tonsillectomy recovery (comment page 36)

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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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 Jessie June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I am 66 and have to have my left tonsil removed. It is huge and deformed and infringing on my vocal cords. Just wondering if anyone even near my age has been through this and how it went! Hopefully someone out there is a senior citizen. Such an unexpected thing to have happen! Thanks.

 Danielle June 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I am 8 days post operation, and everything has not been smooth sailing for this gal.
Day 5 I was in the ER with the most violent vomiting ever, so bad that I have a bruise on my chest from thrusting myself into the toilet :/
Since then, things have gotten better and I’m starting to heal well. The scabs have begun to fall off and it’s only a mild irritation in my case. My only problem at this point is whatever is draining down the back of my throat. It’s the most unpleasant taste and I’m over it at this point. I was finally able to eat a cheeseburger today, but couldn’t even really enjoy it:(
Does anybody else have this problem around this time in your recovery, and how do I make it stop?

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 4:49 am

I am right there with you the taste is gross! I was told by my ent that the bad taste is normal i even
Asked if i could chew gum to try to mask it and he said oh no.. So i think unfortunately no :-( … I am.on day 9 going on 10 and I am just getting the raw sensation in my throat… I have a hard time sleeping .. Actually i have not slept in two days.. Are you able to sleep?

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

That is not good news for me :(
Last night was rough, i hardly slept. I’m assuming that the scabs falling off is causing the pain it is, but my ENT said I’m getting ready to turn the corner to feeling better. I hope he was right…
I tried to eat an actual meal last night, since i was able to down a cheeseburger yesterday but i was almost immediately in pain after my meal. The foods i had were soft and i didn’t feel like i was forcing it, but this pain is becoming unbearable. Yes, it is almost as if it is raw.
I’m sorry you haven’t slept, i really didn’t either.
Have you had your scabs fall off yet?

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

They barely started coming off yesterday. I just noticed that they look like they thin out and have not actually came off.. My ENT told me I was close too.. I honestly thought the worst was over, but boy was I wrong. I had.not taken pain killers for about 2 days and then last night I couldnt take it. I finally slept but my boy friend ledt a glass sliding door open and now i feep like the cold air from outside sick! I have a cough now :-( .. Have you been drinking alot of water? I try to at least have.9 cups of.water at least. Today is my day 10. O was hoping that by today i would be close to done bit doesnt look like it :-( . What day are you on? Any luck with the scabs?

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I havent been able to see my scabs, although the docs office said i would see them. Unfortunately i didnt go to work because of the pain and discomfort. I quit taking the prescribed pain meds and just moved to liquid ibuprofen capsules. They take the edge off and keep the swelling under contol. I am on day 10 as well and you are absolutely right, it does not seem that the worst is over. What kind of feeling are you experiencing as far as the scabs I have this feeling as if i have something stuck in the back.of my throat. When i roll onto my side at night, i feel like its stabbing me.
I try to drink alot.of water, but i eat ice more than anything. For some reason drinking water leaves a horrible taste in my mouth from this draining situation. The doc said the draining is coming from my sinuses. I am not sure why, but i guess it isn’t uncommon.
As far as the pain though, i think i may have pushed myself too hard yesterday and forced the pain upon myself. I just ate a fried egg, drank some milk (its soothing with ice) and took some ibuprofen. I guess i justhave to wait to see if the discomfort subsides. What i really need is someone to look for these scabs, since i can’t see them on my own!

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Also, with the cough. I have had a cough going too, but mine is just caused by a tickle. I have been using raw honey to coat my throat and also Ricola honey and lemon cough drops. Doc said either is okay. The raw honey, in my opinion was helping with the coughing and it should also help with the healing. So if you know a place nearby that you can get your hands.on some, try it to see if that helps :)

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The pain with the scabs coming off is horrible.. Its a sharp throbbing pain and everything seems to irritate since it is raw. It feels like I have something lodged in the back of my throat. However, yesterday my other side had this feeling and today that side doesnt bother me.. It stings to drink water but after mouth feels moist it feels a bit better.. I am going to try to eat something. I think we are on the home stretch. My Ent told me to quit looking at my throat since you have to open wide to see scabs ect. That I could cause bleeding.. I finally slept last night, which was nice.. I hope as the day goes on the pain subsides. They say once.scabs.come off recovery from there is fast.. I eish it would just hurry up! Yea i have not been too work in two weeks! No way to go with this pain.. I am scheduled to be back Monday day 13. I hope to be done by then!

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I’m going to assume from what you described that what I’m feeling is the scabs falling off. It is extremely uncomfortable and it does burn when I eat and drink. If the one side of yours fell off as quickly as it did, then maybe mine won’t be too much longer! The doc said that I may just swallow them while I’m eating, but some people end up with them in their mouth… I would rather not see it. I am due back to the office.on Monday as well, I I can’t afford anymore time off.
You have been so much help! More than my doctor could be.
Thank you so much! I’ll keep you posted. Let me know how the other side gets to feeling.

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

How are you feeling? I ate breakfast and i am feeling a little better. It hurts to swallow and i still have constant throbbing.. But my tongue is starting to feel wierd. Its like a throbbing pain in the tip of my tongue. Have you felt anything in your tongue?

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I’m glad you ate something and that you’re feeling better. I haven’t had any problem with my tongue, just around the time of the operation. Then, it was only in pain because I think I had bit it without realizing it.
Although, reading through the previous posts from others, they have mentioned pain in the tongue. I would say that if it gets too bad, get a hold of the doc before closes..
I’m still laying here watching TV. The pain and irritation hasn’t stopped or even subsided, but it does only feel like one side at this point.
When your scab came off, did you have a new taste in your mouth? One that may not be so pleasant…

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

To be honesy I dont recall having a new taste it was probably the taste of scab.. I have a constant taste in my mouth like if I ate something thick and kind of sour.. But my mouth has been like that since day 5 of surgery.. I would guess you tasted a scab.. Do you still have the taste or has it gine away? I am surprised that the ent doc do not provide details of what to expect.. Did yours give you any insight? I decided tobdo surgery because i had nasty tonsil stones that caused horrible breath all the time.. And I was sick of always having a cough and coughing them out.. I have lost about 12lbs.. Have you lost any weight? I am watching tv too. Its hard because i cant seem to be comfortable my body so tired of same position.. Have you seen inside your mouth at all?? Ivtook a pic against doc order and looks like i still have a big piece of scab to go :-( …

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

The taste has disappeared, but not the pain. I just ate a quesadilla and took some more ibuprofen. I haven’t been able to see my throat, well, the scabs at least. I’m gonna wait for someone to get home to look for me.
I haven’t ever heard of tonsil stones up until my post op research, that sounds terrible though. I had to get mine removed because I kept getting severe tonsillitis way too often. It was caused by my severe acid reflux. This was my only option, I guess. I have lost weight but I don’t think it was as much as 12 pounds, although, I never weighed myself. I just know that I looked disgusting for the first 5 or 6 days. After my trip to the ER, I stopped with the prescription pain meds and I immediately felt better. They tore me down, and stopped me from pooping! :p
So since you have more scab to go, does that mean that the one has fallen off the one side? What does it look like? How far down into your throat are they?
The problem with me looking, is that I have no idea what I’m looking for…

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I forgot about my ENT. He gave me some info, but it all came and went so quickly. I had one visit with him before we decided to tear em out! They gave me as much advice and warning as they could. But it’s been a while since any of them were 20 and even back then, everything was done differently. They just knew what other patients have been through. It’s just hard to get into contact with their office, or to even speak to the doc..

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Its gross but google images helps get a look. I wouldnt try to look too much you may cause bleeding .. Well thats what my ent said.. Well when took a pic i basically see white/yellowish film on the left and right side of my mouth.. Its not too far back.. Its by where your tonsils where.. Unfortunatly i just looked at pic i have one whole side and one side has half scab.. (the one that hurts) and my other side on the right has the whole scab still!!! And that side doesnt hurt at all .. :-( .. So in other words I still have another side to suffer from :-( ..if your mouth is clean then they already came off and if so im jelous!!! ;-) .. Yeah the pain pills backed me up too i had to take a laxactive and my day was horrible.. My stomach was all.messed up and i had cramps in my abdomen.

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I should stop looking though because it is disconcerning that I have a side and a half to go … :-(

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I just went and looked at some pictures. Alot of them are of what it looked like after surgery.. Mine looks alot cleaner than those pictures. So I’m still not real sure what I’m looking for. When I look in the back of my throat, I see where all that white puss was, and that it’s hardly white now. I should have asked the doc while I was there :/
It sounds like you have a long stretch to go still. Maybe mine is just different because I threw up so much and ripped them off originally. They just grew back different?
I guess if I don’t start feeling better by tomorrow then I should show some Concern because doc said it should be either today it tomorrow..
I wasn’t informed about possibly being backed up from the liquid pain meds, but I did find that out when I went to my doc a week after my surgery and the mentioned it then.. I was 8 days post op and hadn’t gone since the morning of my surgery. It was miserable!

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I lied. I see it now. It’s kind of back in a cavity. They seem to have a ways to go still. So don’t be discouraged..

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Has there been any days where you didnt have as much pain? Like for me most pain was days 3 to 8 and now it is bearable.. I just dont know if i made it through worst yet :-(

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Me too no one told me either.. I was also 8 days in And hadnt gone.. I just cant wait to be normal..

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I went to see my ENT yesterday morning. He said within the next 1 or 2 days, I should be turning the corner to feeling better. I’m thinking that we’re getting close, but yes, there have been better days. 2 through 6 we’re bad for me, but today hasn’t been real great. Although, as the day has gone on, I have had some hours that are better than others. It’s all a game to these leftover tonsil parts. These scabs are overstaying their welcome, but we have to keep in mind that we will be healthier in the end!
Do you smoke cigarettes?

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

No i do not smoke. You? I agree with you though we will be healthier! Yea they are over staying but cant do anything because we could cause bleeding if we make them come off early..I just want them off so i can eat and get them used to food and eat chips! I have been craving chips so bad :-( and i usually chips.. Are you still drinking lots if water?

 Danielle June 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I do smoke. I havent up until i broke down and bought a pack yesterday. I feel ya on the chip thing! There is a giant canister of pub mix yelling my name and i feel like it would be a bad idea going for it. I told my boyfriend that once i am back to normal, we are going to Cici’s! All i really want is buffalo chicken pizza!
Im still trying to drink alot of water, but learning to swallow differently is aggravating, so i kind of give up.
But im not letting my throat dry out, i feel like thats good enough at least.
What has been your toughest food to eat?
Mine was bread… I had made croissants and without having them dipped in something, it was almost impossible to swallow…

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I want pizza too. Well I try to eat what I think will be okay for me. So far I have eaten sanwhiches,eggs,potatoes,pickles,quesadilla,mac n cheese and fideo. I havent tried anything rough .. So i have not really had a hard time yet.. What have you been eating?

 MMona June 7, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I would try to smoke doesnt.that dry.out your throat? I dont have to hard of a time swollowing.. But in the morning is when its the roughest

 Danielle June 8, 2013 at 12:52 am

Yeah, smoking has not been a good idea. I have held off for a while so i dont smoke as often.
But i have been able to eat mashed.potatoes, soup, quesadilla, green bean, mac and cheese.
I would think.that pickles would hurt, or burn?
And as far as swallowing, it just feels different without the tonsils there, especially when i drink. It takes two swallows to get it all down. when i first started drinking, it it was getting stuck and kind of made me feel as though i was drowning. That was probably caused by the phlegm mainly because its not too bad now. The doc said it was going to be a little different, but not too much. So once i am back to normal, maybe i will be used to the new way to swallow.

 MMona June 8, 2013 at 6:10 am

I thought so too but I did okay with the pickles. Today was a better day I got to get out of house and see my mother and sister. I also ate and went for a short walk. But I lost another piece of scab.. Small but ouch!!!!! How’s your day? Better I hope? Day 11 here we come! @ the home stretch!

 Danielle June 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I am just getting up for the day, but it hasn’t been so bad so far. I have a mild irritation in the very back, but i havent’t even taken any ibuprofen yet. So I’m hoping i can take care of it easily. I’m glad you finally got out. Driving feels different after being so weak for so long. I am supposed to go to a friends graduation party today, and i think I’m up for it :D
I feel like we’re getting very close!!

 MMona June 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I also just got up for the day. Although I still wake up at night at least I can get in some hours of sleep. I also have mild irritation but only on my left side.. I am still sitting up when i sleep. Are you able to sleep like before?

 Danielle June 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

I am actually up at 5am. Ive been up for an hour, not real fun. But i have been waking up less and less as the nights move on. So hopefully tomorrow night, we will sleep all the way through?! We can only hope, huh? yesterday was a good day for the most part. The morning started out rough, but i ate my eggs and took some ibuprofen and started my day. I got some sun, which was amazing, and went to a friends grad party. My voice got a little tired, but guess what?! I ate some Bugles :)
I have looked at my scabs, there is hardly any left!! My throat is sore, but I’m finding remedy still with the raw honey and Ricola’s. I hope you got some more sleep!
Are you still taking the pain meds to get some sleep?

 MMona June 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I also sleep more through out the nights. I wake up less and less. Although I still wake up to drink water. Sonia your mouth mostly pink now? I just looked and I just have thin thin scabs .. It’s like instead of falling off they just get thinner and thinner :O.. I have not taken pain meds since two days ago. I think today I will try some Tylenol since I am still sore.. So do you still have sore throat or are you feeling back to normal.. I am fearful it’s just sore and the pain that it was before but still two weeks of unhealthy and being in pain is not fun.. It makes me be thankful for being healthy.. I have gained 3 of the 12 lbs I lost :-( .. And since I took a pain pull two days ago to help me sleep I have not been able to go poo :-( .. I am due back at office tomorrow.. I had a friend in town but I was not Upto going to a loud place to catch up since ears start to bother me when around loud noise.. I can walk my dogs but that’s about all the physical activity I can do.. Did your ent tell you when you would be 100%like what day? My throat still feels sore and I can’t eat anything rough :-( I has bread too but it was a little hard So I has to microwave it :-( … Today day 12! Let’s see how it goes.. Also I am struggling to get use to washing my mouth without tonsils.. Like I feel like I can’t really gargle… I have to move My head funny to get water back but then I can’t hold it there… It like wants to go down… Instill have bad taste in mouth and a smell yuck… Does your breath still smell from healing process? I am going to buy another tooth brush to take to work…

 MMona June 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

My phone spelling sucks…first word correction is fearful suppose to be thankful, and then Sonia is suppose to so is your and then the rest instill is suppose to be I still lol

 Danielle June 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Most of my pain has subsided. My only issue is a slight sore throat, but it is definitely tolerable! I am also due back to the office tomorrow, i just need to get a full nights sleep, i get kind of restless. I slept too flat for only a few hours and when i woke up, the swelling was unbelievable.. It was quickly managed with some ibuprofen. I think the Tylenol will help you greatly and help keep the swelling down.
I’m sorry you are still unable to eat right, but it has to get better! I’m eating pretty much whatever, as long as i chew it well and have a drink in my hand. My scabs are almost gone, its just hardly white. Very pink!!!
We’re getting so close, i can feel it! I dont have a terrible taste anymore, just in the mornings when i dont drink,during the night.
I hope you start feeling better soon! Especially before you have to work tomorrow!

 MMona June 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

Nice. Yeah I just have soreness when I swallow.. I am.still afraid to try to.sleep normally… I want a.chip so bad… Have you ate anything hard yet?

 Danielle June 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I have eaten chips and pretzels, i just have to make sure i chew it real good. I am having a hard time with talking though. It is making my throat tired and sore. I guess i just have to keep on truckin though!

 amber June 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Im 30, almost 31. My surgery was on the 4th. Since then I’ve had UPS and downs.
I can honestly say today has to be the worst one so far. I can’t swallow, i can’t breath, the cold seems
Too be aggravating it more than helping. I haven’t ate much of anything. I’ keep trying jello
But it always hurts. I’ve puked three different times now. It always feels awful afterward.
Been pretty much on my own since the 3rd day add my husband had to return to work. He’s gone for almost 12hrs.leaving me with our 4yr old. The added stress of that Alone is unbearable, but i trudge on.
I know from reading earlier post that I’ve got two weeks before even 80% healing. How I’m going too get thur
Today much less two weeks i haven’t a clue. I see people are able to have pop cycles and ice chips,
I haven’t been able to eat any of that. U know some of my scabs have fallen off as i can only see white back there.
If i had found this website before op i would never have done this. I was told out would be painful but not agonizing. On Monday i plan on my husband calling ent doc about nauseous medicine, hoping that will help. Though in truth,i don’t believe much will help.

Am i abnormal to be unable to eat anything???

 Dominic June 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

Day one after surgery. I am also unable to eat. I have so much phlegm in my mouth that I am having a hard time breathing. I rinse my mouth to remove the phlegm and it instantly comes back. I am unable to swallow anything including water. When I try I start choking and cough it back up involuntarily. This includes my pain meds which I can really use as I have pain on the sides of my chest, my back, my head and on and off the most excruciating pain behind my sternum. When I do fall asleep I wake up literally choking which is scary. I feel like I will suffocate to death but have been able to spit it out/rinse my mouth out so far although it causes me a lot of anxiety to try to sleep now. Also, yesterday I violently projectile vomited 8 times. I hate this. I can’t wait till t

 Dominic June 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

…Till this is over. I got my tonsils removed because of tonsil stones. I think it was the right choice as they were horrible but I really wish I could just stay in the hospital during recovery as I a, scared I may choke to death in my sleep.

 Dominic June 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

I have also already lost 4 lbs since yesterday afternoon.

 MMona June 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

I am sure you feel uneasy and I understand. I was lucky that my bf was able to to be with me. I couldn’t imagine having a 4 yr old to watch for in addition to recovery. You will get better you just have to try to get through the first week and as time goes on you will get there. Don’t be discouraged… Time will help.. There is light at end of tunnel..!

 Dominic June 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

I know your words were meant for Amber and not me but they actually helped me feel a bit better.

 MMona June 9, 2013 at 5:59 am

They were meant for everyone who in the first stages of what seems to be hell! ;-)

 Danielle June 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

I too had to deal with the vomiting. Although, you think the nausea pills WON’T help, take them anyways! That and to focus on deep breathing. Sounds silly, but it really helped me and it will save you a trip to the ER with a small child! Also, with the vomiting, my doc said that all of that pressure probably tore the scabs off. Have you noticed any blood in the vomit? I promise the nausea pills will help, unfortunately, you may have to wait until monday, unless theres an after hours number. At this point in your recovery, you should not be talking, maybe try to see if you can have someone there with your child so you can rest, like you need to. Straining your voice, if you have one, is only going to hurt worse. I was yelling alot on my 4th day :/
It is not abnormal to not be able to eat, i started with broth, chicken broth to be exact (was not salty) and egg drop soup. The warm felt better to me than the cold, maybe that will be your case. Just not smoldering hot.
I am just now 20 years old, i could never imagine doing this 10 years down the road, i wish you the best of luck! You have go reassure yourself everyday that you will now longer have the problem that made you get the procedure in the first place!! :)
Why did you decide to have your tonsils removed?

 Jordan June 9, 2013 at 1:46 am

Had my tonsils removed 5 days ago. Pain was very unreal the first few days. When taking my medicine it would burn and come out of my nose along with any liquid I would drink. Things have gotten a ton better though! Time is going super slow and it feels like I’ve been out for weeks upon weeks! My throat does hurt a little bit still but idk what to do when my scabs begin falling off. I’ve heard lots choke and throw up. Bits and pieces of mine I have been coughing up but not sizable chunks yet. I would never do this again! No thank you! Haha

 Danielle June 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

I have not heard of people choking on the scabs, but that sounds terrifying. As per my experience, they fall off little by little. Most people swallow them with food, but i guess some of the unlucky few end up with them in their mouth! The medicine coming out your nose and whatnot, may have to do with the way your swallowing now, if your tonsils were big like mine always were, then it is going to feel quite a bit different.

 amber June 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

Thank you mmona, for the encouragement. Tonights already been an adventure. I really considered going to the ER. I was starting to imagine things and was sending my husband weird texts. I was really confused for awhile even. He came home put me too bed and called the doctor on duty, who said everything was completely normal. Well, if i had known this was the norm, i wouldn’t have done it.

My ice pack has been my constant companion so far even on days like today When ice feels like an irritation than a help. I just expected to be able to eat by now. Guess i could look at the bright side I’m losing weight! I just didn’t want it to be such in an unhealthy way.

Good luck to us all, may our recoveries be swift and our help be constant!

 Gregg June 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I’m 36 years old and on day 3 of recovery. So far it is not terrible. The pain is bad, but very manageable with medication. The worst part is the swollen uvula. It is enormous and resting on my tongue. I can’t lay my head back because it blocks my breathing. I just have to sit straight up all day long. I have been able to eat soft foods and drink lots of water as long as I keep up with the meds. Fruit smoothies, eggs, bananas, noodle soup with crackers soaked soft in the broth. I hear the pain gets worse, so I’m hoping I can continue to keep it under control. I feel like icing my neck, on and off all day long has helped some. Sleeping has been very rough.

 amber June 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

Danielle i had them removed because when i laid down at night i could hardly breath, then id snore. I also held ™Ann almost constant irritation behind them on my throat from them pressing up against the back. What kills me
is could have lived with them, but choose not too. I heard it would be painful but that i should be fine in a well. HA! Stuck now so i will just hafta live with my quick choice.
My breath still smells like a roting corps, our what I’d imagine a roting corps to smell like.

Today i actually put down a half of an orange pop cycle, but my stomach is growling. I’ve only vomited once so my ‘imaginary’ tonsils are swollen along with my uluva. Which keeps making me gag today. Before op i didn’t have a gag reflex, guess i do now. Think I’ll check into the anti-nausea meds just so i don’t have to live in this torture the rest of the day. My husband called off so he could help today, after having such a rough night. Though now her works a double tomorrow.

Here’s hoping for us all a better day tomorrow!

 Jenny June 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

Is it normal to still have some pain on day 19?

 Jess June 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m at day 6 post op. The pain wasn’t NEARLY as bad as I had read online prior to the surgery. However, I have this long, black/yellow/greenish, scab hanging from the top part of the wound hanging down into my throat. It’s seriously freaking me out. I swear it better be gone in the morning! I almost vomitted. Could eating aid it in coming off? Is it bad that I’m doin so to try to get it off?

 amber June 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Well, my doc and husband talked this morning. Was prescribed the suppository for nausea, great! Then they both agreed that if i don’t start eating within two days I’m too be admitted to the hospital, where i will have two IVs inserted. One for dehydration then other for nourishment. I’m hoping that my throat could just stop coughing and throwing up long enough for me to eat. I’m not asking to be completely painless, but tolerable would be a nice start. Even my pills keep getting stuck where my tonsils used to be, always on the right side.

I’m officially lost at what to do, maybe it would be best to go to the hospital.

 Shaun B June 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

Hey all- 24/M
Just finishing up day 4 and I have had a hell of a ride so far. I had both my tonsils and adenoids removed as well as my deviated septum fixed. I had my surgery on Friday june 7th, and by Sunday evening, my uvula was so swollen I could barley breathe and with my nose being packed up my anxiety went through the roof. I ended up being re-admitted until this afternoon (Monday), where they gave me a series of steroids to help shrink it down a bit. overall, I havent eaten much, maybe on cup of applesauce is all, and my stomach is really upset. I am hoping the next few days get somewhat more tolerable as the first 4 were nearly unbearable for me. I am getting my nose splints taken out tomorrow so hopefully things start looking up! any tips or suggestions are more than welcome! Good luck to you all!

 amber June 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Since yesterday morning i have managed too put down a few popsicles. I don’t know if that’s enough to keep me outta the hospital but I’m trying. My throat is constantly in pain now, with no pause of brief relaxation now. I’m wondering if i am pushing myself too far or finally far enough.

day 8 and things are finally pushing forward.

 aline June 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I had my tonsils out about 3 days ago and i’ve been able to eat soup and some noodles, boilled eggs but sometimes i feel so dizzy and my ear hurts a lot too. My throat only hurts when i swallow… Do u guys feel dizzy too??? Also my throat only hurts on the right side. Thank god the left side feels like i havent had any surgery.

 aline June 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Have u guys had low fever like 97 to 98?

 Heather June 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I am currently on day 10 of recovery. Days 4-6 were the worst for me had a lot of pain, vomiting, running a fever, and chills. Day 7,8 I thought things were looking up actually ate an omlette on day 8 for dinner. Which was great considering all I have eaten for a week was applesauce and pudding. Day 9 I hemorrhaged went into the er had to go to the OR and the ENT had to cauterize the wounds. This was a HUGE set back for me I am back to having a swollen tongue and having to take my percoet every 4 hours. Nothing to eat as of right now I have lost 12 pounds so far. Hoping to feel better in the next couple of days!

 Shawn June 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Before have tonsillectomy, just yesterday @ 9:00am, I read close to 500 posts on this site to prepare. I’m a 43 year old, military male. I like to pre-plan for everything, so, I developed a grocery list from reading so many posts. I bought a case of Gatorade, popsicles, sugar free Jell-O cups and a bag of ice from Sonic (small bite size pieces, 5lb bag, $2.75). My surgery was yesterday, around 9:00am. After I awoke in recovery, the doctor came my and explained my discharge instructions. He prescribed me 3-325 roxicet and 200mg children’s Motrin (both liquid form) every 4-6 hours. He then gave me a shot of morphine, which was VERY nice, and told my wife to take me straight home to relax and told me day 3 is when it starts getting bad. Last night was uneventful, probably because the morphine was still lingering. This morning, at around 7:300, whoa nelly! My uvula was enormous and sitting on my tongue and my voice was muffled. I took my meds and started chewing on a cup of ice. So, Day 1 has not been fun. Its very early in the game for me, so I will continue to read the posts on here and accept all advice anyone will give. Since I am off for the next 2 weeks, I think I will keep a running journal on here to compare my experience. Until, have a good day!

 Molly June 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I had my tonsils out on the 10th. I was fine day one, sore day two, threw up on day three, sore day four, and now here I am on day five. Meds have helped a lot. I bled a small bit last night. It stopped after a few minutes. So… I’ve been craving bagels, peas, and crazy bread from Little Ceasers. When can I have them??? And I constantly feel like I have something in the back of my throat, but I think it’s the scabs. What can I expect when my scabs come off? Pain, blood, throwing up? Do you cough them out or swallow them? Or both…?

 Shawn June 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Have figured out that dairy products are a no-go. They cause a film in my mouth and build mucus in my throat. My wife went out and got some non-alcohol, antiseptic mouth wash and it is doing wonders. Pain is still manageable.

 amber June 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Day 12, still can only eat certain foods, spaghetti o’s have been a life saver! Throat swollen again today, off of pain meds, and just on Tylenol. Chlorseptic spray is my new bff!!!

I still haven’t tried too many dairy products, but I’m sure they would be fine now. I was also craving a bunch of foods while in pain, ready to eat it all the moment i could!!!!

Best of wishes to everyone just starting, our restarting!

 Simone June 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m in Europe and as I was roaming around websites, I noticed a lot of difference between how things are done over here vs. in the States. I’m on day 12, and it’s been rough, with the usual ups and downs, although I must say, I’ve not had the extreme issues like heavy bleeding. I just wanted to share my experience on how it’s done over here.

First, the surgery here is mostly done with cold steel scalpel, because doctors recommend it over laser. Kids are sent home the next day, adults are kept in hospital for four days. Your initial painkillers are given through IV, later you switch to suppositories, because they absorb the most, even though they’re uncomfortable, and they are easiest on the stomach. No ice cream or anything cold is allowed, because even though the cold shrinks the blood vessels, when they expand again, they may push for more bleeding. The hospital has a lukewarm chamomile tea dispenser, which you keep drinking instead of water, because water on empty stomach may make you feel ill. In case of bleeding, no ice water or anything, but a cold towel around the neck – does the trick, but doesn’t involve moving your neck muscles. No warm or hot showers, no warm rooms or fluffy blankets, nothing that will raise your temperature and expand blood vessels. Absolutely no juices or fruit, as the fruit acid may damage the white scabs, causing bleeding. They need to come off on their own. So only non-sticky foods, low on acid. Greasy chicken soup and baby food is best, as it doesn’t stick and is caloric. Butter cookies dissolved in milk are good, too, as they don’t stick as much as bread. As for tea – only mint and chamomile allowed. It’s also very helpful to put a towel over your pillow while you sleep, as there’s lots of drooling :-)

I hope this will be helpful to someone, as the doctors tried very hard to explain to us why we can’t or have to do certain things.

 MK June 18, 2013 at 12:56 am

I had my tonsils and adenoids removed almost two weeks ago. I am on day 13 now. I am 35 years old and was scared about the recovery as an adult but I am writing to tell you that mine was not bad at all! I only took the prescription pain meds for the first three days, then just Tylenol for 2 days and then nothing ever since. I had two scabs which came off on days 5 and 6 and I ate a steak dinner on day 8! I have been eating whatever I want for a week now, even spicy and acidic foods with no problem. My throat hasn’t hurt at all for about a week…probably ever since the scabs came off. My biggest tip is to drink drink drink! Ever since I came home from surgery, I have been sipping on ice water and Gatorade non stop. Even set my alarm every night to wake up every 90 minutes to drink more. I also ran a cool mist humidifier next to me for most of the day and every night. I slept sitting up in a recliner for a week straight…mostly because I also had nose surgery done at the same time as my tonsils/adenoids (septoplasty, turbinate reduction and removal of bone spurs). Because of my nose surgery, I could not breathe thru my nose for a week and had to only breathe thru my mouth which dried it out even more but I drank so much water that it wasn’t an issue. I saw my ENT a week after surgery (to remove nose splints) and he was shocked that I had been off pain killers for so long at that point and that my nose and throat were already so well healed! He said I was at least 7-10 days ahead of where people usually are at that point in their recovery. Because of that, he lifted all of my restrictions and said I could eat whatever I wanted, I could work out, sleep laying flat again….I was thrilled! I don’t know what one thing helped me recover so quickly the most, or if I’m just lucky or have good genes but I tend to think the nonstop drinking, sleeping upright and the humidifier all contributed to it. Also, make sure to talk because it helps rebuild your throat muscles and you heal faster. And chew gum….get that jaw going! It helps. Good luck to you all. You’ll get thru it.

 Barry June 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

Great site! I am 48 and just had my procedure 4 days ago. Omg this pain, dr gave me liquid demoral and liquid loratb. Ouch. Wrong med it hits back of throat. Thank god he changed it to pill format and once I get my throat wet it ok. I finally made a smoothie out of ice water and watermelon Omg was that good. As to weight I have lost 80 lbs of water weight. God this hurts

 LillyRuby June 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

i had a tonsillectomy last thursday and am on the 6th day of recovery. i can feel the scab starting to come off on one side and the pain is excruciating. im only 14 so according to my ENT surgeon i just come under the adult tonsillectomy section meaning my recovery will most likely take longer than a childs. i find the worst pain is when i sneez/yawn/hiccup/swallow, does anyone have any tips to help with the pain? also does honey help to sooth the throat?

 Lisa June 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Reading all of these comments I feel like a big baby. 29/F on day 7 after surgery. I have barely been able to eat or drink anything. I have lost almost 20 pounds. I thought it was getting better in the past two days but when I woke up this morning I found myself in excrutiating pain. Am I the only one that isn’t eating? I did get some noodles down yesterday but after just a few ivwas full. I have found that I need to sit and prepare myself at least 10 minutes before trying to injest anything including meds. I am starting to get discouraged and feel like the stupid thing is never gonna heal. I have pudding and jell-o and all the good stuff but am to scared to try any of it. Ice chips seem to be the only thing that goes don with a few sips of water.

 Paula June 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Just had mine out yesterday around 3.30pm and was kept in over night. I am doing good now although I know things can change. I advise strongly an hour or 2 after to eat toast. Just pull small bits off. I promise you it actually decreases pain. Not at first but gradually it makes things easier. Loads of water of course. I was told by everyone in the hospital to chew chewing gum. And to continue when home. It not only helps sooth the pain it keeps your mouth moist which is what you need. I felt pain instantly when I woke up although it says you don’t. Yeah so
-chewing gum
this will help significantly. By now I have had 3 bits of toast, weatabix and some soup. Toast helps a lot guys, don’t over toast anything though.

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 Richard Martinez June 21, 2013 at 4:10 am

Hey you guys… i had my tonsils taken out on friday June 14… i am on day 6 and i have lost over 14 pounds now and i am starving. My pain meds kik in an hour after takin em, and get me drowsy 2 hours aftr they kik in. It hurts soooo much to drink. I try to eat soup and i just cant even to ice cream cuz the swallowing burns. Im so tired of this surgery. I hate the pain and everything and i regret doing it…. i just hope it will be worth it after because when i did have my tonsils, i would get sick very often and for weeks, and my tonsils would swell a lot, i even had to go to emergency at night cause they swelled too much i couldnt breath. All in all, i hate this so much. I hate not being able to eat cuz the pain. Yes, im 17, and im a male, and i have never cried about food before until now.

 Sarah June 24, 2013 at 3:35 am

hey! I’m 19 and got a tonsillectomy. septoplaaty (deviated septum) and turbinates done five days ago. I am in Australia.. before my surgery I read through these blogs and scared myself so badly! in a way I’m kind of glad I did because I expected the worst and have been pleasantly surprised!

on the day I was freaking out the most about getting my drip/Iv thing put in my arm.. I hate needles. they put it in and put muscle relaxant through it straight away, within minutes I was relaxed! next thing I remember is them getting me to get on the operating table (off the bed I was originally on) and they put a mask with just oxygen (apparently to start with) on my face. next minute I was in recovery demanding for my boyfriend. I was in pain when I first got out, but again still stressed about the Iv and pushed them away when they put pain meds through it. I pretty much just felt super drunk when I woke up! within half an hour I was in the ward and my mum and boyfriend were with me! I felt nauseas for about an hour and just drifted in and out of sleep for the rest of the day. I stayed overnight at the hospital. they have me liquid panadol for pain, which did nothing.. they also gave me endone every two hours. I don’t think that helped much but it made me sleepy which I liked! I was discharged the next day at around lunch time.

when I got home I felt sick from the car ride.. I had problems moving my mouth (which in turn was problems with talking) because it moved my nose. which was super sore. I got straight into bed and drifted in and out of sleep. that night I started vomiting, and I thought ‘great this is going to be shit’. but it turns out it was just from the anathesia in my body. I was taking painstop the day I got home, but I thought that made me vomit and was to scared to try again (found out yesterday it was the anesthesia that made me sick) but the pain has been manageable and I just have a soluble panadol every four hours.

I have slept through each night, woken up early in pain from having a dry mouth. I just take my panadol and within ten minutes I’m asleep again. I have been eating french toast, normal toast, and had a meat pie for dinner last night!! the doctors over here recommend eating harder food to help with recovery. I also have to flush my nose out four times a day – it’s just gross but doesn’t hurt!

ultimate tip would be to drink ALOT of water.. I’ve been having about 2L a day and I think that, along with crunchy food, has helped a lot! here’s hoping the rest of my recovery is just as good!!

 Annette June 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

In July I will turn 49. I need to have my tonsils removed and only hear horror stories. People who have hadtheir tonsilectomy as children say they still get sore throats, so why have it done? Yes…I am terrified.

 Tanya June 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

It’s interesting how countries vary with recovery. My son had his done on the 14th and we were told to feed him normal food (nothing acidic though). The doc even said the kids could have pizza on day 1.
We bought all the nice goodies like ice cream, ice lollies, all his favourites normally, but he wouldn’t eat any of them.
Was quite happy to eat things like pizza, toasted chicken, chips (crisps). I’m sure keeping his nutrition up has helped recovery. Today (day 5) we struggled to keep him calm. He was running around bashing me with pillows and laughing his head off. Scabs not yet off though so not stopping pain meds just yet.

One thing that really helped was to put his pain med in a little milk. This stopped it burning and made things a lot easier.

 lucas June 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

I’m Lucas and I’m 20 years old. I had a tonsillectomy and a polyp on my uvula removed on June 3rd. The ENT failed to suture my uvular artery, only cauterizing it, which eventually led to me being hospitalized with uncontrollable bleeding. I was spitting up blood clots the size of ping pong balls. Eventually I was sewn up by a different ENT and everything seemed to be fine. I then developed holes in my soft palate, which the new ENT told me was an extremely rare reaction. I now have to get a second procedure to fix these holes. I am having difficulty swallowing water, sweet liquids go down easier because they coat the throat, and I sometimes get food lodged between my velum. The whole process has been more stressful than it was worth. I decided to get the surgery because my tonsils were abnormally large, blocking my airway when they would swell, and I am a singer and performer so I believed and was reassured that the procedure would improve my range and resonance. It has only been 3 and a half weeks after the surgery. It took up until now for my speaking voice to return to normal but my singing voice is no where near it’s full capability as of yet. I am worried that it is taking this long. I attend school for Performing Arts and Vocal Performance. I still have the remainder of the summer to recovery. Hopefully everything will return to normal, and even be improved when this is all set and done. I see my ENT next week for a follow-up and to schedule my second procedure. Here’s hoping all ends well. Good luck to anyone else having trouble after this surgery.

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