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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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 Jenna May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I’m on day five since my tonsilectomy and I’m doing just fine. Yes it hurts, but if you stay on top of your pain meds there is no issue with pain. Even if I’m a little late taking the pain Meds it just hurts like a bad sore throat. The biggest problem I have had is when my saliva gets stringy. I think this happens when I eat sugary things. The Popsicles feel good but they make my saliva stringy and difficult to swallow/get out from the back of my throat. I try to spit out as much of that saliva as I can. Coconut water has been great for keeping me hydrated. Also a water bottle with a straw is helpful. Always have something to drink right next to you in bed. My mom takes me for a walk around the block once a day with helps get me moving. Showering is a good idea and helped me feel more normal. Keep ice around your neck as often as possible. Brush your teeth and gently brush your tongue to help avoid getting thrush. If your tongue begins to turn white, mix a little mouth wash with water and dip your tongue in it. Do not gargle! I think that’s all the advice I have for now….not sure how much longer my recovery will be but IT’S NOT THAT BAD!!!! Don’t get scared. You will get through it and I already know that the surgery was worth it.

 Jenna May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Im a 22 year old female, by the way.

 Darren May 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi jenna glad you`re doing good :) I was told to stay in the house after my op so is it helping you going out?

 Darren May 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Im on day 2 after my op and to be honest im just keeping everthing as normal, im eating normal foods but making sure they are not hot just warm. Also drinking plenty of ice water and and splitting my meds up by taking opposite every 2 hours instead of every 4 and to be honest im not having any pain at all at the mo which is good :) still drinking tea and coffee also but when its warm. I think eating hard foods is helping alot more than eating soft foods. I think it speeds up your recovery so just try to eat something hard atleast once a day, good luck :)

 Darren May 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Also i find that massaging my jaw is helping.

 Tina May 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

Today was day 11 for me and I must say the worst is finally over!!!!! My scabs are still there and it still hurts when i swallow but the pain is not as bad as it was. It feels like I have strepth throat now, my throat is very sore and i still cannot eat too much. I ate a little steak today and it hurt like hell when I swallowed but boy was it worth it! The humidifier in my room is a big help and I keep water on my nightstand because my throat is really dry. I was able to clean a lot today and took my pain meds just once. I return to work on Saturday and am hoping I am 100 percent by then.

 McDougall May 23, 2012 at 8:03 am


I’m writing mainly for reassurance and to ask whether or not I am being melodramatic! I am now day 8 post-op, and I feel as if I am never going to recover. I am suffering with the most mind blowing ear pain, and swallowing anything makes me jump around the room and punch walls in agony! I’m also worried because today I run out of meds, and I don’t know if I will be able to cope without them. Initially I was prescribed antibiotics and pain relief and mouthwash by the hospital. The pain relief and mouthwash ran out on day 5 and I had to return to the hospital and get more, but they did not prescribe anymore antibiotics. I was advised that after the second prescription, they would not prescribe more and pain relief and once it had gone, that was it! To add to the problem, I had to return to work on day 6 post op, my job involves 12 hour shifts and a lot of talking! I am managing to sleep well albeit interrupted by the need to cough every so often, but the sleep is the least of my worries – I am getting vibes from my partner that I am ‘milking’ the situation and that I really should be recovered by now, when initially she had been really supportive. I am having regrets about having had the procedure done at all, and am starting to feel very depressed about the whole situation – especially about the speed of recovery. I have also not been to the toilet in 10 days, which is definitely a new record for me – however I am passing water ok although it is a strain to do so. Can anyone please help to put my mind at rest? I feel a visit to the doctor will only result in him telling me not to be so silly, which will make me feel worse!! Thanks to all – McDougall

 Eric L. May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

pain is a very personal thing. if you are in it: then you should probably do something about it. call your doctor and get more liquid pain meds. working 12hrs on day 6 was probably not the healthiest thing for you. Constipation is pretty frequent after tonsil surgery but you need to treat it; get some laxatives. You should confirm all this with your doctor.

finally, illness can be very difficult on relationships. recovery from this procedure takes quite a bit of time. you both need to be patient and understanding with each other.

best of luck. you’re on the mend but do something to address your conditions rather than suffering in isolation. heal well.

 ziggy June 1, 2012 at 5:35 am

Day 14 I still couldn’t talk and the pain had only subsided a little, my partner was over it too when I complained i was so sore and tired still. It feels like it will never end, its been 4 weeks for me now and today even now i still get a sharp jabbing pain in my ears, driving me crazy today. I saw my surgeon last week and he informed me it will still be a good 3 weeks before i am 100% again. i understand what you are saying i’m starting to feel very hyperchondriac right now but i know pain when i feel it. By the stage you are at over the counter pain meds should be enough to ease your pain by now. Hope you start to feel better soon :)

 Makenzie June 5, 2012 at 3:46 am

Hi there. I know I am a few days behind, but I don’t think you are being dramatic at all. I tend to think that I have a pretty high pain tolerance. I am on day 6 post-op today and I am still struggling. I have had ups and downs since the operation, but it has been terrible at times. I hope you are feeling back to normal by now,

 Karl May 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I’m 46 years old and had my tonsils removed May 18th, making this Day 6 and I’m still feeling well. I was fine the first two days (day of surgery and next day) but the third day was the worst to this point, so I took a 4 hour nap during the afternoon. I haven’t restricted my activities too much and feel well enough to do most anything – it just feels like a normal sore throat that I’ve had numerous times before. I have been able to work from home this week and I’ve kept up with a normal regimen (email, presentations, etc). My sleep has been affected by the pain at night so I’m only sleeping in 2-3 hour periods, getting up to use bathroom, take meds or let the puppy out to do his business. It is certainly bearable and I strongly recommend getting this procedure done if you have recurrent symptoms like I did.
– Drink water as much as possible. I’ve expanded into warm tea and coffee but mostly stayed with water. This has made me use the bathroom frequently but I’m not dehydrated, which is the biggest concern.
– Eat soft foods like Jello, pasta, etc. My wife has made chicken soup, chicken alfredo, and we even ate some pasta with a creamy red sauce last night with no issues. In total, I’ve lost about 7 pounds so far.
– Talk as little as possible. Over the first two days, I felt so good that I just probably overexerted myself a bit and paid for it on the third day.
– Take it easy and listen to your body – if you don’t feel like it, don’t do it.
I’m traveling for business next Tuesday (will be day 12) so I’m interested to see how that plays out but I’m hopeful all will be OK. I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow and we’ll see what the doctor says but so far, so good.

 martha May 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

Hello all
Im sorry to hear you are not getting the support. Your pain is def not made up.
I am 29 and am on day 9 after my surgery and I will say I am still in pain, I have been back in forth to the ER because of the pain and swelling, they gave me a cortizone shot on day 4 and on day 7 they gave me Medrol steroid medication, which helped with the pain but as the effects wore off I started to feel tight chest and loss of breath. So I didnt take it this morning. However, this morning I also woke up with an earache, I took ibuprofen and that helped. I was able to stop the percocet on day 7. I have been taking the ibuprofen instead. Today, I had some soup, and I will try and have boil eggs. Some say to try hard foods as it helps the healing process, the pain is to unbearbale to do such. I do suggest you drink alot of water, because I have had no bleeding which I have read can be a problem.
I had to take this week off of work as well. I am hoping that by day 11 I will be recovered. During this process I have really wished I hadnt had the surgery and just dealth with the throat infections. Hopefully this is worth it in the end. Good luck to all in there recovery process.

 Kathy May 24, 2012 at 4:44 am

I’m on Day 7 now and must say, I think the worst is behind me, thank God. I’m not totally sure what’s going on with the scabs in my throat but I thought they were starting to come off but when I took a peek back there today, they were still bright white.

My pain is odd. It’s either very manageable or very unbearable. Thankfully it seems to be manageable more often. I’m hoping to return to work on Sunday, which would be day 11 for me, but I think I might take off just to be safe since Monday is a holiday and I could use the extra few days.

Thanks for whoever posted about Thrush! I had TOTALLY forgot about it and most definitely had it. I scrubbed my tongue like a fiend today and it’s pretty much gone! Good luck to everyone else in their recovery!

 Amy: 22 years old May 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Day 10 and I have to say I feel a thousand times better. Especially after my second surgery for my bleed. I actually felt a lot better that same night. My suggestions for tonsillectomies.
What to eat: First day you can eat things like jello, pudding, ice pops. And lots and lots of WATER.
The other days you can eat what you feel comfortable eating. I was able to eat baked chicken, hot dogs, soup, macaroni and cheese, cheese sandwiches (microwaved not grilled) and open faced turkey sandwiches ( day 7).
How to take liquid medicine: The thing that worked for me was to put the medicine in a shot glass, have a glass of juice ( or whatever) and a glass of water. Pinch your nose and swallow the medicine and immediately chase with the juice, take a few sips and swish. Then drink some water. Also set alarms to keep up with the pain (thats the most important part)

My experience wasnt the greatest, with a second surgery and all the pain. But Im finally feeling better and i had a wonderful support system throughout the whole thing. My mother and boyfriend were the absolute best and I couldnt have done it without them. My boyfriend stayed with me and got up in the middle of the night to make sure I took my medicine.

Good luck to all of you and heal heal heal!!

 Amy: 22 years old May 25, 2012 at 5:50 am

Also eat the gerber puffs! and the cookies! they melt in your mouth and are easy to swallow. and have a good flavor. Also ritas! I recommend the fruit punch flavor, its yummy!

 Danette May 25, 2012 at 4:26 am

I had mine removed on 5/22/12 and I am on day 3 I want to know when I will be able to sleep in my own bed I hate sleeping in the recliner! I am still in alot of pain to swallow it feels like my throat is on fire at times. I am praying for a miracle please. I am sipping swallowing and drinking but it is oh so painful.

 Amy: 22 years old May 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

I slept on my recliner as well :( sadly you have to in order to sit up right. I hated it! Im on day 10, so Im feeling much better. Hang in there!!! Keep up with this forum, its really helpful.

 Danette May 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thank you Amy,
I feel miserable I am tired fo sitting in the recliner I want to be held. I am in so much painits just unreal! ON top of the tonsils I got braces 6 days prior so I am just miserable all over the place!!!

 Amy: 22 years old May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Oh my gosh ouch!! I wrote a post a few comments up about what to eat and such, so make sure you check it out! Feel better soon!

 Kathy May 26, 2012 at 6:40 am

I’ve been able to sleep in my own bed the entire time! Sleeping hasn’t been a problem for me at all, thankfully. What I’ve found is to not swallow unless you’re eating or drinking. Swallowing all the saliva that I produced actually made me sick and vomit so I just spit it out. Good luck!

 Danette May 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I have to thank you all for the information I am now on day 7 and it kinda feels like I have phlegm in my throat. I have been taking my meds, and the anti biotics and it still feels funky. I can’t tell if I have scabs or not because its white, and it looks like 2 giant spaces in the back of my throat! Swallowing on the right side is great it is still sore on the left side. I still can’t lay down and barely eating. I go back to my ENT this Wednesday maybe I need the rest of this week off to get myself together I am up and moving around now I tried to sleep in my bed last night and that didn’t work out for me.

 Emily 20 Years Old May 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hi Everyone,

I’m due to have my tonsils removed in a couple of months. I just wondered what all your experiences where like.
The consultant I went to see emphasized about bleeding after and it really has worried me :/

lemme know. Thank youuuu

 Kathy May 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

Day 9 for me now and I think I’m going to take a step back with my recovery. I was scheduled to work on Sunday but I got my shift covered since I don’t think I’m ready.

I’ve been eating things such as pasta and macaroni and cheese as well as very small pieces of meatballs, which is the extent of the soft foods that I’ve been eating. I think I’m going to step back to ice cream and puddings since when I looked at my scabs today, I noticed a tiny bit of red on the outside edge of the left side. Not sure if that’s one of the blood clots becoming visible or if it’s just irritated but I REALLY don’t want to get a bleed back there and have to get my mouth re-cauterized. That would SUCK. Also, the left side is VERY painful and the right side barely hurts at all. So I’m a bit nervous and thinking about going to the doctors tomorrow.

It’s odd though because when I looked back there, the side that had the red mark also seemed to be having the scabs wear off to the pink behind it like it was healing properly… so I’m really not sure. Anyways, hopefully everyone else is doing well. I’m hoping whatever this is passes quick because MAN this might be the worst pain I’ve had so far. :/

 Tim c May 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hi there, I am day 11 post op and have had a pretty rough time with mine, I have barely eaten anything over the last 2 week nearly, just sipping water and taking the meds was hard enough. Over the last few days I have noticed a huge improvement though and have started to drink a lot more and eat noodles a few times. This morning as I was putting the rubbish out I spat out and it was bright red with blood, it was like this for a few minutes and I stopped the bleed by sipping ice cold water, a half an hour later the bleed started again and again I stopped it with water. This was barely an hour ago and although it’s not bleeding at the minute their is a horrible achey pain constantly at the site that I have not experienced in the recovery as of yet. Should I ring the hospital ward now or wait to see if it bleed again and if it bleeds heavily?

 Danette May 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I am on day 5 and I am feeling a little relief! OH thank GOD!! I am now starting with the inner ear pains which only hurt when I try to swallow. I think my scabs are forming, I hope! I believe I may be becoming a little dehydrated because I can still only eat a couple of spoonfulls of things. The best tasting things I have is the bubble gum antibotics. I know I should be chewing but its hard with the braces. I really put myself in a bind I wish I could rip the braces off and just deal with the throat!! I know I will get better I just need to sleep it off!!!

You all have been so supportive and I am so grateful being 41 and getting a tonsilectomy is not a walk in the park!!!

 Darren May 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hey dannette im 34 and on day 7 and you are right its no walk in the park, try massaging your jawthat should help with the earache :)

 Danette May 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm


Thanks, I have been trying that and omg my husband said I was calling on God, jesus anyone that would come because it hits me in the middle of the night and right at the lower jaw bone. I am dying staying in the house I don’t understand why I have to stay in the house for a whole week. Not to mention my neighbors upstairs walk like they weigh 300lbs and its just no rest!!! I want to just get in my car and go for a ride I am so miserable!!!

 Darren May 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I know its not nice being stuck in the house, i dont want to risk it at the moment because of hayfever. but it is driving me crazy aswell, its not a nice op to have but im hoping its worth when all this is over, hope you feel better soon.

 Jazzaria May 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

Hi Everyone, had my tonsils out yesterday and had been on here reading everyones comments before the surgery so needless to say I went into the surgery as a nervous wreck…. I however have very minor issues thus far… I woke up from the surgery with unbearable ear pain which aparently had me crying before I ever woke up… Then I came very dizzy and nauseaus from the anesthetic which took majority of the day to overcome. I however was in very little pain yesterday ( on a scale of 1 – 10 I was maybe at a 1) until about 3 this am.. Then I wole up in excruciating pain ( maybe a 15) so I did take 1/2 a dose of my pain meds(vicoden) and this helped.. I woke up at about 7 and have been pretty good.. like a severe case of strep… My uvula is extremely swollen and making it difficult to swallow, I have stayed with the diet of gaterade, popscicles, applesauce, jello and broth…

I am taking my pain meds just as i feel the pain is getting too bad to swallow as they also numb my throat.. :)

hoping this will pass soon…

 Abby May 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

Just thought i’d let everyone hear my experience so far.
I’m 18. It’s day 6 for me counting day of my surgery. The first few days were just fine i thought recovery would be a breeze. I woke up day 3 and started throwing up. I was in agonizing pain but refused to take my pain meds since they made me nauseous. the past few days i’ve been completely mute because everything hurts so i’ve only been taking tylenol. Mornings and nights and a few short periods during the day i am in excruciating pain. I get absolutely no sleep. If i try to lay down i can’t sleep and if i do fall asleep i wake up dizzy. It’s incredibly hard for me to swallow and it seems like my spit never stops. I get up and about during the day. I don’t eat much other than a small bowl of noodles in the middle of the day which i have to choke down, and a bowl of jello at night which i also end up choking down. There is never a normal feeling in my throat. Right now it feels like my stitches are poking out or something. My whole left side is incredibly painful and hurts all the way down my throat but my right side is completely fine. Everyone says there is a light at the end of the tunnel but seriously when is mine coming.. i had only taken a week off of work (which is a waitress job so i constantly have to talk) and my manager is mad because i had to take another week off. I only drink ice or water because everything else leaves too thick of a coating in my throat and it makes it harder to swallow. My jaw is completely locked up and my tongue is still very swollen. I’m ready for this to end…

 Darren May 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hey Abby, I feel so sorry for you, im 34 and on day 7 after my op, ive not quite suffered as much as you but its not been easy for me, also struggled to sleep, You`re defo not alone on this though because my tongue has been really swollen and sore probably worse than my throat and i have had to force feed myself but it has helped, it is painfull but worth it for energy levels.. I am however starting to feel abit better today but i have still got another week off, i think you need atleast 2 weeks off, obviously your manager doesnt realise what your actually going through but i wouldnt rush back if i was you. Just keep drinking the ice water its helped me, and if you can split up your meds so that you`re getting something every few hours, also ive found that massaging my neck and jaw has helped with my ears, Hope ive helped a little, keep your chin up and take care :) good luck.

 Abby May 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’ve just been taking liquid tylenol which doesn’t do much but helps just enough so i can eat. It’s now day 7. i’ve felt sick all day and got maybe three hours of sleep last night. Whatever is in my throat right now is poking me and feels itchy and is making me nauseous. I really don’t like this.. i’m really starting to regret getting the surgery done…

 Darren May 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

It might be because you are not eating much im not sure, you need some proper pain killers really, im on paracetamol and ibuprofen and they have really helped me. Im on day 7 now and my scabs are coming of and although i am bleeding a little i feel a lot better. maybe you should contact your gp for advice.

 Abby May 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Unfortunately because it is sunday and tomorrow is memorial day i can not contact my doctors until Tuesday… My temp is at 100 and im just praying whatever is in my throat is my scabs coming off.

 Darren May 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

Im sure thats all it will be, ive woke up this morning and my tongue is massive and very sore but my throat isnt too bad but i think il be going to my gp. you need to get some paracetamol for your tempurature.

 Abby May 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I sneezed last night and coughed up a little blood. I feel incredibly nauseous and sick today and my temp was 101.2. Whatever has been in my throat is still poking me and it’s kind of painful. Tomorrow I’m going to call and try to get a follow up appointment with my doctor since all of this is really scaring me.

 Darren May 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Ive been back to the hospital today abby, i bled non stop quite bad for about 5 to 10 mins, they just sent me home with antibiotics but if it bleeds like that again ive got to go back in :( .

 Abby May 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Oh no!! I hope you’re ok and it doesn’t start bleeding again :( I left a message for my doctor so hopefully they can get me in early tomorrow. I’ve been feeling a lot better than this morning and I’m attempting to drink some tea right now. Unfortunately my family left out of town for the week so I’m nervous for something to happen! :( I do have a question, has it been hard for you to swallow since your surgery? It feels like my saliva comes non stop and it’s so hard to swallow!

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

I think you should call a friend to come stay with you. If i didnt have the support I did the past two weeks I would have been even more miserable. In regards to the swallowing question I found it difficult too. Try to eat slippery things, like jello and such. I found that breads got caught in my throat when I tried to eat. Also drink a lot while you eat to help it go down. The spit is really annoying but it will get better each day. I also suggest spitting a couple times an hour to make sure theres no bleeding. feel better soon! Im two weeks post and I feel much better. I know that seems like forever away for you, but it will pass quickly.

 Abby May 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

I’ve pretty much been taking care of myself everyday anyway. I drank a Canada dry today and I felt amazing!! I was actually talking and left the house. It’s helped with my spit problem too. I was having a big problem with jello before. I’ve been feeling a lot better today but I’m still going to the doctor tomorrow!

 Darren May 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks :) luckily its not bled again since thank god, i feel alot better in myself today and my throat actually feels better for the bleed i think its not as sore so probably could have been a scab that`s just come off, fingers crossed anyway. Yes its been very hard for me to swallow and also been getting alot of saliva which has been a nightmare especially at night but ive tried to spit most of it out. Im just sticking to soft food now for a few days and on the antibiotics. Have you had a look at your throat yet abby?

 Abby May 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I have! My swelling has slowly been going down and it looks better every day! Night has usually been really hard for me but I actually slept laying on the couch and only woke up twice. My throat feels a LOT better this morning almost like a small soar throat and not like I got my tonsils out! I’m still going to the doctor today but I’m feeling a million times better! I’m glad you’re feleling better too! Hopefully the bleeding doesn’t come back! I’ve luckily only had the one small incident of bleeding

 Darren May 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Yeah ive really struggled with sleep aswell but hopefully might get some tonight :) I feel a million times better today also! Hope everthing goes ok at the docs for you :) Im the same with the throat also just feels sore and its still abit of a struggle to eat for me but i can tell im getting there now :)

 Abby May 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

They said my symptoms aren’t severe enough to make an appointment :( hopefully nothing bad will happen but I’m feeling great!

 Darren May 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Im sure you will be fine, im still struggling to eat at the minute, cant get my tongue to calm down :(

 Amy: 22 years old May 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Call your doc about the nausea, he can give you a dissolvable pill that does wonders. I had a stomach full of blood and didnt feel nauseous. Hope you recover quicker! Im on day 13 and feeling a whole lot better.

 Darren May 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Hey amy does your throat feel back to normal now?

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

I feel almost back to normal. Just on acetaminophen pills that I take pretty regularly just to keep away discomfort. Just feels like a mild sore throat now. The only problem is my stomach is not use to eating normally again. So i get frequent stomach aches that really are a bummer. But I can eat pretty much anything now. My throat still looks pretty gross but the pain is manageable. I saw you had some bleeding issues, I had to go back in for a second surgery to cauterize my one side because I had a really bad bleed. So make sure you keep a good eye on your bleed. They also had to pump my stomach because I had so much blood, and I also had some in my lungs. Not fun at all. I was bleeding for about an hour until I called the doc and he had me come in. They immediately sent me for the second surgery. I felt a million times better that night. Hope you dont have the same problem I did.

 Darren May 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

God that is bad sorry to hear that, yes i bled pretty bad for about 10 mins but i managed to stop it with plenty of ice water, i went to hospital and they sent me home with antibiotics, ive not bled since so im hoping its going to be ok now but im really cautious with even swallowing now just incase it bleeds again. they did say to me if it bleeds again like that i will have to have it cauterized. fingers crossed now and glad you`re better :)

 Abby May 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

i have the dissolving pill as well… it hasn’t helped…

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

they also have them in suppositories (rectal). apparently they work better and more quickly. sounds gross, but if it gets rid of the nausea it will be worth it! Fortunately the dissolving pill worked great for me. I only threw up once (on day two) and it was terrible :(

 Abby May 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

I threw up on day three :/ I haven’t taken those pain meds since then and I’ve actually gone all today without any Tylenol or anything today!

 anon May 28, 2012 at 1:31 am

Can anyone tell me what it feels like when the scabs come off?

 justin N. May 28, 2012 at 7:16 am

I never felt mine. I think i just swallowed them along with food. I know it sounds gross but the roughness of the food would scrap them off and ull be in some pain from swallowing but u never feel the actual scabs coming off.

 justin N. May 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

I am on 3 weeks post-op. I got 4 procedures done. 2 in my nose amd 2 in my throat. The worst pain were the tonsils and the uvula. Altho i must admit the first week was hell to me literally on day 7 i was talking and pretty much back to my normal self. I healed pretty well and havent had any problems at all. Too all of you going thru this or going to…my advice is keep up with meds stay hydrated and cold items help help help. I was upset and regretted it of course at first but now am happy i did it. I am more energized and dnt fall asleep all the time. Good luck to all and a speedy recovery as well. Feel free to ask any questions.

 Eric May 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am on day 6 , the first two days, situation will not so bad. When come to day 4-6. The pain was unbearable ! It was hurt! I don’t know this situation will follow me until when but I hope it ended ASAP !

 Danette May 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

OH Eric,
I feel for you! I was the same way I can tell you make sure you take your pain meds on time even if not in pain because it does creep up! Try and relax I tried to sleep through all my pain because I couldn’t bare it not to mention I got braces 6 days before so I was ready to cut the braces wire out!

Hold On it does get better ;-0

 Cristina May 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

It’s been nearly 4 months since my tonsillectomy
And previously I wrote about taste disturbance.
And I just wanted to update in regards to lost of
Taste to help others who have lost their sense
Of taste after tonsillectomy. First of all, my ENT
Had no clue about why it happens and just said
To me that nerves may have bben damaged
Due to clamping of the tongue. He just had no
Clue and said he had never heard or know of
Anyone loding their taste buds after surgery.
I read forums and researched on Internet but
Their was not alot of information. So I just
Prayed and hoped my sense of taste would
Come back. I also take zinc as I read it helps
As I could be suffering from lack of zinc which
Affects taste so I thought why not, I’ve nothing
To lose. My sense of taste slowly came back
And so it took about 3 months to completely
Return. I’ve read it may take less or longer for
Taste to return and sometimes it’s
Spontaneous. So don’t give up, I know it’s scary
And frustrating but be patient. God bless

 May May 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

That’s really comforting to hear Cristina, I have just had my surgery and did not even think or hear about loss of taste. I had sinus surgery done also so I can’t physically smell what I’m eating or taste it from the inside. I can taste stuff on my tongue and identify if it’s salty or sweet but there’s no element of whether it tastes good or bad cause I can’t smell! Will keep zinc in mind if I have issues regaining taste again. Thanks!

 Danette May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Has anyone ever coughed up thickI mean real thick phlegm? Is that a bad sign? I called my ENT today he’s not there until tomorrow, I am becomning nervous! Some information please/

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

its normal. especially if youre eating dairy products. i dont know why it happens but thats why its happening. I had it even when I didnt have something with dairy in it. But it got worse if i drank milk or something.

 Danette May 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

OH ok thank you because I was getting scared.

 Amy: 22 years old May 30, 2012 at 4:36 am

just watch our for excessive blood. if its mixed in the mucus its not a huge deal, but if youre spitting blood call your doctor asap.

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Anyone else having stomach issues when you can finally start eating more? I know my stomach shrunk because I can eat about half of what I used to eat. But whenever I eat I get a tummy ache about 20 minutes after. I dont know if its because my stomachs not use to digesting harder food or what. Any suggestions on what I can do to prevent the stomach aches. It really sucks.

 Amy: 22 years old May 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Im day 15 post op.

 Tabitha May 30, 2012 at 1:22 am

I’m 23 years old and I had a tonsillectomy on 5/23/12. The pain has been very minimal for me and I’ve been able to eat a lot of normal foods thankfully. On day 2, I had a biscuit from KFC which I was ecstatic about! Day 3, I was able to eat french fries and chicken nuggets from McDonalds. Day 4, I had french fries and a tavern from Dairy Queen. Of course I had to chew really good before swallowing and it hurt a little but you’re supposed to eat rough foods if you’re able to tolerate it, it’ll speed your recovery time up. Now, day 5 was a different story. I started to feel more pain in my throat and my ears and jaw started to hurt. They say days 5-7 are the worst so I’m hoping by tomorrow I will start to feel some relief since I’m currently on day 7. Some things that have helped me are as follows: 1) Drink lots and lots of water, even if it hurts to swallow. If your throat dries out, it’ll hurt even worse. Keep a bottle with you in bed and sip it throughout the night. 2) Put a body pillow or large couch cushion against the back of your bed and then a regular bed pillow vertically against the couch cushion. Then, put blankets or pillows on the sides so your boxed in. That’ll prop you up enough so you don’t have to sleep in a recliner and it’s pretty comfortable. 3) Measure your meds out ahead of time and have them sitting on your bedside table so when your alarm goes off for you to take meds, you don’t have to get out of bed and interrupt your sleep too much. 4) Keep ice packs with you at all times! Sleep with one large, flexible, ice pack under your neck and two smaller ice packs on each side of your throat. Then throughout the day, hold an ice pack to your neck for 10-15 minutes, it will help considerably. Finally, 5) Keep up on your pain meds! Even if you’re feeling better and you think you might not need them, you do! If you miss a scheduled time to take your meds I can guarantee your pain will get worse. They will usually give you one refill, so take advantage of it! Other than that, get as much sleep as possible and if you have a significant other that’s making you feel like you’re being a baby, tell them to just shut it, they don’t know what you’re going through! :)

 Danette May 30, 2012 at 1:33 am


Tha’s great information I have not been able to really eat I feel like I have so much mucus stuck in my throat I have to follow up post op tomorrow I hope its good information. I had my surgery on the 22 and I have yet to see a scab or anything. You are right about keeping up onth epain meds because I got comfortable because the pain was minimal and messed around woke up in the middle of the night crying. I guess I would be able to eat more if I hadn’t gotten braces 6 days before the surgery! What a stupid move, but now I just want to eat and I will be ok!! Thank you for the information I have still been placing a cool rag over my throat and it still feels good! I was finally able to sleep in my bed lastnight that felt good!

 May May 30, 2012 at 3:06 am

Hey! 22 yr old female, 3 days post op. was okay up until this morning when the pain got really bad. It’s bearable now but still aches. Dreading the elusive day 4, although I appear to be recovering quite quick so I think the elusive day 4 is my day 3. So glad I got this done. I also had a turbinoplasty and FESS, best decision I’ve made in my life. The doctor only gave me standard Panadol/Tylenol (for the Americans) for pain management but it seems to do okay. I have been sucking on strepsils (Anaesthetic based) and they have been a god send. Anybody who is having this done or recovering from this I strongly suggest you buy a packet if you get your hands on some!

It’s also essential to have a humidifier. Definitely a must! Managed to get some mash down yesterday and about to brave the pain again now to eat. I haven’t had time to think of the hunger from the pain. Somebody here mentioned stringy saliva and I must say I have the same problem. I’ve found gargling with ice water and spitting it out helps a lot. But be sure to have a few sips of water if youre spitting, you must replace your fluids and stay hydrated.

Will report back tomorrow on day 4! Hoping to catch a break soon :( ….

 May May 30, 2012 at 4:16 am

Also, when did everybody regain their sense of taste and smell back?

 Amy: 22 years old May 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

I didnt have a smell problem, but I did notice I lacked taste. But im day 13 and I can taste normally now. That didnt last too long for me. once I started feeling better I got my taste back.

 May May 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

Hi Amy! That’s good to hear, I read online that people were going months without taste and I started having a freak out… Glad to hear it from somebody who has pretty much completed the healing process. I have issues with smell also as I’ve had sinus surgery done too, it was a triple whammy surgery! How are you feeling now? Did you find you recovered quick or slow?

 Amy: 22 years old May 31, 2012 at 5:35 am

The first week after the surgery was absolute hell. I just kept feeling worse and worse. Little did I know I had a severe bleed on my left side. I had to get a second surgery to cauterize it and stop the bleeding. I had to get my stomach pumped and I had some blood in my lungs as well. However, I felt LOADS better even that same night of the second surgery. After that I healed really quickly. Im almost completely back to normal. Just a tiny sore throat. Hurts the worst when eating. But its definitely manageable. Hope you are doing well today!

 May May 31, 2012 at 8:23 am

Amy that’s terrible! How did you know you were bleeding into your lungs and belly? I haven’t bled at all so far but hearing that scares me! I wonder how that happened :( I’m glad you’re feeling better now though :)

 Amy: 22 years old June 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

Im not sure how they knew. they told me when i woke up that they pumped my stomach because of how severe my bleed was. I dont think they did anything to my lungs, they didnt have an excessive amount in them. the bleeding is a freak thing and happens to a small percent of people. you will definitely know if you have that problem. but i wouldnt worry about it too much. if youre not sure just call your ent and they can check you out.

 Danette May 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm


I never lost my sense of smell it seems because when I have night sweats I can smell the sweat. I can’t taste too well but I still can’t swallow too well either.

 May May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi danette,

I guess because I had sinus surgery as well it affected that general area and ability. I’ve woken up now at 12am in excruciating pain. Ahhh… The elusive day 4! I must say an Ice pack on my face is doing wonders, although I can still feel lots of jaw pain :( more than my throat pain. Feels like I’ve been punched and battered! :( !

 Amy: 22 years old May 31, 2012 at 5:36 am

ice packs are your best friend! also eat ice chips if you are having a hard time drinking enough water.

 Leila May 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

Hi Guys I had my operation on the 18/05/12 I woke in the recovery choking with my own bloody vomit and was very dizzy because of the anesthetic. I stayed overnight in the hospital and sent home the next day…after one night at home i bleed and it was like an open tap and its bleeding non stop, I even swallowed most of them. I was really scared and nearly fainted so I rushed back to the emergency and stayed there for another 2 nights and 1 day. I was sent home again for the 2nd time and the bleeding happen again so I rushed to the emergency again. They didn’t do any more operation as the bleeding stop by itself but i had to stayed in the hospital for observation and to see if i will bleed again.. In my case since i bleed twice the doctor said that im just very unlucky to get that twice. It is now my 2nd night at home and im crossing my fingers that I will pass tomorrow without bleeding again and rush to emergency again. Today is my 11 day and i started to feel better so I tried eating solid food but im starting to have a stomach pain after. My uvula is very painful and it feels like i have phlegm hanging but it was just my uvula is swollen and my tongue is still hurting specially the tip of it. I agree with you all about the pain, hunger and frustration. I even admit that for sometime i regret having it take out but im hoping for that light at the end of the tunnel is not far now. I hope you all heal well and I know exactly what you guys been through.

 Danette May 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I hope you continue to get better, I am day 9 if you count my op day and I am feeling better I have been coughing up really thick phlegm and its uncomfortable for me. I just want to eat I am getting so small and it is scary.

 Amy: 22 years old May 31, 2012 at 5:38 am

i cant believe they didnt take you in to surgery to get it cauterized. Thats what happened to me and it helped me heal so much quicker. Hoping the best for you!

I have the stomach issues too, I think its because our tummys arent use to the food anymore :( I found that tums work pretty well though.

 Danette May 31, 2012 at 2:39 am

Ok I had to share this! I had my surgery on 5/22/12 and I went for my follow up visit today and even though I can’t fully eat yet I am healing good my ENT said I was able to suck through a straw and I had a egg white omelet! I found out the muscusy stuff is like wet scabs as my throat heals. I bet if I didn’t have the braces I would be able to eat but I guess I gotta do my thing! I just wanted to share my hope I feel good after today’s visit!

 Raphael May 31, 2012 at 5:49 am

im 18 years old, i had my tonsillectomy done on the 29th of may so so third day today, im starting to get a very slight ear pain today im guessing it will get worse tomorrow, this morning was my worst so far, i can barley talk today i can only open my mouth like 2cm wide, any wider and it starts aching struggling to drink a bottle of water at the moment. The doctors have put me on Panadine Forte its not the greatest pain killer but it gets my pain from a 7/10 to about a 3/10, yesterday had a dinner of bologaigse and spaghetti (cold – luke warm) took me about 2hrs to eat and very painfull to get down, wouldent recommend anyone doing that, but it seems to have scraped some of my scabs off so better in the long run for when they fall off, this morning i had scrambled eggs and bread and had jam and bread that killed even more that yesterdays dinner, anyway im a college student so im hoping to get back to class on the 11th of june, or would that still be too early?,
my recomendations:
drink drink drink lots of COLD water helps a lot
if you have ice in the freezer put it in a bag and press it against your throat to numb it
stick to the soft foods, on the day of my surgury i have a strawberry youghart that worked a charm goes down so smoothly
im yet to try ice blocks i have some in my freezer that i will try tonight
and keep up with your meds during the night set your alarm for the intervals to take your meds, or you will wake up in the morning with a dry and very painful throat.

 Raphael May 31, 2012 at 5:51 am

Sorry about all the spelling errors

 Tina May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi everyone! I am 38 years old and had my tonsils out on May 11th. I am on day 20 of recovery. My throat is still very sore when I swallow and I have not fully returned to normal foods. Still eating eggs, and soft foods. I am craving sesamae chicken so bad but I have noticed that the spicy foods burn the heck out of my throat. I am upset that I am not fully recovered yet and can’t wait until I can wake up and not have a sore throat.

 Raquel June 1, 2012 at 3:36 am

im 20
i had mine 5/29/12
So im on day 2
and i think its going ok
day 1 i slept and watched tv
day 2 i did laundry and
drove 20 min to go get my prescription( i was fine)
my mane concern is staying in bed and not being active
i have ate a little bit of eggs and mashed potatoes but it hurts
like hell, i have had smoothies, Gatorade and ginger ale
but nothing tastes the same and i feel as if i shouldn’t be eating at all until im further healed
my question is how do you know when these scabs fall off and do you swallow them ???
hopefully this makes sense im a out of it.

 Amy: 22 years old June 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

usually the scabs fall of while you eat. so hopefully you dont notice it too much. just keep hydrated and eat what you can! i suggest the breakfast shakes, they have a lot of good stuff in them to help you not feel so weak. i had that problem around day 3, i got so malnourished i could barely move. since youre only on day two i hate to say it will get worse :( but it will pass. Im on day 18 and feeling mostly normal. ice packs and ice cubes help greatly if you have neck and ear pain, they also helped me sleep. hope you heal quickly!

 Amy: 22 years old June 2, 2012 at 2:42 am

day 19 post op and I feel great! I can eat normally now. Just not as much as I use to because I believe my stomach shrank. Throat still has some healing to do, but I feel almost completely normal.

hope you all keep healing! :)


 Danette June 2, 2012 at 3:57 am

I am happy for you Amy! I am trying I am 10 days post op. I have little to moderate pain. I am able to eat some stuff but I still can’t chew its the braces, I bet if I didn’t have them I would be n a roll by now.

 Amy: 22 years old June 3, 2012 at 4:59 am

glad you are feeling a bit better! And im sure your whole experience would have been much easier without those braces! but it sounds like you are on your way up :)

 Rachel June 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

Hi everyone,

I’m on day 9 post-op, and this might be TMI…but I haven’t made a bowel movement since before the surgery. My diet consists of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, buttery noodles, pudding, jell-o, and popsicles. I was wondering if this was normal or if anyone else was experiencing this? I know the pain medication can be constipating, but this seems out of the ordinary.

 Danette June 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I don’t know because I haven’t gone either. I wish I knew why, I think It may not be enough food on the stomach to break down, but I know if I don’t good soon I am going to take a laxitive.

 Amy: 22 years old June 3, 2012 at 4:57 am

oh god i didnt for almost two weeks! I think its the diet and because of the anestesia. Also maybe the harsh medicines? I was on an anti nausea pill too, which also caused constipation. Its frustrating! You could try a suppository, those work much quicker than a laxative. Luckily I went on my own (not fun!)

 Jazzaria June 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

be very careful with this, as constipation is a major side effect of the painkiller! and I think I only was on day 6 when it hit me that the pain meds created a major issue for me! I wold reccomend trying a stool softner and baby food prunes before it gets bad!

 Darcey June 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

hello. I’m 16 and from the UK. I had my op on the 1st of June so i’m on day 2! My doctor told me that day 2 and 3 are the worst, and also day 7, this is because of coming round FULLY from the anaesthetic. And day 7 is due to the scabs falling off. I’ve noticed white stringy bits come out when i spit, sorry guys but yes…my throat is extremely white and i think this is what it is. Sometimes it comes off when i have a lot of saliva in my mouth! I have to say i’m glad i got the operation as i was experiencing tonsillitis every month, it was such a misery. I’m not very good with pain and i’ve already cried 3 times. Once when i came round from the anaesthetic, when my mum came to see me and also today where i tried to eat pizza. I managed half a slice in 20 minutes. It was quite painful at times but i’ve been told to eat harder foods as it speeds up the recovery. I’m currently on ibuprofen and paracetamol in liquid form for painkillers. So far since the op i’ve managed 3/4 of yoghurt, 1 slice of toast, pasta and 1/2 a slice of pizza! Think i’ve done quite well. How long have people waited until the pain is bearable? Like i said, i’m not very good with pain but i believe i’ve done quite well. Hope all your op’s went well and people waiting for a tonsillectomy…don’t be scared! Its quite an easy procedure!

 Jazzaria June 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Well hello again all…. I am on day day 9 post op…. and am feeling not soo bad…. still have some major ear pain and I have to say that really that is my chief complaint…. Yes my throat has hurt and been sore, however the pain in my ears has by far remained the worst… I have backed off the pain meds and have been surviving on mainly tylenol.. mainly because I am supposed to be going back to work in the morning, but with the pain I have in my ears I am wondering if that is even a good idea, I don’t see my doctor again until wednesday morning. so hoping he can shed some light on my ears! I have been able to resume somewhat of a more normal diet over the last few days as long as I can remember to chew very well…. I have eaten some mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, ground turkey with rice and cabbage… and even tho I am prefering the softer stuff I am soo ready for some regular food… I am thinking of being a bit more adventurous and looking at the pizza that my kiddos are having for lunch! well on the up side I am feeling better!

 Danette June 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

Hey Jazzaria,
I am on day day 11 and I am still struggling to really eat. I have no taste buds and everything tastes funny it also feels like it is getting stuck in my throat. and it feels funny. Drinking is ok my ear pain is actually leaving so I feel much better I am taking the pain meds only once a day. I am actually going back to work tomorrow and I can’t wait. I have been out this weekend and I am hapoy about that. I would love to know when do the taste buds come back.

 Darren June 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Hi Jazzaria, i massaged my jaw from day 1 and never had any ear pain at all so you could try that to help you :)

 Sarah June 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hello all,

I am a 21 year old female and am having my tonsillectomy next week. Do you guys have any tips on things to do before the surgery? I read about the humidifer and we have one of those. Any tips of types food/drink to stock up on before the surgery, or any other tips in general? I am really scared, especially since my pain tolerance is on a scale of 1-10 is a 0! Have to get them out because of tonsil stones and constantly getting sick. My surgery is on June 12. I will be posting on here with updates!

Thank you,

 Darren June 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hey Sarah, I am on day 14 after my op and just about fully recovered now but its not been easy, i had 4 bleeds in total and was in and out of hospital and nearly had another op but hopefully that wont happen to you. All i can recommend is drinking plenty of water, keeping on top of your meds even at night set your alarm to take them because that will really help with the pain. Also make sure that you massage your jaw from day 1 because that will stop you getting ear ache on about day 5. Also if i was you id ask for antibiotics just incase because that was my problem with infection that caused the bleeding. As far as eating goes i ate pretty much normal and i think that`s better for a quicker recovery. You may also experience plenty of saliva in your mouth after the op and suggestion is to try and spit most of it out because it might upset your stomach. Good luck with your op and recovery, hope that will help a little.

 Danette June 5, 2012 at 12:58 am

Hi Sarah,
I am on day 14 and I am able to eat a little. I struggle because I have braces, but I drank lots of water, popsicles, and things that kept my throat cold.

 Martha June 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm


I have a question, I am on my 21st day after my surgery and I to lost the sense on taste. But my question is in regard to the area where the tonsils were removed. Did you get re-growth in the open area? The area where my tonsils were removed are being filled with what I would describe as mass/skin/meat/abscess. Unsure any how just wondering if this is part of the healing process. I thought that the area remained open. I will start taking zinc and see if it helps with my taste buds.

 Danette June 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

That’s a good question Martha I would ask your ENt. I should hope nothing grows in that space that sounds scary. I would call my DR asap.

 Raphael June 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

Day 7 today,

feel so miserable, woke up with massive ear pain in both ears (it’s been happening all week but today’s the worst), I hope today the worst pane is finally over because I’ve heard people say day 8 – 9 you will feel a difference, I’ve been on a massive roller coaster all week, some days I was in the worst unbearable pain and other days I was alright, with the pain my doctors gave me something called panadie forte it works a charm, you feel minimal pain my pain before I took the tablets was at least a 8/10 (10 being the worst) to a 2/10 tho it does make you a bit drowsy. I’m a college student so I’m hoping to get back by the 11th which is day 13 for me.

I wish good luck for everyone else, it’s a tough 2 weeks but just keep your head up

 Darren June 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Try massaging your jaw mate, i did it from day 1 and never got any ear ache at all.

 Peet June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hey guys.

I’m am going tomorrow for my op, I’m 27 and scared to deaf!!! Hopefully it will be a success :) I really hope this op is worth it!
Wish me luck!

 Darren June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Good luck!

 Darcey June 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Good luck! I’m 16 and riduculous with dealing with pain but i can bear it! Don’t be scared, you’ll be happy in the long run :-)

 Danette June 6, 2012 at 12:50 am

Good Luck I am on day 14 and I feel so much better! It was a struggle for me because I am 41 but I am ok now!

 Marina June 7, 2012 at 1:42 am

Hi, All! I’m scheduled for my tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy tomorrow. I used to work for the surgeon who is performing my surgery, so I have complete faith in his work, but after reading some of these comments, I am curious how my surgery and recovery will be. It has to be better than the constant tonsillitis and gross, stinky tonsil stones I’ve dealt with, right? :-) Happy thoughts and positive, healing vibes to all of you in recovery!

 Ray June 11, 2012 at 1:57 am

Well I think I am in luck. I had my tonsils taken out at my VA hospital on Friday the 8th. So far the worst part for me was waking up from the surgery freezing. I do have pain when swallowing, but since it only lasts a few seconds I really don’t think its that bad. I do find I need to sleep on my stomach or side since the enlarged uvula blocks my air way when I lean back or lay on my back. I am going to go to work tomorrow since I haven’t taken any pain meds and am still functioning. I do find myself dozing off from time to time, but that might be just boredom. I am 35 years old and smoked before the surgery. I have quit since the surgery…. well it is only day 3.

 Erin June 19, 2012 at 4:19 am

Thanks sooooo much for the tip about laying on the side or stomach! I had the surgery this morning and that has made me more comfortable than I’ve been all day due to the swollen uvula.

 Sandy June 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hi all. I’m having my tonsils our Wednesday, the 13th. I’m 49 years old! How crazy is that! This is not my first surgery, but I’m still getting a little nervous. I’ve been dealing with reoccurring strep for a few years now, and my doctor thought it was time. I’m really hoping I’ll feel better after the surgery and healing. I’ve been reading all the posts, and appreciate all the info. I’ll post later and let you know how an old

 Aimee June 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

Hey all

I’m 25, female, and had my tonsils out on Tuesday, June 6th. That puts me on day 7 (including the day of surgery.)
It’s been a serious roller coaster for me. Immediately out of surgery, they woke me up by saying “It’s over!” and I thought, “WOW! What a breeze, I feel fantastic!” I chatted with the nurses during my required post-surgery recovery hours and was even released early because I was doing so well.
Then the sun went down, and it was a completely different story. Since that night, I have cried at least once a day from the immense pain. I used to consider myself pretty tough with a high threshold for pain, but this has totally knocked me off my feet. The first few days were AWFUL- throat pain, ear pain, throat pain, jaw pain, THROAT PAIN.
Due to the pain, I was only eating half an Italian ice or half an Eddy’s fruit bar when it was time to take medicine to avoid nausea, as I usually don’t tolerate pain medicine well (I can’t imagine vomiting during this recovery, yuck!) Around day 5 I added in some “real food,” including macaroni and cheese and rice. These were very difficult to swallow, so I went back to ice pops. I try to drink water, about two water bottles a day (approx 34 oz,) but I know it’s not enough. It’s just so hard!!! I have been getting so frustrated from this chronic pain. I think the recovery is mostly physical, but definitely psychological as well.
I had to call my doctor for a refill of my pain medicine. I really don’t know how I would tolerate this pain with out it. It looks like I have enough to get me through about 5 more days, so I hope I’ll be in the clear by then. Today I had lukewarm soup (pureed edamame and broccoli soup), which was manageable. I had to force it down, but I am glad I did – my energy levels increased, and my spirits did as well.
Today when I was eating I realized that my throat wasn’t the only major source of pain. My tongue seems to be adding a large portion of discomfort, especially when I attempt to eat. Anybody else have this issue? It hurts very badly at the back of my tongue. I’m assuming it’s a result of the clamp or tool the surgeon used to keep my tongue out of the way during surgery. I hope the tongue heals quickly, or at least quicker than my throat so eating can become a little easier.
I refuse to look at the back of my throat too often because it makes me depressed at how awful it looks. I feel like it will never get back to normal and that recovery is so far out of reach! I HAVE peeked back there a few times, and it certainly ain’t pretty. The white scabs are certainly still there. I have read a lot of different things regarding the scabs coming off. Some report that it is the WORST part of recovery- very painful and noticeable. Others stated that they didn’t even realize when it happened, that they came off while eating and that recovery was very speedy after they were off. What are your experiences? Around what day will they come off? I’m very scared for it to happen…
Thanks for reading my rant. I haven’t been able to talk since those few hours post op, so this lengthy attempt at communicating was well overdue!

 Raquel June 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy. When I’m not on pain meds I can’t take the pain I can’t talk. I have a mild bleeding disorder and because of it I had to take DDAVP before surgery. Thursday I had the surgery and everything went fine. Friday morning I woke up extremely nauseas and next thing I knew I woke up Saturday in the ICU. Apparently My sodium levels dropped extremely low and I had a seizure. I was in the hospital for 5 days and just got home. Apparently according to my doctors this is a freak thing, the only time they’ve ever seen it occur is in infants. Now I’m on bed rest and no solid foods for 2 weeks. Last night I didn’t drink anything, now my tonsils are on fire I don’t know what to do. Anyways, freak accidents. Hope everyone is doing better!


 Sandy June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I had my surgery done yesterday morning. It was painful when I woke up, but was able to sleep through it. The pain meds are WONDERFUL. I feel no pain with them. I’m taking my hydrocodone every 4 hours. At about 3 1/2 hours I’m starting to feel some pain. I’m eating fine and drinking lots. Was kind of hoping to loose some weight, but I’m having no problem eating, so far. I know it’s only day two, but I feel really good.


 Angus June 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’m 22 and I finally got my tonsils out today after problems with frequent tonsil stones and tonsillitis. Anaesthetist was friendly, he planted the cannula and hit me with pre-meds, that’s a good feeling. Climbed onto the table shortly after and got hit by the truck. Woke up with a sore throat that wasn’t too bad, still it was annoying how much the nurses wanted to talk to me, I was very groggy at this stage. I don’t remember much of the ride back to my bed. I was in and out of sleep for a while and went through about 4 rounds of post-op observations. About an hour later I had more energy and took custard, ice cream, juice, water, dissolved panadol and drugs to prevent bleeding. I didn’t experience any nausea. I’m home now sucking on ice, applying an ice pack and drinking water. Pain is negligible, I‘ve had worse with a case of tonsillitis. No bleeding at the moment but I’m very paranoid about it. So far it’s been a great experience, by breathing is already easier and everyone was very friendly and professional.


 Reid June 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

First, I want to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who had posted their experiences here! I spent an evening a few months back reading about your experiences right before my tonsillectomy and UP3 surgery. The information I found here was scary, but really helped to set my expectations about the pain and how to manage it. It also gave me a great idea of when the pain would increase, and when it would decrease. The info was spot-on and being forewarned about it made the recovery go smoothly. I highly recommend this to others considering or preparing for this surgery.

I’m in my third week of recovery and doing great. I’ve been sleeping without my CPAP machine for the past 3-4 nights and have slept very well. I also find myself falling asleep in my recliner which I couldn’t do before the surgery. I’m truly glad I did this and I have nothing but positive expectations for the future.

I’m not going to repeat every detail of my experience, as it’s very similar to others who have posted here. I’ll just add a few notes I found interesting.

Yes, there was pain. However, my expectations of pain going into this were very high so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it wasn’t that bad. More like a really sore throat. I was taking 2 x 5-325mg of Percocet every 4-6 hours and it did a great job of managing the pain. Sticking to a medication schedule worked wonders and getting lots of rest helped the time go-by quickly. Staying hydrated also helps keep the pain down. Drink lots of water and use a humidifier.

For those who have never studied various “thinking” patterns or in people (i.e. Herrmann Brain Dominance), it’s important to understand that everyone experiences and copes with pain differently. Analytical, Logical, and Controlling thinking styles of people can probably handle this pain much better than Artistic, Holistic, and Emotional thinking styles. These latter styles are controlled by their emotions and feelings, and have a harder time suppressing or ignoring them. So when someone here states that the pain was unbearable, I don’t doubt it. For that individual, the pain from this surgery may have been more than they could tolerate. Your mileage may vary.

Obviously, things that are cold help a lot. However, I wouldn’t recommend ice cream or overly-cheesy mac & cheese. During the recovery, I noticed I had a lot of thick saliva. Anything that was creamy or syrupy seemed to exacerbate this saliva, and I spent a lot of time wanting to clear my throat which really hurt. Stick to lighter food products. One of my favorites was Del Monte Fruit Chillers. You freeze them and scoop it out like sorbet, but they were light enough not to cause more saliva. They also felt great on the sore areas of my throat.

Really soft Sara Lee whole-wheat bread worked great too. I spread Apple Butter on it. I would chew it with just a sip of water and it went down very easily. It did a good job of keeping me from being hungry.

For the love of God, stay away from acidic or citrus foods or drinks. I had to swallow magnesium citrate and the sting was so painful I cried like a 2-year old girl. I was on a lot of Percocet and it still hurt like hell.

Constipation was an issue. I ate regularly right up to the evening of the day before surgery. Thanks to being tense & the pain meds, I was horribly constipated post-surgery. After 5-6 days I had to resort to magnesium citrate and Miralax to get things moving. Had I known this was going to happen, I would have taken steps BEFORE the surgery to clean out my colon. I probably would have consumed high-fiber meals and consumed much more water. If you get constipated easily, plan ahead for this and things will go smoother.

I hope this helps others who are considering this surgery and I wish you the best of luck!

 Michelle June 16, 2012 at 2:04 am

It’s day 4/5 for me depending on whether or not u count the day of op. I’m 18 and my graduation party is tomorrow. My mother said I would be feeling almost back to normal by then. She’s a nurse so I believed her then. I can barely talk. I’m an athlete so I know what it means to be hydrated. The first two days I didn’t go a moment without a glass of ice water right beside me. I was taking Tylenol with codeine until last night. My mother got me regular Tylenol to try. I thought the old would be stronger so I took it before attempting to sleep. With the T&c I never could sleep more than an hour without waking in pain and dehydrating my throat. It was really hard because I had no hope of going to sleep without another dose which was 2 hrs away. So last night my second dose I took the regular Tylenol and was able to sleep almost 3 hours. I still use the ice pack on my neck and my main food has been applesauce. I’ve eaten a little mashed potatoes and pudding and I ate some Mac and cheese today. I know I’m going to be losing some weight. I just want this to be over. My tonsils had been so swollen they were pretty much touching and for seven months. I didn’t want to miss sports so I waited till now. I have noticed that I can now breathe through my nose and I think in another week it will probs be worth it but for now this post T&A operation has been a huge pain in the ass!

 Beverly June 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

I am 44 years old and I have never experienced this kind of pain before. I had a complete hysterectomy in Nov and that was a breeze compared to this. Some days I didn’t have anything but a few popsicles. I really didn’t do much but just looked at the clock to see when I can take more pain meds. I have a four year old and she has been so sweet and concern. I have a so much thick saliva in my mouth that gets all over the bed. This is day 8 for me now. I feel ok..nothing to brag about….At night is when I have the biggest problems. In fact it’s 2:30 in the morning as I am writing this. I am so scared to go to sleep because when I wake up my mouth is dry as a desert and it is so painful. Constipation has been a big problem also. I have been able to urinate fine. My breath is out of the world !!!! I decided to eat some ice that was cola my sister had frozen. I thought that it would be good to eat flavored ice. One spoonful and I had to go and get back in the bed. The acid burned sooooo bad. Day 7 was by far the worst I experienced. I couldn’t sleep and the pain was awful. I couldn’t take the pain medicine because it burned like fire when I swallowed it. I have not taken any in a whole day so that is a plus. However, I called the dr office this morning and they called in a prescription of streriods to rid some of the swelling and it has helped (just made me even more hungry). Today was the first day I had any food; I had a chicken pot pot and it went down fine. I was nervous about doing this because of a risk of bleeding. Right now I am just having ear some pain in the lower part of my throat. The scabs are still there and I have not had any bleeding; just streaks sometimes in the saliva. I can say one plus to this is I get more air down my windpipe and noticed in on day 1.

 Franco June 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

I am scheduled to have my uvula removed as well as my tonsils on the 18th of July because I have severe sleep apnea. After reading the posts above I am seriously considering canceling the entire procedure. I can’t believe they don’t even keep you over night. I don’t have anyone home to help take care of me and I have two dogs and two cats to take care of. I really don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

Thanks for all the comments…..

 Jennifer June 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

Hi Franco! I just had my Tonsils removed on 6/13… I am 37 -If you could have someone take care of your pets, that would help tremendously… This is my experience- have someone take you home you will be given pain meds before you leave- day 1 & 2 really are not that bad- drink water often…. every 5 minutes literally 3/5 little sips and if you could find ice that is small and chewable- search for a place now… not only is it soothing but the crunching helps relieve tightness in the jaw- eat that often as well- the first day I only drank water and coconut water- I set my alarm to take my pain meds and in the middle of the night to hydrate- day two I added popsicles- and had a scrambled egg- and sweet potato, keep drinking water- even when you think you cant- you do not want the scabs that are forming to dry out and bleed- day 3 and 4 were the most painful but not severe just more than 1 & 2- keep drinking!! added pasta and pancakes- day 5 better… drove to get my son to and from camp had chicken- day six still sore while swallowing- (that has been a constant) but went to the mall and a birthday party (low key) talking to much does add to the strain- keep it mellow- try try try to have someone take care of your pets so you can rest and focus on recovering and hydrate- research now for drinks and foods you think you may like- Everyone is different but it seems the quickest recoveries have been those who have hydrated! Good Luck- I am sure it will be worth it! 2 weeks of being uncomfortable versus a lifetime of no sleep- :)

 Jennifer June 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Need to add… after day three stopped pain meds and just took 1000mg otc Tylenol every 6 hrs

 Jennifer June 24, 2012 at 3:25 am

Now on day 10… days 8,9,10 have been a different type of sore- More of a burning and aching sore throat- I didn’t expect that… but, it makes since because the scabs are slowly sloughing off showing new tissue- Also am so tired of being hungry! LOL Just want normal food-Italian, Mexican, Burgers!! Anyhow- It has been uncomfortable and frustrating but bearable- :)

 Sarah June 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

I am on day three post operation, I had my tonsils removed, my adenoids removed and my sinuses scraped. Doesn’t sound too pleasant.. I know! I stayed in hospital overnight. My throat was barely sore at all the day of operation and the day after as well. It hasn’t been until today that I have really begun to notice the negative effects. I have been encouraged to chew gum constantly to loosen up the jaw and assist saliva production which helps to lubricate the pharynx/throat.. I have foud the gum very helpful! I think I was a little too confident on days 1 and 2 and spoke a bit too often because I felt fine and now it pains me to speak. I have a bell beside my table for when my family is home haha. Toast has been delicious. I find swallowing very painful but am trying to bear with it because my doctor has told me to eat/function as normally as possible to aid a quick recovery. A couple of weeks of pain seems nothing in the scheme of a lifetime remaining of easy breathing and no more tonsillitis/sickness! :)

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