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Tonsillectomy Recovery | What to Expect



What You Need to Know About Tonsillectomy and Recovery Day by Day

I wasn’t always this healthy. As a kid I ingested more penicillin than a corporate-raised chicken. I was in the doctor’s office several times each year with a sore throat. As the doctor or nurse peered into my mouth, the reaction was always the same: “Whoa, those are some big tonsils!” The diagnosis was usually tonsillitis, or strep throat. As the doctor wrote the prescription, he’d explain that years ago, tonsils like mine would have been removed, but, “these days,” we try to hang onto them. “These days,” were the 1970’s. I guess the tonsillectomy pendulum had swung back from the days when kids got their tonsils out because their brother was getting his out.

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Aunt Kate’s reassurance helped, but I still wrote out some just-in-case instructions for my brother and hid them in my closet. I sheepishly told him where they were, just in case.

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As an adult I continued to suffer from frequent bouts of tonsillitis. It seemed that I caught every bug that passed through my house or workplace. I guess those big ugly tonsils were a nice home for those nasties. It wasn’t until my 40’s that I also became aware that I suffered from something called, Obstructive Sleep Apnea -a condition in which a person stops breathing while asleep. I snored often and would awake abruptly, gulping in big breaths. I felt tired most days. After raising four babies, I had come to accept fatigue as a normal part of life! One day at a routine physical my doctor remarked about the number of episodes of strep throat and tonsillitis I’d had. We also talked about the sleep problems. While he didn’t formally diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, he suspected that I had it. He recommended a tonsillectomy, because of all the tonsil problems I’d had. As a bonus, I might find relief from the sleep apnea as well. If not, I’d undergo a sleep study. Forty four years old and father of four boys and a doctor finally said it: Those tonsils are doing you more harm than good! As much as I hated those tonsils, I was terrified at the thought of going under the knife. I started reading about tonsillectomy on the internet and talking to friends. That didn’t help. “My cousin knew a guy who got a tonsillectomy and bled to death.” “At your age, tonsillectomy is dangerous.” When I met with the ear, nose and throat specialist, (an otolaryngologist), he told me that the risks are the same for an adult undergoing tonsillectomy surgery as for a child, but the recovery is longer and more painful. He was right about that!

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I scheduled the surgery for the day after Thanksgiving. A traditional day of feasting in the United States. If it was to be my last meal, I planned to make it a good one! As it turned out, I was so nervous and scared that I could hardly eat on that day. I was recently divorced and had shared placement of my four boys. So many people counted on me that I began to question my decision. What if I died on the table? How reckless to leave behind a family, simply to avoid frequent tonsillitis? My aunt, a registered nurse reassured me about how simple the surgery was, and how far anesthesiology had come. I had nothing to worry about. Aunt Kate’s reassurance helped, but I still wrote out some just-in-case instructions for my brother and hid them in my closet. I sheepishly told him where they were, just in case

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I took a week off from work, asked my ex wife to take care of the boys that week, and asked my uncle to drive me to and from the hospital. (a requirement with anesthesia) That was about all the preparation I did. I was about to learn a lot!   Surgery went fine. I awoke in recovery with a serving of Jell-o in front of me. (“Jelly,” to my British friends) The nurse said that I had to finish it before I could check out. I swallowed it with great relish. It was divine! I called my uncle and we were out of there. I felt ok. I told him thanks and not to worry. I’d be fine. I believed this. Aside from a couple visits, I spent the next ten days alone in misery. The pain set in after about 24 hours. Sleeping became my worst enemy. I’d wake up with my mouth dried out and my throat on fire. Oh my God. I was not prepared for this! I ran out of Popsicle’s on day three. I ran out of pain medicine on day five. The pain peaked on day seven. I broke down and cried in front of my brother on day eight- a combination of pain, drug induced depression, and sleep deprivation. Since then, I’ve read thousands of similar accounts on the tonsillectomy forum I created. It didn’t have to be so hard. If I’d known what I do now, I could have done so much to make my tonsillectomy recovery better. I hope to reach as many people as I can to help guide them through the tunnel. It has been my passion and taught me more about compassion and the amazing strength of the human spirit than any other life experience. When you shine a light for others, you also light your own path. In the pages at follow, I’ll share with you what I learned from my tonsillectomy experience and years of coaching others through tonsillectomy and recovery. More about tonsillectomy…read more

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340 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Recovery | What to Expect

  1. Lisa

    Hello,
    I’m 31 y/o female on day 5 today after my tonsillectomy and turbinate collation. I have had recurrent strep infections and since the last one in Nov. have been having symptoms of sleep apnea. I have been through a pretty nasty trauma in the past that took over a year and three surgeries to recover from and this is nearly as bad. I know this will get better, but it’s hard to feel so helpless. At least with broken bones you can tell yourself that the more effort you put in with physical therapy the more you are doing to get better. This is a helpless, lonely, waiting to get better kind of recovery. I felt pretty good the night of my surgery, even called and talked to my mom. That was the last time I spoke out loud. Now even whispering hurts. The first two nights were pretty bad, but the days were ok. Monday (day 3) I even ate some macaroni and cheese (overcooked the life out of the noodles). Yesterday and today (days 4-5) I can barely swallow anything but water. I have to time it to an hour after taking pain meds then try to get something with some calories down. I’ve found putting a tablespoon of butter in/on whatever I try to eat helps make it a bit more satisfying. I’m only off work until day 11, and I’m starting to think now I will have to call out for a few more days. I had my fiance call the doctor today because it seems to be getting worse instead of better. They said that’s how it goes. The peak of pain is expected at 7-10 days. Then it gets better quickly apparently. I am probably going to need a third bottle of pain meds. I’ve just opened the second one. I tried to skip a dose overnight last night and that was a mistake. I do find that ice on the throat/ears helps when the pain is really bad. I all ready took the short course of steroids the doctor prescribed and now I wish I had waited until now to take them. I also read a lot of research about the use of ibuprofen after tonsillectomy and it all shows that it does not increase the risk of post-op bleeding, so I’m taking about 200-400mg between pain med doses. That seems to be helping the meds last longer. Overall I am sure I will be glad to have gotten my tonsils out, but today especially I wish there was a less painful way to do it!

    1. Kate

      Hey Lisa – sounds like a textbook recovery pattern, even though I know it really does not feel like recovery right now! It is a grim lonely time being in pain and unable to eat, drink, sleep or talk properly but it DOES end. Hang in there, count off the days, max out the meds (including ibuprofen – did me no harm; I took 3 different types of meds in rotation). Drink as much as you can. Some people find they need laxatives too although I was OK. Book extra time off now if you can, to take the pressure off yourself. Plan something nice for about day 14 (NOT food-based!), and try to get some fresh air daily, as soon as you can. Try a hot water bottle too – I found it really helped to relax my throat and jaw in the second half of my recovery (but not the first). Good luck to you!

  2. TK

    Day 15 after tonsilectomy–the worst is finally over. I regret getting my surgery done over spring break–I was told the recovery period would be between 7-10 days but I’ve only just started to feel normal again. The percocet has left me depressed and unable to focus since I stopped taking it 3 days ago, and while my doctor assures me it is a normal and temporary side affect of stopping the medication, I have 3 tests i need to study for and Im struggling to get out of bed every morning and open a textbook. Which is very unlike me. my throat still hurts but it is minor (especially compared to that pain in the first week–UGH!) but I’m still having some nausea which sucks. Drinking is difficult as the water keeps coming back out my nose if I drink too fast–very weird. I would have scheduled this surgery for the summer had I known the recovery period would be so lengthy. I just don’t feel quite like myself yet, and it’s frustrating. I still am having trouble pronouncing some words like “hole” and “pole.” But I’m sure I will relearn that in time. The back of my tongue still hurts to much to brush with a toothbrush so that’s made my breath not smell so awesome as of late. This has been the worst experience of my life! but some advice to those going through the recovery period: DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I didn’t keep well hydrated and I’m convinced that’s one of the reasons my recovery sucked. Drink till you can’t drink anymore. Force it down. It will help. Goodluck to all of you. It’s been a ride.

  3. Braxton

    Hello all. So I am on day 8 and I’m not horrible but not great either. My main concern is I’ve gotten a disgusting case of thrush. Did or does anyone else have this problem? What is the best way to get rid of this crap? It’s a very thick layer on my tongue I can’t taste anything but the thrush itself

    1. roshanda

      This is day 9.I have a thick coat on my tongue too and I now think I have ear infection bc I have major pain in one ear which my right one. I was having trouble with it a few weeks before my surgery and my ent gave me antibiotics. I am beginning to get concerned bc I haven’t been able to eat anything. I have only had vitamin water and water. I tried diluting mashed potatoes w chicken broth but they coated my mouth and left a really horrible taste. I tried oatmeal pureed and couldn’t get it down. People keep saying jello and it has no nutritional value and its just sugar. I am extremely weak and tired. I got up and cleaned a little and now I am really exhausted…..Thoughts???

    2. roshanda

      Well not too long after typing this message. …i found out i indeed have thrush. My ent is calling in a prescription for a mouth rinse. So I literally had a break down. I had just bought some boost shakes and cant drink them. This surgery is crazy depressing.

      1. Jazmine

        Hello all,
        So I’m 30yrs old and have sleep apnea. This is now day 12 including surgery day. I didn’t want to believe all the post about the recovery, but indeed they were true. So my recovery as my ENT put it, is on the more sever side. On day 6 I noticed my tongue and strange yellow color and looked hairy. I thought it was just because of the medicine i’ve been on, however day 7 came and when I went to spit (because i’ve been having trouble swallowing my saliva) It was all blood. So of course I freaked out. I had to be rushed to the ER the amount of blood that came out of my mouth was about 2 cups worth. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 days. My ENT said he couldn’t even see where all the blood was coming from and that it looked like it cleared up.

        However he also said I have thrush. He put me on Nystatin for 12 days. I’ve never had anything like this, but the amount of anti-biotics I was on probably caused it.. Thrush loves sugar, I learned that the hard way. So stay away from anything with sugar, milk, carbs… It will help with the recovery. Try and eat plain greek yogurt, also it doesn’t hurt to take probiotics, you can get them at any health food store. Your body needs them.

        All in all the pain is finally going away, I still have slight soreness in my tongue, and my swallowing isn’t completely normal. But I’m able to actually eat food now (slightly soft) I did’t think I would need more the a week off from work, but I still haven’t returned. Maybe by next week. Good luck to everyone getting this surgery done. Now I know why they say recovery is worse for adults.

  4. Kiesha

    Hello everyone, I am going crazy over this surgery. I am 39 and had to finally have them removed after 7 episodes of strep this year and a horrindous asthma attack cause from pnemonia, doc said “time to get the bacteria catchers out”. Surg 3/4/15 and I have been miserable every since. I work full time, I am currently taking five college classes, married w/ 2 teenagers. I washed rushed back in for emergency surgery on day 10 when I woke up choking. Dr. was a complete jerk because he had to come in during the night, so I haven’t called for a pain med refill. Today is 3/26 well actually 3/267 since it 3:40 am. I have been back to work for a week and half and I am miserable. Please tell me if I am crazy.. I have ear pain, itchy throat, headaches, my teeth feel like are going to fall out, my tongue feels like I have been through a meat grinder, I have insomnia, miserable hot and cold flashes (no fever), still can’t really taste anything except metal, any I constantly feel dizzy and weak. Oh, and I feel out of it like I gave been in a comatose state and just woke up. I don’t know if I lost so much blood and still can’t eat and drink enough to compensate. I really think I should have had some blood but like I said the dr.’s mannerisms were ridiculous the night I was bleeding. Is thus normal this far in the pricess? Did I start my recovery period over on the second surgery? I so need to feel normal again, I feel like I’m losing my my mind between feeling awful and my resoinsibilities. PLEASE HELP.

  5. Ronald

    Ok, so I’m wondering if my experience is odd or I’m just not there yet in terms of pain. I’m 30, male, with hypertension and diabetic. I needed to have my tonsils removed due to chronic tonsillitis, stones and obstructive sleep apnea. I’ve been hospitalized for a week before due to peritonsillar abscess.

    I had my tonsillectomy procedure done last week, 18 March 2015. Doc said it’ll take 7-10 days to recover and I might need to stay in the hospital until day 3. It was done very early in the morning so I consider that as day 1 of the healing process. Not so bad. I was still able to talk a bit during day 1, but eating anything was hard. I could only down 2 teaspoons of cream. Not ice cream. Just… cream. I stayed overnight at the hospital, so I had that going for me, which is nice. They can adjust the pain meds. Sleeping was tough because it felt like I was going to swallow my uvula. Still, I was able to put in around 4 hours of sleep. Not bad.

    Day 2 was when it was most painful. I couldn’t talk and eat much, but on a scale of 10, I’d say the pain was a 5. I got discharged that day and I was able to drive my self home. The only pain meds the doctor gave me was Tramadol+Paracetamol to be taken only when needed and in 8-hour intervals. Only had juice and water the entire day. I was able to sleep on my side. A full night’s sleep. Again I don’t know if this is weird.

    Day 3 I was expecting more pain. Well, I got a 4 out of 10 in pain scale. I even went to the grocery to buy some instant ramen, and I was able to eat them lukewarm. Still taking the tramadol+paracetamol just in case. I was wondering if it’s just so effective that’s why it’s not that painful. No problem with sleeping. In fact I was thankful because the apnea is gone!

    Day 4, based on the comments here, is when it’s most painful. Well, a 3/10 for me. Accompanied my wife shopping. I was able to eat lasagna, but not the crusty bread. Day 4 was a breeze but I can already feel the scabs. I have pics if you want. :P

    Day 5, it’s like a mild sore throat. I can eat a warm soupy meal. I tried eating pork steak when the wife was not looking, and I was able to down it. I’m thinking, “hey, this is not so bad. Should I be worried??”

    So today is Day 6. Pain is at 2/10, only due to the scabs scratching the side and back of my throat. And I only feel the pain on the left side. I’m typing this is the office. Everyone is surprised I’m here. Tomorrow I’m supposed to give a talk to graduating students. I dunno. I feel like I’m recovering very fast. Either that or I’m doing something wrong that I’ll regret soon. I’m also curious as to the method/technique used by my ENT so I’ll ask him during our follow up on Wednesday. I’ll update you guys. Again, I don’t know anything different with what I’m doing. I’m not even praying or like that. I was expecting worse but I guess I’m recovering fast.

    Oh one last thing. The thing that makes it painful (up to now) is when I strain or exert a lot of effort like climbing up the stairs really fast with a heavy laptop bag (just this morning).

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Ronald, I also had a tonsillectomy on March 18th. Sounds like you are recovering much faster than I am! My pain has been pretty consistent, days 2,3,4,5,6 were bad. If I were you, i would be careful not to do too much. It takes at least 3 weeks for the scabs to heal. I still can only eat oatmeal and chicken noodle soup. My main problem now is that this whole thing triggered a strange and big flare up of my ulcerative colitis. Does anyone out there have colitis? I wish I had contacted my gastroenterologist before to help prevent constipation, diarrhea etc. I just had total breakdown tryingto go to the bathroom. Now I have 2 things to deal with! My scabs started coming off yesterday. Im hoping that means that it will get better from now on? What is the experience ofothers on days 7-10?

      1. roshanda

        Thanks Haley
        I have been drinking water and vitamin water. I bought coconut water and it was disgusting. Lol I bought a small cheap humidifier last night. And omg the difference. I wish I didnt have this disgusting taste in my mouth lol…it doesn’t help. As far as pain meds..the burning is horrible and makes me constipated. So, I am just avoiding things to compromise my throat. I am drinking sips of water ever chance I think about it. I have heard people saying there doctor gave them gargle stuff. But mine said gargle w warm salt water and im no sure that helped me.

    2. hayley

      Hello
      Im 30yr old female and had mine out on 19th march after putting it of for far too long (i should have had them out as a child) for years ive had nothing but horrid luck with them. They were huge and id get run down, simple cold or just catch tonsillitis so easily. They also affected my sleep. Ive always looked after myself. Ive never smoked, drugs and drink alcohol hardly worth mentioning. Fit and healthy. And thought for years how unfair it was on me that i was so often sick. Being 100% well was such a rare thing for me and my husband and i celebrate when i was! So my surgery went well. I’ve been given 2wks of. Im on day 7 and i knoe im going to take that 2wks.
      Day 1-3 were actually ok. Ive slept well really. Only when i wake i need to use my mouth wash and spit the crap out.
      I have high dosage meds… endone. I started taking day 4. As these are addictive and are basically morphin. I needed to take my first dose to be able to eat something! I lost 4kgs in 4 days. Thats huge for me. I cant loose that amount in 3 months eating healthy!
      Day 6 ans 7 i feel ok at times but out of nowhere i ger sudden excruciating pain… like someone has poured chilli on parts of my throat. . I assume this the scabs coming of and its raw ??
      I actually struggle to drink at all. Even thru a straw. Even taking a sip for my meds. I tear up and punch the bench… is this pain normal ? I actually fear drinking at all. Only today could i manage icecream. Day 3 i had a good feed… after endone but it hasnt worked the same since.
      I in no way regret this i know after 2wks ill be a lot better and of cause the long run but judt a little worried of this pain as i know i need to drink. And i try but im really struggling.

      1. Vanessa

        Hi Hailey
        I know what you mean. Im cutting down in the Norco tablets because they gave me terrible constipation and hemorrhoids. But my throat is hurting much more today, day 8. Im also having trouble drinking. The trick is trying to drink water at different temperatures. Sonetimes ice water goes down best, others its lukewarm or hot tea thats best. The scabs are starting to come off so thats why our throats are really sensitive. I cant believe how slow this recovery is going! Patience is not my virtue!
        Hang in there, you will make it.

        1. roshanda

          I had mine on the 20th. I am 42. I am having major pain. Today has been horrible. I have ear pain and neck pain on one side. I can’t take my pain meds bc they burn like swallowing lit matches. I have not eaten anything. I tried jello but it was disgusting and i have never liked it anyway. I spit up yellow mucous and i called my ent office and they said its normal. I have asthma and other health issues. Is there anything u guys are gargling with? I have been told dairy is bad idea bc of the mucous. What color are the scalbs?

          1. hayley

            Hi roshanda
            Sounds just like my pain… Unfortunatly its normal. Its hell. I spoke to my good friend who is a nurse… we MUST take our meds when we are required to.. not when pain is unbearable. Its hard. I know. I was having panic attacks day 6-7. Today not so bad. I find lukewarm or room temp water the best. Not icy. I have to psych myself up to swallow them but theres a fine line before u cause a panic attack. I try standing over bench with a cushion so i can hit if need be. Sounds corny but go to ur happy place. Listen to sum soothing music. .. get ur breathing normal. I know how hard it is. I really feel ur pain but it will get easier. Today for me was day 8. I still struggle to talk ( dont force it.. even if u can manage talking… wait 10mins and ull be in a world of pain again) my husby and i have our own sign lang-its kinda fun really. Or write what u want to day down.. carry a notepad. It really isnt worth the pain to talk. If u can sip on powerade/gatorade/coconut water. These have a tonne of electrolytes and good stuff ur body needs. If u cant swallow pills. Can u get soluble panadol? This works for me. As u can sip not have that gulp.
            im not s fan of jelly either but its helpful. What about custard (cold) ? You will get there. Read up on ppls aftermath blogs.. i couldnt find one regret after the recovery. Reading these will help lift ur spirits. The scabs come of day 5-10 so id say urs are coming of to. I was prescribed cephacaine for my mouth wash. Its not as harsh as some. Im in australia though. Luke warm water with salt is also fantastic.
            Spitting yellowy phlem is normal. Spit as much of that out but don’t dry ur mouth out. As painful as it is sip water or powerade etc to keep mouth moist. Stop if it starts hurting.. uvr probably had it go over a raw bit. Then sip again when u can.
            You will get there.. 2weeks is nothing compared to the lifetime of wellbeing u will have !! Stay positive & good luck.

          2. Vanessa

            Hi Roshanda,
            I had mine on the 18th and am 43. The pain was getting much better 3 days ago but today is really bad. I woke up at 3am with major jaw, ear and throat pain. I’m having a lot of difficulty in swallowing anything! I checked and it seems that quite a lot of the scabs have come off. I hope that the pain will start going down in 2 days or so. I checked with my doctor and he said that it can be normal for the pain to peak again and that’s why you really need at least 2 weeks off. Have you been able to eat anything, even after 30 minutes of taking pain meds? Pudding is better than jello. I’ve been eating oatmeal in the morning. Low sodium chicken broth, not too eat, usually goes down. I don’t have a mouth rinse, I can’t gargle because my uvula still touches my tongue!
            Hope you’ll have a better day.

          3. Kate

            From about day 8 I found it was really comforting to sleep with my head on a hot water bottle. The warmth helped remove some tension and diffuse some of the pain.
            Good luck with your recovery everyone – I had a tough time but am glad now that I am tonsil (stone) free

        2. hayley

          Hello vanessa
          Oh i am not a patient person either.. i was a little better by the end of today though. Hopefully were on the downhill ride now! Thanks 4 the advice on temp.. it helped me :) my nursing friend advised me to take soluble panadal about half hour pre breakfast and an endone pill and then voltaten after (or nurofen if u don’t have voltaren). reckon this might helpme with pain tomorow. Fingers crossed! She made it quite clear not to miss taking ur pills though as hard as it may be! We need them. Pain will only get worst amd make it harder to take. Better put my big girl boots on then :)

          1. roshanda

            I haven’t eaten anything but popsicle. I am thinking of trying oatmeal but sooo nervous. Lol I have been really weak. I walked my dog for a few minutes but omg i was exhausted.

  6. Gary

    If you tonsils are that bad, I wouldn’t cancel the procedure. I am 34 yr old male and just had mine out last November. I was scared too and never had a surgery in my life either. I was very scared but this site helped me through this event. And I will tell you that I am happy so far that I did this. As long as you prepare yourself and stay hydrated, it should go fine. I’m not sure if I got a steroid shot or not, but I know I had fluids and antibiotics during surgery. Also, I wasn’t too bad after 2 weeks but I did end up taking 3 weeks off due to what I do. It may be the same for you and help you out better if you can take it. Do be too scared, I know that’s easy to say, but I was petrified and nervous. Surgery was easy, i didn’t have any complications as I prepared myself for it from this site. Later in December I did get an infection that meds healed up. That was it. Good luck to you and just wanted you to know that I know what you feel and I am happy I did go through with it.

    1. Gary

      Allie, few more things for you. Yes it will be painful if you don’t take meds like your supposed too. I was prescribed hydro/liquid and it wasn’t doing the trick for me. My doc then gave me Percocet 10/325 which helped much better. Stay on top of your pain killer whatever it is and you should be okay to deal with the little pain that you do feel. Thanks and good luck.

      1. Allie

        Thank you so much , I will do my best to stay encouraged, I’m going to get it out of the way! I’m on my way to church now and will ask God for a speedy recovery : )

  7. Allie

    I am EXTERMELY close to cancelling my surgery after reading horror stories. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and I’ve never had surgery , I’m so afraid of the pain you guys. I’m a 26 year female with enlarged tonsils and have had strep and tonsillitis since the beginning of feb, and tonsil stones since I was a child. Should I demand a steroid for after surgery? and should I request more than 2 weeks off since I am a prek teacher and I have to repeat myself frequently.

  8. Chuck

    Spelled it wrong. It’s CLO-SYS Alcohol free oral health Rinse. A dentist has written a lot of recommendations in an earlier thread review it, read it and you’ll find a lot of good things that will reduce the pain and swelling.

    1. Antoinette

      I had my tonsils out on the March 16th I knew ahead of time I was spending one night in the hospital and that’s been the easiest night I’ve had. I went home Tuesday feeling sore but the pain was tolerable. However Wed night I could barely breath mucus had got so thick I couldn’t get it out of my throat. I went to my ent the next morning and he told me I had an infection and had too be admitted back into the hospital. It was discussing like chunks of cottage cheese were coming out mixed with blood and mucus. Ended up in the hospital for two days getting iv antibiotics I had become dehydrated in just a the one day I was home. I got home this evening and I’m feeling better I even eat some eggs but now I’m experiencing the worst burning sensation around my teeth and my gums feels like there on fire can’t imagine it can get much worse.

    1. Vanessa

      I am starting Day 5 and have seen very little improvement. I was first taking lycet but could not tolerate and I threw up twice the first night. I have been taking norco since which helps a little. My tongue and uvula are still just as swollen, cant see back of my throat. My ENT said he gave me steroids during the surgery. He did not prescribe me antibiotics. How do you knowif you have an infection? Still cant eat soft foods, eating jello is still painful. I started to have some ear pain since yesterday. I wrap a damp frozen hand towel- after freezing it for 30 minutes- around my neck and jaw. , a few times a day. That feels like heaven! I still cant talk much and have dificulty sleeping with mouth open. Im really not sure i can stand another week of this!

  9. Chuck

    Using ice collared to keep the swelling down. Drink as much Smart water as you can. Take your medications on time
    Don’t miss or skip your medications because you get miserable,. If you like yogurt take a couple teaspoons every few hours it’ll prevent infection on the tongue. Renter mouth with CLOT-sys it kills bacteria and keep your mouth moist.

  10. Braxton

    Hello everyone. Well it’s been about 10 hours since surgery and this sucks!! Can’t eat I have to force myself to drink my smart water and I keep choking and coughing. I’ve eaten two bites of pudding with my Meds and that pretty much sums it all up. Any advice from anyone?

    1. roshanda

      I had my surgery march 20, 2015. I keep choking on this thick mucous. Im trying to drink water. My doctor advised trying 7up or sprite but i dont drink soda even outside of surgery. Therefore, i think it is making things worse. He has me taking liquid advil rotating w my pain meds. My head and ears hurt really bad.

  11. Chelsea

    Tthis website has been a dream come true so far so many helpful pants. However I do not see the advice and why not to eat dairy, (because the phlegm and coughing it causes) before I took down a ton of ice cream yesterday now I’m having terrible phlegm and coughing. does anyone have any idea what I can do now to help Clear it up… beside stop eating ice cream anymore… please help him coughing all the time

  12. kaidy

    I got my tonsils removed two days ago and am recovering fairly well. I haven’t had any nausea, and they gave me a hefty supply of oxycodone so I’ve been quite happy with minimal pain. But I find that when I swallow water, some of it tends to come back up my nose (gross I know). This doesn’t happen with food or popsicles or anything. Only water. I’m feeling very dehydrated because of it and was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice to help me with this problem. It would be very much appreciated!

  13. Maria

    I had my tonsils out 11 days ago. One thing I discovered is that if you wear a hoodie to cover your ears to keep them warm as often as you can it will easy the pain from your ears because you will keep them warm all the time and pain pills. Also, you can drink something like pedyalite or gatorade so you don’t feel too weak due to the strong pain medication and dehydration. Thank you!

  14. Gary

    Braxton, I wish you luck. Stock up on smart water as it has electrolytes in the water. Drink drink drink is the most effective way that you will get in healing process. I also recommend a humidifier for your room to keep the moisture for your throat. Do not get in a hurry to eat solid foods as you will know when the time comes when you can try that.stock up on soft foods examples Jell-O Popsicles, broth and possibly mashed potatoes when you’re ready for those. I also got shaved ice from sonic if you have one. I kept chewing on ice to keep my throw hydrated. Keep up on your meds my surgeon prescribed Percocet 10/325 to me because the liquid codeine was not working for me(oxycodone). I had not problems swallowing the pills. You may handle pain different from me but I needed stronger mess. Stay on top of them and take them as prescribed. Don’t get in a hurry to eat solid foods, you’ll know when your ready. Buy some ice packs for the swelling and use them. Helped me a lot. Drink drink drink water, take meds, eat soft foods or even broth, and get a humidifier. Hope this helps!!

    1. Winter

      everything Gary wrote plus – re: the pills take them literally every 4 hours or whatever your told. Even if your sleeping wake up and take it – trust me it’s not worth that extra 20 minutes or 2 hours or whatever of sleep. you’ll hate your life if you don’t (at least I did the one time I didn’t). I also have percs (I’m currently on day 7 of recovery). they are in pill form but I’m supposed to crush them up. I can handle it that way even on day 1. I crush it with two spoons – pretty simple and then take with water or put it in a spoonful of applesauce or something like that. (don’t mix it with a lot of food, it’ll be hard to eat it all to get the meds!) also ask your doctor about sore throat spray. I just found out about it and I really wish I knew sooner. ask how early you can use it. Gatorade. put in freezer for a short bit = slushy dreaminess (if you leave it in too long it’ll just freeze). take a sip of water or Gatorade every time you wake up, you won’t want to – but it’ll make it better if you keep hydrated. also an ice collar is lovely. A bath can sometimes be soothing also. The whole thing is going to suck – just mentally prepare yourself for that. every day I read this blog though to see what others felt on the day I’m on. I either learn something new or feel a little less crazy/weak. it’s helpful. you are’t going to be alone during the recovery are you? ie. do you have a spouse, parent, etc. with you?

  15. Dorothyjacques

    I had my surgery on March 4th and it was not bad at all! I spent weeks reading all these horror stories that I almost changed my mind. The first 4 days were great! I even tried to eat a bite of chicken I was so hungry lol! But unfortunately on day 5-6(now) I have been experiencing excruciating ear pain it’s almost 10/10 pain! It’s very painful… Not sure if a nerve is being pinched for 10 minutes and then stops for 2 hours than back again :( I hope these random ear pains stop completely soon….

  16. kateglove

    I had my tonsillectomy on 3/6/15. After reading stories, I was terrified of the recovery process. Honestly, it hasn’t been that bad.
    The day of the surgery I was in the most pain, at about a 4/10. I didn’t sleep well that night, but all in all it was bearable. I began drinking water immediately after surgery, and I honestly think that’s why my recovery process hasn’t been so bad.
    Day 2 was better than day 1, with pain staying at about a 2-3/10. Was able to eat mashed potatoes and baby food today.
    Day 3 was a little worse. I had to travel and I think that’s what made it so bad. My pain reached about a 6/10 but only at the last hour before I could take my pain medication.
    Day 4 has been easy, with pain reaching no higher than a 3 (except when I tried eating spaghetti os). I’ve been able to go 8 hours without my pain meds. Tried eating spaghetti os, I would recommend NOT doing so. I was in pain of about a 7/10 for an hour after I tried this.
    Not every experience is terrible and I was people who are going into surgery to feel more comfortable! As long as you rest, drink A LOT of water, and keep up on your medicine, you will be fine :)

  17. Candace

    I had mine taken out on 3/3/15, because the were large. I also had my deviated septum fixed along with other sinus issues. I was nervous to because of the stories I have read. I’m finishing day 5 of recovery and it hasn’t been that bad. If you drink lots of water, stay on top of the pain meds, you will be fine. My nose has splints and gauze in it, so I have to breath through my mouth. I kept ice by me, to keep my mouth wet. Sleeping was the hardest part.

  18. Victoria Quarles

    I had my tonsillectomy Friday Feb. 27. Today is Sunday March 8, 2015. My post op experience wasn’t the worst story I’ve heard so far. Days 2-5 were the worst and my pain was almost unbearable but now that I’ve reached Day 8 I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My best advice for anyone getting ready to have the procedure done is to drink drink drink! Do not let your throat get dry or you will regret it! To prevent it from drying while sleeping I used a humidifier. Take pain meds on schedule or you will regret it as well. I have successfully been able to eat scrambled eggs, soup, Mac and cheese, and popsicles anything else has felt like such a chore. Personally, things got exceptionally better for my on Day 7 which was also yhe day I went back to my ENT. He said that I was healing ahead of schedule and I should be back to normal by day 10.
    Oh yea, I also used the ice pack I was given at the hospital for my neck and ears. Hope this helps someone else out.

  19. MyEsha

    Hello all. I got my Tonsillectomy 3/5/15. After surgery I was given ginger ale and ice chips before I came home. So far so good? I mean I’m staving but I’m at least able to swallow water and my liquid Vicodin that tastes horrible. I have been nauseated alot today being the second day and the anesthesia im assuming wearing off. I drink as much water as I can but the ice chips are soooo much more better. It’s certainly 1 a.m and I’m munching on them as I type. I am prepared for the worst but expecting the best for all these blogs I’ve read about the daily changes. I’ve happy to have had those nasty tonsils out and will post back on my updates. Stay well and very hydrated people!

  20. Floris

    I got mine out on 3/2/2015 (3 days ago)
    And it’s doable for me. I can only eat when my pain meds are fully working (2,5 hours after taking) and still nowhere near painfree, but it’s okay. And these are warm foods, like: overoiled pastas or some soup. The real pain for me is when i have to eat a ice lolly or drink ice water. Or whenever i’m in between meds which suck so bad. But for the rest, it’s really not too bad. The worst part was when i had to throw up the all the old blood i swallowed during and after the procedure. But for everybody whose experience is worse than mine i have one tip, DON’T FORGET TO DRINK WATER AT NIGHT! I forgot it yesterday and waking up this morning was pretty painfull and i took me a full day to get my throat hydrated again.

    1. Barbara Klauke

      I had my tonsils out on March 2 – 2015 and it is now day 5 after op – in hospital they told me to try to eat normal food because ruffage and the chewing motion helps recovery and iceblocks help with swelling
      The importent part was thet I have to gurgel with saltwater – it speeds up recovery ( hahaha) they never told me how strong this saltwater should be – I am on 4 hourly painkillers and antibiotics 3 times a day
      Pain at the moment is mean and the back of my tongue is hurting like mad
      I am 66 years old and my recovery might take up to 3 weeks

  21. Kiara

    *Got a tonsillectomy 2/23… 3/5 there is still a lot of pain. I have a high tolerance for pain, but I’m chugging pain meds every three hours. Everything hurts, head, gums, neck, under tongue, roof of mouth, have minimal desire to eat (if I’m not doped up I can’t) because it’s often excruciating to swallow, waking up at night is awful. I can only hope it’s worth it because I had no idea the pain would last so long, and cold foods make it WORSE for me. Warm foods, and drinks are most soothing. I damn near want to cry, and I didn’t cry during childbirth! I have no tips other than get it done sooner than later, make sure you have lots of help if you have kids, you’ll need at LEAST two weeks off work, drink as much as you can after you take your pain meds cus it will be hard to get fluids in, get lots of rest. I was hoping to get pain relief alternatives between meds… So far nothing. Good luck!

  22. Angie

    Ok, so i’m writing here, because my doctor wants me to see an ENT due to large tonsils. I’m scared as heck after reading all the “internet stories”. I do not take pain well, nor pain medication. I do feel a sensation in my throat like something is stuck, but besides that I don’t really have any problems. My question, has any one had there tonsils taking out due to enlarged tonsils? I do not want to get them out at all, but of course if I have to what choice do i have

    1. Anna

      If you are ok with them then it’s your right to keep them. I am recovering from having mine removed on 2/20/15 and then being life flighted on 3/1/15, yes that is only a couple of days ago, to have cauterization done because of a bad bleed. I was sick all of the time and if the problem is solved from this then it will have been worth it. But right now, thinking that my husband and 4 young kids could have ended up without me, makes me really question it. A lot of people recover well, but the pain is no joke and you will have to stay on top of the pain meds. No matter what, the choice to have your tonsils removed or not is yours. No one can force you into a decision. Best of luck!

  23. Janet

    52 yr female. dealing with tonsil stones for many years. Everyday I use popsicle stick to try and dislodge stones. I’ve seen 4 ENT over the years and discussed tonsillectomy, but have been too nervous to go forward. I have read a lot of posts about patient recover and I’m wondering what type of procedure did people choose and if one is better than another.
    Cold Knife
    Microdebrider
    Cobaltion
    Electroautery
    I’m not even sure what they are and if there are more and what ENT’s use which one. All very confusing!! I would love to know how the procedures effected results and recovery. thanks for your help.

      1. Janet

        Thank You Greg for your quick response and for this website you created. Its the only one I have found that addresses adult tonsillectomy. I have anxiety issues when trying to make decisions like this and the tips you have for preparing yourself with the items needed for a easier recovery are greatly appreciated. If you do further research on this subject I would be interested to know if the people that had a easier recovery had smaller size tonsils, less severe throat issues before surgery (Less scarring from throat infections) and of course the type of surgery used. Thank you again, you and the others on this site are very helpful to all us scaredy cats!

    1. Kate

      hi Janet – I am a 47 year old female and had tonsillectomy due to tonsil stones last September; no idea what method (didn’t realise there was more than one – not sure my surgeon would have given me a choice anyway!).

      The first two weeks of recovery were really quite horrible BUT I had no complications, and am now tonsil stone free, which was revolutionised my life – no bad breath, no constant digging to remove them. I have so much more self confidence as a result.

      So your biggest decision is not which method, but IF you want to put yourself through what can be a nasty recovery to be rid of them forever. Good luck!

      1. Janet

        Thank you Kate, I’m glad to hear from someone that was happy they made the decision to go for it. Also the fact that your not like a teenage boy makes your story more relevant and encouraging for me. would be interested to know if they used the coblation technique on you. My issues are mostly the tonsil stones not really strep throat problems was that your case too? Thanks for responding to my post you have helped me by telling your success story.

        1. Kate

          Yes Janet my surgery was mainly due to tonsil stones – although I do have a history of throat infections, with an abscess once. I had tonsil stones for about 20 years and decided I didn’t want to live the rest of my life obsessed with mouthwash, mint chewing gum, and keeping my distance from people due to fear of bad breath!

          If you decide to go for it, follow the advice on this forum for things that will help ease the recovery. Block at least two weeks out when you will hibernate at home, and enlist someone to be around at least for the first few days for moral support and practical help. It was my first surgery and I nearly fainted at the prospect the day before/had to receive extra drugs to calm me down before I went into theatre. But actually the surgery itself was the easy bit, its the recovery that can be tough.

          I don’t regret it though: no more tonsils = no more tonsil stones. I am so much happier and confident

  24. SHERIDAN

    I am up to day 20 and am a lot better then what I was. I thought it was never going to end!! I still have a gross matalic taste in my mouth whenever I eat or drink things now which I’m praying will go away. I was admitted back to hospital because my pain was excruciating and I could not swallow or eat anything. They gave me steroid injections to make the swelling go down but also they gave me a script for this pink looking jelly medicine called lidocaine viscous, I’m telling you know it was the best thing ever! It numbed my whole throat and mouth and took away the ear pain. I could drink after that. Although it only lasts a few hours when you have it you feel although you don’t even have the pain. I was the worst when it came to this, every day I was crying and pleading for it to end, I had no sleep for a week or so because it hurt but once I got this stuff I pretty much depended on it because it helped so much. It is a bit pricey if you get a script and go to the chemist but completely worth it!! Just know it will end to! I thought I was never going to be able to eat again, but the days come where it slowly wears off. I’m still struggling with the horrible metallic taste, and I can’t yawn which is killing me haha. But I was nowhere near what I was two weeks ago!!

  25. Madison m

    I forgot to ask in another question I posted, I keep feeling I need to cough or clear my throat and I was told not to do so. I haven’t tried eating anything yet except a Popsicle that made my mouth swell so I will not be going back to that. I have tried water and ice chips and nothing is helping. Any suggestions?

    1. hannah

      I found warm drinks helped sooth my throat. I drank so much tea. It helped keep my throat lubricated and didn’t hurt like cold things. In the UK we are told to eat rough foods to promote healing and get the muscles working. good luck. Remember, this is temporary and it WILL get better.

  26. Nevena

    I had my Surgwry feb 19 and I must admit possibly the worst pain I have ever experienced . The first day wasn’t too bad but the days after got worse and worse I stopped taking my morphine because it was making me super nauseas and dizzy. Have not had much to eat other then Apple sauce and ice cream. Today is end of day 5 I managed to have some soup today but still very hard to swallow soup even water. I can’t wait for all of this to be over and done with! Even started asking myself why I did this but hopefully gets better and is worth all the pain at the end of it all.

  27. Chuck

    Danielle,

    I had the exact same surgery as you. It was painful and all I can relate is what I did. Instead of taking two pain pills every four hours I took one pain pill every two hours. I wanted to keep the same level of drug in my system all the time. I woke up every two hours during the night to take pills. I purchased a pill crusher and mixed the crushed pain pill with two teaspoons of yogurt. 30 minutes after taking the pill I would drink a 1/2 bottle of Smart Water. Drink as much water as you can, it’s painful but it helps recovery. Also, I ate two case of popsicles…..popsicles when I woke up at night, popsicles before I ate my yogurt with my crushed pain pill, popsicles all day long. If you have an ice collar use it. If you don’t have one put some ice in plastic bags and place them on you neck to keep the swelling down. The recovery for this surgery is painful, difficult and the pain keeps getting worse for the first ten days. Again, popsicles, drink at a minimum 32 ounces of ICE COLD water daily, use the ice collar, and take your pain pills. I used yogurt so I’d have something in my stomach. Best of luck.

  28. Danielle

    Someone guide me. I’m 22 and I’m on day 7 of recovery from tonsillectomy and andenoidectomy. I’m in terrible pain constantly. I’ve lost so much weight. I can’t eat or drink, let alone swallow. :(

  29. Courtney

    I found this website two days ago and am so thankful I did! It was a relief to hear that I wasn’t the only one going through the extreme pain that I have experienced over the last 8 days. I am on day 8 after my tonsillectomy and wanted to recommend that everyone getting a tonsillectomy or anyone who is still recovering to go buy a cool mist humidifier. It changed my entire night while sleeping. It kept my mouth moist so it didn’t feel like my throat was on fire this morning. This is the first day I have felt some relief and I even decided to skip taking the Lortab and just take a couple of ibuprofens. I am praying I am close to being out of the woods. Good luck to everyone, and go get a cool mist humidifier!

  30. Chuck

    Hang in there it’s get better. I bought a pill smasher and smashed my pills and ate two teaspoons of yogurt with the pill. For ten days all I had was two teaspoons of yogurt every two hours and all the popsicles I could eat and Smart Water I could drink. My first meal was mac & cheese and it a itty bitty size portion. After day 14 you’ll begin to rock and roll. Best of luck with your recovery. BTW, after it’s all done…..IT WORTH IT!

  31. Reece

    This website has been a great relief for me, I had my tonsils removed on Feb 5 , I am now on day 5 after removal and it has probably been there worst day for pain. Day 1-3 seemed like a breeze compared to day 5. Yesterday I had some Kraft dinner for supper and it was really easy going down. I have had extremely bad breath but I assume that is just a side effect of the healing. I have been on Tylenol 3 with codeine to relieve pain.I have three questions, when does the pain start to die down? And, when should I go back to eating my normal diet? And, did any of you deal with infection and how did you know you had one?

    1. Sheridan

      I got my tonsils out on the 5th of Feb also, the first day in the hospital was fine, I sucked on ice and thought this is no problem at all. Boy was I mistaken. They told me day four would be the worse, I had my heart set that after that it would be better! Day four came around and the pain was excruciating, I could barely swallow water let alone anything else! The pain from my throat was referring to the pain in my ears and head also! They had me on panadene forte but even though that wasn’t hitting me it was also making me feel very very sick in the stomach. I was struggling to eat soft foods, I’d have the slightest bit of jelly, water and just couldn’t hack anything else. The next day I went to my local GP and he put me on something slightly stronger, Endone. That night I had so many different medications and it relieved the pain for a hour or to, but then just went down hill from there again. I was so restless, getting no sleep what so ever. It was decided, I was going back to hospital. My mum is a nurse so she took me to the private hospital she works at, they put me into emergency because they were worried about bleeding or infection, they took blood and found out I was very very dehydrated they pumped 4L of water into me through an IV and gave me different medication through the drip. It relieved me and it felt amazing to be able to swallow and talk again! I was able to eat a sandwich and Mac and Cheese! And it was the best thing ever, through all my tears from this I had never been happier! I came home and the night was okay, but I guess everything wore off and now I’m back to how I was before the hospital. In excruciating pain! It’s day 6 and I am just praying this will end sooner rather then later but I don’t believe it will. If I could go back in time I most certainly would not want this surgery! I don’t want to wait another week plus for this to wear off and for me to be a normal eating human being again! But I guess I’m going to have to. Its reassuring reading other people’s comments saying that they were in pain to, I have spoken to some friends that have had theirs done in the past and they were fine, eating, drinking alcohol even!! I wish I could heal that easily but I guess everyone’s different and I am an unlucky one.

    2. Landry

      I had my tonsils out on February 5th also! I stayed the night in the hospital for one night. The nurses had to play around with my pain medication because I wasn’t getting any relief from morphine. Literally it didn’t even faze me. They tried another type of medication that is in the same family as morphine and this made me very sick to my stomach. It was horrible. Finally they tried one more type of pain med after calling my doctor (This was late at night), and it was awesome. I had a good first day out of the hospital, but I found the medication very hard to take. My mom mushed up my pills and I mixed them with water on a tea spoon. That was the only way I could get them down. My first three days flew by because all I did was sleep. Out of those three days though I only ate two spoonfuls of pudding. Day four, five, six, were very difficult. My pain meds, mixed with no food in my stomach really made me feel nauseated. I did a lot of crying over those few days and started to wonder if this was all worth it even though I did often suffer from severe strep. It was so frustrating not being able to eat while being overwhelmingly hungry. So far as the days have gone on I am feeling better and better. I am don’t really eat to much because I am so scared of opening my wounds. Today is day 10 post-op and I am feeling sooo much better I am barely taking any pain medication and I am eating foods such as, Kraft Dinner (lifesaver), soft cheese, soup and other soft foods. I haven’t graduated up (had the guts) to eat anything solid yet. I have found drinking tons of water does really help. I hope you all are feeling better! Here’s to a fast recovery!

  32. Gary

    Dawn,
    Yes if you have had that much issues with them then def talk to your doc about taking them out. If you decide to, read these forums on here and prepare yourself for it. It is very important. I am 34 and had mine out a few months ago, and haven’t snored at all, not once. Yay. Good luck to you and keep us posted.

  33. Dawn

    I have always had tonsillitis and swollen tonsils. They are about the size of a dollar coin in diameter. When I was a kid I would have tonsillitis and would lose my voice for weeks at a time. I am now almost 44 and still have chronic sinus problems, asthma, allergies not so much food that I know of but outside stuff and a good bit of inside stuff also and sinus drainage all the time that gets on peoples nerves because I make noises all the time. I stay sick with a cold or sinus infection throughout most of the year. What made me start looking on the web is because I have this white spot on my right tonsil and it is about the size of dime not quite a nickel and I am finally going to the doctor about it because my brother had cancer in his neck and I was afraid that I had what he had, but as I started looking at pics and searching for an answer before I went to the doctor I came across tonsil stones and this makes perfect sense to me now. I have a few bad teeth that I have been slowly having pulled and my dentist has not said anything about the white spot so I wasn’t worried and then I said I’m going to the doctor and then I immediately feared the worse. I don’t have that bad of bad breath like most that I have read has had. After reading about tonsil stones this has shown me that it may really not be anything really bad so I’m going to the doctor and see what they say hopefully I can get my tonsils taken out that’s what I really want to do because I am tired of having sinus problems all the time. One thing that I did not read anything about is people saying that they snore a lot. I snore like a freight train and it has become really bothersome since I have insomnia and have had it all of my life. I am a fulltime student and as with anyone that goes to college sleep is not a luxury. lol If I do get to sleep good I will snore loud and wake up, so having my tonsils taken out will hopefully solve that. It has helped two of my kids from snoring. If I have my tonsils taken out I hope it will be a smooth ride. Wish me luck. Thanks Dawn

  34. jerri

    Today is day 10 for me after surgery. One thing I wish I would have been told is to take Stool Softeners. Three days ago, felt the urge to go and I could not go. It hurt worse than the surgery. LOL. So I ended up taking the suppository and a softener, it finally came out but it still hurts so now I know take them daily. Other than that I lost 16 pounds in 10 days. I was on a diet before this so it helps that.lol The pain in my throat is not that bad, i learned that if you want to eat make sure you do that after the medication is in your system. The first five days I was on water and ice cream, some pudding. My throat burned with orange jello, and the lemon lime gatorade and also ibprofen burned, so everyone is different. The thing is you have to try on your own and see what you can handle. The first two to three days i had a slight temperature which i delt with. My speech is impared alittle cause my tongue is still swollen a little bit. The only thing i am still wondering about is why does your tongue stay white for so long? I know babys get thrust when drinking lots of milk ect but adults. My tongue is normal now..lol. I also had my Uvula taken out besides the tonsils… lots of tonsilitis and i also have sleep apnea. So hopefully this helps with both. I am still reading up and learning about this and i hope i can help others as well.

  35. allison brown

    I’ve posted several times on here. The first week is rough, but I have had strep so bad that I could not drink water, and it got to the point that I would have strep and ear infections and could not sleep even with pain medication, no medicines would help, and I had one infection that lasted 3 months straight. Then tonsillitis, then strep again, but being the person I am, I pushed through, ran races, and just dealt with it until the tonsillectomy. The first week of recovery was just like the strep and ear infections, the only difference was, I had pain meds that actually helped and knocked me out, Thank God!!

    Drink lots of water throughout the recovery, get off the pain meds as soon as you can, take stool softeners while on them, I quit taking them on day 8 and the next day switched to extra strength Tylenol after talking to nurses. The pain is still bad, but if able to bare it, better to stop the pain meds and get the head right, at least that’s how I felt. Popsicles are your best friend. If unable to swallow pills, break them up and make a slushie with the popsicles or put in cold apple sauce.

    The ears will hurt pretty bad Days 5-10 or even 12. I am on day 20 now, and still have some ear pain. I just started running again yesterday, alternating between 10 minutes run and 10 walking for an hour. I ran 3 miles straight today, then walked for a while. I was extremely active before the surgery and to be honest, I was supposed to wait till day 21-tomorrow-to start light running (which is a 9 minute 30 sec mile for me). So, be careful. If you feel any strain, slow down.

    Still not eating hard foods, tomato sauces, pizzas. But am drinking mocha’s :) Everyone deals with pain and healing differently. For the first two weeks, sleep and take it easy. Sleep reclined if able. I could not lay down on a stack of pillows until day 18. Hopefully be back in the bed by next week. And as everyone on here says, drink lots and lots of water. The doctor said wait at least 3-4 weeks before drinking any alcohol, preferably 4 weeks. They said after 3 weeks the remaining scabs will heal very fast and the more hydrated the throat, the faster it may heal. Always ask a dr. Or nurse if there is any doubt.

    Good Luck to all, and just remember, it will end.

  36. Alexis

    I hate to break it to you but imagine your worst case of strep throat/tonsillitis and multiply that pain by 1000 and that is how you’ll feel. Drink lots of ice water and keep popsicles with you. Ice packs feel pretty good too. Also STAY ON TOP OF YOUR MEDS. Even in the middle of the night because it will hurt so much more if you don’t and you will be miserable. Make sure you have plenty of fun things to do to keep you busy and have someone to take care of you and bring you more soft foods when you run out because you won’t be able to drive really or go anywhere. I’m 21 and currently on day 3. I’m not ready for my scabs to come off because I heard that is going to be miserable. Get a sippy cup because it makes drinking water and juice and other things such as that so muc easier. I also had my adenoids removed and some tubes in my nose shrunk so I have a lot of drainage. The best thing to do for that is make sure you’re well hydrated before you try to swallow it. Make sure your throat stays moist, that will be the best thing that you can do to help yourself stay out of as little pain as possible. Also keep your head elevated and your head up because it makes the drainage of whatever that stuff is easier to go down. If things get too bad with swallowing, if you tilt your head back and kind of open your throat, stuff just slides down which helps when swallowing gets really painful. Also a little tip I learned, I’m taking liquid hydrocodone and lidocaine. Take the lidocaine before the hydrocodone and you can take the hydrocodone up to an hour early and still be okay. I’m only on day 3 so this is just what I’ve learned so far. If I come up with anything else I shall let you all know.

    Oh and DON’T have sex. It can cause bleeding. I didn’t try it but I asked my doctor about it and she said a firm no. Keep your heart rate at a minimum and you’ll be good.

    Best of luck to everyone having this done, who’s had this done, and who’s in recovery. We can all get through this!

  37. Chuck

    While I recovered popsicles and 4 bottles of Smart Water every day. Every time I woke up I had popsicle and more as the scabs began to peel off. I set my alarm to go off every two hours because of the pain. Instead of taking pain pills every four hours, I took one every two hours to keep the drugs in my systems. Also, I ate two teaspoon of yogurt every two hours, which helps prevent getting Thrust infection in the mouth. Clo-Sys mouth wash has no alcohol and pretty much tastes like water. It’s great to prevent infection and keep your mouth moist, unlike other mouth washes on the market. It was recommended by a Dentist. I lost 18 pounds in 12 days and I’m not overweight for any stretch of the imagination.

    Wish you a speedy, easy recovery.

  38. Haley

    Hi all,

    I am a 22 yr old female currently on day 8 of my recovery. Recovery is not easy, so I wanted to share some tips I learned to make it as pain-free for anyone interested. Here are some things I found helpful:

    – I hate the taste of the pain medicine so I mix it with some applesauce to help it go down easier. I also found the slightly thicker consistency easier to swallow than just simply liquid.

    – STAY HYDRATED and try to eat something with the pain medicine to avoid getting an upset stomach. On day four I became sick and threw up. Easily the worst 3 minutes of my life.

    – make sure you stay on top of the pain meds. Sometimes I found it tempting to stay asleep in the middle of the night rather than waking up to take my pain meds. BIG MISTAKE. When I woke up for my next dose I realized the extra few hours of sleep was not worth it. So, I set alarms for every 4 hours for my meds. Now, I find myself waking up just a few minutes before my alarm goes off every time! (haha)

    -ice packs seem to be very helpful, at least for a few minutes while you are trying to fall asleep or before you eat!

    – try and keep your throat lubricated. It really hurts to swallow (obviously) but the longer you put off drinking the harder it gets. So whether or not you are experiencing a lot of pain at any given moment, DRINK!

    – moving my tongue around too much hurts as I am sure the back of it is pretty swollen. Try and stay away from foods that however soft, may be kind of “sticky” in your mouth. My mom had a really soft brownie that I was able to swallow for the most part but it seemed the gooiest parts of it got stuck to the back of my mouth and I had to use my finger to get it out.

    – Some days I was starving, other days I wasn’t hungry at all. So if you are worried about being really hungry all the time like I was you can find some relief in knowing that sometimes you have no interest in eating.

    – I found Days 1-5 to be quite different than 6 – now. So I’ll break it up into 2 parts
    Days 1-5: I stuck to drinking gatorade and water for hydration. I was able to eat pudding, popsicles, jello, mashed potatoes, applesauce, soup, yogurt and smoothies. I was in a lot of pain, but most of the time it was tolerable.

    Days 5-8 (current): Most things burn when I drink them. I think this is because some of my scabs have started falling off and I have raw spots which are very sensitive. The right side of my throat hurts far worse than the left (the left side feels fine). So, I have found that drinking room temperature water is best. Cold water stings pretty bad, as does straight gatorade. I have found, however, that watering down the gatorade helps. Maybe consider G2 gatorade as it is a little less concentrated than regular gatorade. ROOM TEMP chicken broth seems to be a big help right now. I tried it when it was a little hot still and that was pretty painful. Overall, I can get down a lot of different soft foods, some just sting more than others.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  39. Julie

    I am grateful to all sharing. Interestingly, though, I have discovered what some say does not work, tends to work for others and vice versa. I am at Day 6 post op. I don’t like ice cream that well and the dairy did not sound good to me. However, I found ice cream shakes are about the only thing I can get down. Before surgery, I had planned to be the best prepared person for a liquid diet. If I had to be on liquids, I was going to juicer and blender delicious combinations. Surprise! Most things I had planned on burned like being set on fire. I had the brilliant idea to blend banana, blueberry, and strawberry with yogurt. Terrible decision I will never forget. Took an hour to stop crying over 3 tiny sips. Banana and milk? No. Again, bad decision. I’ll just say: no fresh fruit. None. It is a killer for pain. Tart juices and energy drinks were a waste of money too. I thought a bite of thin mashed potatoes might be difficult, but would surely go down by day 3. Then I thought I would choke. My tongue and cheek swelling only began to go down on Day 6. Another surprise: ice bag on the throat has been a godsend. So my food routine has been this: hot tea, hot bouillon, shake, and ice water. All those fancy groceries are wasting away. I have been worried about getting my voice back. It’s good to read that is normal. At this point, I can’t imagine feeling normal again but I have faith that I will.

  40. Katherine

    I got sent home on the same day of my surgery 2 days ago, everything seemed okay considering the surgery I just had. I was prescribed co-codomol, very strong ibuprofen and a throat spray. The next day I threw up non stop, my throat started to swell, couldn’t eat or drink – could barely swallow my own spit. My aunt it a doctor so I asked her advice and she said the co-codomol was making me sick so she told me to get an adults version of calpol dissolvable tablets. They barely worked & today the pain just got worse and worse till I was crying non stop. I rang the hospital and they told me to go to a&e – when I got there they discovered that I had an infection in my throat, gave me liquid ibuprofen and liquid antibiotics – I am taking the ibuprofen with the calpol (paracetamol based) and I have been able to eat almost properly for the first time since the operation.
    The foods I will recommend are boiled leeks, jelly etc. NO DAIRY oh my god, you might aswell dig yourself an early grave if you have ice cream, cheese, macaroni cheese, yoghurts etc. you will not get rid of the phlegm for HOURS and it causes you to cough so much. Also, anything that’s sticky you must avoid e.g. Apple sauce, porridge, bananas etc. as these will get stuck in your thoat, give you some phlegm and set up home in the wholes where your tonsils used to be – good luck getting rid of it!
    Don’t drink cold water, the doctor I saw in a&e said cold water doesn’t soothe as much as warm/hot water does and it’s true – you also have more chance of getting rid of phlegm with warm water.
    I was also instructed to eat toast to scrape away everything as well as the infection – I passed on that one but if you get tuc biscuits & mush them up in your mouth then add some hot water, they go down a treat. Then obviously as you feel more brave stop adding the water and take bigger bites, THEN move onto toast – don’t just go for it straight away unless you want a bleeding throat.
    I hope some people find this helpful – a lot of websites I’ve looked on have said that ice lollies are good but I find that all the ones I’ve tried have given me phlegm – go for water based ones not dairy ones if you find they help. Also I almost forgot, STAY AWAY FROM SCRAMBLED EGGS – I had these on the day I came home from surgery and they completely blocked up the wholes where my tonsils were & there was no getting it out apart from drinking a butt load of water.
    I hope this helps, I wish I had this to read before I went into hospital
    One more thing, take your medication on time – even if your not in pain and don’t feel like it because as soon as you don’t & the pain starts creeping back, it’s bloody hard to get rid of again.

  41. Kymberli

    Hi all, I really appreciate having this forum which helped prepare me for surgery. I am 31 and had the tonsillectomy yesterday. My cause for surgery was not so much due to frequent bouts of tonsillitis but more so because my sinuses do not drain properly and they drop into my tonsils which then blends with residue from food, causes bacteria to grow and then leads to a buildup of sulfur causing bad breath and sore throats. I am a big water drinker but the couple of nights leading up to surgery increase your intake of clear fluids. The night before make sure the last thing you drink before midnight or your cutoff time is water. My cutoff time was midnight and I literally drank water right up until. The nurse will ask you about the last items you had and time. They recommend having water the minute before the cutoff time so that your body the next morning will better absorb the IV. The surgery itself was no more than 10 minutes. I suffer from motion sickness and nausea easily so I received a patch prior to surgery from the nurse that would help alleviate the nausea post surgery. If you suffer from an upset stomach ask for the patch (absorbs best behind the ear) and also ask for something to control the acid in your stomach. The combination will not only help calm you down before surgery but really helps to prevent nausea from the anesthesia. In the recovery room a nurse gave me ice chips, ginger ale (also to help fight against nausea) and a Popsicle. The ice is the best thing to relieve a dry and sore throat. The nurse also gave me an ice pack for my neck and a dose of the same liquid pain medication my doctor prescribed (Lortab) which help keep pain away a little longer after anesthesia wore off. Anything you drink SIP not gulp. Gulping will irritate your surgery site and cause stinging. Do not leave the hospital with pain high than a 3-4 (if that’s bareable for you). My surgery was at 8a and I was home before 11a. The anestesia wore off about 4p and so I instantly needed the ice pack and meds. I was told to take 10ccs (a little over a tsp) of liquid Lortab (aka Vicodin) every four hours but if needed can slightly increase the dose or frequency. Because I have a high tolerance for pain the average pain reliever doesn’t usually work for me and I am allergic to Roxicet. Do not wait until you feel the pain to take your dose. I counted four hours from the time the nurse gave me to meds and started the routine schedule then and for the first 3/4 of the day tried the prescribed dose to see if it would help. Later that night I increases the doseage to 15cc every three hours just until the pain is bareable. I prestocked the house with smart water (for the electrolytes), Apple juice, Popsicles, yogurt, ensure, chicken stock and pudding. Do not try to force yourself to eat solid foods. Allow your body to tell you what you can handle. Keep a glass of ice water and a tall cup of ice chips close to you at all times. I was also prescribed amoxicillin (antibiotic) since I’m allergic to clindimycin. The nurse will probably tell you to wait until later in the day or the next before taking because they will put some in your IV. For every sip you take, everything you swallow you may need to swallow twice to prevent choking since you will still be swollen from surgery. Don’t be afraid to keep ice packs in rotation and on your neck. In addition to the pain and antibiotic, I was prescribed liquid lidocaine which is a thick substance that you can swish around your mouth as a numbing agent and in some cases swallow. The pamphlets I received from the pharmacy were not clear, one side said swallow and the other said do not. So for the first day I did not swallow. (I was prescribed to take 5ccs (a little less than a tap every four hours). This means only my mouth was numb which helped but not entirely because it’s the back of your throat that needs the numbing. The next day I swallowed just to test if it would help or make me sick and swallowing did help the back of my throat making it easier to swallow my pain meds, water and Apple sauce. I also bought closys rinse to keep the mouth moist and fresh because the meds especially the lidocaine leave an odd taste in your mouth. I am still on day two and in pain but not unbearable. I was able to speak fine yesterday (day of surgery) but am having trouble today. Again do not force it. You don’t want the added strain in your throat. I started sleeping in 15-20 intervals and not can sleep for an hour or more straight. The couch will be your best friend. You will need to sit up to sleep to prevent choking from the fluids and drainage and it prevents bleeding. My couch has arm rests so I prob the back seat cushion of the couch along the arm rest and then place a regular pillow against that for a comfortable way to be propped up. If you are uncomfortable sitting or sleeping straight up, slightly move down so that you are on an angle similar to a recliner. But pay attention to your body because the lower you move down the harder it will be to prevent choking and coughing. Every hour is you can take 10 deep breaths in, hold for a few seconds and let out through your mouth. This will help reduce the amount of fluids in your lungs. Right after you take your medicine walk around for a few minutes to allow your body to stretch and this also helps pass the time until the pain meds kick in making you drowsy. The numbing med (lidocaine) may also make you sleepy or dizzy don’t worry just make your way back to the couch or chaise chair or recliner and rest. Oh I forgot to mention have a cool air humidifier. Do not wait I tol you go to bed to turn it on, have it on ally at least for the first two days to keep moisture in your body. Breathing in cool damp air also help to keep your throat from drying out when you are sleeping. If you are a female reading this, be sure to have yogurt available as it will help to prevent a yeast infection from the antibiotics. I will keep you posted on my progress. Speedy recovery to all!

    1. Kymberli

      I forgot to mention do not have any dairy for the first 24 hrs it increases the mucus in the back of your throat and feel free to place ice chips in your applesauce to help make it colder. This will really soothe your throat and allow it to go down easily. Also chew gum every now and then to help loosen the tension that was placed on your jaw during surgery. Before you leave the hospital ask for a cup of ice to go. It will hold you over until you get home/settled. And I can’t stress enough, keep the humidifier on at all times and drink, drink, drink.

  42. Chuck

    Donna,

    Here are random thoughts and things I learned when while I was recovering form the surgery:

    Have you real most of the past posts? Michael’s post, he is a Dentist and his daughter had her tonsils removed. He provides some excellent suggestions which help. Read it before you have your surgery. Lots of good post-op things to help the recovery. I can’t stress enough you must stay hydrated. The day of surgery, when I got home and knew I still had a lot of general anesthesia in my system, I knew it would be the least painful time to drink….I drank as much water as I could. I drank almost a gallon of Smart Water. It has electrolytes in it and helps keep the stomach from getting upset. Also, if you like yogurt, buy some and eat it. It prevents what’s called “Thrust Infection” in the mouth. I ate a couple of teaspoon every couple of hours because I bought a pill smasher and mixed the smashed pills with the yogurt and and took my pills that way. I iced down my throat with an ice collar for the first couple of days. Home made Ice tea has tannis (spelling?) in it and it restrict blood flow and will help prevent bleeding in the throat. I also ate a boatload of popsicles, the cold feels really, really good. I’d wake up a couple times a night and have several because the first week I slept with my mouth open due to the swelling. You’ll have to sleep sitting up. I used the couch and placed a pillow next to my head so when I did doze off, my head wouldn’t cock to one side; otherwise, I’d wake up with a very sore neck. It took me two nights to figure out i needed to place a pillow next to me so I could doze soundly. Ask you doctor what you must do if you start bleeding. Knowing what to do eases the anxiety. Have his number available and ready to call and know the number for your closest medical facility just in case you need to go there. There is a mouth was called CLO-SYS, it was recommended by Michael. It’s sold at Wal Mart, Walgreens. It has no alcohol in it and helps keep the mouth moist and breath fresh. It tastes pretty much just like water. I recommend it. Best of luck.

  43. Gary

    Allison, my surgeon had me on a laxative,(Dulcolax), twice a day until I had a bowl movement. Then colace(stool softer) twice a day until I was done with pain meds. It help me, hope this advice helps you. Good luck!

    1. allison

      Thanks, things are doing good for now, I actually stopped the pain pills yesterday, only took one, but the pain is still pretty bad. I talked to a nurse because. Do not want to continue the pain meds and decided I will take Tylenol for the pain, just to take the edge off, and just took 2 extra strength today (keep in mind, not taking any more of the pain meds) and it has taken the edge off. So happy.
      Wanted to say, I am sleeping in a recliner, because laying down-even on stacks of pillows-makes the pain worse. Ice packs and slightly reclined have worked well, but have never been so anxious to get back in my bed.

      Also, I have to ask, how long should one wait before drinking some beer-I planned on at least 4 weeks, but someone told me 2-3, I think that’s too soon.

  44. allison

    I had a tonsillectomy on Jan. 2, 2015, just last week. To be honest, the pain was no worse than many of the strep throat and ear infections I have experienced. I have had strep so bad that I could not drink water, and had strep and ear infection for 3 months straight and nothing seemed to help it. I have suffered with severe strep for 3 years, got guttate psoriasis from it, and this past year (2014) it started on New Year’s Day and I ended up getting it almost every month. The pain is bad though, no sugar coating it, I am still having to take some pain meds-about 2 a day, mainly for the ear pain. The worst part now is, I think I am constipated from the pain meds. If anyone can give me advice on that and what can help, please do. Also, after stopping the pain meds, will the constipation go away? This is one thing I did not expect.

  45. Cara Collins

    I had a tonsil removed on 17 December due to it remaining enlarged following infections and also to rule out anything sinister. I have to be honest and say it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. The first 4 days following surgery were bearable but days 5 to 10 were hell, I couldn’t drink plain water without incredible searing, burning pain! Here in the UK, they make you eat your normal diet straight away (I ate half a sandwich as soon as able on return from surgery) and I tried as best I could. Now on day 20, scabs all gone and surgeon says all is good.Maybe its because I am older (40’s) that recovery was so painful just for one tonsil, I can only imagine what it would have been like to have them both removed! Hang in there everyone!

  46. Gary

    Irene, Chuck is absolutely right. I had my surgery Nov. 25 2014. My surgeon told me the same that Chuck posted. Luckily, I never did bleed. My surgeon said to immediately come to the ER and they would call him and he’d be there to stop the bleeding. Unless it’s emergency where the ER doc would have to do it of course but he was sincere about him being there no matter what. I could not image what your going through and hope your okay. As far as I know by only reading about this, it is normal to bleed a little bit,(which I did a little the first day but that’s it) but lots of bleeding can be very serious and go to the ER immediately. The doc can stop the bleeding but would also put you out again. I don’t know of any ones doctor saying that’s normal if your bleeding that heavy. Any commented support on this is appreciated. Again, I’d listen to Chucks comment and possible get another opinion if it is possible. I’m not a doctor but if I bled heavily, my surgeon would be there to stop it and fix and/or stitch it up again. Good luck to you and so sorry your going through this.

  47. Chuck

    My Doctor said more than one time prior to surgery, if I start to bleed and I bleed more than 5 minutes I must immediately proceed to the closest hospital and go to the ER and have the bleeding stopped.

  48. Irene

    I’m a 35 F and had my surgery 12/29/14. On day 7. Not good. Spit up/threw up insane amounts of blood on day 4 and again on day 5. Went to ER and saw my ENT and was told it was normal when scabs break off????? WTF. The blood flows down my throat in a steady fast flow and I feel like I’m going to choke on it, it fills my toilet, and that’s normal??? And why didn’t anyone warn me about this before surgery??? I literally think I’m going to bleed out!

    This post op is not good. I can handle the pain ect , but the blood pouring from the back if my throat is crazy!!!!

    I’m really scared to sleep, drink, eat soft foods, everything…

    Please respond if this happened to you and/or suggestions.

    Desperate,
    Irene

    1. KJ

      I had my tonsillectomy at the beginning of December 2014 and was very apprehensive having read numerous horror stories online.

      It was a miserable three weeks but having spoken with my surgeon two weeks in, it would seem I didn’t experience the worst that could have happened for which I am eternally grateful !

      My wife unfortunately came out with a cold on Day 2 so we had to avoid each other until it passed. I was sleeping in an armchair for the first week as found this easier – plus I was likely to be awake within an hour as the pain meds wore off and the dryness of the throat was painful. So I was in the right place to watch TV until I slept again a couple of hours later – ice lolly was useful at this time to ease the pain while waiting for the time to come to take the painkillers again.

      I was told that to eat hard foods straightaway and no ice cream. Day after the op breakfast was cornflakes and lunch I had toast. It isn’t easy but worth persevering with every day . This I believe helps ensure that the back of the throat is kept clean. I also cleaned my teeth five or six times a day – oral hygiene important to keep infections at bay.

      I drank insane amounts of water – probably up to 5 litres at day – this keeps the throat moist – dry throat = pain.

      Yes, the pain does get worse before it gets better – probably from about Day 4 for about 3 days. I used soluble pain relief as this in cold water was soothing too – take the meds when they are due – no point trying to be a hero/heroine. Also expect some ear pain too.

      A month later and I am feeling well, slightly uncomfortable in the back of my throat but nothing to worry about.Just as an aside lost some weight too which was good but not a recommended method of dieting !

      Summary – unpleasant time but could have been worse. It sounds a bit brutal but as my daughter said to me “its only a few weeks of the rest of your life”. I haven’t had tonsillitis and my operation was due to a “C” scare and for me having the tonsils removed and knowing that there were no hidden “nasties” made it worthwhile.

    2. emily

      Hi I am 23 years old and I had my tonsillectomy the same day as you! They do say that bleeding is normal but depending how much it is. So far I have been lucky that I haven’t bled. I have been in severe pain though and the ear pain started yesterday and is slowly dragging out to today :( I had to force down pancakes for dinner tonight, it felt like knives in my throat but I chose that pain over nausea. If I don’t eat real food before my pain meds I get really sick. So far I have been able to tolerate oatmeal, soup, mashed up crab cakes, soft flounder, rice, soft cut up pancakes, soft pumpkin bread and icepops. I find that I need to eat food with carbs before I take my meds. The first few days I tried doing protein shakes and taking my meds but it wasn’t enough to coat my stomach. I lost 9lbs but gained back 2 because of the amount of carbs i’m eating. Not gonna lie but I was pretty happy that I lost so much weight that I actually didn’t really want to eat but realized that’s not why I got this surgery so I had to do a little reality check lol. I am just counting down the days for this pain to go away, it is truly unbearable at times. But do not be afraid to drink or eat your body needs the nutrients even though it hurts like hell. The key is to stay hydrated or else there will be more pain and more bleeding unfortunately. Try some lukewarm tea or if there is swelling in your throat try some ice pops. The ice pops have really been helping me. good luck!

  49. Susan

    Thanks for all the great information that you have posted to help me get through my recovery after my tonsillectomy. I am a 50 year old female 13 days Post Op. and feeling much better. The things I would highly recommend are : Cool Mist Humidifier, Multiple Ice Packs, a snow cone maker (for shaved ice) and a caregiver(if possible). I had a tough recovery but am looking forward to feeling better with those nasty tonsils gone. Good luck to everyone out there having a tonsillectomy and those going through the recovery process. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  50. Eva

    Thanks Greg for this forum, it is a huge help…I am going in for my tonsillectomy tomorrow morning.
    I am and am not looking forward to it!
    I am 64 yrs old and female, have 3 adult children. They say on here, that having a c-section is a piece of cake, compared to this. Well, I had 2 of our children naturally & 1 c-section. So, I know both kinds of birth pain. I will compare them to my tonsillectomy and let you know!!! :)
    Hopefully, this will take care of the nasty tonsil stones, as well…if, not…someone will have to just shoot me!!
    Will post again soon.
    God bless us all, before and after surgery.

    1. Michele

      Hope ur op goes well! Keep us informed how ur doing x x I had my op 21st Nov…. But bled a week later and had to go back to theatre for stitches! To be fair the pain throughout was not that bad at all!!! Iv still got one stitch in there now though which won’t dissolve which is a pain in the ass!! Good luck x

    2. Kate

      Good luck Eva! I had my tonsillectomy 4 months ago, age 47. The recovery was extremely painful for the first two weeks and pretty ghastly BUT my tonsil stones are gone and I am back to normal now. Just remember that every day post-op is progress, take lots of drugs, suck crushed ice and focus on a future without tonsil stones !

    3. chuck

      Eva,

      I had mine removed the 21st of November 2014 and I’m 59 yrs old. My suggestions: drink as much water as you can. I drank SMART WATER because the electrolytes kept my stomach from getting upset. The day of the surgery when I had all the general anesthesia in my system I drank a gallon of water as soon as I got home. IMHO, I thought the pain would be at its lowest point because I was still drugged up from the surgery. Another thing I did, I didn’t wait four hours to take my med’s. I started as soon as got home and had a pain pill every two hours instead of two pills every four hours. Water, ice chips, healthy popsicles, and an ice collar are your friends. Recommend using the ice collar as much as you can tolerate the first week…it helps with the swelling.

      In case you haven’t read Michaels post here’s a copy of it. He a Dentist and has some great suggestions….
      MICHAEL says:
      December 4, 2014 at 3:21 am
      MY Daughter ( 18 years old ) is on day 7 of recovery post her tonsillectomy. She has lost some of her scabs yesterday and is still having considerable discomfort. I had my Tonsils removed at 40 years old so I could help her through her recovery but I wanted to THANK YOU for having this forum!! It has helped her for sure!! Im a Dentist and I feel there is a sincere need for more education on the recovery from this surgery. Here are a few things that I’ve done to help my daughter through her recovery. I had a topical anti-inflammatory made up at a compounding pharmacy. It contained ibuprofen as the anti-inflammatory ( diclofenac is a good choice as well ) lidocaine for a numbing effect, cyclobenzaprine as a muscle relaxer, chitosan and DMSO to help the meds penetrate the tissues to provide the relief. The topical really helped!! She asked for me to apply the compounded med ( apply directly under the chin where the neck is swollen and sore after the surgery ) each time she woke from her pain meds and gave a big thumbs up and was even able to muster a smile! I have also had her rinse with Chlorhexidine which is a mint flavored oral antibiotic rinse. That helped her breath odor a bit as well as helps to prevent a post op infection. The Chlorhexidine lasts for 3 days so it isn’t imperative to rinse with it daily. Closys is an antiseptic mouth rinse you can buy over the counter at Walgreens that is a terrific antiseptic as well as an odor oxidizer which will help keep your mouth moist. It contains no alcohol and has no real taste so its like rinsing with water. There is a small container or peppermint oil to flavor the rinse but do that in a separate container in the case you don’t like the taste. To help control the bleeding when the scabs start to fall off make a strong tea using a tea bag and chill it. The tea has tannic’s in it that will cause the small vessels to constrict to slow the bleeding and the cold will sooth the lesions. Slowing the bleeding limits the amount of blood you may swallow and that will keep you from getting nauseated as well. Biotene is a brand of oral moisturizers that may help and you can get it at the local drug store.
      The only other recommendation I can recommendation I can make is to give your loved one a lot of TLC and encouragement!! Empathy is good in large doses as well. If you have not had your tonsils out please don’t give your patient a hard time after you think they should be better. The Tonsillectomy is a MAJOR surgery to endure. Be patient and it will pay off in dividends!!
      If you have any questions post them here and I will do my best to help. God Bless you all!! Prayer works wonders as well!!

      Best of luck…
      V/R
      Chuck

  51. F21silverlining

    Hello!

    After multiple cases of severe strep throat, I finally got a tonsillectomy monday morning 12/29. It is now Saturday 1/3, 5th day post-op, 6th day including the surgery. I am a 21 yr old female. I have read multiple cases online and wanted to share mine, for anyone who is looking to go through with the surgery. Unlike a lot of the pretty terrifying stories online, mine thus far definitely seems pretty positive overall.The first three days (two days post-op) for me were the worst, but they weren’t unbearable. I slept an hour at a time the first night, but I found sleeping sitting up was important so that I didn’t choke on my extremely swollen uvula. I wasn’t able to eat substantial food until early the third day. Sure, the pain was pretty bad, but I think the fact I did not stop drinking water helped me the most. And not to mention I was visiting home for the holidays and so I had my mother’s help when I needed it. I didn’t leave the house until the 4th day post-op, and only left for about 20 minutes. On the 4th day post-op, the worst pain was my ears and jaw. I found that chewing gum hurt at first, but has helped in the long run. Also, I had been putting ice packs on my throat, but heat on my ears and upper jaw. It helped a lot. By today, the 5th day, the pain is super manageable. It’s definitely worse in the mornings and at night, but today is nothing compared to how I felt earlier on in the recovery process. I had read everywhere that the pain only gets worse at this point, but I’m relieved it’s been the opposite for me!I think when it comes down to it, my recovery has been pretty easy. And here’s what I’ve done:

    -Drink water. Even when it hurts. Drink ice water to take down the swelling. But don’t stop drinking water. Don’t be afraid that there’s pain. Just keep drinking.

    -Eat as soon as you’re able to. I was put on Percocets and antibiotics. Food helped to calm my stomach after taking the meds and it strengthens your immune system. I ate apple sauce, chicken broth, oatmeal, potatoes, etc.

    -Have someone around to help.. because it helps! I didn’t have to leave my house and I got plenty of rest.

    -Rest. Sleep whenever possible, and set alarms to take your meds throughout the night. You don’t want to start the day in pain.

    -Take your meds. After the 3rd day post-op, I weaned myself off of the Percocets (by only taking them at night) and started taking Tylenol 3 with codeine. It was easier on my stomach. Ask your doctor about it! It’s a prescription and it still pretty strong.

    -If you’re on antibiotics like I am, eat yogurt or take a probiotic. It’ll help you feel better and help your digestion.

    -Oh and did I say DRINK WATER. Because that’s very important. Sucking on ice is great like everyone says, but I’m talking drinking a lot of water.

    My recovery hasn’t been a nightmare and hopefully yours won’t be either! (although, for me, expecting the worst made the outcome a lot more surprising and positive).

    Best of luck!

  52. chuck

    My Doctor didn’t prescribe steroids….sounds like they work great for you. I hope your recovery is quick and have a nice meal with your family on New Year’s day.
    I had pain pill and used them up to the morning of day 8 and after that I stopped using them I’m now 5 weeks post-op, still swollen, not sore and can eat anything I want. I had my surgery on 21 Nov and the Doc said all the swelling will be gone by early Feb. Happy New Year to ALLLLLLLLLLL

  53. Mallory

    I want to thank everyone for sharing their experiences. I am 29 and had my tonsils removed on the 23rd. Initially, I thought I had gotten really lucky because my pain was no worse than strep throat. I was prescribed liquid lortab 7.5/325, prednisone x 4 days, OTC Ibuprofen 600 every 8 hours. When the pain increased on day 5, I was so miserable! My husband and the doctor encouraged me to come by yesterday. It took all I had in me to pull my dizzy, nauseous, hungry, buring, stinging, stabbing throat self off the couch. It hurt to even try to sit up straight. All I wanted to do was lay in an un-right fetal position on my couch. My doctor told me that everything looked great (HAH) and I was going to turn the corner. And he was right but The best thing he did for me was NOT refilling my narcotics yesterday but putting me back on steriods. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, I went home yesterday, took the prednisone and within 1 hour.. I went from knocking on deaths door to being able to swallow with a reasonable amount of pain. This afternoon (day 8 ) I took another dose of prednisone and I felt great! I went to the grocery store, I am drinking and I ate ramen noodles tonight with NO PAIN. I am wondering if anyone else experiences this with the steroid? Is it just a coincidence? I am going to take it easy the rest of the night and keep my drinking up. I really can’t handle anymore day 5-7 pain!

  54. Gary

    Well guys just doing a follow up. 5 weeks since surgery and today I went to the hospital. The last 4 days I’ve had increasing pain, as I didn’t have much at all. I ended up looking at the back of my throat and saw more white stuff forming and weird spots. As my family doctor is out till Monday, same with my ENT, I came to emergency room and I have an infection. Geeze, this was the whole point of getting my tonsils out. I’m disappointed but I will say, I’m not running a fever and not miserable like when I had them in. I hope this will get better and can’t wait till I’m over this. Thought I was doing well until this. For those reading this, an infection can happen as I am here with it. Good luck to you all and happy new year!!!

  55. Hatta

    Since childhood, I was suffering from tonsillitis, 3-4 times a year my tonsil got inflamed. Most of my attending physician advised us to remove the tonsil to avoid the complications. Until now, I’m 35 and still suffering from tonsillitis. And finally I had my tonsillectomy last 24th of December this year. So, it’s been 6 days ago and suffering the worst and unbearable pain. I wake up my mouth is dry and my throat is firing and felt something bulge inside my throat. I’m working in other country and living alone , I feel so miserable and alone, I asked one of my friend to stay with me just for emergency. Today I tried to eat pizza and I guess I don’t feel much pain why swallowing or maybe because I took pain reliever. I hope my life would be more better and sick free. Thanks guys and god bless!

  56. Jude

    There are 2 different methods for a tonsillectomy and I feel that how much pain, whether you bleed much and how long it takes to recover depends on what method is used.

    Surgery is quickly done using method 1 – a small instrument called a tonsillar snare is used. It has a fine wire loop (snare) at one end of a tube and when the plunger at the other end is depressed, the wire loop retracts (closes) both crushing and cutting the tonsil off at the base of the stem (the connection) attached to the sides. While there’s more to a tonsillectomy, basically this is what most surgeons use.

    Method 2 takes longer to do and is more finicky so few surgeons do it this way. Rather than cutting the tonsils off at the base, the surgeon basically peels the tonsils off. There’s a thin membrane between tonsils and the sides of the throat. By slowly and carefully peeling them off, there’s a VERY low risk of bleeding. Recovery is quicker and pain is less.

    If I had to have a tonsillectomy, I’d make sure I found a surgeon willing to use the second method.

  57. Rebecca

    I’m 18 and had my tonsils removed the 22nd so today is day 8 for me. From day 3 on I’ve expireinced the most excruciating and unbearable pain, I was miserable and saw no end in sight. Today, For the first time since surgery, I ifelt a glimmer of hope as my pain seemed to reduced drastically and I’ve regained so much energy. I was able to eat toast and avocado and eggs for breakfast…my first food besides soup and ice chips since surgery!! I thought the worst was over but my scabs have begun falling off and even the slightest sip of water sends my mouth into this searing, burning and stinging pain..is this normal? If so, how long does it last? I’m so OVER this recovery and just want to eat real food again and leave my couch. I was banking on being better for New Years Eve but from the looks of things I’ll be staying in. :( sos

    1. Tateh

      I’m 19 and on my 10th day of recovery. I almost feel back to normal but my throat is still sore. What I found help when my scabs fell off was warm tea instead of cold liquids. I did this until about day 9 when I could drink Gatorade and cold water again without being in pain. This was the longest recovery I felt like and the pain was unreal. But on day 8 for me everything just seemed to change and from then on I have been better and been able to eat. So just know that you will have a day when all of a sudden the pain is bearable and you feel human again!!

  58. Rebecca

    I found this after my op on 8th December this year….. I can empathise with the night wakings feeling like my throat was on fire. I had to move to the spare room as I would literally count the hours until I could take my next codeine. It was hell and took an hour to eat my dinner! On Tuesday 16th December I became one of the small, yet devastating statistics of the bleed…. I had a spontaneous arterial bleed and lost over a litre in my kitchen sink in the 13mins it took the ambulance to arrive. I was blue lighted to hospital and needed resuscitation as I was haemodynamically unstable. It was the most terrifying experience of my life! Turns out I had a bad infection. So guys – keep on top of your pain. Mine was bad. And quickly recovered when I was on iv antibiotics. If you are unsure see your doc!

    1. Michelle

      Rebecca I too was a bleeder! I had my op on 21st nov and a week later I had big bleed :( had to go back to theatre to be re cauterised and stitched! How are you now? Did u have stitches? How did they stop the bleeding? My stitches are still there and don’t seem to be going away 4 weeks later :(

  59. Harold

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting
    a little research on this. And he in fact bought me dinner because
    I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your site.

  60. Tara

    Ok…why does everyone say it can’t talk? It’s not awesome to talk but it don’t see no talking as part of healing. Maybe they forgot.

    Tara

  61. Melissa

    I’m getting ready for this surgery and I’ve heard different things on the amount of weight you’ll lose from the surgery. I’m already under weight so I’m just curious add to others results.

  62. Chuck

    Hang in there it will get better. I’ve already seen my Doc for the post-op office visit. We discussed keeping hydrated and my intake of Smart Water was over a 1/2 gallon a day. I’d take my pain meds, wait about 20 minutes and eat two popsicles and then down the water. My Doc acknowledged the hydration is very painful but it is the best thing I could have done. Your body needs it to heal. I missed my Thanksgiving dinner because it was four days after I had the surgery, so I kinda have an idea how you feel. Use an ice collar to keep the swelling down, popsicles to keep the swelling down and do eat yogurt so you don’t get a Thrust infection in you mouth. Go back in this forum and look for a threat written by Michael, he’s helping his daughter who had her tonsils removed. He’s a DENTIST and provides excellent recommendations to help reduce the pain and good oral hygiene. Best of luck.

  63. Gary

    Tateh, hang in there, it does get better. I know first hand what it is like just wanting to eat something normal again. I’m at the ending of week four for me, and doing well. Your mom and doc may be right about day ten, you still may not eat but small foods. Try not to over due the food to fast and break off your scabs. Hang in there though, and trust me, we are here for you. Day 6-12 was rough for me but everyone is different. Hope you had a great Christmas the best you could of!! If you need anything just ask. Good luck and stay extra hydrated!!

  64. Tateh

    I’m 19, home from college for winter break, and I just finished day 7 and I’ve got to say I am exhausted. The pain is still so excruciating that I’m having trouble even swallowing my own saliva. Drinking water or diluted Gatorade stings. It feels like I keep swallowing something but it just stays in my throat. The pain is more direct and my ears, my god. It was Christmas so I didn’t get to eat with my family, at around 9pm I went to the kitchen cause I just couldn’t take the hunger any longer and try to take a few bites of my moms perfectly made chicken and steak enchiladas. It felt so nice to have real food in my mouth but after two bites, it hurt so bad I felt sick. This was the first time I really broke down and cried, cried because I didn’t realize this surgery had a recovery so painful and what seems to be lasting forever. I cried because I haven’t eaten more that a yogurt or some mash potatoes a day, I’ve lost 10 pounds…I am so hungry. And for some reason I’m having horrible chest pains.
    My mom keeps telling me to wait till day 10, that the doc said it will all get better on that day. I just need that day to come. This is a hard process.

  65. CHUCK

    Michelle,

    It’s been a month since the surgery. I didn’t have stitches and I’m back to normal…..well I’m not normal but I’m back to my usual self. Doing my yoga, martial arts and strength training……it’s good to be back in the groove. I saw my Doc a week ago and I still have swelling and will have it until late Jan or early Feb. If the food isn’t nailed down I’m eating it and it tastes good. I can’t wait for Christmas dinner because I missed Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone Merry Christmas and be safe for the New Year

  66. Michelle

    Hiya…. How is everyone who had their tonsillectomy around the 20th Nov? I had nick of a back step after week 1 as you know, with bleeding and had to go to theatre for re cauterisation and stitches in the left side. Iv still got bit of pain on the left and few stitches still there…. I’m hoping they come out soon it’s been nearly 4 weeks!!!! Is anyone atill a bit delicate nearing the 4 week mark? Although I am eating and drinking quite normally apart from really sharp foods. Does anyone also feel a bit strange back there? Nasal drip…. Feel likes loads of air when breathe through nose? Strange feeling all round? Thanks guys x

  67. Brandi

    I’m just finishing day 6…which I think has been the worst day recovery wise. The day of surgery I was able to drink 100 ounces of fluid (water and some powerade) and even ate a few pieces of toast. I never went 30 minutes without taking a sip and the pain really wasn’t bad. I was taking my OxyCodone every 5 hours. Day 2 was a little more painful, my fluid intake was half of what it was on day 1 but I was still able to eat some toast, scrambled eggs and stew. Each day has been increasingly more painful, though still tolerable. I am now taking OxyContin every 12 hours and keeping up on my OxyCodone every 2. The ear pain is worse than the throat pain. My tongue is very sore and I can still feel where my breathing tube was…which I don’t understand seeing as how my surgery lasted all of 13 minutes! At any rate, I’m really hoping tomorrow is the beginning of an upswing in my recovery. I’m hoping to feel better by Christmas! The method my surgeon used was cold knife dissection. He said that he did a big study on his patients using several different methods over a year and that this method had the least pain, postop bleeding and shortest recovery time. I will say, I do not have a scabbing problem. He said the method and the fact that I’ve really pushed the fluids has helped with that.

  68. Angel

    Not sure if anyone on here can help me with this one…

    What does a doctor do when they DIDNT GET ALL THE TONSIL TISSUE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

    I had my tonsils removed on October 8. This forum helped get me through the worst pain of my life!

    Before I was fully recovered, I ended up with bronchitis. As I have finally gotten through the last of that, something keeps tickling my throat and causing me to cough. I knew there was a residual “flap” on the right side where my worst swollen, tonsil stone filled tonsil had been. I even went back to the doc with this when I got diagnosed with bronchitis. She said she had to cut the tissue off somewhere and that’s the result. I thought it was just inflamed from all my hacking.

    Fast forward to tonight. I feel something back there. I’m coughing and have some sinus goo going on. I’m used to that part. I finally look back there with a flash light (something I thought I wouldn’t ever have to do again) and if I flatten my tongue, I can see it- A TONSIL STONE PEEKING OUT OF A LITTLE TINY POCKET! That nub, as I call it, sticks out and annoys me worse than my tonsil did! If she could get the left side clear and smooth, why not the right side?! I have such a bad gag reflex and I have literally been coughing since October 27. SO UPSET RIGHT NOW!!!!

    Has anyone ever heard of a doc that didn’t get all the tissue in the first place and admitting it so I don’t gave to foot the bill again?! I’m a teacher and I’ve already missed almost a month of work this year for this once. But I can’t stand this feeling and I can’t keep coughing and clearing my throat!

    I’ve heard of tissue growing back and having it done again, but never this!

  69. Chuck

    Kristen is providing sound advice. Drink ice water and I mean as cold as it gets before it become solid. As for pill, I used a pill grinder and mixed the ground pills in with two teaspoons of yogurt because that is all the food my throat could handle. Yogurt will prevent a Thrust infection so it is good to eat some. Other foods I had were applesauce, eggs mashed up and…..basically anything soft. I didn’t attempt to eat in any whole grains until my scabs fell off and that started around day 8 till day 12. You have to be careful because if too much of the scab comes off too soon you’ll end up back in there Emergency Room to have the Doc’s stop the bleeding and be start like day one again. IMHO, it’s much better eat soft foods, and hydrate as much as you can tolerate, that will help. After seeing my Doc on a follow up appointment he said he knew how hard it is to swallow; however, because I was drinking a gallon of ice water a day it helped the healing process. Popsicle are fantastic and will help your throat feel better especially during days 5 to 10. Keep an ice collar on when every you can.

  70. Kirsten

    Well first things first. Eating solid foods like a sandwhich post op and your early in your recovery your causing yourself problems.
    You should be on a liquid diet or at the very most soft foods like pudding pablum meal replacments or other things like that. You need to be nice to your throat not punish it. Pick up popsicles that you can fit in your mouth and keep topped up on your pain. Place an ice pack on the outside of your neck as well to help reduce any swelling.

  71. John

    Hi all, I am John from Scotland I am on day 6 of my recovery and things just seem to be getting worse. I got my tonsils out because they were causing me to have sleep apnea and having to use a CPAP machine. On the day of the operation in woke up fine but because I had sleep apnea I was placed in the ICU for 24 hours but was fine the pain meds worked a treat i was able to eat a sandwich and couple of hours after my op and dinner that night. For the next 4 days this was the same, however the pain was getting increasingly worse. Day 5 was the sorest but I still have today which I feel will beat it. I have struggled to eat anything for the last twould days. The worst pain for me Is whenever I wake up my mouth is so dry that even drinking water hurts alot and trying to drink my solibul meds is close to impossible. I have been drinking alot of tea which has seemed to help but have not coughed up any scabs so feel I have a long couple of days ahead of me. I am taking tramadol, paracetamol and diclophenac to ease the pain. Has anyone got any suggestions as how to ether stop my mouth getting dry or ease the pain in the morning?

    1. Angel

      John, just hang in there! Days 8-12 were my peak pain days. Yes, waking up is the WORST! It will be for a while. I set an alarm for my meds and tried to make sure to be awake and drinking water 15 minutes or so before my next scheduled dose. But I’m not going to sugar coat it- the first 30 minutes after waking up was always bad. I would suggest eating something frozen in tiny bites to numb your throat. My doctor also prescribed tetracaine lollipops-they numb the area. Didn’t help much, but glad I had them.

      Just to prepare you- I ate well the first 5-7 days post-op, then when I hit the brick wall of pain on day 8, I literally drank water, ate Popsicles, Italian ice, and ice pellets (sonic will sell you a bag), and chicken broth (Lipton noodle soup without noodles) for the next 5-7 days. It was all I could take. Plus, there was a point when the scabs came off that frozen was too cold and hurt! Then it was Luke warm everything. Even applesauce was scratchy! That fresh skin sans scabs is very sensitive!

      Are you using a cool mist humidifier?! That was one thing I think helped a lot!

      Good luck! This forum damn near saved my sanity during my recovery! Feel free to read my rants! Surgery date: October 8, 2014.

  72. Chuck

    This was posted my Michael who is a dentist and it has lots of good information for those of recovering:
    MICHAEL says:
    December 4, 2014 at 3:21 am
    MY Daughter ( 18 years old ) is on day 7 of recovery post her tonsillectomy. She has lost some of her scabs yesterday and is still having considerable discomfort. I had my Tonsils removed at 40 years old so I could help her through her recovery but I wanted to THANK YOU for having this forum!! It has helped her for sure!! Im a Dentist and I feel there is a sincere need for more education on the recovery from this surgery. Here are a few things that I’ve done to help my daughter through her recovery. I had a topical anti-inflammatory made up at a compounding pharmacy. It contained ibuprofen as the anti-inflammatory ( diclofenac is a good choice as well ) lidocaine for a numbing effect, cyclobenzaprine as a muscle relaxer, chitosan and DMSO to help the meds penetrate the tissues to provide the relief. The topical really helped!! She asked for me to apply the compounded med ( apply directly under the chin where the neck is swollen and sore after the surgery ) each time she woke from her pain meds and gave a big thumbs up and was even able to muster a smile! I have also had her rinse with Chlorhexidine which is a mint flavored oral antibiotic rinse. That helped her breath odor a bit as well as helps to prevent a post op infection. The Chlorhexidine lasts for 3 days so it isn’t imperative to rinse with it daily. Closys is an antiseptic mouth rinse you can buy over the counter at Walgreens that is a terrific antiseptic as well as an odor oxidizer which will help keep your mouth moist. It contains no alcohol and has no real taste so its like rinsing with water. There is a small container or peppermint oil to flavor the rinse but do that in a separate container in the case you don’t like the taste. To help control the bleeding when the scabs start to fall off make a strong tea using a tea bag and chill it. The tea has tannic’s in it that will cause the small vessels to constrict to slow the bleeding and the cold will sooth the lesions. Slowing the bleeding limits the amount of blood you may swallow and that will keep you from getting nauseated as well. Biotene is a brand of oral moisturizers that may help and you can get it at the local drug store.
    The only other recommendation I can recommendation I can make is to give your loved one a lot of TLC and encouragement!! Empathy is good in large doses as well. If you have not had your tonsils out please don’t give your patient a hard time after you think they should be better. The Tonsillectomy is a MAJOR surgery to endure. Be patient and it will pay off in dividends!!
    If you have any questions post them here and I will do my best to help. God Bless you all!! Prayer works wonders as well!!

  73. Tammy

    I am on day 5 of recovery. Mornings are the worst! My dr gave me liquid Tylenol with Codeine for pain every 3 hrs. Takes the edge off but doesn’t get rid of the pain. Wish I got something longer acting b/c I literally have to take it every 3 hrs esp if I need to sleep/eat. I have the worst taste in my mouth always!! I gently gargle with salt water or non-alcohol mouthwash, but doesn’t help much. I’m eating soft foods…very slowly. I feel like food gets stuck and I have to sip water between bites. I miss real food! Hoping to be able to eat somewhat normal by xmas!!! Thank you for this forum!!

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  75. chuck

    Michelle,

    Yesterday, I saw my ENT for a follow up. Everything is healing well. The only issue I have is everything is still swollen but I can deal with that. My diet is back to normal and the Doc gave me the go ahead to start training. He did mention the swelling will be with me until the end of January and asked that I set an appointment to see him then. The pain is gone but I’d say it’s a little tender and that’s a heck of a lot better than pain. Michelle, I wish you the very best while you recover and I wish you and all a Merry Christmas. Everyone, thank you for the support while going through this recovery process. At this point in my life it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with and I’m glad it is getting behind all of us and we can say we’re done with it. God Bless.

  76. Gary

    Hi, I’m am doing good. My stitches have pretty much dissolved and just got a couple on my left side. I can say I’m pretty well done but of courser I’m still healing. My follow up was 2 days ago and surgeon said everything looks good. Still a little weird to yawn and spicy foods are tough to eat yet. But good news is I haven’t snored that I know of since I got them out!! lol. Overall I’m just still healing but all in all doing great!!! Thanks for asking Michelle. Hope you recover well!!

  77. Michelle

    Hi Gary, how are your stitches doing now? I’m coming up to 3 weeks and they are still hanging on in there annoying me! Also how is everyone doing with pain? I still have slight pain on swallowing and pain in the ear and jaw :( and I’m still so scared of bleeding again!!

  78. lolly

    hi and thanks for sharing this … im on day 7 right now … monday i had my tonsils out and i felt fine … by 9pm that night i was sent home with pain meds and a goodbye … my travel home was 40 mins but was made longer due to stopping as i felt sick … the last time we stopped was half a mile away from home and i was violently sick, blood too … i went home and for the next hour or more till 11.30pm i writhed in agony and was sick again … i went to bed (with help from my mum who i live with – im disabled) with bucket in tow and some tissues … i was sick about 8 times during the next 12 hours … this meant i was way too sore to do anything or eat or drink, let alone take medication to stop the pain … my mum had to practically force me to drink some water that day … the wednesday came and i felt a little better tho i still cudnt take my meds … i did however have some soup and tried some egg … the egg didnt work … thursday i felt a bit better and had some super cooked super soft vegetables some soup and water … still not any meds in sight … friday i thought was a good day as i tried lots of soft foods some i managed small amounts of some i cudnt … saturday was the best day for me without pain meds as i was able to have as much soup water and jelly as i cud get altho swallowing was still hard work and my soup was cold before i finished … sunday i felt sore again so i started trying my diclofenac medication (only) … i dissolved my first tablet in some water and drank it … it worked well … so well that i only had pain when i tried to eat solid food that was hard like toast or the crust of pie … i had a second dissolved tabled later in the day but by the time it was 9pm i felt brave enough to swallow a whole tablet … bad mistake … it didnt work … i swallowed it fine but the meds went to my stomach not my throat … it didnt do a thing … i had pain all night last night because of this … so what i did was dissolve again this morning and instead of wsting whqt i cudnt drink of my single tablet i kept it in the wqter and topped myself up every 4 hours or so … i have finished one tablet today during the course of one day (meant to have 3 in one day) and i feel fantastic … i have taken another tablet out of the pack and had it dissolving for overnight … in case i wake up in the night a bit sore … then i can keep myself topped up :) thanks for this and i hope i help someone … oh and before i forget i cant do more than one swallow at a time till i learn to swallow again … i forgot earlier today about it and went to drink normally … whoops … i got to my third swallow in one breath before it happened … i started getting a build up of water at the back of my throat but i cudnt stop drinking … i needed it … by swallow 8 i was forced to stop as it was coming down my nose … and i cudnt breath when i needed to … it make me choke and i had to blow my nose several times to get all the excess water out :) so for those of u who have my problem be careful

  79. Gary

    Kirsten, congratulations to you!! I am also on day 18 and I too am doing very well. I can eat normal foods now and am enjoying the taste. I quit drinking soda since the surgery and hope to keep it up. I have lost about 14 pounds and still slowly losing from the surgery. I’m staying away from the soda. I haven’t tried to eat chips yet. I’m not in pain anymore but when I swallow it still feels a little weird. Can’t wait till that goes away. My follow up is Monday and I am excited to see what the ENT has to say. Good luck to everyone and thank you all for the help and feedback you have provided!!!!

  80. Kirsten

    I can officially consider myself recovered from surgery!!:) im talking 90% clear, sleeping in my own bed and able to eat regular food again and my scabs are all gone with only minor bleeding for 1 day :D
    good luck to everyone else!!

  81. Chuck

    Justice,

    I hate to day this but, you’re going to start to feel worse before you feel better. Days 6 to 11 are the worst. After that, you begin to feel better. So given the worse can scenario you have until the 15th before things begin to get better. I would say stay hydrated as much as possible, eat yogurt, it prevents Thrust infection in the mouth. If you can eat solids do so and let your body tell you what it can ingest. The days that you feel good and want to move around just rest and relax. If you haven’t read all the threads go back and read the one written by the Dentist who is helping his 18 year old daughter recover, he gave great advise to reduce pain and get rid of the bad breath. Best of luck with the recovery.

  82. Chuck

    Justice,

    I hate to day this but, you’re going to start to feel worse before you feel better. Days 6 to 11 are the worst. After that, you begin to feel better. So given the worse can scenario you have until the 15th before things begin to get better. I would say stay hydrated as much as possible, eat yogurt, it prevents Thrust infection in the mouth. If you can eat solids do so and let your body tell you what it can ingest. The days that you feel good and want to move around just rest and relax. If you haven’t read all the threads go back and read the one written by the Dentist who is helping his 18 year old daughter recover, he gave great advise to reduce pain and get rid of the bad breath. Best of luck with the recovery.

  83. Justice William

    Hey, I’ve had a lot of the same problems with my tonsils, frequent visits to the doctor for tonsillitis or sore throat. I’m 19 and I got a tonsilectomy done 5 days ago (including surgery day) and I haven’t gotten any better. I feel like no progress is being made and I absolutely have to be better by Boxing Day for my sister’s 19th birthday, I haven’t been to her birthday in 12 years. Any tips and tricks will help. Please help me.

    The date is December 9th 2014.

    1. Licia

      Keep a timer for your pain meds. They’re your only hope to make it out alive! Day 7 and I’m screaming….good luck. I’m reading to get as many tips as I can!

  84. Kirsten

    I should be thanking everyone on here. There has been lots of knowledge and helpful tips. :) i startcback at a new job and my voice is going to be a big part of my job so im looking forward to it :D

  85. Gary

    Kirsten, I think your right now that you said that. I understand now. Thank you. I’m not much of a drinker at all, just on occasions, however a DP or Pepsi would be nice!!!

  86. Kirsten

    Adenoidectomy is more for snoring. Which i had done at a really young age, tonsils were removed for chronic infections.
    Im snoring because my sinuses and tonsils are angry and something is mildly blocked. I tend to snore when im sick :S
    and in tems to drinking alcohol etc it takes 3-6 months to fully heal from a tonsilectomy and i think i read somewhere to avoid alcohol for at least a month. Depending on your recovery id ask your doctor or the surgeon upon a follow up examination.

  87. Michelle

    Oh man I wish I could eat proper food :( I am sooo hungry! My throat isn’t particularly sore but I can feel a certain point where it has been stitched after the bleed pulling, I am scared of eating anything substantial incase I tear one of the stitches and bleed again :( when do you think the stitches will be healed enoughed to relax? How long do tonsils normally take to fully heal before there is no risk of bleeding? I’m sick of this now ….. Iv lost 9lb so far and look ill! Also when are you allowed to have alcohol again? I really need a beer! :) x

  88. Gary

    Day-13. Well everything is going okay so far. Been eating pretty normal foods. Went out to a Mexican restaurant and had cheese enchaladas. Really good!! So badly wanted a top shelf margarita!! Anyway, food went down pretty good, still hurts a little to swallow but not bad enough to take pain meds. Still feel several stitched in my throat, hopefully they will be gone soon. Lost 2 already that I know of. Kirsten, I’m def not a pro of this tonsillectomy stuff, but don’t some people get them removed because of snoring? Just thought I read that several times. But yea, I can imaging the dryness of your throat. Good luck!!!!

  89. Kirsten

    Hopefully everyone is recovering well today. I discovered last night that ive been snoring. Mom woke me up and handed me water cause id been out cold mouth open snoring away. Suffice to say my throat hurt. Thanks to being woken up though i got to figure out why its been sore. Damn snoring.

  90. Gary

    Just a question hope to be answered, but when would it be okay to drink a carbonated drink again? Should I just try it or wait till I pretty much healed? I have been craving a Pepsi!!! Lol.

  91. Chuck

    Hey Michelle,

    You described exactly what happened while I was recovering. Same thing, I had blood in the phlegm. It started very early on and didn’t have any adverse affect during the recovery and I always felt better after i coughed it up.

  92. Kirsten

    Michelle:
    I had phlegm but thebstuff in thebback of my throat was yellow. It could be the stuff they put on your tonsils.
    Also in terms of bleeding if it isnt a lot i wouldnt worry too much justbstick with fluids. I stayed on a fluid diet longer then necessary and it really helped my sotuation.
    Try an ice pack around/on your neck and popsicles and liquids. If youbarent bleeding a lot id guess it could be normal. Stitches do bleed after all. If it persists orbgets worse after a day or two then go back. I was told minor bleeding is fine and to be expected.

  93. Gary

    Michelle- I know that my surgeon told me that some people try to eat what they can. But he did not want me to eat anything acidic, like tomato soup, toast, peanut butter, or any solid food for several days until I start healing well. I couldn’t eat nothing anyways and sipping water hurt like heck. But anyways, he said he want me to cause any irritation to make me bleed. Haven’t bled since day after surgery. And I have made sure and followed his instructions and lived off of pretty much yogurt, broth, Popsicles, water, and jello. Had mashed potatoes after several days. I just did and tried my best not to rub solid foods against those stitches. I was scared enough. :(

  94. Michelle

    No I had the bleed on day 7 and had to go back to theatre for stitches…. I am now on day 7 after the stitching but day 15 from the original surgery. I ate normal soft foods inc toast from day 1 until the bleed like they tell us to here in the UK ….. But since the bleed and stitching I have been living off soup

  95. Gary

    I have had phlegm but not much. I have not bleed since the day after surgery, that I have noticed anyways. Did you start out with stitches at all? I did and have been very careful what I eat to not irritate them. Are you still eating soft soft foods?

  96. Michelle

    Hi me again! Does anyone get loads of phlegm? And sometimes streaks of blood init? I am very scared and paranoid now after my bleed and re cauterisation/stitching :(

  97. Gary

    Thanks guys! I don’t think that it is thrush. I will keep an eye on it though and yes I have been brushing it. Thanks for the help, will see if it changes tomorrow or not.

  98. Kirsten

    Have you be able to brush your tongue? I know my tongue had like 5 layers of plaque on it.
    If nit gargle and rinse with tea tree oil. Its not an antibiotic but is antifungal and antibacterial. If it is thrush it will get rid of it fairly quick.

  99. Michelle

    Hi Gary, glad to know I am not alone :) as for the White tongue…. It may just be normal from the not eating properly etc, but I have heard of people getting thrush? Is it sore at all?
    I wonder when the White scabs will actually go away altogether and our throats be actually fully healed?!

  100. Gary

    I am on day 11. And yes, I could feel my stitches too. Especially when swallowing. The ENT said they would dissolve on their own, just said when I’m healing they’d dissolve on their own. No specific day. And yes, I still have the white junk in back of my throat but it is slowly but surely going away. The pain has deminished pretty well, if I take anything for pain it’s after eating a meal because it’s throbing. All in all doing much better. I noticed today though my tongue is white. Is this normal or should I call the Dr?

  101. Gary

    I don’t really know why I got stitches to be sure. I do the the ENT said I bleed much more than others. This might of been the cause. He told me he put dissolvable stitches in, but where he tied them is what is coming out. Don’t know how many I got honestly. Thank you guys for your responses and hope it’ll be over soon!!

    1. Michelle

      So what day are you on again Gary? My stitches are making me gag, I can feel them at the back of my throat now :( are your tonsils still white? How long did the ENT say it would take for the stitches to come out? I wish this was over! Argh!!!! X

  102. Kirsten

    Haha i was forced to sleep in my bed. Had a hell of a txt conversation with my mom over it. I am couch bound again which makes me quite happy. Means i can sleep again :)

  103. Chuck

    Kirsten,

    Hey, at least you tried to sleep in a bed. I’m on day 14 and still sleeping on the couch each night. I finally found out if put an extra pillow next to my shoulder, when I do doze off, I don’t have a sore neck when I wake up. Before I used the pillow, I’d wake up due to my neck getting sore, Good luck with your recovery. At day 10 and from then on things will get better….hang in there!

  104. Kirsten

    Tried sleeping in my bed propped up but because i kept sliding i feel like my recovery has regressed back to day 5 instead of day day 10. Coughing up scabs and such sucks. I woke up this morning after a horrible sleep. Lesson learned: mom can live with me on the couch…also i need the couch. Keeps me from sliding down and getting all swollen and awful.
    popsicles and soup for me today :( i was eating just fine and healing great. Damn

  105. Chuck

    Gary,
    You’re getting better with each passing day and that’s great! I wish I could provide a time frame saying here’s when you’re going to feel really good. What I’ve learned during the recovery process is once you start to lose the scabs you’re going to progress each day and you’re going to feel better with each passing day. (Not like that’s something you already don’t know .) Today is day 14 for me. Like you, I didn’t have stitches and I can’t imagine how uncomfortable feels. Again, once you start losing the scabs the worst is over. An uncomfortable feeling continues for several days as the scabs continue to leave in layers and that was a turning point for me. I don’t feel fantastic but I felt a heck of a lot better that before and I hope it’s the same for you. All I can honestly say is this: Your throat will feel better & your ability to eat solids food comes back. You’ll start using your voice, a little at first and that too improves with each passing day. I had scheduled to be off of work for two weeks and I did not allocate enough time. I’m going to take an additional week. At the end of three weeks I’m praying that will be sufficient time to return to work.
    Thoughts and Prayer go out to all who are recovering.

  106. Michelle

    Hi Gary, how come you had stitches? I had my tonsillectomy 2 weeks ago today, but last week had to go back to theatre for one of them bled and needed stitches. My stitches are starting to fall out on that side today (day6 for that side!) and I am crapping myself!!! My other tonsil is nearly completely healed now with just a tiny speck off white on it. I am however in no pain on either side and havnt had pain for nearly a week apart from a bit of war pain on the stitched side x ps what colour are your stitches? Keep in touch :). X

  107. Gary

    Oh yea, Michelle I am happy to hear your doing good. Hopefully you be much better soon. Good luck to you and thoughts and prayers have been made. Sorry you’ve have a rough one, couldn’t imagine the difficulty you have been through. Good luck!!

  108. Gary

    Starting Day 11-2:28am here in Texas, and I just coughed up 2 stitches. Hope this is normal, no blood though. Didn’t hurt. Hacking up scabs slowly but surely. Sleep is getting a little better. Taking maybe 1 pain pill a day, usually after I eat, only if throat hurts bad. Swallowing still hurts. Pain is decreasing by the day. Been eating better soft foods than just soup, yogurt etc. been keeping hydrated, drinking smart water(lots lots lots). Humidifier still going strong. I guess I can hopefully say I’m just healing now with little to no pain. Freeze pops still feel good to the throat. Still can’t talk very well. What day could you actually say(on average) that your just over this? I’m seeing the light, but it’s still cloudy. Am I gonna reach it in a month? Few more days? Weeks? Good luck to you all going through this. This site has helped a lot, thanks for having it!!!

    1. Kate

      hi Gary – yay you made it to day 11! The worst is over! I would say it took about a month before I began to feel I was swallowing/eating normally. Three months on I still have a sticky feeling at the back of my throat, and seem to cough/choke on food a bit more than usual. But otherwise I feel normal – and very happy to no tonsils/tonsil stones!

  109. Chuck

    Michelle,

    Hang in there as the only relief is the passing of time. I hope and pray you’re through the roughest part and now on the path to recovery.

    V/R
    Chuck

  110. Chuck

    Good Afternoon from California,
    Today is day 13, Post-Op and each day is getting better. Scabs are about 90% gone maybe more than that. The taste I got in my mouth from Post-Op recovery is almost all gone. With each passing day food is now tasting better and better :-) Yea-haw! I’m still not a 100% as the swelling interferes with my breathing while trying to sleep and I’ve not been able to get 4 straight hours of sleep since this amazing adventure to the path of recovery started on the 22 of November. Yesterday, I spoke with a friend for about 10 minutes and it was the first conversation I’ve had since surgery. Also, went to Costco to by some Smart Water and other items. When I got home it felt like I had just finished one of my Yoga routines, I was whipped. Even though my throat is much better there is still more to recovery. I attribute to my age more than anything. An almost 60 year old just doesn’t recover like a younger person will. We’ll, for today….That’s All Folks

  111. Michelle

    Hi all, how are we all doing? What day is everyone on? One of my tonsils is on day 13 and looking pretty good just slightly white in appearance. The other tonsil is on day 5 as had to go back to theatre for stitching after a 2 hr bleed last sat which I posted about :( …… I just cannot wait for this all to be over! I constantly worry every day that the bleeding is going to happen again. And I just want to get back to normal life with my 3 children :( ……. X x

  112. Chuck

    MIchael,

    Working with our physician these can be on a list as pre-op items to acquire. Informative, very informative! Thanks for the suggestions.

    V/R

    Chuck

  113. MICHAEL

    MY Daughter ( 18 years old ) is on day 7 of recovery post her tonsillectomy. She has lost some of her scabs yesterday and is still having considerable discomfort. I had my Tonsils removed at 40 years old so I could help her through her recovery but I wanted to THANK YOU for having this forum!! It has helped her for sure!! Im a Dentist and I feel there is a sincere need for more education on the recovery from this surgery. Here are a few things that I’ve done to help my daughter through her recovery. I had a topical anti-inflammatory made up at a compounding pharmacy. It contained ibuprofen as the anti-inflammatory ( diclofenac is a good choice as well ) lidocaine for a numbing effect, cyclobenzaprine as a muscle relaxer, chitosan and DMSO to help the meds penetrate the tissues to provide the relief. The topical really helped!! She asked for me to apply the compounded med ( apply directly under the chin where the neck is swollen and sore after the surgery ) each time she woke from her pain meds and gave a big thumbs up and was even able to muster a smile! I have also had her rinse with Chlorhexidine which is a mint flavored oral antibiotic rinse. That helped her breath odor a bit as well as helps to prevent a post op infection. The Chlorhexidine lasts for 3 days so it isn’t imperative to rinse with it daily. Closys is an antiseptic mouth rinse you can buy over the counter at Walgreens that is a terrific antiseptic as well as an odor oxidizer which will help keep your mouth moist. It contains no alcohol and has no real taste so its like rinsing with water. There is a small container or peppermint oil to flavor the rinse but do that in a separate container in the case you don’t like the taste. To help control the bleeding when the scabs start to fall off make a strong tea using a tea bag and chill it. The tea has tannic’s in it that will cause the small vessels to constrict to slow the bleeding and the cold will sooth the lesions. Slowing the bleeding limits the amount of blood you may swallow and that will keep you from getting nauseated as well. Biotene is a brand of oral moisturizers that may help and you can get it at the local drug store.
    The only other recommendation I can recommendation I can make is to give your loved one a lot of TLC and encouragement!! Empathy is good in large doses as well. If you have not had your tonsils out please don’t give your patient a hard time after you think they should be better. The Tonsillectomy is a MAJOR surgery to endure. Be patient and it will pay off in dividends!!
    If you have any questions post them here and I will do my best to help. God Bless you all!! Prayer works wonders as well!!

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Wow! Michael that’s some great stuff- Thank you! I’m glad that you and your daughter have benefitted from the site and seem to be doing well. It sounds like she’s in good hands! Take care. Best wishes to you both.

      Greg

  114. Chuck

    KIRSTEN,

    I know the recovery time is different for each of us but hang in there!!!! :-) You’re about finished with the worst part of the healing process and things start to get better. Day 8 was it for me. After that each day became progressively better and better. Wish you the best.

  115. Kirsten

    Congrats chuck im so glad your recovery is going well :)
    i am on day 8 now and havent lost too many scabs yet but im coughing up an incredible amount of phlegm. Yay for catching colds prior to surgery.
    I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly and enjoy every bit ofbfood you are getting for those of us who cant eat it yet :P

  116. Chuck

    Day 8 – I stopped taking all med’s. Pain is tolerable. Scabs continued to diminish in size.
    Day 8 thru 11 – Scabs continue to diminish in size. Throat feels very good compared to what I was dealing with from day one. I ‘d rate it like a very, very, very mild sore throat. MAJOR BREAK THUR – I’m back on solid foods which started on day 11. I actually had stuffed bell peppers, some chicken and fresh steamed veggies….ahhhh, life is beginning to get back to normal. I didn’t eat the food while “hot.” I waited until it was just warm and the throat handled it well. Things I continue to do is drink as much smart water as I can take. Also, I continue to eat the popsicles and will do both until all the scabs are gone. Sleeping is a bit rough as my throat tickles all the time while I’m trying to sleep, so I keep a thermos of cold water by me when I sleep. I take a sip and it nips it in the bud until next time. Last, I was able to call the doctors office and schedule and appointment. Voice is coming back slowly. Total weight loss was 12 pounds. I pray all of you have a good recovery!!!!!!!!!

  117. Gary

    Day 8- scabs are starting to come of slowly but surely. I still cannot talk very well at all though and swallowing hurts. I only take a pain killer like if I eat and throat is throbing afterwards. Everyday pain level has com down a lot. I can eat better foods than just soup but still being careful not to overdue it. Is anyone else talking okay on day 8?

  118. Kirsten

    I am officially a week into recovery and the scabs were coming off on day 5 with no bleeding. I dont know wether im severly lucky or if i drank more than necessary but im goig to say that dear god it burns!!! Got an interview today and i spent most of the night hacking up scabs and the rest of it suckin on popsicles and sleeping not so restfully with pain killers. Avoid anything acidic when the scabs start coming off. Burns like a beast.

  119. Kirsten

    The spitting is normal and my scabs are coming off as well, your spitting because your scabs are coming off. Id suggest drinking more fluids and more salt rinsing. It seems to have helped me significantly

  120. Gary

    Day-7, can anyone tell me if I’m just different or is there an explanation to this. I have been spitting all day today. It’s clear and no blood. Don’t get me wrong, I have since the operation but today is like 12 times worse. I think I spit up just a little bit of scabs too this morning but no other time. Just really bad today. Any reason? Poor day to spend my bday. (Oh what did you do for you birthday? Oh I just spit all day). :( lol.

  121. kirsten

    Yeah, I did end up talking to her about it as much as possible, she’s still kinda pissy about it but oh well. I will be seeing my doctor on Thursday to ask a couple questions and maybe get another day or two for pain killers in case I need them. I haven’t been in terrible pain, past 3 days have only had to take half a dose for the entire day. But my scabs are starting to come off now and my throat is a bit on the side of tender now. Thanks for the input, that’s kinda how I feel because I am not yet comfortable with laying down, feels much more comfortable to be elevated. I hit my 7 day mark tomorrow.

  122. Kate

    Kirsten – you have to do what feels best for you. This is a horrible recovery and your mother perhaps does not understand quite how bad it feels. If you explain then I am sure she can allow you a few more days in the chair. You should start to feel a lot better soon, then you can eat a bit more food, get stronger AND get more sleep too.

  123. Gary

    Kirsten- the only thing about that that my surgeon told me is for the first several nights, make sure k sleep elevated. I know this isn’t much help, but honestly the more elevated you keep yourself the better in my opinion so blood isn’t rushed to your throat.

  124. Kirsten

    Does anybody know how long your supposed to sleep elevated for?? My mom is gettin a bit cranky cause ive taken over her couch. Its the only way currently that i feel comfortable or not worried that ill choke in my sleep. Im coughing phlegm up right now, had a cold when i had my surgery done.

  125. kirsten

    H michelle im sorry to hear that. Thats one of my biggest fears right now :( im sorry your goibg through that, recovery is bad enough without complications. Who wants to go back when the experience is allmost never pleasant.
    Hugs and jello to you and hope theres no more hiccups.

  126. Michelle

    Hi guys thanks very much….. Well the first bleed didn’t last very long but I started bleeding again last night, and it hadn’t stopped after 2 hrs so I had to go back to theatre and have stitches :( I am very sore today and hope it doesnt happen again….. I am scared :(

  127. kirsten

    I have cut back massively on my pain medecine. Hasnt been anythibg i cant handle. Though im going to have to start because i have svabs starting to come off i think. Sleep last night kept getting interrupted by coughing and such and couple times there was this gross stuff in my mouth after. Havent noticed any bleeding yet but will have to wait and see i guess since the bits were quite small.

  128. Gary

    Day 6- I didn’t take a pain killer last night as I was feeling a little nauseous. I woke up this morning with a pain level of a 4-5. Still hurts like heck to swallow. I got up and ate 2 Popsicles and drank water. Ended up taking a pain killer which dropped my pain to a 1-2. Throat still feels swollen. All in all though not a bad morning. I’m just starting to get the depressed feeling though that this isn’t getting better. I’m starting to get tired of eating(drinking) water all day long with nothing but Popsicles, soup, and Maybe mashed taters. And yogurt. I can not wait to taste a rib eye steak again with a full course meal. I’ve realized going through this how lucky I really am to be able to eat normal foods. I understand now why dad always said don’t take food for granted, order what you’ll eat and clean up your plate. Man I’d never complain about that again. I’d be happy too!!! Lol. I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel just yet, but I’m still looking. Pain not too bad today unless I swallow, just another day, just a little depressed is all. I will see what today brings. Tomorrow is my birthday and will be partying it up with ice water, Popsicles and yogurt I guess. Not birthday shot for me unless it is a liquid codeine shot, lol. Good luck to everyone else going through this!!!!

  129. Gary

    Chuck- thanks for sharing that. I bet you were very scared with your mind going 100 miles an hour on what to do. I would be nervous and probably handle it worse than you. Good luck to you!!!

  130. chuck

    DAY EIGHT

    In closing day 7 I decided I wouldn’t take any pain pills as I’m just tired of grinding those pills up 12 times a day and frankly, when I die and come back I never, ever want to see any more yogurt. You know when have too much of something when you get that gag reflex and it’s not because your throat feels like you have a thousand itty bitty soldiers armed with chainsaws working their way back and forth across the back of your throat. No, in this case it’s yogurt overload; whether it’s peach, strawberry, blueberry or whatever, thinking about pain pills and yogurt doesn’t work anymore.
    I continue to surf the Internet until 12:30 AM researching tonsillectomies. My interest in researching tonsillectomies was zilch until I had this procedure. I’ve derived a hypothesis while rooting about the Internet. There are three basic categories of recovery. Those who recovery very quick with a very limited amount of discomfort; those, who like most of us feel the pain is like a roller coaster at Magic Mountain, the up & downs, the instant acceleration and coming to an instant stop. Lets not forget how our stomach feels when you’re upside down and weightless, what was it I just ate? ☺ Finally, those who have things go wrong that fall into that 2 to 4 percentile when recovering. It’s this group that has it the roughest time during recovery. Everyone loathes thinking what it would be like if I were a 2 to 4 percenter?
    Sleep for night number 7 did not exist, it seems as though it was indeed a figment of my imagination. Since the surgery, I sleep with three pillows behind by back, so I’m sitting up right and I can’t get comfortable, the swelling mixed with discomfort and pain was the perfect formula for no sleep. This went on throughout the night and I found just before sunrise I did indeed dose off for a bit. I decided for some unknown reason to try to sleep on my side and that’s when it happened.
    At 6:10AM I ran to the bathroom and coughed up phlegm and it had some scab and blood in it. I spat into the sink and saw part of the scab and small dark red balls of blood. Thinking to myself the right scab is breaking lose I hope I don’t hemorrhage and fall into that 2 to 4 percent group. Again, more dark balls of blood, all different sizes this time. The dark red color told me this blood is probably coagulated from the initial cauterization during surgery. Again, I spit into the sink this time the blood is bright red, this confirmed I’m bleeding but I don’t know how bad it is? Huston, we have a problem. I immediately grabbed a large glass filled it with ice, grabbed some cold water and started to gargle with the ice water. Each time I expectorated the ice water it had bright red blood in it. The more I rinsed my mouth the more bright red blood I observed. I went back grabbed the ice pack for my neck used it while I was gargling. After 15 minutes, not 5 minutes as the Doctor recommended, the bright red blood seems to have diminished. By 7:00 AM the blood was gone. This was not at all painful. I was more concerned what it did to my psyche than me physically. Lets just say your mind starts to move like a blender at high speed while this going on. Should I call 911, should I wait, what happens if I wait to long and pass out…….all these questions popped into my mind? Probably won’t affect you the same way it affected me!
    The thing I do notice now is the left scab, which is still intact, has a burning sensation to it. I didn’t notice this before because both scabs had this feeling; however, with one scab now gone, there is a discernable difference B/T the right and left side of throat. Also, after this happen I realized I lost my appetite, which was beginning come back before this happened. I looking forward to a meal of fresh mashed potatoes.
    I ‘m still forcing the water down. A minimum of two quarts a day to ensure I keep hydrated. Almost forgot, once the scab removal starts, those pesky little bits of scab keep coming off throughout the day. Oh boy, I can’t wait until the left scab comes off. ☺

  131. kirsten

    Im going to say this now, i have been allmost painless and sleepibg soundly since i was given emtec.
    for those of you thinking you need to go through with pain. This is not true. I sleep allmost solidly through the night and i have not had any pain of note since i threw up my antibiotics prior to med change over.
    seek out your doctor and get emtec if your in the beginning stages as you will greatly apprexiate it. I can go withoutbpopsicles mostly as swellig is not too terrible. :)

  132. Gary

    Day-5, woke up today after 5-6 hours of sleep(the most I’ve had in one nap since surgery) and wasn’t in as much pain as I have been in. Immediately drank cold water and ate a Popsicle which helped my throat. Took my pain med and just relaxing. Decided to try some mashed potatoes and got them down with no issue(swallowing still hurts of course). So far a better day for today, we will see what it brings. So far weight loss is 6 pounds for day 5. Will add that sometimes when I drink, the water tries to go up my nose. This is new to me so I’m guessing I will learn to swallow food and drinks again. It does seem like I can breathe better, maybe it’s just me. I’ve read day 6-8 can be pretty rough so we will see what it brings. Good luck to all going through this!

    Michelle, if you get to read this I hope your doing better and get to go back home soon.

  133. Gary

    No the surgeon said go to the ER if I have bad bleeding and he would meet me up there, I guess cause they would call him and he lives near the hospital. I didn’t get specific instructions other than that. And yes, thoughts and prayers for Michelle….

  134. Chuck

    WOW, I’m so sorry to hear you’re back in the hospital. Thoughts and prayers go out to you!

    My Doctor provided specific instructions if I started to bleed. Immediately gargle with ice water for a minimum of five minutes and if bleeding slows down continue with ice water. If bleeding does not slow down, immediately call 911 just like Michelle did. Gary and Kristen did you Doctor give you the same guideline to follow if you start to bleed?

    V/R
    Chuck

  135. Gary

    Michelle OMG I’m so sorry. Did the scabs just come off at once or something? Good luck to you and keep us updated. Sorry for what your going through. :(

  136. Michelle

    I am on day 7 too and was doing well, eating drinking fine….. Then last night I felt warm stuff go down my throat and blood started gushing out! I filled 1/4 pint glass! So had to call an ambulance and am now in hospital under observation on a drip :(

  137. Gary

    Kristen- I can barely open mine also. Today I was able to brush my teeth for the first time in 3 days. Gross I know, but very true. I couldn’t open my mouth but to drink and eat a little bit after taking pain med. I still can’t talk very well at all. Just a mumble.

  138. chuck

    I just finished another popsicle now I can start typing. I can feel the scabs when I swallow water and they are more pronounced as each day passes. It feels like the scabs will start to fall off any time now. It’s very important when sleeping the mouth remain moist. Mine has not been moist while sleeping because of swelling. My body responds by having me breath through my mouth rather than my nose. Today I’ve really been drinking a lot of Smart Water. Hopefully, I will ingested a gallon before going to sleep. Maybe I’m just fooling myself into thinking all the hydration will help with the scabbing, I really don’t know but I’m going to try.

  139. chuck

    Today is Friday the 28th of November 2014 and its been exactly 7 days since I’ve had my Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. I’m 58 years old and knew this would not be a walk in the park. The night before surgery I went to Costco and bought two cases of Smart Water because it has electrolytes and I wanted something to help with nausea. I knew I would be nauseated from surgery and taking medication. Also, I bought three cases of popsicles a case of yogurt and a pill smasher. Surgery went well, no issues and I woke up by a nurse holding a cup of ice chips. Pain scale, 1 being the least and 10 the most was about 6 when I woke up. I was given who knows what, taken orally. It came in a container that looks like those small plastic jelly containers you get with breakfast at your local eatery. I swallowed the contents and results were immediate, I digressed into lala land and was utterly comfortable. I started to ingest ice chips, looking into the cup to find the smallest one I could tolerate and thinking….will I have the manual dexterity to pick this chip up with this spoon as high as I am? Well, it worked! One chip turned into two, two into three and so on. Right now it’s not called pain there’s only a slight bit of discomfort and I can deal with this. My Doctor popped in and asked how I was feeling and re-enforced his concern about me keeping properly hydrated when I’m at home and asked that I walk around the block (assisted) when I get home. I got the message: one hydration to help with flushing of all the general aesthesia and keep moving to keep the system flushed while recovering. When I arrived home I used what was left of the general aesthesia in my system to my advantage, I drank as much as water as I could. That was about 1 ½ pints of Smart Water. I immediately started taking my meds, which are two pills every four hours for pain. I crush them and mix them with two teaspoons of yogurt, which worked well for me. By 9:00 PM I was started to eat the popsicles. They provided a great deal of relief. I ate a case of popsicles in three days and was glad I bought more than one case the night I went shopping at Costco. I’d wake up at night and grab a popsicle, the ice cold helps relieve the pain. After surgery days 1 to 3 are about a three to five on the pain scale; however, days four, five and six the pain increases as does the amount the amount of popsicles you eat and the ice cold Smart Water you drink. When I awoke this morning (day 7) it felt like I was swallowing chards of glass when eating the popsicle. After having 3 popsicles one right after another; then, ice water, two pain pills I began to fell better. After starting off with such a poor start this morning I’m amazed at how well I feel the rest of the day. A mild discomfort in the throat (more discomfort when eating yogurt and drinking water) and today is the best I’ve felt since leaving the hospital. Things to note: 1. Sleeping is very difficult if not impossible the first nights because of swelling so get it when you can: 2 Mornings are the most painful. I don’t know why, they just are more painful then the rest of the day. I start each day with popsicles ☺ : 3. Take in as much liquid as you can tolerate it helps flush the system and even though you’re hungry being hydrated is most important: 4. My chest felt congested after surgery until day 6. I wanted to cough and did everything physically possible not to. I was afraid the scabs in my throat would come off prematurely, resulting in a trip to ER for them to be cauterized. Also, dairy products of any type increase chest congestion and it’s the last thing I want, so I stay away from the products like the plague. This is my first seven days, I’m hoping tomorrow (Saturday) will be better than today and each day after better than the day before. I wish all of you the best while recovering! It’s not easy but it’s something we all must do.

  140. kirsten

    This is why im not even trying soft foods. Im going to stick with soup and jello etc for a while to avoid that.
    Im on day 3 and apart from being a smidge swollen im doing allright so far.

  141. Gary

    Kate- thank you for your reply. For a minute I was thinking this isn’t so bad until I woke up today. The one thing I didn’t get or try is throat longes or spray. I will try to get some today. Your right, I see about days 3-5 is when it gets bad for some people. I’m gonna stay strong and work through this today. Thanks again for your reply.

  142. Kate

    Sorry Gary – you are entering the worst part of the recovery, and I am afraid you probably have a few days (maybe about 4) of this bad phase to go. If you look back through the posts you will see a trend of people starting to feel worse at day 4 onwards. The shock is that regular, maxxed out painkillers can’t take it all away, so you have to try other tactics, especially sucking on crushed ice, lozenges, using numbing throat spray, distraction e.g. watching DVDs. You might manage to get some soup down once the painkillers take the edge off it. There is a reason this operation is not routinely done on adults, and now you are experiencing it. Sorry you feel so bad – it DOES get better.

  143. Gary

    Starting day 4, and geeze, woke up pretty swollen this morning. Is this going to end? Already tired taking pain killer but it seems like it’s the only thing that helps. Can’t talk much and don’t wanna eat pudding or anything as it hurts too bad. Seems like the painkiller allowed me to eat but suffering now cause I’m swollen. Putting ice packs on now. When is the relief gonna start? When can you start telling it’s getting better?

  144. Gary

    Michelle, My surgeon first gave me liquid hydrocodone. This just wasn’t doing the trick for me so he then gave me oxycodone. It is a much better help. Hope this helps you. I am also on liquid amoxicillin and stool softener.

  145. Gary

    Day three is almost over. Thanks to the new painkiller, I have ate some scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes today. Getting up from a nap seems to to rough and feels like my throat is swollen until I take a painkiller and drink ice water. Mouth don’t feel dry though, prob due to the expensive humidifier I bought. Day 4 is tomorrow, counting down the days. I have a lot of white stuff all over the back of my throat. Is this scabs? I feel like there is stitches in my throat when I swallow. I know I got some just didn’t know I’d feel them. Despite the painkiller that has helped, swallowing is a task with every bite. Good luck to the others also in here going through this. Stay hydrated!!!!!!

  146. kirsten

    It looks like it can take 3-6 months to fully fecover and heal from a tonsilectomy.
    I spent most of today sleeping, can safely say i greatly appreciate my new medication. Day 2 is a great success.

  147. Michelle

    Hi I am 35 and I had my tonsils out last fri 21st at 3pm….. I have been doing well to be fair, having hydrocodiene every 6 hrs and paracetamol every 6 hrs, so basically having pain med every 3 hrs. Drinking lots of ice water, humidifier on in room….. Up until today! The pain in my ear and throat is really bad :( iv not been able to eat much today at all….. And I havnt been to the toilet since the op! So now I have bad belly ache aswell. I have started movicol today to help with constipation…. Hope it works soon!!! I cannot wait til 2 weeks are over!!!

  148. Gary

    Kristen I’m sorry. I’m on day 2 and couldn’t imagine how painful it would be not keeping something down. Hopefully you got a good painkiller that will help you. Best of luck, just know your not alone.

    1. kirsten

      Had to go to emerg, my antibiotic wouldnt stay down :( my throat has never hurt so much.
      Got a new ptescription and a new pain killer. Hopefully theres some improvment tomorrow. Im only on day 1.

  149. kirsten

    Km going to be taking my progression back into food really slow. My antibiotic makes me gag. Sooo painful :(
    Im probably going to get my doctor to get me something stronger then tylenol. I can manage the swelling with lots of ice packs on the neck and popsicles. My uvula was allmost normal this morning before the gagging

  150. kirsten

    Came home after a 4 hour recovery period in the hospital. Its 2:20am and i slept propped up after lots of broth and water. Tried vegetable soup with lots of chewing….was too hard so just drank the broth. Coughing or mucous has caused me to gag twice and my uvulva is so swollen it is also causing mild problems. Im not looking forward to if i do vomit over the next few days as ive read that can occur. Is there anything better for pain and swelling other then tylenol and popsicles?

    1. Kate

      Poor you Kirsten. Suck on crushed ice/drink as much iced water as you can. Take all the pain relief you can – you should be able to combine Tylenol with other drugs – check on that with your hospital. I was on a 3/4 hourly cycle of 2 different pain relievers for about 10 days, combined with numbing throat sprays, ice packs around the neck etc. Do everything you can to rest and relieve the pain. Good luck

    2. Gary

      I had my surgery yesterday and didn’t realize how painful it is. I was on liquid painkiller and it was just taking a little pain away. Talked to my surgeon personally later in the day and he is giving me something stronger today. I was well prepared for this from research like this page, but this is more painful than I thought. My surgeon did say I bled more than normal, not sure if this causes more pain or not. I’m not nauseous, atleast not yet. Look forward for a little stronger pain reliever today.

  151. Elena

    Well I never took one and then on day 8, it was a nightmare for me. So that day 8, i was in so much pain, I drank prune juice, took stool softner and took Epson salt baths and then 24 hrs later I had relief from the constipation pain. Also In the beginning to many milk products almost made me throw up, I think from pain medication mixed with dairy. Also I’m on 3 weeks on Wednesday and my throat still hurts right now, feels like a really sore throat. I Stopped pain meds on that day 8 when I had major constipation issues. Now I’m fine and back to work and Advil is fine for the pain but it will be nice when I don’t feel any throat pain. Dr told me it could take 3-4 weeks for that. You will be ok just keep in mind that day 3-5 can be the worst.

    1. Debbie

      Hi Elena I’m on day 17 after surgery I also still have a sore throat, pain further down the neck my specialist said its not from tonsili surgery but my throat still swollen (really no kidding) all in all he said my recovery is going great he also said it can take 3 to 4 weeks if not longer to feel no pain in the throat great!!! I can also still feel my glands are still swollen similar to when I got Quincy feels like an infection again which I’m sure it’s not

  152. Gary

    Thank you Greg. I just was sure about the anesthesia I went through and then now I can’t sleep. Didn’t make sense. But I got about 1-1/2 hrs so far. Your right, journey begins and I’m ready for it to be over already. Hopefully this will change my life for the better though. Thanks again.

  153. Gary

    Elena, thank you. Did you start the stool softener immediately or when you started eating a little? Dr. did prescribe laxative and stool softener. Said once I hit the home run with laxative don’t take it anymore just continue with stool softener. I just didn’t ask when to start them. Should I start today? Any help appreciated.

  154. Elena

    I took my pain meds every 31/2 hrs. I would set my phone alarm to take them on time. And I would eat crushed ice. I would put ice cubes in bad and then smash them with a hammer to make my own soft crushed ice. Remember to take a stool softner or drink prune juice because in a couple days the pain meds will constipate you and you will have horrible pain if they do.

  155. Gary

    Had my tonsils removed this morning at 8am. After I woke up I have been in pain, prob an 8. Dr. Gave me meds and knocked it down to prob a 5. At home now and have not been able to sleep. Pain at 6-7. I’m miserable right now. I have been drinking(sipping) lots of water though with excruciating pain swallowing. Humidifier on ice packs been on the neck. Any feedback is appreciated.

    1. Greg

      Hi Gary. The journey begins! Forget about good sleep for a little while. Get it when you can. Preferably in a recliner or propped up. That helps keep swelling down. Keep drinking, even though it hurts- It’s about THE most important thing you can do. Keep running that humidifier, keep taking the pain meds on schedule. My routine was this: I’d use a numbing throat spray to help swallow the meds. Once they kicked in, I’d try to eat a little something. This reduces nausea. Lots of Jell-O for me- also broths and smooth soups. Popsicles- NOT the real juice ones- they burn! My fav;s” Root beer and banana flavors. Best of luck!!!

  156. Gary

    Thanks Kate. I have to be there in 3 hours. Haven’t slept much tonight. I am nervous as this is a first procedure for me. I will flow up and share my experience. I know I am in good hands will professionals, just some stories are horrible and some stories are not bad at all. Hopefully my experience won’t be bad. :)

    1. Kate

      It was my first ever surgery too – i was petrified. No sleep, and I had a cold as well. They gave me extra meds to calm me down. I so badly wanted to chicken out but people go through much worse so I knew I had to stick it out. I had tonsil stones, and life without them now is amazing!

  157. Andrea

    I had my surgery on November 21st 2014. I have been eating a lot of popsicles, drinking plenty of water and have even managed to eat some mashed potatoes in the evening and an egg in the morning. The medication I’m taking is supposed to last 6 hours,but it wears off somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. My tongue and uvula are both swollen so any drinking, talking or eating is quite a task! I cannot wait until my throat is healed and this pain has subsided.

  158. Gary

    I am 34 yrs old and have my tonsillectomy in the morning. I am really nervous. Thanks to you guys I have got a humidifier, ice, Gatorade, Popsicles, soups, ice pack for neck(throat), and soft food. Am I missing anything? Very nervous.(scared)

    1. Kate

      Hey Gary – the surgery itself is the easiest part. You are in and out quickly, in the hands of experts, and when you wake up it actually doesn’t feel so bad straight away. Sounds like you have done some great preparation. You will also need a stack of painkillers (not sure what you will get from the hospital – it’s different in the UK), and maybe some lozenges to suck on – these can help distract you from the pain. I also used a spray called Chloraseptic which numbs the throat. Stock up on some DVDs to keep you occupied, and cancel ANY plans you have made for the next two weeks as you will need lots of rest. It is normal to be scared at this point – this is a tough recovery, but you will get better in a couple of weeks (or so!). Take some deep breaths and focus on the bright future without your tonsils to drag you down!

      1. Gary

        Had surgery yesterday morning at 7:30am and tonight I feel better already. Dr. gave me stronger pain meds and I was able to eat a scrambled egg and soup. I had 2 Popsicles today also along with plenty of water. Swallowing hurts badly, but I are after taking pain med. it feels like around my uvula hurts worse during swallowing. So far today a better day. Pain level after taking med is 2-3 compared to 6-7 yesterday. On day 3 tomorrow!!!

  159. Kate

    ICE – LOTS OF CRUSHED ICE! Sucking on ice/drinking iced water will really help his post-op pain.
    Wrapping ice packs around the neck can also be useful
    And yes – read older posts here, they are full of great tips.

  160. Tara

    My son is booked to get his tonsils out this Friday morning at 6:30am. He is 19 yrs old and I am quite scared of what’s to follow afterwards? What can I do to help him heal fast? How must he sleep? What are we exactly in for? He has a 22 month old daughter that we currently help him raise and how is he going to be when he comes home? Someone please give us some advice. We know they must come out as he was rushed in twice when his throat almost closed and he has abcesses on both and they popped n bled… Please respond

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Tara- It’s great that your son has your support. That’s huge. Read through as as of this site as you can. I’ve covered lots and lots of what to expect and how to recover. Be sure to have a humidifier, plenty of popsicles, enough pain medicine to cover at least 10 days, movies for him to watch, and help with his 22 month old. He’ll need it for the first week for sure!

      Best of luck to you all. He’s young- that helps.

    2. Kylie Smith

      Hi I’m 15 years old and I had my tonsils out last Monday and I’m still trying to recover. Here are a few things I wish that I knew last week that I know now being in my second week of recovery. 1.) Take 1tsp. of Children’s Motrin and 1tsp. of Children’s Benadryl at least every 2 hours. You can even take it less than every 2 hours because the Motrin and Benadryl is meant for children and it such a low dose it won’t affect or hurt him since he’s older. Doctors recommend this to cancer patients that have pain in their throat/mouth because it coats the throat making it easier to swallow food and any beverages. I started taking these medications and I can’t live without it now. It takes 30 minutes to start working so have him take it 30 minute before he’s going to eat. It also makes you drowsy; I’ve been sleeping a lot since I’ve started using both of these medicines, which is great because it allows my throat to heal. 2.) Take stool softeners (laxatives) if he hasn’t gone to the bathroom after 4 days post-surgery day, because I’m still in much misery because I didn’t do that. Anesthesia slows the systems in your body down, it’s common not to go for up 4-5 days but after that it’s tough trying to get it working again. They will probably give you Colace at the hospital anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is I wish I took it earlier and kept on top of taking stool softeners to prevent the pain I am in now.3.) I have been the most congested I have ever been in my entire life! I have ear and nose congestion, and it’s terrible. The ear congestion came later in my recovery, as the ear congestion came on the nose congestion went away. At the hospital they gave me Afrin a nasal spray and it didn’t work for me at all, my dad instead picked up a “Nasal Mist” from Walgreen and it’s just a typical Sodium Chloride Solution, or a Nasal Moisturizer, and I found that it worked much better than the Afrin. With the Afrin you can’t spray up your nose as frequently at you can with the Nasal Mist. What I would do is spray the Nasal Mist constantly up my nose and then blow my nose. I also would apply “Vicks Vaporub” on my upper lip. Lastly I would take the Walgreens brand Mucinex, which is the Mucus Relief, it tastes great and works amazing! Not only are the products that I talked about above perfect to help the congestion but also sleeping up right. My bed is pushed up against the wall and so I would prop 3 pillows up in the corner where my bed met the wall. This helped the most when I had my ear congestion. You mentioned that he had a 22 month old daughter, well I have 24 month old twin brothers, and they actually helped a lot surprisingly. They helped in the sense that I would interact with them as much as possible when I wasn’t sleeping or hurting too much and when they weren’t down for a nap. Sitting upright and moving around and playing with them helped keep my mind off the pain and the congestion to drain a lot easier. I also went to the grocery store with my mom which again helped a lot, by keeping my mind off the pain and helping the congestion drain a whole lot easier.4.) The hospital prescribed me hydrocodone which recommends you to take it with food, although in the middle of the night when I needed the hydrocodone I was way too tired to eat something which in turn made me extremely nauseous in the morning, the toilet and I got extremely close in the morning. I would just feel so sick to my stomach and I wouldn’t want to eat anything wich made it worse. So the doctor prescribed me Zofran which helps with the nauseous feeling, so if the hospital prescribes you with hydrocodone or any other antibiotic that may cause nauseous feelings if you take it without food than make sure you buy something that will help the nauseous feeling.5.) Make a chart or a list of every medication he takes and at what time he took it so you don’t lose track, because he may be taking a lot of medication like I am and it’s too much to remember because they all require multiple different time periods until you can take the next dose. And like my mom did she set alarm or wrote down when the next dose/medication should be taken, or else I would be in pain if I didn’t take it as soon as I possibly could. So if you can prevent his pain why not do it?Eating and drinking is so important, you are going to constantly hear this but it’s the most important thing. I lost 6 lbs. in the first week because I didn’t eat, and my dad had to explain to me why it’s so important. He said it’s the same thing as if you broke your leg, when someone breaks their leg they have to go to physical therapy because he leg hasn’t been used and it changed when the doctor worked on it so your body need to get back into the groove of things, the leg need to get back to working like it did before. Same thing with your throat they just got rid of something you’ve had in your body since you were born and now they take it away you need to exercise it back to how it was swallowing foods before.Please take everything with a grain of salt, everybody is different , what worked for me may not work for him. He is much older and probably has a much higher pain tolerance than I do, so he may be better off. Just keep in mind the surgery is worth in the end, and a few weeks of misery for a life time of better health is worth it. I expected better than it was, my aunt told me she went on a date the next day after her surgery; I expected it to be easy. The surgery seems easy, it’s not a major surgery. But its uncomfortable, painful, and seems never-ending But I’m in my second week and I’m feeling much better but not a 100%. The doctor can also prescribe you special suckers that numb your pain, but he probably won’t need it, I’m not sure. Everything will be great, best wishes! I hope this helped!

    3. Kat

      I am on day 4 from my tonsillectomy and the pain has been constant since I woke after op. It is actually the worst pain I have ever experienced . I did have a blood clot whilst in hospital that had to be picked off.

  161. Elena

    I’m 36 yrs old and I workout, light weight train and yoga. I try to eat all organic and healthy. I was told the same thing! It’s hard. But you will get light at the end of this dark tunnel. I personally loved my humidifier because it kept my throat so moist. I would drink wheat gras juice everyday. You can have someone buy you a container of it in dry form and mix it with water. I was watching oat meal and cream of wheat for most of my meals. It’s so hard. Also I started drinking prune juice just a little bit here and there around day 9,10. You don’t want to be constipated. I had the worst experience with that. I took warm Epson salt baths to relax, forced myself to shower even though it was hard. Just stay clean and get lots if rest. Be patient. All your symptoms are normal and I felt them too. I’m on day 14 and my throat is still sore, but just feels like a regular sore throat. I’m going to try throat losenges today and try to get up and go for a small walk. I have a post op aptt tomorrow so I’ll let you know if the dr gives me any advice on what else to do. It’s the worst most annoying recovery ever but it will be over soon. Just keep calm and keep your throat relaxed so it can heal. No crying. Try not too.

  162. Elena

    Im on day 13 so I just got through the hard part. It will get better. I ate a lot of crushed ice. Just hang in there and rest as much a possible. I loved having a humidifier to keep my throat wet at night, it’s next to my bed. Also make sure to take some type of stool softner, I learned the hard way and had a bad day 8 because I was so constipated from pain meds. But just keep in mind it will get better in the next couple days. Your almost there.

    1. debbie

      You know what I’m really struggling with is the fact I am never sick I go to the gym 6 days a week eat reasonably healthy so everyone was telling me it will be a breeze the only reason I had my tonsils out was I have had 2 Quincy that I was rushed to hospital with because they can get very nasty so the specialists said they need to come out he told when I was in recovery I had large tonsils stones as well — at the moment I feel like I have some major stuff stuck in my throat and just want to cough it up ewwww and yes I’m constipated as well tomorrow is day 8 lets see what that brings

  163. Debbie

    firstly OMG thank goodness I found this page I’m on day 6 of recovery ouch ouch ouch it really hurts to talk, eat, drink, sleep but I’m doing all of them everyone is saying drink ice cold water or have a Popsicles that hurts more, I had no idea what to expect after surgery I was only told for an adult it hurt more I had my 55th birthday on day 3 I am struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel I’m still in heaps of pain

    1. Greg

      Hi Debbie. Glad you found us! You are in the thick of it. The next 48 hours won’t be fun but it WILL get better. Hang in there and KEEP DRINKING!!!

  164. AK

    Updating :

    Day 7 – (Thu. Nov. 13 2014)- Only taken one pain med dose throughout the day when I first waken up upon 5 hours sleep with a pain level 5, pretty much the same similar counts as described on day 6 however felt 15 percent better today on day 7 vs. day 6, as my pain level was constant between 3 to 5 for the day and didn’t feel the need to take any more pain medication throughout the day yet again…still consuming jello, otter pops, ice cold water, sesame chicken and noodles, chili, and soup as swallowing food or fluids wasn’t too bad 90 percent of the time with a pain level 3 but a few times it increased to a pain level 5….still waiting on “when the pain is really going to hurt” stage.

    Day 8 – (Fri. Nov. 14 2014)- Finally regressed upon the worst for first time in this recovery ordeal after waking up to a pain level 7 and noticed my right side surgical area is bloody red and freaking out about it, immediately gargled (pain level 8) and held ice cold 30.7 F temp water in my mouth (pain level 6) for the next 10 minutes…..didn’t notice tasting blood until 5 minutes after waking up and looked inside my mouth to see it’s status, as I estimated only losing about one quarter of a teaspoon of blood.

    The bleeding had stopped after the 10 minutes initially, then briefly started bleeding again another 10 minutes later and I promptly continued to gargle and hold ice water in my mouth again, this time for an additional 20 minutes…..Waited for an hour after that as my bleeding never progressed any further and stopped, took one dose of pain medication while pimpin’ hard on drinking ice water a lot, which eventually brought the pain level down to a 1 after the dose kicked in.

    Calmed down after three and a half hours following this recent ordeal and went back to sleep, woke up four hours later with a pain level 5 and took another dose of pain med, after the dose kicked in my pain level never got any higher than a 3 throughout the rest of the day and didn’t feel the need to take any more pain med….swallowing pain regressed back to similar accounts of how it was on day 6.

    Day 9 – (Sat. Nov. 15 2014)- Woke up with a pain level 6 and took a dose of pain med, brought the pain level down to a 1, and to my surprise that exposed red bleeding spot that happened yesterday in day 8 had rehealed itself and coated back to white just like the rest of the surgical areas.

    Two hours later out of nowhere I had some serious abdominal pain in my lower intestinal area and fought this for 30 minutes while feeling nauseous and real close to throwing up, so I loitered in the bathroom for the half hour and finally lost three pounds of number two as it finally exited my body – to my surprise I was constipated and had a blockage incident, more likely from all the noodles I was consuming the past three days as I also consumed one banana each day which generally keeps me regular.

    Later in the day I felt the hungriest appetite since day 3 and decided to fix a three egg omelet (first time eating eggs) as I started taking half bites and swallowed the food which I felt no pain or any minor difficulty for the first time since surgery, and tried a full bite which was successful and didn’t hurt in any way – everything I ate and drank throughout day 9 was painless swallowing with full bites…..I felt I gotten over the hump after the second half of day 9.

    Day 10 – (Sun. Nov. 16 2014)- Woke up for the first time feeling like a dry throat with a pain level 5 and took a dose of pain med after four hours sleeping (still sleeping in the recliner chair with the neck brace as my airway is still getting partially blocked trying to lay down flat in a bed)…went back to sleep after 30 minutes and slept another four hours and woke up with no pain of any kind in my throat, full bite swallowing solid foods and fluids now with no difficulty or any pain to my surprise….gargling, coughing up a loogie, sneezing, and yawning still hurts up to a pain level 5 though if it is a full scale cough, sneeze, yawn.

    Day 10 recovery is the first time I ever sneezed (twice) or coughed (once) since before surgery as I have to alter the way I cough, sneeze, yawn, etc. so it does not hurt too much, and plus I was very fortunate to never having a congested nose as I was able to fully breathe in and out my nose throughout this ordeal of entire recovery phase with no issues at all….I still feel I achieved over the hump and coasting downhill (at least for now) upon the worst of the recovery process as I even improved more compared to the last half of day 9 recovery…..never had the need for any more pain med throughout the day yet once again other than first waking up to an irritated throat.

    The swelling is virtually gone in my tongue and the center overhang thing, as the white surgical surface areas are still present but they seemed more glazed than solid white and feels like it is improving.

    If I regress backwards upon my improved condition at the present time from here on out, I will post on the status, otherwise I will stop posting on my condition of improvement should this continue forward, as my recovery status throughout 10 days seemed like a cakewalk and was very blessed without too much pain overall and not really suffered at all other than a two hour ordeal during day 8 recovery which was my worst period, compared to the hundreds of people here that had posted their experiences that were very grueling and painful and even worse, which I fully expected to go thru that at 49 years of age.

    I still plan to take it easy and not over exert for this upcoming week as well, recommended by the doctor’s orders.

  165. Elena

    So I am on day 7 and I am
    Going through a lot of the same things as you but what I Also do to help ease the pain is I bought a humdfier the day before surgery, it was $35 target, Honeywell brand and it sits right next to my bed and it’s like sleeping in a rainforest. It has helped so much! It keeps my face and my mouth so nice and moist. It’s quiet and has different settings, I use the high one and it’s just gives a nice cloud of mist all over my head area while I sleep. It is so great! Keeps my mouth nice and hydrated. Two is I bought a snow cone machine, by Ninja it was $40 target, it makes like snow type ice. Super fluffy and soft and I just eat spoon fills of it all day and I put it in my water to keep my water cold. It numbs my mouth so taking pills is easier, it’s the best thing ever. I bought plastic spoons to eat with since they are smaller and softer. Cream of wheat has been the easiest thing for me to eat, with a dash of sugar and little milk on top, I let it cool down and that’s all I basically eat cause it goes down so easy and it’s bland. And they have the box with individual microwave packets so it’s easy to make. Lastly ice packs. I got the gel like ice packs and I tie them with a towel on the lower back of my neck, sides of my throat and sometimes my forehead. This combo has been making this horrible experience a lot better so far. Day 5 and 6 were my worst days and those ice packs saved my life those days, they are the soft gel ones. So we shall see if the pain gets better or worse as my days go on. But so far this remedie is keeping me as comfortable as possible.

    1. Elena

      Also I do not talk at all. I got a dry erase board so I write on it or text if i need to say something. I just want to heal as fast a possible so I don’t talk. I have whispered like 3 times but just a couple words.

      1. Beth

        Elena, it’s okay to talk. ;) Most of us did and it did not affect our recovery. I talked throughout my recovery. My ENT encouraged me to do as much ‘normal’ stuff as possible, including eating whatever I wanted, short of sharp or extra crunchy foods. Glad you are getting to the other side!

  166. Lori

    I am currently on day 10 (counting surgery as day 1) of a tonsillectomy and I have been completely miserable! :-( I keep telling myself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel but some days/moments it does not feel that way. I was very easily able to talk for the first few days after my surgery with minimal pain. Now it kills me to talk unless my medicine has recently kicked in. I have had to maintain the 4 hour medicine schedule very closely in order to not rip my head and throat off— which is very unusual for me! Even after having a c-section or my spleen removed, I was not on pain medicine around the clock and definitely not by day 10! I am still unable to really eat anything because I end up with pain 10 out of 10 (even with medication) with everything I swallow. Every food I have tried (including mashed potatoes and ice cream) cause a severe burning and pain. Food and liquids often feel as though they get stuck in the surgical areas. And now every time I sleep, I end up struggling to breathe at some point (with no previous history of sleep apnea). Please someone tell me what I am doing wrong or tell me what I can do to make this any better!! Thank you in advance!

    1. Kate

      hi Lori – the way I swallow changed after surgery, presumably due to the shape of my throat changing, and that may be what you are adjusting to. It feels really odd at first, and took me a while to get used to it, but I did. I used to wake at night coughing which I think was due to phlegm getting stuck somewhere. All this should improve very soon – do you have a post-op check up pending? I had mine on day 14 and it was great to have the reassurance that everything was healing well. By that time I had also significantly reduced my pain meds. My surgeon told me it would take months to fully heal, and I still find (2 months later) that I am prone to choking/coughing more than usual. He also told me that throat muscles tighten up after surgery, and I found that sleeping with my head/neck on a hot water bottle in week two really helped me relax my throat and sleep better. You have come a long way now and should be feeling better very soon.

    2. Flo

      See if this will help you from Day 4 on:

      Steam became my friend. Fill your favorite mug 1/3 full and microwave it for 1-1 1/2 min. Inhale the steam opening your mouth as wide as you can inhaling deeply. Continue doing this until you feel relief. Sometimes, I had to reheat the cup of water a couple of times more.

      Even water began to burn my throat. I found tepid/lukewarm (don’t make it hot—–could bring on bleeding)plain decaffeinated tea was a soothing lifesaver. The fancy flavored teas that I love had spices which burned. Insomnia is already a problem. Be sure to use decaffeinated. I would chase water with the tea, so that I could continue to stay hydrated when my scabs screamed.

      When ice doesn’t soothe anymore, turn your surgery ice pack bag into a hot water bottle. This is to soothe that resonating ear pain.

      Chicken noodle soup with a heavy broth thoroughly coated my throat. If you live where you have a Hy-Vee grocery store, have someone pick up their brand of chicken noodle soup. It tastes homemade and works wonders. Campbell’s is okay, but the broth is thicker with the Hy-Vee brand. You might could use the Campbell’s and add chicken broth to it.

      Acid and bacteria will build up in your mouth making you feel like you have hundreds of ulcers. Gargle with 1 tsp. of salt to 2 cups (500 ml) warm water 30 seconds for each sip twice a day (thank you to the person that noted that on this site).

      Starting @ Day 7, my scabs begged for a change. Foods that I lived on:

      scrambled eggs with no pepper and little salt, oatmeal, & chicken noodle soup (I added chopped up pasta).

      I was so bummed to have to give up the foods I had especially purchased for this surgery. I could no longer eat orange sherbert, popsicles, applesauce, jello nor drink orange juice. Anything acidic or cold hurt.

      Looks like you and I may have had the surgery on the same day. Today was a turn-a-round. I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow continuing improvement. I’m starting to vary from the diet a tiny bit, but like you, that burning is something to deal with. I told my husband that nursing this throat has become a full time job.

  167. AK

    Updating :

    Day 5 – Pain level has increased slightly a couple times during the entire day as swallowing was still minor pain ok just like day 4, however upon the end of day 5 it started to become painful to swallow (pain level peaked at a 7 for the first time) while both ears reached a pain level 5 at it’s highest (ear pain was averaging a level 3)…..note that I am still holding out from using the pain medication from its designated 4 hour intervals, as I only took two doses throughout the day (the second dose at the very end of the day in order to sleep I was at pain level 5 to 6)…I am now 10 doses ahead (40 hours worth) and feel the worst pain is still yet to arrive according to everyone else’s experiences and I am sure that I will need that reserved pain medication the most during the homestretch.

    When I did take the pain medication on day 5, the pain levels 5 thru 7 had lowered it to a nice tolerable level 1 within 20 minutes time after taking it, so the liquid hydrocodone has been effective with no side or altered effects for me….Taste buds are still there, and I am still clearly talking normal since day 1 surgery but now at 85 percent capacity since day 4 as it is slightly painful at times to talk (pain level 2).

    Also taken one Cepacol extra strength lozenge for the first time (during a pain level 6)….that did not seem to take any pain away for me.

    Day 6 -(today Wed. Nov. 12 2014)- Slept good for 4 hours after closing out day 5 recovery (thank god for the pain medication), however woke up with a pain level 7 and immediately took another dose of medicine (perfect timing on the four hour interval), and slept good for another four hours…

    Pain level is at it’s highest now in my recovery period (pain level 5 thru 7) as swallowing ice cold water now makes a pain level 4 to 5, however otter pops is the only thing soothing the pain in the meantime (pain level 1 to 3) as I have not taken another dose of pain med and holding out on one interval which I have an hour to go to make it 44 hours and 11 doses ahead, and will eat after taking the dose so it will not hurt as much.

    Upon after waking up today, I looked in my mouth and now notice two fresh red sores (not bleeding), in which each red sore is located on the left and right sides at the upper back channel of the surgical white area (10 o’ clock and 2 o’ clock positions)….unsure if this is normal in the recovery process but I am sure this is due to my increased pain, as I have not experienced any of the scabbing process every one else mentions here either.

    If someone can elaborate if it is a good or bad thing if one has experienced these red sores I am describing, I would appreciate it – I do not feel my mouth had dried out to cause this, nor do I think it was food consumption related as I been consuming jello, otter pops, ice cold water, seseme chicken and noodles, chili, and soup – although I did eat two frosted pop tarts in very small bites that was broke down pretty good.

    Forgot to mention in my previous long post prior to surgery while I had the frequent infections, since August 1 2014 the doc recommended me to use a waterpick to blast out any food particles and debris on my tonsils, which I did after every meal, brushed and flossed four times a day rather than the normal two times, took every precaution imaginable and followed this on a sacred basis even while on vacation in my camper…When I got that overnight 103.6 fever out of nowhere despite all the precautions taken while on vacation (which was a back to back 5 week infection incident), that’s when my mind was set on really needing surgery.

    I still cannot thank Greg enough and everyone else that have posted to share their recovery process, making this website possible as it has certainly helped me out on preparing going thru this ordeal.

    1. Ron

      I had a tonsillectomy at age 34 in 2010.

      My doc recommended taking my meds on schedule to help me heal and not saving them up. He renewed them when I asked him to.

      I was back at work in about 10 days with limited talking. Far fewer throat infections now.

      1. AK

        Doc had also recommended me taking the meds at it’s intervals too – especially important at the early stages, which I taken the first four doses on schedule on day 1 but I was not hurting much at all.

        Going throughout day 2 and day 3 was virtually very tolerable low pain without medication, I decided to take my pain medication “as needed” like the label had said.

        I was not in a great deal of pain overall, although I did take my pain medication when I needed to during discomfort or some pain present….as of completing day 10 recovery for me (ending Mon. Nov. 17 2014 at 1200pm), I only had the need to use 23 total doses of pain medication..one dose short of a full four days supply upon ten full days thus far.

        I was prescribed an 8 day supply (48 total doses) of pain medicine as I was one of the lucky ones upon not in much pain overall during my first 10 full days of recovery and was very comfortable with not needing the pain meds when only little pain was present and very tolerable.

        The majority of people that posted their painful and grueling experiences on this site is what I expected to go thru, and believe me I would have consumed every drop of pain medicine and begging for more upon running out if I went thru the same prolong pain for days on end as others.

  168. Elena

    So you are able to talk? Is it a whisper or actually talking?
    I haven’t even tried to talk yet but I was whispering yesterday and then later that day some blood started pouring out of my mouth so I wasn’t sure if it was because I was whispering or maybe something rough that I ate or maybe just because. It eventually stopped after 30 min of putting ice cubes in my mouth. Oh and that was yesterday day 4. Another question what do the dr say about milk products or milk, why is it bad to drink milk? Because I had a glass and it feels so good on my throat. And so does yogurt?

    1. Kate

      Yes i could talk from day one – albeit quietly. Just do what feels right for your throat.
      And you did the right thing with the ice cubes!
      Some people report that dairy products cause mucus to build up in their mouth – I didn’t find that, and yogurts/milky porridge were one of the few things I could eat (and soup, lots of soup!)
      I also sucked on strong lozenges sometimes, which seemed to help distract me from the pain.
      So now you are on day 6 – almost one week in. Hang in there!

  169. AK

    First of all I would like to special thank Greg for making this website happen as I done a lot of research since late July 2014, when I suddenly flared up with two throat infections plus one other infection that attacked the left side of my face as the doctor speculated it was probably also tonsil related in early Oct. 2014, which totaled to three incidents within a 15 week span which now became pretty frequent.

    My prior history of any head or throat infections had started in January 2009 at 44 years old, which were an average occurrence of once a year prior to 2014 (5 incidents total) as the 10 day antibiotics supply taken were always immediate relief after day 1, however the late July 2014 incident had took the fever away within 24 hours like normal but the discomfort lingered thru day 9 of the 10 day antibiotic supply, which I know now this infection thing is getting worse and not recovering as well, so as a precaution I better start looking into researching which I glad I done (and finding this website) for what’s going to happen eventually – SURGERY.

    So the following month (mid Aug. 2014), I got a good bill of health after my follow-up and decided to take my planned yearly vacation in Canada as I reside in Alaska (thinking this is still just a once a year occurrence for infection), however because of the different way I had now healed – prior to vacation while planning ahead I prepared on stocking up plenty of soft foods, low sodium broth, protein shakes, breaking out the recliner chair that was stored for 15 years, second humidifier placed next to the recliner, 4 bags of small ice, 300 otter pops, 4 onhand rotating ice packs I have yet to use, etc. for the worst case scenario should it happen sooner upon a possible surgery in the near future ….which turned out to be the right call because my vacation was cut short with a no warning out of the blue 103.6 fever on the road and decided to turn back towards home, as I was glad mentioning to the doc about my planned vacation as he suggested I keep onhand a 10 day supply of antibiotics should I need them, and turned out that I had to resort to them (saving me) after a week and a half on the road in northern Canada where it is generally quite a remote area.

    Second of all I am a 49 year old male that just had my very FIRST SURGERY and IV hookup EVER, which happened on Fri. Nov. 7, 2014…I was hoping to make it to at least 50 years of age before having any type of surgery…. I didn’t accomplish that feat however I do feel very blessed and glad I got this procedure done of tonsillectomy.

    My fears were intense upon facing my first time ever surgery of course, (especially people posting their horrible events)- but because of this website and all the other suggestions everyone else had posted that I took well in consideration and weighing the factors, I learned to ask all the right questions upon the pre op phase with the doc and making final preparations on what supplies and equipment to really have, which so far has turned out to be such a life saver upon a three month stretch of research and stocking up, as in comparison trying to gear up everything in a week span would certainly be a tight timeframe for a person that works full time (as I still had not missed more than one scheduled day of work due to a headcold while infected upon the entire 15 week duration).

    Although I could not find that large foam neck pillow anywhere in my local area the day prior to surgery, I did purchase a small typical padded neck brace and sure glad I did as this is one of the essential items I can confirm like others which keeps your head aligned and not slump when sleeping….I just added a pillow to elevate the back of my head so I can have full airway upon sleeping on the recliner chair when extended out, because without the neckbrace and extra pillow, there would be no way I could breathe to sleep in a semi upright position as many will find out the airway in your throat will be completely blocked by laying down or reclined back.

    As far as advanced prescriptions is concerned, do have them onhand prior to surgery which I stressed to the doc, as he felt only prescribing me a 5 day supply of liquid hydrocodone and nothing else after asking him all the recommendations everyone else had posted, however I ended up with an 8 day supply of the medication after converting the bottle and dosages, as I been stretching out the timeframe intervals and not yet personally experienced the intense severe pain of what’s about to occur in the near future upon everyone else’s experiences, by preserving my supply for which I am sure will be in need to use upon the regular intervals.

    Now for the status of my current recovery….so far I been one of the real lucky ones especially at 49 years old compared most of the others :

    Day 1 – surgery day .. walking, talking, pain very minor, feeling almost ‘better than normal’ like I’m 30 again, swallowing everything I am consuming does not hurt, people telling me how healthy I look already, never believed them until I looked in the mirror, they were telling the truth…thought I would be in bad shape but to my surprise I did not think day 1 would feel like I was 95 percent healed….slept two hours which felt like a refreshed 7 hours worth.

    Day 2 – still talking, went shopping and stocked up on more jello and noodles, my energy level is amazing and walking faster like someone spiked speed in my ice cold water that I constantly drink non stop (thirsty or not ! – taking note on everyone’s advice here), throat not hurting too much and swallowing either, slept three hours and felt fully refreshed yet again ….pain level no more than a 3 out of 10 throughout day 2.

    Day 3 – still talking, pain increased somewhat significant but not totally severe as of yet, tongue swelling increased a bit more and now feels like I bit into it in two places, still swallowing soft foods well including Wendys chili, sesame chicken in tiny bites (and I don’t mean half bites either) and pasta type noodles, first time I felt the ‘real’ need to take pain med for a couple times throughout the day as pain level average was a 3 out of 10 but felt the peak level of a 5, still tolerable pain for me but an immediate dose sure got rid of the discomfort right away (fully functional and relaxed with no side effects for me) when that pain level 5 existed while half tired upon the late interval of day, which I decided to take the dose because I was planning on going to sleep – slept back to back four hour intervals (most sleep so far post surgery) feeling great and refreshed with a still tolerable sore throat after day 3.

    Day 4 – (today Mon Nov. 10 2014) – still talking but only at 85 percent capacity as it hurts a little to do so but very tolerable, pain level is now between 3 to 6 out of 10 while getting a first glimpse of ear pain everyone is talking about (only the left ear and the pain level is currently a 2 out of 10 at most), while typing to you all here posting my experience, haven’t eaten anything yet other than two jellos, 10 otter pops and still toadin’ down ice cold water thirsty or not, stretching out another two intervals of pain med dosage as I am now 4 full doses ahead (16 extra hours worth).

    Comparing to everyone’s experiences of what and what not to consume, the doc told me lean towards the soft foods but stated I could eat whatever I want with no restrictions as long as my body could tolerate it but would not recommend solid and sharp type foods in the early stages.

    I also took the advice of others upon staying away from any dairy products as even the doctor stated to me it could build up mucus but depends on the individual like many things.

    I cant remember the exact type of surgical procedure that was given to me but it was done by electronic cauterize ? with scalpel tools I think when I asked….

    As of day 4 I have not yet experienced the horror pain or any complications by others, no severe bleeding or nausea or anything of the sort, even my taste buds are still all there ! – I just feel blessed and thanks to this website I think I prepared well with all the suggestions and resources to make it thru full recovery the best way how and the least suffering….Believe it or not – I had worse discomfort when the throat was strep or infected (pain level 7) as I had not yet experienced beyond that pain level but right now I am about at 4.

    I will keep posting updates on me as well in order to hopefully help others guide thru this ordeal….after my experiences of an easy day 1 and 2, I realized how mentally prepared I become with the great confidence I now have of dealing with the next phases although I am sure it’s gonna really hurt like everyone else says.

    1. Flo

      I am a 59 year old female. My tonsillectomy was a week ago. I am forever grateful to Greg for providing this site. I just wish I would have found it sooner. I knew the recovery was a 2 week one, but I thought I’d be bed ridden just the first 2-3 days.

      I’d like to know if anyone had similar or same circumstances that brought me to the operating table. Yes, I was sick as a child with my very enlarged tonsils. Penicillin was my friend.

      What brought me to the operating table at first was that, when out to dinner and in more conversation than usual, I could feel food sticking to the ends of my tonsils making me choke. I have had to invest in gum. That was the only thing that would stop the choking. It got to where I would panic if I forgot to restock gum in my purse. There were a couple of outings that I thought I was going to have to go to the ER as I couldn’t stop the cough or choke.

      The biggest thing that brought me to surgery was that I could feel my tonsils closing off my air passage. I’m not a person with allergies. I had a full blood count done and extensive throat culture as well. All came back normal. Finally, I decided it was time to see the E.N.T. doctor. He told me I had one index finger’s width to breathe. He told me that most people have 3 fingers’ width. He told me that as we age tonsils keep growing.

      Is there anyone else that’s had this experience? My recovery is going well. I’m at day 7.

      1. Greg

        Hi Flo. Thanks for the kind words. My experience was similar to yours but I didn’t quite have the breathing limitations you describe. I’ll bet your life is about to improve greatly! Thanks for sharing and best of luck and a speedy recovery to you.

  170. Kate

    I ate a slice of pizza on day 11 (and a mild CURRY on day 16!) and thought I had gone to heaven – that was a real turning point. And I talked every day from day one, although not as much as usual! Don’t worry about the meds – you can start to scale them down when your body is ready – one day you will realise you forgot to take some and you are OK! This is a tough recovery, so take EVERYTHING you need to get through. I wasn’t really aware of my scabs, except one particularly painful morning when I think one fell off – cue ice pack and more drugs! Consider a hot water bottle too – in week two I found sleeping on this really helped me relax my throat and sleep better. One more thing – don’t go back to work early: in a few months time you will forget you took those extra few days, but they are very valuable now to help you get your strength back.

  171. Elena

    Thanks for all your help. Yes day 3 was bad and today, day 4 has been about the same amount of pain like an 8, just taking the pain meds evey 31/2 hrs and that seems to ease the pain a little. I asked my mom to go get me some type of snoopy shaved ice machine anything she could find at target/ wallmart so hopefully I’ll be eating snow cones soon. IJust pray and can’t imagine the pain getting worse than it is now! It’s the very worst around 3-5 am. When do you think I could eat like a bean burrito or like ravioli? For now it’s just been apple sauce , soup, yogurt, ice cream and the cream of wheat was an awesome suggestion! I’m also craving like chicken or turkey bad. Thanks for the idea of ice packs I just tried it and it works great. At what day do the scabs form? And is it going to be dreadful getting off these pain meds because they make me feel really loopy and grooggy like I can tell they are strong on my head. Should I gargle with warm salt water or anything like that? Just a thought. Any advice is great! Thanks so munch for caring. I’m basically taking care of myself all alone because I only have my mom and she works 15 hr days. I do have 2 weeks off work but would love to go back before that if possible. One more thing when can I start try to talk or say something out loud?

  172. Elena

    I’m on day 3 and it’s the worst so far! Day 2 was mild and I thought that I was going to be able to handle this pain no problem, well today I woke up at 4 am, day 3 and the pain is so bad once again I can’t swallow. The first 2 days I was eating ice creams, yogurts and I feel like dairy products were up setting my stomach bad. Any suggestions on what I should try to eat and is day 4 going to be worse than this? When can I wxpwct the pain to go back down instead of getting worse?

    1. Christie

      Hi! I’m on day 14 and finally feeling better. I have been eating cream of wheat, jello, pudding, ensure shakes, popsicles. But the 1st week for me was not that bad. It wasn’t until day 8 that I starting really hurting and was too exhausted to get out of bed. I hope you feel better soon and find something you can eat!

    2. Kate

      hi Elena – days 4 – 8 were the worst for me, so it may get worse before it gets better I am afraid. Try mashed/jacket potato, porridge? Max out on painkillers and suck on crushed ice/wrap an ice pack around your throat. I also used Chloraseptic spray to help numb my throat when I needed to take painkillers. Good luck – you WILL get better

  173. Kate

    Hey Melissa – yes the mornings were the absolute worst for me, as were days 7/8 because it felt like it would never end and I was so worn down by it all. Just a few more days and you really will turn a corner. Takes a bit longer to get your strength back though. Rest all the time, eat what you can, keep sucking on ice chips and treat yourself to something e.g. buy new PJs online/book a haircut/treat for when you are feeling a bit better. You will be better soon, the worst is over!

  174. Sue

    My son thought his was mouth ulcers but it was thrush. You might want to call your ENT they can prescribe a liquid that heals them quickly. Our son had them down his throat but again it was thrush and it’s very painful. Hope you get to feeling better real soon.
    God Bless

  175. Melissa

    Gosh everyone here is saying pain gets worse not better..I’m on day 7 tomorrow and I must say pain is incredible still. Has anyone been suffering with mouth ulcers? I have the worst one in my cheek and it’s not going down well at all..when do the scabs come of..? I have heard that’s horrible, I’m drinking lots of water and lots of tea …soups and getting 2 pieces of toast down me…I did slip a little choc in my mouth but boy that was not good..I don’t see light yet, does anybody as the mornings are terrible!

  176. Wade

    Hello, Day 7 post OP 28 yo male here and starting to feel better, not 100% yet by any means but better. I have to thank you and everyone that contributed to this website it has been more help then any small handout they give you at the doctors. my case had been pretty mild until day 3 when the bleeding started the pain was unreal. Once they cauterized it to stop the bleeding the pain subsided. It has been a long week and can honestly say I can’t wait for it to be over, so much so I can almost taste the turkey bacon sandwich and large beer!

  177. Nicole

    Day 8 post op – I can honestly say that this has been a living hell. Still in pain today – throat and ears! At the age of 35, I have cried like a baby daily, because I didn’t know what else to do!!! I hope to be better soon. If I’d known it was going to be so bad, I would never of gone through with tonsillectomy.

    1. Tony

      I am on day 6 post op, and it has been getting worse by the days! I am thankful with God thar the operation went fine and that i honestly have been in a lot of pain, but not to the point of crying with the exception of the first day. Today however, it seems my pain killers arent lasting as long or working as well.

      Im supposed to go back to work in two days!

  178. Christie

    Hi! I am 4 days post op. I have to admit I was absolutely terrified of the recovery. I did a lot of research before the tonsillectomy. Including this website. I ate ramen noodles same day as surgery. And since then I’ve eaten ramen, cream of wheat, chicken and dumplings, Popsicles, pudding and jello. I have not slowed down on eating. I read the sooner you eat the better. The first day I set an alarm for every 30 minutes to make sure I drank enough water. After that I set it for every hour. Even when I am sleeping. There have been a few times I needed ice and throat spray. I have 3 humidifiers in my bedroom with 2 fans. I keep my room closed and seldom come out. I have to say that I’m feeling really good. I have a sore throat and that’s it. Pain level is maybe a 3 on a scale 1-10. Of course I am not going to take any chances by over doing it. I plan on staying in my room for at least a week. It’s very lonely and depressing but I feel like it’s worth it. I hope that I can help with anyone’s recovery. I will keep you posted.
    I am a 35 year old female. Married with kids 18 months and 4 yrs old.

    1. Angel

      @Christie- good for you! Keep eating good stuff! It worked for me at first, too. You will probably hit a day soon where all of a sudden, broth and warm drinks will be all you can handle, and you’ll be glad you ate some food with sustenance early on! Just be careful, as I hit a point on day 7 where I thought I was doing so good, I tried to eat “real food”! Don’t do that! Keep going with the mushy stuff! If I can save you the pain and setback, oh don’t try to eat real food too soon! Hang in there, as it could get worse. We’re all different. For many, days 4-7 are the calm before the storm! I’m on day 22. I still have throat and ear pain. This forum is wonderful for when you can’t sleep! Good luck and healthy recovery to you! :-)

      1. Christie

        @Angel
        You were right about it getting worse! Now I’m I day 9 and my pain level is about an 8. Yesterday was really bad. I have done everything I’m suppose to do. I’m tired of staying in my bedroom in my makeshift sauna.
        Another thing, I ran out of painkillers on Friday(a week after surgery). The dr said that that should be enough. I should be better by then. Well, I was still in pain Friday and started freaking out because I knew I couldn’t get any over the weekend. I called my drs nurse and thankfully got ahold of my dr as he was boarding a plane. From there it almost took an act from congress to get more meds! I had to have another appt just to get more. Luckily they fit me in with another dr and I got my meds.
        And of course yesterday and today were the worst pain.
        So my advice is to try and get a refill and don’t trust your dr when he says you’ll be better in a week!

  179. Sue Parker

    Has anyone fought depression since their tonsillectomy? My son is 35 married and father of two young children and was sick from May of this year 2014 with constant tonsillitis. Every two weeks he would be sick severely sick, antibiotics all summer finally the ENT said he needed a tonsillectomy. It was rough for him and his energy still hasn’t returned it’s now 7 weeks post surgery. He is really depressed and exhausted all the time. He hasn’t felt good since the surgery. Please if anyone has experienced this or has any advice please let me know. His doctor has prescribed an anti depressant but he had a reaction to it. Please any advice?

    1. Yvonne

      I think depression is normall after being sick. Then having surgery where you can’t eat and you don’t sleep the pain is intense and you take pain Meds on an empty stomach. All your sick and vacation time is gone and your exaughsted doing the best you can to get through each day. I am on day 25 post op for tonsils and adenoids. I go to work and come home and go to bed. Not much energy.

      My recomendations after going through this.
      1. Stock up on jello, pudding (not chocolate it burned my throat) apples sauce, shaved ice. I lived on ice. Mashed potatoes, gravy and broth. This was what I ate for 18 days.
      2. Necessary medicine prescribed by doctor. Zofrain(anti nausea med) liquid pain med I had Tylenol with codine. I had to ask the doctor for something stronger on day six. Steroids and antibiotics for five days all liquid form. I also got lollipops with prescription numbing medicine. Also buy childrens livid ibuprofen.
      3. Take your medicine every three hours set and alarm. Rotate narcotic and then ibuprofen every three hours. Don’t miss a dose!
      4. Sleeping to long you will get dried out and the pain is really bad. I loved my ice chips.
      Having my tonsils out was awful. Living with infections was worse and I would do it again.

      Good luck.

    2. Kirra H

      I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety last year and had my tonsils out yesterday….I’m still in hospital ATM and the pain is there but isn’t too bad ATM…can’t drink water but ice is AMAZING and I managed to get some custard and jelly down and some of a chicken sandwich….before the surgery I had fasted for 12 hours so I am sooooo hungry but your throat doesn’t really let you eat what you want :p I started having a down turn last night since I was alone in hospital but I tried to get some sleep, having a good support system is crucial for anyone with depression going through this :) I have my mum to look after me and that is making me feel heaps better inside :) good luck with it :)

    3. kenara

      I’m really sorry for what I heard about your son I had a surgery 14 days ago I still have a lots of pain I feel I’m going to die I take daily more than 7 tablets pain killers but I still don’t feel good .

  180. Angel

    Wow. Day 17 and I still feel like crap, especially if I try to “do something”! As in, anything! I agree with Diane- it’s so nice and airy back there, although I’ve been told I still snore ( you can’t win them all)! SO GLAD I was able to take 3 weeks plus some teacher workdays and a weekend- total of 26 days off. I’m a first grade teacher, so imagine my face when the doctor said 2 weeks off and 2 weeks light duty…”excuse me? Define light duty for my job?!” I basically looked at her like she was crazy, left the office with my pre-op packet, and called back thirty minutes later to move my surgery back a week and keep the same return date. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the extra push to do that!!! Luckily I had enough sick days to cover thus plus some.

    My public service announcement to all I meet is this: if your child’s doctor says they need their tonsils out–DO IT! Don’t make them go through what adults go through!

    On another note- my ears are still achy. Anyone try anything besides oil in there? Earache drops? Anything? The oil is good and soothes, but doesn’t manage the pain so well anymore. Diane- thanks for letting me know not to expect much different at three weeks, lol! Happy recovery! Maybe by thanksgiving or Christmas we’ll feel “normal-er”?!

    1. Diane

      I am so glad that you had taken that extra time off!!! Ok, day 22 SO much better!!! The scabs are gone I am told (I still have not looked back there!) I can eat whatever I want and my ears no longer hurt. I am still a bit tired but it is because I have gone 3 weeks without working and my sleep pattern is a disaster.

      I seriously could not have made it through had it not been for the support on here and for Greg creating this! THANK YOU a thousand times over!

      Angel, as for the ear pain, I tried a cold compress that seemed to help me a bit more than a warm one. I had to cover my head when I went outside up til this point. I have never been this sensitive!!! I agree with your advice. Both my kids had theirs out. One was 5 at the time and my other was 19. Even the 19 yo bounced back within a week. I was told from my teens I needed them out but noooooooooo!! Please people learn this lesson!!!

      Here are to much happier and healthier days ahead!! :)

    2. Angel

      Day 18 of recovery:

      It isn’t all bad…I can eat “normal” food now, as long as it doesn’t require lots of chewing or sharp, scratchy foods. My jaw and throat muscles are still aching after a something as simple as chicken tenders, but slow and steady, and I can knock ‘me out. Really cold water still sends a shock wave through my entire body and I literally have to shake it off. Guess some of those last few scabs have come off, maybe?

      I bought some Hyland’s earache drops and they have helped a little with the pain in my ears. I wish I would have known about the seriousness of the ear pain before my surgery so I could have been a little more mentally prepared! Hey, everyone, expect your ears to feel like Freddy Krugger or Wolverine or Edward Scissorhands is doing quite a number on your eustachean tubes from about day 5 to who-the-crap-knows-when?! At least day 18 I guess!

      I still can’t sleep through the night, for several reasons: ear pain, staying hydrated, and going to pee from all the hydration! In the last two days, my asthma has kept me up coughing thanks to post nasal drip. So I use my inhaler and try to calm down the cough, but you try telling my asthma that the “ick” in my throat is normal and to stop freaking out about it! So then I need a nap around 1-2:00 everyday.

      I only have one more week off. I hope I can get my sleep pattern back somewhat close to normal soon!

      Report cards and parent-teacher conferences aren’t going to do themselves. I need to bring my A-game on November 3rd!

      Thanks so much to Greg for this site! I don’t know what I would have done without it! Diane, too- thanks for your replies to my posts, they have kept me encouraged and going!

      I hate that so much of my posts are negative, but I don’t like venting in front of my kids and they are always around! My family already knows how miserable I am so reminding them is pointless! I hope that I will be able to make some positive posts in the best future to help others going through this craptastic journey!

  181. Diane

    I am now almost 3wks as well. I still get tired and I start work next Monday. Thank goodness I was able to take an extra week off!! I still have a slight scabbing on my right side. I am so done with this! I have been mostly positive through this procedure knowing that it is already worth it since I can now eat dairy and it feels so *airy* back there!! But geez…enough!!! Happy healing :)

  182. Diane

    Angel: Are you drinking enough? Maybe you are dehydrated? Your body needs to heal and I know I JUST slept through the night and it has been two weeks. Maybe your throat feels sensitive because of the scabbing and all that. I would still ice your neck and drink LOTS. Are you eating things that are a bit rougher on your throat? If so maybe go back to soup and stuff. Maybe, if it does not hurt your throat try some Gatorade? Are you able to eat at all? Can you try to get some protein somehow? Good luck!

    1. Angel

      Whew! So get this, after posting about feeling weird, I realized that I had removed the cotton soaked with sweet oil from my ears and replaced it with dry this morning! And all this after posting yesterday on the ear pain page about how much the oil has made a huge difference!

      I was literally lightheaded and couldn’t keep my balance and wanted to sleep. After feeling helpless all day, I put fresh oil in my ears, capped with cotton and wham- my equilibrium is back and I’m perky! I feel really stupid after that!

      Here I was thinking I was having something weird going on, and all the time, I had just taken away the one thing that was holding me together! Having a teen in our home who suffers from inner ear weakness has really helped me stay in tune to my needs during this recovery! Your inner ear really can screw you up! Take my advice and try the sweet oil as it can apparently really keep you from being in a funk!

  183. Angel

    So here I am, day 9 post op, and I feel weird. The extreme pain now comes in flashes and I am so exhausted. I feel disoriented and lightheaded. My throat feels more swollen than before, but it know that can’t be right because the scabs have been coming off and it’s pretty clear in there. I can barely keep my eyes open. No bleeding. I wonder if it could be that the prednisone I finished on Wednesday is now gone from my system or because my toddler has been sick and I have been taking care of him more. Anybody else feel different, weird almost on day 9/10?

    I want to make sure it isn’t meds side effects or complications or something, at the doc yesterday,, my blood pressure was a tiny bit high they said,d but I had just been venting to my mom in the car…

    1. Kate

      Diane I think you need to eat, sleep and drink more. Get some help with your toddler, drink lots of water, and consume calories however you can. You will feel lots better in a few days – you are through the worst now.

      1. Amy

        I agree. Get some help with your toddler. I am 3 weeks post tonsillectomy and still feel exhausted in the afternoon and still have a sore throat and mild ear pain. Additionally I have no appetite and cannot taste anything. They say taste buds can be temporarily compromised. Absolutely awful and lengthy recovery.

  184. Angel

    Yes, Diane, superwoman, lol!

    Update: I had to go to the ENT today to pick up a refill prescription for Percocet. I am NOT running out if this stuff yet-I am no hero and there is no gold star at the end of this recovery! While on the phone I asked for an appointment to be checked for thrush, since about 3 or 4 days ago, i have had a thick film on my tongue and some of it scraped off with my toothbrush and now my tongue is RAW and dry and hurts to eat and drink… I called about it two days ago, but they said since I had not been on any antibiotics it was unlikely. Unlikely? I’ve been drinking apple juice, eating applesauce, pudding, jello, and Hawaiian rolls all PACKED with SUGAR and thrush is unlikely? Yeah, guess what? I was right- it’s THRUSH! Of course, now it is on the roof of my mouth in little swirls and the yeast is starting to grow toward my palette! As if I don’t already have ENOUGH going on in there! On top of that, my scabs in my “gag reflex” area are starting to dangle and dear goodness, that’ s making me gag and hack, which in turn just hurts!

    Here is your laugh at my expense: my doctor prescribed “lozenges” that are to be dissolved on my tongue/ against the roof of my mouth until they completely dissolve, up to 30 minutes if needed. NO WATER OR BEVERAGE DURING THE DISSOLVING! And I am supposed to do this five times a day until the meds are gone! Guess what? It’s a DIME SIZED chalky lozenge who’s only redeeming quality is it tastes sweet. Oh, it’s sooooo gross and I just want some water!!! At least it is keeping me from talking, because I’ve been doing too much of that anyway and paying the painful toll for it. The residue from this thing is impossible to swallow, and yet, that’s what I am going to to have to do to get better! At least they do promote saliva creation and are sweet. Uuugggghhhh!

    When all is said and done, I had better be a shining example of great health! When I saw the dr today I did ask how bad my tonsils we’re. Her reply was they were really disgusting, and a lot of gunk that needed to go. I told her despite the pain, I already freely much healthier. Even without sleep, I feel far more rested than I had in several years!

    1. Diane

      omg I just saw this! you crack me up!!! (sorry!) I feel really bad that you are going through so much of this.

      I had my post op apt today. Doc said everything looks good. I am out of work for another week. I asked when the heck I am going to be *normal* with no pain. He said it will be sore for a bit with yawning and sneezing. (ya think!) I am still on semi soft food. I did sleep through the night and when I woke it was not as sore so it does get better hold on!!

  185. Diane

    Kendra: I totally get what you mean. I am now post op 13 days. I still have throat pain but nothing what it was. I have my follow up tomorrow and I am due to go back to work Monday but highly doubt it will happen since I am on the phone for 8hrs a day. Yesterday I did go out and go grocery shopping, ran some errands and cooked a semi-normal dinner. Fish, veggies and pasta. I never thought I would have missed veggies so much!! When I was out I felt like a zombie. I think because I am off my pain meds for a few days now and I am just exhausted from not sleeping through the night, (last night I finally slept 5 hours in a row!!!!) I keep coughing at night. Did this ever happen to you? Is your throat healed? I still have scabbing unsure if it is normal.

    Angel: Superwoman!! I did the same thing I think it was about day 8 or 9? All the sudden I thought I could eat meatloaf and potatoes like a champ. I cleaned the house & did laundry that was until the shooting pain in my ears and throat started. I ended up setting myself back because that night it was horrible!!! All I could do was eat ice chips and ice my head and neck. That was, until, all the sudden I could not handle cold things and only could tolerate luke warm liquids including water. Also, my neighbor had said to me you are STILL recovering? I wanted to poke her eyes out. I am a 44yo female and have two children. Never in my life did I think this would come out of my mouth but by God, it has: I would rather give birth than do this ever again!!! Right now I can a talk a bit more but definitely feel it if I do not stop for a bit.

    On a positive note: I am so excited to be able to eat dairy again!!!! To not be embarrassed by bad breath!! To not have to be miserable after work and live off of cough drops and ice! YAY!!! Most of all so thankful to Greg and this forum I would have been lost without it and all the support. Oh and it helped my 75 pound weight loss dropping 6 pounds during this crap :)

    Good luck girls!!

    1. Kendra

      Diane- no my throat is still not healed and I do have scabbing… I had my follow up appointment Tuesday, and the doctor said I was healing well.. So I’m assuming that scabbing at this point is normal

  186. Angel

    Thanks so much for this site! Sorry I didn’t find it sooner and participate, as it it nice, er, comforting, to commiserate in real time…I am a 33 year old female, elementary school teacher, wife and mom of 3kids- ours, his, and teenage relative. had my surgery on October 8, so I just finished Day 8 and this was by far the day I hit the “brick wall”! Pain, emotional, exhaustion, betrayal, hunger, frustration, helplessness, I have felt it all!
    Yesterday I had a super woman moment and thought I could handle accompanying my mom to my 4 year olds well check appointment, story time at the library, and a “real” lunch at Cracker Barrel! DONT DO IT!!! I was fine, other than a sore throat and a little fatigue. I even made it through half my country fried chicken with sawmill gravy, fried okra ( it was mushy), hash brown casserole, and cornbread dressing…I just kept going through the dull, bruised-like pain savoring those tasty flavors until my 4yo said he had to go potty. As I waited on him in the bathroom, I found myself propping up against the wall, shallow breathing, forehead sweating, wishing I had one of my special lollipops to numb it all away. My EARS hurt from chewing! Ooohhh, needless to say, I did it to myself. Got back to the table, asked for a to go box and two cups of sweet tea as I laid my head on the table and my 4yo patted my head and said “nope, mommy.s still not feeling better yet.” Utter defeat.it tasted SO good, too…it sits in the fridge staring at me every time I open the door!

    For the rest of the day yesterday and most of today, my throat was so tight and bruised feeling, and my jaw and ear was apparently tired, that all I could down was jello and Lipton noodle soup ( the kind that is mostly broth)! Even swallowing my Percocet cut in halves proved to squeak tears out of my eyes, wrapped in jello!

    My advice after trying to overdo it on day 7: REST! You have earned the right to take care of yourself and do it right by all the crap you have dealt with those nasty tonsils over the years! A few more days of soft foods, laying around is going to do you good! Don’t try to be a super hero! I’m going to remind my ENT tomorrow that those were her words of advice as I call to request one more Rx for Percocet. I’m not taking any chances! I’ve been on 2 every 4 hours since coming home, and even still I’ve had severe breakthrough ear pain three times causing me to need ibuprofin.

    After all I have been through, I am definitely thankful to this and a couple other sites I’ve found. It has really helped to know I am not alone and others are going through the same things I am! It feels so strange to be fine for a couple days and then spiral downward…you start to look suspicious to loved ones until you hand them the tablet with a post from someone who is going through the same thing on the same recovery day! I really enjoy writing about my experience since I am a nonstop talker and haven’t been doing much of that lately!

    Better take this chance to rest as my eyelids are drooping and I’ve been drinking Water like crazy! Good nite all, good rest and hydration to you all! Angel

  187. Kerry

    When I was 16, 26 years ago I had my tonsils removed or at least I thought I had all of them removed. The past couple of years I have been getting horrific flaming sore throats. Then a few months back tonsil stones started forming in the back of my throat, so I went to my ears, nose & throat doctor and it seems there is still tonsil tissue on the left side of my throat, lucky me, so as if the painful experience wasn’t bad enough the first time around I have to go under next week for the procedure & they are telling me it will be just as painful. So what I gather tons of ice water & the one bad thing is my boyfriend I haven’t seen in 6 weeks will be visiting 2 weeks after surgery….

  188. dragonladydancer

    Because of a complication during my surgery; my doctor only did 1 tonsil (the right) and my Adenoids. He wants to wait until I am healed from the first surgery before scheduling the second. The “complication” was excess bleeding due to scarring from repeat sore throats tonsillitis strep. I put off having surgery for probably 20 + years. Then in August my throat felt as if it were closing up. And I went ahead with the surgery.. Plus I have sleep apnea. With just the one tonsil gone my husband says my snoring is almost non existent. I wish I had had the surgery sooner even with how much pain there was. NOW I have to decide If I want the second surgery. I just had one round of antibiotics because of a sore/scratchy red throat last week. My surgery was 9/2/14. I think because of the bleeding my doctor is afraid to try again I probably won’t have a second surgery…what do you guys think …Would you have the second surgery?

    1. Diane

      Hi DragonLady, that is a hard decision. Honestly, the thought of going through this twice is a rough one. I guess you have to weigh what you are up to putting up with for the rest of your life and will it get better? It is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. Gather all the info talk it over with your docs and your family. You will do what is right for you although super scary I am sure.

      Kendra: I am on day 11. Day 1 through 4 Wasn’t so bad I thought. Thanks to this website I was prepared. I drank ALOT of iced water. I took my pain meds on day 1 & 2 and thought I could get off of them and just use my xtra strength Tylenol. That went alright until day 5. Every time you wake up from sleeping drink. Make yourself drink even if it hurts drink.

      I became really uncomfortable between day 6 & 7. My ear pain was insane. BUT I knew it was coming so I had my ice packs. It helped me to ice my ears and neck. Took my rx meds. I used my humidifier in the evening and always, always had water next to me. Day 7 & 8 I now could not take ice cold things and needed warm. I drank a lot of decaf tea and throat tamer tea. I made myself have breakfast every day. 2 poached eggs on top of toast. I believe this helped me not get sick from the meds. I started feeling human and wanted OUT.

      I still thought and think this is the best decision I could have made even though I am 44yo. I was in agony all the time with my throat. I worked on the phones 8 hrs a day for work and when I came home I could not talk, I had stones so avoided a lot of dairy. I always felt run down. Just keep thinking that this is worth it and it is only 2 weeks out of your life and you are not looking back. I really,really tried to remain positive. Not going to lie, day 6ish I called my mom to come get me crying (that’s the break I guess everyone warns you about) then in the car I was crying again and apologizing lol

      Day 10 I still had ear pain but on the other side of my head and became discouraged because it hurt when I tried to eat semi normal. I believe that it may have been my scabbing. I am very queasy so I have yet to look at my throat. My husband says it is coming along great. During this process I had developed a cold. I have constant coughing lingering but I am now wondering if this is due to the junk coming off of my throat. (especially at night) If anyone knows this answer please let me know.

      I am impatient and done with this whole process but at the same time realize it has not been two weeks and as of this morning (day 11) I woke with tolerable pain instead of feeling like I was swallowing glass in the morning, I am off my meds except Tylenol, I can almost yawn without hurting and I sneezed and did not want to die! I really do not have a lot of energy but plan on going for a walk in the sun today.

      The things I ate: Soup (until day 5 ish then it stung) Italian ice, popsicles, jello, carrots mixed with potatoes all mashed, butternut squash mashed, toast butter and jelly dipped in my tea, yesterday a pumpkin muffin!!! Soft boiled or poached eggs, day 10 chicken in small bites, potatoes and green beans. I learned if you do not take small bites you will be in pain. Do not rush. Listen to your body. I rarely eat meat and I am craving a cheeseburger like nobodys business! I try to wake up and say almost halftway there!! Try to be positive in the end, it is a positive thing.

      That’s all the information I have on my end. I really wish the ear pain would cease it does drive me nuts but keep thinking it is not forever! I hope this helps!!!!!

        1. Diane

          YES!!!!! Thank you Greg!!!!! Every time I have a concern or question my husband says “check the forum’ !! Seriously, this would have been awful had I not found this!!

  189. Kendra

    First I would like to thank everyone who has posted helpful information on this site.. I read this site for months before having my tonsillectomy, 10/6/2014. I expected the worst!!! To my surprise things have not been that bad.. Day 1-3 were a breeze… I ate pretty well and drank plenty of water.. Day 4/5 is when the ear pain started and I haven’t been able to talk much, but all and all the pain level has never been more than a 5 or 6. I’m only on day 6 but I wanted to post my positive experience to help anyone who is on the fence about having surgery..

    1. Kitty

      Hi Kendra, Good for you! From my experience, it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. But it WILL GET BETTER. Don’t despair. Keep hydrated, keep taking your meds, and follow the other tips on this website. I’m 1 year out and so glad I had a tonsillectomy (even tho I waited 50 years!).

  190. Diane

    Danny I’m on day 8. My advice even if it kills is to drink. Ice chips. Just keep hydrated. When I can’t sleep I come here and read. It’s good to know that feeling like this is normal. Hang in there!

    1. dragonladydancer

      Pain coping strategy that helped me was to take my pain meds and drink or eat really really cold stuff soft frozen or almost frozen gatorade Icees before eating any thing that I knew would be hard to eat I (kind of numbed my throat). There were still a couple of days it took me an hour or more to eat or drink anything. You guys will get there…

  191. Danny

    day 2 man I had no idea and went into this thinking the dangalie thingies were comming out… only to learn after the fact… they were caller uvelias. or something. and there still there.. swollen and tore up from the surgury..cant breath out my nose when i sit back … plus there as no way I can take meds.. had to go with liquid codean..man my spelling sucks…. think i will just go back to bed…

  192. nadia

    Starting day 3 cane pain moustly early in the morning, an wandwring whrn the drooling will stop , and when the scabies will fall off

  193. Diane

    I hope this forum is still active!!! I had my tonsils removed yesterday and all went ok. I came home from took my vicodin and then I encountered what I thought was a UTI. Well, after 24oz of water and NO voiding off to the er I went. They think it was most likely the anesthisa side effect. But this did not happen til about half an hour after I took my pain meds. I am home with a cath bag til tomorrow and now I am nervous wondering if I should just get off the vics and head to the Tylenol. Has this happened to anyone??? Im allergic to asprin and ibuprofen so that is limited. BTW thank you for this page. I am well prepared for almost everything!

  194. jstine

    i found this website 2 yrs ago. due to scheduling conflicts at work, i just now got my tonsils taken out. im 30 years old, and let me tell ya , IT SUCKS! i never realized i could go so long without wanting or needing food! scrambled eggs with milk and a little mac and cheese is all that saves me. even pudding and ice cream hurt. honestly, i did expect a lot worse that this… but its still really crappy. today is day 7 and im really hoping i live long enough to eat normal human food again! good luck to those of u who r having this done. man, i hope i breathe better once i heal up! better b worth it. my ent said one tonsil was as big as her palm, so its gotta b better.

    1. dragonladydancer

      Danny it does. Drinking Ice water Italian Icees found in the popsicle section of grocery store rest movies on TV pain meds right before eating or drinking. Taking pain meds round the clock and writing down when you take them. Pretty much what these pages/posts say. Everyone it does get better.

  195. Sloan

    I am a 21 year old female due to have my tonsils and adenoids out on Tuesday. My ent insists that I have the cold steel method and I was wondering about the recovery for this specific type of removal as there are not many stories specifying what type of removal. I am terrified for the recovery as I have a super high tolerance to pain medication. After informing my ent of this he said he was going to give me a norco pain patch as well as Vicodin (which has never worked in the past) and a norco anti inflammatory. If anyone had some insight on this I would be more than happy to hear as I am terrified for what’s to come. I and supposed to move into my apartment at college only a week after the procedure.

    1. Kim

      Sloan – you are young and should recover relatively quickly, but change your college apartment plans! You will NOT be fit enough to move into your apartment within a week. Take this pressure off yourself BEFORE your surgery and give yourself a few more days to rest and recover. Good luck!

      1. sloan

        unfortunately I don’t have the option to change it kim ;( but luckily i have great friends and family that are doing all the moving for me. all i have to do is drive there. i already packed everything so it is all ready to be loaded up.

  196. Ella

    Im 18 and had my Tonsillectomy 4 days ago via coblation. I don’t want to sound like a wimp as I’m sure there are plenty of people recovering who feel a lot worse than me and I know its only day 4. However, Im feeling really depressed, I hate nothing more than mooching around the house all day/all night and my friends don’t seem to understand the severity of the operation and the recovery as they are asking me to come out and join them at the pub most evenings. In addition to all this I start my first year of university in a little over a week, will I feel normal by then? I know that I still need to take care of myself and that freshers week is probably off the cards. But will the ear ache stop and will I be able to eat by then. HELP PLEASE! I want my tonsils back!!!

  197. Mellanie

    I’m 27 years old and had both my tonsils and adenoids removed due to tonsil stones. Although my primary care physician said and I quote “I’ve seen worse” (implying he didnt think I should do it), my ENT specializes in this sort of thing and he felt it would be a wise choice. I knew it had to be done when he said it could get worse as I got older. So I had my tonsils and adenoids removed 10 days ago. Day 1 was alright cause I didn’t get any nausea from the anesthesia. Not saying it wasn’t painful to swallow, but no nausea is a big help! So Days 2-5 was painful but hydrocodone helped with that. I also found using an ice pack, and crushing my meds( mixed with cranberry juice to reduce chalky taste) to be helpful. Oh and I ended up taking medication to prevent nausea because of the side effects from the hydrocodone. Being stuck in the house all day was making me feel worse so I took short walks after day 4. I was waking up every 15-30 minutes to drink water or suck on ice chips. I also took hot showers because the humidity would help ease the pain. Sleeping on a recliner was the best thing I could’ve done ; every time I would lay flat, I’d swear I was swallowing my uvula, my tongue, my teeth, you name it! I just couldn’t breathe! It wasn’t until day 5 that I could actually eat, even though I still couldn’t enjoy the food. I ate boiled eggs, jello, pudding, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese. I even tried the soft part of bread. Yes, I ate. But it was a VERY limited amount of food. There’s only so much pain a person could handle. Days 6 and 7 the pain was a little bit more tolerable and I slept more through the night despite some ear pain ( mine wasn’t as bad as some people mentioned) . Sometimes eating cold food or drinking cold fluids would sting my throat, which made me think the scabs were starting to come off but I’m not sure. Anything with sugar, acid, or salt was pretty painful so try avoiding those types of foods. Day 8 was by far the worst for me. I was still taking my medications and could hardly eat because everything stung my throat so I became extremely fatigued and nauseated. I even lost color to my face! I decided to try a humidifier that night and I think it was pretty helpful. I continued to walk after meals to help with the nausea from the medications and drank Gatorade for hydration but the nausea was BAD. I almost took myself to the hospital because of it. Later on day 9, I went a few hours without any pain So I ate an ice cream Sunday thinking my throat would handle it, but boy was I wrong. It gave me lots of sharp pains and I woke up with phlem that was almost impossible to get rid of the next day. Day 8 was actually when I starting gagging because I could feel the scabs hanging in the back of my throat. I spit up some of them with some phlem. YUCK. I thought the bad part was over but gagging because of the scabs was just it for me. If I would’ve known I would’ve been nauseous most of the time and getting gagged by scabs, I may have thought more about taking this surgery! Anyway, the ENT put me on steroids to help the swelling and I guess to make it heal faster.

    Today, I ran out of anti nausea pills so I took one of my moms reglan pills after confirming with the ENT , and it felt like a bomb was dropped in my stomach. It was another BAD IDEA. The Good news is that I made it to my appointment regardless of my stomach issues and was told by my ENT that everything was going great, and I could eat anything I want except for any sharp foods that could scratch my throat , like chips. The bad news is that he told me I have one more week to get gagged by scabs! Ughh. Good luck to everyone who is taking this surgery or is going through it. I hope it’s all worth it.

  198. Linda

    Writing about my 19 year old daughter. Today is Day 5 (with tonsillectomy on Day1). Her pain meds, percocet, are making her nauseous, sleepy, itchy, dizzy, and causing her to have absolutely no appetite. She tried taking only extra strength tylenol yesterday, but the pain became too intense. We have a script for hydrocodone-acetaminophen 7.5-325 that the ENT gave her during the week before her procedure. She wants to switch from percocet to the hydrocodone to see if she tolerates it better. What do you think? Is it okay to keep switching it up until she finds an acceptable balance between pain management and side effects?

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