Ear Pain After Tonsillectomy





After tonsillectomy surgery, patients have plenty of unpleasant side effects to deal with.  Swelling of the uvula, tongue, and throat are usually the first hurdle adults have to deal with post tonsillectomy. Swallowing and breathing can be difficult.  This isn’t too surprising, especially considering all that the throat has been through.  Icing and gargling with ice water can help reduce this swelling, as can a steroidal treatment. The next problem after tonsillectomy, usually a day or so post-op, is pain in the throat area.  Again, no big surprise.  Icing is also a good way to treat, as are narcotic pain killers and/or over the counter pain medications.  Topical analgesics like throat sprays can also offer some relief.

What surprises many is a phenomena occurring several days into their tonsillectomy recovery- ear pain.

Post Tonsillectomy Ear Pain – Cause and Treatment

Cause

Literally thousands of patients sharing their experiences on this website have commented that their ears hurt after tonsillectomy.  Ear pain after tonsillectomy is probably the second or third most common side effect that patients experience- second only to pain and swelling.  But why does this happen? There was no scalpel or hot knife near the ears, so why should they feel like they’re being stabbed?  The cause of ear pain post tonsillectomy starts at the throat and radiates to the ears.  This is called a referred pain. Take a look at the attached diagram and note the lingual nerve.  It’s directly connected to the ears and throat.




Ear Pain After Tonsillectomy- a diagram

Ear Pain After Tonsillectomy- What’s Going on?

Treatments and Home Remedies

This referred pain can be quite severe. Often prescribed pain medications do not seem to relieve the ear pain that many experience after tonsillectomy. In addition to the pain medicines patients are taking, there are two home remedies that usually can provide some relief. The first of which is chewing gum. In light of the unpleasant side effect of have sugary residue in and around the throat, most tonsillectomy patients prefer a sugar -free gum. A mint flavor can also feel cooling. Exactly why chewing gum relieves ear pain is hard to say. Certainly activating the muscles around the ears and jaw may help, but more likely, like yawning, gum chewing releases pressure from the ear area.
Seagate Olive Leaf Throat SprayThe second remedy for ear pain after tonsillectomy is applying a heating pad or warm compress to the affected area. Again, the reason for its effectiveness is not entirely clear but most patients describe a relaxing comfort from applying a wet, warm towel or electric heating pad to the affected area. To reduce inflammation, alternate between warm and cold compresses.

-Greg

Have you found a trick for taking the edge off of ear pain, especially after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy? Please share it in the comments section below. Thank you!

144 thoughts on “Ear Pain After Tonsillectomy

  1. to anyone considering / being told they ‘NEED’ a tonsillectomy: DONT DO IT!
    i’m trying to look on the bright side and imagine life an a few years with our strep and not getting sick as much anymore. but this is so hard to think about when the pain is making it hard to simply sit at home! i haven’t slept in 4 days other than closing my eyes for an hour at a time.
    im 17 and tonsils were out november 30/2016
    ***I HAVE A HIGH PAIN TOLERANCE***
    day one; pain was sort of tolerable because of the hospital drugs and i slept like a baby. could not, no matter how hard i tried, drink anything. i got so dehydrated and light headed. my parents were close to taking me to the ER. i could still talk softly. i ate applesauce only to get my meds in me. at night, i coughed like crazy.
    day two; still not drinking almost any water. headaches galore. sleep was not my friend. no talking, today! pain meds, pain meds, pain meds. stayed in bed ALL day. tried very hard to drink a FLAT diet ginger ale. still coughing, so hard to breath, honestly thought i was dying.
    day three; best day so far. woke up in pain, hard to drink. but got meds once and then the rest of the day was pretty tolerable. i was able to shower with out passing out and it felt relieving. i was able to talk a lot and i ate soup. ear pain was come and go. still couldn’t sleep at night. scrambled eggs!!! coughing slowed down but still right when i woke up, phlegm and major cough.
    day four; i had a voice today. pain was come and go, again. no sleep, just closing my eyes a few times through out the day. pain meds were still a must have. popsicles. sherbet. chicken broth. i enjoyed a luke warm cup of coffee. water water water. sore ears. took a shower.
    day five; woke up realizing today would be a no voice day. pain was sharp more than achy. ear pain was slightly making an appearance. i felt confident that i could sleep through this night because i was feeling a bit better. even thought i felt a little better, the pain was still aching. with every swallow it hurt still and i broke down crying in the middle of the day. still on pain meds. took a shower again, little relief. enjoyed scrambled eggs, coffee, soup, popsicles, and applesauce. less than average amount of water. went to sleep with out a problem, but woke up in tears at 3AM.
    day six; so it’s 3:42AM right now and i was woken up out of my sleep about at hour ago. the crying is somewhat uncontrollably because this pain is indescribable. my ears feel heavy and full of needles. they’re ringing and i’m in so much pain. my throat is ok until i swallow, then holy sh*t it’s like someone’s kicking me in the throat. i tried to drink some water but it really does hurt. i want to try a heating pad on my ears but i can’t heat it up right now with out waking my whole family. i will try it as i sit in bed, miserable today. i think the scabs are starting to come off or something cuz this pain is seriously making my stomach hurt. and when i’m not voluntarily crying from the pain, my eyes are involuntarily watering. i am laying at an angle and it still doesn’t help. i wish i could sleep but that doubtful. i can’t imagine that i will eat much today.

    can’t wait for days 7-14 ☹️

  2. I just had a tonsillectomy on Dec.2nd which was also my 26th birthday… Today’s the 4th and the ear pain just appeared… It hurts but I currently have a heating pad on it… Throughout the day I have found trying to eat Luke warm food helps me… I still eat my Popsicles and jello but the little but of warm helps me tremendously… When I left the hospital after my surgery I was fine… Until 7 p.m then it was hurting to breath we went to the E.R and turns out I didn’t need my tonsils out in the first place I had pneumonia the whole time… My Dr never did xrays just kept prescribing antibiotics and they didn’t help.

  3. I had my tonsils removed November 17th a week ago from today. I was fine at least I thought I was until the pain just started to get worst and worst. I can eat anything at all I try to drink and it hurts so bad to swallow. My ears hurt so bad I want to rip them off. Last night I had a panic attack because I didn’t know what to do with the pain anymore. The bottle of narcs are 3 spoons away from being done. I’m not one who likes to take meds not even an Advil or Tylenol but this pain is so unbareable I can’t take it anymore. Today is thanks giving and I probably won’t be able to enjoy a full meal 🙁 I don’t know what to do

    1. Aw Cynthia- sorry. I know it’s hard.It gets better- I promise. Just be in the present moment. Breath. I know it hurts, but you really must drink. Dehydration is NOT your friend. Are you running a humidifier? That helps. I’d call the clinic and ask for a refill right away. Don’t take no for an answer. I went through the exact same thing. You need it- you’re not a junkie- you’re in pain. Try eating and drinking a half hour after taking the pain meds. Also, I found that sleeping in a recliner was better than laying flat. I’m with you and wish you the best. Hang in there!!!

    2. Cynthia how are you feeling? I had my surgery on the 15th. I found this site a few days after surgery and have been reading posts daily. I sure wish my ENT would’ve sent me to this site! It has really helped me through a few tough days. I feel like nobody knows how I feel. 🙁 I have a pretty high pain tolerance (29ish+++ mamma of 3) but omigosh this recovery has broken me down a few times! I am feeling pretty good today, I hope your Thanksgiving was ok. Don’t worry about food if you still can’t get it down, keep up on the fluids. Cold water is like drinking glass shards so I like it room temperature. Jello is amazing. I’ve never been big on frozen things but lots of people say that popsicles help. My biggest issue now is the ear pain. Puts me into tears! I like to soak in the tub to help get relaxed. I’ve tried the heating pad but chewing gum seems to help the most. And for some reason sleeping upright… STILL. I also still get very tired throughout the day so naps are incredibly helpful. Don’t try to do too much. I use regular Tylenol throughout the day and my prescription for night. Hope this helps! Brandy

  4. I had surgery the on Thursday (11/10 /2016) I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy but I also had a septoplasty… I wish I had never gone through with the surgery. I’m on liquid norco taste nasty as hell!!!! I have had the worse ear pain ever the only thing that helps it is to take a scorching hot bath and layou down tI’ll my ears are under water. I need so excited relief now!!!! I haven’t eaten or drank amlost nothing since surgery and I have lost 6 lbs in 5 days!!!! I can’t take this pain much longer I would never recommend this surgery to anynody!!

    1. I feel the same way. I regret the surgery. I dealt with my tonsils 32 years I may as well have just kept them. I too haven’t eaten and have lost weight. I have had other complications as well resulting in a 3 day stay in the hospital as opposed to an outpatient procedure. This pain is unbearable. I cannot sleep and the liquid oxy and ibuprofen doesn’t even begin to touch the pain. The ibuprofen feels like acid going down every time I take it. I am also hypoglycemic so not eating is causing other complications. I do not recommend this surgery unless it is absolutely necessary.

  5. I had my adenoids and ligual tonsills removed on 11/10/16. I had my vocal cords scrapped n regular tonsills out three years ago. I thought i was going to die then. The pain was very severe. Now this pain is worst due to the removal of adenoids because i cant breath which causes me to breath through my mouth which drys out my throat which already hurts. It feels like knives in my throat. The ear pain is horrible. The first two days i was able to eat while in the hospital but once i came home it begin to get worst. I am 36-year-old and i dont see how a child could go through this. I eat ice cream and take norcos every four hours which i also have to take stool softeners. Hot tea with lemon helps but bananas was horrible it burned. I sleep with my head elevated just to be able to breath at night. Talking is strenuous on my throat so i use a notepad. Praying for all recovery. This is day 5 for me. Last time it took 3 weeks to recover and i was on voice rest. I had try to attend church and school but the pain was to bad afterwards i just stay home. I have a very high tolerance for pain but this is unbearable. Drink plenty of fluids use straws.

    1. They say it’s harder as adults. I believe them now. My best friend’s daughter had the same procedure as me two days later and she is already almost 100%. The ear pain is getting worse daily. I also ate at the hospital at first but they said it was because I was still numb. I cannot eat any ice cream or dairy because it makes the mucus thicker. (Sorry for details) I can barely sip water at this point without choking. If I could go back in time…this is definitely something I would not do again! Good luck in your recovery

      1. I had my adenoids and tonsils removed on the 30th and I am having the same problem with dairy products. I haven’t eaten anything but 2 jello cups since coming home from the hospital and can hardly swallow water. The ear pain makes me not want to swallow at all, and every time I have to I start to cry cause nothing helps the pain. The liquid Tylenol does nothing, and regular Tylenol doesn’t help either. I’m at a loss at what to do. If the pain persists past day 7 when they said it would stop I’m going back because it’s affecting my sleep more so than it already was. I’m right there with ya, if I could go back I never would have had it done!! Hope you’re recovering well

  6. Im 16 years old and just had a tonsillectomy on november 4th. Straight after the procedure and I woke up I was in a lot of pain. I could barely swallow and I didnt drink or eat anything when I got home, maybe 10 sips of water. The next day I was still drinking the same glass of water from the day before. I ate a popsicle. That night I woke up with the most terrible ear pain Ive ever had. I was hysterically crying and didnt know what to do. Every time I eat the pain in my ears and throat gets a million times worst, and that is just with ice cream or jello. Even drinking water causes the most severe pain ever. Today is November 9th and I feel worst. The ear pain is uncontrollable and I even had to buy some extra medication to take. Ive never been in this much pain before.

  7. I just had the surgery on Oct 28th and I’m suffering all the same symptoms. I was doing just fine the first 3 days and now I can not even move my head. The jaw/ear pain is so bad… Every time I try to eat or drink something it hurts so bad that I need to take 2 percocets and have 2 hot water bottles on my neck every six hours. After i take the pills i can eat a soup that has been blended and drink a little water. I’ve been so constipated with the percocet and have not drank much water that I have not gone to the bathroom for 7 days. I had a bleeding episode and had to go back to the Dr. to clean and cauterize the bleeding spot, that was more painful that surgery itself.

    I’m hoping to get better soon but as of now I can not even talk or move my jaw. The reflected pain from my throat into my ears are much more painful than the throat itself. I find the only thing that help is the hot water bags. I do breath much better and I think the surgery will fix my problem of sleeping apnea but I would rather have my balls cut out without anesthesia than have this surgery again. Think about before doing this to yourself.

    hope everyone gets better soon!

  8. I am 26 and had a tonsillectomy on Oct. 27. I am on day 6 of recovery. I can say, i’ve had pneumonia numerous times in my life, got my front tooth knocked out by running into the playing equipment at school at age 9, have permanent damage done to my left eye from being hit by a baseball at age 12, suffer from bad acid reflux and asthma. And i can say getting my tonsils out was the worse experience in my life. I went home the day after surgery with pain meds. For the first 4 days, I suffered from intense throat pain and fevers. I would wake yp through the night with intense throat pain. Then right when the fevers had finally finished and my throay seemed not as bad, on day 4, my ears started hurting intensely. Then on day 5, throat pain got a lot worse and when i’d try to swallow, my ears felt worse. Today, my ear pain is still there and becomes intense when i try drinking anything and still can’t eat anything. I tried pudding yesterday, but it hurt too much. Any suggestions on how to help my throat and ear pain???

  9. I’m 22 and just had my tonsils removed on the 28th of October I’m on day 5 of recovery and I wish I just kept my tonsils the recovery period has been so sore they even struggled to get my left tonsil out during surgery need some advise on things to eat as I’m still not eating anything except from little bits of bread I have ran out of pain med twice already and I’m struggling to drink water too any advice would be great thanks

  10. Surgery Date: 10/18/16
    I agree with everyone on this being the worst pain ever! I am on day 12. I have been experiencing tongue, throat, and really bad ear pain.
    The ear pain actually feels like it’s getting worse. My only remedy that works for me is sleeping in a sitting position, lots of back pillows, a neck pillow to keep my head upright and ice packs on my left and right side of my throat and ears and neck. Use a light sheet to hold it all in place.

    I can’t stomach the pain Meds from the doctor, so I stick to walmart brand liquid Tylenol.
    I also found out on day 2/3 I am allergic to Amoxacillin. That was fun!

    I stay away from anything hot (shower, drinks or food) that can make me hemorrhage if anything happens. I can’t stand popcicles, but noticed the walmart brand banana ones are awesome. BLEND them up and spoon it. Make sure to let it sit to numb the throat. I’m still getting exhausted quickly and try to rest as much as possible. Anything that gets ur heart beating can increase your chances of hemorrhaging. Good luck everyone!

    DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS! ice cold gingerale or 7up is amazing! Or slushy water. Blend ice cubes and water add 1 popcicle to give it a little flavor.

  11. I’m 24 and I had my tonsils removed on Wednesday (19/10/2016) everything was going fine, normal amount of pain I thought & getting through the medication fine until Friday. I got a tablet stuck in my throat, coughed it up, saw a small amount of blood so myself to the bathroom. Where I then started to loose a huge amount of blood through being sick & bleeding. I have to say this was THE most scariest point! I was rushed to hospital via ambulance and admitted straight away. I had picked up an infection :/…after being pumped with pain relief & antibiotics I was discharged the next day. It is now early hours of Monday morning. Thinking I couldn’t possibly take anymore, I woke with the mosh excruciating pain in my jaw and up to the ears at 11:30pm and again at 3am. I’ve had more pain relief, but it doesn’t seem to touch the sides. I’ve also tried ice packs and they aren’t helping either……not sure how much more I can take! Any suggestions on how to relieve this pain, I would be hugely grateful!!

  12. Hi all,

    On day 3 of recovery and boy do I wish I found these threads BEFORE I went through with the surgery. But then I might not have done it, so I suppose it’s a blessing in disguise? We shall see.

    I’m 22 y/o and I had excruciating throat pain and a swollen uvula blocking my throat –making it impossible to swallow or speak– since day one. I started reading a bunch of recovery stories and prepared myself for a week of this horrible pain when swallowing (literally feels like I’m swallowing knives) but no one mentioned the ear pain! It has kicked in today and it has been far from pleasant. The combination of symptoms has made this the most painful experience of my life, hands down. However, I find that alternating between hot and cold compresses on the ears do give some relief. Still seeking relief on the swollen uvula as swallowing sips of water hasn’t helped much and is extremely painful 🙁

    Hopefully I can post a positive update in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your stories, wishing everyone a speedy recovery!

  13. Just finished day 6 of my recovery. I thought I was doing great. Pain for sure when swallowing but not much else aside from that. It improved around day 3 to be a bit less. Have barely touched my pain meds after day 2. Today though, I was leaning over and watching TV for ten minutes. Then after that, I had intense ear pain every time I swallow. It’s crazy. How long before it goes away?

  14. I’m post tonsillectomy day 6, I’m 40 years old and this is by far the worst recovery I have ever went through. My ENT gave me off work til tomorrow! I still can’t drink or talk plain and I’m a nurse that talks on the phone all day! I’m almost out of pain meds given 20 tabs. This is crazy!!! Is anyone else coughing up copious amounts of yellow “snot like” drainage??

  15. Hang in there . The ear pain will go away. I used a heat pack to help with pain and RX to help with the ear. I kept Ice packs around my throat from day 1 until day 8. It helped a lot with the pain and I lived on ice cups and cold bits of ice cream . It’s hard but you will get thru this. I am 52 and had this and it is hard but I believe the ice packs around my throat 24/7 helps . My God Bless you thru this 😇👍🏻

  16. I’m a 33yr old female and just had my tonsils and adenoids removed on 8-16-16. I knew that I would be in pain but no one can prepare you for the torture that you endure during recovery. My doctor said the surgery went wonderfully! However when I woke in recovery I was screaming. 2 shots of dilaudid followed by 2 shots of morphine then Zofran and Phenergan and I was then able to have a bite of ice. I was kept in the hospital until Sunday to monitor my breathing. Thank God I was kept because the pain was unreal. I couldn’t breathe or swallow and was up literally all night. I have gastritis and so a lot of pain meds really mess with my stomach. I was released Sunday evening and by Monday morning I was at the ER in severe ear and throat pain. They gave me liquid vicodin and sent me on my way. I have been battling this ear pain since! Nothing helps and I am petrified to try heat because the heat brings blood to the area. Had I known what this would be like I would have kept my enormous tonsils!

  17. Day 10 for me! I never wish this pain on anyone! Everyone said its rougher the older you are (I’m 26) but they didn’t say anything bout the ear pain! I’m at the point where my throat is sensitive to cold things. So I drink my water at room temp and 2 days ago my friend suggested a life saving tip: hot tea with honey! It feels so incredible on the throat. I let it cool to about lukewarm. The honey coats and soothes the throat. It’s amazing!

  18. Hey everyone. I’m 22 and had my tonsillectomy on 8/31/16. Thankfully I did not experience much throat pain but I feel like I made up for it with ear pain. My pain was severe much like others who have commented. It put me in tears a few times. I have picked up a few tricks that helpled me and wanted to share them. For me warm soft food and drinks have been that biggest help! I have read a lot of comments saying cold stuff but warmth really eases the pain for me. Also throat losengers have been a huge help along with giant ice packs wrapped around my neck and behind my ears. Today is day 8 in my recovery and I am definitely better but the ear pain is still there. I have been pureeing soup, heating them up and just sucking it up through a straw as it is painful to chew. I still talk with a lisp due to the swelling but most of the toung and neck bruising has gone away. I hope my tips help you!

  19. HELP!! I am 59 and had to have tonsils removed for second time. I would rather go through childbirth again and I had an 11 lb baby naturally! This is the worst pain I have ever been in. I am on day 8 . Yesterday was the worst, I don’t know if it was the medication or what but no more oxy and Motrin for me! I took Tylenol last night but it is leaving such a horrible taste in my mouth I can’t take it either. Ear pain is the worst part only good thing is I’ve probably lost 10 lbs.. Any suggestions on ear pain relief ?

    1. Just one other thing I’ve been afraid of, I’m 42 and on day 8 of my tonsillectomy, and my ear pain has been horrible let alone the throat pain. The ear pain seems to get worse when I move my tongue. Before my procedure I read through the documents that mentioned the possibility of tonsils growing back, and my ENT assured me that it’s more common when you’ve had them removed as a child that your tonsils could grow back. I’ve seen some people refer to some type of herbal oil for their ears after the tonsillectomy, but I’m just not comfortable with putting stuff in my ears…however, with the way I’m feeling right now, I’m just about willing to try ANYTHING to get rid of this horrible ear pain!!!

  20. Jason. Almost 41 years old. Had tonsillectomy and “palatoplasty” on 8/15. (Look it up – horrible.) I thought (hoped) my Dr. was just kidding when he told me the pain would be “excruciating.” He wasn’t. Haven’t been doing much but sleeping and taking warm soaks in tub. Seems to help. Ear pain is really beginning to get bad now on day 5. Also, teeth really hurting, I’m sure as a result of gritting my teeth to swallow through pain. Breath horrible. I would suggest to anyone to get a cool must humidifier and sleep with it on in the room where you’re laid up. It seems to keep the throat a little more moist. I am really in nothing short of hell. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t. Sorry – but it’s the truth. Good luck to everyone.

  21. Thank you Maddie for your advice. im very young and my ear pain is unbearable. I cant even swallow without being on the verge of tears.so im glad that im not the only one experiencing this pain!

  22. 24y/o female, surgery 8/2/16 so glad to hear you all had the same thing I’m not experiencing. Today is day 7 for me. Around day 5 my pain started to worsen in my throat and eat pain started to arise. My doctor had warned me of this so I just kept keeping on. Decided I wanted to get out of the house for a bit and wound up throwing up in a movie theater bathroom. NOT FUN. Day 6, ear pain was severe and I vomited again! Day 7, ear pain is unbearable and untouched by pain meds. Decided to try a trick I learned from a flight attendant when I was young. Put wet paper towels in a mug, nuked it in the microwave for 45 seconds, and cupped it around my ear. Instant relief!!! Make sure there’s no water sloshing around in the cup before you place it around your ear otherwise you will burn yourself. Good luck, friends! This is one sucky post op!

    1. Help my baby is 4 years old n only at night does the ear pain get extremely bad.he cries so much n I’m desperate for help. Did u put the cup over the ear?the ear being inside the cup?

  23. 20 y/o: tonsillectomy on 8/3/16. I’m going on day 6/7 post-op. I woke up from surgery feeling like I had a sore throat, I even remember saying, “I’ve had strep worst than this.” I was prescribed Tylenol & hydrocodone, and I’m suppose to take it ever four hours even though it makes me nauseous as crap but I started alternating it with ibprophen. Every two hours I take some type of medicine. I slept the first couple days and don’t remember much. Day 5 my scab opened up and I started bleeding just a little but I took some medicine and woke up and it scabbed over again. Today (day 6) has been pretty brutal. Every time I swallow my ears are on fire. I started keeping a cup next to me to spit in instead of swallowing. I think the worst part is that when I swallow I feel like my saliva is getting stuck in the back of my throat and I can feel it slide toward the front of my mouth. Definitely annoying. It’s almost like I need to swallow twice (which kills my ears). Best solution; having two ice packs, one in the freezer and one of your face. I have mesh-able cold compresses because when my brother and I got our wisdom teeth removed the oral surgeon gave us each one. I definitely recommend having this type of ice pad.

    Good luck fellow tonsillectomy patients.

  24. 21 y/o: tonsillectomy on 7/26/16. 7 days post-op. First day wasn’t bad, just felt out of it. Days 2-5 I felt very naseous and tired, had a bad sore throat but being naseous was the worst part. Finally, end of day 5 going into say 6, I called my doctor and he said stop taking the antibiotics. I did and started feeling better! I was moving around a lot, eating more foods and even left the house to do an errand. I was getting ready to return to work! But 6 into 7 was possibly the worst night I’ve had. The ear pain is becoming unbearable. The throat pain I can deal with but nothing but tylonnel seems to help the ears and I’ve been using a heating pad. I can’t sleep for more than 2-3 hours before waking up. This needs to stop! Good luck to everyone in post-op, we can do this!

  25. It’s quite comforting to know I’m not alone. Had my tonsils out on the 27th of July and I’m 19 years old. They told me it would be painful and take a lot of time to heal. What they didn’t tell me is that it would feel like my ears are going to blow out of the sides of my head. The drugs they have me on are a big pain relief, although the nausea from the drugs is just about unbearable. They make me very loopy and like I can’t do anything on my own. I’ve found it helpful to alternate between ibprofen extra strength and acetaminophen extra strength every 3 hours before the pain kicks in during the 4th hour. Nothing is helping the ears or the headaches and sleep seems like something I’m unfamiliar with.
    Everyone talking about my bad breath isn’t helping any, I understand it’s unbearable. Now imagine tasting that 24/7 and being in pain. It’s not any fun and I really hope it all pays off in the end.
    Any advice on what to do about the ears or breath is appreciated. Or advice in general.

    1. i learned using baking soda water as a rinse gets rid of the taste as well as the bad breathe… I’m on day 7. And wishing I’d never done this.

  26. Hi I’m Eli, 29 M in the military and I had my tonsils removed on 06 July 2016 and today is day 6. The first day sucked big time, I felt nauseous like I was about to puke all over but never did. I was able to keep calm and control it but felt weak the whole day. Could hardly swallow anything because it felt like I was swallowing glass, even with the drugs I was given which I can’t remember the name of. I do know that it was in liquid form and couldn’t take a crap for almost 3 days but it help with the pain. I ate a little creamed chicken soup and then later in the day started filling aches, pains, and dizziness so I let the warm water of the shower run on me and helped did help a little. Day 1-3 didn’t do much talking, which is hard for me because I can’t be paid to shut my face. Also I had a little uncomfortableness but could handle the throat pain. Day 4-6 is when my ears starting pulsing and feeling warm, my wife took my temperature near my ears and it was at 101.6 degrees. I put some ice packs near my ears and neck, and it helps trust me. Also I have been eating things like mashed potatoes, soups, jello, pudding, cream of wheat, ice cream, smoothies, and am working on eating French fries with ketchup. (Wait for the fries to cool off and eat with cold ketchup, chew a little and let it dissolve in your mouth and drink with a icee works amazingly!) I have definitely lost some weight but still look like crap. I have drank mostly water, clear Gatorade, and icee’s which help a lot. Ears have been the biggest problem for me, like I am on an air plane and my ears are about to pop. Also being as I don’t get to many sick days in the miltary I had to go back to work on day 5 and 6 which was left me feeling weak and having dizzy spells, so don’t go right back to work if you can help it. I would recommend to people the days before to drink lots of water to stay hydrated after the sugery and eat a big meal with lots of calories, because not drinking or eating anything after midnight sucks. The surgery leaves you weak and you need and the help you can get. Also have things ready before like ice packs and even a empty bottle to spit into during the day and at night, it better than drooling on your pillow and swallowing your spilt and being in pain. Hope everyone gets better post surgery and hopes this helps a little.

    1. I was givin ibuprofen and Hycet. I’m still on them, because it has just been a week after my surgery. It seriously sucks. I hate it.

  27. Hi, I’m summer. I’m 18yo got my tonsillectomy on 7/6/16 and I’m 1 day away from a week since I got my tonsils out and some other thing that I keep forgetting that they usually takeout as well. The first day of my recovery was alright. Uncomfortable for sure! But then I woke up the next morning, it wasn’t that bad. Till the evening, it hit and was very sore. Felt like I needed to hock up something when it was just my uvula so swollen resting upon my tongue and stuff. Then the 3rd day my uvula blocked my throat. I heard you should get lots of fluids when that wasn’t happening, so I went to the hospital they gave me 2 shots, also that was the day the horrid taste started! felt better that night and woke up my 4th day. The earaches started, it was freaking dreadful! Doped up on Tylenol and ibuprofen, the taste makes me want to vomit! When will that go away!?!?!?! The earaches make me want to go cry and I did get teary eyes last night and just they feel like my ears are gonna bleed tremendously. Through the whole process the ears and taste are then worst part! Really praying the worst of it has passed.

  28. Hi, I’m Alexa and I had my tonsils removed 7/5/16. The first couple days I was so sore and felt like I had been hit by a truck 25 times over. A couple days ago the body aches subsided but the throat and ear pain increased. I find myself holding on to my saliva in my mouth as long as possible so I don’t have to swallow. All ive been eating is jello, applesauce, scrambled eggs, popsicles, water, and Gatorade. I hope the worst is behind me

    1. I just had mine done on the 20th of this month (July), and I do the same thing LOL. I’m just on day 4, and my ears ate hurting really badly; I can somewhat deal with the tonsils, but this ear pain sucks balls.

      1. My 5 year old has his removed on the 20th as well and the ear pain is the worst. He’ able to eat and drink and seems fine as Far as his throat soreness but the ear pain is terrible at night and he cries and cries. I can’t get him to chew any gu . We’ve done ice by the nerve because the Dr said it would dull that nerve but we Are gonna give heating pads a try. I hope you feel better soon.

        1. My5 year old daughter had her tonsils put on 25th july. We are at day 4 post op.
          Her throat is so swollen. She talks funny. Hasnt eaten since the op she sleeps all the time. Ive been keeping up with the pain killers. Her ear aches are painful.she cries all night. She snores from the swelling in her throat. I gate seeing her in pain like this. Noone told me it was going to be this bad.

          1. I’m with you on that! My 6yr old son had his tonsils and adenoids and also nasal turbinate reduction! The ear/jaw aches are the worst by far! Today is day 5 and he’s in agony every night! What I found helped was when the pain starts, I massage his jaw/cheek immediately , and the pain usually subsides in about a minute! His pain is in his jaw/cheek area rather than in his ear!
            I’m just wondering how many more days this pain will last?
            Good luck to all us mothers out there!

  29. 29 y/o male had my tonsils out on July 1st. Today is one full week and let me tell you, this has been the worst experience of my life. Reading all these responses makes me feel so much better to know I’m not alone and everything I’m going through is completely normal. 8 days in and all I’ve consumed is water, snow cones (shaved ice), Italian ice, freeze pops, and apple sauce. Anyone getting this done in the future, my best advice….buy a snow cone machine! It has been my life savor! Days 1 to 4 were a breeze. I was uncomfortable but not in any real pain and I thought I was going to be one of the lucky ones. Boy was a wrong! Day 5 til now have been excruciating! There has been a halt on all eating except for plain shaved ice and water and even that hurts. My ears, jaw, and tongue are absolutely killing me. My throat isn’t even the real problem. I have slept a total of 4 hours over the past 3 nights and am so ready for this to be over. The only thing keeping me going is hearing everyone that has been through it say that the end result is worth it. Taking my pain meds regularly still and praying the worst is behind me. Hang in there everyone, I’m right there with you!

    1. Lol I had my surgery the same day as you! I’m 17, by the way. Wish I had have gotten it done a long time ago. Just as you are, I’m on day 10 and things are sorta getting easier. My only real issue is when I swallow, I get a terrible pain in one of my ears. That’s what led me to this page. I’ve been surviving off of ice, cream of wheat or farina here and there, and juice. I haven’t been a fan of water lately which is weird because I usually only drink water! People make this surgery to be something so little when it’s really something difficult to get through! Especially being that we’re older. I heard recovery is easier, the younger you are. I hope you feel better really soon !

  30. 21y/old Female. Day 7 of tonsillectomy. These last couple days the ear pain has been the main issue. Especially yesterday and today. I knew it was normal but it got so bad I was worried they were infected. I have put a drop or 2 of peroxide in them and let it sit and run it out if it would, and then cover ears with cotton balls at night to keep air out, and take aleve (I try to stay off the pain meds and aleve works best) and warm heating pad under ear lobe to help with swelling and discomfort. Strugglin with this post op surgery recovery. Cannot wait till this is over with. GoodLuck everyone!

  31. Hi guys! I’m only 5 days in! I got my tonsils out Monday June 13th. I’m 26 and have needed them out since I was a teenager because of my reoccurring tonsillitis and sinus infections. I was happy to finally get them out but also dreaded the pain. For me the throat pain is actually somewhat bareable it’s the ear pain and the ringing in my ears that have been the worst! It didn’t start until day 3 and it keeps me up at night and it is hard to fall asleep or drink. Also if I sneeze or cough which I do a lot when I wake up it’s a game over and feels like explosives are going off in my ears. I’m going to try the cold ice pack and warm one under by neck and see if that helps! Thanks for your recommendations. As far as everything else goes recovery wise, I’ve only thrown up once but it was because I coughed and could feel my swollen uvula in my throat and had a natural gag reaction. I’ve eaten some but I have no appetite. It’s not too bad to eat when I want to. The most frustrating days so far have been day 3 and 4. I’ll see what today holds and let you guys know at the end of my recovery.

  32. Hi, I am on day 7 after having a tonsillectomy. It’s been by far the worst pain I’ve ever had. I have lost 14 pounds already due to hardly being able to eat. I have had the worst taste in my mouth and have to brush my teeth and gargle water at least 4 times a day due to the scabs. I also had to be re-admitted to hospital yesterday due to coughing up lumps of blood. I panicked a lot – but if this happens to you it’s just an infection which is treated by anti-biotics. My ears have been popping and aching also but I find an ice pack under the ear / throat helps a lot! Hope you all get better soon!

  33. Hi my name is Lien and I am on day 7 of having a tonsillectomy. I definitely am experiencing the lovely ear pain. It’s triggered because the scabs are gone from the back of the throat. I was able to suck on ice to get rid of the pain but that isn’t working very well. I’ve been doing an ice pack on my throat to help with the pain. I’ll try putting a heated rice bag behind by neck. I borrowed a warm mist humidifier hoping that’d help with the dryness in my throat but hasn’t yet. I pray that all of your recoveries turn the corner and the ear pain diminshes.

  34. Hey Guys, My name is Tim, 23, from Arlington MA. I got my surgery done June 10th. The first few days sucked, and I ate nothing. I drank water, that was it. Day 3 I was able to choke down a smoothie which hurt like hell, but the Oxycodone helps with the pain. Now, Day 4 and today weren’t that bad. I was on my pain meds, and I was eating waffles with peanut butter. I headed off to bed, and then all of a sudden, my left ear feels like someone is grinding an icepick around inside it. It came out of nowhere. Now, the doc said that the pain should be like at a 5 for the first few days, and then ramp up to like a 9 until day 12. My throat doesn’t really hurt that much. It’s just my ear. Any idea why that is?

    1. I think it’s because your throat has swelled up first – usually this is the second symptom that comes. Unfortunately your throat will start to become more painful. I use an ice pack under my ear and it really helps soothe the pain! Hope you feel better soon!

  35. Hi, my name is Maicy. I am currently 15 years old. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on the 2nd of June. The doctor that performed my surgery prescribed Hydrocodone, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen. I finished 1 bottle of the Hydrocodone within a few days, I’m pretty sure. I also finished the 2nd bottle in a few days as well. I probably only have about 1 or 2 little cup fulls of it left, which I’m saving in case pain happens. My doctor wouldn’t prescribe me anymore Hydrocodone since I’m suppose to be off of it within a week. I’m currently on day 12 of my recovery, so in 2 days I will reach the 2 week mark of recovery. At this moment I am taking just Ibuprofen, which I’m soon to be out of, probably by tonight! Haha. I only take one dose of it, and that’s right before I go to bed. Out of this entire recovery process, I’ve mostly ate just popsicles. I’ve tried mashed potatoes, which I didn’t like, I think it was because I let them cool down longer than I should have. I’ve tried applesauce, which I didn’t like either. At the beginning, I did eat Jello. It went down fine! I’ve tried to eat it now, but I get a couple bites into it, and I don’t want to eat it anymore. I’ve tried chocolate ice cream, I ate a couple bites, and didn’t want it. Believe it or not, I felt like it stung my throat! I’ve also tried Vanilla pudding, it didn’t last long, I stopped eating it after a few bites as well. I tried Mac and Cheese, one bite and I was done because I don’t like eating leftovers. I have tried scrambled eggs, I didn’t eat all of it, but it went down well. I have tried tuna noodle, which I wouldn’t let it cool down for a long period of time. I feel like it hurt my throat because the noodles got a little hard! I’ve drank nothing but ice cold water, cold bottled of water, Gatorade, and at times I drank Berry Propel. I have been drinking slushies that have flavors in them, such as Mountain Dew. I saw my doctor on the 13th of June, and I have to wait a few weeks before I can start drinking pop. Poor me. Before I go to bed, I take almost 15 ml of Berry Ibuprofen. I also grab 3 ice packs. I put 1 behind my neck, and the other 2 on both of my ears. I also grab a cold water bottle to put on the table, just in case, but I’ve never woken up to drink it! The mornings are horrible because I wake up with a large amount of saliva in my mouth. But this morning I didn’t, and it was such a relief. One morning I woke up to spit the saliva in the bathroom sink, and I threw up 3 times. It was a little amount each time, and I think I might of threw up some scabs even. Out of this entire recovery process, I’ve thrown up 4 times. The first time was when I was getting wheel chaired out of the hospital, and I threw up a puddle of blood, that had blood clots in it, I’m pretty sure! The lovely nurse said that it was my reaction from the anesthesia, and I threw up in front of a waiting room! A little embarrassing, I know! Having my tonsils and adenoids removed was my first surgery ever! It wasn’t that bad, although they had to give me the anesthesia in the surgery room before they could put the IV in my hand, because I’m very afraid of needles, and I will pass out! Lol. This ear pain is horrible, I experience it whenever I swallow something to drink or to eat. It lasts for about 30 seconds, I believe. Does anyone know how to get rid of the ear pain? My doctor said that almost all my scabs are off on the right side of my throat, and the left side is still working on removing the scabs. I haven’t experienced any bleeding throughout this process, and I’m praying that I don’t at all! That’s my biggest fear at the moment. I’m really looking forward to being able to eat solid foods again and being able to drink pop as well. I’m just wishing it would hurry along! I haven’t left my house that much. Other than to go to my doctor appointment that I had on the 13th of June, and to my local gas station to get a Mountain Dew slushie. I’ve had 3 of them since the 13th of June! I’m sorry that this post is so long, but I just wanted to go into details about my recovery process! Does anyone think that it would be a good idea or a bad idea to go to a theme park anytime soon? Let me know if I would be fine going or if I should hold back on it for awhile. Thank you, Maicy! 🙂

    1. Hello, My name is Tamara from Atlanta GA I just had surgery on 6-28-16 and my ear is ringing something awful. I try to hold it an apply pressure when I am swallowing. I am trying to eat oatmeal, mac and cheese, chicken noodle soup but I am not hungry as I know it hurts to swallow. I have done an awful job staying hydrated because I don’t want to swallow. I keep a bottle near my bed because I have to spit up tons of salvia. This is the worst pain ever, all I can do is cry and say why did I have this surgery but it was due to tonsil stones forming constantly. I pray that everyone in this thread heals well. I can ‘t wait until the day I can eat Hibachi. It is the July 4th weekend which makes it more depressing.

  36. Hi guys I’m Louise just reading all your coments, crikey I know what your all going threw, I had mine removed June 3rd and don’t I know it, every day has been hell. And like you say the morning when you wake up I dread it especially knowing that I have to try and eat at least something. I love food buts it’s just so painful never known anything like it, and my ears the pain won’t go away it makes me cry, I thought it was me just being a baby. But we are all in the same boat, I hope soon we will wake up feeling okay fingers crossed.

  37. My name is Jorden. I am 26 and currently on day 6 recovery from a tonsillectomy. I have been using liquid hydros, ibprofin, medicinal CBD tincture, and penicillin as medical options to help with the pain. Now the first two days were great. I felt like I was handling the pain well. Although I was very uncomfortable, I was still able to eat some apple sauce, drink plenty of liquids, and even eat some pears easily. Talking even felt easy even though my uvula was very enlarged and swollen. Days 3-6 have been the closest I’ve been to hell. Mornings and early-evenings are unbearable. After attempting to sleep all night, my throat is so dry and feels as if someone has literally stabbed me. One morning (day 3) the pain was so bad it made me nauseous and I thought I was going to vomit. Luckily fresh air prevented that. Mid-evenings (usually after a nap) the pain is back and unbearable again. Trying to eat is beyond painful and the pain meds don’t seem to really help. Mid-day seems to be the best time. The pain is subsided, talking, drinking, and even moving around seems easy. My diet has consisted of: Apple sauce (easy to eat), cream of wheat with mashed banana (my favorite and has come calories), instant mashed potatoes (yummy and easy to get down) canned peaches and pears, ice chips, pudding, a wide variety of popscicles, and cups of veggie and chicken broth. I tried to stay away from dairy because it coated my mouth and made it harder to swallow. I also tried smoothies, but I couldn’t get all of the blended chunks down. My menu for each day was different depending on my pain, but I didn’t eat a lot. It usually took me a long time to eat and I was in a very high level of pain and still starving afterwards. Now on day 5 and 6 I’m starting to get this ear pain. It’s a sharp stabbing pain going from the back of my throat, up my jaw, and deep into my ear. Now this pain just heightens everything. It is debilitating. I have been icing and using hot pack while laying still on the ground and it seems to help. I have looked back there and it is healing. My scabs are becoming smaller and new (very sensitive) skin is starting to grow. Good luck to everyone bearing the unbearable, I truly feel your pain. Stay strong!

  38. Hi guys, I’m Holly, 24 and I had my surgery 4 days ago, was feeling really good until today and now my ears feel like there is a tiny little army of Spartans fighting their way out of my ears, and swallowing is a nightmare too but I am forcing toast down (I know, crazy) but I am told rough food helps the tonsil beds heal quicker.

    I actually found something that helps… And you might think I’m crazy and I discovered this by accident but orgasms help! It relieves the pressure from your ears, distracts you from the pain in your throat and makes it easier to breathe afterwards. Sorry if it sounds really offensive but masturbation definitely helps in addition to the other bits of fantastic advice I have found on this page.

    Good luck to you all and I know we will be thankful in a years time when we are healthy and haven’t had tonsillitis in a year!! Think of the end goal 😉

    1. ha ha – Wow- I’ve read close to 15,000 comments on this site. THIS is a first. If it helps, it helps! Hope you have a speedy recovery. Thanks for commenting!

  39. Hello every one! I am a 19 year old female from Cincinnati ,Ohio and I got my tonsils removed June 1st and man oh man has this been the WORST experience that I have ever had in my life! I’v experienced extreme pain when I get my period cramps and I thought nothing could every beat that but I think this tonsillectomy experience has . Everyday has been torture for me😖 Every morning I wake up crying in pain,my throat literally feeling as if someone broke and crushed a whole glass mirror until tiny little peices and dumped it in my throat while I was asleep . I wake up crying and its hard and uncomfortable to sleep at night😟 I toss and turn for like 2 hours before I dose off knowing what awaits me in the morning😟 And the ear pain, oh the ear pain is unbearable I just sit there crying holding my ears until it stops😢 It is day 8 for me and I still have these extreme symptoms starting yesterday (day 7) I feel better during the day except when I get my 20 second earache episodes😢😵 But I’m able to walk arround the house and I couldn’t do that before. I couldn’t move. I was on Oxycodone for 3 days then I ran out and my doctor wouldn’t give me anymore so my mom went out and bought me some Motrin which helped but didn’t stop the ear pain. I see I will just have to deal with that until it decides to stop toturing me😖 I plan on trying the hot rag method today and PRAY that it works. I also haven’t eaten anything but slushies and Popsicle so yeah I am starving😖 Early on was able to eat small teaspoons of applesauce but i t started to hurt to badly. I honestly don’t know when this will end. I’m afraid that I am one of the very unlucky ones😢

    1. I had my surgery the same day and I am with you on everything. My jaw/ear also hurts, I can’t sleep on any of my sides. And if I do, I will wake up with PAIN. I cry sometimes too. I do have the option to take vicodin, however, it gives me massive migraines so I am taking Tylenol 500MG liquid form from walgreens. It takes away SOME pain, however, the ear/jaw pain hurts so much. And my throat has now started to STING and BURN so bad I hardly do not even eat anything. It was not like this the first couple of days, but they say its because we are healing and scabbing that this is happening now. Hang in there!! I am also trying to hang in there……

    2. I am writing this for my 16 yr old daughter. I just peeked in on her, and she is like ear pain leave me alone! She was already at the point of going over the edge last night. I will try the hot pad for her today. I am bracing myself. It helps me to read what everyone else is saying, so I can understand what she is going thru.

      1. 8 days out here. I swear by a heating pad for the ear pain – it provides such relief. I put ice packs on my throat and then switch the heating pad on my ears and throat when the pain gets bad. Good luck everyone! This has been the most taxing experience ever but I’m hoping it was worth it!

  40. Thank you guys this has helped south I just got my tonsils done last wensday 1st June and I tell you what most painful experience I’ve been through and going through. Ear aches omgsh why why they are so bad but heat packs works wonders thanks for you for suggesting as I was up till 2am ready your guys stories I’m on day 7 I found it hard to drink becos it triggers my ear ace any other suggestions
    Hope pain goes away and good luck to everyone

    1. OMG I had my surgery on June 1st as well!!!! It’s been one week now and I am in so much pain. I can’t even sleep on any side of my faces because my jaw/ear pain is so bad 🙁

  41. I’m on day 5 after having my tonsils removed and I wish I never had! My throat is killing me, my ears are absolutely aching and I’m having so much trouble swallowing. Worse choice ever getting them out. So horrendously painful.

    1. Sophie
      Hang in there it really does get better but not for a while. I keep ice packs around my neck/throat 24/7 and fir ear pain used warm washcloth and heating pad and took pain pill. Ear pain went away in 5 days for me. I am on dat 60 since my surgery and am finally feeling better. It will get better, hang in there… Also I lived on ice chips and keep throat hydrated at all times.

  42. I had my tonsillectomy a week ago tomorrow. I’m 47 and had it due to tonsill asymmetry found at an unrelated visit. Since the asymmetric tonsil can mean lymphoma I was scheduled for surgery ASAP.
    I printed out all of the tips etc…that I could to help myself get through this. It helped tremendously, but my ear pain is excruciating !!! I thought I was doing well, but about 5 days in ears really started this deep burning pain. I literally have to hold my hands over my ears. It mostly happens after I eat or drink anything too cold.
    I feel like a big baby because some people seem to think I should be out and about and be pretty much healed already. ????
    Also my scabs are falling off already and now it hurts to talk. Ugh!!

    1. I’m a week out now and I’m nowhere near being out and about! Everyone experiences the recovery process differently. I’m hoping for a turning point around day 10 or so.

  43. I found that using a hot corn bag on my ear/throat helped tremendously. I also had the same problem of the pain coming back upon eating or drinking. This surgery/process has by far been the worst pain I have ever felt. I am on day 12 and I can finally say things are slowly looking up! Good luck to all!

  44. I found that the chiropractor helped me with the pain in my ears. I am amazed how much releif I have in them since my alignment. Nothing else worked for me, and the pain was unbearable. One trip to a great chiropractor and I could feel the pressure/pain in my ears just draining away. I am now able to swallow and move my head around with no ear pain!!!! I figured it was worth a try since nothing else worked and am so glad I went.

  45. I have a question, I am in my fifties and on day 20 of recovery, went back to work and suddenly having sharp left ear pain come back and feel like I am swallowing glass. Wondering why this pain came back 😥. Has anyone else had this 3 weeks later??? Am desperate to get better

  46. I’m 17 years old and on Day 7 of recovery – the ear ache was no where near this bad until about Day 5 where the pain seemed to be 100 times worse than it was the previously (although the other side effects were worst on Day 3/4, which have been my worst days overall so far). I use a small hot water bottle one the worst ear, and chew gum non-stop.
    The pain subsides after about an hour, but even eating something soft like a yogurt causes it to come back, and it literally feels like someone shot through my ear drum. Wondering how much longer this is going to last.

    1. I am in the same boat you are, on day 6. Nothing makes the ear pain go away. I went to the Dr. Today and he started me on a steroid, but nothing wrong with ny ears he said. the only thing that has helped with the ears at all was making a trip to the chiropractor. We are fortunate enough to have a great one here in my small town so I figured I would try that. I was there about an hour ago and can’t believe the releif I have felt. I can move my neck around without pain and even swolling liquids doesn’t hurt my ears, yeah it still is tender on my throat but the ear pain is almost completely gone. I have cried multiple timesin the last 48 hours because the pain in my ears was so bad and nothing helped. My son called my mom and told her to come over because he had only seen me cry one time and that was when I blew out my knee and he was scared because I was crying on the couch, he is 9. After my alignment at the chiropractor my ears feel 100% better, hopefully it lasts a while

  47. I’m 24 and on day 5 post-op. I’m able to eat but nothing substantial really. I’ve been lucky and able to eat shredded chicken and soft veggies, things like that. But I woke up on day 3 with some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt. My ears hurt so bad, it feels like there is water in my ears almost, though I’ve been checked and there isn’t.

    Nothing helps the ear pain at all. I take Tylenol or IBprophane, but it just helps with the throat pain.

    My ear pain doesn’t ever seem to go away.

    Idk what else to do, I’ve tryed everything everyone here has said for the ear pain bug nothing has worked.

    I just want this over and done 🙁

    1. I am in the same boat you are, on day 6. Nothing makes the ear pain go away. I went to the Dr. Today and he started me on a steroid, but nothing wrong with ny ears he said. the only thing that has helped with the ears at all was making a trip to the chiropractor. We are fortunate enough to have a great one here in my small town so I figured I would try that. I was there about an hour ago and can’t believe the releif I have felt. I can move my neck around without pain and even swolling liquids doesn’t hurt my ears, yeah it still is tender on my throat but the ear pain is almost completely gone. I have cried multiple timesin the last 48 hours because the pain in my ears was so bad and nothing helped. My son called my mom and told her to come over because he had only seen me cry one time and that was when I blew out my knee and he was scared because I was crying on the couch, he is 9. After my alignment at the chiropractor my ears feel 100% better, hopefully it lasts a while

  48. Hello fellow tonsil-less adults my name is Malaiya and I’m 17 years old. It’s been absolutely horrible dealing with the recovery but the ear pain is definitely the worst factor. Reading through all of the comments has actually made me feel better knowing that I’m not the only one going through this. All of the helpful remedies are greatly appreciated as well I’m about to try the rice bag method and I hope it AIDS in some relief. Stay in there everyone we can get through this!!

  49. Hello all! I am a male(32 years young) who just had his tonsillectomy. Im on day 8. I have to confess..this pain is sky high! I have a pretty decent pain threshold but this ear and throat pain is way beyond anything i could ever imagine. The meds the doc gave me just made me sick, dizzy, and plugged up. After the second day i stopped using the prescription meds and started using extra strength tylenol and ibpropfen. They work well but i think i may have went over the daily limit a few times. Days 1-3 were really easy. I ate pudding and broth. My beverages of choice were gatorade and more broth. Day 4-8 have been hell on earth!!! The pain literally feels like i was tied down on the ground and a very experienced construction worker jackhammered my ears for a full 12 hour shift!!!!!! Im ready for the pain to subside. It doesnt even to go completely away…just drop from 100 to maybe 10 on a 1-10 pain scale!! Ive tried everything for the ear pain. The ice bag works pretty well. I did fall asleep for about 20 mins last night with it on my neck and it felt great. Im wondering why nobody has tried the numbing ear drops for ear pain. Is that a bad idea?

    Thanks for your time. Ive read all the other comments and it helps me feel better.

    1. Hi jadori
      Im a 24 yr old female who has just had my second tonsillectomy.All I can say is thank you so much for writing this!.When I was 8 (my first tonsillectomy) I don’t rememeber these symptoms besides vomitting and bleeding.it was great to find this as I am having a completely different experience this time . I am currently on day 8 after op and have had the exact same experience fine day 1-3 but meds doing nothing but causing more grief.now the ear ache kicked in around day 4-5 and doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere!! Thank you for making me feel better about this 🙂

  50. Im 32 years old and had a full tonsillectomy on 3/31. The first 2 days werent too bad. Had time swallowing, and some pain in roof of my mouth and tongue, but nothing too bad. 3rd day was bad, very bad. Bad ear pain, no relief from pain meds and dr wont allow any more pain meds. Hardly any sleep from coughing last night. This is Day 4, can swallow a bit better, still having throbbing ear pain ( putting cotton in my ears helps a bit). I have lost 10 lbs so far and im HUNGRY! Just want to be able to eat without any pain or feeling of choking and to be able to get full! Still isnt the most painful surgery i have had. Just gotta keep on going!

  51. I am a 56 yo woman who had one enlarged tonsil removed last Friday, 4/1. Surgery went very well, and I have not experienced the amount of throat pain that I anticipated. My problem is the ear pain! Prescribed oxycodone 10 mls barely touches it, but puts me to sleep, which is somewhat of a relief. I will be trying the remedies mentioned here for some added relief. Can’t wait for this to be over…good luck everyone!

    1. I had mine done Friday the 1st too. Day one was such a breeze. Tuesday I threw up a ton have had shooting ear pain since. This is miserable. I also have lost 15 lbs since Friday. I’m a 22 year old female by the way

      1. Ooh, I’m sorry Ericca…throwing up had to be the worst! My ear pain is still there, 10 days later. Seeing my dr. for follow-up on Tuesday….hoping she can give me some hope of this pain ending soon…how are you doing?

  52. Man oh man. The pain!! I had my tonsillectomy on Good Friday, March 25th. I tolerated the procedure pretty well, but my problem is the ear pain. I noticed the ear pain is more intense on the left side, which is where I had the largest tonsil. When I swallow, it is very intense. I have still been icing my throat, and had to increase my pain meds. When does this end?? I honestly thought I would be better off by now. Will email my doctor today because I’m becoming concerned.

  53. I’m a 52 year old female who just had my tonsils removed March 30th. My biggest problem thus far has been how huge my Uvula and tongue became. In recovery they gave me steroids via my IV and then they gave me Benadryl about an hour later thinking I was having an allergic reaction to something, I wasn’t, my Uvula has been so swollen I can’t drink anything without getting strangled. The only way I can get medications down is putting it in either maltomeal, pudding or ice cream. Also, horrible ear pain in both ears and pain when I swallow. By far, uvula, tongue then ears have been the worst.

  54. Hello I am 52 yr young female went under knife last Friday morning (good Friday ) 3/25/16. Today’ my ears started popping and the pain is so intense a 12 out of 1-10😱. Going to try the rice because hydrocofone 5/325 isnt touching the pain. I want to know when will i start to get some relief.. I ice all day and night and living on ice chips. What can I eat that’s not going to affect my scabs ?? Need help
    Please….

    1. Hi Sammy, I just had the procedure done last Wednesday and I’m on day 10. The ear pain will most likely remain for another week or so as well as the throat pain. Make sure to drink and eat lots of liquids because this will help your wounds to heal more quickly and the recovery will take less time. Foods and drinks that helped me were sweet potatoes, sorbet, chicken broth, miso soup, and 7up. Make sure to drink as much water as you can, even though it doesn’t go down very smoothly.
      I hope this helps. I can tell you personally that the pain does get better and you will see a huge shift in the next few days– just make sure to take care of your body.

  55. I am on day 11 post op. I am 31 years old. Day 1-9 were excruciating. Pain medication given from hospital never totally relieved the pain, only made it possible for me to eat and drink at their height of relief with copable pain. Day 5 plus I suffered from terrible ear pains in both ears, mainly right hand side. Nothing eased it. Sitting up from laying down was agony in the ears. Day 7 I spontaneously haemmoraged and had to be rushed to hospital. This happened 3 times. Each time I lost a lot of blood and choked on huge blood clots. Day 12 I still feel ill due to constant pain and ingesting lots of blood. I am glad I never ever have to have this operation again.

  56. Holy ear pain! I am 24 years old and am on day 5. The ear pain really kicked in yesterday and my prescription pain medication did nothing to help. I tried peppermint oil, ice, laying down, sitting up, and nothing relieved it. I found this site and heated a rice bag in the microwave and oh my goodness! It felt wonderful! I haven’t tried gum, as I don’t have any but the heat help a TON!

    1. Like a cooked bag of rice? My little sister is on day 4 post op and nothing seems to be helping. Thought we’d try this (:

      1. Fill a fabric bag or a thick sock with uncooked rice, warm in microwave for 30-60 seconds. Then apply to the pained area. It’s a very pliable heat pack – works if you toss it in the freezer too.

    2. Caitlyn,

      I am 21 and I am currently on day 05 and have radiating ear pain and can’t sleep. Even the prescribed Percocet isn’t doing the trick. How was the pain on day 06-08 for you? When did you honestly start to feel better?

      Thanks

  57. Stabbing ear pain was BRUTAL post-op for my adenotonsillectomy (that is tonsillectomy w/ adenoids removed at same time). No one warned me or mentioned how I could manage it (as stated above with chewing gum and/or heating pads) but I survived somehow. That said, it was hands down, the most intense, relentless, and overwhelming pain I’ve ever experienced & lasted for a solid 2 weeks. The liquid hydrocodone did not alleviate it but did take the edge off of it…..but my mom had to get the nurse to approve bumping my dose up to every 3 hrs vs the standard 4. All in all….surgery was totally worth it—-my throat never hurt AT ALL during recovery & chronic strep/tonsillitis&bronchitis became a distant memory. I literally NEVER get sick now….had the surgery on my 20th bday & 16 years later, I’m still the only person in the group who doesn’t get the “office cold”, have never once had the flu, and just honestly can say “I just don’t get sick.” (Totally different story in my childhood…..lived with Strep throat, ear infections, then as I got older, chronic tonsillitis that always turned into bronchitis very quickly). Wish I would’ve had the surgery YEARS AGO!!!

  58. I’m 30 years old and I’m on day 7 after surgery and still can not eat and barely drink. This is the worse pain ever, I can’t even function and my pain meds are barely doing any thing for the pain. What has kind of helped is sleeping in my recliner and having ice chips. On day 4 I was so dehydrated I was taken to ER and I felt better but shortly after coming home pain meds wore off and not being able to swallow. My most pain that hurts is my ears and jaw and throat, ugh this is terrible, I’m praying for a little releaf.

    1. Hang in there Amanda!! Push for more pain meds & STAY HYDRATED! Try CEPACOL numbing lozenges and force yourself to eat a few Popsicles/day. I know the ear pain is un-fing-believable but it WILL vanish around day 9 or 10. As for eating regular food…..took me an entire month-6 weeks to even feel up to it…..everything still felt too raw back there & I was afraid of bleeding. So, I lived off of soup and ice cream and lost about 15 lbs without even trying. (Hell, I earned it with al that pain!!). Good luck!!

      1. 23rd I had tonsillectomy after operation I was on a IV drip over night felt sick 3 times I can’t eat much as everytime I do it hurts biteing I’ve lost weight which is good I was in hospital for couple of days as they were worried as my selling in throat blocked my airways and I was tacky cardic 120 hopefully I will be better

  59. I’m 20 years old and I’m on day 7. My throat is no longer the major problem now, although the left side is still pretty sore. Its my ears, especially my left ear. I find taking ibuprofen helps a lot, takes away all the pain but only for a few hours. The worst is in the morning after I wake up. The pain is excruciating, I can’t talk or open my mouth at all. I still can’t eat, haven’t eaten in a week and have lost 5kgs but thats to be expected. Im counting down the days I can eat copious amounts of pizza haha!

    Also doing a warm salt water gargle I have found has helped a lot with the healing. I started doing it on day 5 and seen massive improvements.

  60. I’m 16 and had my surgery on Monday, it’s Friday now and I’ve had the most excruciating ear pain ever since I returned home from hospital however last night it rapidly worsened. Cold and warm compresses don’t seem to aid the issue just numb my face. My ears (especially my left) hurt constantly and swallowing and chewing makes it so much worse. If anyone could PLEASE tell me a way to relieve the pain besides medication (because it never fully fixes the problem) it would be greatly appreciated as this is my second surgery in the past 3 months and I’m sick to death of the constant pain post op.

    1. I’m 16 and got my surgery on Tuesday. The medications they gave me do nearly nothing. I am now very anorexic looking because I haven’t eaten at all. I can’t; It hurts and I choke, and I can’t fit anything down my throat or in my mouth. I’m taking it very bad because I am very fragile. It is horrible and I’m right there with you. The advice on this page is probably the best you’ll get, I’ve tried to find other information but couldn’t. I hope you heal fast and get better soon!

      1. Ask your dr. if you can take prednisone. My daughter was in same condition and it helped a lot . after one day she could eat and drink much better. 😊

  61. Hello I am Jazzmyn. I am 11 years old it my 5th day after surgery. My pain is horrifying. My ear ache started 3 days ago I woke up in the middle of the night is so much pain and I still do. I cry and I cry. I have tried everything but the only things what seen to help me was, Heating Pad, Cotton balls in my ears, Sometimes tynol would help but not always and chewing gum. I am very sorry for everyone who went or who is going through this. This part of it is VERY HARD.

  62. I am on day 5 since my surgery and nights 4 and currently night 5 is horrible! The ear pain is my biggest pain so far. Getting out of bed and sitting up on the couch trying to sleep propped up is the only relief (past hydrocodon) that I have found so far. I thought i was having an easy recovery until day 4 came and WOW! The war stories I heard about this surgery ain’t no joke! I’m so ready to get this over with!

  63. I am 17, and had my surgery Nov. 20th. The day of and after were my two easiest days. Of course I was still coming down from my surgery medications (anesthesia, etc). The next three days after that were the worst! Constant war pain, a part of my mouth where my nerve is next to my tongue has not be cauterized (OUCH!) so that is causing severe burning, irritation, and of course: ear pain. I went through my entire bottle of liquid hyrocodone by day 5, and since day 6 was thanksgiving, I definitely could not eat. Day 7 the refills my prescription with Percocet, and that is doing less of a job than the Hydrocodone. The only time I’m in no pain is when I sleep, which is (if I’m lucky) 4 to 5 hours a night, because I have not been able to fall asleep from my meds unless I force myself. I always end up waking up in the middle of the night with the worst of the pain, all from the one spot not cauterized, even saliva burns. The throat and “tonsil” area do not hurt at all! Aside from the swelling the first couple of days, and when my throat is dry. I have so far lost 24 lbs because i cannot eat through the pain. When I do try, it causes the ear pains and burning of the uncauterized area. If that were to have been cauterized, I’m sure my post opp would have went fantastically!!

  64. Hi, I am 17 and currently on day 4 of Tonsillectomy recovery. The most helpful thing for me so far has been shaved ice. the ice machine was $30 and it is soooo worth it. I highly recommend. It helps you stay hydrated while also numbing your throat, jaw, and ears. Blend some watermelon and put on top for flavor/ extra nutrients. Also helpful for me, chicken broth!!

  65. Its been 5 days since my tonsillectomy. The first 2 days I was fine and had hardly any pain at all. Around the 3rd day I started getting more pain in my throat and the 4th day the pain when I swallowed and in my ear was unbearable. I remembered from awhile back when I was in the hospital that they make their own heat compresses. I read a lot that these help but I didn’t have any heating pads. All you do is get a washcloth wet, wring it out, place it in a sandwich bag, heat it in the microwave for 45 sec (be careful when removing as its hot), and then wrap it in a larger dish towel. I then just placed it on my ear or throat and it’s helped so much! For the throat pain I found that chicken broth helps a ton. It loosens up the mucus in the back of the throat and moisturizes the scabs. Almost WVERYTHING I ate or drank caused me horrible pain except the broth. The salt in it helps prevent infection and healing also.

  66. I’m 20 and on day 5 of post opp and the ear pain is horrible. I found just using cotton to lightly plug up my ears has helped. Also I was able to eat somewhat of a normal meal today (taking small bites to avoid discomfort).

  67. My ear pain, behind my ear is so bad. I don’t know what to do. I never new the pain would b this bad all around. I wouldn’t do it again that’s fur sure

  68. Day 10 post op. The ear pain still wakes me & is the worst at night!!! I have been using Chloraseptic max sore throat plus with coating protection, it stops the ear & throat pain for about an hour. Good luck

  69. Thank you so much for mentioning the Vicks. I am on day 8 of recovery and it’s 1AM and my throat only bothers me when I speak, but my ears have been keeping me miserable 24/7. The pain didn’t completely go away, but it is now manageable. I recommend this trick to anyone who’s ears have been giving them pain.

  70. I am on day 6- I was in hospital yesterday with horrendous ear pain. I could cope with the throat if it was only that. I feel like my medication just isn’t working with all of this ear pain. I am going to try the vic now-I really hope it helps! X

  71. Try rubbing Vicks or deep heat behind your ears because that helped for me. It only lasts for about 20 minutes and then the pain comes back slowly but just keep applying it and it will help relive the pain.

    I also tried hot showers and baths but it only takes the pain away from maybe 2 minutes and then it’s back. I recommend the Vicks!

    1. I cannot thank you enough! Vicks was a life saver for me! I had the worst ear pain yesterday and it has been the only thing to relieve it and have me 10 HOURS sleep wooo!!
      Now my ear pain only kicks in when i swallow, which sucks, but you know what its better than what it was. Hopefully tomorrow will be the day that I return to feeling normal and I am so excited for it! Roll on Day 9!

  72. Omg I am on day 8 and finally my pain is slowing down. I’m off the meds and eating soft foods which is ultimately making my mood waaaay better. Unfortunately my ears are driving me crazy! I had the same ear pain as everyone posting here when my throat was bad, but that seems to have gone as the pain has left… I have, however, had THE WORST pressure in my right ear all day and night and it’s driving me crazy.. It’s like I need to pop my ear but I can’t. Has anyone else experienced this? Could this be due to the adenoidectomy? It’s so so annoying I can’t even breathe without feeling it. Please anyone else that can help… Help! 🙁

  73. After spending a year trying the Ayurvedic approach to health, where one balances the body through knowing your body type and then eating accordingly, I have seen some great results. Warm sesame oil is used medicinally in the ear to help alleviate pressure from going on a flight, etc.

    I am on day 6 of my post op for tonsillectomy, age 42. My ear(s) started hurting yesterday but today is worse, especially on the right side. Applying drops of warmed sesame oil, warmed in a small pot over another pot containing water is a great way to help your ears!! I didn’t have to think much about what to do, as I have done this before in my ayurvedic treatments prescribed by my ayurvedic doctor. To do this home treatment: warm the oil so that it is a nice warm feeling on your skin. ALWAYS test a drop next to your ear to see if it is too hot. Do not put hot oil in your ear ever, just warmed. The warm oil can be dropped into your ear as you lay on your side with a towel under your head. Have some tissues ready in case the oil drips down your face, as you will feel the ear plug with oil and then top it off until you can feel it begin to drip out. Ahhh! Now that is a calming experience…just lay there for 10 minutes. Put a cotton ball in if you want and then switch sides. When you are done with 10 minutes on the other side, you are ready to let it all out. Do not hold oil in your ear longer, as the oil has already nourished the tissues of the ear. You can do this twice a day, and maybe even three times.
    Sesame oil is traditionally used in Ayurveda for it’s warming and healing qualities. For another relaxing and nourishing body experience, rub in sesame oil to your entire body, bottoms of feet and head included, then take a warm/hot shower, no soap, except hair, and then just pat dry. You will feel good. I’ve been doing this also to help my body relax and heal during this post op time. Hope this helps.

  74. 5 days post-op here. (21 years old) What’s weird is that I only have pain in my left side. My right side feels completely normal. I think I’m going to try the decongestants because I have a lot of phlegm for some reason and it’s such a pain to swallow and it’s so difficult to spit out. I was hesitant to mix any other medicine with the Norco (hydrocodone mixed with paracetamol) the doctor prescribed me, but it has done SQUAT for the burning pain in my ears and throat. The pain feels like it’s more between my nose and my ears. My mother told me to try the oil in the ear trick but I was paranoid of a nose/throat bleed because the nurse said that I couldn’t even take a hot shower, let alone allow something warm near my ear drum. Now that I see you guys have been experimenting with warm compresses, etc, I’m gonna give the oil trick a go. I guess I should grab some gum too. Thank you guys so much for these tips because eating has been limited to two Popsicles a day, if I can withstand the pain. Mostly, I’ll stop halfway through and try again later because it burns so terribly. I really hope it get better soon.

    1. My 5 year old daughter is now 9 days post op and the ear pain is getting the best of her. For the throat pain, numbing suckers were great but now we are struggling on the ears with just Tylenol as she hates the way the hydrocodone makes her feel. Hang in there!

  75. DO NOT GARGLE!!!!!!!!1! I REPEAT DO NOT GARGLE!!!!!! And aplying a cool ice pack to the back of your neck will relieve some of the pain.

  76. I just discovered something. I’m having constant ear pain. Covering the ears really helps. I’ve never been a person to wear ear coverings, but it works. I’m wearing those that look like a headband. They make them for men, too. The fleece ones seem to be the best.

  77. Dealing with post-tonsillectomy EAR PAIN!

    Since this has been the worst pain and yet surprisingly easy to remedy for me, I thought I would share my experience, as my treatment has not been mentioned much on different forums I’ve researched. I hope this helps save some folks from the intense ear pain!

    I suffered from intense shooting, stabbing ear pains for three years before having my tonsils removed. In hindsight, I wish I would have known about the referred ear pain, because I probably would have realized my ears were hurting due to my tonsils and their cryptic party friends!

    On day 3/4 when the first twinge of pain released in my ears, I had a ceiling fan going in the living room. The breeze from it, combined with the pain for swallowing socked me so hard in the ear that I yelped and grabbed my ear! As a child, my mom always put “sweet oil” or mineral oil in our ears when they ached. So, in a desperate hurry, I found mineral oil and a dropper.

    You can buy sweet oil at a pharmacy. I found I had to ask them for it and it was behind the counter. Or, you can use mineral oil found in the laxatives section, and I even read one post of using olive oil. The sweet oil comes in a bottle with a medicine dropper, so it is more convenient, however, I was desperate and had two pharmacy techs just give me medicine droppers for free to go with the mineral oil.

    The key is you need the oil to be warm so it can soothe the tissue in the ear. DONT heat the oil– heat a small bowl of water and place the jar or small cup of oil down in the water to warm it. Get some cotton balls. Pull off a small piece that will fit in your ear and twist it kind of like a wick to fit down into your ear. Lean your head so you can drop the oil into the ear canal until you can hear/feel that it is full. Move your ear around to loosen any air bubbles. Hold your nose and swallow (if you can tolerate it) to release any excess air in your ear to allow the oil to settle. Push the cotton wick in until it soaks up and expands down in your ear. Cap it off with an additional larger piece of cotton to ward off breezes or air flow. Do this in both ears. When you need to add oil, simply take off the cap cotton, add more warm oil to the wick already in your ear, and the oil will follow it down into your ear! This is my mom’s way of describing what her doctor told her to do years ago during a terrible ear infection.

    He reasoning is this, and it only makes sense: the ear tissue is irritated and dry, is being expanded and contracted by the swelling in the throat. When those irritated tissues move from swallowing, ear pressure, air flow, crying, etc., they rub against each other causing agony! Lubricating the tissues with the sweet oil allows them to not only be soothed, but to move freely against one another when you chew, swallow, etc. those nerve endings need relief too!

    Of course, after a day or two and after showering, you’ll need to replace your wicks for new ones. But this has been the best thing for me. If I remove one just to listen for even a little while, the intense ear and throat pain returns In a few minutes, especially if the fan is on! This has even soothed the intense pain right after waking up when I sip a drink of too cold water!

    I also applied heat packs to my ears and cold packs to my throat, but trust me when I tell you, the oil in my ears has made a HUGE DIFFERENCE! I have been able to eat well for the most part because when I chew, air bubbles aren’t moving in and out of my ears and the tissue isn’t rubbing on itself.

    Please try and let me know if this works for you! I think this is a very valuable piece of information, as I have seen SO many people tormented by the ear pain, especially when the scabs start coming off! I welcome any questions, as I am only on day 9 of recovery and still can’t sleep well. I find reading and posting and sharing with others going through this ordeal is more helpful than watching mindless tv all day!

    Questions, comments, I am willing to help anyone after how bad I know my ears have felt! Angel

    1. Look at an anatomy book! Placing oil in the ear will not “lubricate anything that would be “rubbing together”! There is a reason this was an OLD home remedy!modern medicine has seen many harmful results from the old warm oil in the ear! It is a breeding ground for bacteria! Especially with a wick that is left in place for days!!! OMG!
      I know the pain is severe. I gave my daughter a set of earplugs. Think thatt will ease it some.

    2. I was wondering when I would read about someone using sweet oil! My grandpa is the one who told me to do it and lord already I see a huge difference!!

  78. Hi, I am on day 9 after a tonsillectomy and have found something that helps -a lot- with my ear pain is to rub pure Lavender essential oil around my ear concentrating more on the bottom half, then rub the oil from the ear down the line of the cheekbone across the face towards the corner of the mouth and again from the ear down the line of the jaw to the chin. No harm in a few drops from the ear down the neck across the throat too.
    I find it gets the pain under control very quickly while the pain meds kick in, I am in Australia and am alternating taking Panadeine Forte and Nurofen Plus.
    Hope this works for others too, good luck with your recovery.

  79. I’m on Day 10 of a tonsillectomy and sinus surgery (they also used a retractor on me, so my jaw hurts, too). I have taken to wetting and freezing q-tips and put them down my ears. It is a very very intense momentary relief, and it also lifts your spirits (my 3 and 6 year olds thought mommy was a little crazy), but after all that pain, a little levity couldn’t hurt. You can also run the q-tips around the back of your ears and press down against your jaw bone. I also keep a hand full of “teething rings” from when my kids were small in the freezer. They are great for emergencies, and freeze up really quickly. You can keep a few of these on rotation, especially for the back of your ears and jaw. Hope this helps.

  80. I am 40 years old. I had my tonsillectomy on 1/31/14. I have had a rough time with the healing going into my throat. It feels like there are stitches in my throat…if I try to eat…I feel like food gets stuck in that area and then the ear pain begins. Does anyone have any helpful tips about how to help this heal quicker? Has anyone else had th is problem?

  81. this website seems to be the best that ive looked at. i am 14 years old and am on day 4, my ear pain has been the wrost! i find it hurts more than my throat, it hurts the most in the morning and evening. i really hope the gum chewing and heat helps! i have been taking tylenol extra strength and advil every 4 hours and it seems to be helping but not as much as i would like it too, but thank you for this info it was very helpful!

  82. I’m on day 7 after my tonsillectomy and my ear pain started to hit on day 4. It is insanely painful. I couldn’t handle the percocet (throwing up for the 12 hours following surgery disabused me of any thoughts of taking that) so I’m taking motrin and tylenol alternatingly, every 4 hours or so. I’ve been a bit more fortunate than a lot of people in these forums because I’ve been able to eat decent meals for the past couple of days. Yesterday I made salmon and zucchini and it was delicious!! Someone wrote to eat ice cream – don’t do it! Do sorbet instead. Such sweet relief 🙂
    For my ear ache I’ve been taking my pain meds, obviously, but also a decongestant (with the logic that the pain was coming from fluid buildup). It helps a LOT. I have taken the off-the-shelf decongestants that you can take every 4 hours, but honestly, what helps the most is the behind the counter stuff with pseudoephedrin. Just thought I’d share!

    1. I use ice on the outside of my neck over where it is most painful. Also, DO NOT IRRIGATE THE HOLES IN YOUR THROAT WHERE THE TONSILS WERE. This will increase the ear pain. If food gets stuck, just drink water normally. This will dislodge some of the material and some of it will work out on its own. Sherbert and anything cold will help. Ricola cough drops have helped me and I am 10 days post op.

  83. My ear pain started at 1am this morning. I’m on day 5 after surgery and I’m having the worst time. I took my prescribed pain medication and it didn’t help one bit. I almost passed out from the pain and I was crying so hard until 4am. I finally fell asleep and when I woke up this morning the pain was back so I did what any 23 year old would do, texted my mom haha. She advised me to wrap a towel around my head and use my blowdryer on my ears on medium cause the heat would help the pain and she was right (I didn’t have any heating pads on deck). I’ve been doing that on and off all day as the ear pain starts to get worse but I just saw what you posted about chewing gum. I was hesitant because my tongue is still numb and my teeth have been so sensitive but my teeth adjusted after about 30 seconds and the chewing gum really seems to be helping. Thanks for this website, it’s helped me through this painful time a lot.

  84. Maybe I’m a bit different than your average person, but I have been coping with ear pain by using external ice packs…I put it in the crook of my neck and lean my head on it so it ices both my throat and my ear at the same time. I get such relief from this that I actually can fall asleep for the 20 minutes or so that I’m doing it!

  85. Heat packs definitely help with the ear pain! I’m on day 6 and the worst part for me so far is the ear pain- particularly in the mornings and evenings, I constantly have a heat pack on each ear and it really does help!

  86. Thanks Danyelle. Hope you get feeling better soon! I appreciate all of your comments- It’s what brings this site to life- an amazing community!

  87. Excellent research Greg! I hope you’ve received some awards for this website. Seriously it has been a blessing to me! I just sent my boyfriend to the store for some gum, it feels like I’m on an airplane, my ears hurt bad. What has kept the edge off for me is just sitting up. Especially after drinking or (attempting) to eat anything. The days that I fell asleep laying flat were the worst, I spoke with a nurse who said the acid from my empty stomach went up my esophagus to my wounds, irritating it more, which leads to my ears. Thanks again Greg.

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