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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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 Kate May 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Im day 4 counting day 1 as day of surgery and have spent most of today crapping it about day 5 grr yea im sore now and hurts a lot but not looking forward to tomorrow at all! Has anybody escaped the day 5 thing going from ok ish and being ok on day 5-6 too

 Mike May 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I am on day 5 and I don’t things have been that bad but I am starting to get annoyed, it seems as things were getting better each day an have now plateaued. I have had no improvement between the last two days and today. The pain hasn’t been that bad or me as long as I don’t eat, I haven’t had anything other than Popsicles and jello since the surgery. I have a humidifier going so I don’t dry out and have been staying onthe pain meds. I originally had complications with mine, the doctor said they were stringy, he could not scrape them like usual he actually had to cut them out, I also had my uvula removed. I came back from surgery and could not stop bleeding they brought me back in then kept me over night.


 justin nieves May 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

R your uvula stiches bothering you? Mine feel like there prickling me everytime i saallow. And my left side ihurts like hell when j eat or drink or anything…any of this the same to you?

 Mike May 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

My left side does hurt but the uvula stitches don’t seem to bother. This has been a long road I figured more pain with less recovery. But it seems to be less pain and more annoyance with a long recovery.

 justin nieves May 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

Oh yes i def agree aboht the recovery. Maybe i just shifted my syiches a bit. I wish i could fast foward us all to weeks from now. Good luck and thanks!

 Kate May 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Well in my case the more i eat the better i feel, anything rough is good, ive been living off toast and dairylea dunkers however today i actually managed 2 roast potatoes and some yorkshire pudding my throat is still white but nowhere near as much as yesterday! Think i may be on the home straight but ill upsate again tomorrow on the dreaded day 5 eeeeek!!!

 Michelle May 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

Well I am glad to say that it looks like this hole at the back of my throat is closing up on its own. It seems to be getting smaller as each day passes, and it also looks like all the white scabs have gone.
Still feel really tired and worn out, but not as bad as I have been doing.
My throat hardly gives me any trouble at all, just hurts a little first thing in the morning and then very last thing at night.
Hope you are all having a smooth, speedy recovery.

 Ashley May 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

So I have chronic tonsillitis and I’m 19. My dr is recommending to have my tonsils taken out. He told me there will be a thick white scab. It grossed me out! Does the scab touch your tongue or anything? Like bother anyone at all other than hurting really bad? And also when it falls off do you swallow it or spit it out??? This is the only thing that makes me hesitant to having them out because that will make me throw up and I don’t wanna be throwing up when my throat hurts that bad even though when I get tonsillitis my tonsils are always swollen shut. I appreciate any advice!!

 Ben May 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I had mine removed on may 15th, so I am on day 5 now and the scabs haven’t fallen yet, but I heard you wouldn’t even feel the when you swallow them, or that’s what I’ve been told.
The scabs don’t really bother anyone at all, but they do hurt especially when they start falling off. it’s all worth it though, my tonsils were huge, to the point where I started snoring at night, and they interrupted my breathing patterns at night which is very bad, not to mention I went through hell and back when they got infected, so I do recommend removing them if yours are big as well.

Good luck

 Eric L. May 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

i’ve had tonsils that have had irregular shape with regularity over this past year and my ENT suggested that we remove them for my safety. this page was one of a dozen I scanned for tips on what to prepare for.

After reading the accumulated feedback here i nearly cancelled the operation. A lot of horrible take-aways. Well, i sucked it up and went ahead with the procedure about 72 hours ago. I am a 42 yo male and it’s bearable. I would put my pain at a manageable 3 or 4 out of 10. I understand that it might peak again when the scabs clear in the next few days or so. But my experience has been very survivable so far.

The mornings aren’t fun – because it’s when i’m least hydrated. I can also get a bit low if i’m feeling good get a little over-eager about eating solids – but everything has been survivable. My ENT has me on four liquid drugs: a generic Hycet (hydrocodone) for pain, Amoxicillin as antibiotic, a generic for Pediapred as steroidal, and a Lidocaine solution for occasional topical pain.

Staying on top of the meds and working overtime to hydrate is the trick. You will get bored of your food choices. We bought a new blender that does wonders with ice which has helped.

Here’s some of the food i’ve enjoyed: soups and broths with noodles and small grains. all manor of popsicles. Gatorade and Powerade. Coconut juice. Protein shakes. Jello. soft delicious Eggs in multiple forms. And to some extent pudding. I’m looking forward to mashed potatoes but haven’t tried it yet. I’m also going to add salmon and tuna to my diet in the near future.

My nurse sent me home from the hospital with an iced sleeve (scarf) to wrap around my jaw. She said one of her co-workers had done this when she had her tonsils out. My ice scarf has been very soothing. I’ve been using it with heavy rotation since the operation. It’s a cloth sleeve and i insert these frozen bead packs that are like strings of ice cubes inside them.

Chewing gum hasn’t done anything for me. I’m using a humidifier but it’s not in a confined space so i don’t know if that’s been of any help. I’ve been using a chin strap but i don’t know if it’s helping at all.

I really didn’t like Pedialyte, baby foods and Ensure.  I can see how and where they would have their benefits but I have more palatable and familiar solutions above.

For the time being, i’ve been sleeping on the couch, propped at an angle upright. It feels better to have all that throat gear lined up. I’m going to try sleeping horizontally in the next day or two.

I hope this helps give you a different perspective if you’re on overload. It’s been very manageable but not delightful. I can understand how with inadequate preparation or proper drugs that this could be a different situation but that’s where you need to stand up for yourself and do some research and ask good questions.
Best of luck.

 justin nieves May 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

I got mine out mah 7th….a week ago. So when i swallow on my left side i feel as if something is prickling me. It is very unfortable and painful. Has anyone else experienced this? I seriously cant wait till this is all over. I regret it at times but i guess its for the best.

 vongai May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

i had tonsillectomy done on the 9th of may.guys!if onlt i knew!my son then got admited bcz of tonsils on my day 2.imagine.the ryt side is stil sore wen i swallow but i tnk im recoverin nq

 DRE May 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hey my name is Dre im 30 years old …i had my tonsils removed May 2nd …. I’m on day 12 and i still can hardly eat. I tried eating some pizza last night and it was torture. The sharp pain i feel on the right side of my throat goes right to my ear. Its horrible. I I had to stop after 2 bites. Ive been surviving off juices and ensure since my surgery. Ive lost a ton of weight. I know everyone’s recovery times vary but i thought i would’ve been able to eat real food by now. I’m so hungry lol … Anyone have an idea when normal eating can resume??

 marie May 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

my doctor told me that I still can’t eat any “hard” food. and I’m also on day 12. You can eat pasta, rice, soups and other “soft” food, NOT PIZZA :) And probably you could eat normal for 2 weeks, coz adults needs 6 weeks for complete recovery :)

 GRace May 17, 2012 at 12:36 am

My doctor said room temperature noodles with lots of butter so it slides down but no sauce!

 mafel May 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

hi!i had my tonsillectomy last may 10,2012 under bipolar forceps on my 4th day now,i dont know but its weird that ive been reading awfully painful recovery from tonsillectomy,in my case is different. i was expecting i would be in very pain as ive read in the forums but surprisingly, i only felt like i am just having a normal sore throat which is soooo bearable,i dont have problems in sleeping,yeah its hard to swallow but manageable,ear pain is bearable. i opted to stay in the hospital overnight and right after i got out of the hospital my husband and i went straight to a movie cinema,the next days family and friends came brought pizza and i ate pasta and a bit of meats from pizza toppings.i dont if i just have a very high pain thrsehld or my doctor was just great,but who knows im only on my 4th day,tomorrow might be different tho. btw,my doctor gave me paracetamol,ibuprofen(liquid),augmentin 1g and tramal (pain reliever,as needed). i havent drink any pain reliever yet,basically i am really trying to avoid it,plus the pain i am experiencing is tolerable (hopefully till the end of my recuperation). i ate 1 bucket of ice cream,and super super cold water everytime and soup soup soup. i miss eating real food now tho…im wondering if i will ever feel the “pain” ive read in the forums.
here are some of my activities after op:

may 10: i woke up in my room at around 2 to 3 drank water spit blood
– had a chit chat with my sister and played with my kid
– night time,i was chitchatting with the nurse for like an hour
may 11: day of discharge
– right after i got out of the hospital my husband and i went to see a movie
may 12: i didnt do anything in the afternoon lay down watch a movie and on the evening family and friends came by and had a long chit chat with them,ate pizza and pasta
may 13: i cleaned our living room had a walk with my daughter in the park and prepare my husbands dinner
may 14: i did my gardening,water grass in ou lawn,applied fertilizer,now here and facebooking afterwards ;)
i am just wishing i wont experience the painful part of the healing process of tonillectomy….

 Sarah May 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Hi there, I’m 35 years old and was terrified after reading some of the comments here! But I felt prepared after reading loads of great tips. I’m now on day 11 and although it has been hard at times, thankfully it hasn’t been as bad as expected. Best of luck everyone…

Things that helped me:
Take meds on time and set alarm during the night
Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water
Popsicles are great for pain relief in between meds
Ice-packs great for pain relief around throat. Heated pads helped for ear-pain.
Try to brush teeth every day. Also I used non-alcoholic mouthwash. Stops mouth feeling so gross!
Chew gum. Helps keep muscles active and stops mouth feeling so stiff.
Eat soft solids as soon as you can. This is meant to speed up the healing process. From day 2 I was eating jello, scrambled eggs, toast, mac and cheese

Day 1 – 4: Very little pain, only when swallowing
Day 5 – 9: Very sore pain in the mornings, but water and meds soon sort this out. Pain on and off during the day but bearable
Day 10: Very sore in the morning. But no more pain throughout the day, so I came off the meds
Day 11: Still a bit sore in the morning but stayed off the meds

 anonymous May 15, 2012 at 2:14 am

Would eating honey help after a Tonsillectomy to soothe the throat?

 marie May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

yes, it would… especially sage honey…

 Chloe May 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

Today is day 7 for me, I have had a very hard time, I have asthma and for 24 hours after the anaesthetic I was on an oxygen machine, I got released on day 3, I have not ate anything as on day 5 I went to doctors as I kept being bringing up mucus, turned out I had an infection in my throat, now I’m on prescribed morphine in absolute agony and can’t talk, in this week I have lost almost 26 pounds! It’s crazy, now just started today is I keep coughing and it is like a sharp pain and a tickle in my throat I’m not having much luck at all, and the worst thing is, is its my birthday on Saturday and at this rate I’ll be spending it in my bed!

 nicole May 15, 2012 at 7:22 am

hi there im 16 years old and only on my 5th day! i wake up early hours of the morning in so much pain! It feels like it will never end! my birthday is in 2days which is so annoying as ill be in pain and wont be able to eat!I just hope the pain goes soon!

 Yelena May 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

day 13. I am still feeling pain as if I am having a bad sore throat. Last night I had to dig for my wedge pillow because I woke up choking on something. Apparently, I cannot longer sleep on a normal, low pillow, it feels weird. When I check my throat it seems pink everywhere in the middle but I can tell that there are some hidden scabs to the sides. A good news- I can eat anything I want, no problem whatsoever and I no longer get tired. Worked 8 hrs today, it was an OK day. Still cannot talk for long periods of time, so I am glad that my job does not require all day on the phone.

 Lori May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’m 35 years old. Had my outpatient surgery on the 9th. I’m on day six. I have white scabs. It hurts when I swallow my saliva, so much so, I prefer to spit. I can only eat and drink after I’ve taken my pain medication, and even then I can only eat mashed potatoes, broth, oatmeal, or applesauce. I use baby food to mix my pain meds in. Eating anything with dairy causes a thick mucus to form and I feel like I’m choking. I can only sleep in 2 hour increments. I have the most pain in my ears and at in my jaw, which are most severe in the morning and at night before I go to bed.

 Cbrooks May 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

Lori- my experience was very similar re: spitting, ear and jaw pain and dairy. One thing that helped the ear and jaw pain was laying on a ice pack as I was falling asleep. I’m 18 days post op and it does get better!

 Ben May 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I’m on Day 12, and I am still experiencing pain beyond what advil alone can treat (Throat and Ears). I’m almost out of my 3rd script for Lortab and trying to decide if I should ask for another. Right now I want to take what would be my last dose, but fear I may need it more later. I’m sitting at work with an ice pack on my neck and wishing I had a bit more. Would asking for one more prescription be appropriate?

 Ben May 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Well, just gave in and called in for a prescription refill. My experience was this: Came home from surgery pretty doped up and in some pain. Pain got worse that afternoon and I just took my meds and drank down what I could (water, ice coffee, smoothies), and had some light soups. To avoid Dairy I went with Soy Ice Cream, which was great. Really enjoyed the Green Tea flavor.

It is very true that the more water you drink, the better off you’ll be. As I progressed I got more daring with foods (Salmon, turkey, even some bacon and eggs), but on about Day 8, after returning to work, my pain started to pick up again. I think this was because the scabs had started to go. Day 9 found me with throat pain, ear pain, and headaches. I continued drinking water and returned to smoothies. By Day 11, I was eating better but still experiencing throat and ear pain, especially in the mornings.

Everyone who advises lots of water, remembering to wake up and take your meds, and icing your neck as much as possible is on the right track. Beware of pain ramping up towards the end. The horizon is in sight for me. Hope to be pain-free soon.

 Ben May 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Day 13. Much Better. A couple more scabs went, and I’m down to having one visible one left. I feel several notches better. Haven’t had any meds today. Now it just feels like your run of the mill sore throat.

 Kyle May 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I am on day 7 of recovery and to be quite honest my recovery has been far less painfull than I expected. i have been eating ramen noodles and popcicles from day one. I have even eaten chinese lo mein and had pizza last night. im not gonna lie i think the pizza might have been a little over kill but i was able to eat it. I feel that my throat is still pretty sore and for the first few days my uvula was swollen and felt like it was in the way of everything. Now the swelling has gone down and I dont feel like im going to swollow it anymore lol. I have tried to go without taking pain meds but i only last about an hour in the morning before i give in and just take some. so all in all this hasnt been the most horrible thing i have gone through and i was freaking out cuz it was my first ever surgery.

 Matt May 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

post op day 6. my tonsils were huge when they were removed and I had tonsilitis and strep multiple times. I’m not quite sure why but my recovery so far hasn’t been as painful as I expected. And I have a low pain tolerance.. its different for everyone. one thing I did do was drink a LOT of Ensure (well, a generic CVS brand) which seemed towork very well. popsicles were the second best. Followed by gatorade. Water was actually pretty hard to get down.. I have woken up in the middle of the night from pain so make sure to take your pain meds before bed and even set an alar for every 4 hours for each dose.. definitely helps. good luck and hope for a speedy recovery for all!

 Tara May 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I’m at the end of day 5 and the worst thing for me has been not knowing how long it will take to fully recover. Everyone seems to have different answers and I just want it to be over now. I have a feeling that my recovery may take awhile because the operation is meant to take 45mins but the surgeon took 1and1/2hr because of the damage. The pain so far has been manageable but doesn’t seem to be improving as the days go on just kind of good one day and bad the next. When i was let out of the hosp I was given ibuprofen and panadol for pain but it did nothing at all, then I tried tramadol but only for one day because it was actually my mothers and she only gave it to me because the doc office was closed. Anyway then I tried disolvable solpadol which so far has been great. it says to disolve 2 tabs and drink it back but i can only sip so i mix it in a bottle and sip through the day, it really works for me, I’m not eating much at all but I’m drinking a bit so thats good. Havent looked in my throat tho cuz i can barely open my mouth with stiff jaw, and my ears hurt like a donkey kick to the face.

 Aggie May 16, 2012 at 1:51 am

I’m on the 5th day and hurts like hell. First couple days were a breeze but then pain started to kick in.
The pain wouldn’t be that bad if it was just the throat but my ears and neck are killing me.
Taking my meds every 4 hrs and over prescribing as well which is bad but I feel I can’t manage otherwise.
I’ve been living off basically nothing which is not good but have tried managing soup, ice cream and water.
I haven’t been able to pass excrement either but I think that’s down to the pain killers but it’s getting me down.
Wish I knew if the pain would ease around the weekend but everyone on here says different, I’m really worried
As I have work again on the 28th and spend all day on phone.
Fingers crossed the pain subsides. There have been some good tips on here, I recommend not talking much
As it makes the pain worse for me.
If anyone is thinking about getting this done, make sure you have tonsillitis A LOT as I wouldn’t have had this done if I’d known I would be in this amount of pain. Good luck to you.

 Eric L. May 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’m on…. day 6? Spirits are very high at the moment. Morning of day 4 and 5 were bad and today was a little dicey. Two reasons for this, 1: by day 4 sleep depravation had caused me to feel fatigued all the time; and i was beginning to go longer and longer between hydration. So mornings would be the driest.

I find sipping a little bit of water very slowly in the mornings helps to prime things and then as soon as i can i make a dash for the meds.

I ran some errands today, gave the dogs a bath etc. Starting to ween myself off full-time hydrocodone and continue to stumble around the edges of my diet in order to find food that tastes less like jello. taking tiny bites of normal food and then chasing it with water has been the best trick.

I get that there will be another round of suck when the scabs come down but right now i feel somewhat happy that all of this has been navigable. It might get worse again but at least i know that it’s generally getting better.

Best of luck to the rest of you!

 Tina May 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I am now on day 6 of recovery, day 1 was surgery. Day 5 was the most unbearable for me, the pain was unreal. My throat and ears were a mess. I did not eat at all and just woke up for pain meds. Today, day 6….doesn’t seem like it will be much better. My tounge feels swollen and my throat and ears hurt. I hate taking the pain meds and doing nothing but sleeping all day but it seems like it’s my only choice. I hope for day 7 to be better.

 Louie May 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I am 19 on day 6 and to be honest day 3 and 4 were miserable, but the first 2 days weren’t that bad. Day 5 and 6 still suck, but aren’t as dreadful. The pain isnt bad as long as I am not eating. I went rushing to eat because my throat didn’t feel so bad and than a rush of pain hit me. But I feel as if I got past the worst part and only going to be getting better from her on out. Knock on wood. So sorry if Hurd on day 3 or 4 but hang in there haha.

 Louie May 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Youre* on day 3 or 4 *

 Christina May 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

i’m on day 6 and so far day 4 and 5 were the worst. my problem is i have an anti-nausea patch on but i still feel nauseous. i have been trying to ween off pain pills taking it only in the a.m. and p.m.. i take Advil in between. like i said the pain is controlled i just feel sick to my stomach.any advise?

 Brittney May 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Im 21 and got my tonsils out May 10th. I had tonsilitis quite frequently and my tonslils were cronicly swollen. So i decided to have them taken out. I did some research to see what the recovery was like, since i heard it was harder on adults. But, i decided to have them out anyways. Surgery went very well, no bleeding, so i went home. Where im from, they consider a tonsillectomy an out patient procedure. Soo, i went home. I wasnt in too much pain, since i still had the anestetic in me. But the day after my surgery, i started throwing up from the pain killers i was on, and the pain killers didnt even touch the pain i was in. Ive never been in so much pain in my life. So i was rushed back into the ER, thinking that my scabs in my throat split from throwing up… My ER doctor told me i was extremely dehydrated and needed to be admitted. I stayed in the hospital for three days, and took pain meds via IV because i couldnt swallow a thing. And my throat has been so full of mucus lately, i have to keep an extra cup by me to spit into. Every time i tried to swallow, whatever i swallowed would promptly come back up. Day 4 was the first day i could swallow anything. I started with water, and then some applesauce. Since i could swallow by my self, i was discharged from the hospital. Ive been home for three days and the pain is on the verge of unbearable. Ive been taking vicoden, some tylenol, and motrin. But nothing seems to help me. :( Ive found mornings and nights are the worst. I try to do all of my eating around 5:00 pm. Thats the time i find the pain to be at the least. Yesterday i managed to eat a skinless hot dog. And im paying for it today. I was awake all night because i couldnt sleep from the pain. I put an ice pack on my throat, and it made it somewhat tolerable. The only thing i can eat comfortably are slushies and water. I can deal with the not eating, but the pain im feeling is nauseating. I just want to be out of pain. If i could go back in time, i would cancle my surgery. Dealing with swollen tonsils was way better than dealing with recovering from this surgery from hell.

 Rea May 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

I think that’s a slight over reaction to the surgery. Dealing with chronically swollen tonsils and tonsillitis is extremely detrimental to your health in the long run. I think you just need to calm down and bear it a bit longer until the pain passes. I’ve had this surgery done and it really wasn’t that bad.

 patti salva May 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

my 19 yr old daughter is having hers out tommorrow, no citrus ,no anything w/ red food coloring no dairy, no ice cream, rice ?her tonsils were absessed how come others can get ice cream,theres so much jello,without red food coloring!

 Monise Jai May 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

The dairy causes a really thick build up of mucus in the back of your throat… she’ll feel like she is choking on spit… no dairy !

 Jimmy May 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hey everyone, im on day 7, i took them out of may 9th along with my uvula. I can say the first 5 days were absolute hell but im feeling much better now. I have only been able to survive on ice chips, popscicles, ice cream and water. The problem in facing now if notmthe pain since most if it has gone away but everytime i try and drink any liquid, wether it be water, gatorade, juice, if i take more than one gulp it starts to come out my nose? This has never happened before and is becoming very unconfortable since i cant really drink anything so im always thirsty. Any ideas?

 Melissa May 17, 2012 at 5:02 am

I was doing that too, so weird. I actually sit up and keep the water in my mouth until I can tilt back my head. It keeps the water from coming back up the nose, at least for me. Good luck!

 GRace May 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

I had my surgery this morning. I am 19 and after reading all these comments I’m super scared!!! I’m just drinking water and eating Popsicles. Mostly everyone has said something about day 4 being the worst so now I’m not looking forward to that. And hopefully I can sleep. I don’t feel to bad right now because of the anesthesia still in my system. But hopefully everything goes well!

 GRace May 17, 2012 at 1:10 am

And how do I prevent from getting nauseated from the codine//Tylenol? And tips?

 Christina May 17, 2012 at 3:04 am

the only way i can think of for the nausea is call your doctor and call in medicine. i got the patch behind my ear and change it every 3 days. i have my moments when i still feel sick but just drink water and a few hours it passes. good luck.

 Brittney May 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I know they say not to consume dairy, but if you drink a glass of milk with your pain medicine, it will settle way better than on a watery/empty stomach. It makes your mouth phlegmy, but what i did was keep an extra cup around to spit the phlegm into when i took my pain meds while drinking the milk Trust me. It helpled me a lot. I was taking pain meds on a watery stomach and i puked and had to go back to the ER bc my scabs split.

 Melissa May 17, 2012 at 4:58 am

I had my tosillectomy yesterday, and so far so good. I am 35 years old, and was really worried about everything that I was reading on here. The suggestions were the most helpful- I think that being prepared prior to the surgery is important. Stay hydrated, I actually can’t sleep more than an hour at a time, but I didn’t have the throat pain in the morning that I read about, so I guess that it has been helpful not to sleep. I had my alarm set every 4 hours, and I definitely say that taking your meds on time is a good idea. My doctor didn’t prescribe antibiotics, I am just taking Tyelenol with codeine, and prednisone to decrease the swelling. I made a apple juice slush that I am also eating with a spoon, and the lightly toasted bread saturated with butter is good. I also have been having noodles with butter and a little garlic salt, it doesn’t seem to bother my mouth. My doctor told me to chew sugarless gum, not minty- and this helps with the ear pain. I have a humidifier in the room (I am sleeping in our spare room to keep the humidity confined). I also have an ice pack that I put around my neck, which feels good, too. I am not looking forward to the dreaded day 5, but so far everything is tolerable. I have been taking Benedryl to try and sleep, but I can still only sleep for 1 hour at the most for some reason. I will try camomile tea with honey to see if that helps, any other sleeping suggestions?

 Monise Jai May 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I am an 20 year old female, and I am post-op day 11 and I must say there is a God ! I stopped taking my pain meds around day 7 (simply because my quack dr did not give enough pain meds and refused to a refill ONLY 7 DAYS POST OP UGHHH) Which sucked ! My pain is minimal.. I only feel pain when I eat, but yawning and sneezing are the worst ! Dealing with tonsilitis is actually better than recovery from the surgery. I wish I had just kept my tonsils and maybe have had the laser tonsillectomy, which doesn’t involve actually removing the tonsils but smoothing the surface to prevent the tonsilitis infections. I wonder will I ever be able to dig into a buffet ever again.. The most frustrating part of recovery is when you start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, in thinking you can eat again .. put forth a good effort

 Amy May 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I got mine tonsils removed on the 14th. I didn’t sleep more than 4 hours the first day, it was horrible. The anestesia didn’t make me sick I just couldn’t sleep for some reason. Day two seemed okay, until because i barely ate the past two days I threw up all the gatorade and water in my body. That was painful. I am still unsure of why I threw up, I feel that I swallowed some blood in my sleep and because I hadn’t eaten. This morning is day 4 and I feel really strange today. On and off I have nausea, and its harder to swallow. I cant sleep, every time I doze off I wake up feeling like Im about to hurl. I think Ill call my doctor…

 Amy May 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

btw Im 22 years old. Any suggestions for my nausea?

 Lannah May 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

It could be from your pain medication. Pain medication really messed up my stomach. Try drinking a glass of milk with your pain medication. Milk made me phlegmy, but it was better than puking up all of my meds.

 Kate May 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Im on day 8 if you count surgery day as day 1, day 7 if not! I had surgery on 10th may and this is the best ive felt! I have eaten since day of surgery mostly things that are rough! In my opinion this is the best thing to do, hardly any scab left at all now and am almost swallowing properly again only having meds first thing in morn and last thing at night! Voice is still hoarse but feeling good earache is bearable think im definately through the worst, yes its been tough but not as bad as was expecting after reading on here before surgery! day 5 & 6 def worst but all in all pain reached a peak at 6 out of 10 on these 2 days!

 Steph May 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

So I had my tonsils removed Monday morning and I’m in so much pain now I’m starting to have headaches and my ears are aching now. Not sure what I should do about the ears. The meds help when I take it but people keep telling me not to take it much so I don’t become addicted so I only take it twice a day. I keep producing more saliva which I can’t seem to swallow because of pain. When am I going to get better.

 Amy May 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

If youre in pain take the medicine. You wont get addicted if youre in actual pain. I get the ear pain as well and I find that an ice pack helps the most. Also to lay somewhere quiet and try to sleep. I didnt sleep the first two days, but thats getting better now. I actually got mine out on monday as well! Im just starting to feel weak today because Im not eating very well. I hear once you’re past the 7th or 8th day you start to feel much better. But taking your medicine every four hours is really important to stay comfortable.

 Lannah May 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I had the same problem. I was producing sooo much extra saliva i didnt know what to do with it all! Spit the extra saliva out my Dr. told me. Too much saliva can make your stomach upset.

 Amy May 18, 2012 at 4:42 am

Ive been spitting all night to avoid another nausea spell. My doctor also got me a prescription for anti nausea medicine. Ill see if it works in an hour or so.

 Laura May 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Had my op on Monday – 14th May. I stayed in overnight but wasn’t told why. If anyone is due to have their’s out try taking manuka honey for a week beforehand and then during recovery. It helps and if I take a spoonful before eating and taking my med’s I seem to be ok, plus the sugar helps balance the bland diet of toast…or even spread it on toast! Everything tastes disgusting so I’d advise sticking to toast and dry cereal. No milk as it creates a phlem paste which is not helpful when trying to sleep. I have also used vicks before sleeping which seems to help with the breathing during sleeping. Also, don’t be surprised if you have a bloody nose. It’s got to go somewhere as it’s all connected at the back of the throat.

 Sonja May 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Got my tonsils out this morning. As soon as I woke up I was hungry! I ate a popsicle, some jello and a little bit of a slushy. Then after another couple hours I ate some mash potatoes. I nibbled on them then put them in the fridge about an hour later I tried nibbling on them again, because I was about to take more meds and didn’t want to feel sick. I didn’t warm them up and they were actually really good LOL :) now I’m laying in my recliner watching Netflix and dozing off. So far day 1 has been ok. I wish the whole recovery process was like this, but I know the dreaded day 5 is ahead of me…

 Sonja May 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

What helps with the nausea? I don’t want to throw up, but feel really queasy :(

 kathy May 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

I got my tonsils out this morning. Before getting them taken out I would get throat infections often and my doctor looked at me and said that on a scale 0 to 4 I was a 3.5. My uvula is about 4 times its normal size. Basically I’m miserable. Hopefully this ends soon. I’ve been sticking to the pain meds even though they taste disgusting. They aren’t really doing much right now. Good luck to everyone else’s recovery goes well.

 Justin May 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’ll begin by saying that I am 26 years old and I have had chronic sore throats, some sleep apnea, and issues with breathing and more recently, talking, over the last year plus. My doctor said he’d never seen tonsils as big as mine. To make matters worse, I could feel my tonsils touching the back of my mouth.

I got my tonsils taken out on May 11th, so it’s been almost a week. I have had a very mixed bag of experiences and I thought honestly this would be like every other injury or surgery I’ve ever had and I would simply power through it. Boy was I wrong. I was out of it on Day 1, so not much to report there. On Day 2, I was feeling pretty good. My energy was high, and the pain was manageable, I even went out to do a little shopping with my Mom. I couldn’t talk much, and after a short while I became very tired. Day 3 I was sore, tired, and couldn’t eat or drink much. The night was the worst though. I felt sick to my stomach and feverish. Since then every other day has been good or bad with no in between. I have had terrible ear aches, my jaw was sore at times, I’ve had indigestion, plenty of fatigue and I didn’t even try talking much until about day 5. Day 7 was pretty bad all things considered. I couldn’t sleep and I’ve all sorts of aches and pains in my jaw, ears, head and even my chest. Over the week, I have napped constantly and watched a ton of movies. I don’t know if I’ve lost weight or not. If I had to guess, I probably did as the amount of food I’ve eaten in the last week amounts to one indulging day of eating. A couple hours ago I experienced something new. I started bleeding. I was concerned initially, but it slowed down and has since stopped. I read that that is pretty normal by this time as the scabs do come off and I think that’s what happened as I don’t see the white sores in the back of my mouth anymore.

If there’s any advice I can give it’s to simply to drink a ton of water, eat what you’re capable of eating the don’t skimp on the meds no matter what. Hopefully things go well from here and I can resume my normal routine within a matter of days.

 justin N. May 19, 2012 at 3:50 am

Got mine take out on the 7th. So its been a little under 2 weeks. My worse time were days 5 and 6. My best advice is rest, stay hydtated and just wait it out. I was miserable and regretted the surgery but i am now pai. Free except the ocasional soarness but even that is no biggy. There is def a light at the end of all this and i now sleep talk breath eat and look better. Hang in there guys!! Good luck and i wish u all speedy recovery! GB

 Amy May 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

Did anyone else have a very sore tongue a few days post op? Im on day 5 and the back of my tongue hurts so bad. especially after i take my liquid medicine. I dont understand! I also still have some nausea even though im on an anti nausea medicine. Im so over this!

 Sonja May 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Day 3 and I’m coughing up phlem is this normal?

 Kathy May 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

it’s day 3 for me and my experience has been either great or awful. talking is really hard and my uvula is about the size of a grape. I have a massive amount of phlegm in my throat still that I can’t get out. If I try to spit it up, sometimes it feels like I’m going to rip my uvula off and it hurts incredibly badly. However, if I don’t talk or swallow, there’s virtually no pain. But… sadly that doesn’t do much in helping me recover quickly. Last night, I was nauseous all night long due to the drainage of phlegm and not eating enough.

I’m basically terrified of when these scabs are going to fall off. My doctor made it seem like I’d be fine within a week and I was planning on taking a visit to my grandparents’ house on the 23rd (day 7), but I’m starting to wonder if I’ll be able to. Or if I’ll even be able to go back to work when I told them I could, which is the 27th (day 10). Definitely not the experience I expected. I was told by multiple people that had tonsillectomies that they were just like bad sore throats and that you’d feel better before you knew it but this is definitely worse than any sore throat I’ve had. The fact that this is just the beginning is terrifying. Hopefully everyone else’s recovery is going smoothly. I’m just praying that this gets better.

 Tina May 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

Today is day 9 for me and I’m still in pain. I can tell it’s getting a little better though. My throat is often dry and it hurts so much to swallow. The codeine burns when I swallow it so I’m guessing my scabs are going to come off soon. I was able to go out to the store today but tired very quickly. I am hoping tomorrow is a little better. I’m looking forward to eating normal foods again.

 Luis December 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

I believe the best riedeems for arthritis is the exercise like walking or even better- swimming. This helps the joints and introduces the mobility and the recuperation process. I agree with you about natural riedeems like ginger or perhaps natural fruits.Thank you for this post- I really enjoyed reading itT.J.

 sarah May 20, 2012 at 6:19 am

I am on day 4 with day 1 being surgery day. I am in a rediculous amount of painwhich worsens with swallowing,hiccups,etc. I’m 30 and put this off for over 4 yrs so would recommend doing this sooner than later! I had to get mine cut out and stiched with sutures vs. Scrapping them. I’m ready for day 14 and any kind of real food!

 vanessa May 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

hi every one i had my tonsiles revoved may 16 2012 nd my family wants to go to the beach is it bad to be exposed to the sun?

 Danette May 21, 2012 at 3:28 am

I am having my tonsils removed Tuesday and I am nervous as heck. I just got braces last Wednesday and now tonsils I am so afraid right now. I have been reading all these comments and some ease my mind. I am 41 and I am so afraid.

 Eric L. May 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It’s a little rough Danette but it won’t be as bad as the internet horror stories that you’ve seen. It won’t be fun but this too shall pass. Make sure to do as much prep work as you can so you don’t have to think about the first few days at home. :)

 Eric L. May 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Day … 11? for me, and i’m feeling pretty good. ENT said everything was textbook and it was just a waiting game, when we talked a few days ago. I’m off the meds now. Day 9 was when my sleeping started to return to normal and the mornings became a LOT less work.

I’m told my tonsils were the size of golf balls and that it might take longer for me to sluff the scabs. so there might be another week of waiting on that. gulp.

My spirits are pretty good and it wasn’t nearly as bad as i feared. Thanks fall for the great recommendations about diet and how to ease things.

Heal well.

 Jan May 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

After a year of getting strep throat every month the doctor suggested tonsil removal. I am 54 years old.
I am on day 21. The first two weeks were rough, but I made it thru. Still eating soft foods and every thing tastes terrible. Will food start to taste normal again soon?

 Amy: 22 years old May 22, 2012 at 4:41 am

I had a massive bleed on my left side today (day 7). Had to get emergency surgery and get it cauterized. My doc cauterized both sides to be safe. It was a horrible day. But I feel so much better. it only happens to 1 – 2 percent of cases. I hope no one else has this problem. They also pumped my stomach because there was so much blood in it and I also had some in my lungs. I had two IVs incase they needed to give me more blood. Not a good day. I hope to recover fully now.

 Kathy May 22, 2012 at 5:42 am

Today is Day 5 for me and it’s probably the most painful as well. I thought the scabs might be starting to come off since the spot back there feels different than it did any other day but I feel I might be a bit premature in thinking this. It tastes different too, but there has been no blood yet. Maybe they are just starting to rub off? I was bad yesterday and cut up a small piece of turkey thigh and had that for dinner. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt very much at all swallowing. Any feedback on when anyone else’s scabs began to come off?

Yesterday was pretty crappy. I ended up vomiting yesterday morning from what I think is swallowing too much phlegm and spit without enough food. It was nearly as painful as I expected so that was a relief. My throat was super sore afterwards though, but when I thought I was well enough to take my painkillers, that helped a lot. Throughout the whole day I was very dizzy and faint. I went to the local vegetable market with my dad and probably pushed myself too far, as I was getting very dizzy and had to sit down. I am fairly sure this was due to not eating anything.

Back to the recap of Day 5, I’m still in college classes right now so I went to half of each of my 4 hours classes this morning and afternoon. I was fine until I was nearing the end of the afternoon class when I realized that my scabs felt different. I was also very tired. By the time I got home, my throat was hurting much more, but yet again, painkillers knocked that out fairly well. Hopefully I didn’t jump the gun in eating those little pieces of turkey (and when I say little, I mean I cut them into pieces smaller than a centimeter and chewed them for a solid minute.) I’m probably gonna take tomorrow off for school since my throat is more sore than usual. While I’m in pain, it’s a relief to notice a change. I was starting to get pretty discouraged since it was Day 3-4 and I hadn’t noticed anything changing at all. Hopefully everyone else’s recovery is going well and we’re all back to normal soon enough!

Oh, and I’d also like to recommend protein shakes. I bought a six pack yesterday. Every day since the operation, I’ve felt faint or dizzy at least once and ever since I had my protein shake yesterday and today, I haven’t felt that way at all! Also, protein promotes healing so hopefully this speeds up my recovery. :) ))

 Sonja May 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

Day 5 I just looked in the back of my throat and it was like a whiteish gray yesterday now one spot is darker like an actual scan is this normal?? I didn’t think the scabs got that dark. Now I’m freaking out :(

 Sonja May 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

Scab not scan

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