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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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 C March 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Thanks for replying to my worries Kyle and Mckenzie, its good to have people reply and talk to me who have or are in the same position. Looool “carry me on my wayward son” I was on youtube last night searchin tonsil removal recovery etcetc and found a girl still high in the recovery room, it made me laugh and feel a bit better!
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Yep Mckenzie fingers crossed its going to be worth it and I hope your recovery time goes ok. Keep me updated so i dont feel alone, i feel like a wimp lol but people are scaring me! my boyfriend today said his friends friend said after her surgery she felt like she’d been beaten up by mike Tyson. REALLY!!? exaggeration??

I will definitely update everyone either the same day when I get home or the next day depending on how I feel.
Wish me luck!! :)

 kyle March 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

surgery day is no big deal at all. the recovery is different for everyone. as long as you’re healthy you should have a pretty speed recovery. im on day 9 and i just went out and worked on my car for a couple hours. just stay on top of your meds and try not to get too bored. thats about it, its not fun but it’s worth it.

 Saylor March 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

I had my tonsils removed on Monday! I am currently on day 6! I am 22 years old! I was honestly so scared going into surgery! I had heard so many horror stories about how bad the pain is! Well I just want to let everyone know that there is hope! I have been up walking talking and doing everything normal(that’s allowed) since day 1.. I started eating solid foods on day 5 such as Mac and cheese and eggs. My recovery has been amazing so far! So don’t be scared and think you will have. A bad experience. :D

 Heather March 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I wish mine went as well as yours. I’m 24 and had my surgery yesterday morning and yesterday wasnt too bad but when I woke up today it was a whole new kind of hell. I’m so miserable.

 Karla March 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Why did you decide to have your tonsils removed? Infection? Tonsil stones? Craters catching food particles within your tonsils?

 Natasha aka Tosh March 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

btw mine where removed because i had trouble swallowing, breathing, and tonsil stones for the last 7 yrs.

 Natasha aka Tosh March 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

yup had mine out the same day :) how is it now? i feel some pain when i swallow but not like huge unbearable pain. i was eating food at day 2 tho. just very slowly and not alot.

 Saylor March 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Well today is day 7.. I must say that the back of my tongue burns when I eat because of the procedure. They say the pain peaks on day 7 so I guess today might be the worst .. I had my tonsils removed because I had chronic tonsillectomy. I had throat infections once if not twice a month that were no longer responding to medicine because my body had grown immunity to most antibiotics from being on them so much! I also had tonsil stones so that is a relief that those will be gone! Heather I would just stay on top of my painkillers and drink as much as possible. I was told the more you swallow the faster you heal! :D

 natasha aka tosh March 27, 2012 at 4:14 am

i had the burning as well turns out the swelling goes down by day 3most people have sores! Nasty stuff hurts like crazy mine are almost gone thanks to mouth wash based with hydro peroxide. Check for a white sore or blister on ur tounge it will hirt to move ur tounge near the back in a spot and to eat even speak.

 Tanz March 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Hi there. I am 22 and I just got my tonsils out yesterday morning, March 29th. I’m on day 2 and I feel a whole lot of pain but it’s bearable at times. I’ve been drinking tons of water, apple juice, and Gatorade for the past 2 days since my surgery. I’m thinking about bringing in a humidifier to my room so my throat doesn’t get dry when I sleep. I’ve been hearing that the worst pain is when the scabs fall off around day 4-9 so I am nervous for that. Hopefully if I follow the directions (taking medication correctly, drinking lots of fluids, resting, trying to eat soft foods) it won’t be too bad! Wishful thinking? :)

 Ritianne March 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

i just did mine yesterday, i am in pain yes but its like i have a usuall sore troat, yesterday was worse than today i had problems with anasthesia. the only thing that is bothering me is my tounge, it is bigger than usual and i am only felling part of it, my doctor ordered me to eat solid food every 1 hour, i think thats why i am feeling better, i have been eating chicken breast, mash potatoes, toast, ice cream, jello, oats with milk.
i hope everyone will have a speedy recovery.

 Karla March 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I am sooo nervous, going to see an ENT hopefully next week. I am tired of tonsil stones in the craters of my tonsils… I have dealt with this problem for years and at 38, I cannot take it any longer…

 Karla March 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Why did each of you decide to have your tonsils removed?

 Tanz March 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I would get a lot of tonsil stones in my throat, pretty much once a week. My ENT said I had craters in my tonsils so almost whenever I ate, food particles would get stuck in my tonsils creating the tonsil stones, which led to my tonsils being irritated. Also, being in the same exact environment as my friends and family, I would randomly get sore throats when no one else would. My tonsils were just catching up all the germs and making me sick out of no where. I got tired of being sick and having sore throats every single month. My ENT also advised that the craters I had in my tonsils only get worse as I age, the craters can’t be reversed. My options were (1) do nothing, continue to get sick, take medicine, become immune overtime (2) gargle after any and everything I eat (which helped at first but then it became hard at work, during meetings to always remember to gargle, etc) and (3) get my tonsils out and be free of this monthly/weekly irritation. I just got my tonsils out yesterday morning, and I’m in tons of pain but I think this will make my life better in the long run. Also I am 22. I hope this helps!

 Matt March 25, 2012 at 12:06 am

I had my tonsils out on Wednesday, I’m almost on day 4 and it’s been up and down with pain. Being in the UK I’m on codeine and paracetamol 4 times a day. I’m eating pretty much anything I can break down into sizeable chunks, pasta however is a problem due to its slippery feeling, makes me want to vom!
I find being shattered in the evening helps me sleep better without pain through the night. I had a day of snoozing and then had the worst night sleep last night. While the tablets do help the pain it doesn’t last all night.
Mine came out due to tonsil stones and bacteria infection, however had to remove much more than expected as it was quite bad. I am only 25!
I’m having all the aches pains and problems talking but my main issue is that a lot of food I am eating is getting caught in the white/yellow healing that is occurring. I’ve had to just remove some lunch from the back of my mouth, but I dare not do anything else for risk of damaging anything.
I think i will stick to simple food from now on!

 Matt March 25, 2012 at 12:13 am

Also I have had about 10% of total pain since I left hospital however I’ve had my step mum look after me, sort my meds, make lunch, talk to me, and just be there all the time so I have no time to feel sorry for myself!
To all you people who are doing this at home alone… You’re nuts, I don’t think I could do all the every day jobs in this condition.

 Katrina March 25, 2012 at 5:06 am

A non-horror story:

I read all of these comments while preparing for my tonsillectomy and went into it prepared for the absolute worst. I’m 28 and got my tonsils out because of recurring tonsillitis. The last time I got tonsillitis I ended up getting a CT scan because they thought my tonsils had abscessed into my neck – fun. Turns out we caught it in time and antibiotics cleared it right up; that’s what I get for not having health insurance and waiting a long time to go to the doctor.

My surgery went super smoothly. My adenoids ended up getting “shaved down” as well (doctor’s words, not mine!). I was sent home with liquid vicodin and instructions to take it every 3 hours. The nurse recommended that for the first few days I take it every three hours whether or not I was in pain, because it’s much harder to get the pain under control once it’s in full swing.

I took 2 weeks of work and basically spent most of the first week in bed. Sleeping for two hours, waking up to take meds, watching TV for an hour, sleeping for two hours, repeat. The meds totally killed my appetite which was a happy side effect so I wasn’t starving. Week one I survived mostly on apple juice, and a little apple sauce with the meds. My pain never really got over a 4/10, whereas when I had the tonsillitis that resulted in the CT scan, I was definitely at a 10/10. On day 4 or so I got really nauseous and nothing helped, even chemotherapy strength anti-nausea drugs. What did help? Vaporizing marijuana. Nausea gone in less than 2 minutes.

I’m now on day 13 and mostly recovered.

Cons? Not really that many. I ended up spending a lot of time in bed sleeping or high on meds.

Pros? I spent a week in bed sleeping and high on meds. I lost 15 pounds. I can breathe at night (and I didn’t even know I couldn’t breathe at night before). I don’t snore anymore. The shape of my neck has literally changed because my tonsils were so big.

Moral of the story? Not everyone has a terrible experience. Mine wasn’t exactly pleasant, but it was far from some of the horror stories on here. I would plan on taking two weeks off if you can, because it takes time to gain strength back after spending your week in bed :)

 Chelsea March 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Thanks for the not so horror story!

 ritianne March 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

i had my tonsils removed on the 23rd this is the 3 rd day… and its hell my ears are really hearting :(

 Heather March 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Had mine the same day as you I give up. I’ve been coughing like crazy and can hardley get the medicine down. Its horrible.

 ritianne March 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

same with me the only pain killers that are working are the cataflast… if i new about this pain i would not have done it :(

 Jen March 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

Hello! :) I’m 18, a canadian, and got my tonsils out 5 days ago.
I didn’t know much about the recovery but reading this definitely helped! I wish I knew about the acidic drinks earlier but I found out pretty quick on my own.
My recovery has gone very well the only bad day was the day after surgery. My doctor had a hell of a time getting me to stop bleeding after and that took about an extra hour more to make everything the way he wanted. The day after I guess I shouldn’t have gotten out of bed to grab some more water by myself because I up and fainted. I learned my lesson though haha and have had my parent s get me stuff most of the time, especially when I feel tired.
I’m feeling great now though! and some of my scab is already starting to peel off. I’d say the best thing about having the surgery done was breathing after =D I never knew what I was missing! I hope everyone else’s recovery goes smoothly you have my best wishes!

 Brook March 26, 2012 at 4:44 am

Thank you so much i got mine out on monday it is now sunday and gosh am i just not feeling any better! ive lost16 pounds so far its crazy, baby food has really helped me through this i didnt know about the ice chips and am open to try them. I feel like when i drink my medicine or water or food even i spit it right back up!.I wake up in so much pain and dryness! This really helped me with everything even though my doctor said this it helps to break it down! also my ears have been killing me i feel like i have a ear infection in both ears!

 Neena March 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

Somebody please let me know if you too are still having pain at least 2 weeks after surgery. It was two weeks for me this last friday and the right side of my throat is still hurting!!! I have my post op appointment on Wednesday so I guess I’ll see what’s going on then. I can’t be the only one though…..right??

 kyle March 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

my post op sheet said that you could have throat pain for up to 3 weeks

 kyle March 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

day 10 guys, back to school and work tomorrow. went to a movie today, skipped the popcorn but i still had some skittles(my favorite anyway). Not too much throat pain, i havent taken my lortab in 4-5 days now. still have some scabs left. I had a tuna sandwich from subway yesterday, a bean and cheese burrito last night and sushi today. all without too much trouble. ill be staying away from sun chips, popcorn, toast ect. for at least a few more days just to be safe. i have my post op appointment with my doc on Friday. For anyone considering having their tonsils removed, i would say DO IT. The recovery isn’t all that horrible. About 4-5 days of being somewhat miserable is well worth it. All you guys that are having trouble in your recovery, i feel for ya, just hang in there. This blog helped me tremendously throughout my recovery. Good luck to all of you guys!

 Alex March 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I’m 18 years old and had my tonsils removed on the 19th of March. My pain hasn’t gotten any better, like the pain seems to be getting almost worse. I’m not bleeding and I’m not tasting puss. My doctor prescribed me liquid OxyCodone which only helps me sleep for about four hours, then I wake up. Should I contact my doctor about my pain?

 Natasha aka Tosh March 28, 2012 at 6:51 am

idk im on day 8 and its the same for me…im worried but seeing my doc tomarrow for the post op. i would call and ask abt it. mine seem to be healing way slow :(

 Heather March 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Day 4. Today I woke up and vomied from the painkillers. That was the most painful experience ever. Overall I have started feeling better today and the coughing has settled down some. I’m gonna take a nap now :) I’ll let you know how day 5 goes

 darcy March 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

i had a tonsillectomy on wednesday march 21 st @ 330pm. woke up at 4 and went home by 430. i woke up on thursday with trouble breatheing but NO pain went back to the doctor and found out i had a infection and got put n a antibiotic and a steriod to pen my lungs up im am on day 5 and still have a uncomfortable feeling in my throat but it is like a strep throat feelin not BAD as people were saying online so if your planning on doing it or deciding if oyu should or not it aint bad a all

 ritianne March 27, 2012 at 4:20 am

anyone have huge ear pain on day 5??

 Janet March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

I had horrible ear and tongue pain! When I went to my MD for my post op visit; he said since the ear and the throat are connected….when I was trying to eat more it caused throat pain…which led to ear pain. He also said that the tongue pain is from the way they have to grasp the tongue during surgery. Don’t worry it will get better, I had my surgery on 3/8 (for tonsillitis and tonsil stones)… My pain was bad on day six…but now I feel great. The only pain I have is when I yawn. Good luck with your recovery :-)

 Lee March 27, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hi guys

I had my tonsils removed on the 27th march and I would say yesterday was one of the worst days I’ve had in recovery. I’m 38 and would say the younger you are the shorter the recovery period, but no-one can say how they will feel post op. I have read some have been fine within a few days, but can assure those out there, that is only the case for a minority. A minority I wish I was part of!!!

I have had sleepless nights, with the best prolonged period of sleep being 4 hours. Just be patient and remember it isn’t always going to be like this. I’m trying to. I hope everybody who has posted on here, the best of health with a very speedy recovery. Take care.


 Lee March 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

I meant the 20th March! Doh!

 David March 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

I had my surgery on the 23/3 and was getting very worried after reading horror stories on websites like this one and others. I’m 33 yo and quite healthy usually. I’m ‘one of those’ lucky few who have recovered quite quickly and quite well. I had a little pain, so far up to about a 3-4, but not much of a problem really. I have been eating normal foods, but trying to avoid dairy as the excess mucous was quite annoying. I cant talk very well, or for long periods (5 min convo and i’ve had enough!), but that is because my uvula is MASSIVE lol I took quite a few pre op precautions which could have contributed to my painless, speedy recovery and followed a simple plan post op. Hope this helps others..
ONE WEEK BEFORE- I cut out all alcohol. I drank around 3litres of water per day, with gastrolyte effervescent tablets once per day. I stuck to a relatively healthy diet, lots of fresh fruit and veg every day. No dairy, didnt want the mucous issue. I bought a humidifier ($40) and ran it through the nights before the op, worked wonders in my opinion!
AFTER- Woke up, felt nasty of course. tried to drink water, went up my nose lol TRY NOT TO PANIC. My anxiety levels were high because i was freaking out about the lack of room in my mouth (massive uvula) Nurse gave me an iced lolly (icy pole) I took one bite and had enough. PERSEVERE! I picked it up and tried again, after 5 tiny bites, i was wolfing it down! Sipped iced water constantly, even during the night. I woke up every couple of hrs and had a sip. Sleep sitting up, i found that made me less panicky. First meal, same day of surgery- lasagne. I just ate the meat, no cheese. Took over an hour! Breakfast, i tried to eat ‘scratchy’ foods. Toast with water sips, weetbix with a dash of milk. Felt gooood! Went home and rested and slept when i could, with my humidifier right next to me. Started taking panadeine forte every 4 hrs, but had enough as i wasn’t in much pain. Started taking Nurofen every 4-6 hrs. I keep hydrated all day and eat a lot of iced lollies, not ice cream (did i mention mucous?!)
I’m eating as normal as possible and chewing gum in between, which i think really really helped. I even had thai takeaway on day 2! I had some fluid and very minor pain in one ear,on day 3. Nothing i couldnt handle. All in all, i guess i’ve been lucky compared to some.
I hope this helps others, try and be positive and just prepare your body before the op. Drink as much water as you can before and after. Good luck!!!

 Krystle March 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Hi all, I had a tonsillectomy 6 days ago and I’ve had a bit of a roller coaster ride so I thought I’d share even tho it’s early days. I have already had 2 tonsillectomies canceled within 2 weeks, earlier this year due to waking up with tonsilitis on the day both times lol anyway, 2 weeks ago, I got the call saying I was booked in for the following wed (last wed). Well bugger me dead, next 2 days I’m laid up in bed with tonsillitis, next 2 days it was sore eyes, hot n cold flushes n temps, then for the next 2 days I was still bed ridden due to a cough instead of all the other stuff. Anyway, came good except for the slight cough with a few days to spare for my op TG. I even managed to get cut off by town 2 days before the op but eventually I got there. 2 computers crashed while booking me in and then they almost stuck another ladies stickers on my chart lol do by now my paranoia levels are at full alert. I arrive in the waiting room, waited 2 hours, watched the waiting room empty 3 times and then finall after being there since 7am, it was my turn. Surgery went great, I felt pretty good and chatty after the surgery but could not eat. I was kept in hosp until 6pm and then my brother drove me home and babysat me and my kids the first night. Day 2 was my first day alone with my kids(aged 10 and 3) as I’m a sole mum and it wasn’t do bad, I stayed hydrated, still couldn’t eat but the pain meds made everything ok. By day 3 the pain meds I was on “endone” are supposed to be the strongest but I felt they wernt workin so switched to nurofen plus codine and Herron gold together. Bliss in the beginning…. The pain was gone but for some reason id woken up feeling emotional and teary, I held it back tho because I was sure it would hurt tooo much. Still couldn’t eat and discovered odd rash on the roof of my mouth n white stuff on my tongue. Tried eating jelly, yougart, egg but no good. Still water n pill diet. Day 4 was much better, the meds helped, still can’t eat, sweet stuff tastes like a salt lick and I have zero appetite but I managed to vaccume the house, clean the kitchen n do a load of washing… Day 5 well…. Worst day of my life, i always wake up in pain in the morning but this was terrible, and i was an emptional wreck, all day I’d cry at the drop of a hat, I went and had a long hot shower and cried my eyes out. Omg the relief, I can’t believe the cry actually moved the mucus off my throat for awhile until the meds kicked in. My tongue was covered in yuck tho and with crying all day for no reason and still being unable to eat, they sent me back into the hospital. The dr diagnosed the crying due to exhaustion from looking after my kids while recovering( who wernt making things very easy) and lack of food, sleep, and being run down from being sick before the op. he prescribed more endone and insisted I up my dosage, take them together with paracetamol and also take steroids for 3 days. Fair enough. They warned me the meds would make me sleepy… I was awake till 3am lol but today, day 6, I started the steroids and it’s an instant improvement! All day my throat has felt good since the first steroid usage and I even managed to choke down some shaved ham mmmmmm yummy! Since I had been so sick during recovery my gp insists on an emergency apt with him tomorrow to check everything’s ok but so far I now feel good, havnt eaten since the ham but for the first time, I’m drinkin apple juice even tho it stings a bit lol I would definately suggest asking your dr in advance for steroids incase any problems arrise tho, since I’m now on steroids, antibiotics, a multivitamin and painkillers, strictly following drs orders, I have taken 23 pills today, do anything could be the reason for my feeling good lol. Still not tired tho so I might sit up until my 2am lot of meds before I try and sleep. I still can’t eat(except for the ham) can’t yawn, have had, tongue, jaw and neck pain since day 3 but it’s my too bad with meds, but today is the first day I’ve had hope. Drink plenty of water, if you do have a cry, be very careful blowing your nose. Make sure it’s extra gentle and try to rest ( not like me yelling n chasing kids around lol) I will try and update after I see my gp tomorrow and until I’m recovered, but this is huge enough story for now, one hour till bed time n I still have no pain. Gosh I pray tomorrows just as good and this wasn’t a one off but I guess well find out soon enough. I’ve prob missed some stuff but I’m writing this on my phone n can’t really reread it. Good luck for anyone going through this

 Krystle March 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

By the way, I’m 28 and was getting tonsillitis multiple times a month and my tonsills were very scarred. Sometimes the tonsillitis would almost stop my breathing

 Heather March 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Day 5 coughed all night again last night my ent says this is normal. Its painful and my ears are quie sore today. Also with the lack of eating I’ve developed a bad case of poopsies ugh. I’m ready for this to be over alread.

 Martine March 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

My name is martine and i’m 36. After reading all these stories i must say i ve been among the lucky ones. Had my op on 15/03/12 and recovering pretty well. My advice will be to drink lots of water (very cold), eat normal food as much as you can (i had a sandwich straight after my op) the swallowing will help to heal quicker, and rest well.
Good luck to those who are going to do it soon.
P.S Does anyone have trouble yawning ?

 David March 28, 2012 at 5:01 am

Yup, its a pain in the neck. literally!

 Natasha aka Tosh March 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

i want to yawn but my god the pain is fucked!

 Katrina March 29, 2012 at 1:04 am

I just had my two week follow up with the doc and they said the pain when yawning can last up to 4 weeks!

 Timah March 31, 2012 at 5:35 am

I had my surgery on March 22nd. I still can’t blow my nose, yawn or cough. Lol

 Kristin March 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Hi everyone! I blogged here during my recovery for which my surgery was on 3/1/12. I know it is rough to go through and I woul not wish it on anyone. But hang in there! Before you know it it will be 1 1/2 weeks later and you will take a turn for the better. The only bad complication I had was swelling a week after to the point I couldn’t even swallow. They gave me some steroids and more pain meds. Also the ear pain is terrible. I took Hylunds Baby Ear Ache Relief tablets and they seemed to help. Keep drinking, do not stop! Also, chewing gum was a life saver, not only for ear pain but the swallowing and exercising the throat too! Again, hang in there, there is life after a tonsillectomy! :-)

 ritianne March 28, 2012 at 2:40 am

hi guys… its day 6 at 2.30 in the morning…. im in huge pain couldnt sleep i feel alot of pressure on my ears and cant even hear very good. yest i couldnt eat anything with pain…. i wish i cant feel this pain anymore :( i have been drinking lots of water eating lots of cold things…. and still nothing better…. day 1 & 2 where the best with no pain at all. but at this point i regret the whole procedure :’(

 Heather March 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

I feel ya my ears are killing me! I’m so miserable and hungry. I can’t eat ibe tred it absolutely too painful. Why did we do this to ourselves I’m just going to have a nice long cry tonight…

 ritianne March 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

same with me cant eat. and sometimes it is even hard to drink my uvula is huge and cant even breath very good… instead of healing i am really moving backwards iam soo hungry…so it makes my pain worse. i wish i can get back to normal… but i have a feeling that will be in a long time now…. my scrabs are not falling. what about urs?

 Heather March 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

M scabs are stikl hanging out back there its crazy. I can’t swollow sometimes either it goes right up my nose. I’m living waiting to take my pain meds and today is worse than yesterday. I had recurrent strep and tonsilitis with huge tonsils anyway. Horrible tonsil stones as well I know this will all be worth it but I just can’t wait to feel normal again. Hang in there we’ll make it :)

 Natasha aka Tosh March 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

hey guys day 8… ear pain, and hurts just everywhere… im out of pain meds. Left side hurts more then the right which to me is odd. when i wake up its worse just complete pain everywhere from mouth being dry. Im really hoping its not infected since this is the worst pain i have felt all recovery. im scared but i am seeing my doc to marrow at 3. so im happy about that, just want some normality back into my life.

 Janet March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

I had the same problem, my left side hurt more than the right. I am almost 3 weeks post op….it gets better. My pain is completely gone (except when I yawn) the downside is my taste buds are still screwed up, so nothing tastes right. GOOD LUCK :-)

 Krystle March 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

Day 7 today and I just got back from the docs. He was very pleased with the healing so far and I havnt felt any real pain since yesterday before I started the steroid tablets. I only have one day left of them tho so I fear my happiness might be short lived since the scabs havnt had time to heal but I have alot of meds if the pain does return. Today is the first day I’ve had no ear or jaw pain but because I still wasn’t eating, my pill breakfast made me feel a bit sick and I accidentally napped from 9am-2pm and almost missed my doctors appointment. I just managed to eat a whole meat pie without the top which was AMAZING after only eating Mabey 3 things in 7 days. It still stung and I needed lots of water to get it down but it was worth it. Sweet things still taste salty and unbearable but hopefully that will pass. Hope everyone starts feeling better soon.

 Brook March 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

When will i be able to eat regular food im dying for some good food and im loosing so much weight its scary!

 mel March 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

i’m 24 yo who had tonsillectomy 3/16 (this is day 12) , by far most horrific procedure/experience. i thought after pregnancy and child birth a procedure would be simple. read this blog night before procedure and started to worry. haven’t eaten anything solid as of yet. recovery has been up and down with days tolerable and others not so much. ended up with bleed on the left artery day 7, most traumatic, scary event of my life. swallowed mouth wash that was prescribed by ent, felt fluid immediately begin to rush from throat and fill mouth, bleed like a running faucet until reaching ER and then back to the operating room. bleeding was controlled and stop and went back home after surgery, still feeling week and tired, and pain persists, hoping that in a few weeks i will have the benefit of having procedure done after constant strep infections, s/t, throat craters and stones, and rheumatic fever.

 michael alfonso March 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

i just got my tonsillectomy done yesterday . my second day (today) im able to eat soup and mac and cheese and ive been talking fine and the pain isnt too bad thanks to the meds ofcoarse tho the doctor told me day 7 it will get worse

 Noleen March 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

Hi!!! Im a 23year old female, got my tonsils removed 5 days ago… On the 1st day, after sleeping thru my morphine induced sleep from about 11am- 3pm, i managed some toast. And ate mash, sauages peas and gravy… i cut it into baby sizes and forced it down. the BEST thing u can do it EAT! The roughness of the food wards off any infection, if u eat just soft food it will 1) take ur throat much longer to heal and 2) postpone swallowing and strenghtening of ur muscles down ther.

I was fine the first 2&half days, then left too big a space between my painkillers, and GOD did I regret that. My advice wud be, take ur painkillers every 4 hours (or as perscribed) for the 1st week,even if u feel ok, and eat half an hour later. I get food stuck in ther and its gross but I gargle cooled, boiled water with salt (stings like CRAZY but feels great afterwards) This kills infection and heals u quicker…. Ive had tiny amounts of bleedon, this is normal. I’m goin to get an “antiseptic throat spray” tomorrow, its like £5 and basically numbs ur throat. Getting quite a bit of mucus thru eating yoghurts, custards etc, so have cut that out. Its quite a strange feeling, you cant really ‘bring it up’ wen u try to clear ur throat!!

My goodness this is a long post!!!! Sorry about that ha ha… makes me feel better other people goin thru what i am.. but lets get real peeps, there’s people goin thru alot worse than us, and wer goin to feel much better in the long run! If ur thinkin about havn it done id say go for it. Good luck :) ;)

 joe March 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I’m 48, had my tonsils removed on 3/19. Brutal!! I found this website hopeing to hear from someome else my age that could shed some light on when the pain will subside. I’m sure the worst is behind me by the ear pain can still drop me to the floor. Any oldtimers out there?

 Heather March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Lost 19 lbs woohoo! The only thing good so far :) Day 7 for me ears and throat hurt a little but is controlled by meds finally still can barely eat. Yesterday I had 1 scrambled egg the first thing I’ve eaten. Hopefully this is all over soon but I might see the light finally. Good luck to the rest of you! :)

 Brook March 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Im On Day 10 an affriad to eat i dont know what to eat!
when will i be able to eat normal food again?

 cynthia March 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

I really wish I didn’t have to read so many stories of people taking opiates to control the pain after a tonsillectony. I am 36 and on day five. I have taken nothing but tylenol. Yeah, it hurts but I don’t have all the terrible opiate side effects(nausea, constipation, inability to function.) It can be done without it and more people should be willing to let their bodies heal more naturally. I am sleeping seven hours each night, eating and drinking regularly. To all those who are scared. Don’t be. You will make it. It may hurt but it won’t kill you. Lots of ice packs, avoid dairy, drink as much as you can and just breathe.

 Lori March 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hey Joe, I’m an oldtimer too! I’m a 46 year old female, had tonsils removed on march 21st. Days 1 & 2 were just fine and I foolishly thought “this is a cinch!” Day 3 caught up with me to remind me that yes indeed I did just have surgery. :) Days 4& 5 were rough, but pretty much slept them away. I went back to work for half days on day 6&7. Was amazed how tired I was by noon. Doing pretty good today, day 9. Still drining lots of water (it’s the only thing that doesn’t taste bad) and taking pain meds, but highly functional. Went to my son’s track meet this afternoon. I’m guessing a few more days of soreness but it is worth it. Hated those stupid tonsil stones. Yuk!

 joe March 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Hey Lori,
The stones were the reason I had my tonsils removed. Coffee breath is one thing but #&%*! the stone breath is a killer. Today is day 11 for me. I was never really able to use the pain killers, just advil. I have lost 18lbs( was about 20 over anyway) and have just started to get some real food in me. I’ve been working from home but can’t wait to get back to the office. At this rate I’m hoping to be pain free by middle of next week.

 ritianne March 30, 2012 at 4:50 am

hi all,
day 8, still in pain worst thing is i wake up twice every night to take pain killers becouse of pain. the only pain i am having is my ears i feel them they are about to explode, i eat everything it takes about an hour, but atleast i eat, i lost weight aswell, that white thing on the back of my mouth is going away and doctor saod thats healing (at last) i wish we all have a speedy recovery ;) take care

 Michaela March 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Well I’m on day four and can honestly say I feel a whole lot better than yd! I’m even managing to eat normal foods including cheeseburger n chips frm mcd’s. I’ve read that day 7 is the worst so I’m not gonna get to cocky! But figured I might as well get as much food down while I can, guys I hope we all feel better ASAP cz it is agony! Let’s just stay strong and stick together! :) xxx

 Leslie March 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

After reading some of these non-horror stories I am in disbelief! I had my tonsils out 10 days ago and it has been the worst experience of my life. Im 22, and had the same problems as everyone else. By day three I could barely drink and had not eaten anything and had to be rushed to the ER when my throat started to bleed pretty bad. I was so dehydrated I was given 3 bags of fluids while waiting for my room. I stayed 3 days in the hospital, and begged for someone to just kill me. I can not believe the pain I had, or I would not have gone through with the procedure, however I know in the long run it will be worth it. Now during the day I am still sore, but was able to go out to the store for the first time. Night time is when it’s the worst. I sleep about 2 hours at a time if im lucky, and wake up in agony. My diet still remains with as much water as possible, popsicles, and noodle soup. My friends and family have been making fun of my voice as well, and am so ready to be back to normal and eat everything i can put my hands on!

 Ashley March 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

I had my tonsils removed on 3/27 due to getting sick all the time. So far it hasn’t been as horrible as I thought, however, it hasn’t been all that pleasanter. I am taking a liquid Vicodin, and antibiotic, and antacid, and steroids. I went in for surgery around 330 pm on the 27th. So i am figuring that i am now on day three. I find that i am spitting alot, i feel that my throat is so full of puss, and since it hurts to swallow i have been spitting it out. I have been able to talk since i came out of surgery,although i find that the more i talk the more it hurts. Nothing tastes good, i have tried to have jello, pudding, soup blended up, eggs, and apple sauce. So far my fav has been scrambled eggs and apple sauce. The right side looks like it has a larger scab then the left side. And for some reason it hurts more on the right to swallow. I am hoping that it’s not infected, i have been sure to check for blood when i am spitting. So far so good. any helpful tips are appreciated!!!

 Ashley March 31, 2012 at 4:53 am

I had my tonsils taken out Monday and it is now Fri evening. I can’t eat, swallow, or talk. Im starving and in tons of pain. when the hell is this supposed to get easier. I have to say that being inhabated during my surgery made everything worse. I’m so frustrated and regret doing the surgery.

 Timah March 31, 2012 at 5:18 am

I had my tonsillectomy on Thusrday, March 22, 2012 so today is day 8 for me. After reading so many horror stories I was prepared for the worst……but it actually hasn’t been bad. The hardest thing for me was swallowing juice the first couple of days. I’m still having a little trouble but it’s getting better. I’ve been surviving off of jello, soup, apple juice and Gatorade. I finally had some tuna today.

I actually kept a day by day journal of my experience so if anyone wants it I can email it to them because it’s too much to paste on here.

I was so scared to get the surgery. I actually canceled my first appointment because of nerves…….but now I am completely happy that I got it. I can’t wait to enjoy the end results. For anyone considering it…..I say go for it.

Oh…..the key is take your medicine as soon as you get home. Don’t wait until the next day.

 Tyler March 31, 2012 at 6:11 am

Hi All! I’m rounding out day 7 on my tonsillectomy as a 28 year old male, and overall it hasn’t been all too bad. For me, it was like having my worst case of strep throat for a week (it still hurts but is starting to get better).

One question for people: it feels like I have a piece of tissue hanging down on the right side of my throat that I can feel when I swallow. I think my scabs fell off recently and this is a sensation I’ve had for a couple of days. Has anybody else had this, and I assume it will go away? It feels a little like if you have a piece of spaghetti in the back of your throat every time you swallow. Not painful, just annoying.

My tips for people considering it:

1. Do it! Totally worth the recovery.
2. Day 1 & 2 feel pretty good. 3-5 hurt a little more. It started improving on day 7 for me.
3. Drink lots of water
4. Get a humidifier
5. Get the time off of work

 simone March 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Everyone!
I had my tonsils removed, a sinus cleaned , and my my septum shifted on the 29th. I was so scared as this was my first sugery and Im in my 40′s.
The surgery went fine and now that im going on day two of recovery I have to say Im glad for this site and otherz like it for all the great tips. Although I have pain, Ive kept up with meds and icepacks hich seem to keep me comfotable. The humidifyer was a great suggestion for the mouth dryness. No desire to eat yet but have been trying to take toast with meds. Dipping toast in water or broth helps get it down.
The very worst part so far has been throwing up twice.
well thats all for now as the meds are kicking in. night all and thanks for all the great ideas that are makiing my recovery bearable.

 samantha March 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

hey everyone i had my tonsils removed on the 26th, felt fine for the first 4 days but on the 5th day woke up to hell, crying all the time, being sick constantly and passing out. Day 6 and i seem to be much better apart from the smell of rotting (ewww) and food being stuck in my throat where my tonsils used to be, Has anyone else had their food being stuck and how long does it last for?


 Aubrey Sherman April 1, 2012 at 4:56 am

I had my Tonsils removed Thursday, March 29th. And I’m on day 3 feel okay, I was expecting a lot worse. But Honestly the next day when I woke up I felt like I was perfectly fine. I barely had a sore throat. Sometimes it is difficult to swallow, but I manage. Ice seems to help with swelling and pain a lot. DO NOT EAT chicken noodle soup I got a piece of chicken lodged in my throat I had to dig out. NO FUN! Another problem I’ve been having has been keeping my mouth really clean when I brush my teeth it’s hard to brush my tongue, it’s still numb and I’m still scared to scratch my scabs. I did have some conjestion today and yesterfay, just real soft coughs can fix that. But my diet has been water, ice, gatorade, jello, potatoes and pees. NO MORE SOUP for me! Planning on returning to work on Monday, wish me luck!

 Katey April 1, 2012 at 5:08 am

I had mine out 4 days ago, it was pretty painful the first 3 days and every morning i woke up with a really sore and dry throat, drinking alot of water helps tho, but day 4 isnt so bad, im worried about the scabbing tho? does it hurt? how do you know when its started to peel of? and do you have to spit the scabs out or id it not that noticable?

 Chantel April 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

I am 22 and on day 6 of my recovery (had surgery march 26). I got my tonsils out due to chronic tonsillitis and because they were so large. Also got my nose cleaned put, septoplasty, cutting my turbinates. My nose feels fine its just the throat The pain is definitely bad but bearable. Very uncomfortable to swallow and I am super hungry. The last hour that my Vicodin wears off is the worst. I’m switching to Tylenol with codeine tomorrow…hopefully it helps the same. I don’t think mine are scabbing? How do you know? It just looks all white. My tongue is still swollen and painful. How long should this last. It makes it even harder to chew.

 C April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Hey its me, 20year old female who was really nervous to get tonsils, adenoids and inferior turbinates reduced! What was I so scared of?? I had them taken out on friday 30th. I don’t even remember being asked to count down or counting down before going down, I jus remember waking up crying!! And my jaw and bottom of my face really ached!! Like I’d been smileing all day lol. It was 4pm when I was taken back to the ward and about 8pm once they saw me go toilet they said I could go home. Felt weak though and a bit dizzy, got down the lift and took a few steps and started pukeing up old blood, flem and a bit of fresh blood, my dangerly thing at the back of my throat was VERY swollen it was making me gag it either felt like a big bit of flem or really really swollen! Which it was and still is.
I got rushed bak up stairs and got given some steroids to bring swelling down which didn’t and stayed over night. I came home yesterday. I haven’t eaten much (very soft soaked cornflakes they made m eat at hospital, sliced peaches from tin, spaghetti hoops and icecream this morning) when I do eat it takes a little while, also very hard to swallow ibruprofen so gonna get dissolvable tabs. I have to say when I read some peoples experiences on here I really was scared!!!! Unbelievably and I had to be at hospital at 7am and didn’t get surgery till 1pm so the wait didn’t help, but it really isn’t bad!! So far anyway, I’m really hungry though :( I can’t gargle anything yet and I can’t speak very loud. Other than that so far so good guys :) I’ll update again soon. P.s my nose is running here and there aswell but still feels stuffy.x

 Heather April 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Day 9 still hurts bad :’(

 Rodney April 2, 2012 at 1:13 am

Im on day 5 and its not to bad, last night i woke up in some pain cuz my throat dried out, but i can eat like mashed potatoes and soups and everything soft, my scabs are startin to come off, i spit some of it out this mornin, they taste so bad, but other then that, im doing fine, just difficulty in swallowing

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