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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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 Stephany April 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

I’m 20 years old and I am getting mine removed tomorrow April 2nd. I am so nervous!! I am such a baby when it comes to pain.. So this is going to be terrible. :(

 maryann April 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

I sooooo understand. I’m scheduled to have mine taken on April 20th and I’m not looking forward to it either. I have 10mth old twin boys so my recovery time is not going to be that easy. I hoping that there are no complications. Good luck on your surgery:)

 Stephany April 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thank you so much! And good luck with yours too!! I hope someone will be helping out with the twins so you can relax!! :) take care!!

 Haley Eason April 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Im 13 and I got mine out 5 days ago and my sujestions are afterwards eat lots of popsicles and when you drink water have it filterd or bottled not well water. also if you need to talk to someone and your throat hurts just type what you need to say into google translate and let it do the talking for you. OH AND THE MOST IMPORTENT THING IS DON’T CRY IT WILL NOT STOP AFTER YOU START! also breathing through you nose helps to.

 Heidi April 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hi, I am on Day #3. I’m 31 and have wanted my tonsils out since I can remember. I was on the waiting list for 4 and a half years. Now that their gone, I’m not sure what to think. i can barely talk, and my head splits with migraines. My mother has taken such good care of me; i couldn’t do it alone, and i am a very capable woman (mother of a 5 year old, full-time Bartender)!
My words of advice are, don’t cry, get lots of sleep to pass the time, try not to blow your nose, carefully get as much phlegm out of your chest as possible, and be prepared not to be able to concentrate on much but the pain. Oh and Good Luck on a Speedy Recovery!!! That’s all I’m praying for! I did however find my hearing improved, did anyone else notice this?

 Kathy April 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm

This is my day 5 and it doesn’t seem like it is improving any. My ears and the back of my tongue are throbbing. I had never really gotten ear aches and now I know why little kids complain so much about them, they hurt! The back of my tongue feels like it was sprained, maybe during the surgery. I eat Slim Fast shakes for the protein and vitamins and that seems to help with the hunger. Jelllo only works for so long, but my 2 yr old thinks it’s great. I could probably deal with the sore throat if the rest didn’t hurt so much.

 Heather – 24yrs April 3, 2012 at 4:46 am

I hated the tongue pain it was the worst. Mine finally settled down today although periodically through tue day it gets sore again.

 Katey April 3, 2012 at 7:54 am

im on day 6 and my tongue is still so sore! like iv pulled something in the back of it, i feel your pain!

 Heather April 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Day 10 is more of the same. Scabs haven’t fallen off yet and nothing tastes the same anymore. Everything hurts going down and some of my drinks taste like gasoline :( I hate this when will it end!!!

 Stephany April 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

I just had mine removed this morning. They gave me morphine when I woke up for pain but now that I’m Home it’s wearing off! :( I was able to talk at the hospital and at home for about an hour but now it is just too painful to talk. My mom bought me Popsicles and baby food for the next 2 weeks. Easter is this Sunday! Hopefully I can talk to my family bc right now I’m texting everyone! Haha I hope you guys are having a better recovery then mine!!

 Toni-age 23 April 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

We are in the same boat…. I, had mine removed today also… My sister finds it funny i can’t talk an my mom says she can finally get some peace n quite until my sister showed up with the kids. Lol but my uvula is swollen n is making it hard to even drink water…. Ugh I’m just praying our pain doesn’t get worse an that the recovery goes ok for everyone.

 Stephany April 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

My uvula is huge too! It feels like I’m choking! My dr said its a normal feeling but I’m not choking! :/ I’ve been eating Popsicles, water and ice chips. I’ve tried baby food today and felt like I was choking. :( blah. This is horrible. It’s only day 1!! So many more to go. :(

 Toni-age 23 April 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

Day 1…. Not as bad as I thought… However the swellen is annoying bcs I cant really swallow… Any suggestions, I have a ice pack on my neck n ice water which is hard to swallow.

 Heather April 3, 2012 at 1:33 am

I’m on day 4 of my recovery. Things are beginning to look up. I tried to go to Walmart yesterday just to get out,but immediately regretted it. I was tired and in so much pain afterward. Mashed potatoes and ice cream were .a bit too thick. I just had chicken taken and that went well after I let it cool off. Doctor says ear pain is normally and so is uvula swelling (mine is enormous). Once the pain started wearing off some, I switched from pain meds to acetominophen. It isn’t as strong but works pretty well. Good luck everyone!

 Amanda Mae April 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

i am on day 6 and I can’t stop reading all of these!! one thing I’ll say is I wish I read and did my research before the surgery! I’m 18 and it’s been hell. today was the first day I was able to eat or drink anything besides my medicine. although my painkillers made my airways close so I was without those for a day! because I was dehydrated I had extreme phlegm and spit constantly it kept me up for days. I didnt believe the doctor when he said water water water! now I do…. it has made such a difference! another thing I’ve noticed that is very comforting is sitting in a hot shower. the steam really helps and is so relaxing. I can’t open my mouth more than an inch or so my jaw is completely locked up. yes the ear pain is awful too! luckily I have a great support system here at home and everyone is helping me as much as possible. I thought my scans were coming off on day 5 because it was my worse day so far. I’m crossing my fingers that was it because I’m finally feeling a little better! I do have a very annoying side effect! every time I drink the liquid comes out my nose! I literally have to hold my nose and look up just to help! Ice is awesome! I usually put some Ice packs on after I take my meds! well GOODLUCK to everyone and I hope all is well

 Heather April 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

Everything keeps coming out of my nose too its so annoying! I actually had some soda today and that hurt so bad when it came out my nose. Hopefully our throats readjust to swallowing so this quits happening. Good luck :)

 Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hi! Can anyone tell me the reasons why they opted for a tonsillectomy? I have been dealing with the same symptoms for over a year and the Dr’s have not been able to figure out the cause and now (as a last resort) have said I should have my tonsils removed- I am not sure this will “cure” my symptoms. My symptoms are swollen tonsils, white patches- sometimes canker sores on inside of cheeks and around tonsils- swollen lymph nodes on sides of neck and back/cervical nodes- also low grade fever with chills and fatigue- This happens every 10 days- almost like clockwork- I have been keeping a journal- I have had numerous blood tests- all which have been normal. I would appreciate any responses- Thank you in advance

 Stephany April 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

Hi Jennifer, I had mine removed yesterday because I had strep 2 times in a row and because my tonsils were too big. It’s a painful recovery but will be worth it in the end. :) hope everything works out for you!!

 Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 4:15 am

Just a side note… I am a 37 yr old- with NO prior history of tonsillitis/ strep or any other throat issues- Thanks

 Amanda Mae April 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

the only reason I got it was because my throat was ALWAYS sore and my tonsils were swollen constantly. your condition sounds horrible so sorry to hear that. are you going to go through with the procedure ?

 Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

Thanks for replying Amanda Mae- I’m not sure if removing my tonsils will help my issue so I am postponing surgery at this time- I hope you

 Heather – 24yrs April 4, 2012 at 5:09 am

Hi Jennifer! I got my tonsils out because they were so big I could hardly breath. I also delt with somthing similar to what you described and mine was thrush. I have constant strep and tonsilliis and also nasty tonsil stones which are disgusting. My breath was constantly stinky but now its super fresh :) . I would say go ahead with the surgery. It may or may not help but a little hope is better than none. The recocery is no picnic but if its worth it in the end it is. Idk good luck and hopefully your ent can figure out what is going on there

 Luanne April 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hi Jennifer,

Hi Jennifer. My 20 year old daughter may be having her tonsils out this summer. The reason is she had mono last summer and has been sick on and off ever since. Her tonsils fill the back of her throat, and are covered with pus. Every test she has had for strep comes back negative. She saw an immunologist, and he is treating her for acid reflux. He saidt the acid can be what has caused her tonsils to enlarge over the years. There are other symptoms she’s had since childhood, ie. intolerance to tomato sauce, garlic, dairy, The doctor said he sees this problem often, and to hold off until the summer to see how she responds to reflux treatment.. She is currently on 12 days of Prednisone to heal her immune system and Prevacid for the acid reflux. Hope this helps you.

 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

Thank you Luanne for your response- I too believe I had mono last year but was never properly diagnosed- and being in my late 30′s I believed they dismissed it- but ever since that time (over a year) I have had the exact same symptoms occur- I have changed my diet- but nothing seems to help- Would love to hear how your daughter is doing- Best wishes

 C April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hey everyone 20year old female here again, I woke up twice in the middle of the night with a tickerly cough, I’m so glad this didn’t last forever it hurt so bad, you can imagine after that my throat and tongue was so sore took me ages to go back to sleep!! This morning I’ve got earache and headache, I’m on day 4 and really want a speedy recovery as its my birthday in 12days, no scabs forming yet I don’t think, I can hardly open my mouth to look anyway! P.s I had my adenoids and tonsils out and inferior turbinates reduced because I couldn’t sleep well, breath through my nose, got sinusaches and got sore throats a lot; I hope the pain is worth it in the end.x

 Julie April 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Hi everyone,

I am so glad that people are feeling the same as I do. I am 38 and had my tonsils out on March 29th so I’m on day 5 and its been rough. The pain has been bearable as long as I take the tylenol…..and if I don’t its horrible. I thought that I could try and go the night witout getting up and taking any and that was a big mistake. When I talk for to long it hurts, my tongue hurts and my uvula swelling has finally gone down…as before it was so big that I was gagging everytime I would swallow. I am drinking as much water as I can and eating ice cream and having protein shakes. Yesterday my husband brought me home a slushie and it was like heaven. I am afraid because they say the pain peaks at day 7….yikes…..I am also really nervous for the scabs to start coming off. I know that the end is near and it will all be worth it in the end to not have to go through what I would when I would get strep.

 ritianne April 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

hi guys did mine 23 rd march…. still in a bit pain but not as much as the begining. i am eating everything and talking….. my tonge its back to normal…, and my ears are still in pain.i still wake up twice at night becouse of dryness…. if any one want a speedy recovery…. just drink lots of water and eat something every hour :) st least a biscuit…. after all its all worth it :)

 ratu April 4, 2012 at 1:11 am

Confused scared and know it will be for the best ,removed my tonsills while I was 11 now. Againat 37cause they we not properlly removed going tomorow pls advice

 Maddy April 4, 2012 at 2:21 am

The first day I was talking fine , full Of energy from the anesthetic wondering what people were complaining about … As of day 5-7 I experienced the most uncomfortable pain I’ve ever felt . I play a lot of footy and I’d prefer a broken bone . You increase the urge to swallow significantly and sleep regularly . I’m on day 7 now and God help me for the next long week :)

 Priscilla April 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

I am getting my tonsils out on the 24th. The only issue is that Iam in college and I cannot miss more than 3 days after my surgery. Is this realistic? All I need to be able to do is sit through a 5 hour class, I’ve arranged for someone to drive me to and from class so I can still take my pain meds and the doctor is prescribing me t3′s for pain management also because they are not strong enough to cause me to not be able to focus. Does anyone have and advice to encourage a faster healing?

 Kristin April 4, 2012 at 5:34 am

Hello Priscilla,

If I were you I would plan the surgery for a Friday, this way you can have about 5 days to begin healing before class again. I had mine removed on Wednesday March 28th. On that Friday I went to the grocery store to try to get out and moving, very bad idea! I was exhausted and in so much pain when I got home. I took my pain meds and passed out until it was time to pick my kids up. If you do not have time for recovery I would postpone your procedure until you have some time off of school! Best of Luck!

 Toni-age 23 April 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Im also in college my last semester to be exact. I will have to go to class on the 10th for my final. Evgerything else I spoke with my Professors and they have allowed me to submit my assignments via email. As far as a faster healing process… I wish I knew but from what everyone is saying drink lots of water.

 Brandon April 4, 2012 at 4:04 am

My girlfriend just had hers removed today I am taking care of her, she is complaing of a dry throat really bad. I have a humidifier and giving her popsicles are there any other things I can do to keep her throat moist.

 Heather – 24yrs April 4, 2012 at 5:01 am

Put purified drinking water in a mister/spray bottle and mist every 10 min. It saved my life

 Brandon April 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

ok I will try that thanks

 Heather – 24yrs April 4, 2012 at 5:04 am

Day 12. Its almost over for me folks I’ve felt pretty good today mild sore throat and when I sneezed oh lord was I in pain. Try your hardest to not sneeze its miserable. I still have a muttled taste and I can’t taste anytbing.sweet. I’m afraid this is permanent. Good luck to those of you waiting for or just had your surgery. Its well worth it I have fresh breath all the time now:) good luck and keep icing those necks! It helps a ton!

 Kristin April 4, 2012 at 5:44 am

I am 32 and I had my tonsils removed on March 28th and it has been a painful adventure! I have had chronic tonsillitis and strep throat, tonsil stones (which are absolutely disgusting), and my right tonsil was permanently swollen. I was told to have this surgery about 10 years ago and I did not listen.
Now on day 7 it still hurts pretty bad especially when my meds wear off. I made the mistake of trying to eat solid foods the last 3 days and every morning my throat has hurt so bad. When I have eaten, my pain meds were working so I am sure that is why I was able to eat those foods! My advice to anyone wondering when it is okay to eat solids, I would wait until you can swallow with no pain without meds! I have also noticed that by the end of the day it is more difficult to talk and the pain is worse at night than in the mornings.
Best of Luck to everyone going through this too!

 C April 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hey guys back again. Its day 5, last night was the worsts sleeps I’ve had so far! I had such bad earache and I woke up with an itch in my throat so I was coughing again!! I find it really hard to drink throughout the night, I set my alarm to wake me up so I could keep my throat moist and drink some water, but I think its really difficult, it huuuurts and then I can’t get back to sleep :( my right side hurts more than my left same with my tongue.

The earache is killin me, who’s struggling with earache too, is this normal? x

 Jessica April 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

Earache is perfectly normal. Heat packs and chewing gum helped me

 Jessica April 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

Just thought I should share my POSITIVE experience incase there is anyone out there having second thoughts. I just got the final “all clear” after 20days. I’m 26 and had tonsillitis every other month my whole life, so my surgeon said I really deserved to get mine out. I honestly can say the pain of recovery was NOT the worst I’ve experienced, more irritating than anything else, but I do agree sneezing was pretty horrid. My proceedure was done with radio frequency ablation so I had NO bleeding at all. My best advice for a smooth recovery is
1 hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (not just after but before surgery too, it helps when you wake up)
2 take your medication about half an hour before eating so you aren’t in too much discomfort
3 make sure yoy have ice packs, heat packs and chewing gum on hand
4 resume your normal diet as soon as you can (though do stick to the softer stuff)
5 rest as much as you can and watching tv/reading etc can help you distract yourself
6 STAY POSITIVE! it is not the end of the world, it is the start of your new life!

 Toni-age 23 April 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks Jessica I’m on day 3. I’m a little scared to eat my normal diet I have been drinking lots of water and taking my meds. I cant wait for it all to be over. When did you start eating ur regular foods?

 Jessica April 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

I guess I ate “regular” foods after 5 days (even had a glass of wine on day 8). I just made had little portions and if it felt ok went back for seconds!

 Ashley April 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I had mine out yesterday, April 3rd. My uvula is so swollen and my tongue hurts really bad. I thought that there was something wrong with my uvula. Really glad I am not the only one. I can lay on my back, if I do I cant breath because my severly swollen tongue and uvula get in the way. I found that taking my pain meds every four hours on the dot and drinking gatorade really helps with the pain. I was able to eat a banna and scrambled eggs this morning. The back of my throat is starting to turn yellow.

 Jennifer April 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hey there, I had my tonsills out March 2nd so am day +32. I still can’t drink coffee, eat meat, or enjoy sweets. Nothing tastes good but I can tolerate oatmeal, cream of wheat, white rice and some veggies and melon. Any advice, I’m STARVING! I’ve lost over 20 pounds since the surgury and am miserable! Anyone else having this issue?

 Toni-age 23 April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Day 3… Not too bad… Knock on wood. I had my first food dream last night… Still having problems swallowing water. I had applesauce yesterday it wasnt too bad. Does anyone know when we will completely heal an its is ok to talk?

 Trent in Canada April 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I am 34, and had my tonsils out yesterday. After the surgery I was groggy, but in a little pain as the aenesthetic was still in me. I was very tired most of the late afternoon and evening. I was admitted to the ICU due to fears of sleep apnea. They were ok to give me lose dosage hydromorphone which helped the pain considerably overnight. I slept very well with power maps of 1.5-2 hrs as I had to wake up to pee alot. Saline drips in ICU caused most of that. This morning I am alert, sore throated of course, and a little tired. I got popsicles overnight for food, I got cranberry juice and coffee this morning. My doc is giving me something more substantial to try. Most likely porridge. I will be going home in a few hours. Yay! Pain is about a 3/10, so quite manageable right now, but I will be careful the next few days.

 Trent in Canada April 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I got to eat porridge and a soft egg. I almost cried eating the egg because it tasted soooo good. Gonna go home in about an hour.

 Stephany April 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This is day 3 for me and it is the worst so far! I keep getting nauseous. It’s the worst feeling ever. I really don’t want to throw up. I’m afraid it will hurt so bad. :(

 Maria April 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hey all! I’m on day 12 and yesterday and today I have had some horrible pain. It feels almost like something sharp is stuck in one side of MY throat. Anyone else ever experience this? I’m not sure if i.should be concerned or not.

 C April 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thanks jessica!! Earache has got better throughout the day but sure to come back. My doctor told my boyfriend I need to eat dry foods to scrape the back of my throat so I don’t get an infection any suggestions easy to eat that aren’t gonna kill besides lightly toasted toast?? In the u.k. X

 Jessica April 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hey C. Hope I’m not too late in my reply and that you are doing better. I had lots of mash, pancakes and fresh bread (just ate the inside and left the crust, unless I dunked it in soup). Seeing as it is now Easter I would say go for the chocolate!

 C April 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Hey jessica I’m on day 9 now and came of pain killers on yesterday so looking good at the moment yay. Still speaking a bit weired and eating slower and pain but not major :D hopefully it carries on as a speedy recovery!

 Jen April 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Hey everyone! I got my tonsils out on Friday and now I am on day #5 of recovery. Reading these posts before I went into surgery terrified me and I have come to quickly realize that everyone is DIFFERENT and will have their own unique experience after this surgery! I agree that drinking lots of water helps and it is very hard to eat much food in this first week – but the pain honestly isn’t THAT bad! It’s like having a very sore throat! If you have not gone through this yet, stay positive and think happy thoughts! You will get through it, like we all have! Make sure you have a lot of love and support at home to help you through it all! Good luck! :)

 Aubrey April 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hey folks, I’m on day 6 My tonsillectomy was done at 7am on March 29th 2012.

first 3 days were cake I had actually planned on going to work that Monday, but once Sunday came around I was in hell. I started just feeling terrible, I puked monday morning, thinking it is because of sinus drainage nauseating my stomach it was all drainage that came back up, I was so scared that I had ripped off my scabs or something but I never once saw blood which is good, I did hower feel like I ruined my whole surgery it felt like my uvula did a flip and was upside down and it felt like I still had tonsils it just felt very thick and swollen back there, monday I had a sip and swallow called in for me to clear up and fungle infection in my mouth, tastes terrible. Im supposed to do it three times a day I’ve done it twice. Im on phernagan and Percocet and amoxicillian my last dose of the amoxicillian is in 24 hours, those are so hard for me to swallow since they float.
but all in all this surgery has been terrible i would rather have my wisdom teeth pulled 8 times, i havent had a shower since thursday morning but. its all i can do to get to the bathroom and pee, i have been constipated becasue of the pain meds, but i’ve managed to go, I feel okay right now though. for somereason i puked multiple times today so I decided to not risk puking pain meds up so i waited since 3:00 this morning till 3:00 this afternoon, its amazing the difference it has mad, i’ll probably be heading to the shower now, i dont smell me but im sure my parents do. lol

 Toni-age 23 April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Can anyone tell me what day should i start mashed potatoes. I want to at least eat something that will keep me some what satisfied.

 Cassio April 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Day 7 and it still hurts like day 2.
a lot of nausea due to the pain killers, which I believe aren´t workin at all.
Very good for loosing wheight, though. I already sent 10 pounds to hell.

 Amanda Mae April 5, 2012 at 12:11 am

hey ! I’m on day 8 now and still can’t eat a single thing. all I consume is Gatorade, and nutrition drinks. The pain doesn’t stop me from eating its swollowing. I literally can’t swallow anything but liquid .. did any of you have this problem?! I just wanna eat!

 Paige April 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

I’m 18 and got mine out March 26- 9 days later I’m still in a lot of pain, especially my ears. The recovery was extremely easy the first week, I barely remember it. This week I’ve been spiking fevers, nauseated, dizzy, loss of appetite, extreme headaches and frustration! Turns out the headaches were from my medicine so I was switched to just Tylenol…. How much longer?

 Locky April 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

Hi everyone, I’m on day 3, I’ve been cruising so far but this morning has really gone down hill. Little ear aches, massive tongue pain and hard to swallow. My concern is when I woke up I was spitting a bit of blood. How much is ok? Does any1 else have blood build up overnight? Any help would be appreciated cause worrying a little

 Rb April 5, 2012 at 5:47 am

My son is 2 and he had his tonsils out March 29. We are on day 6 and it has been pure hell. I have been told that I really need mine out. I know it is true after in 1 year going to the ER 8 times for swollen tonsils but after seeing my baby in pain and reading these comments I am starting to rethink everything. Even my son is in too much pain to enjoy a Popsicle. He has literally had 2 since last week. Seeing him in pain is killing me :(

 Rosie April 5, 2012 at 6:06 am

Hi all, I’m 24 yrs old and had mine out on April 2nd pm so guess I’m now classed as day 3. I stayed in overnight and although I was in pain I think a lot of it was covered by the anasthetic & drugs the nurses kept giving me. Day 2 was awful when I woke up at home, haven’t had earache yet but when you wake after a nap and swallow – whoah, worse than razor blades? I am experiencing some bleeding after eating which Dr said was ok. I’m eating really well, mainly because everyone said this will speed up recovery so I’m bullying myself into it. Coating everything in mayo helps and cold yoghurt is soothing. I just find alot of food gets stuck in the massive gaps where the tonsils were, pretty grim. Anyway bleeding info – after eating I then have a period of hawking up loads of spit/phlegm/chest gunge & jellied blood. In hospital they said it was ok as darkish blood means old blood and there isn’t that much of it in the scheme of things. It actually makes me feel a bit better afterwards. My uvula is so swollen I feel like alot of gunk gets stuck behind it. My tongue is also really sore.
I’m on liquid ibuprofen, soluble paracetamol, amoxcillin antibiotic, codeine when the pain peaks & difflam throat spray.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery.Hi all, I’m 24 yrs old and had mine out on April 2nd pm so guess I’m now classed as day 3. I stayed in overnight and although I was in pain I think a lot of it was covered by the anasthetic & drugs the nurses kept giving me. Day 2 was awful when I woke up at home, haven’t had earache yet but when you wake after a nap and swallow – whoah, worse than razor blades? When the meds wear off the pain is so severe I never realised you could feel this much without passing out. I am experiencing some bleeding after eating which Dr said was ok. I’m eating really well, mainly because everyone said this will speed up recovery so I’m bullying myself into it. Coating everything in mayo helps and cold yoghurt is soothing. I just find alot of food gets stuck in the massive gaps where the tonsils were, pretty grim. Anyway bleeding info – after eating I then have a period of hawking up loads of spit/phlegm/chest gunge & jellied blood. In hospital they said it was ok as darkish blood means old blood and there isn’t that much of it in the scheme of things. It actually makes me feel a bit better afterwards. My uvula is so swollen I feel like alot of gunk gets stuck behind it. My tongue is also really sore.
I’m on liquid ibuprofen, soluble paracetamol, amoxcillin antibiotic, codeine when the pain peaks & difflam throat spray.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery. This blog is really great for reading other peoples stories & knowing we’re not on our own. My husband and I have moved into my parents house while I recover as he is at work all day. Don’t know how people with children or on their own are coping, support is definitely key!!
Good luck all, it’ll be worth it in the end xxx

 Stephanie April 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

I am currently on day 9, I had my tonsilectomy on March 27th and am 18 years old. To those who are complaining that it does not get better, it does! For the past 9 days I have been in complete hell. The best things to eat are brothy soups, jello, puddings and scrambled eggs cut up VERY small.

 Luai April 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

This is an awesome site to share your feelings with others. It really makes you happy becasue other people are sharing the same experience and there is nothing wrong about what is going with me. I am 34 years old and I am on Day 8 of the recovery. I have the same thing like the others. I have difficulty in eating, swallowing. today, something different happened when i ate cooked youghurt my head was about to hit the sky. it was very irritant i don’t know why but this wasn’t the case before 2 days. I have problem when i sleep, the mucus continues to build up in mouth mouth and i feel like choking. i think drinking alot of water is a good idea but eating popsicles is good but i feel it starts hurting last period. Moreover, I hardly speak and i got hurt after talking. hopefully, I and you all will recover soon. I can’t wait the life with out bad breath

 Amanda Mae April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hey everyone! I just found the best thing to eat! this fruit chillers. the brand is del monte. Oh my goodness do they help! their not thick so i barely have to open my mouth which is great cause my jaw is still in pain. just thought I’d share what helped me! by the way it’s day 9 and still in a lot of pain.

 Stephany April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hey everyone. Today is day 4 for me and I have to say I’m not too bad. I figured out I was nauseous from the Tylenol 3 so I switched to children’s tylenol liquid so I can take something. It doesn’t take all te pain away but it does help a little. I’m not dizzy anymore either since I switched medications. I keep applying ice packs to my neck bc of the pain and it helps. I also have a humidifier in my room to help me when I sleep. I don’t wake up with my mouth so dry. Today I only have sore throat pain and major earaches. Now I know why kids complain about their ears hurting!! Owww! ???? Maybe I’ll finally be able to move to the living room today and watch tv instead of staying in my room! :) hope everyone else is feeling a little better!

 Heather – 24yrs April 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

My throat is so tickly today I can’t stand it! Nothing will stop it and its making me throw upp.

 Ima Dian April 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hey there to anyone who is getting their tonsils out who is 18 and over…do not believe anything these people claim about being “not so bad”. it HURTS REAL BAD. i wake up screaming every night and wake up my ten cats who then claw at my neck because of the noise. not to mention my breath could clear a room of people with sinus infections. Oh and what a surpise i had today. i finshed my macaroni and cheese two hours ago what the hell is going down my throat…oh isnt that tastes like a dried scab…and it was. yum. Day 23 isnt gonna be any better tomorrow…Welcome,

 Amanda Mae April 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

your on day 23 and still in this much pain?!?! oh my gosh this gives me no hope haha. I hope you get well very very soon

 Carlie April 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hi all! I am scheduled to have mine removed on April 23. I have chronic tonsillitis and constant earaches. I’m quite nervous. I’ve been doing tons and TONS of research and reading blogs so that I can be as well prepared as possible. In doing so I have made a list that I refer to as the “survival list”. I will have my boyfriend with my for the first 5-6 days and after that I am sort of on my own. I do not have a recliner that I can sleep in… any ideas on what I can do to compensate for that? I hope that everyone is doing better in their recoveries! :)

 Jessica April 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hi Carlie. You’re all set! Being prepared is the best way to go. I didnt have a recliner either but some rolled up towels and lots of pillows are just as good (if you get lucky like me you wont need them anyway)

 C April 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

Hey carlie, I wouldt say you neeeded a recliner jus lots of pillows, whichever way you wana sleep really, well that’s how I’ve been, mainly propped up with pillows though. After 5-6 days you should be okay to be on your own I reckon aslong as you’ve got everything you need food and painkiller wise, I find it quite nice to be alone sometimes because u feel like no1 knows your discomfort so its nice to focus on your own at times and I’ve had people pushing me to eat toast, crisps and drink tea!!??lol the toast isn’t too bad now and supposely good for you to scrape your throat, I’m not sure if I started this too late, I started toast on day5 I’m now on day 7.
Something I was introduced to yesterday in the uk, is a spray called difflam for the treatment of painful,sore mouth and throat conditions, I think its helping with the pain! I was so scared to spray it yesterday thinking it would sting but it doesn’t, kind of like a mintyish taste its nice. So maybe get this anyone?? And u could use it earlier than me and see how it helps. Goodluck everyone who’s recovering and going into surgery soon!

 Stephany April 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

This is day 5 for me. I woke up in horrible pain. I woke up at 4:00 last night to take my pain medicine but then I missed my 8:00 dose. :( I woke up hurting so bad! I started crying and my mom came rushing in to see what happened. :( so now I’m laying in bed with ice packs around my neck. Oh and on the upside. I lost 10 pounds!! :D yay. But I’m So hungry and once I start eating something I lose my appetite. I think it’s from the medicine. Anybody else like that? Any body had any suggestions in stuff I can eat or something to reduce the pain? Thank you!! <3

 tisha April 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hi…im on day four….headaches and earache has come along with the throbbing throat and tongue pain….does this mean im recovering quicker?? I hope so…this is the WORST surgery ever!!

 tisha April 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

oh..i havent been taking the anitbiotics and the laratab cuz he makes me sick….is that bad?

 natasha aka tosh April 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

yes u need the anti biotics. If u eat with out them ur prone to infection!

 Andrea April 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Hey, I keep having recurring tonsalitis. I just had tonsalitis about 2 weeks ago and now I have it again but this time I feel way worse and am waking up in the middle of the night with an excrutiating sore throat. I am 25 and never had ear infections until the last two years and each time more painful than the last. What is the process of getting a doctor to remove them?. Sounds like even though its really painful getting them removed would be better than being sick all the time and missing school/work all the time. I am on antiobiotics but the pain in my ears is really bothering me and the raw sore throat, is there anything I can do to help with that?

 natasha aka tosh April 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

well go to an ent doc. Then ask him for removal. That’s how I did it. Its worth the pain to get em out in the end. For the ears try a warm pack. Sore throat idk I had one for so long cuz of surgery try ice cream lol. But yeah get an ent and ask for them out.

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