Greg Tooke

Tonsillectomy and beyond…

In 2008, at the age of 44, I underwent tonsillectomy surgery. As I struggled to prepare for the surgery and recover from it, I was frustrated by the lack of quality content available on the internet for tonsillectomy patients. I was also frustrated by the general public’s assumptions about adult tonsillectomy surgery, and the lack of compassion from my health care providers. I was ill-prepared and struggled through recovery with minimal support. For this reason, I created a website to provide information to adults considering or recovering from tonsillectomy. It was called, “My Big Fat Tonsillectomy.” I later added a forum where other patients could share their experiences, questions, pain, and compassion.

Since then I’ve learned a great deal about tonsillectomy, and also about web design and search engine optimization. After reading thousands and thousands of posts to the forum, I have amassed a fortune in knowledge and insight into the experience of adult tonsillectomy. I’ve learned even more about the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

This new site is intended to be a place where people considering or recovering from tonsillectomy can arm themselves with information and become their own best advocates. But it’s also a community. Every page allows comments and questions. The tonsillectomy forum is pure, free form venting, asking, crying, sharing, and mingling.

I read every single comment left on the site. (over 20,000 so far!) Responding to each one has become increasing difficult. My goal is to respond to EVERY comment on THIS page.

Keeping the site going is a labor of love to be sure. In addition to time, it does cost money. If you’d like to help keep the site going for others, please consider making a donation of any amount.

Thank you!

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  1. I’m almost to day 3 of recovery just a tonsillectomy after fighting tonsils off and on for almost a decade. When my tonsils went insane this year and I stayed sick almost nonstop – they had to go.

    It looks like I’m the only person in history to refuse pain meds. The side effects werent worth the minimal amount of relief everyone claims. Ice packs have been my best friends. Humidifiers are a must.

    Pain has been totally doable except for swallowing. For me the biggest issue has been the buckets and buckets of mucus. I have alarms set for every couple hours to drink water. I am not eating to reduce chances of something getting stuck, infected, irritating scabs, etc. Hoping recovery is super fast.

  2. I had a tonsillectomy January 19th…I’m 36 years old. I truly feel like I went to hell and haven’t completely come back yet. I knew going in it was going to be rough but never in a million years did I think it was going to be like this. Surgery went fine and the first few days were okay…I knew my body would still be pumped from all the meds I received at the hospital. My son had his tonsils out when he was 6 and the first 2 days were okay and then he had several rough days. So that’s how it went for me as well…the week after surgery is a complete blur to me now which is good…I don’t want to remember. My husband took the week off work and was amazing…unfortunately my son got what they think was strep throat. Kind of ironic immediately after I get my tonsils out my son gets a horrible throat infection…?!?! I took Percocet every 4-6hrs for 7 days…let me tell you for me it was the devil. I swear I hallucinated…I couldn’t sleep…my body was fighting this internal warfare from head to toe….honestly it didn’t really help with the pain either, so I stopped taking it and went to Tylenol every 6hrs. I tend to have almost every bad side effect you can have with strong drugs. The worst for me and I hate even talking about it, but If it will help someone else here goes. Being on Percocet and side effects of anesthesia and just not eating a normal diet I didn’t go to the bathroom for 7 days…I took colace everyday per advice from the dr, but it wasn’t enough. Thankfully we had miralax in the cabinet and my husband bought suppositories. When it finally happened my body was going in to shock and i was shaking so bad…felt like i was giving birth again. I wish I would’ve taken the miralax or something else a lot earlier in the week so it wouldn’t of been so bad.
    On to the second week of recovery and after I finally had my BM…I started running a low grade fever 99.5-100 for several days. Finally on day 14 I called my ENT to see if this was normal. They did not think so and thought because of pockets in the back of my throat still I had some kind of infection, so I was prescribed antibiotics for 10 days to take 3 times a day. By the 3rd week I’m starting to feel somewhat better I can eat more normally and I think antibiotics are working….then my daughter gets the flu and it was horrible she’s never been that sick…I’m the primary caretaker and with everything my body has been through and a weakened immune system guess what…I got the flu. Not as bad as recovery from tonsillectomy but very close. It has been so extremely rough. I’m just past my 4th week of recovery and I’ve been to work 2 days and done very small things getting out and about…I have a low grade fever again and just feel puny so might be calling the dr again!! This has been the worst 4 weeks of my life and i would go through childbirth 10 times over before having another tonsillectomy. That being said my ENT told me my tonsils were completely covered in tonsil stones and i never would never ever get over all the infections I had been having until I had them out. That was reassuring to me because i doubted so many times if it was the right thing having this surgery…you will doubt too…i think it’s the minds way of trying to cope. Now I just have to be patient to get my energy back and start living a normal life again. I have missed out on so many functions and doing things with my family. I feel for anyone who has to have their tonsils out but especially adults…I appreciate this site because I agree you can’t find information you are looking for very easily and people don’t really understand the misery and torture that comes from having this surgery.
    I wish I had some great advice to help take away that misery…there isn’t any you just have to make it through and try not to look back. I’m waiting and longing for warmer healthier days to be outside with my kids. In 4 weeks I’ve only been out of the house for dr appts and to work a little…went to the store once. I feel like a hermit! Better days are ahead!! Trying to stay positive is very hard, but you can do it! Remember why you had the surgery…to feel better in the long run. For some of us it takes a lot longer than others and there might be many bumps in the road!!

  3. Regarding “Here is a collection of items that I’ve hand selected for tonsillectomy patients to consider buying…” I am unable to view the list of items. (Saw something about web site not available.) Is the list available some other way?
    Facing tonsillectomy at age 67

  4. Hi Jennifer! Sorry you’ve had to go through all that. I’m glad the site has helped you. I really like your ideas. Would you mind if I shared your comments as a post?

  5. Greg THANK YOU. I am 45 and on day 8 of recovery. I have an extremely high unusual pain threshold. I too have been very let down by a lack of clear and organized help for recovery. I got warning and predictions and suggestions, but I didn’t get what I needed still. Here I am researching it when I should be able to rest. My doctor did nasal surgery on my husband the same day so he KNEW we didn’t have caregivers at home.

    Here’s my thoughts:

    There should be discharge packs including

    1) A 12 page recovery packet broken down by “Day one of recovery”. This would have helped keep focus on the progression of healing rather than just pain. Each page should have had a medication log. I’ve been so doped, pained and sleep deprived that getting confused would have been likely.
    2) A small styrofoam cooler to keep next ice packs to the bed at night (getting up was almost impossible and dangerous because I was shaking from pain and too distracted to balance and every single second I woke and had to wait for ice was an eternity)
    3) A ice pack that could be wrapped around the entire lower face- my ears were on fire and my tmj muscles were worse because the pain made me clench worse.
    4) A smaller ice pack that could be slipped inside a turtleneck.
    5) Chloraseptic
    6) A Humidifier (or 3. This should never be a mere suggestion. It’s a must for safety concerns)
    7) Prescription pain killer
    8) Stool softeners to go with those pain pills

    My doctor / nurses heard from me 3 times this week about my allergies to other pain killers than hydrocodone. They knew of my unusual pain threshold (I was at work days 4-8)and that my “caregiver” was in his own recovery. They knew I was a teeth grinder and had nasal surgery at the same time, which made recovey even more painful. They knew I wasn’t able to sleep at all due to steroids and pain ALL WEEK and that I cried on the phone at one point asking for more help with pain.

    The pharmacist even mistakenly told me to try more acetomenophine, which is a major bad idea as top loads of it are already included in the hydrocodone she just filled for me.

    Get this- maybe only you can understand my rage at this: After a simple f*ing Google search and a call to my pharmacist, I asked the doctor’s office today if they could write me a prescription for a higher ratio of hydrocodone to acetomenophine. They said yes and it was that simple.

    Apparently I’m the doctor of the year or a pain management expert. Seriously. 8 days for me to get my needs met, figured out by googling in a moment of sleep deprived desperation. Zero medical training.

  6. Hi Chantelle! Sorry you’re having a rough time. I did too. Day 7 was about the WORST. I was writing notes to family and friends because it was so hard to talk. It got better on day 9. By day 11 I was ready to go back to work. (Without talking TOO much)

    Hang in there and be good to yourself. You deserve it!

  7. Hi Greg, I had my tonsillectomy 7 days ago and am still really struggling. I went back to the gp today and discovered I have a strained ligament in my jaw. It’s been so painful and more frustrating because communicating is hard, even with those that know me best still struggle to understand me.
    I feel the surgery has also moved some of my teeth as they all have a little niggle from time to time, especially my molars.

    I was hoping to go back to work this week, hopefully I feel better in the coming days.

    I’m glad you have made your website. Keep up the good work.

    Chantelle, 31
    Queensland, Australia

  8. Hi Greg, this is an awesome website. Thanks for creating it!! I’m on day 11 post op and finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just wanted to ask you, did you get strep throat after taking your tonsils out?

  9. Thank you so much for this my son 5 yrs old has his tonsils and abnoids out yesterday and it has been rough this has brought me comfort

  10. I rarely get sick. I used to get tonsillitis and strep several times per year. My ENT, and others, have said that tonsillectomy is generally not indicated for sleep apnea- the CPAP machine seems to be the go-to treatment. I think that, in my case, there were several factors that all added up to the opinion that surgery was best. It was.

  11. Hi Naomi! Thanks for reaching out. I no longer have sleep apnea. I can’t tell you how much that surgery improved my quality of life- it’s been great! (Well, the 1st two weeks were horrible)

  12. Hi Greg, how is life after your tonsillectomy? Do you still have sleep apnea? How’s your energy, sleep quality? Was getting a tonsillectomy the answer to your problems? I have mine scheduled for 7/31/17 and I will be using your website to help with surgery and post surgery, but I want to know if it was really worth it.

  13. Thank you for doing this site! It’s the best one out there. I’m 44 and had my tonsils out on 6/30/17 so far recovery is what I thought it would be. Hopefully it doesn’t get worse.

  14. I’m Emily and I’m 22 years old. Currently on day 4 from having tonsils and adenoids removed. I can hardly swallow anything (water,soup,jello, etc) because it hurts so bad. I have tmj so they told I would have a little jaw pain but it has turned inro a lot of pain. Yesterday was probably the worst day so far. I don’t usually cry if I’m in pain unless it hurts like hell, well let me tell you what, it hurt like hell yesterday. Crying only made it worse. Has anyone experienced pain on the sides of your tongue or kind of like a snotty feeling in the back of your throat?

  15. Hi, I’m on day 3 post tonsillectomy. Wow. I’ve never experienced pain like it. I’ve never had tonsilitis & only had them out because I had a (hopefully) benign skin-tag-type lump on one, it’s been sent for tests!! Tramadol takes the edge off but I cannot wait to feel better. My ears are so bad!! Having 3 young boys I’m pretending I’m okay in front of them but obvs not okay lol! There should be some tonsillectomy recovery hotel here in the U.K. Lol!! I much prefer childbirth.

  16. January 10th 2017
    My name is Andrea I live in the UK and perhaps am one of the older people to have this op. I’m 61 and healthy, a bit overweight but it heist OK. for the past two years I have had persistent sore throats, especially down one side which culminated in the summer in a cyst appearing on the left tonsil. This caused discomfort and a lump in the throat feeling, of course it was a lump in the throat! Having had other ops before I knew the pre he op procedures, and although concerned knew it had to be done. My consultant warned me that it would be the worst pain (didn’t believe him fully as he hasn’t given birth) but that it would be temporary and I wouldn’t have these problems again.

    Now on day 8. The op want without complications, although I have more area of tissue scarring because if the cyst, the day after the op was fairly easy, I even sent off a few work e mails and was congratulating myself on miraculous healing powers. How wrong I was. day 3 the pain kicked in ( as I understand it, we may still be protected by anaesthetic and morphine fir a while hence the false sense of security). For the next 4 days life was difficult, constant pain relief needed and I got maybe 4 hours average per night sleep in bursts, half propped up. As far as eating goes, the U.K. guidance is to try and eat as normally as possible clearly avoiding spicy foods. Of course, it’s like eating knives at first, but I found that there were some things that were much easier to eat. Digestive biscuits dipped in hot tea or coffee we’re really good, toast with cream cheese again dunked in liquid at first, usual things like ice pops and cold iced drinks etc, and my dear husband made me turkey stew with plenty of soft vegetables not much meat, with a Yorkshire pudding. Like everyone I couldn’t eat much but it was tasty, and onw approaching day 8 the horrible but necessary scabs are falling off, and yes it’s painful but does go away. I am almost at the stage where I can drastically reduce pain relief and have been taking cocodomal tablets (I was given tramadol but they made me nauseous after only a day so had to stop) other friends recommend Solpadeine.

    Anyway folks, light at the end if the tunnel and beginning to feel human again, the advice I was given was to take things easy and rest which has been good advice, I know if people live alone they don’t have the support of a partner so it will make it harder, it’s no fun being ill and in pain alone.

    I Hope this helps xxx


  17. Heating pad helps ears. I had a little pain the past 2 days. I think the swelling finally went down. Hope that helps

  18. Try powdered potatos. Feels like meal without roughage. I have lost 8 lbs so far. I love flavor of foods so my husband and daughter get wonton soup, cheesecake, sweet potato pie filling ( my favorite) … Soups warm, not hot and everything else cold.

  19. I am now on day 8 of Septoplasty and Tonsillectomysurgery ! My Dr was right, It would be the hardest thing I will go thru as an adult. I am 49 and was beggining to have signs of sleep apnea and severe sinus infections along with snoring and hallitosis. Which I daily flossed, used tongue scrapper etc. I knew that I had to do something! I found an awesome ENT. Like others, I believe the Drs want you to do whats best for you! Some like warm Tea, others ice or cold clear liquids. I had been afraid to drink thinking the scabs would heal faster if dry… Please do not make this mistake! Very important to drink as much as you can, and to stay hydrated. Heating pad helped as well since I was not used to lying in bed for Numerous days. Humidifer also helped and has been running non stop. I did get the numbing lollipops but numbed my tongue and not throat… Powdered potatos are great “meals”, beef broth and chicken broth. Do not rush to eat solids as you dont want to eat scratchy foods like breads etc.
    I hope this helps someone. Wish I had known more prior to surgery but take meds. I dont like to take them either but necessary! Good luck and we will be glad we had the surgery ! Just keep repeating this … Lol

  20. Hi Everyone,

    I am a mother of 2 and 33 years old, I had my tonsils out 3 weeks this coming Wednesday – I am fine and happily back looking after my children and back to work.

    It wasn’t enjoyable two weeks but its fine and most definitely manageable – always think positive.

    My reason for having them out is for years I was getting tonsillitis after a stressful time at work or two late nights in a row – which is silly for a healthy person, the doctors didn’t want me to have them taken out, kept putting me off, until I got what I called a lump on one tonsil, they called in asymmetrical, I went to see my doctor, he said come back in a week and lets decide what to do, I went back, it had grown so I booked a private appointment so I could be seen the next day and he booked me in for surgery the following week to do a biopsy. Which has come back all fine!

    I just want to give people pre op a little hope and I didn’t have a great experience but after reading so much it was never as bad as I thought it was going to be. I have used this site and many others so only feel it fair to give something back if it makes one person feel better about what’s ahead then I am happy.
    I have rubbish pain threshold, I have epidurals for both my children but I also hate taking drugs so I was adamant that I was only going to take paracetamol and ibuprofen – I was given codine but never touched it.

    So surgery (my first time going under) was fine, everyone was brilliant, I woke up fine, chatting and just needing a glass of water, I went back to the ward, ate Jelly & Ice-cream – I was never asked to eat toast like you hear and I was discharged 8 hours after my op.

    First 2 days I couldn’t work out what the fuss was about, I wasn’t really in a lot of pain, I was eating and drinking, sore but fine no worse than having tonsillitis.

    THE BLEED! It started at 6pm but I stopped it with ice cubes, then it happened with a lot more blood at 10pm so we went to my parents local small hospital (by then I was v nervous) but it stopped in the waiting room, I got checked over and sent home – now at this point thinking back I should of gone straight to the hospital where I had the op and they would probably of put me on the ward, given me this foul tasting mouth wash that prevents bleeds and maybe I would have been ok…I went home, nervously went to sleep and woke up bleeding, got ambulanced in and filled 4 bowls of blood and it wasn’t a great time. In the ambulance (I took a huge bag of ice) this I believe stopped the bleed after bleeding for half a hour, on arrival it just stopped but I wasn’t in a great way, they checked my blood count and luckily I didn’t need a transfusion! After a long night in A&E I saw an ENT doctor in told me I had an infection and that’s why I had the bleed, he quickly got me on antibiotics via a drip and I was ok, I was in for two nights, which I was pleased as I felt in safe hands IF it was to happen again. It didn’t – phew. I went home and spent the next 7 days in bed, taking my drugs and sipping warm drinks, cold was worse for me, ear pain wasn’t nice, but I used to heat a wheat bag around my ears and it soon went away, I felt weak as I wasn’t eating but I eventually managed some meal replacement drinks and I soon had more energy and started to feel human again!

    I lost about a stone, but in the last 5 days have nearly put it back on again which is good as I didn’t need to loose any, being that skinny made me look more ill!

    Sleep – I know people say you cant sleep, but I did always got 3/4 hours at a time, when I needed some drugs I would take them and read till I dropped off again…

    Even with the bleed, I never thought I cant cope, I was scared that night but that was short lived, day 19 now I feel SO good, just a sore throat, nearly all the scabs have gone just a tiny bit left. I also feel so happy that my awful tonsils are gone and can no longer poison my body! woohoo.

    Don’t read too much, I did and it wasn’t as bad as most of the reviews I read, the pain isn’t that bad just always take each day as it comes, people tell you the worst days, but boy the pain may spike up a bit on one day but you will deal with it and carry on….happy thoughts!

    Good luck, its so worth it, you will never look back x

  21. Hi Michael- I can’t speak for how others number their days of recovery, but for me day 1 was day of surgery. Take care!

  22. Quick question about the numbering of each day:

    Does day 1 correlate to day of the operation? And day 7 to 6 days after?

    Or does day 1 correlate to 24 hours after the operation?

  23. Hi Michael- Glad you’ve enjoyed our collection of experiences. Days 6 and 7 are no picnic but it will get better soon. Hang in there!

  24. On day 6 of recovery, it was fascinating reading experiences by so many other people. Thanks for collecting these!

  25. Hello I’m 16 years old and on day 11 with tonsils and adenoids out and it has been a pain. I powered through and only took my pain medicine (lortab) twice and that was on day 2 and 3. Today I have managed to eat 2 pieces of cheese pizza and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But from day 1-10 it was pudding, applesauce, and ice cream every now and then. The scabs in the back are 80% of the way off. On day 9 I decide to cough kinda hard and knocked of a huge chunk of them followed by 5-6 tablespoons of blood. Then took a trip to ER. They stopped bleeding and sent me home. All they used was ice cold water.

  26. This website has been sooo helpful, but I have to ask, where is day 10? 😉 It goes from Day 9 to Day 11 and Beyond. 🙂 I’m on day 9…where will I go tomorrow?

  27. I am currently on day 10 after my tonsillectomy… I am still in a lot of pain but its bearable…i still have trouble swallowing, and still cant eat eggs, little pieces get stuck in my throat. The Ear pain is not that bad, cotton wool helps a little. Also, I tried eating toast and it was the most painful thing ever. I still live on ice cream, jelly and custard…Cold stuff actually hurts my throat more…its actually easier to swallow the warm stuff. I tried coke, my doc says it helps with the scabs to come off easier…Its a bit painful, because of the gas but it really helps…i also make rooibos tea with honey and milk and its amazing…it gives my throat some comfort, not painful at all…

    Hope in the next few days my throat will heal fast, tired of this now…need to have proper food and not look like i am anorexic… 😂

  28. Hi Annie- Sorry you’re having a tough time. Have you tried sleeping in a more upright position? Like in a recliner? That helped me. Also, running a humidifier seemed to help. Hang in there. Remember: This is temporary. You’ll feel much better soon!

  29. Hi, I’m Annie. 10 years old. I know, I’m young. It’s been a week sense my surgery, and I don’t want to fall asleep. Because when I do, I wake up two hours later. And I have REALLY BAD ear pains. So I start crying. I’m emotionally unstable. This sucks, and I wish I could go back in time to before the surgery.. And tell myself to go forward in time to pass this all. But, sadly I can’t do that. :”(

    Worst. Time. Of. My. Life.

  30. I tried leaving my expierence but this site cut me off or i accedently pressed post? This site is a little confusing and less directive when it comes to wantimg to ” post a comment “. I started with, ” when I got to the hospital in Calgary half of the staff were very kind and the other half well you know “.


  31. Hi Yvonne! Thanks for posting. I’m glad that you’ve found the site helpful.

    It’s been too long for me to remember day 19 (8 years ago! I barely remember breakfast- ha ha) But I do know that it took me a good long time to feel normal. The surgery, lack of sleep, poorer nutrition, pain meds…all take a toll. I’d say give yourself a little time and listen to your body.- But I am not a doctor. If it continues, maybe run it by your doctor.

    Anyone else have thoughts….?

  32. Hi Greg,
    Thanks very much for all the great information I found here specially the images of what the scabs look like. I was concerned when I saw those white things at the back of my throat.
    I am 65 and had the op on the 1 April.
    What I would like to know is if anyone has felt the same as I do at present 19 days after my operation.
    The scabs have gone and I thought last week I was well over it and started my exercise routine again. I normally walk 5km on the beach.
    But this week I have just crashed. I couldn’t even drag myself down to the beach and try to walk. By the afternoon my body said that’s enough and I had to take a nap. It also feels as though my body is fighting the flu but I don’t have flu.
    Has anyone else felt the same .

    I would also like to add that I managed the pain well using an anti-inflammatory mouth spray. It worked wonders specially at night I would keep water next to my bed. Have a sip each time I awoke and then sprayed the back of the throat. I also kept tiny blocks of pure juice I had made into ice blocks and they came in handy in the middle of the night.

    I also ate normally from the day after the op and I had hoped that would keep my strength up but I cant understand the sudden crash this week.

  33. Hi Gina! You are right: no two recoveries are alike. Your recovery sounds similar to mine. If I’m right, the next couple days will easier.
    Take care and stay hydrated.

  34. I am a 50 year old female who had a tonsillectomy 11 day ago. I am still in a great deal of pain and thought by now that it would be feeling much better than it actually is. I have no idea what to expect and I keep reading and the one thing I have learned is that no two people heal the same. I am envious of the people who wrote that they healed in 4 days and wonder what did they do that I am not doing. Thanks for allowing people like me to vent. This has not been fun.

  35. Hi on day 6 post op and pain bad a night getting some food down but the food does tast hobble and I just need sleep

  36. Hi Jane my name is Carol and my had to come out because it had gone to big and need to make sure all ok 3 weeks till I now had the op 12 4 2016 arrowpark hospital and was all ok am on day 3 post op had to stay in the night for pain meds as I had a gromment done as well
    Can’t sleep as I fell like cant breath very good keeping my meds up every frew hours had some toast , and bits of other food lots of water
    Any one up out there

  37. Great to hear this Jane- so glad you are on the mend. I appreciate your encouragement to the newbies! Hope you’ll continue to check in in the future! Take care

  38. Day 15, tomorrow , feeling so much better , was thinking of all the things that helped , and food was , mashed potatoes, and veg , scrambled eggs , custard , water, , stopped smoking , drinking , for good , and that really helped me , reading these posts r helped , I didn’t feel so ‘ alone , & scared ” ( cos it IS scarey ) , I’m 61 , I was told the older u get the worse it is ,,,I only had one tonsil outc, anybody reading this having 2 out , God bless you , but also be optimistic , as itvWILL get better , , and it will be a memory , ,,try not to isolate yourself , and pets are brill , my budgie was a constant support to me as was mum ,& her friend , ,also my daughter kept in texed with me through out , which was brilliant , also a change of scenery , and light exercise ,, take care & Good luck 🐦jmclx

  39. Hi. I’m at day 14 , and what a difference a day makes .! Actually turned a good corner , till this point I thought it would go on for ever, went out today , helped a friend ,a bit , looking back it seems , keeping pain med going , like clockwork were the only things I felt herlped and the benzy diamine gargle , ….IV been in another world , so surreal , I can reveal it Does Def Get better , so don’t loose heart , it’s v easy to as the pain and misery , seems never ending , . I have apt to see consultant tomorrow , results of scan , last week , hoping that the ” little c growth found on my tonsil is the only one , !! I’m 61 , and have smoked , but won’t b doing any more , I packed it in on week of op , I’m so glad I did,…so I’m sure you will be fine ,, I’m still on soft food , scared of causing any bleeding, ..also , have drunk gallons of water , and mashed potatoes. For 2 weeks , v good fiber. As p k,s do get you bound up,, ..IL keep an eye on this site , good luck xxj mcl

  40. Sounds rough Jane- thanks for sharing. I think you have a great attitude. Best of health to you!

  41. Hi Jim- Best of luck to you! I don’t know a whole lot about laser tonsil surgery- Here’s a bit though:
    One concern with not getting all the tonsil is regeneration- they can grow back. I’m not a doctor and don’t want to give medical advice- You may want to ask your doctor about the pro’s and cons.

  42. Hi Greg, I’m a 45 year old male and I have had chronic tonsil stones for years. I am tired of using a water pik-type irrigator several times a week to get rid of them — not to mention never being sure if there are some I didn’t get, and consequently feeling I may have bad breath — so I have made an appointment to get laser tonsil ablation, which will not remove the tonsils completely but will shave them down and remove the pockets so stones won’t form. I’m too scared of getting the full-on tonsillectomy based on everything I’ve read online about the pain and also the risk of bleeding. What do you know about the laser procedure? Have you talked to many people who’ve gotten it done? Any advice or knowledge you have on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks.

  43. Hi there, yes blood tasted really sweet and sickly , I went up to A&E, but after 21/2 hours I gave up , was too soar to hang around there, it was raining and onbway back to my car , I slipped and fell in mud !!!, I thought oh no , I could die here in the dark wet cold and bleeding , Survival took over , got to car picked mum up , got home , did meds drinks and tooth number , a couple of sleeping pills and hot water bottle, was so relieved just to get home .Food tastes of meta l but found. Mars milk drinks v soothing , &jelly & custard. , you will get taste back , I hope so cos mines gone , looking forward to a cadbury crunchie , and cheese on toast ,,, and sweet tea , take care , hope thrush goes , that’s one less problem , you , could do without right now ,,,,,,jMcL….🐦👍

  44. Hi on day 12 of my recovery , I’m 61, and I was also shocked by the lack of follow up care, my tonsil was removed due to a small cancer being spotted , so I had no choice really , IV managed my pain with over the counter meds, the pain was relentless, especially in mornings , IV had quite a few people, to chat to and text , which was lovely , but I still felt a little abandoned by medics, I was act, in shock with the pain level , but felt too ill to do anything for first 5days except pop pills and pray for sleep , I am now at other end , I hope , and go for scan results this we’d am , so a bit apprehensive,, but optimistic , looking forward to get back to work , all this thinking , time isn’t good, IV got a brief window of relatively pain freeness, so going to pop to local shop, fresh air, and change of scenery, so good luck to anyone else, in same place , everything passes with time , , that’s how I think , and often count my blessings, family , friends , budgie,,,’Tootsy” is a little cheer er upper , as is my mum , I shall follow your posts with interest, bye for now🐦👋J,M,CL…

  45. i just wanna say this website has helped me threw my po tonsillectomy, im on day ten still in afair mount of pain never felt this sorta pain ever ive had 2 children one natural and a ceserian, like others have said i was not prepared, ive been drained physically and mentally ,ive cryed almost everyday wishing the pain would lightin up, but reading others experiences has realy helped god bless you all thank you.

  46. Hey Melanie. Wow! You’ve been through so much. You have an amazing spirit. I can tell. Thanks for offering your support and thanks for the kind words about my little website. Take care and please stay in touch.

  47. Hi Cate,

    I’m right there with you… 39 and day 7 and in excruciating pain that started last night. I, too, thought that with all my past surgeries, hysterectomy, c-section, back surgery, bilateral mastectomy and the craziest reconstruction ever, that this wold be no problem…boy was I wrong. I thought what chemo did to my mouth was bad, but this really is like swallowing shards of glass. Not to mention the ear pain…that alone could take you down. After finding this site late last night (thank you Greg!) I read how changing to warm water and warm foods was better. What a difference! I was able to eat oatmeal this morning, (after my morning pain med kicked in) and it was tolerable. I’m seeing my dr this afternoon instead of tomorrow and hopefully he’ll refill my liquid pain med. I really don’t want to have to choke down any pills. I know my dr. had told me that it would get worse around 7-10 days, but last night was crazy. I’m really praying that I don’t bleed, because some of the stories I’ve read here about people bleeding have been terrible. Anyways, sorry for rambling on.
    Cate, I hope and pray you’re doing well.
    Greg, God bless you for putting together this site and your commitment to it.


  48. Hi Greg,
    Thank you for this site. It’s so helpful reading the range of experiences each day as one recovers.

    I’m wondering if anyone had drastic changes in taste. Day one and two everything tasted like metalic cardboard. After about day 4 I started to get a faint sense of taste, but its very faint…and less repulsive. I just woke up in the middle of the night bleeding (I’m on day 10) and had lots of blood and mucus and clots come out. Bleeding stopped within five minutes with ice. But after all that was over i realized that the blood didn’t taste like blood at all. Totally different. kind of rotten and metal. In addition I developed oral thrush, so that can’t help taste buds either. Do you think I’ll get my sense of taste back? I used to love food… thanks for your time

  49. Josh my name is Felicia I am a 51 year old single woman. I had my tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy on Friday 3/18/2016. Yes you will experience some pain mostly when swallowing. The pain has not been as bad as I thought it would be. The first couple of days is was slight pain well now i’m experiencing the pain in my ears and it has gotten me down at times. I have that if I put an ice pack on the side of my face and on my throat this helps to the point were I can go to sleep.
    Stay ahead of your pain medicine and you’ll be ok.

  50. Hi Cate! Thanks for commenting.
    Day 7! That’s about THE WORST! it was for me. I cried, which makes it worse. I was writing notes instead of talking. Awful awful awful!
    GOOD NEWS! things will improve very soon and all of this will be a memory. It will almost seem like you dreamed it.
    Just keep taking meds on time, staying hydrated, swallowing what you can (it helps the healing) I really enjoyed oatmeal on day 8 or so.
    Try to plan little activities to take the focus off of how you’re feeling.
    Hang in there. I’m pulling for you!

  51. Hi Greg, I just found your site-God bless you! 🙂 I’m 43 and on day 7 post op and miserable. The first week was hell, (and after having multiple abdominal surgeries including a hysterectomy and two C-sections I thought I was ‘good’ with pain. Ha. This has knocked me to my knees. Went back to work yesterday and while I was careful probably talked more then I should have-my throat actually felt ‘good’ most of the day, but by the time I got home last night my throat was on FIRE and ever since I have felt like I’m downing a boulder every time I swallow, my body literally convulses in reaction to the pain as I swallow.. The pain meds are ‘helping’, but in a lot of ways this pain is worse then the first few days. I can hardly choke down pudding much less anything else and have stopped talking completely, (working from home today helps that). Is this the ‘gets wore before it gets better stage”? I actually thought I had passed that on day 4! Thank you!

  52. Hi Holly- I’m so glad the website has helped. Yes, the bleeding risk is scary. A little bleeding is common. Usually it can be stopped by gargling cold water. Avoiding sharp foods is also a good idea (No Doritos!) I really think that keeping the throat moist is also helpful.

    Bleeds do happen, and if one starts that can’t be stopped by cold water gargling, get into an urgent care facility. Many of my readers have relayed stories of such. The doctor simply re-cauterizes the area and they’re fine.

    Having said all of that, I encourage you to consult your doctor about the concern. I know a lot from my own experience, and from reading others’, but I am not a doctor and don’t give medical advice.

    Best of luck to you. Thanks for writing. Please stay in touch!

  53. Greg,
    This website has helped a lot. My surgery is next week and the main thing I am nervous about is the bleeding. I have 2 kids, so I can assure the pain I will be able to tolerate. The bleeding on the other hand, is extremely scary and although rare, still stays on my mind. Any advice to make sure this doesn’t happen? I’ve heard that the scabs arent to fall off until roughly the 10th day, but that it may happen before then. I have done tons of research over the past month, but nothing can get me past the bleeding. (The tonsillectomy is due to an enlarged tonsil (thought to be filled with infection & possible cancerous) along with recurrent sore throats and tonsil stones)

  54. Hi Sarah- Welcome aboard! What you’re describing sounds vaguely familiar. I remember feeling like all the tissue back there was…soft- didn’t firm up for a few months. Still, you might bring it up to your doctor.

    Best of health to you!

  55. Greg,

    First of all, thank you so much for this website!!! I have a question for you. I had a tonsillectomy 3 weeks ago. I never used to have trouble breathing, but since my tonsillectomy, whenever I lay on my back I have trouble breathing through my nose. Even though I’m awake, it sounds like I am loudly snoring. Have you ever run into this issue before?

  56. Just curious- is sleep apnea the only reason for removing your tonsils? That would be unusual, from what I’ve read. Normally CPAP is the first thing tried. Did you have a sleep study?

    I’m really glad I had my tonsils out but for me it was a combination of factors- chronic tonsillitis and strep as well as obstructive sleep apnea.

    With that said, if indeed a tonsillectomy is the right course, don’t worry too much. It’s the oldest surgery there is and pretty darned safe. You would be down for at least a week, probably 10 days, after. I have four children and needed help that first week.

    As mentioned, I answer everything on this page so feel free to reply.

    Take care!

  57. Hey Josh! Boy, my heart is with you. I was right where you are at one time.

    Let me get to a computer and I’ll type more. (I’m bad at typing on phone)…

  58. Greg,
    I just came across your site. I am really scared and now having second thoughts. I am supposed to get the surgery on April 5th. I have a chronic insomnia and they suspect apnia but can’t get a read. So they have suggested the removal of my big tonsils. I am a dad of two, the only breed winner, and I don’t do great being in bed. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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