3,489 RESPONSES TO “TONSILLECTOMY RECOVERY”
I had my tinsils out on Monday the 16th. It is now Saturday and I have had a lot of pain. I have found that about 20-45 minutes after taking the medication I was prescribed is the best time for me to eat and drink. I have not had any luck with anything extreemly cold such as ice cream or popsicles as I feel it hurts my throat even more. Room tempurature water is best for me. I have also had luck with lightly toasted toast and butter, its not scratchy if it is toasted very lightly, buttered and you chew it till it’s very soft. I am struggling to drink a lot of water because of the pain, but I know it is important. I wish I had thought of a humidifier for my bedroom because I wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain from dryness (plus it had been very warm this week so the windows have been open and a fan going).
I am 26yo due to have tonsils out on Tues I’m scared beyond scared…I am more nervous about this than I was my c-section when I had my daughter. Can anyone compare the two experiences? Someone please tell me the tonsils are easier.
Will I be able to use a straw? What about brushing teeth? I have two little babies…how long do you think I will need my husband home to take care of them? Is there any chance of my tonsils atrophying before Tuesday!? wouldn’t that be nice!
I’m 41 yrs old and had my tonsils removed on April 17th and it has been alot easier than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong there has been pain and plenty of discomfort, but follow your doctor’s orders and the post-operative instructions and you will be fine. My wife started me out with 10 ml of Loratab as prescribed by the doctor, when the pain got worse I realized it said to take 10-20ml every 4 hrs so I upped the dosage to around 15 and it helped.
Have small ice on hand (the kind like Sonic uses) to suck on which will cool your throat and work on your throat muscles. Yes, Valerie I would recommend using a straw (esp in the beginning) to control the amount of liquid you take in. Your throat is swollen, so too much liquid at one time can cause it to come up through your nose. SWALLOW, SWALLOW, SWALLOW is the best advice…you have to retrain your throat muscles. Chewing gum can also help working your jaw muscles and helping you swallow.
It is now Sunday the 22nd and this is the best I’ve felt since the surgery…I have transitioned off the Loratab (for now) and I am taking only Advil for the discomfort. Scrambled eggs are good, milk shakes, smoothies, and yogurt…just remember in the beginning it will take a lot longer to swallow. I believe the more you work your throat muscles…the quicker your swelling will go down and quicker the pain will decrease.
just found out i have to have my tonsils removed in a week. I’m 35 and i’m a bit over hearing from everybody around me how painful it is going to be. I’m in Australia and would like any ideas on best pain medication and how to cope. I’ve taken 3 weeks off work as my surgeon told me after week 2 you may start to feel a bit normal again. I have no pain threshold at all. I think i really need to stop googling things and just take it as it comes
I had my tonsils out on April 18, Day 5 of recovery. This is the worst pain I have ever had. I hate myself right now. Had I had done research, I never would have have this done. Day 3 its gets really bad. I have also been out of meds since then, battling this on my own. I have done nothing but lay in bed and cry. My entire head hurts – temples, ears, throat. I have to “get ready” to swallow. I am barely audible. Supposed to go back to work tomorrow – not happening. My mouth smells and tastes like an animal died back there. I cant even see because I have lock jaw and mt tounge is soo swollen. I have lost 6 pounds – Im starving. I ordered a steak today, just to smell I guess!
My hope for others is to have someone care for them throughout their recovery and have plently of meds. Good luck!
Hi everyone! I am 33 years old and had my surgery on Wed the 18th. I’ve been told over and over again that the pain is excrutiating as an an adult. To my pleasant surprise, the pain hasn’t been that bad. The worst thing for me is the feeling of thick phlem in the back of my throat that I am constantly spitting out. It’s uncomfortable and is affecting my speech a bit. My doctor said that today should be the worst of my days when experienceing pain. I stopped taking the loratab on saturday because it was making me ill to my stomach. Now I am just on regular tylenol and yes there is pain, but it manageable. I’m just wondering if the unbearable pain will come later. Now I’m just dealing with horrible breath. Any advice on how to get rid of that. I’m almost embarassed to talk to anyone because of it.
Wow is all I have to say about it. I’m 43 and am going to have to get my tonsiles out too soon. My doctor told me that all the horror stories I’ve been told are all true. No sugar coating it at all! I’m not thrilledl and I really hope the recovery goes alot better than I hear on here. So I want to get everything straight on what I will need to do: I need to have plenty of pain killers and a humidifyer and drink plenty of water and suck on ice. Also need to use an ice pack for my neck and ears, and sit semi up in bed. Maybe toast with lots of butter to soften it. And to have a caregiver for at least 10 days since I have two children wont be able to care for them since I wont be able to even care for myself. Is all that about right, am I missing anything? I want to make sure I have everything I need before I get home, and am prepared. I feel for everyone on here who has had surgery and those who have it soon. I wish they had a miracle drug to make the pain go away as soon as surgery was over. Praying for that before my surgery happens.
Well…..operation day tomorrow.
Feeling a bit nervous, just glad that the day has finally arrived.
Bit awash with feelings right now…bit anxious, bit reluctant – but all in all, relatively calm considering all the horror stories people have talked about on here.
I will try and keep posting as and when I feel up to it….wish me luck everybody!!!
Hi everyone. I am 48 years old and had my tonsils removed yesterday. I have been trying really hard to stay hydrated, keeping a bottle of water near me at all times, sipping on broth and eating popsicles. However, since mid-day yesterday I have been feeling extremely nauseous. I can’t keep the fluids down and worry that I will re-open my wound from all the vomiting. Currently, I am not on my pain meds because I feel sick but I am taking my antibiotics. Any advice? Anyone else experience this?
I had my tosillectomy this past Friday, so I am going on day 5 of recovery. I have to say that the recovery has not been as hard as I had thought it would be. I am a 30 yr old female with sleep apnea and chronic sore throats. I am taking hydrocodone for the pain, and it is doing a great job. I do need to take it every 4 hours, and do sleep withhumidifier at night. Once I take my meds, I feel pretty good and can shower and make myself some tea or soup. I have been living off of ramen noodles and warm tea with honey. The tea seems to make my throat feel so much better. I am also raking several naps during the day, and my meds do make me very sleepy. Overall thus far, very uncomfortable, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Would suggest staying far away from anything with tomatoes in it. Tried dome tomato soup earlier, and thought my throat was on fire! I know the worst is still to come with my scabs coming off, but I must say I am so glad I got the surgery. Even with my uvula and throat being as swollen as they are, I am already breathing so much better with those things out. Good luck to all!
Just got home from having my tonsils out and I feel ok. Really tired, but I’m Ok. Had about a litre of water since 1pm and I am keeping on top of my medication. The water really does help, I went 20 mins earlier without any water at all, and boy could I tell. Going to drink as much as I can as it really is helping. Had water at room temperature without much discomfort. Managed to eat some food earlier, roast potatoes infact, as soft food seemed to hurt my throat more, and I do feel better for it. Yes it hurt, but needs must.
When people say avoid dairy – avoid dairy. I tried a yoghurt about an hour after I got into the ward and it made my throat feel sticky which hurt a bit, so not having any more of them for a while.
Let’s see what Day 2 brings.
Had my surgery yesterday…surprisingly bc I had a bout of strep that came in the day before….go figure.
I have been feeling okay and have been tolerating soft solids like eggs but I put them through the food processor just to help get them down a little smoother.
My biggest complaint right now is the swelling of my uvula…it’s making me nauseas despite the anti-nausea medication. My sinuses are also starting to hurt and cause some facial discomfort…is this related?
All in all no major pain yet…hopefully ever but we will see what the next few days bring.
I had my surgery wednesday the 18th of April. A little update. I feel so blessed that my recovery went smooth. A few things that helped ME. After the first day I began to eat food as my pain meds made me sick to take on an empty stomach. It took me an hour to eat a slice of bread but I felt so much better. After day 1 I was off of my pain killers. I slowly began eating real food as I heard the sooner you chew and swallow the faster you recover. I had anything from KFC mashed potatoes, bread, chicken noodle soup, etc. my worst day was day 4, the pain shit straight to my ears but thank goodness it only lasted a day. After that I began eating CAREFULLY normal foods: chips, chicken nuggets, sandwhiches… Anything to get me to chew. I drank A LOT of water. Ice cold was useful, brought down my swelling… After a few days I began drinking warm tea which felt amazing on my throat. I am now 7 days in an almost normal. I am so very careful when chewing, you do not want to hurt your throat. But I am almost good as new. I figured if these things helped me and made my recover smooth I hope it’ll do the same for others. I had no issues with the scabs coming off… Just drink the dangin water!!! Keep hydrated. I got sick of water and moved to tea’s and soda after a few days… But my throat was always moist. But I think the constant drinking and chewing made my recovery smoother. I also began brushing my teeth and tongue once every couple of hours…. This helped my tongue out a lot and it helped with the nasty breath. I also began mouth wash… A tad bit of mouth wash mixed with mostly water…i gargled and I did this twice a day. It has really helped. Not sure if it was pure luck for me or if what I did was correct but…. I had virtually no pain through my process. Only one day of discomfort due to my ears and the rest was manageable. I hope this helps someone. The warm tea, feels great on your throat!!! It was soothing for me. Good luck and I hope you all feel better soon. This blog was a life savor for me. Thank you all for the best advice.
Woke up this morning feeling a little rough. I set my alarm for 3am so I could take my tablets. My throat feels more painful than yesterday, but still bearable. Not managed to eat anything yet, but did have some cereal last night before bed. That was a bit tricky, but it felt great when I swallowed.
Keeping up with the water – been up since 9am and it’s almost 11am and I’ve drank almost 500mls, the water is helping.
Really tired again today, didn’t sleep very well last night as it was hard trying to get comfortable. I used a humidifier, not sure if it helped, but I’m still going to use it.
Although it’s only day 2, I do feel ok, let’s hope it stays this way!!!!
Ok….bit of advice needed please!
I only had my tonsils out yesterday and there is already a white film appeared at the back of my throat…is this normal? I can see dark brown spots too…anyone else experienced this?
Not feelIng too good today, didn’t sleep well last night again. Still waking myself up for my medication. Off to the GP in a minute to get my throat checked and to see if I can get stronger pain relief. My throat feels a lot “thicker” than it has done, but I think it’s the white film that is making it feel like that. Also, I’ve woke up with a cough which is making me bork – and that hurts!! Let’s hope the doctor can sort me out!
I’m 37 and had my surgery 1 week ago and here are my observations. (Well, first of all, I had additional septoplasty and turbinate bone reshaping, but I’ll focus my thoughts on my throat.)
Day 1, morphine in recovery caused extreme nausea and vomiting, which was perhaps the most unpleasant experience you could imagine with a throat full of stitches…They tried anti nausea meds, but no avail. Pain level Day 1 was about an 8 out of 10. Most annoying feeling was that of the stitches each time I swallowed.
Days 2-3 were about the same. Needed to change pain meds as the Percocet was making me really dizzy. Switched to Tylenol-3 Codeine and had much better results. Doc also prescribes Viscous Lidocaine Gargle, which I found helpful, yet tasted like poison.
Days 4-6 were the worst. Tremendous pain…especially first thing in the morning…I had to talk myself into swallowing. Pain level during swallowing was a 9 out of 10. Still unable to eat anything other than applesauce, mashed potatoes, or pasta. Lots of white areas on back of throat…bad breath, etc.
Days 7-9. Slight improvement in pain level. Still whiteness, but I can see pink returning beneath it. Able to eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger today! (though chewed it to the consistency of baby food…lol.) Still needing pain meds as required, and mornings are still very painful. I can say I finally believe the pain will end eventually.
My summary- Believe everything you hear. It is as bad as advertised, but for me it was either get them removed, or suffer the long term effects of obstructive sleep apnea, which are heart attack or stroke, so it had to be done. The benefits outweigh the pain, so keep that in mind and it will help you thru it. I would advise planning on at least one full week out of work to be safe. I went back on day 7 and could have used a few more. Get family and friends to help…my wife was a saint thru the process.
Best of luck.
I am now on day 25 post op and been back at work for a week. Apart from my throat still being a bit painful first thing in the morning and by the end of the day most of the time I forget I have had it done except when I eat…… all food tastes a bit odd and sweet things, particularly chocolate, tastes revolting which as I am trying to put back on some of the 18lbs of weight I lost is frustrating!! Does anyone know how long my taste buds will take to recover???
I am 33 now and I had my tonsils out when I was 19. Since then I have had 3 other surgeries: wisdom teeth and two cysts removed (one ovarian and one on thyroid). I am sorry to say to all that are about to go through this: the tonsillectomy was the worst. I remember my Mother caught me turning up the bottle of liquid lortab and drinking it from the bottle. That is how painful it was. I remember waking up in the middle of the night with my throat in excruciating pain. Now on a lighter note, we had no internet at our house in the late 90′s so I did not have any advice except my doctor’s advice. I don’t remember drinking alot of water because it hurt so badly. I did not have a humidifier and I did not even try solid foods for a week. So maybe if I would have tried harder to swallow more, it would not have been so bad. And also I am SO GLAD I had the surgery. The two weeks of severe pain is so much better than a lifetime of tonsillitis or tonsil pain. Go ahead and have it done. You will be so thankful for the rest of your life.
Made the silly mistake of sleeping through my alarm to get up to take my meds…now I’m in agony. My ears hurt this morning, my tongue hurts and my throat is basically killing me.
Went to the GP yesterday and she’s put me on antibiotics as she thinks my throat is infected, so I think that might be contributing to the pain too.
Worst day today, definitely. But, that’s my fault as I slept through my alarm.
Still got that thick feeling at the back of my throat and a sticky phlegm is driving me nuts!!
I’m not regretting having it done, just wouldn’t mind a bit of improvement on the pain.
One can only hope!!
Female, 33, on day 5. Had tonsil stones and many cases of strep and tonsilitius. I really stressed myself out reading everything online but it was worth it because I was expecting the worst and it hasn’t been that bad. As soon as I woke up from surgery my doctor told me how “nasty” my tonsils were and that confirmed to me that I had done the right thing. It hasn’t been pain free. But I’ve had a wonderful support team to help. Also, knowing what to be prepared for and having everything in place helped to make my recovery much easier than it would’ve been. Drinking lots of water is the key to recovery. The humidifier was a very good thing as well. split pea soup (no ham) was awesome. Lactose free ice cream (sherbet) was awesome last night. Definitely eat after your meds have kicked in (30 minutes was a good time frame) or just suffer through the pain and take meds with food and your throat will be less sore from the trauma of eating. I’ve been trying not to talk too much the past couple days. Talking really dries out the tonsils and puts extra strain on the throat. I never had bad toung swelling or jaw pain. Just a little ear ache but not horrible. Recovery is a roller coaster some moments I’m good and others I’m not. I just listen to my body and do what I can. The best thing…. No more stinky infected tonsils and I’ve lost 6-7 pounds in 5 days and I’m back to my pre-baby weight and wearing all my old clothes. Just in time for the weather getting warmer. Now, I’m looking forward to getting off my meds and feeling like my old self again.
I am 26 and just had my tonsils removed on Tuesday! I’m still in pretty much pain and have not been able to eat anything except Popsicles still! My main concern thou is that my tongue on both sides have been completely numb since my surgery! I’m really worried that something went wrong! Has anyone else experience numbness is there tongue?
Hi I am 24, female, also in Australia. It has been 54 hours since I had surgery. I was prepared for the worst, had heard all the horror stories. I was so relieved when I awoke in recovery and could still speak and the pain was not unbearable. I came home yesterday afternoon and have since found the pain is getting worse. I am drinking water regularly and eating soft foods, e.g. soups, custard, jelly, mashed potato. Swallowing is getting more difficult and the jaw pain really hit me this afternoon. I noticed my face didn’t swell that much until yestetday when I came home. Dr has prescribed antibiotics, oxycodone and paracetamol. Ive only taken one oxycodone and have been coping on the paracetamol. My tongue is huge, my ears a bit sore, my uvula is about four times the usual size and I keep feeling like I’m choking. Specialist said to drink plenty of coke and chew on gum. I had a warm shower this morning and washed my hair, the steam in shower really soothed my throat and cleared some of the mucous. Thinking of getting a humidifier if pain gets worse. Sleeping is hard cause I keep drooling and choking, managing to sleep about 1 – 2 hours at a time. Any tips for coping with jaw and ear pain?
Feel awful today. Completely exhausted and the pain in my ears is driving me mad! Feels like an ear infection mixed with getting water in them…if that makes any sense.
Throat still painful, even though I’m having meds every 6 hours and I am on the second day of antibiotics. Still sleeping with the humidifier on, and I think it’s helping.
Generally fed up now, I just want a break from the pain in my throat! And the bad breath!!!
I had my surgery done on 4/25.
Day 1 was okay. Nauseas and pain but I guess normal after anesthesia.
On day 2 I was impressed to see myself so well, I ate scramble eggs and mash potatoes and I was feeling great, I was talking and drinking a lot of water and eve feel good to go outside for a few hours, however that night I started to feel bad. I started to use gum and chew all day and night. The codene has been making me sick of my stomache so I switched to Children’s Tylenol.
Day 3 was bad, I could not deal with the pain. I am using Tylenol and seems like is not enough to keep my pain in control. I am sick of my stomache and I started to throw up little black things. I have been using gum to keep my throat moist and clean, seems that it helps but the pain is really bad.
Day 4 another bad day, a white film has been set around my throat and seems like all the black staff is gone, however the taste is horrible and the pain is still there. I had to stop the codene because was making me nauseas but I went back to it because childrens tylenol is not helping me.
Day 5, a better day I have been using the medicine every 5 hr instead of 4 and the pain seems a little more managable, however I feel like a have a ear infection and my jaw is tired of chewing gum. I am not stopping because I don’t want my throat dry. I had have lost 8lb and go pee every hr, but still can’t go to the bathroom since my surgery.
To all of you use gum and water, chew and drink seems painful but we need to keep the throat moist.
We can do it!!!!
I am a 32 year old female. I had a tonsillectomy performed on April 10th and I was not informed much about the post op care. I was simply told my pain would be severe on days 5-7. My “intense” pain began on day 7 and continued through day 10. I became dehydrated from not wanting to swallow water due to the pain. Word of advice, take your pain meds faithfully, eat lots of popsicles, snow cones, jello, soups, scrambled eggs and water! Water is your best friend! . I am now 19 days post op and I still have a bit of pain when introducing certain foods back in my diet. Nothing Tylenol or Advil can’t cure. I am currently experiencing a lost of taste for foods. Has anyone ever suffered from this and regained taste for food after a tonsillectomy? If so, how long did it last? It really is bothersome.
i’m 32 and live in Australia
Had my surgery done 11 days ago
like others i read every submission on every blog i could find..I even had my husband on google at work!! Honestly all this really done was scare the pants off me & give me every worse case you could think of… i was scared out of my wits of this surgery…I had also had a close friend have the same surgery a month ago & her stories of drooling and unbearable pain matched a lot of what I had been reading…
WOW was i suprised i woke from the surgery sore but ok the worst part by far was the ear pain & pain on the bridge of my nose and lips (they were split in a couple of places)…I ate a water ice-block in recovery and three hours later in my room i was sitting up having apple juice and mashed egg sandwiches….
No drooling…i started sipping water non stop from the second i could in recovery and am still doing this as it has really helped…
I was sent home with a garggle mix i had to make of Hydrogen Peroxide & Xylocaine Jelly tht has helped with pain and any small bleeds…I was also given panadol & Endone (boy the Endone works really well)…I was eating sandwiches with the crust off…mashed potato…mince and gravy…mac & cheese…fish…my biggest issue is i can’t have anyhting hot…i hate cold food lol & drinking lots of water…
I eased up the pain meds by day 3 until…
Day 4 i developed a chest infection that in turn set my asthma off and boy that made things a little more interesting and painful…non-stop coughing with a very raw throat after this surgery was not a good thing there was one day all i could stomach was water icy poles & water because everything else just irritated my throat and made me cough…back on the pain meds and garggle on a regular basis & my doc put me on anti biotics…the ear pain is still the big killer…
Day 11 and now the cough is as good as gone thankfully. I just had one endone last night before bed and nothing today the pain is just like a mild sore throat more uncomfortable when i swallow…I am still drinking heaps of water and eating.. still a little sore to swallow but had a braise with beef in it last night and ate it fine (other than the fact it was near cold..yuck) My scabs have thinned right out and it’s all looking good..
My voice still goes a bit funny at times and the ear pain still comes & goes but not bad…
The main thing i would say is read everything it gives you insite but realise every person is different…if i hadn’t got the cough i would have said it was sore and uncomfortable but more than bearable with medication and garggle no worse than a bad bout of tonsilitis & none of the horror experiences i had read about…keeping up the water makes a huge difference and just having the time to rest and let yourself heal is important…..
In my 32 years old.. from the time i was 4 and can remember the first bought of tonsilitis I could not tell you one day where I didn’t feel sick in some way from these evil things i was always on penicilin & because I could take that always had trouble finding a surgeon who would take them out…after hell for so many years, so many missed events, time off work etc this surgery is a life changer!!!! Don’t be affraid…be informed…be organised & go for it! at day 11 I already feel better than I ever have….now 2 be able 2 eat hot food again
Good Luck Everyone
Dreadful day, absolutely awful. Spent the whole day in bed and most if it asleep.
My throat is very sore today, and my ears are just a bad. The slightest noise is a killer. My throat feels raw, I have loads of phlegm which is still knocking me sick and I’ve hardly eaten.
I hope this will end soon, I’m really getting totally fed up.
I just had my tonsils out Friday and ain’t been ablle to eat anything at all not even icecream what can I do to get beteeer sooner?
I’m on Day 5 now. Thanks Deb for your reply. I wore a beenie to bed lastnight and having my ears coveted helped immensely. Also pulled blanket over my mouth so cold air couldn’t get to my throat and dry it out too bad. I hope I’m not cursing myself but I’m starting to feel the pain is easing a little. The first few days I managed to lay on the lounge and watch movies. I spent all yesterday in bed wrapped up like an Eskimo. Really bad ear and jaw pain. The endone doesn’t seem to work well for me, it makes me blurry but doesn’t take away pain. Panadol every 3- 4 hours has kept me going. I’ve found having a warm shower when I wake in the morning and before I go to sleep has been super helpful. Really moistens my throat and clears out the throat gunk, I do a gentle gargle in the shower and brush my teeth and tongue with a babies toothbrush. I have to agree, the key to less pain is keeping a moist throat. I’m too grossed out to look at my throat again but I can feel scabs have started to form. I’m drinking water constantly, sucking on ice blocks and today I decided to have some organic honey disolved in warm water – let it cool down before u drink. I think the endone has made me constipated, 2 days without going now. I’be been looking into natural healing remedies. I’m about to make myself a juice of carrot, celery and cucumber. I found lastnight that fresh coconut juice was particulary relieving. I have such a bad muscular pain betweeny shoulder blades and neck from sleeping propped up in bed. Going to try eating some plain pasta with butter again today and some scrambled eggs, hurts to swallow but I’m so hungry!!
And def stay away from dairy. Everyone ‘out there’, even hospitals encourage ice cream, but I think this is the worst. Creates so much mucous. I think sorbet or gelato is much better.
One week exactly since surgery day…today is proving to e the most painful…couldn’t wait the full 4hrs before next dose of pain medication…I know everyone has said this is how it goes but it just seems backwards considering I went day 4 & 5 without any pain meds….still eating and drinking well…up to this point my throat had been the least of my pain but I told my husband my ears and jaw and head hurt so bad and compared the feeling to someone putting my head between two cinder locks and smashing them from both sides with a sledge hammer…throat has decided to join the pain party this morning.
Still not worse or even able to be compared to my c section…but in deed recovery has proven to be very unpleasant…although my husband might appreciate the week that has gone by without my ability to speak
I am 32 years old and just had my tonsils 6 days ago.I have a high pain tolerance, and let me tell you, the recovery is rough. I have lost 11 lbs, can’t drink /eat anything cold. On day 3, Post-op I was admitted to the hospital cause I couldn’t stop bleeding. At that point I was SCARED! nurses and doctors all around me starting multiple IVES on me at once. Other nurses trying to make me sign the papers to receive blood while another nurse is trying to get the info from me about my surgeon. My husband was completely useless cause he was freaking out from all the blood everywhere. I filled two bedpans of blood and blood clots. Thankfully I didn’t require surgery to cauterize what was bleeding. By far, this has been the worse recovery of all my surgeries. I am a cancer survivor, I had a hysterectomy, and a septoplasty (same day as my tonsils) but this recovery from the Tonsillectomy is the WORSE! I wish u all a speedy recovery
I am 41 years old and I had my surgery done on Friday 4/13. Today is 5/1 and I am still feeling some pain. My ears hurt, my jaw hurt and I feel weak. My first day back to work was yesterday and it wasn’t easy.
On my day of surgery I was fine, I went home and followed doctor orders. The next day it was horrible!!!!! horrible!!!! My mouth was so swollan that I could not speak anymore. The pain- Oh Lord!!!! I ran to take the pain but let me tell you that just taking the med was hard. I had liquid Hydrocodine and just trying to get it through my throat was hard and painful. I screemed and had to hold my head tight until the pain pass. It got to the point where I couldn’t even drink the pain med. On that week I called my doctor because I though I needed stronger pain med. He prescribe percosets. Told me to crush them and drink with water and that was better. But then I started to have more problems and by Thursday I rushed to the emergency room. I was dehydrated and was in the hospital taking med and liquid through IV. They also gave me some kind of steroid to bring the swelling down. That day I went back home and continued to take my med but went back to the liquid hydrocodine. I had my alarm set up so that I wont miss a dose of med. One important thing is to keep yourself medicated that way you feel less pain. I did not eat for 10 days and depended on water. On the following week I started to eat yogurts, ice cream, pudding, jello. Then, moved to eat farina, and plain mash potatoes. On 4/29 was the first day when I began to feel a little better, I was off pain med and ate more- still soft foods. As I mentioned above, today I still feel pain in the jaw, ears and throat hurt a little. I can constantly sipping on water and trying eat different foods that will go down smoothly without hurting myself. I still sleep with a towel over my mouth because it just feels better not having that air go in my throat and showers, lots of warm showers helped me. I can’t wait to feel normal again. This is not an easy surgery and It’s the worst soar throat EVER!!!!!! But with the problems I had with my tonsils several times a year – it was worth it.
Had the worst pain ever in the early hours of this morning. It felt like someone was cutting my throat with a hit knife…absolutely terrible.
When I woke up, I was pleasantly surprised that the pain had seemed to ease off a little…possibly the scabs have come off during the night?? Swallowing is still an issue, but only on one side. And this blasted phlegm – how long does this last?? It driving me nuts!!!
Managed to get my pain under control by taking half of my meds every 3 hours and this has really helped me. Not eaten hardly anything again today, but don’t feel as weak as I have in previous days.
My other half has checked my throat and he can see an improvement, so hopefully, I’m on that upward hill rather than the downward one!!
I gargled with luke warm salt water yesterday for the first time – oh it was soooooo good, stung like crazy, but the back of my throat felt awesome afterwards.
Holding out still, let’s hope it’s a good day tomorrow.
My son got his tonsils and adnoids removed its day 5 and on day 4 he started to get headaches is that normal? Plz let me know my son is only 7 years old and it sucks to see him hurting!!!!
Day 6. I have been sitting in the ER for three hours now waiting to be seen. The nurse gave me ice to suck on but other than that, absolutely no help. I blacked out in the shower tonight and was lucky not to be injured. blood pressure is high. I’m hoping its just the pain and not eating today that knocked me around, not clots. Bleeding is what I fear most.
Is it normal to have the area surrounding the scab to be red? I usually associate this type of redness around a wound site to be sign of infection but I am on antibiotics so I thought my body would fight and creeping infection.
Anyone else have this?
Day 8!! I think… Had my tonsils out last wednesday so do we count that as day 1? Anyways, 7/8 so far have been the worst, 1-5 were complete jokes… Scabs slowing falling off in the entrance to my throat, only really have pain on my right side, doesn’t make sense? Also, scans looking a bit pinker, is there anything to speed up them falling off? This surgery doesn’t suck it’s just tedious and annoying, I want to take a
Good day today, managed to eat cereal, had soup for lunch and then braved some chicken…tasted do good, but hurt.
My throat really hurts when I go to bed and I can’t fathom why. It’s been great all day and now it’s killing me! I still have my humidifier on, and I’m still drinking water…..? Weird!
Hoping for another good day tomorrow.
Oh my God – I’m in so much pain!!! Anyone else get excruciating pain during the night?? This is the second night this has happened!! My throat has been fine all day, now it feels like I’ve got razor blades stuck there. Ouch
I’m 21 years old and I had my tonsils out exactly a week ago, so this would be my 7th day in recovery. Along with the tonsillectomy, I had the tunnels in my sinus cavities opened up, so I’ve been struggling with bloody noses and trying to keep my nose hydrated just as much as my throat.
My hardest day was yesterday, I was in just so much pain. The ear pain also started hitting me yesterday and water was awful on the throat. My mom had to call the doctor because I was just in so much pain and I got the answer I knew and hated, I had to eat and drink more. I’m still in lots of pain but not as bad, most of it is on my left side. The irritating part is I can only open my mouth about an inch wide, it feels like there is something physically stopping my jaw from moving any more. Anyone else have that issue?
I’m suppose to wait every four hours to take 1-2 tsp of codine, but we decided to change it up and taqke 1 tsp every 2 hours; which would still equal out to 2 tsp every four hours Best advice I can offer, is drink and eat.
I’m just hoping the pain goes away by Sunday because I have to go back to work on Monday, and I work in a daycare.
Hi All, I am now on day 6 of recovery… I had my tonsills and adenoids removed and my uvula trimmed. I will agree that this is one of the worst surgery’s for recovery one can recieve. For myself.. its not really the pain causing me any issues. I havent needed to take any of the narcotics my doctor prescribed. I am only taking occasional Tylenol. My biggest issue is the constant mucus or flem buildups… it causes me to gag and choke constantly !! Twice i have started some minor bleeding wich thankfully stopped after only a bit and its been almost 2 days since the last time I opend the wounds up. How is everyone else dealing with this or am I the oddity here ? Energy levels are ok.. even though I have lost nearly 15lbs in a week. I do have some slight ear and jaw pain but its quite manageble. Not worth choking down more tylenol ! haha. anyway.. I hope day 7 and on is going to get alot better. Right now I am surviving on popsicles… applesauce mixtures… and ensure meal replacements. OH.. that is one big piece of advice.. pick up some of those liquid meal replacements.. like Ensure or whatever name brand. They do definately put good stuff back into you since eating is dificult. Well wishes to everyone..
Another good day today considering the little amount of sleep I got last night because of the pain. Been up doing some house work today and been out this evening for an hour. All in all, I feel ok today. My throat is still uncomfortable, not pain, but more like a stretched muscle kind of feeling. The back of my tongue is still quite sore too, but that is easing off now. Going to see my doctor tomorrow to check that all is well and that my throat is recovering as it should be.
I’m so glad that I feel better – just hope this pain in the night stops!!
I had my Surgery on April 23rd and I’m 10 days into recovery. The first bit was pretty rough for me. I had thrush very badly, but I’m seeing a huge improvement in my recovery since the doctor prescribed me with an oral medication to get rid of the thrush. My concern right now is that I have developed hard yellowish patches on the top inner part of either side of where my tonsils were, the corners closets to the uvula. The yellowish patches seem to spider down into the empty tonsil sockets. The problem is that when I swallow I get a painful spiking sensation, unlike what I experienced right after surgery. This is more like the walls of tonsil socket that are closets to the uvula are being snapped. Then I being to choke, it sends a spike of pain radiating into both ears, and I have to stop moving all together for serval moments to figure out what just happened. I do have acid reflux, and I was wondering if maybe some could give me some insight.
Day 8, I’m back in hospital waiting to be admitted. Had a blackout in shower on weds night, came emergency, given saline and painkillers home early thurs morning. Thurs morning I woke up in severe pain, took medication from hospital and vomitted. Went to medical centre and got an anti nausea and pain shot. Came home, slept and woke up with slight pain and streaky blood. Specialist ordered me to go straight to the ER. Had another drip and meds. Went to sleep at 12pm (Aussie time) and woke every half hour to drink water. At 2.30 I checked my throat and no issues. At 4 am I got up to go to toilet, washed ny hands and blood started gushing out my mouth. So very scary. Lucky I read about what to do if this happened, so I immediatelyvgrqbbed a bottle of cold water from the fridge and started gargling out the blood. Also lucky I had an emergency bag packed so we quickly rushed to the hospital, all the while I’m gargling away, got to ER to be greeted by severly complacent triage nurse. I coughed up the clot, rather I gagged on it and forced it out, no help from the nurse. After the clot passed the bleeding began to stop. Still in ER waiting to be admitted, my specialist wants me to stay for 24 hrs. If I bleed again I have to have surgery.
omgoodness the pain was so so for me had my surgery on April 27 i pray that it stays better and i also pray for other people that are going through PAIN and the advice you all gave is great BE blessed
I had my tonsills out 5 days ago and I want to reassure anyone who is soon to undergo surgery that the pain is NOT THAT BAD! On day 1 (just after I had my tonsills removed) I ate a hot dinner (consisting of: beans and pasta with pumpkin sauce). The following morning, I ate toast with honey. Although, there was some discomfort, it really wasn’t THAT BAD! I feel sorry for those of you that have had severe pain (I was prescribed the drug Endone) and it helps a lot with pain relief. I find the mornings are harder to cope with — and I usually wake up in a bit of pain, take an Endone and a glass of water and go back to bed. My scab has not yet begun to harden as yet – I’ll be looking forward to that (not!!) What is currently happening, is when I eat meals (pasta for example) bits of pasta are sticking to the wound. I am worried I am going to reinfect myself. I have coughed up most of the food bits however, some are still stuck there!! Now there’s some food for thought……
Hardly any pain through the day, was just tender when I first woke this morning. I have only had to take 2 paracetamol today, and that was when I woke up, so managed to go all day without any pain relief.
Can honestly say that I feel really well…my throat is still a bit sore, but nothing that bothers me.
Still got a bit of white at the back of my throat, but hardly any now.
So glad the worst – I hope – is over.