After Tonsillectomy- What to Expect

What to Expect After Tonsillectomy

Post-op, you’ll probably awake in a different room from the one you were first brought to. This recovery room is where the staff will observe to to see that you aren’t having complications from anything from bleeding to reactions to the anesthesia. You might be given something soft to eat, like gelatin. Depending on where you live, you will most likely be released that same day, once the staff deems you fit to leave. After being under anesthesia, you will not be allowed to drive. An adult will have to take you home.

Post Op: Tonsillectomy Medicines

You’ll probably have two medicines prescribed when you leave the hospital; a pain killer like percocet or hydrocodone, and an antibiotic like penicillin. You may also want to ask for a stool softener. The narcotic pain killers can have a profound constipating effect. Another post tonsillectomy medicine that might be beneficial is an anti nausea drug like promethizine. It can help counteract this side- effect of the pain medicine. Finally, ask your doctor about a steroid to reduce swelling. One of the first things you’ll fight with after tonsil surgery is a swollen uvula. Swallowing can be almost impossible with that inflamed thing swelling up like a punching bag.

Some tips for the first days after surgery

Begin icing the throat area immediately. This reduces swelling and makes drinking precious fluids more tolerable. Just do it, and keep doing it. Have a comfortable recliner set up. Lying flat can make breathing difficult and seems to aggravate the throat area. Be sure to have a humidifier or vaporizor to keep the air moist. If possible, have someone stay with you for those first days. You may think post tonsillectomy will be a great time to catch up on reading. It probably won’t. The medications make it a little tough to concentrate. Watching movies is probably going to be more enjoyable as you recover.

Don’t continually look at your throat. It will look awful. Here’s an example:

After Tonsillectomy


Many people become obsessed with how the area looks. Let it go. As long as you’re not having alot of bleeding, it’s probably fine.

Pain After Tonsillectomy

Most adults describe the first day or two after surgery as, “the honeymoon.” “This isn’t so bad!” This is partly because you’ll still have some of the general anesthesia in your system. Things typically get worse days two and three. From there, the pain will ebb and flow, with days seven and eight often being the worst.

The best advice I can give about managing pain after tonsillectomy is as follows: Stay hydrated. take pain medicines on a strict schedule. Run a humidifier. Ice the affected area often. Try to stay positive and keep your mind on other things. There is a strong psychological component to pain. Sleep with your head elevated. Keep Drinking Water!!

What to look out for

The top risk post tonsillectomy is bleeding. Some bleeding is normal. Gargling with cold water will usually stop the bleeding. If it does not, and you find more than a couple tablespoons of blood, it’s time to get to an emergency room. Don’t panic- this can easily be treated, but time is important. Get in. Get it fixed.

Another problem after tonsillectomy is oral thrush. Largely due to the antibiotics you may be taking. A white film and soreness on the tongue are usually a sign that you have thrush. Some have luck eating probiotics like yogurt. Others report that a tongue scraper helps. I recommend calling your doctor’s office.

A side effect many don’t anticipate, or even realize they are experiencing, is depression.  Prolonged use of pain medicines and the subsequent withdrawal from them, can have a chemically depressing effect on a person.  Likewise days and days of pain, poor sleep, and poor diet, can also wear a person down.

Tonsillectomy Recovery Time

One of the most common questions is, “how long will it take to recovery from an adult tonsillectomy?” Well, it varies. I’d recommend taking two full weeks off from work. You may feel well enough to return to work sooner, but you may not. Informal surveys that I’ve conducted indicate an average tonsillectomy recovery time for adults to be about 10 or 11 days.

Longer Term- What to expect weeks and months post-op

As your throat heal, one of the first things you’ll notice is a change in your sense of taste. This is very common and can last from two weeks to to several months. It almost always returns to normal though.

The other thing you’ll probably notice after your throat has done most of its healing is a loose feeling back there. It’s almost as if there isn;t quite a tight seal between the back of the nostrils and the throat. again, this is normal. It can take several months for all of this tissue to firm back up, but it will.

Finally, you’ll probably have a much better life after your tonsillectomy. Depending on your reasons going into the surgery, you will most likely sleep better, get sick less, and have better breath!

Best of luck to you. Please explore the rest of this site for more in-depth descriptions, as well as personal stories and photos from readers.


85 thoughts on “After Tonsillectomy- What to Expect”

  1. Yes Im on almost on week four and I still cant quite blow my nose, have a swollen uvula and the tissue around it is still quite swollen so the new space at the back of my throat is smaller than it is meant to be.

    Ive just lost my sense of taste, everything tastes metallic. It sucks. BUT Im so much healthier. I guess I just have to wait for a few months to be fully healed.

    Theres not much online about it which is stink.

  2. I too went under today! I’ve been using one off amazon for my asthma and when I’m sick in the past. So I think it will work as well! They don’t sell the one I use anymore but this is similar URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby

  3. Any suggestion for humidifiers? My boyfriend is 39 and going under the knife on Tuesday so I’d like to get him one

  4. I’m 18 years old and on day 13. Scans are about 95% off and all swelling has gone down. Day 11 was when I was able to eat regular food again, with paintable pain. Now it just feels like a slight double ear infection. When I swallow I mostly feel it in my ears and not my throat. However, I’m still snoring, a lot. Will this go away with time?

  5. So I had my tonsils out over a month ago (June 8th), and since then my uvula has been swollen. I cannot say anything with a long wl sound: bowl, whole, etc… I have chatted to the doc who said to sit tight for two weeks (which is up on Tuesday). Anyone else experienced similar and/or have ideas how to resolve the swollen uvula?

  6. I was 12 when i got this done, i also have a phobia of taking medication so i did it all without any! I was in alot of pain, but i could eat softer foods good and drink wster fine. The only problem is that , years after the sugery, my tongue feels diffrent and it can hurt if i stick it out to far… Is this a side effect? Because i never had this until after surgery.

  7. Hello. I’m 15, and currently on day 6. It’s been about the same as the past couple of days and I think the 4-6 days were definitely the worst. I wake up at least twice every night with an extremely painful earache, but that’s isn’t my concern…

    My main concern is my uvula, it’s still extremely swollen and it makes swallowing very difficult didn’t me as well as causes me to choke on it every now and then. It’s girthy and nearly sits on my tongue.
    Is this normal?

  8. This was very helpful and i feel much better knowing that i am not the only one! My nurse also suggested that chewing gum is a good idea!

  9. Hi. I’m Rajni I’m 49 and on day 6 after procedure. Thanks for some great advice. Only thing keeping me going is pain suppositories and cold stuff
    Brushed my white tongue last nite and it started to bleed. Feels like thrush. Tongue definitely feels swollen. Still hard to swallow but better after having pain meds. Only eaten, scrambled eggs with onions soups. bread and toast. Curry madey throat feel like it wanted to explode. Throat definitely feels better when drinking ice water, cold coke
    Found rubbing glycerine on tongue helped bleeding but very red and painful in middle and edges near ex tonsils. It is dang painful so we need to cut ourselves some slack. There is no taste to anything so we cannot eat for pleasure anymore. Less food bills and definitely losing weight. People around us think we’re ninnys. I’m not gonna lie about how I feel. I am gonna Google more sort out a humidifier. Freeze more of the things I eat. Learn to meditate and focus on healing. I will not feel shy to ask for more painkillers
    Looks like it’s gonna be a long haul but deeds done and only way to look now is forward.

  10. How are you going? Are you all healed? It’s 5am day 4 for me and by far the most painful so far. I’m wondering when this will all be over and if it gets worse lol.


  11. I’m on day 4 post op, well it’s 2am so technically day 5, and let’s just say I’m up eating a popscicle to soothe this pain in my throat after puking up my pain meds. I thought today was my turn around day, I was able to eat food other than popscicles, I was out of bed, went to the store… and now here I am.

    My Dr never prescribed me an antibiotic only pain meds.. is this normal?
    Also I find that if I drink ice cold water it REALLY irritates my throat.
    IS chloraseptic throat spray ok to use? Will it burn?


  12. Today is my 9th day.. It’s definitely coming along, I’m taking oral meds now, and not so often. But I still wake up in the morning feeling sore, but the pain in my throat is more of a stinging sensation, probably due to some of the scabs..

  13. I had my surgery on the 29th and it is now day 7 for me! I feel better than I have in a while, feels like a regular sore throat after all the he’ll days 3-6 put me through. I think day 8 might be the day it’ll turn for me? I think the average is day 9!

  14. How are you coming along now? This was the most recent post I found, I’m on my fifth day (surgery 28th of Nov) and is desperate to know when it will turn!

  15. Try the cough drops with numbing effect, cepracol i think…. I didn’t work and couldn’t imagine trying to work through that, but those cough drops saved my life. numbing spray also helped right before i tried to eat which i also timed to when i took my meds so I could at least get something in my tummy every once in a while!

  16. Yes, i just had this surgery done and im 19. your doctor should absolutely refill your script. it is more of a control thing than anything. yes, you could be swallowing your scabs and that’s why you feel that swallowing sensation. that happened to me as well. my voice is still different and it has been three weeks since my surgery but I’m feeling sooo much better, really once you swallow your last scabs its almost a 100% different and you feel so much better. you may feel the need to brush your tongue which i did twice a day everyday because it grossed me out. i do not think you have to do this, there were a few complications with my surgery and it really tore my tongue up which was so painful for the entire time i cried so much about my tongue and jaw pain, it really is just radiation of the tonsil pain, try hot pads on your ears and maybe take a bath! I’m sorry girl hang in there it really does get better, sooner than you think!

  17. How did you guys get rid of the swelling? Its day 12 for me and my scabs have fallen (90%). I am able to swallow with bearable pain. My tongue and uvula are still swollen. The worst – my jaw is sort of swollen like the area under my cheek bones. It does not look weird but it looks like I ve gained a lot of weight. How do I get rid of the face swelling?

  18. I had my tonsils out out on November 20 (16 y/o) and the pain has been the worst I’ve ever experienced. Since day two my ears have been a big source of pain and I’ve been using some ear drops as my doctor said to but this still doesn’t seem to take away all of the pain, any suggestions? Swallowing is also excruciating. I couldn’t eat anything at all until yesterday, and even then I could only manage half a container of applesauce. Part of why I can’t eat is this horrible taste in my mouth. It makes everything I eat taste rancid and I can’t stomach it. My tongue is this awful white and I think I might have thrush? Has anyone else experienced this? I can sometimes eat really sweet things like popsicles that overpower the taste for a while, but that’s all. I’ve been taking my pain meds every four hours just as prescribed, but it is day 7 post op and the bottle only has one or two doses left. Yesterday I went all day without taking any medication in an effort to save it for at night when I needed to try and sleep, but today I’m going to call my doctor and see if he can refill the prescription because yesterday was horrible. Will a doctor refill a prescription (the bottle says no refills) if the patient runs out before the pain is supposed to be over with? And I have been taking the EXACT dose it said to on the bottle, so I’m not sure why I would run out so quickly. Talking is also still very painful and this is a concern for me because I am a singer and my voice is a big part of me. When does your voice usually come back? I have also started having coughing fits and I guess it may be because the scabs are coming off of something? Has anyone else had this happen? It’ll feel like something is tickling my throat and I start coughing uncontrollably, especially when I’m laying down trying to go to sleep or I will wake up out of sleep coughing uncontrollable and that’s usually when I need to take my pain meds again. Lastly, I feel like I’m swallowing things a lot of the time, like maybe the scabs are coming loose and I’m swallowing them? Is this normal? Sorry about all of the questions, but I really hope someone can answer some for my sake. Thank you. -Haylie

  19. Just had my tonsils November 15th removed bc they had to remove my styloid bone behind right tonsil. I have eagle syndrome and I feel great besides it hurts to swallow and where they removed the bone hurts.

  20. Hello Anna I am experiencing the same problem of nostrils and throat tightening up and I’m unable to breathe did you ever find a solution to this and is this normal ?

  21. Did u ever find a remedy ? This is happening to me and I feel like I’m not getting oxygen it’s my throat and nose

  22. Hi, I’m 30 yrs old, getting a tonsillectomy soon. I see a lot of advise on here, but I am working… What about using ora-gel or similar products that have numbing medication? Has anyone tried that?

  23. I’m on day 7 of my recovery and I woke up to my scabs bleeding in three different spots. Not prefusly and they stop bleeding when I drink ice water. They tend to start bleeding again after a while though. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I be worried?

  24. Half a year later, but I am experiencing the same thing. Were you taking percocet? I started taking mine every 3-3.5hrs as needed now, because the pain is unbearable. I am 22yrs. old and on day 4 after surgery. My entire throat, neck, jaw, and tongue are extremely sore. I can only eat soft food about 30 minutes after taking the medication. What did you end up doing? Sticking it out, changing medication…? Let me know. Thanks!

  25. I just want to know if this is normal because I keep on worrying about and stressing over it.

  26. Hey! I’m Anna and I’m 20. I am currently on day 10 of recovery and the recovery has been rough on me pain wise. They also took out my tonsils, adenoids, and shortened my uvula. I had to go to the ER tonight because my throat felt really tight like it was closing up and I couldn’t breathe. The outside of my neck is also swollen. It does feel like there is a lump in my throat like something is in it. At times I’ve felt like I could barely breathe and it hurts to swallow all of the time. I’m going to call my ENT doctor in the morning and see if I need to come in. My pain medicine that my doctor helps the pain where my scabs are but it does not help the pain in my throat or neck. I’ve been taking my pain medicine every 4 hours. What did you do to help this pain and to make it go away? When did all of this finally go away for you?

  27. Hey! I’m Anna and I’m 20. I am currently on day 10 of recovery and the recovery has been rough on me pain wise. They also took out my tonsils, adenoids, and shortened my uvula. I had to go to the ER tonight because my throat felt really tight like it was closing up and I couldn’t breathe. The outside of my neck is also swollen. It does feel like there is a lump in my throat like something is in it. At times I’ve felt like I could barely breathe and it hurts to swallow all of the time. I’m going to call my ENT doctor in the morning and see if I need to come in. My pain medicine that my doctor helps the pain where my scabs are but it does not help the pain in my throat or neck. I’ve been taking my pain medicine every 4 hours. What did you do to help this pain and to make it go away? When did all of this finally go away for you?

  28. I’m four days post op now and 18 years old. How long did it take before you started to notice improvements be it tonsil or overall health related?

  29. I know this reply is a long time after your post. Hope you are doing well. I’m 39 and I had my tonsillectomy 2 years ago. It was the worst surgery by far that I have ever had. Now at 2 years, I have absolutely no after effects. Life is back to normal. Never get a sore throat. I am reading these posts now because my son (17 years old) had his tonsils taken out just a few hours ago. I dread watching him go through this pain. Best of luck to you and hope you are well.

  30. Ok. So due to continually getting sick, then findng stones in the tonsils…my ENT Dr and I decided on a tonsilectomy. Surgery was on the 9th..all went good. Outpatient, so got to go home. Day 1 & 2 Pain was bearable, but sleep was getting impossible..from day 3 ..not actually sleeping, just.nodding off, I am Continually Taking liquids as ordered, along with the medication precisely at every 4 hrs.
    Now here are my concerns; at time I take pain meds, MY THROAT IS TOO SORE…THE MEDICINE BURNS GOING DOWN, AND MY. THROAT HURTS LIKE CRAZY. Drinking anything is unbearable for the first hour….then, after the 3rd hr, the pain, when swallowing, is unbearable again. So I get about 1 hour of pain relief every 4hrs. I get 20minutes to an spur sleep every h hrs. Is this normal?

  31. Michele, are you doing any better. I’ve not had to issues with taste or it hurting when I yawn but I do have issues with feeling of something in the back of my throat n sometimes after a day of talking it being a lil bit harder to breathe n I also now have this slight wheezing as I breathe. Hope things are better for you.

  32. I’m 51 and I had my tonsils out oct 25, 2016. All went well, yes worst surgery ever but I’ve gotten through it but my issues is not what happened at the beginning, mine is now. Two months out almost and I thought I was gonna be completely healed but I have to carry Ice water with me at all time and drink it. I feel like I have a sore throat n hard to breathe sometimes and this awful dryness that’s just not going away and I will be completely fine with this as long as I know this is going to end. My husband said maybe it’s scar tissue that’s taken so long to heal, just wished I knew that this will go away eventually. I am also a diabetic but I have it under decent control. My Dr and everyone else said two weeks to a month and I will be all healed. Well . . . My month has passed and I’m still having issues. If I think about it long enough I’ll start having anxiety about it. Thinking I’m gonna have to live like this forever. Does anyone know if this will go away. Thanks for any insight.

  33. I had mine done May 20, 2016 I am 48 and I still can’t really taste anything and the few things I taste, taste like crap. I went back to the doctor and have some scare tissue which is making it hard to breath at times. Water even has a bad taste. I still can’t stick my tongue out all the way and when I yawn it hurts. Can I do something to help this along? I am so frustrated I almost regret getting them done. I would rather be sick all the time then feel like this. They say to fully heal as an adult it could take up to a year. Please someone HELP ME!!!

  34. Hello!, (20/f) I had my tonsillectomy May 16th 2016 along with the procedure my surgeon shortened my uvula and took out my adenoids! Needless to say I got the full treatment. I went in at 7am an was home by 10am. I was prescribed 5-325 Percocet and 10 days of liquid a amoxicillin. Day 1-3 were fine, I slept a lot and ate jello, egg whites and plenty of water. I took my Meds every 4 hours because the pain really hit. Days 4-8. I had bad (referred)ear pain, tight throat, headaches, crampy neck, swollen uvula an tongue and the mucus was horrible! By day 9 I felt a huge turn around and as soon as the scabs began to piece off I felt immediate relief within minutes. Now when your scabs begin to fall off that area will sting like no other! Even when drinking water. My uvula burned and not to mention my tongue was still swollen as well. I was able to eat thanks to some Aleeve! I had French fries, tuna sandwhich, pancakes, eggs. Chicken was a bit tuffer to swallow and stay away from hamburger an sausage. although physically I was able to walk around and breathe better and sleep. Today may 26th is day 10 and the right side is pretty much completely off but the lower part where my tongue an teeth meet still burns an hurts the pain is like at a 3-4. The left side my hole is deeper than the right and so it’s taking a while for the scabs on the inside to come off. I was able to eat solid foods again I had lasagna and that went down well! I will say that the tight lump feeling in my throat I began having on Day 7 is fading from the right side but has started on the left now. My doctor told me that it was the scab tightening around the area and would dissaper when the scabs do. So my progress has been well! I’ve had no major bleeds but did experience very minor bleeding when 1 scab on the left fell out but it stopped with cold water. I can’t wait for this to be over! I want to enjoy eating again and tasting my food.
    Some tips:
    1. Sleepy with a Vicks Humidifier it runs from 18-24hours an is a life saver
    2. Drink water!! I would go through a 24 pack of Dasani in 3 days! drinking has made my recover speed up!
    3. Cold foods–Warm Foods–Cold–Warm alternation helps with pain. In the beginning cold was good then around day 5 I needed soups
    4. If you have liquid amox use the syringe an drench your throat in it slowly. This feels amazing, heals quicker & provides a cold coat for temporary burning.
    5. At night I slept with a hospital mask to keep the cool air out of my mouth! It kept my throat moist an made waking up less awful
    6. Stay positive, this is a rollercoater! But you’ll make it:) I did experience bouts of depression it’s normal!
    7. My uvula is still swollen at day 10 but my tongue feels better. Taste is affected and swallowing hurts like a sore throat.
    8. No Fans
    9. Netflix is your friend just like stool softeners
    10. I’m taking NSAIDS like Aleeve PM it knocks me out in 20 minutes. Tylenol Extra Stength when I wake up to help with the tight, scratchy, uncomfortable feeling.
    11. Colgate Peroxy Mouth Sore Rinse mixed with water an a dash of peroxide helps with cleaning the area after eating. I brush my teeth an avoid the back of my mouth cause the paste will burn! It also helps with that horrendous morning breath caused by the scabs.
    12. Stay away from seasoning and condiments.
    13. 7 Up keeps my mouth moist, sometimes too much water makes me dry up a bit.
    14. Ice packs help with neck pain, an hot rice bags keep down inflammation.
    15. Hot showers/baths open up airways

    I can’t think of anything else but comment if you have any questions!

    Best of Luck!

  35. Ive never snored in my life and now Im on day 3 post op and I snore BAD and then another thing my throat is so swollen I can barely drink even water and when I try to eat/drink it either goes down the wrong pipe or tries to go up into my nasal cavity? Is this something anyone else has dealt with?? && last but not least I feel the constant urge to gag and blow my nose like I have so much mucus but I am literally unable to blow my nose I dont know how to explain it but yea I cant… Any help or advice anything would be greatly appreciated.

  36. Hi Renee – I really doubt that your daughter will be up for such and outing so soon after surgery.

    I’d be delighted to be wrong but…..

  37. My 19 year old daughter is having a tonsillectomy tomorrow. Would it be advisable for her to go away with friends for a couple of days on Thursday (400km trip) – that will be the 4th day after the op?

  38. My snoring stopped straight away. Mine were removed because I kept getting Quincy and partly because of sleep apnoea I’ve not slept better since and I’m a year on from my op!

  39. You should ask if they are taking part or all of your uvula. Mine was removed when i had my tonsillectomy, as my surgeon said it would definitely cause sleep apnea.
    The difference I notice sleeping now is amazing!!!

  40. hi everyone!
    i have some questions and i may sound stupid but i really need answers.
    will the operation will stop the snoring and the sometime not breathing during sleep?

  41. Hi Jenni – I’m talking about icing the outside of the throat, but drinking cold fluids, sucking on popsicles, and slushies is great too! Best of luck to you!

  42. You have a wealth of information, THANK YOU! I do have a question, that may sound dumb but here goes…when you say “Ice the affected area often” are you referring to keeping an ice pack on the front of the neck/throat area or are you referring to keeping ice in your mouth often? I’m scheduled for my surgery on Dec. 30th (heck of a way to ring in the new year) and am 43 years old.

  43. oh sweet baby jesus…this is scaring the ish out of me! I’m having surgery tomorrow. May the forre be with me.

  44. I am 42 and scheduled for my long overdue tonsillectomy in 5 days. I have read that you shouldn’t sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time without drinking. I do normally sleep with my mouth closed, and I know to sleep propped up, but is that a true estimate?
    Also, those scabs totally have me freaked out! When they start coming off, what is the best way to help that process?
    I really, really appreciate your site!!

  45. I’m only 14 and I’m on day 5 and it’s pretty much green, I’m sooo scared for the bleeding though.

  46. Hey Cindi! Thanks for sharing. I hope things stay smooth for you. Day one CAN be a honeymoon- I hope your honey moon lasts all week. 🙂

  47. My tonsillectomy was yesterday. I fill guilty for feeling so well compared to other stories I’ve heard.
    1 – Do NOT let you tonsils get dry. Drink drink drink. Cool and cold worked best for me.
    2 – Set your timer to take pain meds on time all night.
    3 – I ate some real mashed potatoes last nigh
    4 – I had prednisone to stop swelling and didn’t take it as written due to my oversite. I woke up last night with a very swollen tongue and scared myself.
    5 – This morning I ate scrambled eggs. Also iced coffee so I wouldn’t get caffeine headaches.
    6- As mentioned above, sleep elevated either on a recliner or building your bed up w/a few comforters and your pillow for gradual incline.
    7- The best kept secret was extra strength Cepacol which is a topical and numbs the back of your throat.

    We’ll see what day 2 brings. I’m optimistic!

  48. Hi everyone, I’m 18 years old and just had my tonsillectomy 2 weeks ago today. Let me tell you… Even though you think this is the worst experience of your life, there is light at the end of the tunnel!!! This site helped me a lot, so I thought I would give some tips that made my painful journey as less painful as it could be.
    1. ICE EVERYTHING!! Ice water, chew on ice chips, iced Gatorade and what really helped me especially during the night (most painful hours) were ice packs. Place them on your neck, jaw and ears to numb the pain.
    2. Sleep is usually your best friend but it is your worst enemy throughout this recovery, if you need to take a snooze try and sleep sitting up… The moment you wake up your throat will be super dry and painful so again have water in reach!!
    3. Do not try and force yourself to eat, I know you’re hungry and you’re craving just about anything but if you rush it can irritate your scabs and end up putting yourself in more pain. Stick to not hot soups, tea, bread without crusts, oatmeal, apple sauce, pudding. As long as you’re drinking fluids you should be hydrated.
    4. Rest!!!! Do not push yourself to go back to work, school or out and about. You’ll feel dizzy and without energy fast. (Learned that the hard way) Lay in bed or on a couch and start a new netflix series.
    5. Take your meds when it hurts. Don’t lay there in pain and try and stick it out- you won’t be able to.
    6. I only could really chew in my later days of recovery but once I could I starting chewing gum, it helped my jaw and eased the pain in my throat, keeping it less dry and having to swallow less.

    I know it’s rough but I started making a turn for the better around day 9 or 10. Two weeks later the sore throat is still here but I can finally sleep through the night without getting up in pain and for water breaks and I am pretty much back on eating my normal diet. It gets better!!!!

  49. Hi Jen. Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that you are on the mend ! Please stay in touch. The newbies can always benefit from a veterans wisdom! Take care.

  50. Hey everyone I’m in day 12, thanku so much for this site it has been great, the humidifier is awesome thanku for that tip…I will have to say this procedure was byfar the most painful I have had, and I consider myself a person who has a high pain tolerance….omg it was awful and the pain meds were making me extremely depressed. So I stopped taking the pain medication day 4, and switched to just Tylenol which has seemed to work oh ya and have the doctor give u the liquid lidocaine great stuff. I appreciate all the post from everyones experiences it helped me thru ….. today I have a sore throat but finally feeling somewhat normal again 🙂

  51. Day 12 here for me and I haven’t felt worse since my surgery. Everything is sore, mind foggy and lots of general pain. I think my scab finally started to come off in my sleep last night. I hope this doesn’t last more than just a few days. I’m a 31 year old male

  52. Most of the pain is just recovering from the tonsils being removed; if possible, just do your best to not think about what is going on so much that it keeps you from being able to just rest as much as possible

    I am on my 9th day and the pain comes and goes; the worst part is when, I have woke up to find that my throat is dry and taking my pain medication burns so bad trying to get the pain under control again.

    But, it is definitely getting a little better as each day passes; I am not ready for company or anything yet; just want to be alone in my bed resting.

    But, I am hoping that after the second week passes that I can really see the pain reducing over time.

  53. Thanks for making this page. I am on night 3 and just got my humidifier running and I have to say I think it is helping out a lot. I’ve nodded off a few times here and there and don’t feel as bad as I did nights 1 and 2

  54. Day 5 of recovery has been the most painful and confusing so far. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from or how to address it. My ears and throat felt like daggers were ripping away from the inside out and I did not know whether to ice or heat. Before bed, I ended up sucking on ice chips till I could swallow my pain killers. Once 30 minutes passed and the sips of cold water had not helped, I switched to warm water and a hot water bottle for my ears. The warm water still hydrated my throat and loosened my jaw muscles. As well, the hot water bottle took away the pain in my ears. Once the pain was gone for another 30 minutes without treatment, I continued to drink water, room temperature this time. I even fell asleep because I had finally relaxed. When my alarm for the next round of pain meds went off, I went back to taking pills with room temp water, not ice cold, and I have not had the intense combination of pain since.
    On another note, my breath was so bad that it was offending ME. I have taken to gargling with one of the “milder” mouthwashes (checked with Doc first) and my teeth, gums, tongue and husband are much happier for it.

  55. Well, I couldn’t keep any of the medicines down for a coupe of hours today, so it’s been pretty rough to say the least! But I’m a ton better now. Planning to have this the day before Thanksgiving was not my smartest idea-the food smells so good and I can’t eat any of it. Thanks for checking in!

  56. Hello Amelia – I have found no clinical studies that definitively indicate one method over another as best. Anecdotally, I read from patients of the coblation method who often tout it as best for recovery. (not scientific, but it does come up alot)

    Best of luck to you!

  57. Hi Mr. Tooke,
    I was just wondering if there is a difference in recovery for the different types of tonsillectomies. I am getting my tonsils and adenoids out tomorrow the old fashioned way.

  58. I am on day 9 and I’m also experiencing a lot of jaw pain, especially in the joint. I am still not able to open my mouth fully, and haven’t even been able to look at the surgery site. From what I’ve read this can be due to the muscles in the area being weakened and also from the surgical procedure itself because they have to extend your mouth (jaw) opened as wide as it goes causing trauma to the area. Likely, time and pain meds will heal this and I would imagine icing the area would help, too. I would imagine the more you try to “force” it open, the more inflammation you can cause in the joint area so allow some time for healing. I’m starting to be able to “handle” the sore throat, but the jaw pain is really hindering eating normally. I also have to drink slowly or water comes out my nose. Hope that’s not a permanent side effect!

  59. Generally it’s because after a tonsillectomy we apparently snooze with open mouths and will tend to breath that way – which dries it out and makes it excruciating. If I go for longer than 20 mins without a drink I get a very similar feeling.

  60. Advice needed I’m now at the end of day five and have been in immense pain all day!
    But my question is why does my mouth and jaw feel so tight?i can’t open my mouth fully and can’t speak properly either. Has anybody else experienced this?should I keep opening and stretching my jaw (which causes even more pain) or just rest?
    Thanks in advance starting to worry now!

  61. Day 13 recovery (30 years old, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy)
    My recovery is going very well but I still have a lingering sore throat that is very painful at times. Is this normal and if yes, how long should I expect it to last. Also, I still have some ear fullness and ear pain. All of my scabs have fallen off and the surgical site looks very good. Thanks in advance for advice.

  62. What I do not understand is that I will be in minimal amount of pain,and doze off for 10-15 minutes and then when I wake up I am in immense pain, Why?

  63. Day 5. OUCH!! I think today is the most painful day yet 🙁 Is my tongue still supposed to be swollen?? On the plus side I have lost 9 lbs…. Can’t wait to be NORMAL again!!

  64. I would also note that many people experience some intense ear pain after a few days as the healing continues. This can rival the throat pain. Using a heating pad on the ears and chewing gum, both seem to help with this ear pain. The nerves in the back of the throat are connected somehow to those of the ear and all the swelling post-surgery causes ear pain as well as throat pain for many people.

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