There 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!
3,479 Responses to “Tonsillectomy Recovery”
August 29, 2017 at 9:51 pm
I am on my 10th day and the pain, the burning is terrible.
Eating anything is difficult. Water can manage, but feel very weak now. Have lost alot of weight.
My two questions are.
1) How much longer do i have to tolerate this.
2) When will the Post Nasal Dripping stop. This is really very irritating
September 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm
I wish I had an answer for you but I am in the same boat. I am 35 and I had mine out 2 weeks ago today and I am still in a good amount of pain. The scabs are slowly falling off which is really gross. It feels like there is a bunch of tiny pieces of food stuck back there but I know the feeling is from the scabs. I have been drinking so much ice water to try to keep the burning and aching at bay as well as taking Norco and 800mg of Ibuprofen at the same time but it is still not helping as much as I wish it would. Although the rest of my body aches and pains go away. I just want to be back to normal. My pain meds are nearly gone. This is getting so frustrating 🙁 I hope we can both get some answers and get back to normal soon!!!
September 26, 2017 at 2:08 am
Hi. I just recently got my surgery on the 20th of this month. I am on my 6th day with a lot of pain. I am happy I know now that I am not alone. Although this process sucks but I know they say it Will get n be better when the pain is all gone. My only concern is that I have phlem in my system and it hurts so bad to just cough it out… is this normal?
September 29, 2017 at 5:20 am
I got mine done on the 21st and I am still not able to eat much solid foods.. I have been forcing pudding, jello, soup and soggy bread.. I miss food so much right now!! Half my throat has had the scabs fall and they are falling on the other half. This is an extremely odd feeling! Also trying to wean myself off pain meds. Still haven’t had a Nm since the day of. 😮
October 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm
I am at day 5. I had the worst body aches at day 2&3 that made coughing so painful. Think working out for 10 hrs straight type of muscle pains! Coughing just the body and throat. I found that eating milk based things made the phlegm worse, ie. pudding, ice cream, etc. I’m so glad I found this site. I felt like I was being a wimp and now I’m seeing my pain is normal!!!
September 3, 2017 at 2:34 am
Got mines done on my birthday, couldn’t get it rescheduled but the nurses were sweet enough to sing me Happy Birthday before I suddenly woke up in recovery, amazing how well that anesthesia works. I’m on day 5 and I would order my complaints by
4. Throat pain
3. Lack of sleep
2. Medication side effects
1. Swollen tongue & uvula
1 and 2 directly contributes to 3, haven’t touched my pain meds until today when I desperately felt I needed a nap since #1 keeps me from sleeping comfortably and #2 causes headaches and heartburn. Pain has been a minor issue although I’ve read that changes when the scabs fall off, but for now I eat soft foods (jello, Mac & cheese, pudding, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, chicken broth, outmeal etc.) and down water all day, btw frequent urinating would be # 6. I’ve stocked up on gallons of distilled water to keep my cool mist humidifier running, so I haven’t had dry throat issues, I just really need some rest since those pain meds I mentioned earlier didn’t make me drowsy.
- Darlene Cunich:
September 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm
I’m up to day 13 of my recovery and the majority of the pain has gone now.
Except the right side of my throat is taking a lot longer to heal and seems to also be causing a bad earache in my right ear which since researching, seems to be common (just not sure if it should still be sore after almost two weeks).
There also Feels like there is something dangeling or caught in the right side of my throats and it isn’t going away.
Whenever I eat something, it seems to be stuck on the right side and it causes pain and pressure in the right side of my nose and travels up into my head which is almost unbareable. Is this normal?
September 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
Your following along a similar recovery period as me, today is day 16 and a lot of the pain is gone and although I managed to avoid sneezing for over 2 weeks yesterday I did and it was excruciating, had a very small amount of bleeding and woke up to a slight bit more pain than the day before but still nothing serious, just remember if you’ve been on a soft food diet the whole time then gradually work your way back up to more solid foods I made the mistake of eating a big hamburger a few days ago and my stomach absolutely could not handle it.
October 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Hi Darlene, It is two weeks today since my 9 year old had her tonsils removed. She has been like you and had horrible ear pain which started on day 6. Day 6,7 and 8 were absolutely terrible for her due to the painnin her right ear. Days 9,10,11 improved and weren’t bring her to tears as much and seemed to space out a little. Day 12,13 have been better again but it is still happening about ever hour and lasts for about 20mins. Has you ear pain healed and how long did it take?
September 14, 2017 at 4:33 am
Day 7 today. The worst pain started at day 5 and continues. Pain meds help some but also cause nausea, reflux and they sting going down. I find that ice packs help and my water pic to rinse with warm water and salt mixture is very helpful. I can’t wait for this to be over. Unfortunately, my tonsil had a tumor with bad cells. Tomorrow I get the final results and treatment plan.
September 15, 2017 at 4:32 am
It will get better don’t worry I had those hopeless days and even though some days seemed like my recovery was going backwards just keep to doing what’s best and you’ll come out on top, pain now for me is about a 2-3 when swallowing (day 17), and I start work next week, just need to get back to my regular sleeping and eating habits which I’m finding difficult but hopefully you’ll have better success, and trust me it could always be worse I went through my whole recovery without pain medication.?
- colm o brien:
September 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm
Day 1. Sitting up late at night in the hospital, had tonsils out but also septoplasty and rhinoplasty too. Pain tolerable but i suppose thats still the anesthetic, have a big lump of something in my throat that keeps threatening to come up, moves but not into the mouth.I’m tired and sore and wondering what the hell it could be, congealed blood? Nurses not helping much unfortunately….
September 21, 2017 at 7:12 am
When I wake up it will be day 9. So I am still in some pain at the top of my mouth, when I sleep that’s when I hurts, I wake up every morning with my teeth hurting so bad. Today I eat a Arby’s roast beef if was awesome hurt little but not to much to care. Other the that I drink lot of ice water it hurts but I do it, ice cream really hurts, lidocaine is a life saver. And I just found out today you can get a mouth Wash for this called magic wash.
November 3, 2017 at 10:47 am
The first thing I ate when I was able to eat solid foods again was an Arby’s Beef’n’cheddar lol. And the doctors can actually prescribe a lidocaine mouth wash that you can gargle then swallow, so it helps all the way down. It was a life save for when I had to take pills.
September 26, 2017 at 2:16 am
The day before my surgery I went shopping. I went to buy a whole lot of things that The doc said I will be able to eat… I bought jello, pudding, veggies to boil so i can eat it soft… Apple sauce… juices… etc. To be honest I havnt been able to eat at all. Oh and i bought 2 gallons of diffent icecream. Uhhh it sucks that I am not able to eat anything at all. I think I already lost 10lbs
September 27, 2017 at 9:08 am
Day 13 after having tonsils & adenoids out and septoplasty. Agony 🙁 still unable to swallow without wincing, am managing only a few mouthfuls of food at meals. Still have an overwhelming desire to just sleep.
October 3, 2017 at 5:59 am
I’m going on my 8th day! Day 4 it started getting worse everyday. The morning of day 7 was the worst for me so far. I really hope that I am turning a corner because this has been excruciating. The lack of eating & sleeping mixed in with a pain that changes in severity but never goes away. It has worn me down. I am 38 years old & I’m so bummed I waited this long to do it. I’m miserable & it feels like there’s no end in sight. I pray that this is my last day of pain but I am also super grateful to God that I have not had any complications.
October 5, 2017 at 11:14 am
I had my surgery 7 days ago, I’m 19, I have never felt pain like this in my whole life. Just woke up this morning with my tongue fully coated in yellow material. This has been the worst week of my life. When I woke up in hospital I was made eat toast, that’s In ireland. So I can honestly can say 10/10 don’t recommend this
October 7, 2017 at 11:21 am
I am on day 4 of my recovery and had my tonsils removed on the 2nd of this month. I am able to drink water and I have been trying to eat biscuits dipped in tea and some scrambled egg with a bit of toast but nothing bigger than that. I have already lost 6 pounds and I feel extremely weak. I am now experiencing gagging a lot which turns into me not being able to catch my breathe and some times bringing some sick up. Is this normal ???
I have heard that the worst is yet to come for me, although I’m in pain I’m not struggling as much as some people have…. unless I just haven’t reached the most painful stages yet.
October 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm
Had my tonsillectomy on the 3rd September ! Eating is a struggle ! The pain is not the worst, but it’s definitely a marathon! My breath is repulsive and struggle to sleep! Queue your violins please ! I think the worst was a couple of days ago so yeah can’t wait to feel better OI OI
October 8, 2017 at 5:15 am
I got my tonsils and adenoids removed yesterday. Worst pain I ever felt. And I’m a mom. Lol. But today I noticed I have a big white flap of skin on each side of my tongue when I moved one it burned so bad. Is this normal?
October 8, 2017 at 5:16 am
Clearly my meds mess with me. I spelled my own name wrong.
- Brianne Stiles:
October 25, 2017 at 12:57 am
Hi Shauna. I just had my tonsils out yesterday morning. I woke up this morning with what looks like what you described, a big white flap of skin that burns when touched. It’s only on my right side though. My whole throat is still swollen and can hardly stand to swallow.
October 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm
I just had my tonsils out a week ago am this pain is awful! I just went back to the hospital because I was bleeding out of my throat for hours!!! The blood was pouring out and I was also vomiting blood clots. They had to cauterize my wound and I had to be admitted to the hospital for a night and a day. The Percocet is working better than the Vicodin but I’m so over this!!!
October 8, 2017 at 7:3 pm
Had mine out the 3rd. First two days went pretty good but since then I have very sharp jaw pain. Every two hours I’m either taking a Norco or 600 ibeprofun to help. While the throat pain is still there, the jaw pain is worse of all. Anyone else experiencing significant jaw pain?
October 9, 2017 at 12:03 am
It’s been 5 weeks and I can honestly say that I’m almost back to normal, weird tight sensation when yawning but even that is going away, tonsil beds have smoothened out and no pain so it’s time to see how I fair now that my usual sore throat season is approaching
October 10, 2017 at 2:04 am
So no one tells you anything about those little details that are necessary to survive the op with dignity and in comfort. First of all strong pain killers (I had codeine) will make you constipated! If you are just like me, have a healthy gut, have regular bowel movements and look after your diet eating well you will be disappointed to find out that after a week you still haven’t gone to the bathroom! That infuriated me, doctors should tell you about that! I was literary too focused on just about functioning to remember how many days I haven’t gone to the bathroom + I just thought I haven’t eaten enough. Yes I was drinking, a lot of herbal teas, I had to switch to laxateas, to rid of agitation. That said the op went really well, I was feeling fantastic the first 24h until the prescribed amount of the above painkiller in combination with worn naesthetic, paracetamol and ibuprofen made me nauseous and sick, I vomited a few times and had to go cold turkey for 48h. During that time I just used bags of frozen blueberries to numb the pain, freeze off my entire jaw, throat. Only on the 3rd day I could start eating again, small amounts of puréed sweet potato and allow a small dose (I just elongated the time between the intake of painkillers from4 to 6 hours) and that helped me manage the pain, doze off to sleep. Yes my throat was swollen, my jaw was cracking for a couple of days in the hinges/joints, my tongue was stiff and I couldn’t swallow. It took 2 weeks for it to properly heal. And it was the same as some of you mention 7-10th day being the most frustratingly painful. So my appetite was just about coming back, i.e. for a small pack of ShakeShack curly fries it was just a long process to get it all down, took a lot of water and painkillers, as my teeth actually hurt too for all that 7day period. I have no idea why. I have the healthiest teeth, they just felt very sensitive. Forget about chocolate or sweets, the sugar just hurt my teeth. Also the taste wasn’t right. There is this iron flavour in your mouth for a long time, I couldn’t use a spoon, knife or a fork, nothing that was metal. It just tasted off. I lost weight, which is ok but also general fitness. I tried to walk loads and power through the days without lying in bed too much, I just wanted my strength back. it took another week (3rd week now) to completely recover as my immune was low and there was a lot of people getting sick around me (that time of the year in October) and I was getting feverish, sore in the body & achey. But what helped me the most were steam magnesium baths (with added peppermint/tea tree oil), also inhaling that with a towel over my head, fresh sage tea for gargling/rinsing of the throat, camomile tea also, but most importantly salt gargles. I’m still using salt to just profilacticly avoid getting sick. Humidifier is a must but if you suffered tonsillitis and pharyngitis in the past like I did you would already know that the air needs to be moist at all times to keep the levels of lubrication of your respiratory system (throat & nose), otherwise it won’t heal, it will just dry out. Also brushing my teeth with a lovely Aesop sage toothpaste more than regularity helps. Now I’m all healed up and very happy it’s over I’m still noticing the Cantes, i.e. My tongue doesn’t seem to clean itself too well- so I’m using an extra brush just for the back of my tongue.
October 10, 2017 at 4:36 am
Im on day 6. Had my tonsils and adenoids out on October 3rd. I had a breakdown today in front of my mom because Im hungry. I lost 14 lbs. My ears hurt. My throat hurts because I can feel the scabs but dont think none have fallen off yet. Its frustrating. Ive been off my oxy for 2 days. I have mucous in my throat and I read on a post thats an indicator of the scabs falling off? Please tell me theres light at the end of this long tunnel. Im starving!
October 11, 2017 at 3:13 am
Day 9, almost there. This has been a heavy journey. The first 2 days I was fine, probably because of the anesthesia and pain meds I got in the hospital. I ate pudding and popsicles. Day 5&6 were THE WORST! I could barely even open my mouth and swallowing was nearly impossible, let alone speaking. I freaked out and called the hospital in the evening of day 6. Turns out, they hadn’t given me enough pain meds… My family member went to pick up my new meds. Happy as can be I took some and fell asleep. The hospital had provided me with a new personal schedule for my medication so I set an alarm and took everything religiously. For the first time in a week I woke up without any pain. Unfortunately, not long after waking up and eating something I began feeling sick and yes, threw up at least 3 times. Called the hospital again, they gave me another drug against nausea. Yes throwing up frigging hurt like hell. The night after waa a big scare. I had a bleeding in the middle of the night. My family member phoned the hospital and we tried to stop the bleeding by cooling the area, which helped. After it stopped I was covered in blood and had swallowed a great deal of it too. It was scary but the next morning I woke up allright. With all the drugs, my doctor urged me to eat, cause I hadn’t been doing that a lot. Although it hurt, I started eating things like soft cornflakes and small pieces of bread. Eating worked miracles for me. My scabs were gone. Right now I’m having an itchy throat and I can’t sleep because of it.
– ask for more pain meds if it’s unbearable
– eat as soon as you can, it helps to get rid of the scabs
– take your meds religiously
October 12, 2017 at 4:00 am
I’m at day 8 today and I’m 20. I’ve had the weirdest experience with my tonsillectomy and synoplasty. From day 1-4 I experienced little to no pain. Going into this I thought I was not going to be able to eat and was going to lose a lot of weight… But so far I haven’t changed my diet at all. I have been eating cereal and toast in the morning, smoothie for lunch and regular pasta or what ever the family is eating at night. I have been really rigorous with my recovery, I will record when I have had pain medication and when I’ve had an antibiotic. Day 5-8 today I’ve been waking up with a stabbing pain just in my left tonsil and it hurts now when I eat. I’ve kept eating the same thing but I have to stop half way and have an ice cube to numb my throat and start eating again. I do a lot of exercise normally because I’m a triathlete and so far I’ve put on 1.5kg. By day 4 I thought I was going to be ready to go back to work by day 7 but I’m still in pain and speaking too much hurts. So looks like I’m still a couple of days away. If I could recommend anything to anyone before they get their tonsils out it would be to try eat as soon as you wake up especially rough foods like toast or cereal. This will make your recovery so much quicker and a lot less pain less. In my opinion only, this was what I believe helped me.
October 15, 2017 at 1:46pm
my surgery was on the 5th of September, so today is day 10 of recovery and it feels much better. The most horrible days were 5-8, especially days 6 and 7. I feel that my recovery is still quiet fast given that I no longer take as much pain medication as I used to. (Agree with Jonney) I think what i’ve noticed helped me was eating semi-solids and drinking water like a maniac, lollipops, ice cream, jelly, lots of it… of course nothing fried, spicy, nothing sharp or strong on the throat tissue… I’ve been having a lot of soup, chicken and beef with lots of vegetables, chewing and swallowing bits i think is important, rather than all pureed for the healing process to start off earlier rather than later and for the scabs to start disintegrating, so my advice is to eat and drink, lots…
In terms of drugs, what helped me is Voltaren dissolve capsules every 4-6 hours, and Tramal drops when it gets bad, especially in the evenings as it will also help you sleep. Ibuprofen didn’t do anything for me.
Having said that it’s been a difficult recovery, pain and then more pain, not sleeping much, forcing myself to eat and drink. There will be a lot of mucous, yuck, and tissues flying around, i sneezed the other day, it was the worst (lol) BUT!! it will get better, there’s a light in the tunnel. Remember that when you feel like you can’t do it anymore, you’ll need to push some more.
And please, pace yourself! Get help, let someone cook for you, stay in bed and so on.. One of the reasons why kids get back on their feet faster is because they just rest and play rather than get back to work. I know it is hard, i am going crazy 🙂
October 17, 2017 at 1:20 am
I had my tonsillectomy this past Friday, October 13th (which had me a bit freaked out, but I survived). I’ve had problems with my tonsils since I was really little i.e. chronic sore throats/ strep, tonsil stones, huge holes with holes inside of holes that would fill up with stones, foul taste in my mouth, bad breath. I am 28 now and finally decided that enough is enough– I need to get these suckers out! I was told by friends who had the procedure done that it’s really rough, but I brushed them off because I was also told the same thing about having my wisdom teeth removed, and that was a piece of cake. This, however, is not a piece of cake! So this is day 4, and I am so miserable– the pain gets increasingly worse everyday, which I didn’t think was normal, hence why I sought out an online forum like this one. Seems like others are having the same experience, so I guess it is normal. My doctor only gave me liquid Tylenol with Codeine, which barely touches the pain (and will be gone by the end of the day). I’m dreading calling him tomorrow to see if he can write me a refill or for something stronger, because I don’t want him to think I’m a drug addict. I see others were given Norcos– that seems more appropriate! I haven’t had a BM since my surgery, which I’m assuming has to do with the medicine. I know narcotics usually cause constipation, but codeine isn’t a narcotic, so I didn’t expect this to happen. Eating and drinking is both a nightmare. I’m so sick of jell-o and applesauce. Mashed Potatoes are a nice change for dinner, but then I get sick of those quickly, too. I tried eating a sandwich today with rotisserie chicken, and that was such a mistake! Won’t do that again! Gatorade creates a slimy phlegm-like coating in my throat, so I’m staying away from that now. Dairy products do the same. Tried drinking coffee this morning to see if it’d help me poop, but that didn’t work and only made my spit super hard to swallow. Speaking of spit, I’d rather just keep spitting my saliva into the trash than swallowing it, because swallowing is so painful, but I’m worried this is putting too much strain on my throat. If I’m sounding super neurotic and crazy right now, it’s because I am! I seriously just lay in bed and stare at the walls and count down the minutes till I can take my next dose of Codeine. This is my life right now! I’m hoping in two weeks time that I’m glad I went through with this procedure, but as of right now, I regret this so much and want my tonsils back!
October 17, 2017 at 3:15pm
So I’m on day 10 and the pain is so much better. In the beginning I was taking a Percocet every 4 hours some times 2 every 4 hours. And now I take like 3 a day. Day 7 was the worse when the big scabs fell off. Felt worse then the day after surgery. No one tells you about the constipation. Witch is horrible. I honestly think this was the worse thing ever. I don’t recommend doing it unless absolutely have too. (Witch mine was.) I’m tired of it all can’t wait for it to be over. I thought I was gonna die the first week. So I see the light now. I have noticed milk products are not good. They leave a coating and make the flem worse. My thing was water apple juice mash potatoes and pudding. I suggest to take your meds regularly and as soon as you can. Don’t wait. Because crying hurts and makes it hard to breath. Oh and sneezing omg horrible about peed my pants. So be prepared for that. Ice will be your best friend. I suggest getting little bottles of juice so when you fall asleep from the meds they don’t go bad. Humidifier is a must aswell. Don’t rush the healing. I hope some of this helps. It’s kinda all over because I’m still on meds lol. But wanted to try and help some. Good luck to everyone having this done. Prayers for you.
October 18, 2017 at 9:55 am
Male 39 years old. I Got mine out on the 11th so I’m currently on day 7. I can feel a slight change in the pain level. Intensity has go down slightly which is nice! Dealing with the hunger and constipation is a real bummer. Just put a humidifier in my room today (day 7) hoping that helps the healing process. God what I would do to be able to eat a cheeseburger or a slice of pizza! I have noticed there is more pain on one side then the other. Took a look in the mirror and it appears on my left side there is a line of blood. Which I take to mean I must of had a dry patch that cracked. At first I was worried it was the blood hemorrhaging but from what I understand if that happens it’s pretty noticeable so that elevated some concerns. Be careful with coughing and clearing your throat especially right when you wake up that could make things very painful. The last thing I want in this world is a trip back to the hospital for more cauterizing of flesh and pain! Best of luck to everyone “fighting the good fight” I go back to work in 4 days. Hoping with some steady ibuprofen and water and those good old mashed potatoes I can make it through, wish me luck!
October 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm
I had my tonsils and adenoids out on 10/11. I seem to be doing okay and the right side of my throat is almost scab free. Yay! this was this worst pain that i’ve ever been through in my life. Stopped taking pain meds on day 3 as the side effects were terrible but now i fell like im going into a tylenol coma. My left side has a huge scab and it looks like it is going to fall off all together. This thing is the size of where my whole tonsil was. Should I be concerned about bleeding? I haven’t bleed at all the whole time. It’s day 9 now and I’m just super concerned that I’m going to bleed to death if this huge scab sloshes off all together.
October 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm
Katey it will fall off all at once. But as long as you let it go on it’s own you will be fine. It will hurt. But it will be fine. But if you force it then it could bleed. That’s the normal size of the scabs from what my Dr said. So yeah
October 20, 2017 at 12:15 am
For everyone who’s in pain say I believe I receive your healing Lord. Today is day 2 after my surgery and God is helping me recover. I pray for everyone to feel better. God Bless.
October 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm
I am 22 years old and I had my tonsils removed on 9th october 2017, my surgey was scheduled in the afternoon and this was my first surgery.
I have suffered with enlarged tonsils and disgusting tonsil stones for about 4 years so it was time to get them out!
When i woke up from surgery the pain was minimal, i cant really remember much as i was dosed up on pain meds. I stayed overnight in hospital and during the night i was given a few doses of morphine (which didnt agree with me!, i had hallucinations). The day after i was discharged and sent home with co-codamol pain relief. Days 3-6 were excruiating for me i had absolutely no relief from my meds and I couldnt eat a thing, my breath also had the foulest smell and my friends and family werent able to come near me without nearly throwing up! The evening of day 6 i noticed a large blood clot on the right side and i was spitting up small amounts of blood. I went to the hospital and saw an out of hours GP who was very rude and made me feel as thiugh i had wasted his time!!, he told me to go home and ‘keep an eye on it’ but it looked fine.
The next morning i woke up with a feeling of water running down the back of my throat, i jumped out of bed and to my horror i spat out a massive amount of blood and it was pouring out the back of my throat. I rushed to a&e where it got worse and worse to the point i was spitting out chunks of blood and skin!! It was pouring out kf my nose and throat (scariest experience of my life!) the doctors monitored me for half an hour and gave me a solution to gargle to try and stop the bleeding but it didnt help. The next step was surgery, i was taken for emergency surgery within 20 mins to stop the bleeding and woke up that afternoon feeling a lot better, i did have a very bad stomach due to the amount of blood I swallowed. I am now recovering at home again and the pain has been reduced by atleast 60-70%. But i am still aware that it is possible for the bleeding to re occur and this is making me very anxious. I have antibiotics this time as i had a very bad infection which is one of the main reasons the bleeding started!
I woke up this morning with a small amount of blood in my spit which stopped after I had a cold drink and i am now monitoring this.
I have had such a bad experience recovering and I am feeling so fed up being stuck in the house feeling in so much pain and wondering when this nightmare will end!!
- Claire Pegg:
October 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Hi I am now on day 6 of my recovery.i never realized how painful the recovery was going to be.im tired all the time and can barely swallow food but I am keeping on top of my fluids.after reading all these comments it’s nice to know I’m not alone.im not looking forward to the scabs coming off thro as I sounds painful
- Trisha Prosper:
October 25, 2017 at 7:43 am
I had my surgery on October 19 2017. All the pain I’ve bee n having is not so bad. It’s barable. On a scale of 1-10..10 being the worst.. it’s been less then a 6. Eating food wise yes it’s terrible and painful, it bumps the scale up to a 9. But i am on day 7 and things are pretty good so far. Pain is at a 4. I just have to keep drinking water ever 5 mins because it feels like my throat is drying. The worse thing I could say about this is the food. Cravings. I’ve been having so much food cravings of food I can’t have yet, It makes me miserable.1 other thing I experience previously is that i get alot of saliva buildup which i hate. No matter how many times I spit. It’s still comes back. Now I dont have it as bad as before but still I don’t like it.
October 28, 2017 at 10:29 am
Hi everyone! I am 28 years old and I had my surgery on the 25th so now I am on day four of my recovery. I am in Spain and the pain meds they gave me seem to be doing nothing! Also, I was not given an antibiotic. Is this okay? From Reading the posts it seems most of you were given one. I am feeling like there is no end in sight and it’s only day 4! I have only eaten some Popsicles, yogurt and chicken broth since my surgery. I’m starving but I can barely open my mouth to get a spoonful of yogurt in. An ice pack seems to help the pain when applied directly to my throat… I can’t even focus on watching TV or reading a book because of the pain. And I’m not even half way there!! Your comments really do help in knowing that I’m not alone. I feel really alone though. All my friends seem to think I should be out and about by now. No one really understands how intense this recovery is unless they have been through it. Siiigghhh
October 28, 2017 at 10:31 am
OMG I just realized I’m only on day three!!!! Does the surgery day count??