3,415 RESPONSES TO “TONSILLECTOMY RECOVERY”
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.
Im a 22 year old female, by the way.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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
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. :/
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?
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!!!
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…
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…
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.
Can anyone tell me what it feels like when the scabs come off?
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.
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 !
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
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/
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.
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!
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 ….
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.
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!
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?,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…..
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!