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I am 26 and getting my tonsils out 5/17/12. I am soooo nervous nad scared I have been searching the web and taking notes. I’m ready with a humidifier and ice packs. Going to avoid dairy for awhile. Drink lots and lots of water! Avoid acidic and spicy foods. Takes meds and set alarms to take them around the clock! Sleep inclined. White spots on throat after surgery is the scab… am I missing anything? LOL I am just nervous that the 2 weeks isn’t enough time. I have had people say they were off for 4 weeks! I would for a banker operation center. I take calls all day so all I do is talk.. just hope I am able to recover fast. If anyone has any additional tips or tricks please tell me! I appreciate all the help I have read from you all so far
Wonderful day! Done my cleaning, washed the family’s clothes, been shopping – hardly any pain at all today.
For those of you that have just had surgery or for those about to, you will ALL get through it. Some quicker than others, but you will. All of you stay positive, keep thinking ahead to where I am now – it isn’t that far away!!!
I have only had 1 teeny bit of pain relief today and that was after I’d done a salt water gargle – that’s it, no other pain relief at all.
There is light at the end of that tunnel that you think will never end….it is there, just keep going – it will appear!!! ????
Need some help please…
Has anyone else had a “hole” at the back of their throat? To the right of my uvula, there is some skin with a hole in the middle…has anyone else got this? I’m a bit concerned as I can feel the air going through it and it’s large enough for food to get stuck.
Can anyone help??
Day 8 for me. I am 34. First few days were horrible. Like much have described. I write as a warning for today. You will find yourself just STARVING after a few days. Today was the first day ive been able to eat solid food. It was a soft pretzel. It was slow going but wonderful. Well a few hours later I had a couple French fries. Thinking it was ok I didn’t catch myself shoveling them in. I just wanted to eat! I started choking pretty badly. The food was just plain stuck. It would not go down. I almost passed out. So just a warning. When you are ready and able to eat…take it slow. You still need to be careful. My throat is still thick and sore and I was not ready for the blockage. All I wanted was food. Good luck all!
this is day 5 for me. It was first time when I woke up around 6 am almost crying from the pain in my ears and lower teeth. Previous days I was able to go easy on pain meds but not today. I am setting my alarm for every 2 hrs to take my meds (like someone earlier suggested- not 2 tsp every 4hrs but 1 tsp every 2hrs). It helps a lot.I am facing another problem now- seems like I cannot stand a thought of taking another liquid medicine that looks like cherry flavoredTylenol. Even one thought makes me feel nauseous! I am also running out of a prescription medicine. Do you think it’s OK to crush a regular OTC pain pill and take it? As for eating– this surgery did not affect my appetite. I am always hungry! Jellos, pudding, ice cream, yogurt, etc. don’t do much trick- I am at a point of hating anything sweet. I started eating solid food on my second day. Yes, that’s right – just chew, chew, chew and swallow slowly. Swallowing is going to hurt regardless of what you swallow, so I figured, what’s the difference? So far, I had mashed potatoes, a hot dog, few slices of ham, cheese, an omelet, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, home made soup, Eggos, crackers and bread. Nothing hot or spicy or in big chunks and with sharp edges. Everyone is different so you may try and see if it works for you. Now with the pain settling in my lower jaw and ears I am not sure if I will return to work tomorrow.
No pain relief at all today, although I am in a bit of pain just now, but been out and about again today and I’m talking as I usually would.
Really concerned about this “hole” that is at the back of my throat…still don’t know if it’s normal. Going to speak to the ENT department at the hospital so I can go and get checked over.
If anyone has had one of these holes, I sure would like to hear from you x
Well it’s day 5 and I’m starving the pain has been horrible I’m so sick of every time I have to swallow I have to psyche myself up for it. Haven’t looked in my throat yet as its too swollen and can’t open up my mouth. It’s as bad as I thought and I’m trying too see the positive. Packed the dishwasher today and anyone would think I ran a marathon. I’m tired, weak, hungry and have ear pain. But I’m sure it will all be worth it……
Day 11. Last time I posted I was in hospital after a big bleed. I ended up having to stay overnight and then got a tummy bug from the hospital. Score: Surgery 10 – Sarah 0. It has been a very challenging ride, but I much better now and have picked up some great tips along the way that will hopefully help others. Today at day 11 I’ve had no more bleeds, still on very soft food as a precaution not to rip a scab off too early. No meds today, pain is almost non existent. For first time I slept kind of decently and woke up with my throat still moist and not a lot of pain. My top tips are definitely get a humidifier and stay out of cold night air, drink lots of water and maybe electolytes too to keep body salts up, chew gum this is the thing that saved me! Gum helps produce more saliva and whenever my throat got really sore the past two days cause of dried scabs it took a lot of the pain away. Cucumber and coconut juice is super soothing. Set your alarm at night to tale medication and drink. Gargled with either salty water or a hydrogen peroxide mouth wash solution to keep infection free. Don’t drink or eat hot or very warm stuff, prematurely softens scabs and can increase likelihood of bleeding. If you do bleed gargled ice water and keep doing it until it stops… Go to emergency ASAP if its any more blood than just a slight streaking. I’m a red head and apparently we bleed easier… So if you’re a rehead too take precautions.
Two weeks post-op!!! Now that the worst is over I feel I can give a good review of the surfer, pain, etc…
Day 1 came out talking, drinking, and eating jello and ice cream…felt good considering I had just had surgery.
Days 2-3 easy…I actually thought, “they say it gets worse but wow, really that’s it”
Days 4-8 very uncomfortable, unable to verbally communicate at all…lots of mucus, drool at night, and ear/jaw pain…throat never hurt more than what I felt when I had strep.
Days 9-11 on the up swing and was able to extend time between pain meds
Days 11-14 I still wake up with a sore throat (mornings were always the most uncomfortable) but I am talking (day two of sounding normal although not quite my normal voice just yet) but no pain meds
While I will say the healing process wasn’t easy, for me it was not excruciating…mind you I work in an ER where I tell my patients a 10/10 would be your arm being torn off by a train so maybe I misjudge the pain scale?? But I never took the full dose of my pain and instead only took 1 Vicodin every 4hrs because I didn’t feel the pain was so intense I needed the other…and because narcotics make me sick.
I was able to tolerate liquids the entire time, i ate soft solids every day (bread, Mac n Cheese, ice cream (which yes, does make for a lot of mucus but it does feel good although I couldn’t handle it ice cold and had to melt it a little in the microwave), jello, eggs, I even ate some boneless chicken wings on day 3 but 4-7 I stuck to the really soft stuff.
I brushed my teeth and gargled alcohol free mouth wash every day. I also gargled warm salt water after I ate anything…It seemed to help with the odor people say comes with the surgery because I haven’t (and my husband hasn’t) noticed a foul odor/breath.
My scabs have started to come off but I haven’t noticed it too much other than swallowing a particle when I wasn’t eating…kinda gross but it is what it is.
For those prepping for surgery…as everyone says: STAY hydrated!!! Not only is it best for your health but it truly makes a HUGE difference in how your pain is perceived…just get past those first few sips and I promise, your throat will feel better…it’s the dryness thy causes the pain which is why you will feel worse in the morning and if you sleep through your pain medication time.
Your uvula will be very swollen for a number of days…for me this was probably the most annoying thing ever. As others have said, you will probably want to sleep inclined for at least the first week…the drool alone is enough of a reason to sleep upright (I was more reclined one night and woke up gagging–not fun) and your neck (and everything in it) will be swollen and tender so laying in a normal sleep position probably won’t be comfortable.
Good luck to all and just remember…it’s two weeks! You can make it!
Only have pain for an hour or so now, and that’s in the morning when I first wake up. This hole is still giving me some trouble, so hopefully going to get that sorted out tomorrow.
No pain relief again today, and the only pain I feel during the day is like the pain you feel when you scratch the back of your throat with a sharp piece of food. Other than that, I have no pain whatsoever.
I still have some white patches tucked away at the very back of my throat, but I’m sure they will go soon.
Still feeling really tired too which is a bit odd, but can’t complain!
Oh my goodness!!! I’m having surgery Wednesday, 9 May. I was already freaked out, but you guys are really freaking me out. The doctor told me that I will need someone to stay with me for the first 24 hours…well unfortunately Iwon’t have anyone until 48hrs. Does anyone discourage this? Should I spend $300 on a plane ticket or could I hold out until the following day, when my husband get here?
I had surgery Wednesday, May 2nd. Today, may 7th is my 6th day post op(counting surgery day as day 1). Anyway, I went back to work today, and it wasn’t terrible, although I still had pain. My experience thus far: Day 1, woke up with pain and asked for morphine; the nurse said I did not need morphine-lol. Went to my mom’s home shortly after I woke up (my husband was going to take care of our 21 month old daughter for 5 days, so that I could be taken care of by my mom). I did not sleep during the day, but I definitely took the liquid codeine. Every 3 hours because the pain was a 6 out of 10. That night, it was difficult to sleep, but I slept with a vaporizer to avoid the dry throat that many people have encountered. Day 2, was pretty good for me. I ate jello, apple sauce, Popsicles, and elbow macaroni pasta with butter. I did take long to eat the pasta, though. That night, was much better than the first. Day 3, I was able to eat croquettes, and bread with butter. But later in the day, the pain became more intense. Day 4, pain wasnt too bad, but I was taking the meds every 3 hours. Day 5, I went to the mall to help my little sister buy her 8th grade prom dress. I obviously was on my meds; no, I did not drive-lol. That evening, my husband and daughter picked me up and I went home. Did not sleep too well, but I’m able to sleep laying flat on my back and on my side. Day 6, today, I returned to work. Wasn’t easy, but it was manageable. Now, is when I’m starting to feel somewhat of an ear ache; I was told this would happen. All in all, I expected A LOT worse!!! Perhaps because I expected major pain, I have taken the recovery very well? Today, I was able to see the back of my throat, which has a white coating(scabs). Not looking forward to when they fall off because I was told that will hurt. I guess time will tell…
Hi I am 13. I know this is a site for adults but all the kid sites just tell you that you will have no pain at all and not to worry. But I am a bit scared. I told my mum that I had a large tonsil coz I was brushing my teeth and I saw it. All my friends have always told me that I breath really heavy and that I am really loud. I often get sore throats but I never thought any thing about it. My mum took me to the doctor a couple of years ago and the doctor said that I just had naturally large tonsils but lately now I am finding it hard to swallow and I am having to put lots of energy into breathing. When I look in the mirror my tonsil is hanging half way across my throat and my other one is sticking out. Mum booked me into the doctor again for ASAP. She gasped when she saw them. But I have never had an opperation before and can you tell me if they give young teenagers gas or of they give you a needle I hate needles.
I just got mine taken out yesterday may 7th. Altho i had my adenoids & uvula taken off and a turbinate redcution…i must say the worst thing is swalloing and eating due to the tonsils. The cold stuff really does help,ice chips,popsicles and lots of water. Well good luck!! Im sure youll do great!! God Bless!!
Hi guys. I am 19 years old and 9th day post-tonsillectomy. It really isn’t as painfully terrible as a lot of the stories here make it seem to be. As long as you do the necessary things (drink water CONSTANTLY, eat cold things, sleep, be diligent on medication), it will go smoothly. Let me review my experience by days: Days 1-3 are nothing, you hardly feel anything, and you are so drugged up that all you want to do is stare at a screen and sleep, so not difficult at all. Days 4-5 are a little tougher, you start to feel it a little more, but I was able to start eating things like bread and other more solid foods as long as they were in very small bites. Days 6-7 were my hardest. This was when the scabs started to come off for me, so as I was eating more abrasive foods, the scabs were taking the hits. This is good and bad, good because it really helps in the long run, and bad because it does hurt. Day 8 was the turn around day, where it started out almost as bad as Day 7, but by the end of the day I was off pain medication and able to talk to people with only a little discomfort. Sure, my voice isn’t all there and I wasn’t talking very loud, but communication was possible. Just woke up today on Day 9 and it’s the best I’ve felt all week. Overall, the hardest part of all of this for me was not being able to get up and be active, because 1. it kills time, and 2. when you are an active person, the LAST thing you want to do is sit at home for 8 days straight. That was probably worse than the pain overall for me. So important things: WATER, drink as often as possible, it really helps. Ice cream does wonders. Mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs, are delicious and easy to eat. I found that cut up bananas were a good choice as well. I didn’t have a chance to try this, but I was told later that chewing gum is helpful because it moves the muscles. Hopefully this helps those of you who read the millions of horror stories like I did before the surgery.
Hello! I’m 26, and I’ll have my tonsils remove on Saturday, the 26th. Just hoping for the best, and with proper medication and rest, I can recover after 10 days. That’s when my leave from work ends…
Ok, so I can now say I’m fully recovered – apart from my hole haha! Spoke with the ENT today and I have to go back in for a check up….if I’m honest, I’m a bit nervous.
Really hope you all are taking it easy and trying your best in your recovery xxx
It’s my 7th day post-op. I did go to work yesterday for 4 hrs and worked today 5hrs total. Yesterday I decided not to take my pain medicine during the day. It was bearable, though still painful when swallowing. Not sure what they did to my tongue during surgery but its root is still swollen and sore; it’s hard to talk. While at the hospital, my nurse told me that I would feel week for 3 wks. She was right. My main concern is that I am always tired. I am taking naps, go to bed in time and still really tired in the morning. This is why I decided to work only half-days rest of this week. You all probably heard that our age plays against us with this surgery. This maybe very true, because some younger folks got over it easier than us, older ones. I am 47, BTW. Oh, and I cannot wait any longer for a nice, juicy, homemade cutlet (similar to meatballs) – I am making them tonight. yum!
I am so thankful I found this site! I had mine out on May 1. I think today was the worst pain day yet. I believe from the scabs peeling. Sleep was a challenge but I found that if I didnt sleep well at night, after I took my morning meds I could have a pretty decent nap. I find myself wanting to spit into the toilet or a cup rather than face the pain of swallowing. My whole body shudders when I do . On day 5 I saw a bit of blood in my spit. Called the doctor and he had me rinse with ice water and the bleeding stopped. I think if it had been any more than a tiny bit he would have had me come into the ER. I am still not able to talk properly. Hoping I get that back tomorrow or the day after. Definitely feeling very weak- but trying to get stronger by taking short walks and getting out of my apartment for short periods of time. Things that helped the most: Lemon sorbet, a medium cup of water that I made myself finish every hour I was awake, keeping a mental list of all the foods I’m going to eat when this is all over. Thanks to everyone who posted- I definitely needed to read others stories!
I had a surgery 5 days ago (I’m 27) and it still hurts a lot. I can’t sleep nor eat anything unless baby – food… and it is hard to talk because they did something with my toung… probably they hold it during the surgery… but, I’m looking forward to next days… It should be better… I hope so…
Hi my name is amber and I am 23 years old. Today is May 8th and I just had a tonsillectomy yesterday morning.
I am in horrible pain!! I’ve been taking my pain meds every 4 hours as prescibed and it doesn’t seem to help. My meds don’t even take the edge off my pain. I couldn’t sleep a wink lasnight, I was up til roughly 530 am and was up by 730. This morning when I woke up I found that my feet, calves, thighs, stomach,ribs, chest, wrists, forearms,neck, shoulders and jaw, like every part of my body hurts as if I were hit by a bus, why is that??? I’ve had knee surgery twice before and wisdom teeth taken out so I’ve been under anestesia before and I’ve never had a problem with it. I’m not sure whether I should go in and see my doctor now cause the wholy body ache is starting to convern me as I’ve never felt this way before. And idk if I should ask for a different med because the one I’m taking doesn’t even ease the pain or help me sleep. Any suggestions???
No one told me I needed to gargle warm salt water, what day should I start doing that? I’m on day 3 and still can’t swallow anything. Every time I try to swallow water it comes out me nose. Ugh, this is horrible. Any advise?
I had mine taken out on 5/4/2012. It turns out that I am a member of the 1% that hemorrhages after surgery. I know that my case is not typical, and very rare. It is best to have emergency people (family) near you at all times, and written history of what happened to you, if you can’t speak. I had a history folder with me, because I was choking on blood when I was rushed to emergency.
I had to get a second surgery, because three arteries opened, causing me to lose a lot of blood. I am still on a liquid diet, and taking meds as needed. I was released from the hospital after four days. I am taking it slow, and I am weak. I do not discourage others from the getting the procedure, as I know that I am a rare case. It only really happens in 1-4% of cases. I just happened to be one of them.
Hi All. I am day 14 and I am still miserable! I have a lot of ear pain and a severe sore throat. I already had my post op appointment and he said I am right where I should be. I had to call the doctor today because I was finding no relief with the ear pain. They said to ride it out and that i should start feeling better. When?? Anyone have any tips?
I just had my tonsils removed yesterday morning. I’m 19 years old and this is the first time I’ve ever had any kind of medical procedure. And despite being a pack a day smoker and of average teenage health, I’m recovering nicely. I can swallow noodles and apple sauce and can talk with little to no difficulty. The thing is though, I’m not too drugged up. I’m wide awake watching Back to the Future and sipping on flat ginger ale. I’m kind of curious. I thought recovery was supposed to be torture? Am I just lucky or is it supposed to get a million times worse?
Well exactly 2 weeks after my surgery, and surprisingly I have a sore throat today…what’s that all about?
Got to go back to work tomorrow, but I really don’t want to. I’m tired all the time, I feel completely lifeless and I still have a few white patches still at the back of my throat.
No news from the ENT yet on what they plan to do about this hole at the back of my throat, but I will update when I know what’s happening and what is said.
day one was easy. Day two was ok too. Day three was a little more painful. waking up after naps and in the morning hurt as my throat was dry. Day four was ok. Starting eating soups, had a cheeseburger today. small bites. Over all it’s not to bad so far.
I had my tonsils done on April 16th. I’m 37 years old and I knew I was going to take longer to heal. Let me tell you this, DON’t push it. Take it easy, stay down, and rest as much as possible. I started cleaning the house in little bits at day 10 and had a post op visit. I was told everything looked good but then 2 days later I bleed out badly. I was brought to the hospital by ambulance and released a day later. The wound clotted by itself and all was thought to be fine, but 2 days later it happened again, but this time the bleeding did not stop. One of the blood vessels that supplied blood to the tonsils opened up and the only fix was to have emergency surgery to fix it. Now I’m down and out for another three weeks. I feel I started to feel the false sense of well being and pushed myself that little bit to much and now I’m paying for it. Not to mention I have nightmares about the bleeding. I spent 5 days in the hospital after the repair do to excessive blood loss. I had to have 3 transfusions just to get my blood levels back up in the safe area. I can’t wait to be done with this terrible experience. I hope everyone else has better luck than I did and take my advice, don’t push yourself. All in all you can fully return to physical activities safely at the four week mark.
day #8 post-op. Surprisingly, in the morning, I wasn’t hurt at all. No earache, no toothache, no painful swallowing. I am completely off my pain meds, just still finishing my 10-day antibiotics course. I worked 4 hrs today (that was the agreement with my boss, half days this week). Can’t talk for long periods of time, so I am trying not to answer office phones My tongue is still kinda sore and getting in my way but it is definitely getting better. Got my afternoon nap, as I am still feeling tired. I also noticed that by 6 pm a slight earache and a pain in my lower teeth returned. Is it because of me trying to talk and exercise my tongue muscles? Possibly. As for my throat. Scabs are getting smaller, more of red is seen in the back. When I eat or swallow, I am not wincing anymore but I feel like I am having just a regular sore throat- which is bearable. I am hoping that worse is behind me already. I am slowly returning to my regular diet. Had mashed potatoes with cutlets and coleslaw today (yes, again). Tried tomato earlier and it feels a little too acidic, still. So, a big “NO” for those.
Hey guys, I’m Shelbey, I’m 19 and I live in Australia I had my tonsils and adenoids out on Tuesday the 8th of may. So I’m now into day two of recovery. I must admit that I wasn’t at all prepared for the operation or anything. I was mainly scared about the general anesthia and waking up….
I woke up out of the operation completely distraught and confused, after coughing up what seemed at the time a lot of blood and having an asthma attack they sedated me till I was moved to recovery. The pain I was in was unbelievable. But I’m coming to see that its just the luck of the draw!
I have only been able to have soft foods (jelly, ice cream, ice chips and yogo etc) and my stomach is unbelievably hungry! The pain has been manageable with liquid paracetamol, and then it just feels like bad tonsillitis with a saw jaw, ear aches and severe difficulty swallowing. I am almost unable to talk, I would describe it as a deaf person talking I guess ( no offence intended).
The most uncomfortable thing I think is looking at your throat. It is definelty not a pretty picture, but I am sure it will recover in the days to follow! All I can hold onto is how much easier it is for me to breathe, and how I won’t get tonsillitis ever again. Good luck to all of the others who are about to get theirs done, judging by the other comments, it can only get better!!!
I’m Jessie and i’m 23 years old… I have not had my tonsils out but am going through my 8th bout of Tonsillitis this year and considering surgery.
If I’m honest.. the prospect terrifies me. I’ve had multiple surgeries over the years and I am one of those whimps who is very bad with anaethetic (and ends up being in hospital for days) so the thought of another surgery is horrible… But the worst seems to be what you read and hear from everybody!
As a child I had very large adenoids/tonsils/glands but never had them removed .. and I’m seriously peeved at my mother for that fact now, lol.
A uni friend had hers out last week.. and honestly it sounds like the worst thing in the World.
I guess I’m here to ask you guys whether you thought it was worth it?? I really hate the tonsillitis. I hate having
time off work/studies and worry about the effect all these antibiotics have on my body.. but I’m such a wuss I’m not sure if I can face it.
If you could go back in time and tell yourself pre-op yes or no.. what would you do?
Thank you for your time and I hope you’re all recovering well.
I am a 19 year old college student at the uofa
I just recently had my surgery on 5/2/12 (still recoverying waiting for my scabs to fall off)
honestly isn’t as bad as all of the
Horror stories I read about online the pain is manageable through medication
I had my surgery at 9 in the morning I was very tired and sore after my operation
I had to return to work and school the next day i could not put a break into my schedule
As finals and graduation is this week so I had to just suck it up and deal with it the one thing I do find
Painful is I get constant heartburn since the day after the surgery it’s extremely odd but I’ve had it every night
And the ear pain is uncomfortable but everyone who is scared it is not that bad and I did have bleeding the 3 night I had bleeding I woke up choking on blood but I drank ice water and stopped it. Your breath is going to smell horrible not matter what you do clean your tounge brush brush or mouth wash gum it smells!
Good luck to everyone hope you have a good and easy experience/recovery like I did.
A bit worried I have my surgery on the 29th of may, I live by myself tho day 1-3 I will be spending at my friends place, all these things I’m reading is just freaking me out, could I get some suggestions on what food to eat in the first couple of days until I can start eating whole foods again, is yoghurt good? And I heard from my doctor that you should eat toast for a faster recovery why is this? And is it true?
Ok Jason first of all i have a feeling your making some or all of this up!!!! This is a page for people who are going or had surgery not a joke website, noway are you meant to eat anything dairy or offer sexual favours! im quite disturbed and disgusted by your comment my partner had a great surgery and couldnt talk properly for 6 days has been in pain but helped by the medications he is now on day 9 and feeling back to his normal self back at work and dancing around silly with the kids hopefully everyone heals well and soon
I’m 27 and going in on May 22nd to get rid of my massive tonsils and I just wanna say thanks to everyone on here. I’m so glad I know what’s coming. Thanks again x
Hi Im 28 just got my tonsils out last Friday May 4th 2012 so I’m on day 6. All I can say is the pain is much worse than I ever expected. I ended up in the e r on Monday because I could not hold any fluids down, pretty sure this was due to to pain meds and not able to eat anything solid. Also the moment I eat dairy I’m throwing up and believe me it hurts to swallow but anything coming back up is hell! I have been on water and ice chips. Every now and then I try to drink some juice but seems ice ice cold water feels the best. Other than the couple Popsicles, apple sauce, jello and the 2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes I got down last night, thats been all I can swallow! today I did manage to eat a bowel of mashed potatoes and it is still very painful but I’m not nauseas now and just forcing it down even though it is very painful. The best tip I have is to sit proped up if you can or in a recliner chair when you sleep. Ice packs are the best thing in the world! I planned on going back to work tomorrow and I have no idea what I was thinking so I took another week. My Dr. Did tell me two weeks and now I know why! Also take your meds every four hours even if you don’t think you need them! Even when I’m sleeping I set an alarm but Usually I wake up right at the 4 hour mark because I’m in so much pain. I’ve never been so miserable in my life and in so much pain. So far day 4 and 5 (last night) was the worst pain ever. Feel free to ask me any questions and good luck!
I am on day 7 and this was the worst pain i have ever been in. Up until day 5, i couldn’t talk. I wrote things on a dry erase board that I carried around. I have been nauseus for about a week which isn’t normal and have been vomiting over my scabs (soooo painful). So prewarning, ask your doctor for nausea medication for afterwards just incase. I’ve only been able to drink and eat very soft foods. And deffinately drink plenty of water, no matter how much it hurts. I had to make a run to the hospital for dehydration. I went for my check up today and the doctor said my scabs are starting to fall off. here comes the pain! good luck to anyone who is looking to get this surgery. im hoping its better in the long run!
Hi I’m 29 and had mine out on 26 th April and yes it is the worst ever but it does get better as long as u look after yourself well I found that sipping warm sweet tea was a god send on about day 6 and gargle with warm salt water it’s horrid but works wonders twice daily and also brush teeth twice a day a clean mouth is a healthy mouth and will aid your recovery . I have been living on toast and super noodles haha and the last two nights have managed a proper evening meal pain free yay and thoroughly enjoyed it . Ice lollies r great as well xx
I just want to give my story so if someone reads it will not be terrified as i was. So for 5 months i have had 6 positive strep tests. no matter what antibiotic i was on it would come back with a vengeance. i tried to do some research before hand and that is when the panic set in. i went in for my tonsillectomy and adenoids removed on 5/10/12. the doc said i had innie tonsils and the infection went all the way down throat. so this is my day 2 and all i have to say is it is not as bad as i thought it would be. i manage the pain with my meds usually every 4 hours but if it is bad i get half a dose in at the 2 hour mark. ice chips help with the swelling. drinking as much water as i can and have a humidifier next to my bed. i requested nausea meds so i was given one of those patches behind the ear. so far so good. i use a ice pack on my neck and jaw, mostly as preventative maintenance. i wish i could post a pic so people could see the difference and what to expect. i am still a bit nervous about day 5 when the scab decides to come out, but i think with keeping the throat hydrated and meds all should be okay (this is my hope anyway). well my meds just kicked in so if anyone has questions please feel free to ask.
Hi my name is Deana.. I am 4 days post op from
Having my tonsillectomy. Days 1 and 2 I was in severe pain. My ears were killing me as well as having a crupy cough. The 3rd day I was slightly feeling better and able to have ice pops and drink water easier even though it was still very painful. Today (day 4) I felt so great today still
Sore but I was able to get out a little bit. It still hurts to talk but my voice is almost back too. I know I’m still in the woods but do you think I’ll experience more severe pain in the next few days???
Im 18 and a few days into recovery. I got them out on Tuesday and I feel as though the pain has only gotten worse. I got very sick from the pain medicine prescribed so now I’m back to
Children’s tylenol which definitely doesn’t do the same. Vomiting with this surgery is definitely not pleasant so I’m happy to have changed medicines but I just wish I would work as well. I know I’m
Only a few days into recovery, but I’m giving up hope. I would have never expected this much pain from such a simple procedure. Any tips or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
The more you use the muscles in your throat the closer to recovey. I know it’s hard but it’s really true.
oh also i forgot to mention if anyone has a smartphone i downloaded an app that goes off every 4 hours. any timer and medicine reminder. so no need to keep resetting your alarm. definitely helping me out.
it’s day #10 for me. I was feeling great all day yesterday until maybe 6 pm when my throat started hurting again. Not sure, if it is from so much talking at work or scabs coming off but it wasn’t the same pain as when swallowing. It’s more like when you have a strep throat, and just raw. Oh, and sneezing hurts bad!!! Overall, it’s bearable, no ear pain, no pain in my jaw or my tongue anymore. I am not taking any pain medicine since Monday. Almost back to my normal food. Tried an orange today. Stings a little, but it was so delicious! I am hoping to be “normal” in a couple of days. I think worse is already behind. Don’t get discouraged! You can make it, just take it easy.
I had my tonsils out 10/5/12 so 48 hours ago, im in the UK and we are encouraged to eat toast and anything rough! In the last 24 hours ive eaten 3 slices toast some mcdonalds nuggets an ice lolly and some ice cream yes it hurts but they say eating rough helps break down all the rubbish at back of throat but im on co codamol every 4 hours and an anti inflammatry/painkiller every 8 hours constant water drinking also! Really Sore but not as bad as i thought just hope it gets no worse fingers crossed!
Hello everyone! I”m so glad I found this page. I just had my tonsils removed yesterday morning. So much pain but was able to eat applesauce and mashed potatoes the same day. Slushies really help too. I took two weeks off from work so I hope that will be sufficient enough being I have to talk on the phone constantly at work. I’m not in too much pain right now but have been reading that it gets worse. Is this true? Now I’m worried. Today is day two so we will see how it goes
Im a 23yr old female & had my tonsils & adenoids removed 5 days ago. Day 1 & 2 after surgery were no where near as bad as I had expected. I could drink, eat soft foods and even talk a little! Although my tounge has been swallow from surgery not able to open my mouth very far. Day 3-4… Yeah not so bad either, so I presumed I was on a speedy road to recover. Day 5- FORGET IT! I am having horrible horrible ear and jaw pains my tounge is sore, the pain spreads through your head like you have a horrible migraine and the pain medication is making me horribly nautious…. I feel for anyone who has or is going to have this operation
Hi all! I had surgery on April 23 which means I am day 20. I go for my post-op appointment on the 16th so I have not seen my doctor yet- though I was released to go back to work on Monday this week. I have been in constant pain the entire time. My voice is not loud enough to be audible at times- and I have horrible coughing attacks at least 5 times an hour. I am, however, able to eat anything I want. I have a hole in the back of my throat that I can feel air go in and out of. I have no idea what it is or if it is bad that I have it. I still feel the scabs rubbing on my ‘gag reflex’ and it makes me vomit occasionally. My energy is WAY low and I still have really bad ear pain and headaches daily. Is any or all of this normal for as far past surgery as I am?! I’m miserable.
Hello again all! Still on day 2 and today was a good day. Ate a lot of pudding and also some eggs. I even had some chicken and rice. Well that was a bad idea cause now my throat feels a little more sore than it was. my left ear is starting to hurt too. I just assumed I was lucky and was going to recover fast. Not! I’m back in the bed and about to take my tylenol with coedine…:(
Everything that was described in this articled fitted me like a T. A day or 2 after surgery I was like “huh, this isnt so bad. Like a bad sore throat.” I had no trouble drinking fluids at all. I felt like shit 4-6 pain everywhere, ear jaw etc. If you don’t have a neck pillow,GET IT! Gave me sooo much comfort, bc I tell you I hardly slept and when i did I had to sleep sitting up to avoid putting pressure on my swollen neck. I am day 12, still need pain pills but i’m slowly starting to eat again.