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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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 Angela June 22, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi everybody. Well I’m on day 8. The start of it anyways, as its almost 1 am. I am 39yrs old and this has got to be one of the worst things I’ve gone threw, and I’m pretty good with pain. Day 1 was all good because of the drugs. Even day 2 and 3, not bad. I was drinking a lot of water. Days 4 and 5 I ate very little because of the pain. Which wasn’t bad now that I think of it. Was talking ok , not the best but at least you could understand me. Day 6 the wosrt. I noticed the night of day 5 I couldn’t sleep well. I was getting about 3 to 4 hrs at a time. I’d wake up drink a whole bottle of water every night in the middle of it. Which my Dr. told me to do. But that night like 2 an a half hrs into my sleep I woke up in a lot of pain. So I took my pain pill again. Fell back asleep after the pill kicked in and I chewed on ice and drank cold water which hurt like hell! After another couple hrs I woke up again in pain. It was 3 in the morning and I stayed up till after 5 then started to dose off. So day six was not a good day. Today was better, but noticed every time I would drink water it burns like crazy on my left side. I can still see white on the back of my throat, but I think a piece of the scab came off. Tonight I ate a few bites of eggs and fried potatoes.real First

 Angela June 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

First real food I’ve had. But I haven’t felt like eating anything really. Think it helped a lot because I’ve been able to drink more water. I also had a warm cup of green tea before the ice water. So tonight I hope I sleep better. I haven’t had to take as much meds today. Oh by the way I’m on Hydrocodone 500. I only take half of a pill during the day so I’m not so sleepy feeling. I was supposed to go back to wrk tomorrow but I called and told them maybe Tuesday. No way I can go back. I could barely talk today you couldn’t really understand me. I hope this is over soon for me. It’s really helped me reading what everybody else is going threw. I’m glad I did. Oh and its hot here now so I’ve been sleeping with the air on and a fan. I don’t recommend a fan! I sleep with my mouth open and it gets dry. I’ve even tried to sleep sitting up so I can sleep with it closed. It didn’t work out. Well bring on day 8! I’m ganna try chewing gum tomorrow to loosen my jaw up. Thx for all the tips everybody! I’ll post in a couple of days..

 Liana June 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi everybody :)
I will have a tonsillectomy in 5 days and I am a little bit scared. This will be my second tonsillectomy, actually.
I am 31 years old and my tonsils were removed for the first time when I was 10. The remaining tissues infect quite often and in the last years I developed tonsillitis 7/8 times a year (severe ones).
Does anyone experienced this surgery more than once? How was the recovery for a “second” surgery?
The doctor told me it will be a delicate surgery because the remaining tissues are more difficult to remove….and besides this I am diabetic….uffff….I am pretty scared actually :)

 Beverly June 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

I have heard of people having to so it twice. Just drink lots and lots of cold water and eat popsicles. That was what helped me get through it. I hope you get through well. It was pretty bad for me but it did get better by day 10. Also, get a humudifier it really does help. Take care.

 Liana June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Beverly,

Thank you for your advice, the surgery is tomorrow and the anxiety is getting bigger :) .
I will try to post here day by day and share my recovering experiences.
Thanks a lot,

 Claire June 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

im 20 years old and Im on day 8 today post op and last night i woke up coughing on my own blood. it was the most horrible experience i have ever had.. i could feel the blood running down my throat.. i iced my neck an drank iced water and overall i spat out about 2 and a half tea spoons of blood in a cup. The bleeding stopped after 3-4 minutes. my mum rang the hospital and they said to go back to sleep as there was nothing they could do.. i couldnt go back to sleep as i felt so sick and i ended up vomiting up all the blood i had swallowed.. it was horrible but the bleed didnt start again. I went to my GP as soon as they opened and he said it might just be an infection and gave me new antibiotics… since i have got home i feel okay and have drunk heaps of fluids, sat upright and ate some soft bread… i am really scared i am going to bleed again and im so scared to go to sleep incase i wake up with blood running down my throat. it was a horrible experience :’( can anyone help me or give me advice please?? im miserable and i just want to be better. Also my appointment with my ENT is in 2 days.

 Beverly June 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hi everyone!! I posted last week and was in sooo much pain. Today I am on day 19 and I am a lot better. It was rough the first whole week. I am glad this is all behind me. My throat is still a little sore but it is better. I had some bacon and sausage this weekend so I am starting to eat more. The best advice I can give is to just drink plenty of cold water or apple juice. Also popsicles help me a whole lot. I didn’t have any horrible bleeding; just a little in my salavia. Don’t let your mouth get dry because it is so painful. The first week I had that problem but I used my humidifier and that helped a lot. Also, I would set my cell phone to wake me up every hour to drink water. Even though it hurts; force yourself to drink plenty. pomise it does help. Anyone has any question don’t hestiateto reply. By the way I’m a 44 year old female. Take care, and don’t eat foods with crusts and that are crunchy.

 Tahlia August 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Beverly I am 13 and I am on day 6 I was wondering if you got food stuck in the gaps where the tonsils where? It really hurts and it hurts to drink water to try get it out.

 Liana June 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Well, I am in day 2 after my surgery and I am relatively OK.
I am only taking pain killers (no antibiotics), drinking a lot of cold water and eating smooth food. For those who experience nausea, I really recommend to start eating very soft food like banana and the core of the bread. I felt too weak after 24h of my surgery and almost fainted. The doctor advised me to start eating, otherwise my body wouldn´t handle. Besides protecting your stomach, the soft food you will help you to clean the throat and prevent you from bleeding in the future.

 Beverly July 2, 2012 at 2:24 am

Liana, Hi I am glad you are doing well. It will be over before you know it!!
Take care,

 Liana July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hi Bev!
Thanks for your support!
And how are you today?

 Beverly July 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Yes I am doing well. I am making up for lost time eating. Today I am having a steak sandwich and fries from my favorite family owned resturant. I am glad that I can eat what I want. let me know how it’s going.

 Amanda July 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

I am a 34 yr old female in the US and had my tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy on the 27th, so im on day 4. Ive been terrified this entire time due to the stories ive read. It really is an excruciatingly uncomfortable experience that is just so alien to me and my every day self. The biggest problem ive had so far, aside from the expected PAIN, is that my tongue and uvula were/are so swollen it is hard to breathe. My saliva is so much thicker and it hurts like a devil trying to swallow it. Ive tried spitting is out, but that too is painful. I have no desire to eat, am forcing water into my, and basically am living off ice chips. Ive tried popsicles, pudding, mashed potato and what ive found to be the best for me is cream of wheat made with chicken broth. It is smooth, warm and goes down easily adding some direly needed calories and fat to my diet. Ive been taking the pain medication religiously and that helps keep me on top of it, not completely making it go away. Im scared of 2 things: increasing pain that is not controlled by my meds, and bleeding. Is it safe to say that if I hydrate well and sleep with a humidifier that my risks for bleeding go down? If I do start to bleed, will I recognize it in time to get to an ER? I worry that if I bleed in my sleep that I just wont wake up and thats a problem.
Thanks for you stories, support, and knowledge

 Liana July 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hei Amanda,
I am also in day 4 and I experience exactly the same things. I know it is very difficult to swallow and we have no desire to drink or eat, but it´s very important that you force it to decrease the chances of bleeding.
The doctor told me (by is own experience) that the patients who try to eat and drink as much as possible do not experience bleeding because the scrabs start to fall slowly. You just need to get to an ER if you bleed at least a half of cup of blood, and I am sure you will wake up if that happens. Try to not think about it and relax as much as you can. We feel miserable in these days but keep in mind that this is the last time you will suffer from your throat! No more tonsillitis, no more fever, no more throat pain. Be strong and keep fighting. Eat as much as you can (soup, eggs, soft cake,ect) and push it with water if needed.
In a couple of days we will be sharing positive stories :)
Good luck!

 Amanda July 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for your reply Liana. I am drinking 1.5 to 2 liters water a day and making sure I get in at least 1 slimfast shake and 1 package of cream of wheat. Its really tough but my supportive hubby is helping to push its importance. I wonder if drinking shakes work as well as more solid food like mashed pot. and eggs to help with the scabs?
I hope you are doing ok and managing your pain.

 Liana July 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

I think you are doing great Amanda, just make sure you eat enough to have energy and to protect your stomach. I just don´t drink shakes because they cause me nausea, but honestly I think they are more healthy then eggs and potatoes. :)
At this stage my throat is super sensitive and water seems like broken glass passing through it.
I look forward to have better days… we need to be positive and think in our amazing future without tonsillitis anymore :)
How do you feel today? And you Beverly? :)

 Beverly July 2, 2012 at 2:33 am

Hi I to was worried about the bleeding. I had no desire to eat and forced myself to drink water. My saliva was also so thick and hard a hard time trying to swollow it. I lived on popsicles and applesauce. I didn’t eat any food until a week later that was really soft like chicken pot pie and chicken noodle soup. The pain I found was contyrolled some under the med; not all the way though. I also used a humidifier which helped soooo much. That will help ith becoming dehydrated and bleeding. Although I was tired; I set the alarm on my cell phone to drink something every 1 and a half. If you don’t the wounds will get dry and have a potential to bleed. If you do that you will get through it I promise, it helped me get through it. Post and let me know how it goes.
Take care,

 Chloe July 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm


I’m Chloe, 19 and thinking of having my tonsils out. I have tonsillitis frequently and have a reference from my doctor to get it done but im scared is the pain worth it? Any advice would be really appreciated!

 Liana July 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hi Chloe,

I don´t know about you, but in my case I used to develop tonsillitis every 6 weeks with high fever and a lot of pain. Sometimes, just a change in the weather used to put me to bed. The recovering from a tonsillectomy is very hard and painful and requires a lot of patience and control. However, if my problem will be solved (which I hope so this time) this pain worth it… Don´t be scared because everybody can handle it, but be sure you are psicologically prepared to do so.

 Amanda July 3, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hello Again,

Im on day 6 now and some of my scabs are beginning to fall off. Is it supposed to happen now? I felt something fully as I swallowed some water and went to see and sure enough, a piece of the scab was coming off. There was a tiny bit of blood as well that was stopped with rest, ice chips and ice water. I thought that the scabs were to stay on until the 8-10th day. Im slightly concerned but also slightly paranoid,so dont know if the concern is justified. Thoughts?

 Liana July 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

Exactly the same with me….and I still have a pocket of curdled blood in my throat from this morning.
Is this normal? During the night I also woke up with my tongue extremely swollen.

 Amanda July 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

Liana, my tongue has been very swollen from day 1 and continues to be. I have little marks on either side where my teeth dig into it when my mouth is closed…which is all the time. Ive read that it can come and go for 10-15 days. The bleeding with scabs coming off seems to check out as ok as long as it stops. Ill probably phone my surgeon tomorrow to confirm. Im just so glad that I have my husband here 24/7, just in case. Im not sure where you are but im in California where it is 11:30pm, not what time it states on the post. Hope you are able to get some rest and relief from the tongue. Ice chips seem to numb it a bit but nothing brings it down but a steroid shot, although those have complications on their own.

 Liana July 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

Hi Amanda,
Yes, I also have my teeth marks and I noticed that the surgeon cut a little bit of my tongue in the back which hurts like hell when water passes through it. :(
I put some ice on my neck and around my face and it helped a lot….
I am in Denmark and it´s 10:51 am, this night was very painful and I am sleeping like 1.5-2 hours each time. It´s good to know that someone is passing through the same experience and that makes me feel a little bit more confident (of course I would prefer that we were sharing our vacation experiences, ehehe).
Thank you Amanda, keep fighting, we are almost there! :)

 Jenny July 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hello all! I am 33 years old and have severe strep throat 3-4 times a year. After going through this for several years, the doctor has said that I may want to consider having my tonsils removed. I would love to know if anyone else has had success in decreasing strep throat bouts after they’ve had their tonsils removed. My daughter had hers removed when she was 3 and it has made a world of difference for her! Thank you!

 Ashley July 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

Hey everyone. I am a 28 year old female who had my tonsils/adenoids out on 6/29/12. I am currently on Day 5 (including day of surgery). I was scared to death to have the surgery done because I had read soooo many horror stories online. I talked to several different people I knew who had it done as adults, and most were bad experiences as well. The night before the surgery, I was freaking out. I almost canceled, but I’m here to tell you, I’m glad I didn’t. I do believe all of the horror stories out there and I do believe many people have a very, very rough time with a tonsillectomy. I am not one of those people. Trust me, I’m no superhero. I’m a teacher who is a little overweight, doesn’t work out very often, loves to eat fried foods, and has little tolerance for pain. Here is my experience so far:

Day 1 (Day of Surgery)- My arrival time was scheduled for 8:50am. Of course I had it in my head that I was thirsty since I wasn’t allowed to drink since midnight the night before. I also had an upset stomach (and frequent bathroom trips) overnight because when I get nervous, my bowels kick into full gear. I put on my gown and answered a bunch of questions. I joked around with the nurses and the next thing they had to do was find my vein to get my IV started. This is always a trick because I have teeny tiny veins. They poked my right hand and prodded around a bit (ouch). Then they tried my left and finally found a winner. The next thing I remember, I said bye to my boyfriend mom and I was out.

After the surgery, I woke up in recovery and my mom was teasing me about how large my neck was. I was really super swollen. I had a sore throat, but nothing excruciating. I normally don’t get sick or nauseated from anesthesia, but this time I was very queasy. The nurse put some kind of anti-nausea medicine in my IV to help me feel better, but I still felt pretty crappy while coming out of my haze. I had gone into the hospital around 8:50am and was ready to leave around 11am/noon.

I noticed I had almost a “fat lip” on my upper right lip for the first 2 days. I guess it’s where my mouth was propped open during surgery.

I got home and felt very goofy. I already had all of my prescriptions filled, so I was ready to go with the liquid Lortab and the liquid amoxycillin. My throat was still sore and I could definitely tell I had surgery, but it wasn’t unmanageable. It was basically a dull throbbing in my throat. I did well with the first dose of painkiller, but I did throw up the 2nd one. My boyfriend called the doctor and he called me in a prescription for anti-nausea medicine. I ended up not taking it because the nausea went away after the first day.

The only things I could consume the first day were water, ice chips, freeze pops, and medicine. I know it has been said in just about every post, but DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. When you think you can’t possibly drink anymore and that water is going to leak out your ears, take another drink. You have to keep your throat moist and well hydrated. I also kept an ice pack on my neck all day and night. It helped manage the swelling.

I only slept for about 2 hours at a time and had some mild discomfort overnight. I just made sure I kept on my medicine (every 4 hours no matter what) and that I anytime I tossed and turned or anything, I sat up and took a drink. I also made sure that I got up and walked around frequently because that helped me burp out a lot of the anesthesia gas and it helped me keep my ears clear.

Day 2 – I basically just laid around and slept most of Day 2. I couldn’t really focus on reading or the computer or watching TV. I felt sick after being up and around for too long. I took my medicine every 4 hours and slept off and on. I could still only eat ice chips, water, and freeze pops. The pain was constant, but not awful. No jaw pain, no ear pain, no awful shooting pains like I had read online. Just a constant throb managed by medicine. It felt like I had a bad case of strep throat.

Day 3 – Day 3 wasn’t much different than Day 2. I had slept for about 3-4 hours at a time the night before. I made sure to still take my medicine every 4 hours. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like I was having a party or something. I would watch the clock because I needed that medicine every 4 hours. There was some pain, but it wasn’t “super painful” or anything like that. I’m a huge wuss, and if I say it isn’t bad, it wasn’t bad. I found that about 30 minutes after I took my medicine, I could eat a little bit of soft food. I had KFC mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. I started eating some pudding off and on and I drank a lot of Ensure to make sure I was getting my nutrients. I got up and got a shower and brushed my teeth. It felt good to get up and get clean and move around.

Day 4 – I thought I should have been feeling better by Day 4, but I wasn’t. My boyfriend called the doctor for me (I could talk but not a whole lot before getting sore) and told him I still had some swelling and pain, so the doctor prescribed me a steroid. I started taking it that night, and the swelling in my tongue went down considerably. I also started having more mucus production at this time. It’s weird. It was like I could breathe out of my nose, but when I would breathe in, the air flow would get blocked by mucus. I could breathe in and out of my mouth just fine. I started soft coughing up chunks of mucus. All clear, no blood or anything. I still needed pain meds every 4 hours, but again, it’s not excruciating. By this point, I just wanted to go to the Chinese Buffet and pig out but of course I knew that wasn’t possible. Sitting around for a few days sucks!

Day 5 (where I am today)- Last night, I would have slept all night had it not been for my alarm waking me up to take my meds. I was supposed to have a dose at midnight, 4am, 8am, noon, etc. I took my midnight, 8am, but then I waited until 1pm instead of noon. So now I’m backing it up to every 5 hours instead of 4. I am almost out of pain medicine so I’m trying to stretch it as much as I can. I have a little bit of a headache today, a little heartburn, and the steroids have made my face a little red.

I’ve read various horror stories about the scabs coming off in big bloody chunks and then having a horrible raw feeling in the back of the throat. I have yet to look in my throat (no desire to), but I think my scabs might slowly be coming off on the right side. I didn’t have any bleeding, but as I was eating some things, it almost felt like little pieces coming off and now there is a little bit of a sharp pain in certain spots when I swallow. I can only imagine it has something to do with the scabs.

So far, I feel I’ve been very lucky. I’ve also been very prepared and very positive about the whole thing. I know the experience is absolutely downright horrible for some people, but it isn’t for everyone. So far, so good for me. I never really got infections much or anything like that, my removal was for mild sleep apnea. I will have to update when I feel like I’m recovered enough to give a fair judgment about my sleep apnea improvement or lack thereof. Just know, if you are considering the surgery, or if you were scared to death like me, you can have a tonsillectomy without a horror story attached.

 Christina July 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi Everyone,

I just got back from the Dr. and he told me I HAVE to get my tonsils out or expect to be bed ridden forever. I have tonsilitis so often that if I’m not actively on antibiotics, I’m sick. I don’t know what I’m going to do, I work as a bartender and will probably lose my job because of how much time I have to take off for this. I won’t be able to pay rent, my car, etc. Its a very scary situation. Can anyone tell me how long it took them to be able to get back to work? I’m also terrified of the pain of course, your stories, while helpful, have scared me senseless. It sounds like the worst thing on the planet, I actually started crying. You all seem to have great advice, I’m definitely getting a humidifier!

 Liana July 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Hi Christina,

If the removal of your tonsils can give you a better quality of life, I think all the pain you may have worth it. Spending an entire life taking antibiotics is not good for your body for sure! Some people do not experience pain, and others may suffer during the recovering stage but you will have painkillers to help you during the process.
The time that people need to come back to work is not possible to predict (we are all different), but in average, 2 weeks are normally needed. And you need to have someone near of you to take care of you and support you, at least in the first couple of days:)
And remember that it´s only two weeks, and after that you are free from tonsillitis and antibiotics!!:)

 Amanda July 5, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hi Liana,

How is your recovery coming along?
I am doing OK. I only have pain upon swallowing now, but that pain is not fun. The scabs are coming off when I eat. A few times today bigger pieces were removed by my food and left a terrible burning sensation. It prevented me from eating anything else. Water at room temperature is fine though, thank goodness. I gave up on eating food and drank an Ensure drink chased by water instead. Others said they did not feel anything when their scabs came off, but it was also later in their recovery so I assume the skin underneath was more healed. I am not bleeding though so I assume its safe/healthy for them to come naturally at whatever time. I am so thankful I have not experienced the terrible ear pain other have felt, but I do feel some teeth sensitivity which I dont see alot of. It feels as if there are cavities and when I brush or chew gum it stings in a few areas. I do wish I could chew gum so I could get my mouth and jaw working a bit. They get quite sore when I eat pretty early on.
I am so thankful to have made it to day 8 and know that the end is near!
Hope you are well,

 Liana July 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Amanda!

I am feeling much better today, and I am lucky also because I didn´t have pain in my ears. Now I just feel a little bit of pain with some food but nothing compared to some days ago. I also have my teeth very sensitive, specially my gums, but I think it will get better with time. I also experience the burning feeling in the parts that scabs went off, and the only food that doesn´t burn is the white part of the egg (the pH is alcaline). Yesterday I went also for my first walk and it was soooo nice, it helped me a lot psychologically.
Yes!!! The end is near and I am looking forward to start working again :)
It has been very nice being in contact with you!!
Many kisses!

 Amanda July 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hi Liana,
I believe that I may also have a cut on my tongue. It is on the base as far back as it could be. Im just wondering if you had contacted your ENT about it or if it is healing on its own. Right now that is the only thing that burning when I eat or drink anything other than water.

 Emma July 6, 2012 at 2:06 am

This has been a very informative little forum for me this morning. As I await my tonsillectomy in two weeks time, thought I’d brush up and prepare myself so that I am ready for whats to come. Thank you all for sharing and being very honest I know now, that when these things start happening, that it is normal and I don’t need to panic! Now I need to get a humidifier and a more comfortable mattress because I’ll be there most of the time! Will post when it is over with, but thought I’d say thank you for the stories.


 Liana July 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Hi Emma,

I just wish you good luck and be strong and positive!
Expect the worst but hope for the best, and it will be much easier :) Get some movies and tv-shows, it will help you a lot to forget about time and pain.
We are strong women! :) Everything is gonna be fine! :)

 Liana July 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

Hi Amanda,

My cut is healing on its own and now I just feel a little pain in that spot. I think you will feel better when it starts to heal and when your tongue comes back to the normal size. Just wait a couple of days to see what happens, but I strongly believe that your pain will disappear soon. I did not contact my doctor because I don´t want another surgery, eheheheh. :) Also my gums are getting better :)
Today I stopped taking the painkillers because I don´t have so much pain and because I want to clean my body from all the medication which makes me dizzy and with some palpitations.
I cannot believe that I am coming back to my normal life….uffff….now I appreciate every simple thing, like walking in the gardens, seeing people, taking ice coffee :)
Hope we will be 100% very soon!

 Amanda July 7, 2012 at 4:53 am

So glad that you are getting out and about. I too am weaning off the meds and it seems to be causing me some anxiety, so im not quite ready for the public ;)
My tongue is also healing as well as the teeth sensitivity. The last to go is the swelling, both in my tongue and mostly the uvula. VERY frustrating and makes me sound funny still. I hope it leaves soon.
I ate some mashed potatoes and gravy today, which caused so much pain 2 days ago, and enjoyed every bit of it! Im both very excited for food and also very determined to keep the 12 pounds ive lost off, wish me luck!
Thanks for your comfort and support throughout this ordeal, Liana

 Liana July 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hi Amanda,

Nice to hear that you are doing fine! Thank you also for all the support during this difficult stage. Do you have facebook? :) If so, please add me (Liana Madaleno) or we can keep in contact by mail (
Best wishes dear, and maybe one day we meet…who knows? The world is so small :) ))
Have a nice weekend,

 Luana July 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy @ 10am Monday July 2nd, 2012. So if you count “surgery day” as day one I am beginning day six (its 2:30am) I have only been sleeping roughly 1.5 to 2 hrs at a time, but this is not too abnormal for me….I have insomnia and an overactive bladder (TMI) lol.

Pre-surgery I stocked the fridge/freezer with grape juice, apple juice, jello, ice pops, yogurt, pudding, fruit bars (frozen) sorbet, ice cream, eggs, soup, sherbet, fresh strawberries and bananas to make smoothies and gum as well as misc soft stuff (spagetti o’s, veggie lasagna, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, canned tamales-mild). Also got some cepacol honey/lemon drops, gly-oxide for a mouth wash/gargle (heals canker sores etc), and hot tea. I decided after the fact (and reading posts online) to limit milk-based items as much as possible to minimize the need to clear my throat from extra phlegm production. Did get a humidifier to run when I sleep- its very humid here normally, so not sure how much that will help. Plan on using ice packs on throat to try to minimize swelling….

Day 1 ~ Arrived at the hospital and checked in, talked to the surgeon and anesthesiologist they gave me vitamin V in my IV in the prep area due to nerves; never had that before (its not a vitamin they said when I asked if I could get it over the counter, they laughed, if only!) and I remember them putting the heart monitor stickies on my chest once they wheeled me into the OR, the anesthesiologist had yet to come in and give me the good meds/make me count backwards and WHAM – I wake up in recovery! This was my 9th surgery, and I’ve never had that happen before – they snuck up on me and didn’t even tell me it was gonna happen! lol Sneaky devils…..Went home with liquid ceftin (antibiotic) 2x a day and Lortabs 7.5mg to take 1-2 every 4 hrs. I also made them call in anti-nausea meds since I was queasy before we even left the hospital. I had some of the numbing ice pops from my last bout of tonsillitis so I didn’t get that script filled….they are great for 5-10 minutes which is enough to get a pill down or a few bites of food when needed. Overall I was in mild/moderate discomfort when I got home, like the beginning of strep throat; I was only taking 1/2-1 lortab because I was nauseous and I was having troubling peeing without bearing down pretty significantly- called the dr and he said that is normal from the anesthesia and to not worry. Icing my neck with bags of frozen veggies as often as I could stand it. Chewed gum, ate a bit and drinking quite a lot of juice/ice water.

Day 2 – actually felt okay all things considered and kept at 1 lortab most of the time rather than 2, I felt okay so much so I was actually a rather chatty cathy, and ended up having my throat spasm on me later in the day and I realized I HAD to stop talking nonstop or I would be in serious trouble! lol I was still having pain that to a certain degree the meds wouldn’t touch, but that was to be expected. Made up the slushy ice packs – 1 cup rubbing alcohol to 2 cups water in a freezer ziplock. These things are great- form to the neck without causing discomfort due to over-stiffness. Again, chewed gum and ate and drank a lot considering the pain it causes and kept my neck iced.

Day 3 – by night of day 2 going into day 3 I’ve noticed I now have a significant amount of pain in my tongue/jaw that wasn’t there before. Tongue feels like someone tried to rip it out of my throat and its raw in spots by my molars- can see the indents where it was clamped and pulled out of my mouth. Then I noticed swelling in my throat/tongue, it seemed subtle- but its so much I can no longer see my uvula and I can no longer see my tonsils and the white coating where my tonsils once were – couldn’t stick my tongue out much beyond my lips and couldn’t open my jaw much more than to barely squeeze a spoon in. Pain started increasing steadily and swallowing was getting pretty painful even when increasing to 2 lortabs every 4 hrs.

Day 4 – pain is pretty much constant, and need to take my meds real regular or I will end up in tears due to the severity. Hubby says I am moaning in pain in my sleep as well. When I do doze off I wake up every time coughing from choking, and in a lot of pain. Swelling is not getting any better and even the numbing pops do not seem to help. Think I ate/drank less today, but that is to be expected with this level of pain. Decided near bedtime to give some hot tea a chance and wow- it actually felt good. Think I will be converting to the warm stuff!!

Day 5 – Seems to progress much the same as day 4, except I am drinking hot tea and its much nicer swallowing than ice water….very nice, nicey-nice. lol Pain is still pretty bad TBH – got my pain meds refilled and wondering if I am going to have to call and ask for more/something stronger. Hate how dr’s can make you feel like a drug addict when they know the level of pain you’re in, and rather than take care of you and your pain they make you beg and grovel for every measure of relief. It sucks. Having weird bouts of swallowing saliva wrong (really not swallowing, more draining in the back of my throat) and feeling the overwhelming need to cough but repressing it. Odd…..also a sensation of tearing/cracking in the mid-throat area, not sure what it is but it is not pleasant at all.

Day 6 – its about 3am now, so I don’t have much to add yet for how things will be today….I am tired and want to sleep since I’ve been up for a bit but I want to stay up until hubby comes home from work or I will just be wide awake when he gets in and he will go to sleep alone and I will stare at the walls some more. lol

The gly-oxide seems to help with the tongue/mouth sores along my molars and I think the swelling is coming down on my tongue too- they sell gly-oxide in a blue/white bottle where they sell other stuff like orajel and what not (for adults, not kids) for mouth stuff – I first used it when I lived at home 35 years ago so the company has been around a long time….its sorta expensive ($10) for a really small bottle but worth it since you only use a few drops at a time….I may not normally need it but once a year (if that), but its worth it to have an owwie in your mouth heal up in a day or two when you use it 3-4x a day instead of taking 5 or 6 days to heal on its own.

 Luana July 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

As a side note- OMG, honey/lemon cepacol burned like acid in my mouth/throat. I think most anything citrus would do that but this was unreal – the numbing stuff in it works, but not before the citrus and menthol make your eyes water like crazy and induce cussing like a sailor! So I would have to say that those I do not recommend……

 vicky July 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

I like the Difflam antibacterial lozenges they are great

 Beverly July 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I am sorry that you experienced that…I had some forzen cook and experienced the same thing….cussing like a salior!!!!

 Beverly July 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I was trying to say frozen coke…lol

 vicky July 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi , i had my tonsils removed on the 26th June ,so i am on day 12… still red and sore but i am eatting now

 Beverly July 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Everyone!!!! I am happy to see that everyone is recovering well. It is a hard road to travel but it does come to an end. I am eating well and back to normal. I still have some pain and find trouble yawning; but otherwise I am mending good. My surgery was on June 7th so I am over a month post surgery. Luana I hope that you feel beeter soon so you can eat what you want and get some much needed sleep….Hugs and love to everybody :)

 vicky July 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hi , everyone well today is day 14 for me , and not taking as many meds but i am still sore on the left side still this side has been the most painful over the time since op.. Back to work on friday after 2.5 weeks . My throat is still sore in the mornings, but i am still having the difflam lozenges they are good . Antibacterial and anti inflammatory . Good luck everyone take care x

 Harry July 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hello Guys
i had my tonsillectomy on Monday July 22th and after the surgery i started to bleed(a lot) and i went to the theatre for second time it was horrible, ….It is my day 9 and still i feel a little pain, the worst day was thursday, but I have been taking all the doctor’s recommendations and it is not a nightmare for me, pain killers, antibiotics and an oral rinse (Difflam), plus water and water….ahhh and Manuka honey … I’ve been eating of everything from the 3rd day.
My big complain is I’ve been disorientated and confused, I think are all these medicines …. Thanks for this blog and I wish you the best in your journey of post tonsillectomy… Hugs from London

 ta July 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I am 18 years old and a female.when i was a kid i remember havingbouts where i would get it 5 or six times a year.i would be in severe pain.i would be severly dehydrated and end up in er for an iv and meds. They never once mentioned getting my tonsils out. had my last strep throat attack at 13.well bout a month ago i got it real bad once.i went to my doctor and he told me my tonsils didnt look healthy and suggested an ear nose and throat i go and he tells me what im telling him isnt as bad as what im dad was wwith me and put his input in and he said he’ll take them surgery is july very scared.i dont do well with pain. And i am espically bad with my sinus,ears,and throat.i had terrible terrible food poisioning once and would rather that then one of my mild bouts of strep.and a girl in my class got hers removed last year and had massive bleeding and threw up liters of blooe.i know its rare but seeing someone who had that happen is scary.

 Shawn July 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

Hello fellow sufferers i’m a 47 year old aussie male. I had my t’sills out on 2nd july 2012, my first day of 3 weeks holiday from work booked 6 months earlier on our work holiday roster because i had family coming to the gold coast for an annual visit. I was told 2 weeks before my holidays started that i needed to have my t’sills out. The doc had an opening on the 2nd of july so i had to take it. It’s been such a great holiday so far,,,NOT !!!
I’m at day 9 and have suffered everything i have read here. I actually googled because i just returned from walking my son, well he’s a border collie dog, i could taste blood and spat into a tissue to check and i was bleeding. About 2 teaspoons of blood came out then my saliva became pinkish and then clear again. It lasted 5 to 8 mins. I’m not happy as i was going to have home made deep fried spring rolls 4 dinner, now it’s back to 2 minute noodles i guess,does anyone know how long they take to cook,lol . After reading everyones stories i feel more at ease so i thank u all and wish i knew about this site the first day of my recovery. It is more painfull the older u are apparently, eat soft, lots of water, meds when they are due.
A possitive for me is i have not had a cigarette since july 1 and i am not going to have one ever again.
Cheers and good luck to all.

 Em July 18, 2012 at 1:25 am

I think my bleeding was the same as yours this morning. I just freaked more and went in… I’m not good with blood. But has it happened to your again? That’s my biggest fear now!

 Amanda July 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

Hello All,

I just wanted to pop back in and support the recover-ers out there. I am 16 days post op and doing well. I am able to eat anything and will be going back to work soon. I wanted to make sure people knew that bleeding was not inevitable with this surgery. That was the thing that I was most scared of after reading the stories online. I drank 1.5-2 liters of water a day and made it through with no bleeding instances. My scabs came off from day 5-9 and left stinging bits, the only things I could eat were cream of wheat and mac and cheese, and room temp water. I still have swelling in my uvula and soft palette which is not something that is considered normal so im taking steroids and it is going down little by little. So if you are 7 days out with swelling, you could check in about a steroid shot and/or pills. I feel no pain and the only thing that is left is making sure I gargle after each meal because food seems to get caught in the space where the tonsil was. They will smooth out eventually but in the mean time, gargle gargle gargle! You will make it through, and you will most likely not bleed if you follow dr.’s orders. Take care!

 Finn July 13, 2012 at 12:16 am

Hey guys I’m 20 and I had my tonsils out tuesday – its friday morning now. The day of surgery i didn’t much feel like eating, had some ice cream and yogurt and ice and water etc.. when i got home i had soup and ended up eating lasagne veges and mash potato for dinner by thursday i was eating wheetbix, curry and some other stuff. Im keeping up the water, probably drinking about 4 – 5 litres a day and at the moment i feel pretty good.. Obviously I’m on medication etc (pain killers, antibiotics and a few others) but my main concern is that every night including first night in hospital and both nights at home i wake up with night sweats – usually having to change my clothes during the night, sometimes twice.. just wanted to know (A) – is this normal and (B) – when the F*&^ does is stop aha. Some of the stories on here sound pretty horrific but as far as i can tell if you smash heaps of water then you’ll be okay.. I’m thinking mac and cheese for lunch today.

 Kendal July 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi folks. I’m only on day 4 of recovery and I’m absolutely miserable. Last night I had a brief moment of panic when I thought I was going to have to throw up and experienced pretty bad acid reflux all night. I want to take my meds but I’m afraid that may be causing the acid buildup. I’m currently on liquid lortab. Has anyone experienced this issue? Any advice that may help my situation?

 Liana July 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi Kendal,
You will experience nausea if you don´t start eat solid food to protect your stomach. Try to eat smashed potatoes or pasta or the core of a soft bread. Your problems will go away and it also helps to release the scabs around your throat (when the scabs become too thick you have the feeling of throwing up).
All the best!

 Sobhan July 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi everyone. I’m a 20 years old male and i’m on day 6 post-op.

First 5 days was really painful but when i thought about the days that i had tonsils problem, it was well worth it.

Right now, i still have pain but it’s lesser. I can eat but sometimes it hurts but again it’s bearable.

I had some questions myself. First thing, I can’t pull my tongue out real good . it’s like it has got short. Is this normal? it will go to normal length after some time?

2nd, i feel like something is hanging in the back of my throat. i know there is a wound and all but i feel like maybe the things i eat still gets stuck there?

3rd, i have now kinda of a neck problem. my neck isn’t stretching good. i know because i try to lean my head forward all the time and that hurts the neck, but anyone else experienced this?

Thanks in advance for any help.

I hope you all get well.


 Emily July 16, 2012 at 4:48 am

Hi everybody! I’m a 17 year-old female and on day 4 of recovery. After having strep throat 3 times in 6 months, my doctor and I decided that it was time to have my tonsils out. I’m someone who doesn’t handle pain very well so when the doctor told me I would have a sore throat after surgery, I was a little nervous. So far my recovery hasn’t been too bad and my sore throat just feels really uncomfortable and not too painful thanks to the meds. I have a couple questions that I hope you can help me with. How long does the sore throat usually last? Does it get worse before it gets better as the recovery goes on? Lastly, I was hoping you could tell me a little more about the scabs because the doctors or nurses didn’t really tell me hardly anything about them. Thank you for your help! I hope everyone has a safe, easy, and speedy recovery!

 Sobhan July 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

Hi Emily,

I’m not very experienced cause i’m on day 8, but as you go on , you’ll feel it’s getting better. I think the sore thorat will be gone in 10-14 days.

I still have pain when i try to swallow food but the pain is much less than before.

As i’ve read some articles, on day 7-11 you will feel a little more pain because the scabs will come off.
It’s like one day you feel pain, the next day you feel fine. I myself felt some pain but it’s managable, so don’t worry.

As for the scabs, i really don’t know either but mine are coming off a little now. I sometimes cough it up. Scabs will be the last phase of pain and then you will be completely fine.

I hope you be well, oh and Don’t forget to drink cold water.


 Abe July 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hey fellas im on day 4 and if i thought i was tough i was wrong =) its been mighty helpful reading through these comments, and also scary heh, im 17 yrs old =p and evry day passin is very tender and merciles on teh throat, BTW ensure is a great way to put nutrition into your system!

 Sobhan July 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Hi Abe,

I know how you feel. but just thinking about -you’re getting better in few days- is gonna help.

You may feel it’s not bearable but every day you’ll feel the pain less.

I believe in you,

 Abe July 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hey Sobhan, thanks alot for the reply, but arent u scared about the scabs? =o when they come off ina few days, i see they should come off, or have already came off for you being 8 days, how was that experience =)

 Sobhan July 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hi again Abe,

Well the process of “scabs coming off” will be the last phase of pain. I’m on day 8 and sometimes i cough the scabs off.

The pain is not that much. So basically after day 6, you are going to feel much better.

 michele July 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

These comments have really been informative, thank you. I am currently in day 5. Overall it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would. I have been really diligent about taking pain medication every four hours as well as drinking lots of water. I am on leave from work for two weeks. I am concerned about going back because I’m in sales. I work about 50 hours a week. All I do is talk all day. If I’m not talking to customers on the phone, then I’m talking to them at my desk. I am worried because talking hurts so much right now and from what I have been reading, it can last over two weeks. Is there anyone out there who has been through this who can tell me what to expect when back at work? My doctors note says two weeks, but is that really long enough for someone like me who has a job that involves so much talking?

 Sobhan July 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Hi Michele,
I’m on day 8 and still my voice is hurting. I think two weeks as in day 14, you will be fine to talk.

 Alicia July 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hey everyone! I’m 22 years old and I’m having my tonsils removed next wednesday. I’m really glad I found this site because I definitely feel more prepared now! I’ll write about my experience when the time comes.


 Sobhan July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi Alicia,

Welcome to the neighborhood xD.

One good tip- Try to eat your favorite foods/meals/things before the operation because you won’t be able to eat delicious food for a while.

I wish best of luck for you,


 Em July 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

Hi all. I’m 19 and had my tonsils out a week ago today. The recovery has of course sucked, but no recovery from surgery ever is fun! I’ve been in a lot of pain, not gonna lie, but I’ve been sure to drink a LOT. As much as it hurts, the pain won’t kill you! This morning I woke up with a super dry throat though and I felt like I was kind of choking and I had a mouthful of blood. I was freaked out and the worst part was feeling it basically drain down your throat. Luckily by the time I got to the ER the bleeding stopped and they just hooked me up to ivys to give me some more pain medicine, anti-inflammatory medicine, and water to hydrate me. I feel GREAT today because of it, but I guess I’m just nervous for the all the scabs to fall off. Will I always bleed like that? Next time I won’t run into the ER… it was just instinct! But I just need more stories and info about when the scabs actually do fall off and if since I bled once, if I will everytime or since it stopped on it’s own if I should be fine? I wish they could take these off for me! :(


 T July 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

Im on day four post op The pain is tolerable, I’ve been eating biscuits and toast it actually feels better to eat these foods. It is recommended in Australia that we resume our normal diets with the exception of spicy and acidic foods. This keeps the wound clean and encourages quicker healing. A overnight stay in hospital was required and I was sent home with panadol and some endone. Im defiantly going to avoid this soft food diet. It may take me longer to eat a meal but, I’m getting my jaw to move which is stopping my ear aches. I’m eating food that is cleaning the wound.

 Callie July 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hi guys, I’m Callie- 15 and I had my tonsils taken out on July 12. It’s day 6 and the pain is almost gone on the right side in the back of my throat (besides like a soreness) but whenever I swallow it burns and hurts TERRIBLY on the left side. I looked with a flashlight and right next to the “punching bag” on the left side I saw a bump… I can’t move my tongue much but I pushed it back and I can feel the bump, it’s hard and rough. I don’t know what it is and it’s making me nervous. Scabs haven’t started to fall off yet, not excited for that part. The third day I stopped taking the liquid medicine they gave me back I spent hours in the middle of the night throwing up what little I had in my stomach, and totally nauseous. They recently gave me hydro/acetm 5/325 and when I took that it helped a lot!! I asked my mom for more later on. When I could take them again, but then she said she doesn’t want me taking them so much (as we both know it can be addicting.) I woke up this morning and I was in much pain, but she made me take ibuprofen 600. Any help PLEASE on if the object on the roof of my mouth is AND/OR help on how I can get my mom to give me the medication I need? Thank you!!!

 Emily July 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi everybody! I’m 17 and on day 7 of recovery. I was wondering how long into the recovery does the ear pain occur? Is it very painful? Thank you for your help!

 Liana July 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hey Emily,

Some people do not experience ear pain, like me for example :) If you didn´t have it until now, I think you will escape to that also. Just be sure you have the painkillers near of you… Good luck!


 Kristin July 24, 2012 at 1:06 am

I’m on day 10 and my ears have hurt the past three days. This is the worst pain I have ever been in… And I’ve have twins via c section and my appendix out. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I really don’t know how I am going to do it.

 Rosebud July 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Im on post op day 9 and at first the pain was unbearable I hated it and cried my eyes out for the first 7 days. I had to go back to the doctors because I got dehydrated on day 8. My doc. Told me this is the peak right after day 11 i should to start to feel way way better i already started feeling better today……..though I have been coughing like crazy. My doc also told me looks like a lot of my scabs have fallen off so they prob started around day 7 and continued to 8. Im ready to get back to my normal routine. At the hospital they gave me morphine and 2000ml of fluids after tht I was able to drink a slurpee and eat a lil not much. Im happy im making it through. Also my hubby is in military and got 5 days off to tke care of our little ones which helped a ton. The one thing I hated was when ppl would tell me it would get better I was bad at them cus it never felt tht way now I regret it and believe it, it will get better cus it is: :) god is good

 Jordan July 21, 2012 at 2:03 am

Hey everybody,
I’m a 33 year old guy who had his tonsils removed last Thursday the 12th. This has been one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had! I’m now eating pretty solid food…nothing hard or crunchy. My pain seems to come and go, and the ear pain has been unbearable. I prepped by reading this forum, and it was extremely helpful. I drank lots, used a humidifier, wrapped my neck in ice packs, stayed away from ice cream/dairy, and found ways to get calories and protein. I guess this is day 9 if you count the surgery day, and I still have scabs. I noticed today that the scab is larger on the left, and that’s also the side where I’ve had the most pain.
I appreciate everyone’s suggestions…they’ve been very helpful! I’m wondering if it took others this long for the scabs to fall off? Do I need to start eating rougher foods or just let it occur slowly? Oh, and I also found it very helpful to try to stay connected to the world and blog about my experiences. I tried to find humor so that I wouldn’t completely lose myself in the misery. It’s been therapeutic…

 Liana July 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

Hi Jordan,
Congratulations, you passed the worst part already :) The scabs can take very long to fall off, so do not worry, about day 14 you will be fine! Do not eat rougher foods, you can hurt yourself and your throat may bleed. If you are eating solid foods already everything is gonna be fine, just let them fall slowly. Good luck and the feeling of misery will go away as soon as you come back to your normal life :)

 Jordan July 22, 2012 at 4:20 am

Thanks, Liana. Patience…I’ll try it!

 Meredith July 23, 2012 at 2:44 am

very glad I found this site! I just had my tonsils removed last week Monday so its been almost exactly a week since my surgery and its been super super rough! I have never been in so much pain in my entire life!

Day 1: Had the surgery early in the morning so most of the day was dedicated to me sleeping and trying to get a handle on an appropriate pain med schedule that worked out and didn’t drive me nuts. All in all pretty easy day.

Day 2: Attempted to drink cold water and eat soft things but throat wasn’t having that in the least. Hurt so bad to even drink that I just wanted to cry (I do believe I did and it made me feel worse). Not to mention my body was not having the pain medicine and proceeded to make me very ill upon taking it which in turn made my throat hurt worse.

Day 3: This was the worst day. Wasn’t able to eat anything, swallow medicine, drink, and am now throwing up blood and severely dehydrated. Mom rushed me to the ER cause I wasn’t doing well at all. Recieved IV fluids for the dehydration and was put on morphine for the pain. Talks going back and forth between ER and surgery team about admitting me for further monitoring cause my condition wasn’t the greatest but I showed a tiny bit of improvement so I was released and sent home but given strict instructions to come back should I revert and have the same issues and if I got worse. Spent most of the day sleeping in a painkiller induced cloud of nausea and confusion.

Day 4: Got a smidge better but not much. Able to eat some mac n cheese and mashed potatoes. Milkshakes are still a challenge however popsicles are a godsend! Those have been the best so far (fruit bar popsciles=yummy. the lime ones aren’t too bad at all)!!

Day 5 [yesterday]: Mom had really good intentions on getting me out of bed and out to stretch my legs a bit. First off, once your eyes have adjusted to indoor lighting, outdoor sunshine really doesnt feel that great.Not to mention the fact that NONE of my clothes fit considering I was 130lbs before surgery and am now 116 (I drop weight so fast) and feeling self conscious as I’ll get out. So mom takes me shopping and I do okay, go in and visit work and theyre all wonderful and miss me. Then my mom decides to take me and the friend for ice cream. Now we had attempted ice cream before and it went alright, so I thought what could the harm be? So I grab a scoop of chocolate ice cream (not too big, not too small) and take a few bites and my stomach automatically knew it wasn’t having that. I felt so sick that my body just had to get rid of it. so in turn I was sick in the car in the parking lot. Loads of fun there and felt a smidge embarassed but my friend understood (she was really nice about it). So that earned me a trip back in bed and sleep for the rest of the night.

SO that brings us to today. Still in bed and trying to feel better but not feeling any stronger. Really hoping things get a bit easier and soon. I miss being able to do what I like! Thanks for listening and I look forward to the support. <3

 Alicia July 26, 2012 at 12:01 am

Hey guys,

Had my surgery this morning. Not doing too badly yet, I’ve been sleeping a lot (naturally). I’ve been drinking water or iced drinks since I woke up and some popsicles. All in all the pain isn’t that bad yet, my biggest issue so far is the swelling of the dangly thing in the back of my throat. It’s so large that I keep semi choking on it and it is making it very difficult to swallow. Any word on when that swelling should go down? And was anyone else feeling not too terribly the first day? Am I in for it tomorrow? By the way I’m so glad I found this site before hand, it’s been very helpful in preparing for this surgery. I’m all stocked up with popsicles and a humidifier.


 Olivia July 26, 2012 at 2:01 am

Hello everyone,
I am olivia, a 20 year old female and have always had sore throats, strep, and tonsilitus at least 3-5 times a year since I was little. I’m hoping all this pain will be worth it and I’ll never go through that again. But this pain seems to bad right now to ever want to go though again. I had surgery July 23rd 2012 so that makes it my second day not counting surgery day, even if I did get it at 730am.
Surgery went well and no real neausea after since I told the doctor I did on my last surgery so he probably gave me something. I wish I could be on an iv this whole time. Because while in the hospital it was super manageable and not alot of pain. But sadly had to leave the magical iv for my stupid cherry liquid medicine. I would rather take a suppository than that stuff lol. So surgery day wasn’t so bad cause the meds were in my system.
Day 1- not so much fun since the meds had worn off all I ate today was sherbet my meds and water. Not enough water though. At least I could open my mouth today since everything wasn’t swollen and dry. Drinking water and sherbet still hurt though.
Day 2- it only gets worse as time passes. Every time I wake up it’s so much worse and my throat is south more dry. My breath smells probably worse than it tastes which is pretty horrible. My tounge rubs on my teeth since it is swollen making two white spots which really hurt. Can’t really open my mouth today since everything is pretty much swollen. I don’t know if is just me but everything feels like its building up in my throat I have brushed my teeth 3 times today that helps a little but not for long. I had my husband go looking for a humidifyer cause people on here say that it helps. Hope he finds one today. And water I dot think I have been drinking enough at all, ice water is hard to get down so room tempature feels so much better and Luke warm chicken broth makes it a little better. I get nauseous after the broth probably because nothing is in my stomach. And I changed my meds today. It’s easier to get down and not as horrible mostly because it’s not cherry haha. I hear everyone says its the worst from day 5-7ish. I’m not looking forward to that especially since it is pretty crappy right now.I just want to get through this. It’s pretty much the worst thing I have gone though so i hope it pays off. And I have a long way to go.

 Alicia July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hey everyone. I’m on my first full day post op, or day 2 if you count the surgery day. As I said yesterday wasn’t too bad, I was able to talk and did not have much pain, just difficulties swallowing because of the dangly thing at the back of the throat. Unfortunately, today is much worse so far. I woke up about every 45 minutes whether it was to take my medicine or because I was choking on my own saliva, but on the plus side this allowed me to constantly drink all night. Waking up this morning, it is much more difficult to talk, and I have a lot of jaw and neck pain, as well as chest pain from trying to contain my coughing. I hope as the day goes on things improve =/

 Kim July 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hello everyone,

I’m a 40-years-old female scheduled to have a tonsilectomy, adenoidectomy, and my uvula shaved on Tuesday, July 31. As the day draws near I’m getting more nervous and apprehensive about the procedure. Actually, I’m not worried about the procedure, its the recovery that has my stomach tied in knots. However, I take solace in knowing my days of tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, strep throat, and tonsil stones will soon be over.

 Dan July 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’m 32 years old and I’m on day 8 of the whole surgery thing. I’ll have to say the best thing that’s worked well for my pain meds is to spread out the meds across the time period. So if you’re supposed to take 2 pills, do a 1/2 the dosage and then the other half. It seems to help control the pain better during the day. At night however, it’s a bit more a challenge with sleep and all. In that case just take it all at once and expect to wake up to some pain.

 Britt July 27, 2012 at 9:07 am


I am a 28-year-old female and I just got over a bout with strep throat. I get it at least 3 times per year and I get a sore throat once a month. It hurts usually one one side, which is weird but very painful. I am going to schedule an appointment tomorrow with an ENT. I’m so sick of this! After reading your posts, I know it will be terrible. I have 3 kids do I will wait until my 2 oldest go back to school. How much weight have you all lost? I could stand to lose a few lbs, I just want to know what to expect!

 Beverly McClain July 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hi I know what you mean about the strep throat…I often came down with it at leat 3 or 4 times a year. Mine usually hurt on one side as well; the left. I will say that it was the worst pain I ever experienced in my life..I am 42 and mine were taken out on June 7th. I am sooooo much better now that they are gone. But it was a long hard road to get to recovery for me. You are a lot younger than me and you may not have as much trouble. It may help to have it done before the kids go back to school so they can get things for you when you are not able to get up. It helped me a lot to have someone around for the first few days because the pain medicine is realy strong and you will be drowsy. Just make sure you drink a lot and get a humidifier to keep moist in the air. Don’t eat anything for the first week that could potentially scratch the throat and casue bleeding. I was horrified of that happening so I ate applesauce, popsicles, chicken noodle soup, chicken and rice soup, and a week later I ate the soft parts of a chicken pot pie. All in all you will get through it just dirnk drink drink even though it hurts. I wish you the best and keep posting if you decide to have it done.
Take care :)

 Emma July 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hello again,
Thanks Liana for your well wishes :)

Well I had the surgery and Im on day 5 now. I had a severe reaction to the anesthesia and had a seizure straight after I woke up. Stayed in for obs and nothing further happened. Day 2 was fine, just alot of sleeping. Day 3….WELL…I threw up from 7am-1pm every 1/2 hour. Considering I’d barely eaten a thing since Sunday I was mostly convulsing and throwing up acid, this did not help the throat!! I was so weak and ill my Mum was very worried! But i survived, just!

Day 4 was a good day, got some designing done, and had a great sleep the previous night with only twice waking up for meds!

Day 5 (today): worst pain I have ever felt. Woke up at 2am in such agony I was terrified as to what was happening. I am great with pain, have tattoos, used to have alot of piercings, nothing really phased me, but HELL, I was not ready for this excruciating pain where even taking one Panadol meant I had to clasp the bed to brace myself to swallow!!

Feeling sore & sorry for myself, and wish I was able to get back to work, but I can barely speak still, through lack of movement in the throat I sound as though I have a severe hearing disability and am quite hard to understand. (Not intended to sound offensive toward anyone with hearing disability).

Anyways, it is good to see other people are going through the same and that you’re not alone! Otherwise I would think none of this would seem normal. Tis far worse than Id imagined……

Keep posting :)


 Emma July 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

Day 7:

Still terrible. I’m not a whiner, or typically pessimistic but will this ever END?! The pain is the same as every other day & doesn’t seem to be any better….

 Emma July 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

Also does everybody get these “scabs” i keep reading people feel them falling off but I have nothing that looks or feels like scabs, I have a red raw throat with yellow tinges around the site but not hardening of the surface… this normal?

 Tash July 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi guys,

I am now currently day 10 and (fingers, toes and anything else crossed) i’ve finally turned a corner after what can only be described as a week of hell on earth.

Its so good to be able to read everyone elses experiences on here, makes me feel a little less paranoid and that what i’m experiencing is normal. I seem to have had everything from infections to bleeding!

My surgery was on the 20th and by the Tuesday I was vomiting, short of breath and in a horrible amount of pain. Went to the hospital where I was told it had become infected and was given a course of antibiotics which did improve the situation.

I’ve been lucky in terms of eating and have managed to get something down at every meal time, even if its only a few mouthfulls. Grant yourself the little victories, every little bit really will help. And being British i’ve drunk gallons of tea.

Unfortunately on the saturday, after a very vivid nightmare (seemed to be a side affect from codeine) I woke up feeling like i’d screamed with blood running down my throat. Luckily my quick thinking mum got me to gargle with iced water and keep a bag of frozen carrots stuck to my neck! The bleeding lasted about 10 minutes or so and after another trip to the hospital I was told that it may have been due to an infection that wasn’t responding to penicillin and so I now have Metronidazole and Nystatin for my tongue alongside the original antibiotics.

Has anyone else had either a one off bleed or heard about it being infection based? My scabs are improving rapidly now so I’m not convinced it wasn’t just a large patch coming away that caused it

Quite nervous about sleeping now and constantly checking to see if there is the slightest hint of blood every 5 minutes but on the whole I now feel its all improving.

I hope everyone else is recovering well, it does get better honest! And the day you get your taste back you’ll want to shout it from the rooftops – if only you had the voice to manage it

 Sarah July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm


Due to have Opp in the morning, really worried now, after reading some of the posting.
I’ve Stocked up on painkillers, ice cream and crisps as advised by consultant.


 charles August 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hi everyone – thanks for the information very helpful. I am having tonsillectomy in two weeks and am a bit nervous. I am having the procedure where they “cauterize” with a laser the tonsils instead of cutting them out for removal. Is this the procedure now and has anyone had it? Thanks!

 Joanna August 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I’m 19 and my tonsils and I have just 3 days left together. I haven’t had tonsillitis as frequently as some people, but it has been getting more frequent lately and keeping me out of class. I’ve decided to just be rid of them so it won’t get worse and end up with me eventually needing them out when I’m 35 and have kids or something. Has anyone had their wisdom teeth extracted too? How does the pain compare?

 Derek August 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

This is my first time posting on here. Sorry for the delay, but I just haven’t felt like getting on here and explaining myself yet, due to the pain. I’m on day 4 now. Day 1 was relatively easy. The first time that I have been put to sleep is the other day. That’s a violating feeling in a way, when I think about it. I’m just laying there unconscious with people operating on me and it’s all in there hands and God of course. Anyhow, as soon as I woke up from the surgery, which was just about an hour after they put me to sleep, it was if I hadn’t lost a single minute of time. I immediately started talking and smiling. I believe I asked the nurse a couple of questions about 5 times a piece. lol Going home was easy, they let me go after I woke up about an hour later. The rest of the day wasn’t that bad on pain, this is because of the anasthesia. The worst thing for me at this point was having this never ending feeling of a huge spit wad in the back of my throat. As each day goes by, that sensation will fadedly wear off. It’s time to go to bed and I can’t. My whole inner mouth is so swollen, that if I try to sleep, then everything relaxes and cuts off my airway. Not a good thing when I’m on pain meds also. This will make you feel like a zombie for the first three days. I tried sleeping straight up in a chair, doesn’t matter how I tried to sleep, you have to constantly keep the inside of your mouth from totally relaxing, so no sleep for sure the first night. Day 2 is a little worse, the anasthesia is wore off and the pain begins to settle in. I am still restless, wanting to go to sleep, but can’t due to the swollen throat still. You can eat anything if you have a blender or juicer. Just be creative, foods will taste different though. This is true if you are sick or not, it’s just different, so says my fiance. I keep drinking water no matter how bad the pain is, even waking up during the night several times to get a few sips. I keep eating as much as possible too. The doc told me to eat, eat, eat protein, so that’s what I’m trying to do. Protein helps the body heal faster. I got about an hour sleep this second night. Day 3 is even worse on the pain. My body tells me now when to take the pain meds. Before, I had to look at the clock, but now I can feel it. I’m prescribed liquid hydrocodone at 1 tablespoon every 4 hours. This works pretty well for three hours, then the pain starts coming back. Ear pain really sucks at this point. The ears started to hurt badly on the third day and haven’t stopped yet. I’ve found out now that taking the pain meds a little time before eating makes things much easier. Believe me, just sipping soups and moving the mouth around during feeding time is exhausting and painful. On top of that I’ve lost some weight and stay hungry alot, but I continue to eat as much as I can. I finally got some pretty good sleep the third night, maybe about 4 to 5 hours. I’ve found out that the best thing for me to do is sleep sideways with a couple of pillows under me. During this whole ordeal so far, the worst thing for me is the constant build up of mucus. I have to keep a spit bottle with me at all times, day or night. Day 4 comes around in the morning rather nicely due to the fact that I’ve slept the most thus far. This day has been a repeat of day 3 for me pretty much. My mouth is a funky creamy white color. This is normal from what I understand. The one thing that concerns me is I haven’t had a bowel movement for 4 days now. I wonder if this is normal. I know I haven’t eaten as much as I normally would, but I would have surely thought by now something would happen. This kind of concerns me, does anyone have some related information on this issue? I will try to post on here every day to keep from being so lengthy.

 Derek August 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

Hi again,

Day 5 went through just as the past couple of days have. There is a little bit more pain each day from eating. This seems to get worse every day so far, but just slightly. It’s still mostly the ears to deal with the most to me. Each night get gets better with sleep. Maybe just a little dizzy at times when I first get up. Day 6 is here where I’m at now. Again, the same as other days, but just a little more pain increase from eating. I find myself only getting a few bites or sips at a time, then having to go rest for a while. This really wears me out. It’s just very taxing on the ears. Yes it hurts to swallow every time, but the ear pain is where my concentration tends to focus. So eating about 7 to 9 times a day is what I’ve been doing. Mind you, these are only a few bites at each setting. I’m still haven’t had a bowel movement yet, and tomorrow will be a full week, very concerning. Can anyone give some info on this please?

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