Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery – How to Recover Faster

Recovery From Adult Tonsillectomy

adult tonsillectomy

Adult Tonsillectomy

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Adult tonsillectomy and in particular, adult tonsillectomy recovery, is quite different than tonsillectomy for children. The methods employed for tonsillectomy in adults and children are generally the same, (See Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Methods page), and the risks for tonsillectomy in adults are similar to the risks for children, (See The Tonsillectomy Risks

Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery and Risks

Most studies indicate a two to four percent risk of delayed hemorrhage [severe bleeding]. Where adult tonsillectomies differs most from tonsillectomy in children is in the recovery. Recovery from childhood tonsillectomy generally takes five to seven days. Recovery from  tonsillectomy in adults usually requires at least ten days and more often two weeks.

Before deciding to get an adult tonsillectomy, it’s important to choose a time frame in which you have the time and the support. Recovering over your favorite Holiday might be a good choice in terms of time, (eg holiday leave from work or school), but it may not be a time that people will be available to help you.

The pain associated with adult tonsillectomy recovery, by almost all accounts, is more intense than that experienced by children. Some theorize that children haven’t had as much time without pain as adults and thus their frame of reference is different than adult tonsillectomy patients. Others assume that children may be less able to articulate their discomfort. Having read the accounts of THOUSANDS of adult tonsillectomies in the forum,(See Tonsillectomy Forum page), I can say with some confidence that generally, the younger the patient, the easier the tonsillectomy recovery. There are of course exceptions. I’ve read from many middle aged adults who had a fairly smooth recovery. Perhaps they read up on this website and prepared well. Perhaps they had good genes.  In any case, many time an adult tonsillectomy recovery is better than the horror stories we hear about.

“If I could recommend one item to buy before tonsillectomy, it would be this Honeywell humidifier. My readers know how important moist air is to a healing throat. I bought one of these years ago and still use it daily” -Greg

I’d like to take a moment here to make a suggestion. As you read through the people’s accounts in the various chat rooms, message boards, and adult tonsillectomy forums, consider this: People having a harder time, may be more prone to seek out information and share their experience in these venues. Adults experiencing milder tonsillectomy recoveries, might be less apt to be posting. I don’t want to drag Richard Nixon into my website, but this silent majority may be quietly recovering and you’ll never hear from them.
My advice is to research as much as you can, talk with your doctor, talk with your family and friends, and talk with your employer before scheduling your adult tonsillectomy. I wish you all the best.

I’ve put together a collection of items that I think would be helpful, if not essential, to making tonsillectomy recovery a little more pleasant. Check out the Tonsillectomy General Store.

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243 thoughts on “Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery – How to Recover Faster

  1. Chelsea Web

    I had my tonsils out on 3/17 and I am generally feeling back to normal with my throat . a few tips for those that are about to go have a tonsilectomy:
    1. Shop around for the ENT Dr. that you trust. I had some hesitation about mine from the get go but was soothed over by his nurse. I wish I would have listened to my gut instinct and gone to another doctor.
    2. As another page on this site mentions be firm with your doctor about the medications you would like. I asked my doctor to please give me a steroid prescription once my surgery was complete to keep the swelling under control. He said that I would get some steroid while I was in recovery and that was all I needed. WRONG most of my pain and discomfort came from swelling and I would have greatly benefited from having steroid to help keep that under control.
    3. Be very smart about the use of the pain medicine ( hydrocodine and oxycodine) it only takes your body 7 days to depend upon those medicines. I took mine for the two full weeks I am paying the price with a full withdrawl. Make sure you research the safest way to taper off of these medicine, you will still experience withdrawl but not nearly as severe. For me the worst about this withdrawl is the night sweats. I am currently on my 4th night of them and can expect 3 more. Again Opiate withdrawal is no joke and not very pleasant, so get off them as soon as you can.
    4. Take stool softener from the very beginning, TRUST me you will need it.
    5. Buy as many of the portable hand warmers as you can get your hands on before your surgery. They were without doubt the only thing that helped with the ear pain after surgery.
    7. Take a minimum of two weeks off of work, if you have children find someone to assist in taking care of them this is a big surgery and you will easily need two weeks off. I wish I had done three.
    8. Above all trust yourself and what is best for you! On day 7 I could not get the pain under control and finally went into the ER. It was the best decision I made during my entire recovery. For some reason on the 7th day my body got used to the amount of hydrocodine I was on and the pain became unbearable, I could get no food or water down for over 6 hours. Even following the the medicine directions exactly and having set timers the pain was breaking through in a horrible way. The Dr. gave me steroids, antibiotics and heavy medications. Finally the pain was back under control, the swelling was down and I was fully hydrated. If you get to the point where you are wondering if you need to go to the ER, you probably should.
    9. Make sure you have a humidifier they do wonders.
    10. Try to have someone to be with you, or check in on you daily. Some days you are okay and the next you are not. The most interesting part of this recovery was it it not always a straight uphill climb. There are peaks and valleys during your recovery with the highest peak being between days 5 and 8.
    11. the type of liquid ( warm or hot or cold) differs from day to day! drink whatever makes your throat and in my case ears feel best.

    Good luck on your recovery, I promise the pain will subside soon enough.

  2. Lynn

    I am day 11 after surgery. Before surgery I was so worried after having read many horror stories about tonsillectomy’s.
    In fact a few nights before the surgery I was ready to cancel, I was so nervous. I am glad I didn’t !
    I can honestly say it wasn’t the easiest to recover from but I am feeling so great today that I am glad I did it.
    My advice to everyone is to be prepared. I had a humidifier, icepacks for throat, essential oils (lavender and melaleuca), gatorade, popsicles, ice chips, throat sprays, movies, etc.
    The first few days- 1-5 were the worst for me. I had complications during the procedure and needed oxygen to breath so I went home with oxygen. I was able to get off it by day 4.
    I ate ice chips and jello for the first two days. The cold felt amazing! Numbed my throat. I set my alarm to wake me up every 30 mins and made myself drink ice water and ice chips- the more I drank the better I felt.
    I put the lavender on the outside of my neck with the ice packs.
    Many comments I had read said they had severe pain in their ears and neck. The ice packs helped with that and I never had horrible pain because of it.
    Once I started feeling the scabs coming off- day 5-8 I started gargling with cold salt water with a drop of the melalueca oil in it to get rid of infection.
    Around day 6 or 7 I couldn’t drink cold anymore and just drank room temp water. Just remember to drink!!
    I can say that it is easier if you realize that you will be in pain for 2 weeks. If you are lucky like I was in feeling better on the 11th day then that is great.
    Everyone heals differently. But if you are prepared and sleep and take your pain pills you will do fine!!!
    Oh, my last advice to you. My pharmacist friend gave me the advice to cut my oxycodone in half and take it every 2 hours instead of every four hours and that helped a lot! It was the same dose just got into my body faster each time.
    I also used my phone to wake me up and my notes in my phone to tell me what times i took my pills.
    Good luck! You will be happy you did it!

    1. Shawna

      I too just had the surgery 3 weeks ago on the 12th and I’m 34 yrs old& was terrified & had rescheduled it 3 times in a year, but finally took the plunge. I read all that I could abt tips and tricks for fast recovery. I made sure to have ice and powerade handy and drank constantly while I was awake and made sure I drank every 2 hrs at least. Days 1-3 were a breeze for me, Day 4 wasn’t a picnic but days 5,6,7 & 8 were like I wished I could be in a coma to get rid of the pain, my ENT let me come into the office for Toradol shot on those days to help aid me. That helped some. I made sure that I stayed hydrated, I had an ice pack under my chin for the gland swelling and only ate broth and a couple spoons of mashed potatoes. If you listen to instructions & take the liquid lortab and children motrin liquid every 3 hrs as instructed you should do fine. It wasn’t the easiest surgery but I am so glad that I did it bc it still wasn’t as awful as the horror stories u read. I will no longer have to worry about tonsil stones, or strep and that gives me piece of mind. Good luck to all and god bless

  3. Allison

    If you’re thinking about getting a tonsillectomy I highly recommend getting a coblation tonsillectomy. Coblation tonsillectomies damage less healthy tissue than other methods. Many people go into the surgery not knowing what method their doctor is going to use, and the methods vary greatly and can affect how well your recovery goes. I had a smooth recovery with minimal pain, no bleeding and no complications. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  4. Nick

    Hi, my name is Nick and I’m 23 years old. I will be having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on January 5th, 2015. Still about two months off, but it’s the only time that will work with my busy schedule.

    I am one of the million plus Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. I had an initial visit with my regular doctor, because my girlfriend was very concerned about my sleeping habits. I have been a loud snorer since I was young. I remember being at sleep overs in middle school where I had to sleep in the opposite room from everyone else, because I shook the house with my obnoxiously loud snoring. In college, I played rugby, and would always travel to play at other locations. My teammates would always make me get my own hotel room, because of my snoring. It wasn’t until this past summer, when someone finally paid attention to the way I slept. My girlfriend noticed I would have long periods of time in my sleep where I would stop breathing. This was then followed by a large snorting/choking sound where I eventually started breathing again. I didn’t know this happened, because I would never remember waking up from this happening. She recommended I go see the doctor to see if there was something that could be done about it.

    When I had my initial visit with my doctor he went through a list of symptoms about my sleeping habits. He asked if I always felt tired, no matter what. That answer was a definite yes, because I have been known to sleep past noon, if given the chance. Even if I had slept past noon, I would still feel tired and worn out. He asked if I have ever fallen asleep in weird places, and I replied that I have almost fallen asleep driving or at work if I have periods of time where I’m not doing anything. He then talked to my girlfriend, and she went through my sleeping habits with him, which I stated above. The doctor recommended me having a sleep study done and consult an ENT, because he took one look at my tonsils and noted that they were huge.

    I met with the ENT, and the first thing he did was look in my throat. He laughed and said those things need to come out. He also said that may be the biggest reason why I have sleep apnea. He recommended not having the sleep study done until after I get my tonsils out. So, here I am today preparing for a surgery, where I have to admit scares me a little bit.

    Finding this website feels like I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and I already feel like I am prepared for the surgery by reading through all of your posts and recommendations. I hope that my post helps people that are just like me and suffer from sleep apnea. I am looking forward to posting a day by day journal, and sharing about my recovery with all of you.

    Lastly, I wanted to thank Greg for creating this awesome recourse!!

    Have a great day everyone!!

  5. Amy

    I am a sufferer with panic attacks anyway and I am on my 7th day after op, I am so worried, my uvula is still swollen and my tongue at the back is bruised and slightly still swollen, I am in so much pain. Will I ever feel my mouth is normal again? very depressed and keep crying.

  6. Chelsey C

    its only been a few days since i got my tonsils removed, i was having problems with tonsils stones. however i am not in much pain but my throat is so swollen i hardly can keep or get anything down any suggestions?

    1. Aglaia

      Try Ice cream after placing an ice pack for 30 on your throat. I had the cirgury on the 9, and my recover has not been smooth. If you feel that you are going to be sick, talk to your doctor and get Gravol or something to avoid nausea. Trust me, you do not want to be sick.

  7. Allison

    It’s been a little over a year now since my coblation tonsillectomy and life has never been better. I like to stop back to this site occasionally to share my positive, fairly pain-free story. I contribute my good recovery to the coblation method, I would highly suggest finding a doctor that does that method. I only took pain meds for the first couple of days, and didn’t have too much pain overall. I just slept a lot and took it easy. Popsicles and Jello were my favorite. I took 1 week off work and that’s all I needed. Life after the tonsillectomy has been great. I have more energy and rarely ever get sick now, and if I do get sick it’s much more mild than before. My doctor said my tonsils didn’t look that bad but given all the information I was telling him about getting sick so often and that my tonsils would swell and bleed, he agreed to take them out. Upon taking them out he realized they were terrible inside, they were kind of deceiving from the outside. Trust yourself and your body, if you think you need them out you probably do. Research the coblation method and hopefully you’ll have a positive story like mine! I would happily do it all over again if I had to.

  8. Elle mcin

    I’m only on day 3 and I’m already in a lot of pain, I’ve been eating scratchy foods like toast and cereal a lot to try and get used to the pain and it’s actually making eating much easier! I’ve stuck with cold iced water as I feel other drinks make my mouth full with saliva (which I’m sometimes reluctant to swallow). My tonsillectomy was apparently a struggle as it usually takes 1-2 minutes to remove 1 tonsil, it took 15 minutes to remove 1 of mine as they were very large and badly infected so I’m expecting a very rough recovery. I’m finding this page very helpful as I’m not too sure on what to expect sight wise so the photos are a big help thank you!

  9. Marie

    I am 48 years old and on day 12 now. I have lost a week in a painkiller haze! For me, once I had gone through the too much pain to drink, eat, sleep (days 4-8) it was actually warm black tea that was easier to swallow than anything cold. I am still taking it easy and resting during the day and beginning to eat a little more. Take it slowly, try not to overdo it and you will feel better soon!

  10. Paul

    I am speechless, literally and figuratively on how much pain a tonsillectomy for an adult is. My Dr told me “I am not going to sugar coat this…you will go through hell for a few weeks”. My advice for anyone about to do this is to prepare before hand. Get your pain meds, stock up on ice, food such as jello/jelly and soup. Try to take meds on time. For the first few days you will likely have a swollen tongue and uvula. For these early days it may be easier if you sleep upright in a recliner or sofa as sleeping horizontally will make you feel as if you are choking on your tongue and uvula. Take it day by day. This is a good website read everything. All the best to you.

  11. DeAnna

    I’m 25 years old and I am on day 10. I have finished my antibiotics and I haven’t taken pain meds in over 24 hours. My throat constantly feels dry no matter how much water I am drinking. The tightness in my jaw is still there, but not as bad. As far as eating goes, applesauce and eggs have been about the only foods that don’t cause me excruciating pain. I just tried a banana and that burned slightly. Drinking water has become easier, but I can’t wait until I can eat and talk without pain. It is still a struggle to talk. I just want this to be over!! They say 14 day recovery, but at this point I feel like it could take longer :(

    1. bluebell

      I am on day 10 now too. It still hurts to talk more than 30 min (I am at work now). Drinking is easier, I agree. my scabs bled a little today and I had to tell my coworkers Okay I just have to stop now. I ate an ice-cream, ice, and milk smoothie for breakfast. For lunch I had 3 applesauces in those pouches (very cold) and 1 cup of very cold soy milk. For dinner I had some very soft fish, the middle of a roll and watermelon. I am losing weight but that is okay. I know it will take more like 2 weeks or more to get fully back.

    2. Allison

      Hang in there! My jaw pain and stiffness went away around week 3 along with the mouth dryness. It continually gets better and better and before you know it you’re back to normal!

  12. Phil

    Hi Everyone. I’m a 35 year old male who had his tonsils removed the usual way in Canada yesterday. The pain on a scale of 1-10 has only really been a 3-4. I have a humidifier, drinking I’ve water regularly, sucking cepacol and managed a Muscle Milk today. Took a look down my throat and was quite shocked. My pictures look a lot worse than any I’ve seen online. My uvula is pretty much as big as the whole space in my mouth and rests on my tongue. Looks like a really gross butterfly in shape. I know I’ve got some phlegm and I’m desperate to cough it up. Did cough some up in recovery but the doctor said avoid coughing as much as possible. I’m not looking forward to the pain getting worse. I am looking forward to loosing weight. But judging by the size of my holes, I’m hoping that my pain isn’t going to reflect how big they are, as the holes go really deep. Probably as deep and big as a Ping Pong ball cut in half. I’m going to try and keep you all posted on my progress. I desperately wanted to read a positive account online and here’s hoping mine will be just that. But I’m at the beginning of my journey so it could go either way at this stage. Oh, I’m also taking 2 x 30 mg of T3s every 4 hours. I don’t have a problem swallowing pills and get them down pretty easily. I tried ice packs but the weight and coldness hurt me more than any pain I had so gave up on that. May need it later though – who knows. Anyway, that’s my ramble over with for now. Wish me luck! PS. With the T3s I have been on another planet at times. This is the most mental clarity I’ve had since the operation yesterday. I’m sleeping/resting with my eyes shut for more than 50% of the day. Now back to doing just that as I’ve reached my concentration limit. Think positive peeps. Short term pain for long term gain. It’s got to be with it in the end. Trust the doctors!

    1. Phil

      So it’s Saturday and I had my op on Wednesday and I’m actually feeling fine. I slept for three x four hour intervals throughout the night and at one point didn’t feel any pain or discomfort swallowing. I managed to have some soup and jello and apart from what feels like a minor sore throat it’s a million times better than what I was expecting. My scabs are still in place so maybe it’s the calm before the storm. I have had some pain, especially in that first 10 minutes after waking up, but nothing unbearable or agonizing. I’ve been taking it really easy, humidifier still on, laying down mostly, not talking at all, and drinking loads. The whole area is very tender and I certainly wouldn’t attempt to eat anything solid. But my soup was tepid and I actually think the saltiness probably helped a bit. The best purchase I made was a double lined beaker for my iced water. Sometimes the ice stays in the water for up to four hours, which is great for middle of the night sips, every time I rolled over without fail. The other thing I’ve been doing is forcing myself to swallow properly since the start. My doc said it’s good for the muscles and helps keep everything lubricated. I have two swallows, a gentle one, and when I feel brave enough, a full on hard swallow to push everything down. I could do both an hour ago and it had been 5 hours since I had taken a T3. Didn’t want to push it anymore than that but will try and see how I feel again later in a hope that I can go every 5 hours and not 3-4. I hope this semi good news story gives some of you a different perspective on things. I looked everywhere for an account like mine and was convinced it was because they didn’t exist. But thankfully, I’m here to say, it’s only been 4 days and I feel little to no pain and I’m in good spirit. I also didn’t have that colbolation technique either (although I did really want it). I’ll keep you all posted in case things change when the scabs begin to fall off. But looking forward to being able to continue my good news story with you all and having a speedy recovery!

      1. Phil

        Me again. It’s now day 10 and oh my god what a nightmare. It really was the calm before the storm. I so wanted to be one of those people who had a fairly okay experience but quite the opposite. Pain started to peak at days 5-7 to the point where I was in so much pain at times my eyes would water and I couldn’t move, speak or drink. The worst was waking up after any legnth of sleep. However, my biggest issue was bleeding. I ended up in the ER twice. With no warming, I felt a pop, and hot thick blood started gushing out of the wound. It was possibly the most scared I’ve ever been. I had to have chemical cauterization because thankfully the bleeding stopped. That was the worst experience of my life so far. The pain was off the scale and I almost passed out. The day after having it done I had another big bleed. That was nearly 48 hours ago now so I hope I’m out of the woods. The doc said if I keep having problems I’ll have to go under again and be re-cauterize under general. She said that will set my recovery back to day 1. I can’t even begin to imagine having to go through this again so fingers crossed it doesn’t happen. I still have lots of scabs but I’m off the pain meds. It’s now like having a really bad sore throat so lozenges and regular Tylenol does the trick. Still limited on food. Was brave enough to eat soggy cereal today which was a major breakthrough. I don’t want to push it though for fear of bleeding. I’m hoping that things get progressively better now. Especially as I start to eat more and sleep through the night. All I can say is that I’m so glad to have arrived at day 10. It’s been a traumatic experience and one I don’t think anyone should have to go through. With modern technology, why can’t they do this in a way that prevents all the pain and suffering, which to me just seems barbaric. I would have rather they kept me under sedation for 10 days because this whole experience has been horrific :-(

  13. Bluebell

    I just had a tonsillectomy 7 days ago. One medication I did not see listed here was CHLORASEPTIC throat spray. my doctor said it was fine to use. It really helped me take my meds, etc. I would just spray a few spritzes into the back of my throat to help deaden the pain and then take the meds right afterwards. It was not painless, but it really, really helped when I thought the pain was unbearable. I have gone through an entire small bottle (I think 1 oz) already and am on my second one. Worth every penny when you’re hurting and need to stay hydrated and can barely take another sip of water.

  14. Rhonda H.

    Bree, Can I ask, how old you are? I am 47 and would love to have mine removed. I have sleep apnea but know that i will not use the CPAP machine. I feel like I can’t breathe when I am carrying on a conversation at times due to the small passage of my throat. I have already had strep throat twice this year. I am nervous about having the procedure but know that I will feel much better when its done. Thanks :)

  15. Bree

    It’s been 7 days. Have been talking and eating solids since right after the op. Have felt great- went out for dinner with friends last night, going back to work a week early tomorrow. Had coblation technique, was given antiobiotics and steroids post op IV, have had a morphine 5mg patch that I removed early, and have just been having dissolvable panadol.
    Was so scared after reading posts of people’s experiences- but we all recover differently. It just feels like a mild sore throat at worst.

  16. Megan

    Hello my name is Megan i am 28 and I had my tonsils out on Monday (6/23/14) because I was getting really large tonsil stones and quite frequently. I must say I was prepared for “pain” but this pain is by far worse than I imagined. I have had 3 C-sections with my kids and they were a piece of cake compared to this(I have a very high tolerance for pain) once I got out of surgery it wasn’t so bad I went home and cleaned and made dinner(although I didn’t eat) and then went fishing with my hubby and then the next day, after an on and off night of sleeping I woke up wondering “what did I get myself into?” day 3 so far has been the worst day but I am only on day 5 and my tongue is really swollen I called and asked the doctor (and im sure it is but I get really nervous) if it was normal and told them I couldn’t eat anything, they said usually days 5,6 & 7 feel worst then the first few days after the surgery….GREAT! I am dropping weight like its nothing(which im not complaining too much about ;) ) but it hurts to even drink and when I do the water doesn’t go straight down my throat, it kind of goes up into my nasal cavity, then down my throat which creates a burning sensation in my nose. I have been on around the clock motrin and Tylenol alternating back and forth and then oxycodone when the pain is “really bad”. lets just say I have been taking the Oxy ALOT! I have been using ice packs on my neck, I feel I could have prepared this better my kids just ended the school year this week so they are all home while my hubby works and then my 2 crazy dogs who constantly need attention…yeah I felt like I could have planned it a bit better because my kids aren’t as helpful as I thought and my house looked like a tornado came through. so yesterday I was up and doing a lot around the house and being up and doing laundry and sweeping, moping, dishes etc. I felt really good. i thought “wow, today was good it can only get better, right?” ….wrong i woke up today and feel absolutely crumby. i just want this to be over. i haven’t really eaten much since Monday aside from ice pops and anything i do try to eat i cant taste for some reason and honestly i have no appetite. and my mouth/jaw /tongue tightens up quite frequently so much i can barely open to get a ice pop in. but i did notice gum chewing helps a lot with the jaw pain, and even helps my throat with the pain because the gum makes you constantly swallow so the gum sometimes keeps going. anyways i thought id share my progress (or lack there of) ive had this far. i wish i came across this site prior to my surgery, but i have been able to relate to a lot of the comments with the recovery so far. reading them gives me a sense that there really is a light at the end of this torturous tunnel…and i WILL get there :)

    1. Sarah

      Megan – I am a few days ahead of you, having had a tonsillectomy on 6/20 at age 42. I’ve been posting in the section that has tonsillectomy recovery day by day. I think you’re in the worst of it now. The tongue swelling went down for me around day 4 or 5, and the bad taste in my mouth started to go away around then as well. I went off the oxycodone because I just couldn’t deal with the nausea anymore, so my throat pain sort of seems worse now (with only Tylenol to block it). But I am feeling better overall, despite the throat pain – more energy, etc. I am dying to eat real food but have had some setbacks from even coming close to doing that, so I’m sticking to soft foods still and hoping that things will keep moving in the right direction. By the way, I had two c-sections and totally agree with you – those were NOTHING compared to this!

      1. Megan

        i am now waking up to day 8 and I feel like im stuck in a horrible nightmare. I cannot go off the oxycodone because the pain is unbelievably bad(it does make me sick to my stomach to take it). and yesterday I had a big scab fall off (which i gagged on…yumm)and ever since its stings soo bad each swallow, and taking medicine hurts as well because it stings going down. I checked in the back of my throat and its all whitish like normal but where the scab fell off its a blackish color. the day of my surgery everything in my mouth was black(I assumed it was all dried blood) so I don’t know if it is a good thing that the blackish color is still back there AFTER the scab has fallen off. im not sure but all I know is I cannot eat a thing, I have tried many things, but I cant barely drink let alone eat. but also my best friend right now is an ice pack because the pain in my ears gets so bad. im not one to have melt downs but last night I lost it I was just so overwhelmed with all the pain and I almost had (or maybe I did have) a panic attack. I seriously felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin. between the pain in my throat and the pain in my jaw leading up into my ears and it wasn’t yet time where I could take more medicine I just broke down, which in the end probably mad it worse with the crying. I have gone so long without food I don’t ever get hungry anymore, that cant be a good thing. I ready to wake up from this nightmare ANYTIME!….LOL

  17. Rob Pankoke

    I am 52 y/o & had my tonsillectomy on MAY 2nd, exactly 42 days ago. Since not many ppl with good experiences seem to write about their surgery I wanted to be sure I let ppl know that it took me only 6-days to be able to drive, talk, go to the Dr on my own etc… I did tay down longer just for healing sake. So far my only side effects have been a loss of the ability to taste anything sweet, and the Dr said 2 weeks ago that the skin hasn’t healed over the tonsil site as much as it should have by then so I will return to the Dr this week and try to see if we can work on the sense of taste issue & the healing to speed up? Never the less, the pain after surgery and the pain over-all was not that bad & was more like that of a root canal than surgery so all is not gloom & doom for every one though be careful & prepare for the worse & hope for the best. Good luck to everyone & I will update everyone on my 2 remaining side effect issues after I see my Dr this week.

  18. Lynette Sturrock

    I don’t think we can buy Tylenol in the UK, I have looked online but wondering if Panadol is a substitute to it? Everyday I am getting to the point of wondering if today is going to be the day I turn the corner and feel normal again. How long did your recovery take?

      1. Lynette Sturrock

        Thanks Greg. I still need to keep on top of pain meds but I do think it’s easing a little bit now but don’t want to jinx myself just yet as I know it can change day to day. I slept for a solid 4 hours last night but have and behold the pain was unbearable as any pain meds were out of my system. I think the toughest bit has been trying to find what ones work best for each individual. I would certainly recommend this site and just wish I had have come across it before but I’m glad I found it, Thank you again.

    1. Rob Pankoke

      I have lived in Australia & the UK and you are correct that Panadol is the best equal to Tylenol or any other non-Aspirin analgesic. You can ask the Chemist for suggestions. I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. Keep ice chips and pop cycles in the back of your mouth non-stop and keep the area frozen to help with the pain. I used a liquid pain med that was a script for the first 4-5 days and then I used just Tylenol as well. How long has it been since your surgery as I just read about you today the 15th but my prayers are with you. Rob P.

      1. Lynette Sturrock

        Hi Rob. I had surgery on 4th June to remove the normal tonsils and coblation on the lingual tonsils at the base of the tongue as it was these that were growing large so my surgeon wanted to get as much of the tissue out as possible, hence the removal of the normal tonsils. It is great to hear you had a fast and speedy recovery although not so good about losing your sense of taste. I am just back from the doctors and put on another weeks course of antibiotics as he says my left side is healing well but the right is not and has an infection still sitting which is why I am still in a lot of pain, although it has eased to what it was this time last week. I had spoke with the chemist about meds and got co-codamol which seems to be helping a lot and not having the undesired side effects the other stuff did.
        I am on my 4th bad of ice now and all I drink is water loaded with the stuff ; ) which is soothing.
        I hope you get some answers at the doctors this week and get it resolved : )

  19. "Glo"

    Hi! I stopped using the Tylenol Codeine around day 4 because it upset my stomach & I felt it wasnt helping as much as it was on previous days. Sooo I got the liquid Tylenol 500mg over the counter. It worked the same for me. And I only took it when I reeeeally needed it.

  20. Lynette Sturrock

    Hi everyone

    I had surgery on 4th June 2014 and currently on day 8 of recovery. I had Coblation of the lingual tonsils to reduce the size as one had grown quite large, and the surgeon also removed my normal tonsils to get rid of as much tissue as possible.

    In the run up to my surgery I had browsed the internet looking for peoples experience’s on a tonsillectomy and advice. I found plenty of sites that gave peoples accounts, but there was no advice or what may or may not help in the healing process. I gave up, up until today coming back on to find what may help me in the recovery although I am hoping I am near the end of this journey.

    I would like to say to Greg a massive thank you for setting this site up and to everyone that has been commenting and not just putting negative stuff on here and leaving it at that.

    I think where I went wrong, was believing that every day after surgery, things would get easier. Oh how wrong I was, it does get worse after the first few days. I would say for myself the biggest help in all of this is the Iced water, I only started doing this a few days ago and wish I had of tried it sooner. It makes swallowing a little easier and refreshing to the throat. I also took dioralyte as I had got to the point and still am at times struggling to swallow even water and knew I wasn’t having as much as I should have so I thought anything may help and know this adds salts and that back into your system.

    I do have a question for you though and would appreciated other people’s views on it :

    The hospital had prescribed Dihydrocodeine, Diclofenac and paracetomal then a throat spray was given by my doctor. I found the Dihydrocodeine too much for me and making me feel dizzy all the time so I have resorted to going between the Diclofenac and paracetomal. After taking these I am sometimes still in a lot of pain, and therefore wondering if anyone has any advice on what else can be tried that is not too strong? Plus there needs to be 3 – 4 hour gaps between so I don’t go over the recommended dosage but the pain is always back in full force when approaching the due time.

    To everyone on this site, and who comes on in the future, I wish you well in your recovery.

  21. "Glo"

    I’m 31 on Day 6 after surgery.pain has not been more than the strep throat pain I’ve had in the past. Strep throat made me cry. The pain I’ve felt since surgery hasn’t made me cry, yet. I drank A LOT of pineapple juice for a couple days before surgery. (advice from my coworkers so I wouldnt swell up) It must have worked because I’ve had zero swelling. Drink LOTS of icy water & eat! Drinking water hurts, so u might as well be in pain & eat some food. I liquefied my soups in the blender for the first 3 days.By day 4 I ate 1/2 a bean burrito from Taco Bell, & by Day 5 I ate a grilled cheese sandwich, a slice of lemon berry cake & a baked potato. AND i ate a Big Mac for dinner. Took me about 1 hour to eat it but I finished. Chew chew chew & drink some water after u swallow ur food. I used Ice packs A LOT. slipped those blue freezer thingies thru a looong thin sock & tied it around my neck. Looked silly but felt sooooo good. I used vicks vapor rub on neck, chest, & outter cheeks by ears. I liked the cooling sensation. I didnt like the feeling of the ice cream til day 5.. Otter pops worked best for me!! Set ur alarm every 15-20 min when u plan to sleep. keep ur throat moist because it is painful if it dries up. gradually extend the time. I didnt get much sleep the first 4 nights.. 1-2 hours tops. Sleep whenever u can even if its 5 min.Take a stool softener.I watched We’re The Millers today… It kinda hurt to laugh so u might want to hold off on funny movies for now. i recommend that movie by the way. Hilarious!! Oh!! Halls cough drops helped me. A LOT.

  22. Valpo100

    I am 11 days post op. My current pain is manageable and feels like a minor case of strep. Now that I am able to cautiously delve back into eating foods beyond applesauce, I am struggling with a feeling that the food (in this case soft cereal) is caught at the back of my throat. Every bite has to be followed with a giant gulp of water to wash it down. I’m hoping this will pass but am concerned I may be stuck with this choking feeling the rest of my life. Is this typical or unique?

  23. Sasha

    My mother is 70and is getting her tonsils removed due to having cancer found in nearby lymph node. Any suggestions? I’m worried.

  24. Russ C

    Rebecca, thanks for the advice. In the past 24 hours I agree that tylenol extra strength actually does seem to work better than the liquid perc they gave me. I have been taking my anti nausea meds too…I will try the food/supplements you suggested. Thank you. day 2 is underway.

  25. Rebecca K.

    Russ, congratulations! Hopefully this will turn out to be one of the best decisions you will have ever made! Having a tonsillectomy literally changed my life.

    My best advice for recovery:

    Fiber supplements and Colace, because the pain medication can cause a near-Elvis Presley moment;

    Closely monitor your pain medication intake to not exceed the daily allowance of acetominophin;

    Extra-Strength Tylenol worked better for me than the “good stuff”;

    Vega One nutritional drink powder (vegetable protein, not whey) did not create a film in my throat and comes in several flavors. This and bubble tea powder kept me alive for two weeks;

    Also, ice-cold green tea is very soothing to the throat;

    And, be patient. One day, in about two full weeks, you will wake up and realize you feel so much better. Then go get a Dairy Queen blizzard.

    Good luck!

  26. Russ C

    I have been looking through this site on and off for 3 years…tomorrow if finally the big day. I am nervous as hell. Never had any anesthesia before but after years and years of low grade sore throats several times a year that will zap me of my energy and 3 strep throats in the last 10 months, tonsil stones, bad breath and a disgusting taste in my mouth I am finally having them out tomorrow. I plan to post on this site each day to help me with my recovery. Greg, before I go in to surgery I wanted to thank you for this web site. I have scoured the internet and this is by far the most helpful site. Its nice to know other people have gone through what I am about to go through. The decision to have them out is one I have struggled with for almost 20 years. I went to an ENT at age 17 after a bad case of strep that left my tonsils scared and shaped very peculiar…he told me I did not get enough sore throats and I left.

    After going through college with frequent sore throats and strep an average of once a year I went back to an ENT at age 25 and and this guy couldnt wait to take my tonsils out, but I decided I didnt like this ENT so I turned down the procedure. Again at age 33 after some bad bouts of strep I went back to a highly recommended ENT for what I though was a final opinion. This guy said I was a candiate and I liked him, but I put it off and put it off and fast forward to 3 years later and several strep throats later and dozens of low grade sore throats later I am back at the Dr.’s with another case of strep throat. OK so I take my antibiotics, get better and then about 10 days after getting better I find that I am having a hard time using my hands, fine motor skills and my legs feel funny, like jello. My feet are not working and then I have hard time walking. After a trip to the ER I was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Guillan Bare Syndrom. Google it. Its rare and scary. Spent a week in the hospital recovering but I was actually very lucky. Some people take 6 months to recover and cant for weeks. This was it for me. My tonsills had caused to me develop GBS, however due to the fact that I was still recovering my neuroloigst and ENT both thought it prudent to wait a while. Flash forward 10 months to NOW! …and that is the short version.

    I called my ENT back after my 3rd case of strep since last June and I felt it was time. They are getting me in tomorrow(MOnday) which is nice bc I had very little time to stress over this, but I am sooooo nervous. I had a private meeting with the anesthesiologist and he said he felt it was safe for me to undergo the procedure. Looking forward to tomorrow night.

    Greg, when you talk about feeling guilty for doing this/selfish I went through that whole process. I spend the whole weekend hugging my kids and playing with them. All i want is to live out my life normal and healthy and watch my kids grown up.

    I will post tomorrow. I’d appreciate any kids words for dad/husband who is very nervous.

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hello Russ. I’m sorry that I did not reply yesterday. I just read your post. You are probably in pre-op as I write this.

      I hope you are relaxed and feeling confident about the amazing skills of today’s health care professionals as they perform one of the planet’s oldest surgeries.

      You will be fine. Not just fine- after a painful recovery, you will be better. Better for your kids and those who depend on you.

      I used to miss work and even kids events because I had strep or some other tonsil related illness. -not anymore. I sleep better and I feel better.

      Thank you for the kind words about the site.I created it while in the middle of recovery because I could find NO good resource. If it has helped you, all the work was worth it.

      Please check in after surgery. I won’t judge your drug-induced poor spelling. (At least YOU will have an excuse!)

      Take care. Talk soon (DRINK, DRINK, DRINK!)

      1. Russ C

        Got home around 1:30 today. I got your message on my phone just minutes before heading back to pre-op and cant tell you what it meant to me to know I wasnt alone in going through this. The nurses were so nice to me and gave me versad to call my nerves(3 doses). I was put to sleep with gas and it took about 15 to 20 seconds that I recall. I read it is usually takes less time.

        I have plenty of meds and am going to try and take a nap now. Just ate mac and cheese and some mash potatoes.

        I will continue to post daily and that is part of what my plan has been.

  27. Twillix

    Hello all

    well I am back in work after my 2 weeks of recovery and I just wanted to share my experience for anyone out there worried about getting this done. For me, I had no pain and minimal discomfort (with Solpadol and Diafene each every 4/5 hours with 2 hours between them to spread it out some). A very mild tonsilitis would be close.

    I took everyones advice and took my pain meds religiously and also drank water to beat the band.

    But for me, the only thing I did differently to most people here was eat a normal food from the moment I was out of theatre. Toast after surgery, then gum throughout the night, toast and cornflakes the next morning, more gum… once I got home I was Eating (chewing) every 2 hours and when i wasnt eating I was chewing gum. Toast, cornfakes, sandwiches, pears in halves, anything that was for dinner.
    And the recovery of my tonsils was unbelievable, my scabs were noticably thinner and moist by day 3 and started to come off painlessly day 4 onwards. I think this really made the difference in speeding up recovery and avoiding pain (throat and ear)

    I am so glad I had this procedure done!

    Thanks Greg for your website, I went in well prepared with all your tips and it really helped!

  28. Twillix

    Hi all

    I am due to get my tonsils removed on monday but I have had a head cold for the last 11 days, its almost gone, I am hoping this wont delay my surgery, does anyone know if this would be an issue?

    The nurse is due to call me tomorrow to confirm all is well, I am wondering if I should mention it…

    PS I feel so ready for this surgery I would hate to have it delayed!

  29. Susan

    I’m going in for a tonsillectomy on Friday. Anyone have any advice for anxiety? I’m getting nervous. Also, my doctor said the humidifier won’t really help. Any thoughts?

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Susan. 1st, your doctor is wrong. Sorry, he/she is. A humidifier won’t help him, but it will help you. That ticks me off. Tell him to have a tonsillectomy some time.

      Anxiety- yes. I had it. My trick is to use visualization. Mentally walk through the day of surgery, with as much detail as possible. It really helps. Also remember that the surgery is very safe. It’s been performed since the time of Plato.

      I wish you well. Please explore the site for more tips.

      1. Susan

        Thanks Greg! I really appreciate your reply and all of the work you’ve put into this site. It helps knowing about other surgery experiences.

  30. Hayley

    Stacy- have you been laying flat while you sleep? I ended up not having an outpatient procedure because I also have sleep apnea so my surgeon wanted me to stay overnight for monitoring. I was lucky to have some greet nurses who have me great tips for getting through all of this. Stay sitting up sleeping, everything. As much as possible. This will help keep the swelling down and the pain down since the swelling is down. I haven’t laid flat since I was in the OR and it’s helped a lot. Also- put ice packs on your neck, this will also help. If your pain medication isn’t working, talk with your doctor about something else. I was really lucky to have a great doctor who talked with me before about what pain meds work better for me so I was able to get something that works well for me. Something I learned today was to stay on too of my meds- even when I think I’m doing great and don’t need my meds, take them on schedule anyway- because it is going to suck when they wear off. I’m right at the same point as you- so feel free to email me if you need to vent or anything.

  31. Stacy

    Hello my name is Stacy and I had a tonsillectomy 2/6/14 so it’s been 3 days now I must say this is the worse pain ever lol. I been in bed the whole 3 days and I don’t think I can move I go back and forth to the bathroom but that’s it , my throat is swollen my tounge feels extra big where I can no longer close my mouth , ears hurt , headaches like craz . If I had to rate this surgery I’ll give it a 8 the pain is no joke , I have 2 kids and the pain having them is not as bad smh . As the days go by the pain gets worse , they did say I get worse before I get better lol so true . Well good luck everyone and get well soon I’m praying I do .

  32. Hayley

    Glad I stumbled onto this! I met with my ENT today and am having surgery on Friday! Stocking up on everything right now…

  33. Twillix

    Hi All, this website has been a godsend, I am going into get my tonsils removed on the 17th Feb (eep!)
    I was wondering though, is there a need to avoid pain medication or alcohol consumption on the run up to surgery day? My ENT didn’t mention it as yet but I would think either could have a blood thinning result?

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Twillix! You’d have to ask your doctor about the pain medicines. I know that, in addition to thinning blood, alcohol dehydrates. You don’t want any of that. I’d lay off for a couple days prior. Best of luck. Please keep us posted.

  34. cindy

    I am 55 years old. Had my tonsilectomy on November 14, 2013. Had 3 major bleed outs resulting in a loss of 2-3 units of blood, 2 separate visits to the hospital and one emergency surgery. It is now January 30, 2014 and I still have the most awful taste in my mouth! I feel like I have a nasty penny in my mouth all the time. When I’m eating I have the worst metallic taste and cannot enjoy anything I eat unless it is extremely spicy. How long before this goes away? What is causing this nasty taste over 2 months post op? What can I do or need to do to make this go away?

  35. lynne

    I am currently on day 7 and I must admit this is the most pain I have experienced since waking up from the operation itself. It is my ears and inner throat that are most painful. it comes in waves. I am sleeping lots but it is not a good quality sleep and I am experiencing vivid dreams/nightmares. I agree that ice helps although today even breathing seems to hurt my throat. I am hoping to feel better soon. Good luck xxx

  36. Debbie

    my 20 year old daughter had a tonsillectomy and her adenoids removed this morning. She is complaining about numbness in her lower arms. I am thinking it may be swelling pushing on some nerves?


  37. Lori

    I commented when I first had my tonsillectomy 9 months ago. Please Help!! I am still having the same pain, in the same place and it feels like my tonsils were never removed. It is horrible. What causes this? Is there a remedy? I know this is not normal. Any help would be appreciated. My throat is still swollen, sore, so sore, hurts so bad to swallow, etc.

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Lori- Welcome back! I’m so sorry that you’re having a rough time. You’re right- that’s not, “normal.” It could simply be that you have a virus or bug. It is also possible that some of the tissue grew back. I would make an appointment with my ENT. Best of luck to you

  38. Carolyn

    Follow up from Day 4: OMG, days 5 and 6 have been so much worse that the first 4. My anti-nausea patch wore off and I started throwing up everything I injested…including water. The pain hurt too bad to eat, but I had to eat to not get sick. My parents were supposed to leave town today, which they eventually did, but had a hard time leaving a crying and puking mess (that mess was me). I called the resident on call at the hospital and he called in three more patches and zofran. It took a while to get everything working together, but finally I’ve eaten a jello (ok, husband force fed me jello) and took 15 ml of Lortab. I’m too scare to go to 30 because of possible nausea. My pain is currently at a two and I need to make up some serious hydration that I’d lost. I also lost a taste for everything, except jello. But jello for another 8 days?

    New lesson I’ve learned…take pain meds on time no matter what! Once you get to feeling all the pain, everything else hurts, like jaw, ears, gums, teeth, tongue, uvula, etc. I’m still using ice packs around my jaws, neck and ears. One I got at target and has a Velcro strap. I put that one on first, then wedge the others in the strap.

    Good luck to everyone!

  39. Dennis

    I’m on Day 6 of recovery. I too heard horror stories and was prepared for the worst. It really has not been that bad. I recommend everyone make sure your doctor is using COBLATION. It appears by most accounts to be a less painful procedure with much faster recovery time. Don’t know why any doctor would perform anything else!!!

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Thanks Dennis- I do hear these from many patients. The medical research I’ve found doesn’t seem to support a big difference when comparing methods, but you may well be right. Take care!

  40. Carolyn

    Hello, I got my tonsils out 1/15/14 and am currently on day 4 (3 or 4…not sure if you include the day of surgery). I am 38 yrs old with 2 small kids. I was super scared and wanted to bail on the procedure the day of. I have to say, this isn’t anywhere near as bad as I expected. As someone else mentioned, when you’ve had strep a ton, your tolerance for throat pain has got to increase. We don’t have any family in town, so I was grateful a friend stayed with me while my husband went to work and my parents were on the way. It really did help to have someone around the first few days.

    I have to believe researching and being prepared has been part of my success with recovery. Four things I cannot stress enough:
    1. Stay hydrated, no matter what! Even if it hurts to swallow…it’s nothing compared to how you’ll feel dehydrated.
    2. Take your meds on time, every time. You don’t get a medal for being in more pain. I’m on Lortab Elixir and it works great.
    3. I’ve set my phones alarm to go off every 30 mins during the night. I turn it off, take a couple drinks of water and go back to bed. I think this has reduced my pain significantly. I’m exhausted, but I’ve got nothing I need to be alert for.
    4. Ice, ice, ice! I bought bagged ice from Sonic. Most of the time so far I’ve had ice packs around my neck and ears. Helps so much.

    Good luck to everyone, I’ll update in a few days.


  41. Natasha

    Day 11 – Wow…getting back to normal. Slowly but surely. Thank you Lord!!! I have to say this is going down as the worst experience I have ever to deal with in my life. I truly hope all of the benefits I am looking for out of this surgery come to fruition. I had problems with sleep apnea, horrible allergy problems and ear issues. I am praying that the past 10 days of torture was worth it. For anyone that is going to be going through this or has just started here are some things that I would suggest you need to survive this. Some of this other people may have already suggested. :)
    1. First and foremost I think you need to have someone there for you at all times. At least for the first week. You will need prescriptions, ice bags, someone to remind you to keep sipping water etc. For me, having someone there for a shoulder to cry on was very helpful. This can be very mentally and emotionally draining.
    2. ICE ICE ICE ICE!!!! Ice to suck on, ice for bags on the outside of your throat, ice for ice cold water. I got 4ea 20lb bags of ice before surgery and went through ALL of them. Believe me, you will need it.
    3. I preferred a warm humidifier to a cold one. That was just my preference.
    4. STRAWS. It was difficult to just drink anything must less try and hold a cup up. Straws are a must.
    5. Alarm for nighttime medication. The worst thing you can do is sleep through a dose of pain killers. You will wake up with a dry throat and it will be extremely hard to get the pain back under control. I suggest taking your medication, drinking lots of water and then going back to bed.
    6. Thermometer – At certain times I was in so much pain I thought I had an infection. Having a skin touch thermometor was nice to monitor for a fever in case of any infection. I have one that you brush across your forehead. That was quick and did not require anything under the tongue.
    7. Alcohol free mouth wash – This will definitetly make your mouth taste pretty foul at times. While you cannot gargle with it you can at least feel some refreshment with this rinse.
    8. HOT HOT Showers – Every morning it became a must for me to stand in a steamy hot shower to open my throat after sleeping through the night. For me the morning was the worst for pain. Standing in the steam helped moisturize my throat and give some comfort.
    9. Stock – A wonderful friend of mine made me homemade stock and some veggie purees. It was a nice change when I was feeling hungry but couldnt actually eat.
    10. THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being able to talk to everyone and have people to talk to that are going through the same thing was a tremendous help. Thank you, Greg!

  42. Joe D

    This site has helped me so much prepare for my Tonsillectomy, thank you!
    I had my tonsillectomy (coblation) on jan 10th. Like everyone else I read all the horror stories and prepared for the worst. I know I’m still early on in my recovery but it hasn’t been that bad so far. I’ve been eating soft solid foods since day 1 with minimal pain, of course the pain meds help. Yesteday I had minor bleeding after gargling, luckily it stopped after sucking on ice chips. I’m on day 5 today, have mild ear pain and talking causes me pain so I avoid it. Thanks again for all the info.

  43. Anon

    Had my Tonsils removed on the 6th. 19th yrs old. Lortab every 4 hours

    Days 1-3 are bearable. Pain swallowing but the pain lasts .5-1 second per swallow. Just take the pain killers and you’ll be fine.
    Gets a little worse on day 4. My ENT said he could give me a shot of dexedrine for day 4 and on and it will reduce the swelling greatly.

    ASK YOUR ENT IF HE CAN GIVE YOU A SHOT OF DEXEDRINE. THIS WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING. My pain is next to minimal after a few hours and he said it will help for a few days. I recommend it 100%. I can drink everything fine with no hesitation, can eat food properly with minimal pain. I’ve even been off the pain killers for a little bit but I’m going to take them anyways.

    Popsicles are just a gimmick. They don’t really help. I guess it just feels good to eat something sweet?
    Ice water is the key. Get a bag of ice and crush it and have a cup with ice water at all times. I was constantly sipping on one if I was awake.
    Prune Juice is a must. You will be constipated from the pain killers. Prune Juice worked better than other laxatives. Just have like two glasses a day with ice.
    Soft Scrambled Eggs with cheese every day will be a good filler.
    Watered down and soft/blended rice + curry is good and easy to swallow
    Banana smoothie (ice + bananas) goes down well.

    Overall, food isn’t that much of an issue. I would say the pain for a splitting headache is 5x worse than the pain associated with a tonsillectomy. The more you hold the water in your mouth before u swallow the more itll hurt cause you think about it. Just swallow as soon as you get it in your mouth and use a straw.

    If you’ve have had tonsillitis before its similar to the pain, just a bit more. For someone that had reoccurring tonsillitis I got used to it pretty quickly. The pain to the ears / jaws isn’t that bad, just feels like tension I guess.

    I’m not sure why it wasn’t overly horrible for me, maybe because I was drinking water 24/7 the first 3 days so the scab never dried out?

  44. Natasha

    Greg – thank you for your reply. It helps to have others to talk to about this. I am starting the ice now. Ill let you know how that goes!

  45. Natasha

    Day 4 – Worst day yet. Ever heard that saying it always gets worse before it gets better? Well that is this. I started choking on blood in my sleep last night. My husband started an alarm every hour to wake me up so I can drink water and stay hydrated through the night. That DID help. I would suggest doing that to avoid the throat of fire when waking up. We called the Dr this morning and they gave my liquid Oxy. My Husband had to drive to 5 different pharmacies before he could find one that actually had it. That seems to have taken the edge off for now even though my pain level is consistently at a 7. The steamy showers still help but nothing seems to help with the swelling. Any suggestions on that? I hope everyone is doing at least OK today.

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Natasha. It sounds like you are in the thick of it. Hang in there. Icing is about the safest/best bet for reducing swelling. Anti- inflammatory med’s like ibuprofen can help too, but some doctors advise against. I’m not convinced, but many believe that it increases the risk of bleeding.

  46. Natasha

    Hello Fellow Recoveries – I had my tonsillectomy on January 6th. Day 1 was OK. I got out of post-op feeling better than I ever anticipated. I went home. Kept up on pain medication, ate some chicken broth and ice chips and called it a day. Day 2 the pain increased a bit. I had to start taking my pain mediciation an hour earlier than prescribed. My ears started feeling achy, nose was stuffy and I couldnt get rid of this large amount of mucus in my mouth. On another blog someone suggested rinsing with Hyrdrogen Peroxide and that really helped with the mucus build up. Most people suggest eating ice cream although I found that the dairy increased the mucus build up so I would not suggest it. My Husband went and got me a slurpee from 7-11 instead of the ice cream. The slurpee felt great on my throat although, not eating in two days, the sugar in the slurpee made me vomit for about 30 minutes straight. That night I woke up about every two hours with increased pain. Morning of Day 3 the burning sensation in my throat brought my to tears the moment I opened my eyes. I used the numbing lollipop and tried to swallow the pain medication but my throat was so swollen it started coming out my nose. I hoped into a steaming hot shower in an effort to moisturize my throat. The shower helped a great deal. I was able to get out, re-take the medication I couldnt previously swallow and tried to tolerate the ever growing pain. I am now on the night of day 3. The pain is unbearable. I cannot stop crying which does not help. I am going into the Dr first thing in the morning to see what they can do. I will post after my appointment and will hopefully have some suggestions I can share with everyone that is in this much discomfort. Everyone is in my prayers tonight.

  47. cymone

    This morning will make day2, I had my surgery of tonsillectomy/ adnoidectomy on Jan. 6, 2014 I have also read a million of horror stories which had my mind all screwed up & I’m 29 2kids with a pretty decent kevel of pain tolerance… Ive been stayin Hydrated wirh water thus far which will be your best friend.. Ive eaten a few ice pops, ice chips & have been eating creamy instant mashed potatoes with plenty of butter & made it with chicken vroth, it was the best! :) Ive been pribed these numbing lollipops to suck on for 1-2 mins prior to eating , helps a lil. Also Anti inflammatory pain med, acetaminophen-codeine, which I need something a little bit stronger. Overall thus far things haven’t been to the extreme I was thinking of… Sleeping elevated, staying on top of the meds faithfully & my ovular is 4x the nirmal size which is annoying! I will be praying for you all as i also try to make it thru this painful journey.. Also buy a notepad & pen…you will need it! :)

  48. Deedee

    Drink ensure or other drinks with lots of protein! I want to vomit just looking at them after having so many but I’ve been sticking to my pain pills and protein drinks. It helps to rebuild the tissue behind the scabs. Mine came out new years eve.

  49. Shireni

    I agree with you Sherri. I have had 3 children and this pain is worse. I had my surgery on 12/24/13 and right now my ears ache the pain is horrific in my throat and I just wish it would go away but it doesnt so I cry and that just makes it worse. How do you feel now that your 12 days post?

  50. Sherri

    I had my tonsils out on Dec. 12, 2013 due to excessive strep throat and tonsillitis. I am a very healthy individual and can tolerate a great deal of pain. I must say this was the worst pain I have ever encountered. Staying hydrated is an important factor and the colder the beverage the better. Also, try to take the pain medication as scheduled , not just when you start feeling bad because you will see that a little pain turns quickly into terrible pain and it is best to stay ahead of it.
    Ear aches are also something you do not hear much about but they come on quickly too. Try chewing gum to keep movement in that area. And yes, the uvula will swell, usually about 5 times its normal size. It will feel as if you have something stuck in the back of your throat but you don’t. There really is no cure for that just time (usually about 3 days ).
    I am on day 8 and still really have not had much other than soup, mashed potatoes and eggs which started on day 4 . The first few days was only water and popsicles.
    I wish anyone out there going through this or if you are thinking of doing this good luck, a speedy recovery and a healthier tomorrow.
    By the way if you smoke (which i did for the past 25 or so years) and are thinking of quitting this makes the best time because you really have no desire to smoke plus you avoid those dreaded extra pounds that everyone tries to avoid when your able to eat !

    1. Shireni

      I agree with you Sherri. I have had 3 children and this pain is worse. I had my surgery on 12/24/13 and right now my ears ache the pain is horrific in my throat and I just wish it would go away but it doesnt so I cry and that just makes it worse. How do you feel now that your 12 days post?

  51. Allison

    It has been 5 months since my coblation tonsillectomy and I still think about how grateful and happy I am to have gotten my tonsils out. I feel better every day of my life without those things! I highly suggest the coblation method, my recovery was fairly easy and almost pain free. I just stayed on the couch for a week, drank a ton of Gatorade and I was fine. Do yourself a favor, research the coblation method and find a doctor that performs it, you won’t regret it!

  52. Steve Stahl

    I had very bad sleep apnea and my sleep study showed me waking up on average of once every 60 seconds. I had my tonsils out on May 23rd. Most difficult two weeks of my life. I have had 9 surgeries in the last 10 years, including 3 for compartment syndrome, 3 for a broken back(with a double spinal fusion), an open appendicitis with sepsis…etc. like I said it was miserable but also the best thing I’ve ever done. My sleep apnea is gone and I can breathe well. Bite the bullet, stay hydrated, (very important!!!) And get through it. You’ll be glad you did. I am a critical care nurse and realized when I was severely dehydrated. I had access to IV fluids and gave myself a few liters. It helped tremendously. Stay hydrated. You’ll be ok..

  53. LS

    I had my tonsils out 1 month ago, and I am 29 and in fair health. I agree with the post that those who have an easier recovery are less likely to discuss it so nearly all of the stories are worst case scenarios. I however had a normal recovery in terms of pain and swelling. It wasn’t fun by any means, and there were other issues no one really talks about. I think everyone complains about the pain so I prepared myself for the worst pain, then was surprised at other issues.

    I had no idea my uvula would swell to about 5 times it’s size. It feels like there’s cotton stuck in your throat but it’s the uvula touching the back of your tongue. You will gag and snore because of this. Of course eating and drinking are nearly impossible. What no one told me was even after my throat healed, the hardest part with eating is not being able to move your tongue. The normal process of pushing food between your teeth is excruciating. I had to place small pieces of food between my teeth with my fingers.

    I was lucky enough to eat soft foods by day 3. I would recommend you not eat anything with strong odors or flavors since the scabs trap food and bacteria and the taste is terrible. I had some BBQ meat and the smoky flavor was aweful since it lingered for days.

  54. CT

    Doing a little research on what other adults are experiencing.
    It seems that the most painful day is 4-6, my Sister in law had hers out earlier this year, she is 47 and was out about 2 weeks. My wife has similar issues and is looking to have hers out. My wife is almost 51 and doesn’t exercise but is in very good health. I am going to have mine out and I am 52 in excellent health, exercise daily. Most folks guess us 10 years younger. Thank you for creating this site. Will post back as we progress.

  55. suzanne amerson

    i regretfully se the ages up here and i am a baby boomer – AARP’er and won’t give my exact age but does anyone know if 45 or 55 plus make a difference and please some tips as looks like I am oldest up here. I have not told MD I will def go thru with surgery as had to think on it but had then all my life and more frequent , the older I get. However my daughter had hers out at 15 and at 30 – still has just as many sore throats – I really want some replies and thansk and God Bless

  56. conzamko

    I had my tonsillectomy done yesterday 7/2/2013. My pain tolerance is pretty high and I haven’t had any pain medication yet. But yes, the pain and discomfort is definitely there but only when swallowing. I’ve had recurrent tonsillitis since 6-7 years old and I’m 31 now. The pain is comparable to my worst episode of tonsillitis minus the neck/ear aches and fever. I’m hoping to remain afebrile (fever free) during this recovery time. My uvula is about quadruple the original size and obstructing some of my airway. I try not to be fixated on it so I won’t feel too anxious. I keep my head elevated and just breathe without thinking too much. I was nauseous and felt like I was unable to burp yesterday after downing 3 liters of fluid. I found walking to be really helpful. I was a surgical nurse for 5 years and I never understood firsthand why I tell my patient walking really helps after surgery. It promotes GI tract movement especially post anesthesia which helps with bloating, nausea, and constipation. 5 minutes of walking outside and taking in fresh air eliminated my nausea completely, decreased discomfort and pain. It was better than laying in bed and being fixated on everything that was wrong. I really believe the doctors when they say keeping hydrated is key. I drink up to 1 Liter of fluids every 3-4 hours; so much that I’m constantly running to the bathroom. I rather do this than have all the complications that I’ve researched on. Day 2 and only taking the antibiotics so far. Praying for a smooth recovery for me and everyone else on this site!

    1. tk7575

      Saturday August 3rd 2013 10pm.
      Firstly thanks to the owner for writing this website, it’s pretty good by all accounts. Today is the first day i have mustered up any energy to read and write anything so thought I would check in. There is a good deal of information on this site but my biggest question so far is; Why doesn’t the GP or Surgeon prepare you for how bad the pain is actually going to be? It seems awfully ridiculous that they don’t prepare you properly for an effective recovery! Anyway here is my story, feel free to steal any ideas to help your self through your own operation.

      So I had my tonsils out at The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle on Wednesday. I know my surgeon has a great reputation and so far it appears he has done a great job. I was in a great deal of pain when i came back from surgery so i ended up sleeping over. (Lesson 1*** You need to manage the nurses or you will not get what you need****) Private or NHS, if you don’t push you are unlikely to get the proper care you need. If you are in severe pain you need the appropriate medication, even if this means PUSH PUSH PUSH.

      Next day i went home, they gave me 60mg codiene to take every 4-6 hours along with some an anti inflamatory meds. It was not strong enough to make the pain subside (Lesson 2**** pre agree with a mate who is a Doctor or your GP that you can see them a couple of days post op to reassess meds. You do NOT NEED TO BE IN PAIN***) I went to the private GP at the Alexandra and got prescribed Tramidol which has been a huge help. The pain has eased up a little meaning i can swallow properly and drink water.

      (Lesson 3**** Borrow a recliner if you can. It’s very difficult to sleep in a normal bed.***) Sleep might be something you can’t do as often as you would have hoped because of the pain, but having the ability to be comfortable will help. If you cant get a recliner/dont have one, get a V shaped pillow.

      (Lesson 4 ***** push a little harder when you feel you can. IE: if you have no pain for 30 mins, try eating some bread, the more you work your throat the quicker it will heal*****)

      There is no real jaw dropping insight into handling this, except have plenty of chicken soup and loction in the freezer ( at least 15 portions) make sure you are surrounded by very supportive people because the pain is immense and you need to be around gentle people, ensure you have decent soft towells to keep cold and wet to wrap your throat. If you are scared go get double checked by the doc. Take appropriate medication – make sure they give it you, do NOT suffer in silence. Keep using your throat as much as possible, do not let yourself dehydrate, basically it will hurt a great deal, high on the pain scale, but it doesnt last forever and i hear the significant benefits of not having constant infection are definitely worth it! I love the idea of saying special prayers for each other, at times it does feel like you can’t see any light.
      Good luck to anyone about to have the op and all the best for a speedy recovery.

      1. Daynelle

        oh man. maybe i shouldn’t have read any of these stories. i am now not looking forward to this surgery, because i’m not a big pain person. i really don’t know anyone who is, but i really am not. my tonsils have caused me a great deal of pain, and i’m constantly getting sore throats, so my doctors and i have decided with the surgery. i’ve been told that the pain is worse than child birth, which freaks me out even more because i haven’t given birth!! i’ll stop being a big baby though, and suck it up.! thank you for your tips!

  57. Zeke

    I posted on the tonsil stone page as well, just wanted to share on the main page. I had my tonsils out this morning, Coblation method. Woke up with minimal pain, they gave me a dose of my liquid Lortab that i am taking just about every 4-5 hours and the pain was gone. I am no light weight to painkillers and was actually surprised how well the Lortab handles the pain. Since I have had no problems swallowing, sorbet, popsicles, had creamy tomato bisque soup for dinner, no problems. My uvula is the only thing swollen so far, and if i lay flat it actually kinda blocks my airway, thats about the only problem ive had so far. When i get to the forth hour i can start to feel it, my pain goes form a 1 to about a 5, i try to wait as long as possible to take it but dont want to wait to long and get behind the power curve. My ENT is great, hes done lots of tonsillectomy’s and appreciates the added difficulties and pain in dealing with adult tonsillectomy. So far, im one of the lucky not horror stories. Things are going great. (hopefully i wont be on here day 6 begging for someone to shoot me)

  58. peanutranch

    Had tonsils removed on May 23 am. Stayed overnight as my spo2 wouldn’t come up above 80%. Been home now since, it is now the 28th. Woke up in a tremendous amount of pain. I’m 47 and have had multiple surgeries, including spinal, orthopedic, compartment syndrome, open appendectomy, etc… This is by far the worst pain I’ve been through. I’ve gone through a pint of Lortab Elixir, and my second one is almost gone. I’m taking 15 mg q 3 hours, plus another 10 of oxycodone. Plus 800 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours. Can’t swallow anything but ice chips an popsickles. I tried some pasta last night and choked on it. Don’t like dairy products so am not eating ice cream. Yesterday was my birthday, my wife made me a crab crepe which I was able to choke down in about 30 minutes. It was SO good. But very difficult to eat. That’s the only solid food I’ve had since 5/22/13. I’m pretty overweight (downright fat) so I’m not worried about losing weight. I believe I’ve lost about 8 or 9 lbs since the surgery. Not worried. The pain is 8/10 in the morning, once I get a handle on it it drops to about a 5. I’m a critical care nurse and understand te pain scale pretty well. This is some pretty damned significant pain. Ice chips and popsickles. Advancing to food as tolerated.

    1. sweet_nothing

      Sorry to hear you were in such high pain. What is spo2? And just wondering what method of tonsillectomy you got? Hope you’re feeling better now.

      1. peanutranch

        SPO2 is the measurement of oxygen saturation. They put a probe on your finger with an infrared light, measures the amount of oxygen in the hemoglobin. Normal spo2 is 95-100%. Mine was in the 60’s. Method? Don’t know actually. I am at day 11 now. Still not eating, but pain is WAY better. Still taking oxycodone about once every 12 hours, and ibuprofen 600mg every 6 for inflammation. I feel 100% better. I can swallow, my eating habits are not back to normal, but eating soft foods with some difficulty. Must say, worst experience ever!

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    1. kaccola

      I am 21 and just had my tonsils removed 4 days ago. Id have to say the pain medicine knocks me out! so the first day I was oblivious to everything. As of my symptoms: My cheeks an throat are swollen, right ear drum is very sore (thats because the right side was3X worse). I have been drinking ice cold water from a plastic cup with a straw; its only think that feels decent. Diet: first tow days it was ice cream, popsicles, eggs, and tortillas with humas. as of day 3 and 4 my pain is stronger actually… I’ve been eating oatmeal wich is delightful, but my swelling hasn’t gone down much. without the meds im sure id be in mad pain, but to be honest im not that bad. just tired of resting. when I wake up in the morning is the worst pain….thats pretty much it. I hope to be all better by day 7.

    1. Alyssa

      All done. I woke up an had no idea they eveven did the surgery. I’ve downed two sprites and I feel like devouring all the food in the cafeteria. Pain post op was about a 2/3 out of 10. Doc says day 3 or 4 should be when the fun kicks in.

        1. Billy

          Hehehe i was the same….had pizza….steak…everything….untill day 4 i think…then something kicked in….demmit…
          I’m on day six now and havn’t slept the whole night….hopefully this is the worst day….cause if it gets anyworse I don’t know :(

          anyway good luck to everyone :)

  60. Alyssa

    I am getting my tonsils and adenoids out today. I’ve been in my room waiting for the last 2 hours and the nerves are growing the longer they keep me here waiting. Since I haven’t been able to eat or drink since midnight I’m starving and dehydrated already. This site and all the different stories from different people have helped me prepare but I’m so ready to get those over with already. Expecting the worst and hoping I will be wrong! Good luck to everyone else.

  61. Yolanda

    I just had the procedure done this morning. Before the procedure i read almost all these stories and was so scared! Am 28
    And when i woke up i felt a bit of discomfort but not as bad as everyone was making it seem. I do have problems swallowing liquids i feel as am choking and its not coming down i also have this phlem sensation that makes me choke even more! I dont know if it actually is mucous or its just my swollen throat! I feel very nauseaus and everytime i get my meds it makes it worse!’ How much longer :(

    1. Karen

      I had my tonsils removed on April 17 and am going into Day 7 of my recovery. I was nauseated and even vomited in recovery the day of surgery and on the way home. My doctor gave me an anti-nausea pill (I don’t remember the name of it) but it melted under your tongue. I would recommend calling and asking for that as it helps. Also force yourself to drink lots of water and/or gatorade. It really helps to stay hydrated. It is very hard to drink. You really have to force it down but it is well worth it. You will feel a lot sicker if you get dehydrated. I also ate pudding or yogurt right after taking the medicine, for one thing to get that taste out of my mouth from the medicine, but also to have something in my stomach so I wouldn’t feel sick. I think since I forced myself to eat soft things and drink a lot from the beginning, I am able to eat more real food now. I have been eating macaroni & cheese and mashed potatoes along with other soft things since Day 3, and I even tried chopped up hamburger today on Day 6. It still hurts to swallow and I have gotten food caught in the holes where the tonsils were, but I take a drink of water and gently swish not gargle to get it out. It is still difficult to eat on Day 7, but not as bad as the beginning. It is also important to stay on top of the medication. I have to take it every 4 hours or I feel miserable. They had me on a steroid too and today was my last day taking it. Maybe that helped also. I also had an antibiotic that I just finished today. Good luck to everyone recovering!

  62. kpeg

    I am 34yrs old and am on day 2 recovery from a tonsillectomy. It’s not that bad. Make sure to have a formable ice pack to wrap around your throat, take meds EVERY 4 hours (set an alarm at night) and drink lots and lots of ice cold beverages. Also, I’ve been eating quite a bit. I don’t want to get sick from pain meds, so apple sauce, fruit cups, instant mashed potatoes, soup, rainbow sherbert…the more I move my jaw and work my throat, the better it is. Pain is worse when I’ve been asleep and just wake up. But, I really psyched myself out reading all these horror story blogs before surgery…these are extreme cases. Not everybody has such a hard time. IT’S NOT THAT BAD!

    1. sweet_nothing

      Thanks for sharing your good story. Did your recovery remain good as the days went on?

  63. Andres

    I’m on day 4 post-surgery. The only way I can justify this pain is knowing that tonsillitis will not be part of my life again. Although for that to happen I have to overcome the toughest pain I have experience so far.
    Even though I don’t have a humidifier as most people here have recommended, I have made sure to keep constantly hydrated. During the day my diet includes at least 5 glasses of water/gatorade mix and other liquids such as soups, smoothies, apple sauce and tons of frozen yogurt. At day 4 I haven’t yet dared to eat any solids but will give eggs a try. Even though sometimes it takes a long time to finish a single glass of water there’s no other way to get it in your system and once your throat goes dry you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep it moist.

    All I hope is that after today the pain starts to ease down and I can finally start eating some solid food. The throat-ear pain combination has not let me sleep for lapses longer that 2 hrs since I had the surgery and my bad mood (thanks to my severe pain) is wearing off my gf.
    Oh yeah and I’m running low on Tylenol 3 :( I hope I can start seeing light at the end of this dark tunnel

  64. Jesse

    I have to have a t & a on may 2nd. I thought I would be tough and could handle this but the more I read the more I am unsure about this choice. Although I know I can no longer live with strep, tonsil stones, and thoat infections. My mom has offered to drive up here and sit with me til I am released but then she wants to drive me back to her house which is two hrs away. Not sure this is a good idea. Other option is to have a friend sit with me and drive me home… where I would be alone. I am 25 so hopefully because I am young I will heal faster. Grrr. Darn. I do have 10 or 11 days off of work and boss said she would work with me but I cannot afford to be off more than 10 days.

    1. Katerdid

      I would recommend going home with your mom so she can take care of you. You will still be drugged up so the two hour car ride probably won’t be as bad as you think. You really will appreciate having someone to help you out. I am single and if I wouldn’t have had my sister numerous people coming over several times a day for 10 days I don’t think I would have made it!

  65. J.Reese

    It is almost 12:30am, night before my surgery (6am). I am nervous. Of course going online and reading horror stories is not helping. I am a 28 year old female, tonsil issues aside, in good health. No children, and a pretty useful husband. I am well prepared, just scared of waking out of anesthesia, to shake my fists and curse my own name. You know, for forcing me to do this to myself. My question is, what really took you by surprise and how did you overcome?

  66. Chris

    Hello everyone, I am 10 days into my post op surgery. While my throat still hurts and I lose my voice at not and/or if I talk to much, I’m going along pretty good. The 3rd and 4th day after was pure hell and my surgeon told me to expect that. It seems as though ALL of the issues and pain hit me those two days. I did not want to do anything but lay curled up in bed and cry through it.
    For the first 5 days it was nothing but water, gatorade, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and popcicles. I knew that the key to get through this was to stay hydrated. By Wednesday, I added pancakes with lots of butter and eggs and rice with gravy but keep up the liquids in great amounts, way more than was recommended. At this point I still was not talking at all and was on Percocets. They were too strong for me so I would only take half anf it still worked fine. Also I started seeing the scabbing at the back of my mouth. From the beginning, mucous would building up in the back of my throat that tasted horrible and smelled bad. That was the issue for me the entire first week.I started gargling but you have to be careful with that so as not to “burn” your throat or cause the scabs to start coming off prematurely.
    As for sleeping, I didn’t get much of it as I was afraid of drying out my mouth so I got “cat naps” in as much as possible. I bought a humidifier and it was helpful. I naturally sleep with my mouth open so I knew drying out was going to be an issues for me. Sleep upright or on your side with your head elevated. I slumped down a couple of times and ended up choking which added to the pain.
    As I’ve said, I had to cut down on my presribed meds but by Friday ( 7 days post-op) I started taking tylenol which worked well. I am now 10 days post-op and I am basically eating what I want with no issues at all. My throat is still sore and I it hurts when Italk too much but other than that, I can honestly say that I have no major issues or discomfort. The key is keeping your throat wet constantly and getting those throat muscle working as soon as you can so that they healing process can begin. I am 47 years old and this was the worse pain that I have ever had in all of the expeiences that I have been through. Out o the 10 days I’ve been dealing with this, two were the worse but once you get pass that, you’re good. Plus it helps to have someone with you to help out. In my case, it was my Mom. Good luck and I’ll keep posting!!!!

    1. Angela

      Hi Chris, well I am 49 years of age and this has been the most excrutiating painful experience I have ever had to endure. I am on day 6 today and I have just had a raspberry pannecotta desert for dinner just so I had something in my tummy for the meds to take too. OMG, I have just felt like curling up and dying. I’ve had 2 kids and numerous other surgeries, but nothing could be compared to this. I am hoping my recovery time is not too long, as I am supposed to be back at work next week! Lets hope it was all worth it for the times that I won’t have to deal with tonsilitis time and time again. Hope you are recovering well now. Cheers.

  67. vee

    Hello- I’m afraid my doctor may suggest I remove my tonsils. They get infected at least 3 times a year. Would anyone mind sharing why they had the procedure done? Thanks! :)

  68. K.

    Thought I’d check back in. I had my Tonsillectomy exactly one week ago today. The worst of the pain I’ve experienced seemed to appear early Monday morning and gradually increased through early Tuesday morning. It remained through yesterday afternoon before it started to decrease, slightly. It’s difficult to describe the pain; it isn’t incapacitating, but it can be rather bothersome. It’s worse than the worst sore throat you’ve probably ever had. It almost feels like there’s shards of glass in your throat. I guess I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had any ear, jaw, or tongue pain or any other pains associated with the surgery.

    Now, I’ve been doing my best to keep up on my liquid intake, so I’m sure the pain would’ve been worse had I not. Even though I’ve kept a humidifier going full-blast next to my bed side, the absolute worst pain has been when I’ve had to get up at 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM for my medicine. Like it or not, your throat will dry out a bit if you sleep for more than an hour or so. I don’t seem to be swallowing when I sleep, either. The first couple swallows when you wake up are horrible! I had been eating applesauce before my 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM medicine doses, but I gave that up Tuesday morning because the pain had reached a point where all I wanted to do was down the medicine and curl back up in bed. It was worth it to me to risk an upset stomach due to taking the medicine on an empty stomach than to eat anything. (I never did get an upset stomach.)

    You work through the pain, though. Usually, after I was up and had taken the medicine, it would subside to a point where I could get comfortable and go back to sleep or continue on with whatever. And, even with the pain increasing, I’m happy to say I’ve been eating “real” food for at least one meal since Sunday evening. What’s worked so far — small fish fillets, fish sticks, macaroni & cheese, plain chicken, boiled eggs, and pain spaghetti noodles. I even ate two pieces of garlic toast with the spaghetti two nights ago. No issues at all. It tasted so good! I just got over chicken broth and plain foods. I’m also over drinking liquids — around Monday evening, the taste in the back of my mouth got really weird, and Gatorade seemed to make it worse. Water also made it linger, but not as bad. Even brushing my teeth/tongue didn’t seem to do much for it. Anyway, I got sick of it, so I started supplementing popsicles two days ago between my meals. I’ll eat a bunch of them throughout the day, but they don’t seem to affect that strange taste in the back of my mouth or make it as bad as some liquids did. Also, it’s really helped my throat feel better.

    I still haven’t favored hot food over cold food or cold food over hot food. I’ve eaten warm, hot, cold, room temperature … It doesn’t seem to make a difference, to me. I haven’t seemed to favor any particular sleeping position, either. I usually sleep on my side, and that’s what I’ve been doing since the first night home. I haven’t had any problems.

    I’m happy to say the pain seems to’ve lessened a bit today, although I’m still not interested in talking. I haven’t said much since Monday afternoon. Besides being hoarse, it just makes my throat hurt worse when I talk a lot. It’s good if you can have someone around for at least the first week to help you. Although I’ve been up and out of bed, sometimes, all you’ll want to do is sleep or stay quiet. I don’t think anyone should expect to go back to work or return to their normal schedule for at least 7-10 days, if not longer.

    I’ve also cut my Hydrocodone from 3 teaspoons every 4 hours to 3 teaspoons every 8 hours. It happened on accident, actually. It took me so long to eat my lunch (as you’ll find, eating is a task), that I missed my 3:00 PM dose. I didn’t realize it until about an hour and a half later, so I waited until 7:00 PM. I didn’t have any extra pain, so I decided to just see if I could stick to that. The Hydrocodone made me feel kind-of ‘blah’ to begin with. It works almost immediately for pain, but it does have some side effects.

    Anyway, one week down, some more time still to go. Just thought I’d give an update. I haven’t been able to open my mouth wide enough to see what’s going on in my throat, so I can’t really comment on how that looks. It felt like something came loose the other night when I was eating, but the sensation went away after a few minutes. I haven’t experienced any bleeding or other problems, so I don’t know if it’s scabbed over yet or not.

    It still isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be!

  69. Meg

    I am day 13 post op and at this point am feeling great; however, something odd has been happening. The past 3 nights I suddenly get the sensation that I have something stuck in my throat and I cough up this light green “blob”, which appears to be hard mucus. It looks very similar to a small piece of celery. It is dry and hard and cannot be crushed like a tonsil stone and there is no odor to it. It kind of has a rubbery feel to it. Is this normal? It has happened 3 times. I had a lot of congestion and phlegm after surgery so I am hoping that I am just coughing up mucus buildup.

  70. David

    Just had tonsillectomy march 25. 36 hours into recovery. Was going much better than I was expecting until this evening. Had pain in throat and jaw that was manageable with Percocet (oxycodone) and Tylenol 3s every 4 hrs. Tonight, my jaw started stiffening more and it has become more difficult for me to open my mouth. As well, there seems to be a gland noticeably popping out under my right jaw, which is the side I’m noticing more pain.

    I’ve stayed hydrated since surgery, drinking ice water, sticking to jello, Popsicles, and scrambled eggs. Thank god my parents have been here to help me for the week. I wouldn’t have managed well on my own. I’m just wondering if this slight increase in pain discomfort is a sign of things to come over the next few days, as a part of the ‘gets worse before it gets better’ cycle so apparently common in tonsillectomy recoveries.

    Will post with an update on how next few days go. So far, it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting, but I’m now seeing signs that make me somewhat worried I have fallen into the trap of a false sense of security.

    1. Squish

      Seems like we had ours removed around the same time. I also felt normal right after surgery, my scabs formed right away, and have even partially fell off, I think it’s from all the water I’m drinking. As bad as it hurts I’m chugging as much water as I can, I’m barley about to go on day 2, and actually don’t feel that bad. It’s 2:45am, and I still haven’t been able to sleep since I was released from surgery. I turned off all the fans and turned on the humidifier and vaporizer which helps a ton to prevent dry throat. Also putting ice packs on your neck helps too. Just drink, drink, and drink water no matter how uncomfortable it gets. Let me know how your days are getting (better, or worse). I’m preparing myself for day 3-7… Hopefully it won’t be that bad. Lets hang in there!

      1. christy

        I wish I was doing that well, I just had surgery yesterday and have the horrible taste in my mouth, my neck, throat and mouth are killing me and everytime i try to drink anything water or anything it feels like it isnt going down, I do not have pain meds in liquid form but have tried everything I know. Just getting a drink of water, I have to hold a paper towel under my mouth and chin because it does not go down, just tiny amounts do. I tried the ice cream yesterday and woke up very sick last nite, so today i ate a total of 2 teaspoons of pudding. I have no idea what is goign on with me but it seems this slobbering thing is really a nuisance and is now trying to get better except when sleeping or trying to drink fluids. thnk you for sharing i am going to try some of your ideas :)

  71. Beth

    Hi everyone,
    I’m 21 and have had acute tonsillitis for the last 9 years and I get tonsillitis over 4 times a year. I’m due to have my op in the next few weeks and I’m pretty scared!
    Some of the posts put me at ease and some freak me out!
    I’m currently living with my partner but he works away so after the op he won’t be able to look after me. After reading some posts i was hoping that after the operation I would be well enough to endure the 3 hour drive back to my mums (not driving) I’ve heard that the symptoms aren’t too horrendous just after surgery; if anyone could share some light on this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks all, good luck x

    1. Squish

      Hi, I’m a 20 yr old female and I’ve had a tonsillectomy done today. After surgery I felt fine, just uncomfortable. When I arrived home I drank a lot if ice water, and I even ate small macaroni and chewed my food down very well, it’s now 8:04pm and I have taken an he nap, and I feel my throat a lot more uncomfortable but not unbearable pain, I’m forcing myself to drink lots of water and that is helping me. Hope this helps(:
      Don’t be nervous, I was given meds in my IV before the operation to calm me down and I don’t even remember falling asleep.

    2. Squish

      Also Beth, don’t let the horror stories scare you! I was absolutely terrified of having my tonsils removed… I’ve read of unbearable pain, emergency room visits due to pain and bleeding. You’ll be fine on the first day. I just take my meds on time, as far as drinking water it gets more uncomfortable throughout the day, but force yourself to drink it. It’ll help you heal faster, eat baby food, yogurt, smoothies etc. I’m trying to stay away from dairy, so I’m eating popsicles! Which I don’t mind. Don’t be scared. This is only my day 1, same day. Ill keep posting on my recovery, I just wanted to put a positive response for someone.(:

  72. Emma Smith

    Hello, I am 33y female who is on my 5th day post op. before my tonsillectomy this site helped prepare me for what I could expect after surgery, so I would like to thank everyone who has shared their stories of recovery on here.
    my own recovery was going well, day 1 and 2 pain was controlled by regular meds and iced water. I found eating buttered toast helped me more than sticking to soft foods as it seemed to relieve the scratchy pain in my throat for a few minutes. on day 3 everything was going as normal with pain meds etc, pain had only very slightly increased, but I was expecting that so decided to try and sleep through it if I could. I lay down at about 10:30am and at about 10:50 I woke with a mouth full of blood. I ran to the bathroom and kept my head over the sink as blood literally flowed out of my mouth. my boyfriend called for an ambulance and by the time it arrived a few minutes later, my bathroom sink was nearly full of my own blood. I got to hospital and the blood kept flowing, I lost over 3 pints of blood in about an hour. the maddest thing was, the pain disappeared! anyway, thanks to this site, I didn’t panic, the drs tried some hydrogen peroxide which I had to gargle, it foamed up in my mouth but didn’t stop the haemorrhage, then they tried packing the back of my throat with gauze but that just made me gag. in the end, they had to rush me to theatre to put me back out and cauterize the wound. apparently it was due to a burst blood vessel near old tonsillitis scar tissue on the lining of my throat! Anyway, after spending 2 nights on high dependency ward, I managed to get myself home. my throat doesn’t look as bad as it did before the bleed, I cant see any scabs, just red and swollen with maybe a thin white coating. maybe its because my ent surgeons keep telling me to eat regular food not soft stuff. Has Any one else experienced a haemorrhage? if so, please tell me if after the surgery to fix it, the recovery timescale goes back to day 1 or does it carry on as normal? im only asking this as its day 5 for me and pain is still not too bad. I am absolutely terrified of having another bleed though.

    1. Squish

      I was actually told not to eat toast…. Since your incisions are still great and thin, and very sensitive. I know it might help the scabs go down, but let them fall on their own time. It’s my first day from surgery, and I ate very soft macaroni and it still made my throat bleed slightly. Not enough to call an ambulance though. I am a medical assistant, and not a dr, but soft foods is my advice if you want to give it a try?

  73. K.

    Me, again. Sorry to be making so many individual posts, but when I try to reply to my original comment, nothing happens.

    Anyway, I just wanted to check back in now that I’ve made it through Day # 3.

    Friday was Day # 2 for me, and it went relatively well. I actually slept okay Thursday evening after making my initial post on here. :) I got up at 3:00 AM and again at 7:00 AM to keep up with the pain medicine. When I decided to get up and out of bed, the pain was no more or less than it was on Thursday. I ate one soft-scrambled egg along with two servings of that Gerber rice cereal for breakfast. Lunch was a bowl of homemade chicken and wild rice soup — I cut it with about a cup of water so it wouldn’t be as “heavy.” For dinner, I had more of the watered-down mashed potatoes I had such success with the evening before along with two more servings of the Gerber rice cereal and two pieces of white bread. I snacked on Rice Krispies and applesauce throughout the day. I again drank many bottles of Gatorade and many glasses of water. I couldn’t even tell you how much I drunk, I just know it was between 16-20 oz. per hour.

    My pain medicine schedule is every four hours, so I was again up at 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM this morning to keep up with that. I slept relatively well again last night — no issues. I’ve had the humidifier going on high whenever I’m in bed, so that might be helping. Each time I get up in the middle of the night to take medicine, I eat a cup of applesauce and also drink two glasses of water. I slept in a little longer this morning just because I could. When I got up for good, I did notice my throat was a little more sore than it was Friday morning. It wasn’t anything horrible, though. I haven’t experienced a completely dry throat in the mornings when I wake up (and I’m doing everything I can to avoid that). I again had one soft-scrambled egg and two servings of Gerber rice cereal for breakfast.

    I can’t quite put my finger on what was bothering me today, but I felt a little off once I got up and moving. I think my body is just finally catching up to what actually happened to it. It’s funny because one of my friends had a Tonsillectomy on the same day I did, and he’s been more uncomfortable and not able to eat as much as I have. Anyway, I haven’t really experienced any of the horrific things some other people have described. Sure, my uvula is swollen still, and my throat is a little sore, but it isn’t anything that’s unmanageable. My ears don’t hurt, but my head does feel a little stuffy. I’ve been popping my ears on and off all day long. At any rate, I think the loopy feeling the pain medicine leaves me with is worse right now than anything else. If I didn’t know any better, I’d just think I had a head cold/sore throat.

    I had that Lipton noodle soup along with some watered-down mashed potatoes for a late-lunch/early-dinner. I followed that with two servings of diced peaches, a bowl of Rice Krispies, and another two servings of Gerber rice cereal. My diet isn’t all too exciting, but it’s working for me. I snacked on popsicles and Italian ice cups throughout the day. Today was another heavy Gatorade and water day as well. Anytime I’m just sitting, I try to make it a point to sip on something. I think the liquid-intake has been helping as well.

    Anyway, that’s about it. Still a long ways to go, but hopefully, this will encourage those who are worried about having their tonsils out. Just keep up with your pain medicine and liquids. The surgery itself is nothing at all.

    I’ll check in again in a few more days. I’m going to try to start adding some other soft foods to my diet in the coming days. I’m hungry!

    Take care, everyone. :)

  74. K.

    Diane Keeler, in response to your concern over weight loss, being a naturally-small person, I have the same concern (especially after losing so much weight as a result of chronic Tonsillitis issues). I stocked up on all sorts of different foods, not knowing what will really work best. Here’s some of what I bought:

    – Gerber Rice Cereal for Babies (See my original post for more information about this. Buy this!)
    – Oatmeal
    – Cream of Wheat
    – Gerber “Graduates” Diced Apples
    – Applesauce
    – Diced Peaches
    – White Rice
    – Pasta, the SMALLEST pasta pieces I could get (Barilla Brand “Ditalini”). I plan on cooking it very soft.
    – White Bread – I plan on soaking it in Chicken Broth.
    – Eggs for Soft-Scrambled Eggs
    – Popsicles! I also bought some Italian Ice cups (non-citrus), Minute Made Juice Bars, and a lot of those frozen push-pops. I don’t like ice cream and most cold dairy products, so that along with pudding, yogurt, Ensure, milk shakes, malts, etc., is right out.
    – Instant Mashed Potatoes – I added twice as much water as it calls for in order to make it more soupy.
    – Gatorade – The “higher calorie” types.
    – Fruit Juices (No citrus!)

    I literally just had my Tonsillectomy Thursday morning, so I’m still feeling pretty good from the Operating Room drugs! I’ll let you know what else I discover that’s post-op. friendly but not completely devoid of calories.

    I hope this helps you some. :)

  75. K.

    I had my Tonsillectomy yesterday (Thursday, March 21st) at 9:15 AM. Honestly, there was nothing to the surgery at all. The most I remember is climbing up on to the operating table, the anesthesiologist injecting something into my I.V., my arm stinging, a strange taste in my mouth, my face feeling ‘prickly,’ blinking twice, and boom! Out. The next two memories I have are of the nurse removing some sticky spots from my chest where some of their equipment was hooked up and being wheeled, in bed, from recovery back to my room. I remember reading the wall clock at that point in time, it was 10:15 AM.

    Apparently, I had also taken some liquid Motrin when I was in recovery, but I don’t remember that at all. I don’t remember ANY of my recovery period. I don’t remember at what point the cup of water and ice appeared, either, but I did sip on it for a while before being offered a treat. I finished three cherry popsicles by the time I was up and out the door. I really didn’t have any strange side effects from the anesthesia, just the lack of memory from first waking up and a feeling of heaviness when I first got out of the hospital bed. The heaviness passed quickly. On the way home, I did feel a tiny bit sick to my stomach, but I didn’t get sick. I took the anti-nausea medicine I had been prescribed once I got home, and that worked out well for me. It’s a small tablet that disolves on your tongue, no swallowing involved.

    Hearing some of the horror stories I had heard regarding getting sick off of the pain killer — I was prescribed Hydrocodone, which is basically the liquid form of Vicodin — I wanted to try to get something in my stomach. I ate two servings of Gerber’s Rice Cereal for Babies (BUY THIS!). You mix a 1/4 C. of it with 1/2 C. water and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. It’s fluffy and very easy to eat. It tastes good and is just the thing to make you feel full enough to take medicine. I also had a cup of applesauce, which also went down easily. (On my way home, I had also finished a 20 oz. Gatorade — I wanted to make sure I started hydrating A.S.A.P.)

    I followed the cereal and applesauce with some Rice Krispies — no, it didn’t hurt eating them. I just chewed them up real well. I ate them dry, no milk. Before my next dose of pain killer, I ate an entire pouch of instant mashed potatoes; we made them with twice the amount of water called for so they were nice and soupy. Mashed potatoes never tasted better! I also had a bowl of Lipton’s noodle soup with chicken broth — it’s very easy to eat because the noodles are tiny, and it isn’t salty like most of Campell’s broth soups. I also finished a 32 oz. Gatorade and an additional 20 oz. Gatorade during this time. Water, too. (I’m taking my pain medicine every four hours.) Before this last dose of pain medicine, I ate another serving of the Gerber cereal and a popsicle. I’m planning on eating a cup of applesauce with my 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM doses. I’m also about to take another anti-nausea tablet before getting some sleep.

    I currently have the humidifier going next to my bed, too. Just to be safe!

    Please don’t worry too much about the surgery itself and the remainder of that day. I’ve had very MINIMAL pain, about the same as a slightly sore throat. I can drink, eat soft foods, and take the medicine. My uvula is swollen to about twice is normal size, but it hasn’t caused any issues yet. My ENT did a wonderful job, and my throat isn’t as horrific looking as I thought it would be. I spent the day on the sofa downstairs watching movies when I wasn’t up and eating. I drifted off to sleep a couple of times, but I didn’t want to just go to bed for the rest of the day. Truth is, I was hungry!

    By the way, I’m a 30-year-old female. I’ve had chronic Tonsillitis since this past October, and my ENT decided this would be the best course of action. I had never had Strep, Tonsillitis, or any other throat-related issues up until this chronic Tonsillitis presented itself. My tonsils were still swollen and inflamed when they came out.

    Anyway, I’ll keep everyone posted with my recovery. I’m really not looking forward to it because it seems to go downhill before getting better, but I’m hoping regular medication intervals and lots of Gatorade and water will make a slight difference.

    Hang in there, everyone! :)

  76. Diane Keeler

    #1 How did you swallow your pain meds? By the sound of it, swallowing saliva is a challenge! I take a lot of medication already four times a day. The only pain medication that worked after brain surgery was Tylenol with codeine (big hard pill) accompanied by Phenergan since codeine makes me sick. This is an issue that stresses me out. I don’t want the medication to cause additional pain or rip up healthy healing scabs. As you can see, this is an issue I need to figure out. Any help is richly appreciated. Thank you for your postings. I’ve been keeping a record of the obvious things I need to know, do and not do!

    #2 What’s the most practical position to sleep in? I read several times that people woke up gagging or choking on blood. I’d like to avoid that!

    #3 So far this is what I gathered, I need a humidifier, lots of ice water, a cold pack for my neck, and sore throat lozenges, I feel like I need to know more!

    #4 I am very concerned about losing too much weight. I’m teetering on the low end of my ideal weight. I can’t eat pudding or anything with milk products (causes phlegm), which rules out Ensure. Do you have any ideas to help me there?

    As my new friends, I trust you’ll take good care of me.
    Thank you!

  77. Paul

    Having used this forum to get my head in the right place for my tonsillectomy, I figure it’s only fair to share my story. I had suffered from intermittent tonsillitis from my late twenties. Following glandular fever in my early thirties, my tonsils enlarged and never shrank again. From this point, my tonsillitis became more frequent and more resistant to antibiotics. I had surgery to remove them shortly before my 37th birthday and don’t regret it for a second.
    Immediately after the surgery, I was offered a popsicle (I mean straight away, I was in recovery and couldn’t eat it because I couldn’t stay conscious, but it was a nice thought I guess). As soon as I was able, I started on the iced water, and after a few hours I was able to eat soup and some soft sandwiches. The night after my surgery I threw up for the one and only time, but thanks to the copious amount of iced water it wasn’t very acidic and therefore not at all painful. I had discomfort rather than pain for the first few days, my worst symptom was lack of sleep. There was only one position I was able to sleep in comfortably because of the swelling in my neck, whenever I moved out of it I was unable to breathe, which woke me up. Not fun, but not as bad as it sounds.
    From day three onwards the swelling began to subside and the pain kicked in. Initially the pain was from the beating my jaw and neck had taken from being wrenched about. No worse than a sprained ankle, but a little uncomfortable. I also had a burn on one side of my tongue which was sore, but healed fairly fast.
    Around day five the scabs started to loosen and the wounds made themselves felt. At worst the pain was similar to the pain I experienced when a tonsil split from swelling. Nasty, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Unlike some people, I didn’t have too much pain at night. I’d typically wake up once around 1:30 for top up pain meds, read for about an hour to allow them to kick in, them sleep for another 4 hours or so. Mornings were when the pain was worst, largely due to my throat having dried out overnight. The best thing I found to help this was Up & Go, a really thick meal replacement milkshake. It coated the throat and helped to moisten it again quickly.
    From day eight or so I was sleeping through the night without waking, and by day ten the pain had really subsided. I stopped the pain meds around day twelve, round about when I successfully munched a pack of thai chilli Doritos.
    I returned to work as a Primary School teacher after two and a half weeks without any problems.
    I know it’s been said, but keeping your fluids up is really important. Iced water is great as chomping the ice cubes loosens up your throat and jaw muscles and reduces the swelling. However, from around day four, I suddenly couldn’t tolerate the cold anymore.
    In summary, the surgery isn’t a great deal worse than the illness it cures and it’s only once (rather than every six weeks like the illness).

  78. Diane

    I can’t reply to posts. Can someone please tell what the trick is! When I click on respond to this NOTHING happens. I really need to be able to connect to other posts so my comment now is HELP!

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Sorry you’re having trouble Diane. Comments are limited to 5 respnses to each comment. Could it be that the original comment has 5 already?

  79. kevin

    Im am 35 am scheduled to have this done on the 9th of April. Reading all of this has made me very nervous about this whole procedure.

    1. Anonymous

      I am 41 and had the surgery on March 13. I first week was rough. Avoid letting your mouth get dry, the resulting pain is bad. Really cold drinks were hard to drink, room temp worked better for me. Good luck

  80. Terri

    4 days until the big day. I am going shopping for supplies for recovery today. Got the humidifier and ice shaver listed as 1&2 on the list. Thank you for all the info to help me prepare for procedure and recovery.

    1. greg

      The countdown! Best of luck to you! And thanks for shopping through the site. A small portion of sales (anything on Amazon when reached through this site) goes to support us. So thank you! Stay in touch!

    2. Terri

      Tomorrow is the big day, and I’m a little nervous, but I guess I’m as ready as I ever will be. Thanks for all the information available on your site.

  81. MRJ

    March 7 – day 8. I am a ok. I thought I had been on the meds too long so I tried to reduce the number of times I took it yesterday. Not a good idea. I was unable to tolerate the pain well. Today though I am. The pain is apparent but not constant. It is only when I swallow or need to quietly clear my throat. So I will take meds approx every 4 hrs now instead of 3-3/12. I am still only eating eggs, apple sauce, watermelon. I’n not pushing the food envelope. I haven’s had hunger pains yet. I think it’s psychological. Becz I know I can’t eat every and anything, my body doesn’t tease me with hunger pains. I’m not sure about the smelly breath. Everyone around me said it isn’t bad yet. I brush twice a day including my tongue. Mainly because my juices, food and water feel like they are cake up on my tongue. Brushing does make it feel better. I don’t gargle per the doctor. My ears (other than that one time) don’t hurt. But all pain is apparent. Sitting and waiting for me to make a move or turn. (Yarning, uncontrolled cough, eating, etc) I have not iced today (day 8), but I am still drinking plenty off water , slushings and ice chip. I experienced dryness in my sleep last night and immediately drank water. So I did not get the dry mouth pain. Every so often I use Cepacol Hydra lozenges. very very mild and soothing. No mint at all. You forget they are in your mouth. I tried a fourth of a spoon of luke warm mash potatoes. Sent all kinds of bells, whistles and alarms off in my head. Pain radiated everywhere it could on my face. And I do mean radiated. Weird because I had barely warm mash a couple of days ago with no problem. So warm is out for me right now. Last night, different story. That’s all I have. Hope it helps.

  82. Tonsiless

    Brilliant forum guys. I’m day 7 now and hope the worst is over. I was lulled into a false sense of security as my first few days were surprisingly easy, then the pain intensified day 3-6. I got a little worried day 4 when I woke with a mouthful of blood. I then vomitted a fair amount too. I eventually flushed it all out – looked like chopped liver, very gross. Had another small bleed in the arvo but nothing since (cross fingers). I’m constantly drinking chilled water (keep plenty of bottles in the fridge) and even take them to bed. Sleeping is difficult some times, I often gag awake or drool.
    Keep up the meds – you get reminded pretty quickly when they’re due. One of the worst things is Melbourne is enjoying beautiful autumn weather but I can’t head out and enjoy it. I venture to my hammock some arvos and daydream that this will all be over soon. Hang in there all. Thanks to everyone that has posted and help me be more optimistic.

    1. MRJ

      Glad you are doing better. You are so right. No matter what stay on your schedule. When the pain does kick in, if would probably be worse if you didn’t medicate and ice regularly

  83. alicia

    Thanks for posting some of the positive feedback.. I am 34 and scheduled for my tonsillectomy in a couple weeks… i like the advice and the tips… i am so nervous…

    1. MRJ

      Try not to be nervous. It will be over before you know it.But since you have a head start, get everything ahead of time. Water, bags of ice (my fridge makes ice but it was not enough), humidifier, power surge, pillows, pre-made ice bags for throat,sip cups (I use Cool Gear has a hard straw and is double walled), spoons and napkins for your sorbet, apple sauce, meds, etc. Don’t worry about eating. I still do no have an appetite. Except for today, I have had it easy and I really believe it was the icing. Good Luck and God Speed. (P.S., I took my meds every 3 hours not every 4. Close to the 4th hour, I could fell the pain creeping up)

    2. JJ

      Alicia–I am also 34 and had my tonsillectomy 2 weeks ago today. It generally wasn’t as bad as I’d heard. It was painful, but no worse than a bad sore throat. My biggest problem was from nausea, which was intermittent through the first 4 or 5 days. I don’t know if it was from the pain meds, the constant cold drinks/foods I was intaking, hunger, or lack of activity. As far as food goes, everybody recommended ice cream, popsickles, fruit smooties, and plenty of other sweet things, but after day 2 I couldn’t handle any more sugar–could’ve been a cause for nausea? Make sure you have a plan in place for some non-sweet foods too–broths, soups, eggs, mashed potatoes, etc. That’s the advice I was missing! Try not to be nervous, just stick to the plan the doctor gives you and the advice you read here and you’ll be fine! I had one bout with bleeding but called the doc, gargled ice water and sprayed Affrin (the doc gave me some to take home with me) directly into my throat and it stopped shortly afterward. The time passes pretty quickly on the meds and it won’t seem like you’re down for that long. 2 weeks in, there is still some pain when swallowing, sneezing, yawning, but overall, it’s not a big deal. I’m only taking occasional tylenol now. Good luck! You’ll be fine!

  84. MRJ

    First and foremost THANK GOD. I had adult Tonsillectomy (I’m 60). and I have very little pain. I had a growth that could not be removed without removing my tonsils. I read all the blogs I could find and the number one post was pain. I have kept an ice pack on my neck, sipped on water every 10 minutes an taken the pain med religiously. I have stayed over hydrated. This is day 2 for me. I have eaten popcycles and apple sauce. but II really haven’t been hungry. So the best advice I can give is to keep an ice pack on your neck, stay hydrated and stay on the medicine. I take it every 2 1/2 3 hours. Thank you Jesus. I am literally pain free.

    1. Anonymous

      Ok. This is now day 4 for me. And I am doing fine. I run a humidifier 24/7. 1 take my meds every 2 1/2-3 hours. I drink plenty of water, even at night. Because. Of this regiment, I hardly sleep,but I’d rather be sleep deprived think in the pain everyone talks of. Today I had mashed potatoes, boiled chicken and broccoli. Everyone take meds every 3 hrs. Run that humidifiers and drink every time yu think abt it. I also eat a lo of pop cycles and sorbet

        1. Anonymous

          Day 5. No severe pain. I have Been careful to stay very hydrated and keeping the ice pack on. If I don’t there is a low dull pain. I have a couple of cool gear cups been keeping them filled. I have stayed away from milk. Make my mouth feel full of something. When I use milk products. Still on mash potatoes overcook broccoli and carrots and chicken. Had company last night. Felt pretty good. Loopy but good

          1. MRJ

            March 6 day 7. ok. Here we go. The pain is now a seven if I don’t breath. And that’s all I want to do at a minimum. I did not ice at around 3a and my throat let me know it. There is no going back. you can’t make up what you didn’t do. I am now a true believer in ice and ice water. It does’ keep the swelling down and the cold keeps your throat numb. So no matter how craze it looks, how lazy you may feel, keep ice on it, all the time. A big blob of matter fell off and I swallowed it last nite. I am going to assume that is what everyone called a scab. It finally turned coffee stained brown (it was yellow). Anyway I swallowed it and the pain is greater on that side than the right. My left side had the growth on it. I have blogged twice and texted twice and have no idea were any of it landed. Hopefully it will get better as the day wears on. BUT I CANNOT STRESS ICE,ICE, ICE. Run a humidifier, Sip on cold water, not room temperate, ice cold. If you fell better,still take your medicine. It takes triple long to get it back in your system than to just stay on your schedule. That’s all. After 6 1/2 days 1 slip up and I fell like hell. But trust me, I m on ice and water triple time.

          2. Anonymous

            I’m back. I’m back. I’m back. Took meds twice. I iced nonstop. No more pain. Whoa. Whoa. Won’t do that again. Eating watermelon now with band of ice on my throat. If I could duck tape it there I would. I’m back. I’m back. I’m back. No joke. Ice ice and ice stay super hydrated. I’m convinced that’s why my “scab” fell off with ease and no aggregation. You r probably tired of me by now. Have a pain free surgery.

    2. Anonymous

      Do you continue doing fine? For me it’s day one, and so far I have been doing the same things you are doin and I feel fine. Than you for posting your comments. Please reply.

  85. Tammy

    Well today is day 10 for me;) I survived! I cant believe it. This has been a horrible recovery process though, and talk
    about pain! I am 35 years old, and a mom to two girls. I have given birth..naturally to one…and I must say, atleast birth comes to and end once baby is born. I would rather give birth! You never see an end in sight because the pain is tremendous. My ears,jaw,throat,head hurt sooo bad. The pain was throbbing and sharp. I used ice and the pain meds every 3 hours. I ended up in emerg. Infection “somewhere” but not my throat apparently. I had atelicites from the anesthietic- lower lobes partially deflated if you will- I know I had intubation-induced pneumonia.Coughing up green disgusting phlegm 2-3 days post op.I have survived on water. I found yogurt, icecream,apple sauce, mashed potatoes,pasta..all was too thick. Everything felt thick. My tongue is still swollen, the uvula has finally shrunk! I would wake up gasping for air the first 6 days cause the uvula was soooo swollen it cut off my airway! This was, is, a horrible recovery. I am just hoping Im out of the hemmorage window..Im still not eating, it hurts and I feel so sick after. I have lost 20 lbs. I eat some porridge, some pasta, some rice pudding my mom makes..its delicious:) Today is the first day I feel a little more like me. I cleaned up, and have had no meds. The pain is there but tolerable with fluids. I think the scabs have fallen off. I still cant open up my mouth all the way 7 I could finally brush my teeth..ick!
    I read these posts after, and prior to surgery. This has definetly helped me. We all heal differently, and I just recommend try not to get impatient, keep your mind busy. Eat little and DRINK DRINK DRINK even though it’s hell! Also, try and remember it will end. Day 6-7 were agony..I just wanted to lie there and cry. Have faith, hope and you will be ok. Good luck to you all!!

    1. Anonymous

      I’m 26 and just had my tonsillectomy today.. My god do I now know what a sore throat is.. After the morphine wore off the pain kicked in and regardless of the pain relief I’ve taken since it hasn’t left me!! I keep waking up with the sensation that I’m gonna choke as I can’t swallow my saliva.. I’m trying to eat and drink as I want a speedy recovery but it’s easier said than done!! I’m hoping each day gets easier nor worse..

  86. Diana Marie

    Day 6 of recovery, and I can’t say it has been horrible! The worst pain that I have felt are in the mornings, or whenever I wake up from a nap, even if my pain medicine takes have not lapsed. It will feel like my throat is on fire, but after some liquid lortab, followed by fresh ice water, I feel much better.
    Today, I felt exhausted, and really didn’t want to leave my bed. I may have also been running a low grade fever, which does concern me a little, does that not mean infection? I woke up yesterday with some blood in my mouth, and also may have had a low grade fever, but felt much better the rest of the day. Could this be a sign that my scabs are coming off? Speaking of which, how do you know that your scabs are coming off? My fiance has been looking at my throat for the past few days, and he said there hasn’t been much change, except that today, it seemed that I had more black/dark spots on the site.
    For those considering this surgery, it really has not been all that bad. Yes, it is painful at times, and I have a very low tolerance for pain! Seriously, I was expecting this to be much worse than it has been. I have been told that the worse has yet to come, that day 8-10 is typically when the scabs come off,and when the pain is at its max. I am off work for a total of two weeks, and I have used this time to catch up on some much needed rest, dvd’s that I haven’t had the time to watch, and shows on the DVR. Reading is one my most favorite loves, but the pain meds make me a little dizzy, so I have not accomplished much of that. As for my menu, I have been eating all sorts of soft foods. Mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, all different kinds of soups, puddings, jellos, ice cream, pasta, and recently hotdogs. My ENT also told my fiance to make sure I chew on gum and gummy bears since this will get my throat working again (Haribo gummy bears are my fave!!!). Swallowing can be rough at times, but if you keep hydrated, and medicated, it is most certainly tolerable.
    I was sick with an upper respiratory infection when my surgery took place, but my ENT said that as long as I was running a high temp fever,or vomiting I would be fine. However, the first couple of days were rough because I felt like I couldn’t cough up the phlegm that occurred from the previous infection. I would then feel like I couldn’t breathe, and freak myself out a little, so I would drink warm tea or soup, and that would help break up the crud.
    If any one could shed some light on the scab situation, and the low grade fever, that would be awesome! I go for my post op check up a week from today, and trying to get in touch with my ENT is like pulling teeth! Any advise/answers for the remaining recovery time that I have would be so greatly appreciated :)

  87. Michelle long

    Hi guys, thank you so much for this website! I’m day 6 and was at my wits end, barely any food or drinks! I can sleep but hadn’t been setting alarms for pain medications As I thought it was better to get rest. I feel so much better after reading all these posts and realised there is light at the end of the tunnel! I’m slightly concerned as I’m from the Uk and was prescribed a medicated mouth rinse to gargle with but after seeing some posts on here about the negatives of gargling! I have no top tips to share but all I can say is keep this going because it really helps people and anyone thinking of having it done if you get sick as much as I did it will be worth it but expect it to be difficult and painful!

  88. Kristina

    I wanted to write on this website because it really helped me during my recovery. I’m a 25 year-old female and had my tonsils out 15 days ago. Today- slight pain when swallowing & yawning, but other than that- doing great! I can say that having my tonsils out was really as awful as everything I read; however, I was lucky. I had very minor problems with the pain medication and didn’t have to be re-hospitalized like some other people, so I am thankful for that! I will reiterate what everyone says- HYDRATE! It is really difficult to do, and I did great the first few days after surgery; however, when that 6th/7th day pain hit, I stopped drinking because it was so painful and all I wanted to do was sleep. Don’t do this! You have to force yourself to drink water. For me, room temperature was the most bearable. I ended up having to set alarms to remind myself to drink water. Be weary of something called Thrush- this happens when you get too dehydrated and can make your recovery even more painful that it has to be. I will say one thing that I was not prepared for was what happens when you stop taking the pain meds and start eating regularly again. I had a couple of days with stomach cramping and body aches. My doctor said this is pretty normal when coming down off the Loratab. I wish I had known I could wean myself off the pain meds by alternating motrin and the Loratab. But, now I know!

  89. DIane

    I’ve been dealing with tonsil “stones” and I’ve come to the point where I had enough! I’m not so sure I’m sold on the “stones” because the stones always appear to be food fermenting in my tonsil(s). I’m sick of really bad breath, sour saliva, and an irritated tonsil. But, I’m seeking advice from those who have been there. Is it worth going through such a risky surgery to get rid of annoying stones?

    I had three brain surgeries. They all hurt like crazy but I had no problems at all. Was up and around in a week or so with all three. I took Tylenol with codienne for pain every three hours.


    **I’m 51 years old and was told many times by just about everyone that you bleed more, it takes longer to heal, and most surgeons won’t do it because it’s life threatening!

    **I have epilepsy which is almost controlled. I have auras so I can prevent an impending seizure with Ativan (melts like nitroglycerin) so I’m not afraid of that.

    **I take a lot of pills for seizures four times daily, and fear the pills will rip up my throat

    **If you had your tonsils removed for “stones” do you feel it was it worth the pain and risk?

    **I’m not afraid of the pain. After three brain surgeries, and a complete hysterectomy, I know pain. It goes away!

    **I’m underweight too so I wonder if I’m even a candidate. I never saw a doctor because I have to get beyond all my
    “issues” so I don’t waste his or my time.

    My greatest fear is bleeding to death! Seriously, that’s my fear! I can’t imagine dying from a tonsillectomy after surviving the other more definitely serious surgeries. Can you imagine the humiliation of my husband and kids after bragging how much I survived yet died from something that seems so trivial!

    **I’m really afraid of the tonsillectomy due to the fact it’s so close to the carotid artery.

    1. Anonymous

      You are so blessed. You are a survivor. If your haven’t had the surgery and it is needed. Have the surgery. I don’t know your faith but pray and do what you need to do. Stay hydrated please. I cannot stress this enough. Stay hydrated. I’m still in recovery, but am doing great. You will be ok

  90. Liz

    I’ve had recurring abscess on my right tonsil coming and going for 4 years, so eventually about 4 weeks ago when i wound up in emergency again, they decided to remove my right tonsil. I was in the hospital for several days afterward recovering, (I don’t do well with anesthesia so they wanted to keep and eye on me for a while) and all i was really told was that it may take several weeks before it feels normal and i won’t be able to eat solid food for a while. They really told me nothing to prepare me for the weeks to come.
    5 days after the procedure my throat started bleeding quite a bit, I was in the bathroom for an hour spitting out blood.
    Being someone who lives alone this was pretty scary for me. I did some research and found out that usually about 5 days after the scabs fall off, so the best thing to do is drink ice water to stop the bleeding. I did that and it helped, but I decided to go stay with my parents for a while just in case.
    several days later it started bleeding again, a medium amount at first, so I drank ice water and it seemed to eventually stop, but about 30 minutes later TONS of blood just started gushing out of my mouth and my dad called an ambulance. When I got there after waiting an hour in a hallway, blood still running out of my mouth, an nurse came in to take a blood sample and I had already lost so much blood I passed out and when i came to I was told my blood pressure was dangerously low as though it were somehow my fault. When the doctor finally looked at my throat he told me they couldn’t really see what was going on because there was a blood clot in the way. They tried to remove it but they couldn’t and said I would need to stay they night, and if the blood clot moved they could look and if it didn’t they would have to figure out what to do from there. The next morning a woman I hadn’t even spoken to before looked at my throat and told me there’s no reason for it to be bleeding and told me to just go home. I don’t know if she assumed I was lying about all the blood sitting in plastic bin beside me, or if I was imagining it but since there was ‘no reason for it to be bleeding’ I guess was fine.
    So i went home and that very evening it started bleeding again. I went to the hospital and pretty much the same exact thing happened. i stayed one night and they sent me home in the morning with no explanation or even any suggestions.
    And that evening it started bleeding again, worse than it ever had before. My brother took me to the emergency room where I waited ages in a hallway again coughing blood and clots into a plastic bag. When I eventually saw a nurse he said to me “Yeah they never tell you how brutal a tonsillectomy is for an adult. Finally I saw a doctor who didn’t seem like it was his first day at the job. He told me my body was trying to create new blood vessels too close to the surface and there bursting. He told me that this could be dangerous and I may start losing arterial blood. He decided that the best thing was for e to go under full anesthesia to have it thoroughly cauterized. This was another five days in the hospital.
    I have spent all the time since in excruciating pain, the painkillers doing nothing but making me nauseous and dizzy.
    Because I wasn’t expected to have a tonsil removed, I didn’t have any chance to research the recovery before getting the operation, it would have been nice if one of the many doctors I had spoken to had given me some kind of idea what to expect, or what may potentially happen.
    I almost lost my job because of the way the recovery fluctuated, feeling almost better one day, extreme pin the next, one bearable day, gushing blood another, never knowing when I was going to be in our out of the hospital.
    One good moment if the whole thing though was when one of the ENT doctors told my mother that I have the cleanest ears she’s ever seen. Even as an adult, I still like my mother to know I have clean ears.

  91. lauryn

    Call your surgeon and let him know that you are experincing throat pain and are suspecting a throat infection coming on. Also tell him you are currently taking some leftover amoxicilian for it. He might get you something stronger, or move the surgery date since operating on infected tissue is a no-no. But comunication with your doc is key for the best outcome.

  92. Diana Marie

    Hello! I am having my tonsils and adenoids removed a week from today. I am 26 years old, and I have heard that the older you are, the worse the surgery is. I am borrowing a humidifier from a friend, and I recently bought a snow cone maker. I am honestly really scared about what to expect. My co-worker who had his tonsils out two years ago said that the first drink he took after surgery was the worst pain ever, is that normal in every adult who has this surgery? Also, my throat starting hurting today. I started taking some Ammoxicillan that was prescribed for a dental procedure a few weeks ago that I didn’t finish. I am scared that I am getting sick, but I can’t get to a doctor for a few days because of work. What should I do?

  93. Mirisha

    I am 17 days post op, and yes I am a woman I have been threw childbirth. I must say at least with childbirth you can eat. If they haven’t had their tonsils out as an adult they do not understand. My husband has been great I must say that even though I am sure he has wanted to lose his patience.
    It does get better with time. I am just now in the last few days being able to eat a larger variety of food. Ice water and sprite with crushed ice are still my best friends at this point. Making sure to take meds when they are scheduled is a big part of keeping the pain away. Staying hydrated is the biggest part. ICE WATER!!! Hope you get better soon. Believe me it does get better.

  94. Christy Naples, ME

    Hello Everyone! I have been reading this site in preparation of my tonsillectomy that took place yesterday 2/4/13, and I must say some of these threads had me pretty nervous! I am on day 2, and so far (knock on wood) it hasn’t been that bad. From what I’ve been reading here days 3-5 can be rough, so I will keep you posted if it gets worse… My tonsils were removed by cautery and my ENT used local anesthetic as well. She also prescribed Lortab elixer 7.5/500, Zofran for nausea and Amoxicillin. I recommend setting your alarm through the night every 4 hours to take your meds so that you don’t wake up in alot pain. Above all DRINK,DRINK,DRINK! I also have a humidifier in the bedroom and have started taking colace (a stool softener) due to the possible constipation associated with narcotic pain meds. Keep your diet soft- jello, broth,chicken soup (slightly above room temp) not too hot! I also ate some ice cream last night despite being told that the dairy would thicken the secretions, and I personally didn’t have any problems. I also ate probably 10 elbows of mac and cheese out of sheer hunger, but it was quite uncomfortable. I am also a smoker, but have decided to use this opportunity to quit. I have not had a “real” cigarette but I have had a few puffs off of an electronic. Not that I am recommending this to anyone! But for myself personally it has helped me to put the cigs down. Also sleep with you head propped up on pillow at about a 45 degree angle, Euro square pillows are nice as well as bolster pillows… Good luck everyone! I hope everyone does well, and if something changes in my recovery I will certainly keep you updated!

    1. Anonymous

      Hi there,

      I am in the UK and had my adult tonsillectomy last week. I had read this site and others and was terrified at what might happen. After getting out of hospital the next day, my weeks recovery went as expected, with the usual pain and discomfort but no drama. That was until Sunday.

      I was having a cup of tea when I noticed a metallic taste in my mouth. I went to the bathroom and spat out just a tiny amount of blood. To be on the safe side, I went to my local minor injuries unit to get checked out. I was asked to go to the accident and emergency department of the hospital where I’d had the op done, so I did. I was still bleeding but not too bad.

      Once I got to accident and emergency, the bleeding became a lot worse and wouldn’t stop. I was taken by ambulance to another hospital and kept in for three days. It seems that some blood clots had formed at the back of my throat and something had kick started the bleed. It eventually stopped and this is my first day home.

      The point of this post is not to scare you but to say that I am actually glad that I read all the not so good stories because I felt prepared to deal with it when it did happen. I didn’t cry or panic. I just accepted that I was in the best place to get sorted out.

      My recovery should be on track. It turns out that I had a very bad infection as well. I’ve been given liquid paracetamol and tramadol as well as two sets of antibiotics. The only difference is now, I feel completely exhausted, like I’m recovering from a flu so plenty of rest for me .

      My advice would be to take it easy and don’t try to hurry your recovery along . I really thought that I was one of the lucky ones until this happened, but you get through . Also , keep an overnight bag packed so you can grab it if you do have to to hospital . I did not expect when I left the house in Sunday that I wouldn’t be coming home and the hospital I was taken to was 50 miles from where I live so all I has with me were the clothes I was wearing.

      I hope all goes well with your recovery .


  95. Stacie

    My doctor prescribed a Tetracaine cherry lollipop that has been wonderful. It is a compound prescription, so you have to find a pharmacy that does compounds (independently owned pharmacies are often a good bet – just call and ask) and insurance doesn’t cover it, but it was only something like $12 and he prescribed two – I still have a lot left on the second one. It is WAY more effective than any of the OTC lozenges!!
    Here is the label:
    Tetracaine (Cherry) 0.5% Lollipop
    Place lollipop in mouth for 10-15 seconds every four as needed. Do not bite lollipop. May take 5 minutes to feel full numbing effect.

    Hope this helps!!

  96. Stacie


    Ohhh – warm cinnamon tea sounds wonderful!! I do drink lukewarm liquids – my husband makes me homemade broth right now and it’s like a warm hug for my throat :). I’ll have him pick me up some cinnamon tea in the morning…not only could it help with the mucus, but it just sounds really good!!! I am feeling pretty good right at this moment – my meds are kicked in and I can actually TALK today…it’s really nice to not have to make my annoying whisper understood by three kids, three dogs, and a husband!

    I am liking that I have not been taking in empty calories during this recuperation period…I’m going to try to keep some of these new, lower calorie, healthier snacks in my arsenal when my throat is healed and that box of Little Debbies begins calling me. The Special K Vanilla Protein Shakes rock, broth is really satisfying in between meals, and orange sherbert is just as tasty as regular ice cream. I’ve also lost a few much unwanted pounds. {{I am just trying to look for the silver lining at this point in my recovery}}

    BTW – I am not able to reply directly under Lauryn’s post because nothing happens when I click “Respond to this”. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Greg Tooke Post author

      Hi Stacie- Sorry you’re having trouble responding to comments. I’ve heard the same problem from someone else, but I’m never able to reproduce the problem. (It works for me) Sorry. The only time that should happen is if there have been more than 5 responses to a comment. (that wasn’t the case, was it?)

      I’ll do a little research and make sure my WordPress application is up to date.

      Take care!


  97. lauryn

    Hey Stacy, I thought of one more thing you can try without too much trauma to the forming scabs. I don’t know if you are up for hot beverages yet, but cinnamon is a known phlem-breaker-upper, so I’d like to recomend some cinnamon hot tea! Celestial Seasonings makes a great one in Apple Cinnamon flavor and in a pinch, you could probably brew some and then put it on ice if you are still stuck on cold beverages. The cinnamon tea will break up any mucous without attacking the wet scabs, AND its not acidic so you don’t have to sweat the acid burn factor that can happen with foods and open mouth wounds. Give it a try. I got a box of bags at Albertsons the other day. Good luck!

  98. Stacie

    Hi Lauryn,
    Thank you for your advice! I didn’t really get to talk to my doctor following the surgery and appreciate your expertise :).

    The problem is I do have a lot of actual mucus in the very back of my throat (way behind the scabbed area wear the tonsils were). I had a balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction and have mucus draining from that surgery. I gag on it and it will make me stop breathing when I am sleeping (I don’t have apnea – it’s just from this surgery). When I was in the hospital it freaked the night nurse out so much that she kept waking me up because she thought I was choking. When I am awake I can just feel it coating the back of my windpipe. BLECH!!! I know not to gargle with salt water as my doc wants the scabs to stay on as long as possible to give the new skin time to get firmly established. But I hate this goobery crap – I’ve had to cough mucus up a few times, but I really try not to because it makes me feel like my throat is being ripped out!

    Anyway, I think I’ll just have to live with it…I am drinking ice water constantly and will try the Sprite idea from Mirisha (thank you!).

  99. lauryn

    Do not seek to remove what you are discribing as mucus at the surgery site! I am a nurse and a fellow tonsilectomy recoverer (Jan 15, 2013). The mucus that is where your tonsils once were is what is called a “wet scab”. You need to leave it alone. Over the course of the next week, the mucous lining will get thinner and thinner, even disapear in spots as the skin behind the wound forms. Leave it alone. And gargling is a no-no too. Let your body heal. If its a matter of tasting the wet scab, then suck on flavored icechips, or sugar free gum, keep hydrated to keep the scab wet and not foul smelling…But please, leave it alone!

  100. Stacie

    This is Day 6 post-op and I need to figure out how to get this MUCUS out of the back of my throat! I am afraid to gargle with salt water because the doc doesn’t want my scabs to fall off prematurely (to give the new skin time to get established). I am in pretty bad shape today – not as terrible as yesterday – but still really struggling. My ears, my throat, the sinus headaches (I had sinus surgery. as well), the nausea, the dizziness, the general EXHAUSTION. UGH! If anyone has tips for removing this nasty mucus that does NOT involved gargling salt water, please let me know! Thank you so much…and thank you for this amazing site, Greg.

    1. greg

      Hey Stacie. All I can say is that the more you can swallow, the better. Water or whatever. Just keep using that throat and keeping it as moist as possible. Hang in there!!

    2. Mirisha

      @Stacie. I found that sprite with crushed ice helped and the carbonation actually felt pretty good going down. I am 11 days post op and drink sprite in the morning to help with the mucus. Little sips is the key to have it not hurt going down, and lots of ice. Other than that water, water, water. Stay hydrated!! Hope this helps you. Feel better soon.

    3. Roddy

      hi everyone

      i’m a 30 year old male and i’m on my 6th day post-op and i can tell it has been the worse so far…the pain in my ears and throat after i swallow anything is just unbearable and i can just lie down in fetal position with a pillow over my head and hum gently until the pain goes away (2-3 minutes)…needless to say the cocktail of pain meds i’ve been prescribed only help a little bit for a couple hours after i take them and then the next 3-4 hours until i take them again are just excruciating…
      i’m so frustrated with the lack of food. sleep and drink it’s getting my mood right down…my wife has lost patience with me and keeps telling me “oh i’ve been through childbirth so i’m sure it can’t be that bad” but she just doesn’t understand…and i’ve been finding myself reading through forums and blogs like this one so at least i can relate to other people’s pain (yeah i know it sounds weird) and can think ahead and actually make myself believe that this will be over in a week or so (fingers crossed!!)
      like everyone else the first couple days were ok(ish) i could even eat normal food like pasta or boiled eggs and potatoes and stuff like this…but the last couple days i could just manage some pancakes and miso soup which is sooooo frustrating because i’m just so hungry!!
      i also started having lukewarm teas (cinnamon yogi tea is the only joy in my life these days) and boiled apples with agave syrup so at least i get some calories in me…i don’t know if the scabs are coming off or what because the back of my throat has been whitish since the op so i’m really not sure at what stage of recovery i am…but i have to think positive and believe that it will get better because it has been really horrible to cope with and i have been through horrific injuries like multiple fracture arm and leg at the same time which put me in plasters for 4 months but i don’t recall it being so nasty as this tonsillectomy recovery…
      a big warm hug to everyone that is going through this…i feel your pain!!!
      if you have any advice for feeling any better at this 6-7 day stage it would be more than welcome
      godspeed !!

      1. Greg Tooke Post author

        Hang in there Roddy- Honestly, I think anything you can do to take your mind off the pain would be helpful- a short walk, a warm bath, an intense movie…after several days of pain, sleep deprivation, poor diet, and pain meds, the mind can turn on you. Try to focus on how your body is healing and how this is temporary and a portal to better things. Bless you

      2. Sylvia Anderson

        Hi Roddy,

        I’m on day 8, and my best advice is to rest as much as possible, and just think of your recovery in baby steps. It’s tough I know….frustrating to just lay in bed day after day, but I got stir crazy and went to the store on day 6 and was up and about most of that day, which didn’t do me well as I bled on day 7, so doing too much too soon can have adverse effects on your healing. As for you wife, can you have her read some of the posts by others here on the message boards so she has a better understanding of what you are going through, and that you are not alone? I am very fortunate in that my husband is here taking care of me, and although I’m sure it’s been tough on him, he is not complaining and is really supportive. I don’t know what I would have done without him. I sure hope you start feeling better soon, and stay positive! :)

        1. Michelle

          ok guys u r all freaking me out. I have been unwell for 21days and have been told i have a major infection of my adenoid, middle ear, sinus and tonsil crypt and that after this third set of antibiotics has taken effect i will have to have my tonsils and adenoids removed amd my ear drum repair as well as something done about a deviated septum. I have given birth four times, but i m slightly panicked about this operation and the ensuing pain to follow. So any advice for pre op preparation would b great. Roddy, stay strong. It is unfair for anyone to comment on ur pain. I hope it all improves soon. Blessings

          1. Roddy

            hey everyone

            thank you all for your support. it is today day 9 post-op and i think im starting to turn the corner in terms of pain (wooo hoooo!!) im still very sore in the back of the throat and any food or liquid still hurts to go down so i haven’t started eating properly as i wanted (i’m still very hungry!!) but i started cutting down on pain meds and have been more cheerful about the whole thing and started to think about the positive things this will bring. i actually showed my wife a few posts from this site from fellow women and it left her puzzled to read that a few of you say that this is a different kind of pain from giving birth and in many ways worse!
            Sylvia i know exactly what you mean!! yesterday, spurred by the emotion of being a little better i ventured out of the house after nearly 10 days for a couple of hours to see some friends and have some tea and caught a slight cold because of the freezing winds!! … needless to say it hurts when i sneeze!! but i’m very upbeat about it, and have the whole weekend to recover and rest because next tuesday i’ll be back to work.
            i hope i’m not jinxing this up, but i think the worse is now behind me and i can start focusing on keeping my throat moist to avoid the sharp pain when i drink something and bring my energy levels back up.
            thank you all for sharing your experience and Greg for setting this forum up it’s been really helpful.
            speedy recovery everyone!


      3. Sylvia Anderson


        You sound a lot better today! I bet it was nice to get out of the house for a bit, but sorry to hear of the cold. One piece of advice I was given was to stay home because after surgery we are susceptible to infections, but I’ve had to to go out….twice for doctor appointments, and once to go to the store and pharmacy. Take it easy and rest, and let you wife take care of you. :) Hopefully you are over the worst now!

  101. lauryn

    At the age of 32 I just had my tonsils out two weeks ago today. As a nurse I was very familiar with the entire process and of the recovery and I have to say that with diligence and organization, I was able to recovery quickly and with average pain. The most extreme pain that I experienced was always in the AM just as I was waking up but the pain was no more intense than a really bad sore throat. Less than a broken toe even! But like I said, I was very diligent. For those of you digging around the site for coping tips here is what worked for me:
    First, buy and run a cool mist humidifer all the time and espeacially when you are sleeping. If your bedroom doesn’t have a fog in it, you aren’t making it moist enough for your mouth. Use towels on the floor to protect your carpet and swap them out as they get moist. I bought a Vicks Ultra Quite one with a 1.2 gallon capacity. Its great! Also I bought the sno-cone maker contraption from Hamilton Beach and a sellection of syrup flavors. Jello, ice chips and sno cones were all I ate the first three days after surgery and I was very hydrated and happy. My doctor precribed me liquid Vicodin every 3-4 hours and a numbing 4% solution of liquid lidocaine to swish and swallow every 1-2 hours plus an antibiotic twice a day. Heres the secret to the pain management for me, I set a little digital timer to go off every 3 hours to take my Vicodin and another little digital timer to go off every 90 minutes to swish some lidocaine in my mouth. That meant every 90 minutes weither I was asleep or not I got up and medicated. But also every 90 minutes when I would medicate I would also drink a full glass of water. This helped me stay outragiously hydrated but also helped keep constipation from the antibiotics at bay and it helped curb any nausia from the Vicodin. So every 90 minutes I would pee, drink more water, and take either just the lidocaine or the lidocaine and the Vicodin depending on which 90 minute set I was on. Durring the day, I would exchange the glass of water for a bowl of jello or a sno-cone or a glass of watered down electrolyte drink. Also, and this was very effective, I would use soft gell frozen packs and apply them to the sides of my jaw, neck, and ears. I actually slept like this (with a beanie on my head and a heating blanket for warmth!) and when I would rise for another doseing, I would swap out the ice pack for a different one in the freezer. Keep in mind that chemical pain management is only one part of your arsenal in pain management. Ice packs releave inflammation and are quite effective in reducing swelling and pain to the traumtized tissue left from surgery. So use the ice as well as the medicines! Keep in mind also that without alot of water and electrolytes, your body will have a harder time and slower time recovering. By the end of the third day I was eating cold pudding snacks (calcium) and room temperature broths (protein and salt). I can’t recomend the humdifier, icepacks and timer system enough. I truely believe that with a little planning (and mass amounts of jello making before the big day) everyone can experience the very least amount of pain possible for such a sensitive proceedure. Be brave! And know that when it is all over, it truely is ALL over!

    1. oncnavrn

      I appreciated reading about your experience. I, too, am a nurse. I am 51 years old and will be having my tonsillectomy on 8-6-13 for chronic tonsillitis, tonsil stones & halitosis. Reading the comments on this site has been very helpful as I cope by researching. In my job, I talk a lot. (I know this sounds funny.). However, I rely on my voice tremendously. I am requesting 2 weeks off yet, I don’t know how well I’ll be talking with ease and minimal pain by then.

      I would love to hear from you & others re: how long it took for their voices to fully recover with minimal-moderate pain (that is manageable without opiates).

  102. Thirty Three & Toncillitis

    I’m considering getting this procedure done in 2 weeks. Based on what I’ve read below, it seems that barring any crazy complications, as long as one stays truly hydrated and stocks up on ice packs, hot water bottles, popsicles, children’s liquid medication, honey, lozenges and tummy medicine (and keeps the doc’s number handy for anti nausea medication prescription if needed), and allocates 2 weeks off from work, it’s as bearable as it’s going to be. It hurts like hell but for about 1/2 of the people responding pretty much think it’s worth it for the long term relief. I’m getting the tonsils removed as a way to address recurring strep. My concern is I have a perforation in my ear and reading about all these ear aches is a bit unnerving. Also, 2 weeks off is a long time in terms of days off of work. :( That’s a lot of time off I’d rather save up for vacation!

    1. Steve

      Hello, 42 here, um for the most part—yes you sound like your ready….you missed the weak death threat/ the many, I cannot take it anymores, the pain is killing me posts—the self doubt and I wanna go backers…..don’t take this lightly. This is the worst surgery I have every done while still saying it’s worth it to me. Reading does not cut it..skip 90 percent of your meals for one week…also you can drink 1 1/2 gallons of water a day( approximate average from what I’ve seen). You get no spices or choice for your meals…and 4 hrs sleep broken up 5 ways…oh and you get to whisper…that’s the start…also 2 weeks is a little low…so think hard and long…cause we will still be here…good luck on your surgery.

    2. Anonymous

      I suffered for years with tonsil stones and sore throats all the time. I had my tonsils removed 32 days ago. I’m 28 years old….I’m a wife and a mother to a very active little 4 year old boy.
      I’m so happy I had mine removed, however it hurt like hell!! I still have a sore throat due to massive scar tissue that has built up over time. My ENT recommended me to eat ASAP. He said using those muscles helped the healing faster. Good luck!

    3. Anonymous

      I am a 34 year old female in the UK and have been suffering with continuous bouts of tonsillitis since Dec 2010.
      After 2 years of being on/off antibiotics and experiencing their lovely side effects (thrush, diarrhoea etc), having more days off work than a Hollywood actor and constant paranoia when around anybody with so much as a sniffle, I decided enough is enough! These bad boys are no longer doing their job, they’re just making me miserable! Out they come!
      The worst thing I did was to look up the after effects and recovery on the Internet and this website (amongst others)! I’m sorry but it’s true. I know a lot of people find comfort and support through this kind of thing but all I found was fear and dread, to the point where I thought perhaps constant tonsillitis was not so bad after all!
      Like Greg says on the opening page, most people who write about their experience on the internet are usually those suffering and needing to find they’re not alone. I think that for every 1 person who has a bad recovery, there are 50 people happily watching DVDs, eating normally on day 2 and enjoying the rest! (This is a completely made up figure by the way! I’m just trying to give you an idea!)
      Anyway, I am certainly one of the silent 50 and I want to reassure you that it really isn’t that bad!!
      I had my surgery on Wednesday 16th Jan to remove my humungous tonsils! I didn’t buy any ice packs, humidifiers, lozenges or anything in preparation! The op was straight forward, lasting about 20 minutes. I came round to a dry throat (and a man crying in agony next to me, but I digress!) it was nothing a sip of water couldn’t fix. I tried to eat the dinner provided for me, I was certainly hungry but only managed about 10 peas and a teaspoon of mash potato!
      A few hours later, I felt very swollen to the point where my tongue seemed to be blocking the air way. A quick steroid shot sorted that out within 10 minutes and within 20 minutes, I had polished off a 4 pack of breakfast biscuits! Yep, dry, crunchy biscuits! They tasted good and went down a treat with a few sips of water!
      That night, I slept very well but I was fearing waking up with a dry sore throat as I had read on here. I was paranoid that I wouldn’t wake up to sip water or take my pain killers. I didn’t wake up. I slept through the night. I woke up with a slightly dry throat which was gone one cup of English tea later!!
      It is now Friday 18th Jan and I am waiting for the pain to kick in, I mean seriously!! I have eaten crunchy breakfast cereals and tonight I had a chicken pie with sprouts, broccoli and parsnips. I have eaten a packet of crisps (potato chips), drank hot tea, cold water, just whatever I have felt like eating or drinking.
      Ok, so it takes me a little longer to move the food around and chew and swallow. But the pain is NOTHING like I had imagined after reading people’s experiences on here.
      Of course, we are all different. We react and recover differently but please do not be put off by what you read on here. The worst thing about the op is how it looks! URGH! My mouth looks a mess but that is one thing I did learn on here….that messy look is absolutely normal!!
      From what I have read on here too, it seems you are advised to eat soft food in the US. Apple sauce seems to feature quite a lot!! In the UK, we are told to eat as normally as possible. The harder foods will help kick start the cleansing process and make the mouth/throat work as they should. It also helps to push down some of the gunky build-up which will help your throat heal. I nearly cried when the nurse told me I would be eating toast after my op. Funny thing is, that’s the first thing I ate when I got home, I was craving it!
      Sorry I’ve gone on a bit. If your tonsils are making friends with bacteria rather than fighting them off, go for it! Visit your doctor and talk through your options. If surgery is advisable, go for it! Don’t be put off by other people’s bad experiences. I don’t want to belittle people’s genuine pain, I just want to get a positive experience on here too!
      It’s a couple of weeks of recovery, book time off work, watch some movies and relax while your body heals. You’ll be fine!!

      1. Anonymous

        Thank you for this. I have mine tomorrow and I am terrified with all the pain stories I have read. Just want it to be done but it’s good to see the positive posts.

  103. Mirisha

    I am 31 yrs old. I have an appointment to have my tonsils out on 1/21/13 due to a continued strep throat infection that no antibiotic will touch. Not to mention sleep apnea and countless ear infections. 36 ear infections in 2012 to be exact. 7 rounds of strep throat.
    The not being able to eat thing will not be a big change for me, as I have not been able to eat normally for right around a month now.
    I am really having second thoughts about this whole thing.
    How do I deal with the second thoughts and the worry?

  104. Marisa

    So my surgery is in about two hours..have read everything on this sight and I hope I am prepared. I am 34 years old and have been suffuring from chronic strep since I was 18.. I am praying that my recovery will go off without any of the complications.. I have five kids that need me sooner then later.

    1. Kelsey

      As an 18 year old, this surgery was NOT fun! So I can’t imagine how it would be for anyone older. I’m currently on Day 14 and am so happy to finally be back on my feet!

      As for the surgery, I would be lying if I said it was anywhere near smooth recovery. The worst days for me were the 3-7. I had most of my pain in my jaw & ears, which was extreme and almost put my over the edge. I found the first few days, cold things such as Popsicles and ice chips were the only pain relief I could get. Remember to drink lots of water. I made the mistake of letting my throat get dry, avoid that at all costs if you can.

      I had a smooth recovery, no bleeding or anything. I would say during those five days I would rather have broke a couple bones than be out through that. But if you’ve had tonsil problems it’s not any sort of pain you’re not used to. Pay no mind to the horror stories, it’s horrible, but nothing that can’t be bared with.

      All in all, it took me about 12 days to feel back to doing anything, but the surgery isn’t anything to have major anxiety about, even though I cried a lot. Good luck!

    2. Marisa

      So I made it thru surgery, coming out of the anesthisa is the worst for me… i hope i never have to go under again. The anethisa dr was kind enough to give me anti nausea medication before. The nurses gave me two smashes up perxocet in some jello and it was bitter but it helped.. unfortuantly it got me sick and I threw up twice when i got home. My dr called in some anti nausea meds and i have been ok ever since…so far so good but i am preparing myself for the worst. Thankfully I ran into this site before, so i was prepared with my humdifer and bioten mouthwash, and cepacol is a god send. I find breaking down my Loratab works better then waiting every six hours.. I even have ear plugs and drops ready to go if that dreaded ear pain come along.. I have not had any mucous but I have a netipot just in case.. I think the biggest thing is being preparded for the worst and hoping for the best.. I will let you know how it goes.. Hope everyone is feeling better

  105. Katie

    I am 3 days out of surgery and have already been able to eat a cheeseburger! I’m sore but no real pain. Right when I woke up from surgery I have been drinking sprite with crushed ice non stop. The cold drink helps with the swelling. I’ve also been sleeping a lot and not talking. I take my medicine as prescribed and eat chocolate milkshakes, ice pops, and puddin. The cheeseburger took a lot of slow chewing and swallowing but it was well worth it! I think my recovery is going fairly quick because scabs are already coming off… No horror stories here :)

  106. Mandy

    Ok, tomorrow is the day for my tonsillectomy. I can’t believe it’s already here! I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be and am stocked on cold treats, ice, ensure, etc. I knw I’ll be better off in the long run, but I am really dreading getting ths done!

    Anxiety is running very high tonight…..

    I’ll post more in a few days. Good luck to all of you.

  107. Anonymous

    I’m 22 and just had my tonsils removed on December 11th and the pain has been intense even with the obscene amount of percocets I’ve been prescribed. The pain has gotten better though over the last day or two. Honestly some of the worst pain was the ear aches that often accompany a tonsillectomy but hot compresses really do wonders for that! Also make sure you drink as much fluid as you can, drink until you’re full and it hurts your throat and then keep drinking. It really helps in the long run. It just really sucks when you fall asleep because your throat dries out and the pain becomes really sharp. But seriously people HOT COMPRESSES FOR EAR ACHES! For me they were the only things that could cut through that pain!

  108. Peggy

    I am 50 years old and had a tonsillectomy and turbinate reduction just 12 hours ago. As I expected no pain yet but very nervous about the days to come….my daughter comes home from college tonight for Christmas break and she is going to PA school next year so maybe she will learn something about this by watching me.

    I’m doing everything recommended and am doing all I can to manage the future pain that I know is coming. My goal is to make it to Christmas events with tolerable pain and be totally healed by the time I leave for Aruba 4 weeks from today for 10 days. Please pray for me!

  109. Amber

    After a year of pain, I’m finally getting my tonsils out on December 19th! I’m looking foward to having this all behind me, but after looking at some of the horror stories on here I’m a little concerned about the recovery. Any more advice?

    1. jim

      I had my tonsils removed, uvula reduced and deviated septum repaired last week on thursday. The pain has been like my doctor said, a roller coaster. Some days its not so bad, some days its bad. Overall, if I keep up on my meds it is manageable. Tomorrow I go back in to have the stents in my nose removed so that will improve my breathing hopefully. The hardest part is not eating and forcing yourself to drink plenty of fluids. I’ve already lost 10 pounds and its only been 4 days.
      The fluids help healing, but hurts at the same time. I hope the next couple weeks go by quickly and without problems….i’ll come back to update

  110. Alicia

    I had my tonsils out on November 28th. Lets say it has been complete hell!! Today (day 4) I dont have much pain but I am spitting up alot of thick yellow mucous and it is making me very nausous. When will this end? It takes so bad and I seriously want to vomit from it.

  111. Amy

    I am 39 and I have tonsils that apparently do not work, from what I understand I am a carrier. Most recent was strep pneumonia found in my tonsils. My mother begged them to take mine out while i was a child and they told her they did not do that anymore.
    Now at 39 my PCP thinks I need mine out. And my adenoids, he said he has never seen any hang down like mine that you can just see with the naked eye. My son had his out at 6 due to making him have sleep apnea his were bigger than mine even. His recovery was great besides the horrid smell of his breath. Now I am looking for a DR in my area that has done adult surgeries.
    I like most, I can take the pain, but scared of the hemorrage part.
    I am going to do this and take a week vacation and get at least 10 days of recovery before going back to work.
    Nervous about the surgery can anyone give me any tips on what to look for in a Dr. I am tired of being the one who gets sick all
    the time, so i am deciding to go through with the surgery.
    Any help, opinions would be appreciated. I am home today from work with strep pneumonia. SO I am researching all I can.
    Amy in Arkansas

    1. Anonymous

      My name is Kevin and I am43 and had my surgery on the 28 ofNov. My surgery went well and it has been almost a week the pain has everything the Dr said but with the meds and the comfort and support. Of my wife as my care giver it has been manageable make sure you research the Dr. Minds has over 35years experience in this area gave me confidence as well the only thing Ididn’t expect was a few stitches but I have been very careful not to aggravate my throat. Take the meds and relax if you are in good physical you will do fine don’t rush follow doctors orders.

  112. Nadine

    I just had my tonsils out last week on nov 21st. I asked everyone I know how bad the pain was and I was convinced that my pain wouldn’t be as bad. That however is not the case I have extremely bad pain in my ears when I swallow something which the nurses and doctors tell you to expect. Milk products are hard to eat due to the milky after feeling I’m your mouth. I have however made boost my main intake of food as it is a meal supplement and I got the one with the highest protein. Staying hydrated is hard but I know it is SO important. Overall I do not regret getting the surgery done when I am all healed I will no longer have to worry about strep throat or build up in cryptic tonsils.

    1. Rosanna

      Im 24 yrs old and i just had my tonsils taken out long did it take u to start feeling better?

  113. beth amerson

    i am 45 yrs.old.had tonsillectomy on nov.8,2012 for recurrent earaches,sore throats,and tosil stones.the first week was a breeze,i read everthing about this surgery i could,and thought i was prepared.right after surgery i ate 1 1/2 cups ice chips,and ate them all the way home.continued to do so for next 5 days.i was able to tolerate any liquid or soft foods.i was only taking 1 pain pill every 6 hours or so,and i thought “if this is all there is to it,i’ve got it 8 of recovery,began with increasing pain,and some nausea.could tolerate no milk products(these make secretions,thick,and increase coughing)or sweet products(these increased the pain at this point)since day 8 i take pain pills every 3-4 hours,and now am having more problems with supposed to return to work at 2 week point(THANKSGIVING)I work night shift as an RN.I barely have the energy to get out of the recliner to go to bathroom.If you are considering this surgery and are over 30,you may want to be prepared to be out of work 3 weeks.I consider myself to be very healthy,i eat right,and exercise.BE PREPARED,THIS IS ONE TOUGH RECOVERY!

    1. Anonymous

      Hi, I’ve just had my tonsils out yesterday 27th November and I didn’t realise how bad it would be. My nose is blocked, my mouth is bruised and sore, I can’t sleep. I’m on co-codamol 30/500 for pain relief. I’m 35 and just keep thinking is there light at the end of the tunnel.

  114. Jess

    I’m having a tonsillectomy and turbinate reduction on the 14th. Although i’m extremely scared, this forum reasured me. Maybe because now i know what to expect… wish me luck!

  115. Eric

    Ok…I have been reading most of the information on the site and while I am feeling somewhat reassued about the whole process I have to admit I am scared to death1 I am about to turn 50 and next tuesday 10/30/12 will be having both tonsils and my adenoids taken out as well as having my uvula either decreased in size or totally removed. To make matters worse the following week I will be having carpal tunnel surgery on yes, again both wrists! what has me most concerned is it sounds like th middle days can be the worst! I hope not!!!!!!!

    1. Paola

      We had our tonsillectomy the same day! :) How cool! I’m recovering very well, I speak clearly but I still cannot eat solids. I’ve been eating potato puree, chicken noodle soup, ice cream, jello and popsicles. The scams look really disgusting, but my ENT told me yesterday it was normal. Good luck on your recovery!

      1. Anonymous

        Hi Jackie, all I can say is be prepared. I had my operation yesterday 27/11/12 and it isn’t very pleasant at all, like the doctors and nurses say it hurts more in adults than children and the recovery time is slightly longer. I got no sleep at all on the first night and my nose feels blocked and my mouth feels all bruised. Plz let me know how you get on x

    2. Anonymous

      Eric, I am 43 and had tonsils and uvala trimmed on the 28 of Nov. With the management of the pain and someone to care for you you will do fine the pain may be intense at time but don’t wait to feel the pain before taking the meds rest and do nothing stay hydrated you will have to force liquids and try not to get aggravated there is light at the end of the tunnel

  116. Leeona

    I am 37 years old and I am having a tonsillectomy tomorrow morning because of tonsil stones. I sure wish that I would have known what those white things were in the back of my throat back when I first noticed them when I was a teenager. I am worried about my age and the impact that will have on my recovery. Oddly enough, I am not afraid of the pain. My concern is with the chance of post-op bleeding. I am a redhead and I hear that we are more prone to hemorrhaging. My pre-op nurse told me that is just a myth, but I have been told that many times and it was definitely the case when I gave birth. With the pain, I know it is going to hurt and I know that it is supposed to hurt. I can deal with that. I just have these horrible visions in my head of bleeding and spitting out loads of blood. I sure hope that is not the case! I am glad I found this site. I will post my experiences as I make it through this journey!

  117. Andra

    ON CONSTIPATION: Just yesterday I was joking with my mother in law about the fact that I hadn’t had a bowel movement in 7 days. Today I started to feel nauseated. I couldn’t see any blood, so I assumed constipation. My hubby went to the pharmacy and got some over the counter suppositories. My body was full of ROCKS! Don’t wait 7 days! Go get an over the counter suppository and take care of it earlier!!

  118. Cherise

    I had my Tonsillectomy on the 27th Sep at half 1, at the age of 19. I was fine when i came round and the surgery went great! :) I could drink water fine and ate 2 rounds of toast with no discomfort. However between having the toast and then having my tea at 6 my throat had swollen so much that I was in agony and therefore unable to eat. For the past 2 days all ive had to eat is of toast and half a cup of blended soup. I am now on day 3 and the pain is worse than ever! I am struggling to swallow my liquid meds, i am having to spit out my saliva as i cannot swallow it due to the immense pain it causes and i am now in so much pain i am unable to talk. Ive tried ice lollies, ice creams, fluids, cold fluids and many other things but my uvula and tonsil bed are so swollen that i am choking on everything if i do try to swallow. I have had 5 hours sleep since my operation as i keep waking up due to choking on my uvula. I just want to know when it gets better because im really struggling now :(

  119. amber

    I’m 27 & I had my tonsillectomy and anoidectomy on Thursday, today is now Saturday. Its really not as bad as I thought (yet) I’ve been able to eat chicken noodle soup, applesauce, nd lots of frozen treats. Chloraseptic sore throat lozenges hadn’t helped out a ton, and I have used Listerine to gargle with. Been pushing tons of fluids and taking my medication on time. I’m worried about what’s to come though. I do feel it getting worse (the pain). IM glad I got this done though, I had a severe infection in my tonsils when doc removed them. He also put me on a Zpack. I’m not sure what’s next to come, but will blog about it later.

    1. Sophie

      I know it sounds weird but I have just had mine out too and I am living off of toast, this was advice from my surgeon as it helps to get scabs off and therefore reduces recovery time, however it’s painful to eat but will be worth it

  120. bre

    Ok so I am 23 and am supposed to get mine taken out next month on the 14 th because I have had the tonsil stones I’m so freaked out. I have never been put under,I need to get them removed cause its so annoying and uncomfortable,but debating on if its worth it… Help??!!

    1. Anonymous

      Hi I got mine out on mon 10th sept for the same reason it was uncomfortable for few days make sure you take your pain meds every 4 hours . Eat as soon as you can i had toast that night it helps the stiffness in your throat you won’t feel like eating but it does help chewing gum helps and cool pops good luck

      1. Mary

        I’m 23 as well and have an appt in 2 weeks to talk about taking mine out due to tonsil stones. I know it might be a crappy two weeks of recovery but mine have gotten so bad it freaks me out! I pulled more than 10 stones out of one tonsil yesterday and I can’t mentally deal with knowing those things are just sitting in my head. So, even though 2 or 3 weeks might be bad, it seems better than a life time of weekly sore throats and gross stone extractions.

        Any tips for my ENT appointment?

    2. Sierra

      I’m 18 and I got mine out on Tuesday the 25. It’s been 6 days and the pain has gotten really bad. Even though I’m in a lot of pain I know it’s worth it because in a couple days (when the scabs fall off) the pain will be over and so will the constant sore throats and abscesses. Being put under is nothing to be scared of. There’s rarely a risk of anything happening. A week of pain to stop a lifetime of pain is worth it.

  121. susan riggs

    Wow the week from hell, done, am hoping next week will be easier….am really taking rx on time and am anal about gargling and using the various mouth sprays… I am also gargling listerine and a homemade gargle I made, with a tiny bit of clorox in it, that really seems to help. My cna helper baled on me so am alone. Hungry and am tired of just sitting, havent been out of house. Hope all my new friends are doing well and healing. Everyone helps. Be well susan

  122. Kelly

    I am here to post a few of my “tips” I learned, each case may be different but I have come across unique ways to help that I haven’t read online. First off I am 20 years old, I live alone so I endured most of this alone. Something I did to make taking medicine easier (All liquids for me) I pre-measured and put them in dixie cups and wrapped the top of them, easy to grab and go when I wasn’t feeling well, also worry free on dishes. I suggest applesauce, it has diffrent flavors/sugar levels, plus it is great frozen. I also had a form of pain killer that was chewable, I smashed it and put it in the applesauce. I avoided all dairy. I also really enjoyed having “Puffcorn by Frito Lays” it litterally melts in your mouth so it doesnt hurt a bit swallowing. I tried soup, mac n cheese, and mashed potatoes. The mashed went alright, but for noodles I had a problem with them sticking to the back of my throat, and they took forever to get unstuck. I am going on day 6, and I am still in a ton of pain. Hope this helps.

  123. Denise

    I am 30 years old and dibetic and I am having this surgery done Friday August 17. I have been reading everybody’s post but still nervous about the surgery cause I’m dibetic I just wanted to know if anybody that had the surgery if they were a debitic how long did it take for u to recover and what’s a good list for soft and cold food items that will not caused high blood sugar.

  124. Brogan

    I had mine out six days ago now, i was in a lot of pain but thank god now im on the mend, really now its my left side and ear. Im in agony wafter i have just took my medication but iv found puttin a hot water bottle there helps and once the meds have kicked in i eat and drink as much as i can. Im 17 and not as old as many others but still classed as an adult for getting tonsils out. I hope everyone else makes a recovery :)

  125. Christina

    I’m 45 and am on day 10 in my recovery. I have had nothing but pain. I still cannot eat food. My right side hurts more than my left which I don’t understand because it was my left tonsil that was causing most of my problems. I still had an oversized scarred up adenoid on my left side along with tonsil stones.. But after the surgery it’s my right side that hurts so horribly… and my right ear is killing me. I’m tempted to call the doctor to see if this is normal but don’t want to sound like a whimp.. The liquid pain medication I was given burns like a mother when I take it so I have to blend it with some sort of shake or smoothie and it doesn’t work for very long. I wish it could be numb through the entire recovery. Drinking water is even painful!!! I think I’ve lost 5 or 6 pounds.
    Has anyone had the same issues? Did you find anything to help with the pain?

    1. Sara

      Hi. Cold ice packs really helped me with ear pain (I have it terribly in both ears). I even sleep with a slim ice packs on my jaw (similar to the ones you get from chemists to help with wisdom teeth recovery). Seems to take down the swelling dramatically at night and has let me sleep through 3 hours at a time now before the ice pack has melted and I need another one. Also chewing gum helps with ear pain (so I have been told). I have been chewing gum religiously for the last few days but because the ice packs have worked so dramatically, I can’t definitively say that gum works. Hope this helps (I am also 45 years old and on day 7 – but scabs have gone and I am only taking meds at night now due to the ear pain (they don’t seem to touch it, but the ice packs do / or both together is bliss)

    2. Anonymous

      Yea i am in day 12 of recovery i hsd the same thing with my pain meds to i mix mine with alittle apple juice just enough to stop it burning me

  126. Chuck

    Day 3 (2nd night of recovery) of Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (tonsillectomy, soft palate/uvula and tongue- size reduction at the base). This is step two for my Sleep Apnea (several). Very heavy man, 6′ 1/2″ and 290#’s. The biggest problem is pan meds wearing off and being able to swallow completely (and not shoot it out of my nose). So, I’m pretty typical it sounds like. To my surprise I’ve been able to talk pretty good and pain free. I’m wondering if I’m pushing it through. The night after the surgery I spent in the hospital and they prompted me almost straight up. While I had the pain med pump and liquid norco every 4 hours I only managed about 3 hrs of total sleep if that. The pain pump was every 8 mins.

    Oh, 6 weeks ago I had surgery for nasal valve repair and turbanite reduction to open up my nasal passages. After this surgery (5 hr outpatient surgery) I was given Norco (10mg of hydrocodon and 325mg of acetaminophen) to be taken every 4 hrs if needed. Now, the nasal valve repair required a tiny anchor under each eye and a suture from it under the skin to cartilage and back to the anchor. This caused extensive bruising under the eyes but little pain.

    So, last night (and for a couple of naps during the day) I slept with 4 pillows and seemed ok except for constantly having the combination of dry mouth/lips, sensation of drool in the back of my mouth and irritation/pain from my palate/tonsil area. In the morning I noticed my shoulders hurting from the sleeping in the upright position. All I had to eat yesterday (after night 1 of recovery) was a little bowl of jello and some tea. I had to be able to eat this and urinate to leave the hospital. I managed to eat half of a large McDonalds Orange shake and 2 jello snacks with a decent amt of water. Zip on the protein.

    Sorry for the hodge podge rambling. I’ll try to collect my thoughts better in future posts.



  127. Crystal Creasey

    Although there is only a 2 to 4% of hemorrhaging in adults, I unfortunately was one of those. I almost died and I was not expected to survive, but I did. I had mine out at 25. Now my daughter who is 20 just had hers out on May 11th. I am very nervous and apprehensive about her surgery but hopefully she will not make it in those percentiles. I keep hoping and praying that she won’t have to endure what I went through.

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