tonsillectomy recovery (comment page 35)

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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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 Cindy April 13, 2013 at 2:49 am

I am now on day 5 of my tonsillectomy. I had mine done on April 8, 2013. The first 2 days were fine. Had moderate pain when I would drink and only ate broth or Lipton cup of soup. The third day I thought I would die, could only drink ice cold water and the pain med only knocked me out. I have been able to talk pretty well trhough all of this. Day 4 I managed to eat some chicken alfredo noodle, scrambled eggs and a hotdog cold and straight out of the pack. I forced myself to eat soft, solid foods because the food rubs up against the scabs and keeps them thin, promoting healing. It is day 5 and I woke this morning with the ear pain, not bad but, there enough to aggrivate. I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast, blueberry yogurt and have drank ice cold tea and warm coffee. My throat isn’t as sore today as it has been and I am thankful for that. Days 7-11 is when the scabs usually start to some off and it will be a tiny bit more painful but the doctor told me you heal very rapidly after that. He told me to eat whatever I wanted as long as I could tolerate it. He didn’t put a restriction except for on crackers, chips, french fries…thinks that are crunchy or crispy in that way because they can cause bleeding in the early days of recovery. I didn’t know it was going to be this much pain but I am glad I had it done, now I won’t have tonsillitis ever again. I pray all of you have a speedy recovery and everything goes well for all of you. The pain is different for everyone and mine has basically been minimal but, I know everyone of you are feeling awful!. God bless you all and speedy recovery.

 Andrea April 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

I was 27 when I got my tonsils out. Most painful experience. Take all pain killers! My throat killed for 2 weeks. I never thought it would take such a long recovery and I could not go back to work. For 2 weeks I didn’t eat anything solid. Beware of the scabs falling off (I woke up with a mouth full of blood). But, I have been strep free for a year and a half!

 Alex April 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I’m on day 3, had my tonsillectomy Thursday at midday and it’s now Saturday evening, nearly midnight.

1st day: The afternoon was fine, I could open my mouth, eat and drink without much problems. Nothing was swollen yet and it was just a bit difficult to sleep, but since I was in the hospital I was taken good care of. I had issues to pee, and felt very nauseous each time I stood up.

2nd day: The pain was here, but I could still talk, eat and drink without much issues. I went back home on the evening and ate soup. Nothing special.

3rd day: The night leading to the third day was awful. I was in atrocious pain, and was in a near delirious state. I slept a mere 4-5 hours. The worst thing at night is the taste in my mouth. It feels as if I have a corpse rotting in my mouth, it makes me feel very nauseous. Also my tongue is now swollen and I can barely open my mouth anymore. When I woke up I was still kind of fine though, it was time to go pick up my medicine at the local drugstore. Once outside my ears started to hurt like hell, and the throat pain became really strong as well. Medicine helps, but it wears off after 2-3 hours, and I’m supposed to take it every 6 hours, which is stupid…

I’m kinda afraid to go to bed, I know I won’t be able to sleep at all. The pain makes me feel really nervous, and I’m only on day 3. I know that there’s at least 10 more days until I can really feel better. Reading comments on this forums helps. Right now the pain is so strong it nearly makes me want to laugh, it’s just ridiculous. At least I know I’m not alone…

 kasi April 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hey, my name is Kasi and im 20 years old. I am only 3 days post op. I’m scared that I am only 3 days into recovery because I’ve already have had a pretty bad experience. On day one the pain wasn’t that much pain. When I woke up the next morning is when it started, but still wasn’t that bad. On the morning of day 2 I started throwing up my pain meds and everything I tried eating. I threw up my pain medication 3 times before I just decided to stop taking them because I was in a lot more pain throwing up post op than I was without taking anything, so now on day 3 I can’t eat anything or take anything for pain. I’ve just been focusing on hydrating myself I just started drinking a little of Gatorade hopefully that stays down. What scares me is im only on day 3 so I still have about a week of torture ahead of me. I’m sure it will be worth it in the end, but I just want this to be over.

 Kelsey April 21, 2013 at 3:44 am

i had the same problem. call your dr and have them switch meds. i was on Percocet. with that specific pain med you have to have food in your system for it is harsh on your stomach, he switched me to liquid vicodin.. im much better now. but be careful throwing up, you might pull off a scab and then youll have to go to the ER to get it re-coterized. :(

 tamtam April 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

hello. i also had my tonsils removed last wednesday and it wasn’t that great. i threw up two times, ugh painful and disgusting..after waking up i felt very disoriented indeed and didn’t really want to swallow anything. not even ice cream.
by the way, i was just wondering if any of you guys brushed your teeth while recovery. :D because i’m having a bad time with the acrid taste in my tongue.

 Alex April 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

I brush my teeth often to keep my mouth clean, but the tooth paste kinda sticks to the throat, so I always rinse my mouth with the recommended medicine afterwards.

I’m on day 6. Day 4 was fine, day 5 awful, but I forced myself to eat pasta on the evening. Since this morning I’m again suffering from constant pain, and the meds don’t really help. From what I can see the scabs are gone, maybe the fell of when I ate the pasta? But the pain hasn’t changed one bit, maybe it even increased.

I’m lucky though, up until now, no nausea, no vomiting and no bleeding whatsoever. I can only wait until the pain decreases, hopefully I’ll be fine at the end of the week.

 Megan April 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy recovery. I’m 17 years old and I’ve never had surgery before. I am struggling with this recovery because I had no idea it would be this painful. At times, I’m so hungry but can’t eat because my throat hurts so badly. I’m only praying my recovery doesn’t last more than 2 weeks. I don’t recommend the surgery to anyone who doesn’t have to have it. Day 1 & 2 were nothing like the other days. I could talk, eat mooshy foods, and swallow with mild pain. By day 3, I could not talk. I can only eat liquid foods like soup or nutritional drinks and it is very difficult to swallow without severe pain. It’s mostly all emotional because you can’t join family for dinner like you normally do. You can’t talk with everyone like you normally do. It’s just an overrall horrible experience.

 Yaniris April 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This sounds like my story, only that the morning after surgery I fainted twice from barely eating and taking codeine for the first time. I’m 17 as well and this is probably the most severe pain I’ve yet experienced although I’ve experienced really bad pain before. I’m on day 7 now, and although I took no pain medication yesterday, my ear pain woke me up today so I had to take 2 tablets. I really advise you to stay away from Ice cream, I ate Ice cream for days 1 and 2 but it was a huge mistake because it caused lots of mucus not only in my nose but my throat, and since I can’t blow my nose I been breathing through my mouth every since. Now that your past the first days, I found that warmer liquids sooth the throat more at this point rather than cold liquids. Hope you feel better and my tips are useful, Just curious have you been eating ? Because the mushy foods seem to stay stuck at my throat.

 Kelsey April 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

ive found that mash potatoes with light gravy is the only mushy food i can sauce makes my throat burn. im on day 6 and i had my first thing of ice cream today, and even today it made me feel sick to my stomach cause of the layer it put over my throat.

 Kelsey April 21, 2013 at 3:38 am

same with me, everyone was telling me it would be a breeze. i had never had any form of surgery before and i can honestly say it was the worst pain of my life. i was fine the first few days and thought i would be completly fine but by the 4th day i was seriously questioning my decision to have it done and that my tonsilitis really wasnt that bad. i agree with the food, im never really hungry, but whenever i smell the dinner my family is making i just feel like crying. and my voice sounds quiet and completly unnormal! through all the pain i am hoping that once this is over with ill never be sick 3 month striaght again! and hopefully i wont be part of the 6% that have them grow back.

 Alex April 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Day 7, I’ve just lost a scab on the right of my mouth while trying to eat some eggs, and the pain was just crazy. I didn’t know what happened, and tried to swallow the eggs left in my mouth, it ripped the scab off and the pain was unbearable. Now it’s fine but I’m afraid to drink or eat…

 Sheila o April 22, 2013 at 6:20 am

Well I had mine out in Wednesday morning. It is now Sunday evening. It sucks. ;) . I am 33/f.
The first day the pain wasn’t too bad, prob a 6 out of 10. I used an ice pack on my throat and
Heating pads for my ears. I haven’t been able to eat. Total in 5 days I’ve eaten 1 Popsicle, 3 bites
Of mashed potatoes, 3 bites of ice cream and 2 snack size apple sauces. It’s a great diet plan. Lol
I find everything hurts, even water so I have a hard time drinking. If I lay back, I feel like I’m goin
To choke. I also can barely open my mouth. Since the first day, my pain has been worse. I actually
Got very sick from the lortab, so I have been doing Tylenol and ibprophen every few hours. I suggest
The ice pack fir sure. The heat for your ears is wonderful. Try and drink liquid and sleep. Take ur easy
I am so scarred for the scabs to fall off. ????

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 Sam April 23, 2013 at 3:19 am

I am 24. Day 5 post op. My doc didn’t prescribe any good meds, just regular tylenol every 4-6 hours. It does help for about the first 2 hours and then i just wait in pain till i can take my next dose. My uvula is so swollen, my speech is really influenced by it and I sound horrible. The first day I vomited a lot when I got home from the hospital, that was horrible!!!! I am just really hoping the swelling goes down soon, I have not been able to eat anything substantial, it doesn’t go down because my uvula is basically blocking the passage… I feel starved. I am thin already so am worried this might make me too skinny and unhealthy…. this website has been helpful and gives me hope that it will get better…but for now….UGHHHHHH.

 JJ April 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

HEY. I had my surgery on the 22nd of April, so it’s day 3 for me. I expected this to be hell, but so far it is completely manageable. I was in hospital for days 1-2 after surgery so I had IV fluids + bottled water and lots of food. Aaaaand pain meds. One night I refused the meds saying I was fine and went to sleep. That was not a fun night. Now I take anti-inflammatory/pain relief drugs, and it’s not too bad. I actually had a doughnut today! lol! Drinking is essential, and what I found out is that the first 5 sips are sort of hellish but after that the muscles relax and you can drink as much as you like. I eat soups, mashed potatoes, avocado, canned peaches, mashed bananas with natural yogurt… that kind of stuff. Overall, if you’re about to have the surgery, don’t be intimidated by all of the different opinions, because everybody has a different experience. Plus, you have to have a possitive attitude. I went into the surgery with a smile and woke up saying ‘I could do this every week’ lol. I believe this has helped. Not gonna lie, I’m scared about days 7-10 when the scabs are supposed to go away, but OH WELL, I can manage a few days! GOOD LUCK!

 JJ April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

BTW, I’m 23

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 Bill Dattalo April 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I’m a 41yr old male. Had my surgery on apr. 19, on day 7 and the pain is excruciating!! I’ve had 2 back operations and those make this look like a walk in the park. I’ve gone thru three prescriptions of pain meds. Tried the liquid hydrocodone and it hurt so bad when I hit an open scab, I thought I was gonna pass out. For some ppl it’s great , for me, not so much. As far as eating and drinking, the first few days were cake. I had mashed potatoes, eggs, egg-noodles , soup, etc… day 7, I get hot sweats when I even need to take a sip of water knowing it will be like swallowing glass. Hopefully I only have a few more days of this, cuz seriously, this is absolutely miserable on so many levels !! If I can give anyone one but of advise it would be to get a lot of pain meds, and be prepared to wake up in what seems like HELL!!’ Take Ur meds and it will be tolerable.

 John April 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

I’m having mine take. Out on May 6th and I’m really nervous.

 kay May 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hey, one week post-op..I already had to go to the doctor for swelling and pain. At first when i left the hospital I was ok, then 3 days in the pain became unbearable. I hate taking pain meds, so i restricted myself as much as possible from taking them. I had to go to the hospital this past sat for the swelling and pain, i was given steroids in liquid form and a form of pain meds, that was way to strong for me!!..I thought i was dying when i went home.,..but so far, im back to being ok..i still cant talk very well, my mouth feels so heavy..i constantly keep spitting, cause i cant bare to keep swallowing all this siliva on my empty stomach! I had some questions..i wanted to know when the scabs begin to fall off? and how do you know when they are falling off (do you feel them, taste them)? what does it look like?..also is it normal to feel like you can breathe properly? and when do you begin to speak like yourself again?

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 Jade May 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

Hey guys! Im on day 7! I absolutely swear by antiseptic extra strong strepsils, one per hour, gargling soluble asprin morning and night and childrens soluble ibuprofen every 4 hours! 5mls it’s meant to be for kids but my pharmacist told me to take 20 mls. Apart from the initial 20 minutes of excruciating pain when I wake up, once I’ve done all the above, my throat is numb for the day.. also antisepic numbing throat spray is amazing!!

 Avkash May 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Hello! I’m 19 and on my 7th day post-surgery..the first 4 days were fine, i had pain but once i took some meds (i switch back and forth between advil and tynenol 3 three depending on the level of pain) i feel comfortable for about 5-6 hours..on day 5 i had some bleeding and i had to go to er, but turns out this is common and the doctor told me to drink a lot of ice cold water, and by the end of the day the bleeding was gone..the last day or so i’ve been feeling a lot better, and hopefully the worst of the recovery has already passed.

To anyone who is reading these forums and contemplating getting a tonsillectomy, my best advice would be that if you want to go ahead with the surgery, prepare yourself mentally. I’ve been getting an average of 5 hours of sleep a night, my diet went from having 1800 calories a day to about 300-400, as it is painful to eat and there are not many foods to eat, and you are taken away from most ordinary daily activities and all you can really do is sit around and pass time, which gets very boring. The pain is also constant, even with the meds, but the worst part (for me at least) is not being able to eat normally. But ultimately this is only 2 weeks of suffering and once its over you will be rid of any complications you had because of your tonsils, so you can pull through this!

 Kate May 7, 2013 at 1:44 am

Hello all. I had my surgery done May 2nd, so now it is May 6 ( I’m on day 5), and I am miserable… I was worse pain wise the other days, but I am so nauseous today. I can’t go one single moment with out getting a disgusting flavor in my mouth that I have to spit out. Sometimes the spit is clear but thick, while other times the spit has some clotting it it. Usually white with a pinch of blood.. or occasionally blue or pink if I ate something that color. It taste acidic and disgusting, and it just wont go away!! I can’t tell if it’s the scabs falling off or what not… but it is making me really miserable. I can’t escape the spitting. I want to just be able to relax and not spit every second. I just got prescribed amoxillin and liquid motrin last night, I was previously on Hydrocodone which didn’t help me and actually stung my throat bad when I’d try to take it down. Any advice?

 Courtney P May 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

F/24 Okay so just got my tonsils out Monday may 6 at 9:30. the pain after surgery was not bad at all for me at first … Felt pretty okay/good most of the day. The meds helped take the pain away (every 4 hours). But now it is 2:40am on day 2 and it hurts, trying so hard not to swallow cuz It sucks but what is worst is I can’t sleep and keep choking on my uvula (doesn’t matter how I sit ( on my side/ stomach works best for me). I’ve had Popsicles, baby food, water, plain hummus, and tea. I know it get worst before it gets better but I can’t breath and keep choking… Anybody have any advice for me?

 Cornelius May 8, 2013 at 12:36 am

Hi guys ! i’m 19 and i got my tonsil taken out at Saturday, 3th May, was pretty scared but the surgery was OK ! it’s the day 4 after surgery, and i still feel pain on my throat, still have a little blood whenever i wake up in the morning, hope everything will be more ok soon

 morgan May 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

Hey I’m 17 and had my toncils removed on the 30th today is day 8 for me and I’m in the most pain as I have been so far. I have drank since I’ve got out and I’ve went and ate stuff like Mexican and other stuff I ate sandwiches 2 days after cause I found out it was easier to swallow rather then potatoes and hot stuff. I’ve talked since the day I had it done.

 Alex May 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

It’s been nearly one month now since my tonsillectomy. I barely feel pain anymore, except when I yawn. The two gigantic holes are gone, and the place where they once were is now rock solid, but it still looks like it’s healing.

By the way, I sometimes have a bad taste in my mouth and it makes my saliva tastes bad as well. It’s a different taste/smell than tonsil stones, but damn it doesn’t smell good. I wonder if it’s a known (I hope temporary) side effect post tonsillectomy?

I don’t want to trade one problem for another…

 Alex May 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Anyway, for all of you who had a recent tonsillectomy, expect feeling miserable up to day 10. I couldn’t sleep more than 2 hours during the first days and each time I woke up with a crazy intense pain in my right ear.

After 10 days I could finally have a real night of sleep and nearly no more ear pain. Then I had to wait 3-4 days for the usual pain to leave, and another week to feel finally normal again. One month post surgery the back of my mouth still feels numb.

So really, don’t expect to feel better until at least day 10. Day 7 you might feel it gets better, only for it to become absolutely awful again on day 8. That’s normal and you shouldn’t need to worry, you actually get used to it…

 Audrey May 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hello everyone, I’m so sorry to hear all of the terrible tonsillectomy stories. I am 21 and got my tonsils out Monday, today being Saturday I guess that puts me on day 6. I have apparently been incredibly lucky with my recovery because I have barely had any trouble swallowing since the surgery. I have an incredibly high pain tolerance due to the other surgeries I’ve had and would consider getting my wisdom teeth out way worse than this tonsillectomy. The first day of recovery I ate grits, mashed potatoes, rice, pop ices, a milkshake, and more ice cream. The second day I had more of the same stuff. The third day I had more rice, ice cream, and pizza. On the fourth day I had ribs and cole slaw for dinner, and last night I had fettuccine Alfredo. I think what has really fhelped me get over the pain so quickly is drinking a ton of water. I have tried to get in at least 4 water bottles full a day. Also it really helps to take tiny sips to where you almost don’t even have to physically swallow, the water just runs down your throat. After the first day I just started taking my liquor Lortab twice a day, morning when I wake up and nighttime before bed. I have had pretty bad ear pain and cannot lie on either side, just on my back. I’m used to not sleeping a lot so that isn’t a huge issue, but I’d say the pain is the worst in the mornings when I wake up. My pain has not passed a 4 on a 1-10 scale, but I am expecting it to when the scabs start to fall off. I was wondering if there was something that helps with the pain of things touching the new skin revealed by the removed scabs. I’ve tried to do some research and have come upbeith gargling warm salt water. Does this really help the throat??? Happy recovery!!

 Jennae May 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I am currently on day 6 of my recovery from tonsillectomy. Last night I was in excruciating pain and my doctor said it’s because my scabs are starting to fall off. I really hope it doesn’t get worse than this because I have never been in worse pain and nothing seems to help between doses of medicine. What are some things to do to lessen the pain between doses of pain killers??

 Pa pa correa May 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I am 42 years old and day 4. I need pain killer every 4-5 hours. So much pain. Hardest part is can’t cough out the lingering smelly mucus. Ice pack is helpful day and makes you ease the pain. First day, only clear soup and next day blended watery oatmeal and soup. Less talk and rest, ice pack for now.

 Taylor May 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

Hi everyone! I am a 16 yearold girl. I recently got my tonsils removed on May 8, 2013. I haven’t been in extreme pain, like I am reading online, but I think my age might have to do with that. I am taking Tylonal 3′s every 4 hours and it seems to help the pain long enough to eat a cup of pudding, which is what I’ve been living off of. My throat is covered in white stuff, which I am thinking is scabs. I haven’t noticed any bleeding, and I am great full for that. The worst pain I have is the ear pain and the hunger from not being able to eat real food. I’m hoping to recover quickly… Good luck all!

 John May 19, 2013 at 2:48 am

Hi i’m John I am 22 going on 23 in July and I just got my tonsils removed yesterday. My Uvula is huge and is hanging in my throat. I am in terrible pain all over. What should I do?

 Jessica May 20, 2013 at 3:18 am

Hey pals I’m 26/f 10 days post-op. I haven’t read ALL these pages so I hope I’m not too repetitive of previous posts. I did read a lot though, and yes I was very scared like a lot of people reading this are. But that’s not the intention of the authors, as some people have suggested. These reviews are honest, and despite being frightening, it allowed me to get my sh*t together. Being prepared and expecting the worse is what helped the most!

For me, Days 1-3 weren’t so bad – but you won’t realize it at the time! I bled quite a lot on Day 2 which was earlier than most, but it never happened again. Take these days to drink tons of water and use your meds SPARINGLY! The T3s I got barely worked for me, so I got Percocet after spending 7 hours in the ER. I went through them too quickly and by the time the pain REALLY started on Days 4-5, I was almost out. Doctor would not refill my prescription so I alternated between that and tylenol.

Day 6 I felt like the worst was over, but I stayed cautious since a lot of people said that may happen and come back. I continued to rest and not stress my throat, and the pain has only diminished since. I can confidently say it’s downhill from here for me. My scabs appear to be completely gone. I don’t really remember the worst days, right now. I know I wasn’t able to watch tv, or movies.. any kind of distraction I had stocked up on just didn’t cut it. I read this page a lot, I slept a lot, wished for death a lot, and probably lapsed into some kind of pain coma. Thank you, brain, for erasing my memory.

Most “tips” have been repeated to death, so I don’t have much to contribute. I think that having a humidifier made a huge impact on recovery. I kept mine on the floor beside my bed, where I was confined almost exclusively for the first week, and I never turned it off. I slept on that side of the bed and made sure I was always in it’s path.

For food, I ate a lot of those microwave steamer things of broccoli & cauliflower with cheese. Easy and mindless to make, it’s warm and soft, cheese sauce makes it easy to swallow, you get veggies, and not to mention Vitamin K which helps with blood coagulation. I ate far less ice cream, popsicles and jello and the other stuff they tell you to get. In fact popsicles just hurt after Day 3. I did go through 3 full bags of crushed ice.

I’m spending the next week sitting around in bed just in case. I refuse to relapse. I can already tell I’m breathing better! I hope this helps at least one person!

 Katie May 21, 2013 at 4:34 am

I am 19 and got my tonsils removed 6 days ago. Pain was tolerable (with pain medication 3 times a day) then last night terrible pain, woke me up multiple times in the night and now i am taking pain medication every 4 hours. Around day 4 i got this nasty taste when i swallow and especially when i drink water. It literally tastes like a crime scene and it doesnt seem to be getting better. On day 2,3 and 6 i threw up multiple times surprisingly it didn’t take off my scabs or anything like that just burned super bad. I start work in 6 days and I’m SOOO hoping i’ll be able to talk and not be drugged up.

 Joanna May 21, 2013 at 4:35 am

I’m a 34 yr old female and 5 days post op. it’s 3am and I’m awake in huge amounts of pain and cannot stop coughing. The medication the hospital sent me home with (dihydrocodine and diclofenac) doesn’t seem to be touching the sides, paracetamol seems to be more effective. Whilst days 1-3 hurt and I was getting used to the pain and how to swallow without it hurting too much or shooting up my nose. Days 4&5 have been excruciating, ears, neck, tounge and obviously throat are all in pain, each taking their turn in letting me know how much they hurt. My consultant at the London bridge hospital recommended that I return to a normal but sensible diet as soon as possible as this will help with the recovery. I have therefore each day tried to consume a slice of toast and a bowl of Luke warm soup, hardly normal…but toast I feel, is an accomplishment, even though it may take an hour and copious amounts of water to fully consume.

I’m trying my hardest to keep my sights on the goal, as it has to get better at some point and that I will never have tonsillitis again. Which was a huge Bain in my life, flaring up usually when I had something to look forward to, such as a holiday, a weekend away, Christmas, Easter etc

Everyone has given some really good tips on here and i’m still working out what works best for me, apart from drinking more water than i have ever consumed in my entire life, My best friends right now are ice cubes and the pharmacy bag that doesn’t leave my side.

I have however decided at this hour and after reading alot of the blogs, that tomorrow my GP will be getting a call to see if I can get some more effective pain relief and anti inflamatories. Fingers crossed

I wish you all a speedy recovery and thank you all for sharing your experiences. :)

 Dana May 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hi I’m a 49 y/o female. I had my tonsils and uvula removed last Friday, the 17th. I have been in constant pain since I woke up from surgery. Day 1 I was throwing up this dark stuff looked like coffee. That lasted all day. I been chewing on ice and sipping water ever since. I have tried eating applesauce but I have a hard time swallowing it because my throat hurt so bad. I also decided not to take the meds my doctor gave me (wanted to try this the hard way). I am using the Nystatin suspension he prescribed to prevent fungal infection. I hardly sleep, I’m tossing and turning can’t get comfortable, lost 14 pounds so far. Today is my 5th day and it is the worse pain, I have decided not to talk and told my family to text me instead. The other bad thing is the odor, I don’t smell it but my husband and daughter can, wish I knew how to get rid of the smell, I think I can deal with the pain if the smell was gone. I brush my teeth but it fells like I haven’t brushed it. I try to stay in my bedroom but the smell is so strong I’m still wondering how I’m not smelling. It. Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience and hope you all have a speedy recovery.

 Briana May 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

Well.. I’m a 17 year old female and I am currently on day 6 after my surgery. Day 1 was very easy because I was still medicated. I had my tonsils and my adenoids removed. I was given liquid pain medicine, liquid antibiotics and also something to prevent vomiting. Day 3 was my worst day so far. I became dehydrated which caused a life changing migraine and vomiting, which I normally vomit when I get bad migraines so that may be the reason for it, which proved that you really do have to drink as much water as you can. Last night while I was asleep my scabs came off and now I cant eat very much. Before they fell off I was eating red beans with sausage and even pork chops. Now it feels like swallowing razors even with ice cream, which I am SICK OF. Right now I keep getting hiccups and bad heartburn. I also have been having a lot of flem since the first day which has mad it somewhat difficult to breath while sleeping. My jaws and ears hurt really bad as well. The back of my throat is white as well. My voice is halfway back but the soreness makes it hard to speak. I’ve lost about 12 pounds and I’ve been dreaming of pizza and wings and Chinese food for a week. :(

 armin sabic. May 24, 2013 at 3:10 am

I am scheduled. to have mine removed monday i am really active but ever sense. my tonsils flared up 4 months to 5 months ago i have had almost zero energy and my lymphnodes swelling . my right tonsil is HUGE while left is not. visible. i hope to have my energy return soon any body have good news about getting energy. back and not constant. fatigue ?

 Danielle May 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Very useful website while going through recovery. I had mine taken out May 13th. This surgery’s recovery is without a doubt the worst recovery I have ever gone through. I’ve always been very tolerable to pain but this procedure kicked my ass.
The first 4 days aren’t incredibly bad but when it’s been a week plus, the pain that’s radiated to my ears is almost unbearable. I threw up a few times because the pain was so bad. The mornings are the worst. Waking up and having a dry throat feels like death slowly everyday of this recovery.
I’m on day 13 and the pain is still a 7/10. My surgeon had to remove excess throat tissue on top of removing my tonsils and adenoids due to deep tissue scaring from the previous times I caught strep and tonsillitis in the past. He said my recovery would be brutal and roughly a week longer healing time.
I’m surely back on the road to feeling normal once more. I’ve lost 13lbs in the process. Still can hardly eat solids but I try to squeeze them in every once in a while.
Most importantly, stay ahead on your meds, stay hydrated even if its difficult, sleep with a humidifier, and keep a stocked supply of Popsicles. I found these to be the best and most useful necessities in recovering quicker.
Good luck to future recipients of this procedure!!

 annabell May 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Its day 3 after I had my toncils removed.the pain is pretty bad and its hard to eat anything soft.I drink lots of water which seems to help I noticed two white patches on the back of my throat.gladly I haven’t vomited close to it a few times.I’ve been getting dizzy a lot I don’t know if its from my blood pressure problem but my blood pressure is not high enough to make me dizzy.popsicles are the best thing to help the pain not regular ice cream it can cause mucus which you don’t want.hopefully I get better soon so I can finally eat.

 Jenny May 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

I hope some reads this! So today marks day 7 post surgery for me! I am 28 years old and was so ready for this surgery since I was sick all the time. This is the worst experience I’ve ever had! Day 1 and 2 went okay, I mostly slept and didn’t eat much. Day 3 I bled a little and got freaked out so I went to the er and they said it was fine…. Wish the dr would have told me what to expect! Day 4,5,6 were all full of incredible unbearable pain. I am physically and emotionally exhausted! My whole face hurts… My jaw and neck are so tight and hurt, my tongue is swollen and sore, my throat is so sore and I can’t bear the idea of having to swallow again! My teeth ache. My whole body aches. I’ve lost 9 lbs…. I can’t really eat and I’ve forced myself to eat some stuff. My face is swollen, my throat keeps bleeding, and I need something to happen! Please tell me I’m close to the end. I have 4 kiddos and a full time job and I would have never expected that it would feel like this!

 Tima May 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Reading ur post makes me very , the same happening to me ! My dr haven’t told me what should I expect ! Wish you get well soon

 Jenny June 10, 2013 at 5:06 am

Today is day 19…. It still kind of hurts to eat and swallow sometimes. When I wake up in the morning the pain comes back some but not nearly as bad as right after surgery. I hope you are doing well with your recovery.

 Tim Tim May 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Reading all of yours experience make me feel better , I woke up few hours ago with deadly pain that made me cry !! I’m 22 years old and this is my first surgery , I can’t believe all the pain I’m going through :( it’s make me wondering if I if that would be better if I haven’t had the surgery !! It seems like the pain will stay forever and I won’t be able to leave a normal life :(

However , just reading your posts make feel better that I’m not alone and it will past no matter the time that will take :)

 Sarah May 29, 2013 at 5:25 am

I had my op on May 16th …its starting to get better …I can see light at the end of the tunnel now on day 12.

 Lindsay May 30, 2013 at 1:53 am

Well, I am a 34 year old female and had my tonsils removed on may 24. This is absolutely the worst pain I have ever had. I would rather have a few more c sections than do this. It is getting a little better, but very slow. I also had a deviated septum repaired and a sinus opening enlarged. I am also overweight and have probably on ate as many calories in the last 6 days than what I ate in one day pre surgery. I have lost at least 7 pounds. If u are having this surgery please be prepared. Make sure you have plenty of help. You will need it.

 Tima May 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

It’s my 6th day including my op day , when I read all those comments I feel it will take long time with me coz till now I can’t eat solid food not even a single banana ! Staying on baby foods .

I have a question about the scabs , how long should it take till it falls ? I’m vary afraid about that because it seems like I’m not healing well .

It’s the worst recovery for me , but trying to look at the positive side and how mad I wanted to have tonsillectomy because of the tonsil stones

If there is any one in my same situation and had the on 25 of April , please contact me , I need some relief

 Tima May 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

Sorry , it’s 25 of may not April :(

 Julie May 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I had my tonsils out 9 days ago now and I’m doing much better. I’m thankful I had the tonsillectomy/adinoidectomy done because my tonsils were very large and uncomfortable. The Dr. said my left tonsil was a “4″ out of a 4 level scale and my right tonsil was a “3″ out of 4. I got used to having troubles swallowing, but this year I’ve been getting more sinus infections/allergies/tonsilitis, so decided to have them out. I have heard however, that people have some success with doing organic treatment on them instead of surgery to see if they go down in size before surgery. I debated because I wondered if the surgery would help my lymph nodes or not. The Dr. said that since my left tonsil was larger that it was a good idea to have them out and tested for lymphoma, or that type of thing. My test results came back clear for that. I’m so glad.
My recovery was not too bad as some on here have posted, but it was still very uncomfortable. The day of surgery I tried to eat too much I think since I felt I had low blood sugar symptoms from not eating and the anesthesia. That was a mistake. I threw up everything that day. However, the next day I was not throwing up and settled into my routine of popsicles, applesauce, and lots of fluids. I also slept with a couple pillows and put the humidifier on. I took my medicine faithfully too, even through the night. I’m now off the Hydrocodone, and just on Children’s Motrin liquid. The pain is much better overall. I’m sleeping better. My throat feels less full and the phlegm is much better. I think I might have swallowed my scabs though. Yuck!
I have been watching the progress in my throat, it’s been very interesting and has helped me to understand what’s happening in there. Now, it’s more red and raw and orange juice, or acidic foods hurt now, not before when I had the scabs. My voice is back too, and I’m glad. I was sort of hopeful it would change my voice a little, since I have a higher slightly nasal voice. But, no such luck. :)
The good news is, it hasn’t been so bad for me. I’m hoping the same for you. I am supposed to be back to work tomorrow even though I’m not 100%.
Make sure you take adequate time off work, because I’ve been stressed about work while I’ve been off.
Wishing you the best! Heal well!

 MMona June 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

When did your scabs come off? Mine are a lot thinner but they have not came off? I am afraid of them coming off. I had surgery May 28th so today is officially day 8 and they still on there! :-(

 Emma May 31, 2013 at 7:30 am

I’m 25 and in the Uk! In the uk were only given Diclofenac which is the strongest NSAID (non steroid anti inflammatory drug) and cocodamol! We’re not given anti biotics to prevent infection. We only get them is we happen to catch one some point in the healing process. (So I’ve been paranoid ill end up catching one! I’d rather of had anti biotics from the start)

I had my op on the 23rd of May so its day 9 for me now if you include op day. Day 1-4 weren’t too bad. We’re advised to eat toast and to be honest it’s all I craved. It’s scrapes away the extra white mucus and promotes the healing process. It makes it a hell of a lot easier to breathe and sleep! I kept a packet of plain butter biscuits next to my bed and if I started to feel too phlegmy I would have one to get rid of some of it. Anything soft like yogurt, dairy adds to the mucus and can cause difficulties. Although eating toast and biscuits may sound painful I found it a lot less so then softer foods!

For some reason I couldn’t feel the end of my tongue until day 4 which had me panicked but don’t worry that’s quite normal! Sometimes as well as general anaesthetic they administer some local too which effects can last days if it was a strong dose.

Day 5 the pain became intolerable. It made my jaw ache like mad (the diclofenac helped with this briefly as its the swelling that causes this pain) Also the ear ache was horrid. The nerves in your throat are connected to the nerves that run through the ears. I could barely swallow on and off and occasional had to spit my saliva out and still do up to day 9! I found it easier to keep ice cold water on me at all times and have a small sip every time I need to swallow which helps immensely.

Oh on day 5 when the pain started worsening my GP prescribed me Tramadol which when I first take it helps for a couple of hours if diclofenac at same time. Whilst these meds are in my system I seize the opportunity to eat. I’ve been having poached eggs on toast as its bland and rough. Any form of strong flavour burns my throat.

Woken up this morning in pain and it seems to be my swollen Uvula? It’s been swollen the whole process but I’ve only noticed the agony today? Has anyone else experienced this? I know it becomes irritated with the tube down your throat during the op but as its day 9 I wasn’t expecting it now! It almost feels bruised? If it continues into tomorrow ill be phoning the GP.

Help appreciated! Thanks guys xx Em

 Emma May 31, 2013 at 7:38 am

Also forgot to mention that for the first week I could only sleep if I was almost sat up but laying slightly on my side! This position helped me breathe whilst the mucus would build up and past any swelling. Now that its gone down a bit (apart from my painful uvula) I’m sleeping normally again. Hopefully this info may help a few people :)

 Grayson Phillips June 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I’m 21 and on day six after my surgery the pain in my throat isn’t to bad and is more of a throbbing sensation. But my ears are killing me. I find sitting in a Luke warm shower breathing the humid air really helps my throat stay moist. I sleep in 4 hour shifts and wake up to take my medicine drink some liquids and then fall back asleep. The best food I have found is really runny mashed potatoes with rutabagas it is very filling so I can only eat a little and not feel as if I am famished.
I was wondering when I should start weaning myself of the liquid painkillers and try and just tough through it? My mom is worried about me developing a dependency but my girlfriend doesn’t want me to be in pain.
This article was great and the comments are very helpful.

 Eric June 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

my motto is, if you are in pain, take the painkillers. if you are still taking them a month later, then you might have a dependency problem. Moms worry too much

 Bonita S June 4, 2013 at 4:58 am

Hi every one I am 24 and on day 5 after surgery. The pain seems to be getting worse lost a few scabs and have been coughing gagging most of the day.
Day 1: surgery went well.
Day 2-3: Had some ear pain and throat was sore but was able to manage with the meds
Day 4: My ears started to hurt bad and have had some nausea.
Day 5: Unbearable ear pain nausea and coughing. Once I start trying to gag its as though i stop breathing and everything tightens up good thing I have my post op appointment Wed. Bad news is i started to spit up some blood just hoping it gets better soon. I am going to try to go back to work soon though.

 MMona June 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Today is day 8. I had surgery May 28th. I have to say the days right.after surgery were not too bad. But day 4 is when the real pain started for me.. I have not really taken pain killers today or yesterday.. They make me have bad nausea and I throw them up which just causes more pain. I am so ready for this process to be over.. I am miserable. I am having a harf time eating and i am so hungry! Also the narcotic pain killer has me feeling so constipated… This is by far the worst recovery I have ever heard of or experienced.. My throat is all white and can’t stand the white film from scabs.. Does it hurt when scabs are coming off??

 MMona June 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Another sleepless night. I am unable to sleep :-( . Someone have suggestions. Please help ..

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