throat that is keeping my from swallowing and also causing my ear ache please let me know!!!

God bless to everyone and I pray that you have a speedy recovery!!! :)

 Cindy March 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

My surgery was on March 5, and it sounds like you and I have experienced almost exactly the same thing. Only I am old enough to be your mother. LOL This has been the toughest thing I have been through. I am now slowly building my stamina back up and slowly branching out from foods not liquid. I still have pain in my throat and ears, but it is bearable, except at night. Reducing pain meds each evening and taking non during the day. Best thing I have found for my ear pain is heat. And the new challenge I have is the gaping hole left by my left tonsil. It seems to be bottomless and fills with what food I do eat. I then spend the next hour “sucking” the food out because it feels like I haven’t swollowed. No pain in the process but is probably agrevating the heck out of the tissue. Hang in there, at this point each day does finally seem to be getting better.

 Brandon March 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I am on day 8 and the pain is going a little bit better am takeing my medicine and it’s fine the only pain I feel is my jaw when I swallow cold water it hurts very much then when I eat mash potatoes and apple sauce it burns in the back Roth of my mouth i don”t know why can someone help me am 15 and I don’t know what to do please help comment back

 sally March 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Hi Brandon. Try to drink warm things. Chicken noodle soup is good. Popsicles are good when you want something cold. I had mine out on Friday – today is Monday. I’m still hurting a lot to. It hurts to swallow even water. But the soup with the soft noodles does the best. Other things, just because they are soft or liquid, can still burn or make your throat hurt. Hang in there….we’re going to be ok!

 sally March 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Hi again. Might as well tell the whole story. I had a really bad sorethroat on wednesday night. Was in the emergency room at 4:30 Friday morning. They did a catscan on my throat (head) and saw that I had a huge abscess on my tonsil. So out they came. I was on a morphine drip all day and still when they said what is your pain from 1 – 10 – it was always a 10. Nothing has hurt me that bad. I gave birth to a 10 pound boy, and I’ve had 5 kidney stones. This was WORSE. So I’m home. I have a narcotic patch on my arm, liquid hydrocodone, steroids, ibuprofen and antibiotics. Yikes. They say it hurts more if you’re older. Well….I’m 58 – and it KILLS!! We’ll be fine – just have to wait for it to pass. I’m dreading those awful days 5-8 that people talk about when the scabs come…sounds like a horrible movie…. take care everyone

 Brandon March 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I am on day 8 and the pain is going a little bit better am takeing my medicine and it’s fine the only pain I feel is my jaw when I swallow cold water it hurts very much then when I eat mash potatoes and apple sauce it burns in the back Roth of my mouth i don”t know why can someone help me am 15 and I don’t know what to do please help comment back thank you

 Darren Dryer March 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I have just recovered form a tonsillectomy (February 21st) and would like to share my experience with those that are considering the operation as, I have to admit that I was close to cancelling the procedure after reading some posts advising horrific discomfort and pain.

I am a 45 year old male who suffered from chocking and loud snoring and was becoming increasingly embarrassed when on my frequent weekend trips with friends and on flights overseas.

I decided I needed to something about it and eventually visited an ear, nose & throat specialist. The doctor stuck a camera down my nose and advised that I had a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates which would explain the years of blocked nose and stuffiness. He then looked at my tonsils which, I was told, were enlarged and were blocking my airways.

My doctor said that although there is no 100% certainty that an operation would cure my problem, he was sure that it would help somewhat. I therefore decided to go ahead with the operation and take the risk.

The procedure went well (about 2 hours) and I awoke in the recovery room with a shot of morphine and an ice block. The pain was simular to an infected sore throat… So far so good. I was then wheeled back to my room around 7:30pm with an intravenous drip and had a comfortable if somewhat broken sleep (nurses take vitals every hour).

As I had splints in my nostrils, my main discomfort was from nasal fluids draining into my throat as I was unable to spit out or blow my nose. Pain treatment was with Prodeine Forte.

After release from hospital the next day, I followed doctor’s orders and sipped water and other fluids as often as possible as well as chew sugar free gum every 30min and had plenty of ice blocks. This eased the dryness and, I’m told, speeds up recovery.

I could eat almost anything, albeit slowly, apart from toast or crackers.

Everything was going well with slight pain that was managed with Prodeine Forte until day 4 when the sensation was like a red hot iron ball in my throat. The doctor supplied Tramedo tablets for extreme pain and I thought now’s the time to use them. Within 20min, the pain eased to a bearable level and the effects of the drug were very relaxing. This level of pain lasted about 2 ½ days.

After day 7, I started feeling better as I had the splints removed from my nose and the throat pain had eased allowing me to go back on the Prodeine Forte. I was still eating most things but continued with the gum, ice blocks and plenty of fluids.

I starting felling better every day and went back to work after 2 weeks with a tight sensation in my throat but no pain. I still have some tightness today but nothing too concerning.

The end result of my ordeal is that I can breathe so much easier and have not snored since my operation other than the first week mainly due to a swollen tongue and nasal fluids in the back of my throat.

Would I recommend this procedure for people with a simular complaint…absolutely as I sleep well and, can now travel without fear of embarrassment.

I hope this post helps with those considering the operation.

 natasha March 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

im on day 6, and i can tell you that its utter hell, i havent been able to keep anything down, im not sure if its cause the horrible taste in my mouth or what, but today i have thrown up twice today i think its cause im on perks and its shortly after ive taken some, i havent bled or anything so im lucky on that part, i have constant ear pain and i still feel like i got teeth pulled out! it sucks completely!!!, i was skinny to start with around 112 and my moms noticed ive lost a bit of weight, im having a hard time just swallowing my spit, its gross thick and to me gets stuck! thats about it everything else seems to get down, but it just wont stay down today, its kinda scary, i dunno if its normal or not!, is it? if anyone could help that would be great

 Cristina March 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

It has been 5 weeks since my tonsillectomy. My pain was mild and I took over the counter panadol
only. I lost my taste buds but it is slowly returning. I can taste more sweets and slight saltiness in
food now so I’m praying it will completely return soon. At the moment I am having problem
With my right throat and where tonsils use to be. It feels like there something obstructing that side.
When I look inside with a flashlight I see skin with small lumps growing from where right tonsil use to be and all the way down throat snd the feeling of it is more apparent everyday. It feels like it is getting thicker
and thicker. When I drink something sweet that side leaves a feeling of sweetness that can last for
hours and water doesn’t help relieving of sweet taste. Does anyone else have this issue? I am seeing
ENT in 2 weeks but that lump feeling in right throat is extremely uncomfortable:(

 kyle March 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

im 19 and just had a tonsillectomy a few days ago, ( march 15th). i had the procedure done at about 7 in the morning so i was home by 10am. The day of was not bad at all, just a slight sore throat. The doctor had told me to not eat much that day because the anesthesia and the numbing agent may make me nauseous. Well i went home and ate like crazy. Pudding, sherbert, cold mac and cheese (the creamy mac and cheese from a deli), bow tie pasta.. anything soft and cold. I woke up the next day in moderate pain, due to the numbing agent wearing off. It has gotten a little bit better since yesterday (day 2-3). The most important thing is to stay hydrated. The pain meds i was given (7.5 mg hydrocodone or vicodin/500 tylenol) just take the edge off. I was told i had very large tonsils and that they were going to be hard to remove due to all the infections i have had. Overall i wouldn’t say the pain is too bad. I am only on day 4 but i have heard this is to be the most painful part of recovery. I will leave another comment in a couple days to update everyone.

 Chris March 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hey everyone,

I just had my sergery a few days ago.[march,15,2012] So fair it has been up and down on what I can eat. The pain meds prescribed to me do kinda help but not as good as I want! Lol e.g woke up this morning in mad pain in my throat and ears. What seems to be working for me is the ice chunks and anything else that is cold to keep my throat numb. Considering this is only day 3 home from the hospital I will try come back and do a update.

 Kiran K March 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

10 th day… finally was able to sleep for 4 hrs continuously. not much pain after waking up. Suddenly i started yawning more today and it pains. How can i stop yawning? plz advice.

 Chris March 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

My ears hurt so bad right now and feel like they are on fire!!!

 Lauren March 19, 2012 at 4:59 am

Hey Everyone,

I am 20 years old and on February 9th I had my tonsils removed to due chronic strep-throat. I knew that this whole process was not going to be easy an that the recovery was going to be the most difficult, but with a wonderful mom by my side the whole time I feel it has made things a whole lot easier, which I could not be more grateful for.
I did not find this useful website till a couple of days ago when I was searching for answers on the progress of my tonsils and found how useful everyone’s information was. There were a few things and tips that I would like to pass on to help those who are experiencing the pain from recovery now or that will be in the future so here they are.
– Lot and Lots of WATER (there is no such thing as to much water)
– Ice chips (Sonic Ice) have been my friend throughout my whole recovery (they help sooth and numb, while also keeping the throat moist)
– Blue Bell Popsicles
– Sherbet
– Soup with or without noodles
– Jello
– Apple Sauce (which will cause a burning sensation depending on your day of post-op)
– Heating Pad (Relieves ear and jaw pain)
– Cold Ice Pack that wraps around the neck (swelling)
As each day progresses my eating habits are starting to return slowly but surly. Unfortunately I’m still experiencing terrible tongue and ear pain in which Im hoping will diminish here soon.

Id like to Thank You for everyones help and suggestions and hope that mine will do the same.

 daisy March 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

i had my tonsilectomy 3 wks ago and let me tell you i never expected what was coming it was so painful the dr gave me tylenol with codeine and it helped alot even though i was sleeping most of the day my scabs fell off day 11 to 14 it dindt hurt just make sure u dont eat rough food that can peel them it is all worth it i lost my taste buds but they are coming back dont worry everyone it comes back lil by little my dr says to give it atleast 3 months i started taking zinc supplements it helps but dont worryy u will get better nd ur taaste buds back

 emily halpin March 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

the back of my tounge is so sore and sensitive along with my jaw line and teeth everytime i eat its not even the throat stopping me eat atm its that sensation… any suggestions on how to get round it?

 emily halpin March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

i had my tonsilectomy on monday 12th march… well lets just say day 1 and 2 was easy you wouldnt of even known i had an op, but then day 3 came around and abit of pain arised but my god!!!! day 4 was unbarable i ended up back in the doctors and in ane as the pain in throat and ears was so extreme nothing could help and i have not felt that sick in ages the doctors even saw my sickeness as unusual but from reading this it appears alot of you have it to. this blog has been a life saver. day 5,6 were okay just managed pain meds corrected and drank lots of water cannot stress enough how important water is. i am currently on day 7 and managed to eat this morning with little discomfort the white junk in my throat has all gone other then a small layer all on the holes which im guessing is the scabs as i cant see a great deal. but it feels more painful on left then right but pain relief n water seems to be doing the trick. i am off to alton towers for a weekeend on sat and am prayingggg to god i will be okay as my family have spent alot of money on this trip as it was booked way before my operation date was given so theres no changing it any advice or anything on if i will be okay by then….. the sat will be day 12??? alsoo after the sickness disappears if any one is suffering like i did i am on anti sickness tablets and hott cups of tea help which i could not have at start as dairy made me throw up unusual i know! but yes any ideas or anything for a speedy recover for sat…….?? ( BUT AS FOR SLEEPING IVE SLEPT THREW EVERYNIGHT ALL NIGHT SINCE THE OPERATION PERFECTLY FINE OTHER THEN WAKING UP TO MY ALARM FOR MEDS, SO GUESSING IVE BEEN LUCKY HERE) THANKS EMILY!!

 Kiran K March 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hi, does anyone take pills during this recovery? Does it hurt to swallow pills from day 10-14 and afterwards? Thank You!

 emily halpin March 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

ive taken pills since the minute ive woken up from the operation i find since my tonsils have gone its really easy to take pills as theres so much room in my throat, ive personaly had no issue taking tablets x

 Sandra March 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Kiran K. I would think that you would not be able to take pills after this surgery. The only possible way would be if they were crushed. I had my surgery on Wed., March 14th so I’m 5 days post op. THis has been a very trying time for me. Im still having alot of pain especially on the tongue. My appetitie has increasing gotten worse and swollowing has gotten worse as the days progress. One thing that I have not seen mentioned by anyone is the fact that from taking medications several times a day for several days I have become constipated, Even though I m consuming a lot of liquids. I am very concerned about the scabbs falling off and the possibility of bleeding as a result. I’m hoping this does not happen since most every thing has gone well. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed. Good luck to all who have had the surgery and all that are planning to have it.

 natasha aka tosh March 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

i have pills to take yes u can take them the smaller it is the easier :-) . I have nausea pills from surgery and birth control I always take. For pain they gave me liquid hydrocodine

 Linda March 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Well I am on day 4 now. And let me tell you this is hell. I have always thought i had a high threshold for pain until I had this surgery. Day 1 was fine. I felt just like I had an infection in my throat. But it seems everyday after that is more intolerable. It hurts to swallow water. I find warm tea to be more soothing than ice. I am also 26 and definitely believe this is not something you want to get done as an adult because healing takes much longer. So unless this surgery is absolutely neccassary i wouldnt advise getting it done. an my next few days are suppose to be the worst. Cant wait for that.

 Kim March 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’m 23 and on day 8 of recovery. Had the surgery mon march 12th. Days 1-3 weren’t that bad. I could eat crackers, milk (ensure.. For the nutrients), and really anything I could chew and turn to mush. I could talk pretty well too. Surgery went really well and I was discharged from the hospital as soon as they could let me cause I was Doing so well. I woke up day 4 and have never felt such horrible, unbearable, makes you want to vomit, burning pain. Day 5&6 I try not to think about. I seriously thought at one point how much more pain can one person handle before it kills them. (coming from someone who has given birth, and I thought that was bad.) everyone keeps saying it will get better, but I’m having a hard time believing them at the moment. Day 7 my scabs had about a third of the way fallen off and I was able to finally feel like my medicine masked 3/4 of the pain instead of 1/8 of it. I eat top ramen and applesauce. And that is still pretty painful. I have eatin almost two bags of party ice from sonic, which I reccomend eating constantly. When the ransid smell came around with my scabs I would pour a little sobi or any flavoring in the ice to help make the taste go away so I wouldn’t puke. Strawberry dryers Popsicles are awesome. Today day 8 i think most of my scabs have fallen off, I need to check. It feels very raw and stings alot. I still have no energy to take care of my almost two year old. I’ve been watching harry potter all week. Also I’d like to thank those who have misused the system to deceive doctors so they can get drugs for their personal benefit. Because of you I had to go all weekend (the worst days of my life) with out narcotics and had to rely on baby Tylenol to help with the pain. I ran out of narcotics and didn’t have a refill. My husband called on Friday to get more and missed office hours by 20 minutes… Who closes at 2pm on a Friday?! The after hour nurse said they couldn’t prescribe me anything til mon cause “they don’t know my case”. My dad is a doctor but can’t prescribe narcotics to his own family. So I’ve been drinking baby Tylenol and ib profan like its water. Anyways, don’t make the mistake I did. If your running low on pain killers don’t wait til the weekend to call. They won’t help you. We will see what today brings. Baby steps. Emotionally I’m pretty drained though. I’ve had amazing family support though, so I guess it could always be worse. It’s funny cause I feel like I have a whole new group of friends knowing we all share the worst pain ever. Good luck to all. If I get better maybe I’ll update and might bring some new insight, for now I don’t really see the light at the end if the tunnel. Mt doctor did say I would curse his name for two weeks but then I would praise him for the rest of my life, we shall see…

 kyle March 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Day 5 and the fever is starting. A low fever but enough to make me feel not so great. Still a good amount of throat pain, canker sores, and soreness in my jaw. The only problem i have had is when im brushing my teeth and i go to spit it feels like there is something stuck in my throat. I feel like i could spit it out but im not sure if it might be a scab? I felt it right when i got home from the hospital so i don’t think it could be a scab coming off. Other than that its just a boring recovery. Drinking smoothies and trying to drink as much water as possible. If anyone knows what the feeling of something stuck in my throat might be caused by please let me know. thanks

 Misa March 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

I asked my doc a few hours post tonsillectomy. It’s the “cauterizing” they do as they do cut out your tongues. Feels like bits of string? It’s the scabbing caused by the cauterizing. That’s how it feels with me so I asked, that was his answer. Hope it helps!

 kyle March 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

thank you, its the weirdest feeling. i just hope it goes away soon.

 Vanessa March 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

Hi, I am a 24 year old female who will be 2 weeks post tonsillectomy tomorrow. Like most people, I was reading things online and all I was reading about was how bad it was going to hurt and it’s like the worst thing ever. If you are reading this, please understand that not everybody will be in that much pain! Im not sure if I got lucky or what but the on a scale of 1-10 my pain was at the highest a 4 during the whole recovery time. My doctor even said he had to cut extra deep due to my tonsils bring so large. I didn’t even take pain medicine after day 3. I was constantly and I mean CONSTANTLY drinking cold water, had an ice pack on my neck and slept sitting up. If you can sleep in a recliner, that’s the best.

Now being 2 weeks later I have no pain and I am back to eating normal. It only hurts a little when I yawn and I have a little bit of ear pain yet. But I can not complain, I had it pretty easy!

So if you are getting a tonsillectomy do not think the worst, you may be like me and not have a rough time :) and if you are recovering from a tonsillectomy, good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery!

 trisha March 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Thank you so much for your post. I am having my surgery in 6 days, and most of these posts are scaring me. I am 27 and I’ve learned the older, worse…… I am hoping i have an experience like yours. Thank you for the hope.

 Vanessa March 20, 2012 at 4:08 am

O and I forgot to mention… Having my tonsils out was one of the best decisions I ever made!!! I am breathing so much easier and no longer snoring. I did not realize how little air I was getting when I had them in. I am also waking up more well rested, I’m not sleepy during the day and don’t wake up with headaches anymore. I hear a lot of people backing down from the operation because they are scared of the pain. But let me tell you, even if you are having a painful recovery, it will be totally worth it!!!

 Kim March 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

Thanks! You give me hope!

 ritianne March 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

thanku you gave me hope aswell i will have it done tomorrow

 Misa March 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’m right there with Vanessa. Not everyone has that level of pain. It’s been almost a day since I’ve had my tonsils out (had them out at 09:30 am) and before the day was through, I was able to eat something that had sustenance to it. Granted it was soup with rice, tiny bits of seaweed and cubes of beef but it was still something more than base soup or mush. Key is to stay ahead of the pain, most of it is mental anyways. Don’t let all talk of “it was the worst pain I’ve ever felt”s get to you, and drink plenty of cold water (preferrably through a straw as water will probably try to go up your nose I’ve unfortunately discovered.) I’ve also had a humidifier running for a better part of the day. It helps with the dry feeling in your throat. If you haven’t gotten it done yet and are preparing for. Your tonsillectomy, this has got to be one of the best places I had found help. Everything that anyone has ever written is a lesson learned. Take what concerns you the most and come up with a plan. Take what others have done and do the same or alter their courses of action. Drink water, rest, be positive (it might not hurt that bad and if it does, it’s temporary) and stay ahead of the pain but please becareful to not overdose. Like I said, it hasn’t even been 24 hora since I’ve had mine out and I already feel a huge change for the better. My airway no longer feels obstructed and my naps regardless of the discomfort (not quite aggravating of a pain) leave me feeling rested. Good luck and take care!!!

 Misa March 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

Oh and I’m 32 years old. Not sure if there’s an age factor concerning anyone so I’m throwing that out there. Again, good luck!

 Chris March 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hey guys, I am 24 and had my surgery on march 15 2012. So that means I am on the dark and shitty morning ( 3:30 am) of day 5. I was just wondering if anyone else has been able to eat at all? I can’t. As well if anyone seems to be having the issue of drinking lots and taking there pills but wakin up anywhere from 1-2 hours of sleeping in mad!! Pain!!! And dry throat? I have hear useing a humidifier can help but I doesn’t seem to be doing anything for me. Anyone else experiencing this or know ways to help with this???

Thank you: Chris

 natasha aka tosh March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

esterdayGot mine out yesterday. Humidifier doesn’t work for me and yeah I am doing same as you sleep wise, exception is I puke. For me drinking helps if i take a sip and tilt my head slightly back, not all the way but a little. I’m 21 and so far its hell. I’m going back to sleep now hopefully later I will eat. If not oh well. Hey I did find that cotton candy ice pops or cotton candy Italian ice works. It covers the crappy taste because its so sweet and evens out. Also so cold helps with swallowing.

 natasha aka tosh March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

also ATM I’m drugged with hydrocodine so very sorry if i wrote weird lol

 renee March 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

It’s been 7 days since my surgery and I’m still in pain. It’s more ear pain than anything now. This has been the worst thing I have ever been through. I have 3 kids and i would rather go through labor than deal with this pain. The only thing that has really helped besides the meds is my heating pad. It has eased the ear pain a whole lot. I just got my voice back today it hurt to bad to talk. The only thing i am grateful for is its almost over. I’m 33years old and I felt like a baby all over again. All i wanted was my mommy

 Pam March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Its been really useful reading these posts. I had my surgery on 13th March. Ive been able to keep up with the pain with the pain killers given to me. Its 7 days and I still cant talk properly and cannot open my mouth wide enough to look at my throat so no idea what it looks like but it tastes disgusting. Im able to eat most things but in small amounts and with water. The worst is in the morning when I wake up with really dry throat and ear ache. My only tip in taking the pain killers is to write down each time you take some and which ones your taking so you dont get muddled and overdose on paracetamol. I have no follow up appointment with the doctors so a bit worried if I do have an infection that I am not taking antibiotics. Would of thought we would get them automatically after the operation to avoid an infection.

 natasha aka tosh March 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Just got mine out yesterday, pain meds and antibiotics making me very I’ll. Idk what to do when I vomit the area bleeds. ATM I’m drugged with pain killers, I’m 21, I got them out because I couldn’t swallow well and had tonsile stones. I need help I hate feeling this sick and vomiting so much but the doc won’t give me anything but hydrocodine… any thought show to not get all puky?

 emily halpin March 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

i had mine out last monday and i wa ssooo sooo sick day 1,2,3 and 4 till finally id had enough and went and got anti sickness tablets as it was the tablets making me sick so i had to take them so i just toook anti sickness with them seems t have done the trick im day 8 now and seem to be okay the pain is minimal now… eating is still abit sore but water water water!!!!

 natasha aka tosh March 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

the tablets didn’t help me =( been taking them. Lol but what did help was St offers Mac and cheese idk y, ate like two spoonfulls of it and no vomiting or puking all day :-) thanks tho

 Chris B March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I hope you guys have been giving better pain killers the me.
I was given:
Ratio-Lenoitec No.3 30mg (T3′s)
Teva-Naproxen 500mg (Anti-Inflamatories)
Azithromyicn 250mg (not what this one really is.)
Pms-Benzydamine 0.15% (mouth rinse)

 Vanessa March 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

Haha sounds like you were given some good stuff compared to what I was given! I was given liquid Tylenol. Although I got lucky and was not in enough pain to take it after day 3.

 Dalv March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi fellow patients, I’m 29 and had been experiencing tonsillitis since December 2011. My breathing became effected quiet severely, due to this the this operation was necessary. Day 1, operation. Like most of you i didn’t experience vast amount of pain. General discomfort as expected. Day 2, morning fell, and I felt what could only be describe as the end of days. My throat was dry, and I was experiencing what I could explain as stabbing pains to the throat. Couldn’t eat. Or drink much. I had no choice but to have pain killers on a empty stomach. I go back to sleep. Water was the only thing that I could really manage and even that was painful. Pain killers helped and I did seem to have moments that I could eat. I am now on Day 3 and 4, the pain worsened the back of my Tongue pains. At this stage I could honestly say it’s the worst that I’ve had it. I believe the wounds are healing, therefore pain is getting worse. My advise would be, make sure you do eat, mainly be soft foods, but there’s nothing worse then having tablets on a empty stomach. Diary products such as ice-cream and milk are good as you’re probably aware now, but can corse discomfort as it produces mucus. I think the whole thing is under estimated and If it wasn’t for everyone’s forums it would be a lot difficult. The first 4 days are believed to be the most difficult. I hoped I did help. Ps I miss crisps.

 Carmen March 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hello Everyone,
I had my tonsils removed March 16,2012. I was told by the doctors that this would be terrible pain. The first few days after the surgery werent too bad, I only took my medicine (oxycodone) once. I was able to rest, get up, do things around the house and not be too tired. But as of yesterday the pain has gotten worse. Its hard to swallow, my left ear hurts, my jaws hurt (especially when I yawn) and everything including my spit feels too thick to swallow. I havent had an appetite but I am trying to drink plenty of fluids despite feeling this way. To top it all I believe I have caught my daughter’s cold! Good luck to everyone that is healing

 Margaret Ludlow March 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hi guys! I am 21 years old and had my tonsils removed on March 8, 2012. The procedure only took about 30 minutes. After I woke up, nurses held me in recovery until the anesthia had worn off enough. They told me NOT to drink water until the day after, because sometimes water will interact negatively with the anesthia causing vomiting. The nurses gave me gatorade and sent me on my way. They informed my boyfriend that initial vomiting was normal because the body was pushing the blood out but any other vomiting would mean I would need to come back to ER. Sure enough, right when he parked, I threw up all the blood from the surgery. He got me inside, crushed up Tylenol and put it in apple sauce (which I threw back up). I slept for the majority of the evening. Days 2 through 5 weren’t too bad. One of the scabs starting following off on day three. I altered between Motrin and Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours and only took Percocet at night to help me sleep. I was able to do broths, pureed soups, gatorade (or powerade), Pedialyte, popsicles and sherbert. Days 6 through 9 were the absolute worse. My jaw and tongue felt tight and my ears throbbed. I could talk but it was so slurred people couldn’t understand me. During those days, getting liquids down were frustrating. I managed to do it though. Now I am on day 12! My speech has quite improved. I just ate my first real meal yesterday and I can stand to my brush my teeth/tongue three times a day. I still have a weird taste on the back of my tongue but I can deal with that because the scabs are virtually gone. I never had a problem getting ANY of the medicine down. I only take percocet at night as of right now. I also iced my neck the first few days to help with swelling.

Would I recommend this procedure? Absolutely. Don’t be alarmed. The process does have a period where the pain is absolutely bad. But I was getting strep throat and tonsillitis about 4 or 5 times a year since 2008 and it was frustrating. I would rather spend 2 to 3 weeks of pain and discomfort versus 4 or 5 times of strep, the pain of strep and missing class/work because of strep!

Hope this helps.

 Dan Scott March 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi every one, I had my tonsillectomy on Monday morning felt ok when I woke up and went on to eat tea in hospital. Felt very good to say the least, didn’t require much pain relief and ate breakfast on Tuesday and was allowed home……. Meanwhile experiancing a lot of pain during my tea last night in my throat and tongue I skipped tea and drank water during the nights sleep I woke up shivering and cold coughing quite bad too and since then seem to be in rather a lot of pain with my tongue and throat (which I expected) and mainly all over my body hurts and aches now. I’ve called the hospital and they said to see how it goes over the next few days as it could be the start of an infection or reaction to the anaesthetic…. You’ve all answered some questions I had so thank you and wish you all the best recovery possible

 natasha aka tosh March 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

had mine Monday as well how u doing today?

 Chelsea March 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m 28 y/o and I am scheduled for a tonsilectomy for the middle of April. I’m reading all of the posts and starting to get really freaked out. My doctor told me the recovery is about a week so that’s what I took off of work. I’m having it done on a Wed and was hoping to be back to work the following Monday but by the sounds of things that’s not going to happen huh? I guess the best thing to do is water and keep up with the pain meds the doctor gives me and sleep? I have a pretty good tolerance for pain but I think a sore throat is one of the worst things. Please throw me any advice you have I’d greatly appreciate it and I will certainly update on my progress post op. Thanks!

 kyle March 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

recovery is usually 10 to 14 days. i would take more time off of work. its more than just throat pain though. at about 3-5 days you start getting a low grade fever, its hard to eat, hard to drink, hard to sleep, and hard to talk. im on day 7, im just hoping this will all be worth it. good luck

 Chelsea March 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thank you! I will keep that in mind. My boss is pretty flexible so if I need the extra time she’s more then willing to give it to me. I’m hoping it’s worth it too. The doctor said he can do a partial tonsilectomy but it’s a 50/50 chance I would have to have a full tonsilectomy in the future so I figured I am not going to want to go through it 2x I mid as well just do it all now.
Hope you are starting to feel better!

 Alison March 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I am scheduled for the beginning of April also, I am getting very nervous now :( I had bad throat pain in the summer from my tonsils, which was awful pain and was in the hospital. I hope I will be able to swallow the pain meds! As far as the ice, do you suck on them or chew and keep swallowing ice?

 Chelsea March 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I am hoping I can swallow the pain meds too because I HATE liquid medicine! As far as the ice I hear ice chips or shaved ice is the best. I think the idea w/ the ice to to chew and keep swallowing to keep your throat from dying out. Good luck!

 kyle March 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

well its day 7, the fever went away but i still have pretty bad throat pain. i think my scabs are starting to come off, it feels like someone is jamming a needle into my throat. Plus there is a weird smell almost every time i swallow. can anyone explain how it feels when the scabs first start coming off? i hope im right because i only have a few more days before i go back to school and work. im 19 years old and perfectly healthy, im not sure if that helps the recovery time at all. thanks

 Chris B March 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Well day five around night time (10:00pm) got me rushed to the hospital to be the one person outta the 3 in 100 surgeries that bleeds like crazy. I am now in my own room at the hospital on a two day watch. I will check back in a bit

 Alix March 22, 2012 at 5:14 am

Hello all,

I’m a 26 y/o female on day 3 post-op. I feel awful. I can’t actually blame it on the surgery yet though. I was unfortunate enough to contract a head cold the day before surgery, and now I’m struggling to breathe. I was able to cough some/clear my throat up until tonight. Now, I’m stuck with all this mucus buildup and my throat has finally had enough of me hacking. Sorry for the details.

I was terrified to get this surgery. I read terrible stories online and googled myself into a dark, dark corner. I became a teacher last year, and ever since then, I’ve contracted every illness in the book, including mono for the first time in my life. This ruined my tonsils. I’ve had severe bouts of tonsillitis, throat infections, swollen glands, and the inability to fight off even the slightest cold properly for nearly two years. I think the last straw, ironically, was the laryngitis/virus I got 1 week prior to my surgery. My ENT basically told me I needed to yank these suckers out NOW.

Surgery was much easier than I anticipated. I barely remember anything after the sedative. I didn’t even make it into the OR consciously, that’s how easy I am to knock out, apparently. I felt fine after, ate ice like a pro, and slept great the first night. I read everywhere that I needed to stay ahead of the pain. I set my alarm in 4 hour increments, took my pain meds (liquid codeine/antibiotics) on time, and just kept on the ice. I’m having a hard time with just plain water (or liquids really) as I feel them slowly try to creep up to my nasal passage, so I end up having to swallow everything two or three times. Ice does the trick. I’m sending my husband to buy an ice shaver tomorrow, as I’m sure our neighbors are tired of listening to me pound away at ice cubes with a meat tenderizer at 2 am.

I’m at the beginning of day 3 now, technically, since it’s midnight. THIS must be the pain everyone warned me about. At first, I thought maybe I was one of the lucky ones that genetically healed faster and wouldn’t have the awful, radiating ear pain and throat violence I’d read about. I’ve avoided the vomiting, so I’m grateful for that at least. But my tolerance to simple eating ice is melting (pun intended). I tried mashed potatoes and almost died. Even jello and popsicles have burnt the gaping holes in the back of my mouth to this point. I’m just scared because of all the grossness that wants to come out of my chest from this cold through coughing, of course, and I’ve read the risk of bleeding is higher the further post-op you are.

I might add, I had a coblation tonsillectomy–something I’ve read that is less painful than cauterization. Does anyone have any experience with this claim?

Any tips would be appreciated, or at least a response to know I’m not alone tonight.

Thanks all!

 natasha aka tosh March 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Can’t eat? The first thing I actually ate was stoffers. Mac and cheese. It was warmed and ate it Luke warm. Mine are cauterized, I have been coughing but trying to cough gently if that makes sense. I did bleed a little but went away. At the moment I’m on my pain meds so this may be everywhere lol, my hubby got me 3 diff ice creams that all work and don’t sting. Day one was cotton candy ice pops. Water based not cream so it helps clean the area. Second day I moved on to grape fruitpops. Now I eatthoes and fudge circles for something g candy like with that drink lots of water. As to the claim I think conlation is the same as it seems you have it a bit worse then me. Bananas rock I might add, though if your tounge hurts as bad as mine its hard to chew. Can ya speak yet? I can a little. Hope to hear back its good talking to ppl who know what u r going thro.

 Alix March 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I can speak, but I sound ridiculous. My uvula makes me sound like I’m underwater.

I ate warm broth with noodles tonight and almost cried with joy. AMAZING.

 Natasha aka Tosh March 25, 2012 at 12:52 am

lol i know right? i ate chicken the other day throat still hurts when i swallow but thats nothing compared to the pain i feeling my tongue from swelling and now sores because of the swelling and not being able to brush as well as i usually do >< i was starting to speak but now i cant and im back to not eating cuz it hurts my tongue so bad.

 Chris March 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

I’m 23 and had mine out on the 14th of this month which means I’m entering… day eight today? Been on hydrocodone-APAP in liquid form and noticing if I even miss a dose by an hour or two the nausea and fever comes back with a vengeance. It’s been a painful recovery, for sure.

Was told to avoid ice cream and dairy due to the mucus it creates, which can make your throat feel even more gross. The taste at the back of my throat from the scabs is pretty damn rancid, and I’ve been drinking loads of Gatorade/Powerade in lieu of being able to eat proper meals. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated.

Pretty amazing how there’s so many others going through the same thing right now. Wishing a speedy and painless recovery to all of you.

 DONNY March 22, 2012 at 7:12 am

thanks for your post chris… i had mine taken out two days ago (the 20th)… and I am on the same medication you are on… I accidently misread the dosing instructions and accidently took 3 doses of 3 Tablespoons instead of 3 teaspoons…. I havent felt any pain but I was a little loopy earlier… I am 28 and am wondering… did u have the laser surgery done?? or do u have stitches?

 DONNY March 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hello everyone I am going on day 2 of recovery…. my procedure was done Tuesday March 20th … I am 28 yrs old and I had my tonsillectomy due to enlarged tonsils that the doctors are thinking is causing me severe sleep apnea…. On the day of the surgery I went in a 9:30 out of the hospital by 11:30…. I returned home…. ate some sherbert, drank some water…. that night…. i thew it all up…. Apparently it was from the anesthesia… I saw some spots of blood.. so my wife called the hospital… she talked to a nurse and she said it could be possible blood spots from when they cut my tonsils out… with remnants still in my throat, I hacked it up… Then i noticed something strange… something i had never seen… my uvula (dangly thing in the back of the mouth that looks like a punching bag)…. it was HUGE…. almost balloonish,…. well needless to say i was confused… but apparently I had the laser treatment done on my tonsils… no stitches… just laser and white glue…. now it is day two and now starts my jaw and sore throat pain… My uvula is getting smaller and no longer feels like i have something to cough up…. but the white glue is more apparent that it was yesterday… Ive been able to eat soft foods… (ramen, mac n cheese, pasta)…. but i stick mainly with cold foods… my throat is really tender… even to the touch.. I will update as the days pass…. if you had the laser surgery done… please let me know because I wanna hear how your recovery is going… apparently its different than stitches…. thank you.

 Alix March 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hey Donny,

Are you sure you didn’t have coblation done? It’s a wand that uses high frequency radio waves to essentially laser away the tonsils, no stitches and no burning. That’s what I had. Same day as you, and my uvula was ridiculously huge. Day 3 now, I’m up for my 3:30 am meds and my jaw is killing me for the first time. I haven’t vomited anything yet, but I haven’t been able to eat anything but ice, so I’m expecting the pain killers will start to have a bad effect on my stomach soon. I’m worried because my doctor only gave me a 5 day supply of pain meds. My husband is going to call today to see if they can give me more, since obviously even the doc said this is at least a 14 day recovery. How long was you med supply?

 taylor March 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

I am 18 years old and had my tonsils removed on march 16th, hurts so bad. I checked this site to see if its bad if i’m spitting up blood after brushing my teeth? it’s not a ton of blood but there’s definatly some blood. please help?

 kyle March 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

your scabs may be coming off a tad bit pre maturely. im on day 8 and my scabs are starting to come off. once in awhile there is a feint taste of blood in my mouth but if i spit i dont see any. as long as it stops bleeding easily its probably alright. just keep an eye on it

 Andrea March 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi everyone, I am 29 and I just has my tonsoles and adenoids taken out 7 days ago and it’s been the most painful surgery and recovery I have ever done. I would give birth to another child then have tonsoles removed again. I had a terrible salt taste in my mouth for about 2 days and became very dehydrated which I required about 3 liters of fluids and more which thankfully my sister is a paramedic and gave me an IV with fluids. I have burning sensations, waves of pain and nighttime and mornings are the worst for the pain. I am already down 8lbs and I also decided I would eat some solid food today but it just irritated my throat more and caused more pain. I am doing thd best I can for fluids as water is the only liquid I can drink because everthing else is to acidic. Ear pain, jaw pain, tongue pain!! Never again. Can’t wait till its over!!!

 Andrea March 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hi Alix,

I too just ran out of pain meds. My doc put me on Toradol which only works for 4-5hrs and says 8hrs on bottle. But I’ve had to double up on the meds and tomorrow I am phoning my doc and demanding more meds cause your right they tell everyone to expect pain and recovery for 2 weeks or sometimes more. So call your doc, no need for anyone to suffer in pain. Let me know how it goes with your doc. Cross our fingers we both get more meds. :) take it easy!!

 Alix March 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Hi Andrea,

Doctor refilled my pain meds for another full supply. He agreed, it’s at least a 10 day heavily medicated recovery, and after the scabs come off, I can slowly come off the meds.

How about you? Any luck?

 natasha aka tosh March 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hey guys, day 3 since I had the little buggers removed. I have eaten, and even shared dibs with my hubby :-) . The cotton candy pops work wonders, can honestly say I’m not doing to bad. Yes it hurts but I am alive and can breathe. Had mine taken out because I would vomit after all meals and couldn’t breathe correctly now I’m glad they are out. I have not been out side since surgery, I keep looking out my window to see the deer swamp and cross, I miss it. I gotta say if you need advice just read through posts and have conversations here. What makes me feel better is knowing others are going through the pain and are scared same as me. My cat has not left my side since day one. Well think I’ll go play mass effect 3 …oh yeah video games help alot lol keeps your mind off everything just don’t yellat the TV…did that yesterday… hurt

 jodi March 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My son is 18 and got his tonsils removed almost a week ago. His main problem is that his ears hurt so bad and his throat hurts alot when he swallows. He is drinking alot of water but isnt eating alot so I think the pain medicine is upsetting his empty stomach. Is there anything I can do about his ears?

 natasha aka tosh March 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

heating pad by his ears works, mine was only around for a day but light rubbing helps as well

 Georgiann March 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

My earaches lasted 3 days. Only thing that helped was moist hot heat. I used wet wash cloths on my ears afor about 10 minutes every time the pain became unbearable.

 kyle March 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

day 8, so far not so bad. the worst part is if i accidentally cough hard or strain myself it feels like im ripping the scab off (worst pain of the whole recovery). i haven’t taken my pain meds (lortab, 7.5mg) in 3 or 4 days. the worst part is feeling like something is stuck in your throat when the scabs start coming off. hopefully ill only have that feeling for another day, ive heard it can last up to 2 weeks. the only other problem is the extremely swollen uvula. at least 2-3 times its normal size. anyone know when it will go back to normal size?

 donny March 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm


I have two refills on my liquid hydrocodone APAP… I have to wait till tomorrow to get it refilled… since i have to wait.. I will probably be eating ice and drinking cold drinks until the pain becomes to unbearable to do without then i will finish off the last of my meds.. The swelling has gone down…. just waiting on my refills… then ill be right as rain.

 C March 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Hi everyone, some of your experiences are scaring me. I’m due in next Friday to have my tonsils, adenoids and reduction of inferior turbinates. I find it hard to breathe through my nose, I sound stuffy, lack of sleep, snore loud (sound like im choking) occasionally get sore throats and get alot of mucus at the back of my throat, so my consultant said I needed surgery. I got refused at first and then my consultant over rid the refusal because I needed it, yesterday I received a letter that I’m in for surgery next Friday. I’m shocked its so soon and so so scared for the whole thing, everyone tells me “its going to be fine” “your a soldier” “you got a high pain threshold” and worst of all its my birthday 2 weeks after the surgery, boohoo. I’m mainly scared of being in hospital, being put under anesthetic and the surgery rather than the recovery. Also I’m a 20year old female. Please help me feel better about this :)

 kyle March 23, 2012 at 5:11 am

you will most likely spend about 4-5 hours in the hospital total. the actual procedure for me only took 20 minutes, but i just had a regular tonsillectomy. the anesthesia is by far the best part. they wheel you back to the operating room and the anesthesiologist says he will give you something to make you a little bit loopy. about 30 seconds after it is administered via IV you get a warm tingling feeling throughout you’re whole body. the last thing i remember is singing “carry me on my wayward son” by kansas (it was playing in the OR). i woke up in the recovery room, the nurses checked my vitals, i got dressed, one of the nurses got me a popsicle, i sat in a big comfy chair for about 10 minutes then my mom came and drove me home. the day of the surgery is by far the easiest day. it’s painless and you dont remember it. I’m a 19 year old male and the recovery really is not too bad. it’s just boring. best of luck. it will be worth it in the end.

 mckenzie March 23, 2012 at 1:34 am

Hey 20 year old female. I has my surgery today… i had my tonsils, adnoids, turbinate reduction and septoplasty. The surgery will be worth it. I am in quite a bit of pain but in the end just think it will all be worth it! I Definitely would say im a fighter too so if i can do it so can you :) i am also a 20 yr old female, the biggest thing is saying hydrated and stick to soft foods such as baby food so that your throat can heal but youre getting nutrition. Good luck with your surgery and let me know if u have any questions.

 Kiran K March 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

When will the scabs go away completely? I am on day 14th and can still see the while patches on my tonsils

 Andrea March 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi Alix, great hearing from you and the great news about your refill. I also did get a refil for about another 10 days as well. But what I found out is I have been taking way too much Torodol which are the meds for the pain I am on and I have been told to stop ASAP. As I had chest and back pain and severe heart burn but that’s the warning sign for Tordol indicating an ulcer will be growing and hemoraging can occur so off I am. I was just then put on T3′s and of course they don’t work so it’s back to major pain and no talking and trying to sip on water. Hopefully I don’t get dehydrated and end up in hospital but then on the other hand I will get proper meds there but that’s a short lift. So the next few days I am very nervous about. I am dreading to go to sleep tonight cause the pain will be insane when I wake up. :( and to top it off my ENT is out of town so I had to deal with my shitty family doctor that really can’t help me. But I am hoping like they say at day 10 things get better. I sure hope so.

I hope you are doing well and this site has been so helpful and I am happy to read that most of us people have the same pain issues and hoping we all get recovered fast.

 Neena March 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

Its been two weeks today and I am still in pain!!!!! I ended up in the ER on the 17th due to bleeding. All together I have had 6 different occasions where I’ve bled. I sprayed Afrin nasal spray as directed by the doctor but its still a scary experience. I’m so ready for this to be done! I thought it should be better by now!!!!! Anyone else have pain this far out from their surgery?!?!?!?!?

 Kiran K March 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I have slight pain, especially when i yawn or cough. I can feel little pain while saying some words

 Chris B March 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Does anyone have good ways to not wake with a extream dry throat please reply or message me…
I have a humidifier going, I drink lots of water, been having icecrem and popcicles.

 Kiran K March 24, 2012 at 3:16 am

I tried waking up every hour and sip some cold water. It worked well

 Alix March 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm


Sounds awful :( I can’t even deal with my family doctor.

Last night, I discovered the miracle of chewing gum. Full disclosure, you could probably choke in your sleep, but I kept a piece in my mouth and woke up to take my meds after 4 hours. I felt AMAZING. My throat was moist, the bad taste completely gone. I put another piece in and did this throughout the night. Got my first full night (well, 6 hours) of rest since before the surgery.

Another thing that helps the pain is coconut milk. Regular dairy makes everything gross, but my husband bought me vanilla coconut milk. It’s creamy and tastes amazing, and coats everything going down.

Good luck. Keep me posted. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone, even though it feels that way.

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