Tonsillectomy Recovery Day Ten


A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their tenth day of recovery

From thousands of post comments to the tonsillectomy recovery forum, I have assembled a sampling of various accounts and impressions of tonsillectomy recovery for each day. Below I share comments about tonsillectomy day 10. These comments are taken from tonsillectomy patients who were kind enough to share their experiences to help others as they navigate the bumpy road of tonsillectomy recovery.
Many will experience depression toward the end of of their tonsillectomy recovery.

Depression after tonsillectomy
Depression After Tonsillectomy?

Please feel free to add your own experience with tonsillectomy day 10.
-Greg Tooke 

Tonsillectomy Day 10 -Strep After Tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy Day 10

  •  Tonsillectomy Day 10 :First day of narcotic withdrawl.  This lasts thru day 14 or 15
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 11, 12 if you count surgery day, and my throat still feels enough pain that I only want liquids and super-mushy things. After the scrambled-egg attempt two days ago I got a little downhearted… like, Can’t I even eat THIS? Maybe I will try them again today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : Post-Op: Day Ten
  • I actually got sleep again last night. All in all, I’m feeling pretty good today. It feels like most of my scabs are gone, so that’s a plus. I went out for the majority of the day. Like I said before, it feels awesome to get out after being secluded in my house for such a long time! I took Tylenol at 12:00am and I’m feeling pretty good. By pretty good, I mean I can swallow pretty well, but now what it feels like is a bad case of strep throat (yes, that is a good thing)!  Still couldn’t eat much today. I guess I could physically eat soft food (pasta, soft bread, etc.) but since I’m not fully healed yet, I’m a little scared to do something that will push me back in recovery. So I stuck to peaches, yogurt drinks, water, etc…all of the usual stuff!
  • Post-Op: Day Eleven
  • Well, I did pretty good medication wise. I took my meds again at 12:00am; that means I waited 24hours between 2 doses of meds. It feels like I took a step back in my recovery process. My sleep was scattered and after waking up every hour to drink water, I was beyond exhausted when I woke up this morning.  Even though I did drink a lot last night, my throat was still very dry. And swallowing today is a little harder than yesterday; it still feels like there is a ball in my throat. So, as you can imagine, I haven’t eaten much today either. I’m a little tired of not being able to eat as I sit on the couch, watching my family eat all of my favorite meals – what can I say, I’m a little hostile at this point! The pain isn’t bad enough that I need to take medication again, it’s just very uncomfortable. Well, I decided after 11 days, I was able to drive today and that felt good also (not having to rely on people feels awesome). When I was in the car, I decided to look into my throat (because the natural light made it easier for me too see) and I still see A LOT of white! I’m not sure why I have so many scabs left at day 11, but it sucks. Why can’t I be one of those lucky people that loose all of their scabs on day 8! I wish! Other than that, I’m not that miserable today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 10-, 12 if you count surgery day, and my throat still feels enough pain that I only want liquids and super-mushy things. After the scrambled-egg attempt two days ago I got a little downhearted… like, Can’t I even eat THIS? Maybe I will try them again today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 10 (40/f). took lortab last night at 9 p.m. and have taken nothing since. not to say it doesn’t hurt, but it feels more like a normal sore throat, and let’s face it, i’ve been dealing with that for years w/out relying on tylenol or meds
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 :Day 10,
  • Feeling much better now, thanks. Still a little pain in the ears, but bearable. Seriously , If you can get a hold of Tylenol Liquid Rapid Blast in your neck of the woods, get it. goes down easily. And eating much more now, try to gain back a few of the 20 lbs. I lost, course some things still taste funny / odd. And I can start to sing again. (actually better than before). Hopefully My tongue swelling will go down.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : Day 10–my boyfriend ordered pizza for us. I had to eat some real food and this is what I was craving. BEST PIZZA EVER!! Couldn’t eat the crunchy edge pieces like I like, but the soft middle pieces were amazing. Throat still hurts a lot, especially in the middle of the night, but only taking advil at this point, every 6 hours.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 (post-op day 11) and beyond:
  • From here every day had less pain and discomfort. I was able to slowly return to a regular diet. It took few more days to get my throat muscles to become less tired when swallowing, My uvula and soft palate still felt weird for a while.

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165 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Day 10 -Strep After Tonsillectomy?

  1. Hi Everyone! I had my OP on 26th June so on Day 9 recovery. Wow what an intense journey this has been. Today is the first day I feel “better”. I still have a very sore throat and it’s excruciating to swallow anything or talk but I have started reducing pain meds and have not taken a nap today. I will try and stay awake all day. Thanks for all the support this forum has been a life saver. Together we are stronger! Day 9 survivor

    1. Hey Chummy – Welcome and thank you- Glad you are on the upswing!

  2. Day 10 after coblation tonsillectomy on 6/20. Last night, I had much less pain than I’ve had lately – I thought I might even make it through the whole night (and morning) pain-free, but I think I was sleeping with my mouth open toward the end of the night, and I woke up with pain again. In a reversal of the pattern I’ve had the last few days, the pain stuck with me for most of the day rather than receding into the background. It was all throat pain, the kind where you don’t really want to swallow. I stuck to soft foods again and made sure to drink lots of water and slushies.

    I do continue to feel better overall, though, and I went out and did various errands today. I was out and missed my Tylenol dose at 2:30, and I definitely felt that. Chewing gum helped alleviate the pain. I’ve also found that if I am chewing gum while lying down with my head on some pillows, it seems to help the pain. I think that maybe that position, with the chin down to my chest, helps get the saliva into the right side tonsil bed, which is pretty deep. My pain is basically all on that side at this point. I’m not sure exactly what is causing the pain since the scabs haven’t pulled away yet, but I guess it is all part of healing.

    I keep looking in my throat to see if the scabs have come off, but I still have quite a few large ones, all where the tonsils used to be attached. I guess they are gradually shrinking around the edges, but I am definitely not one of the people who’s done with them. I am assuming that as long as they’re there, I have to worry about bleeding, so I’m staying cautious. My uvula is back to its normal size now, and I can talk for a while (though not at a very high volume) at this point.

    I took the whole coming week off from work but will probably work from home tomorrow and then go back to the office on Tuesday. I do feel up to it at this point and have had enough of being inside my house. Good luck to everyone who is going through this process, too!

    1. Hi Sarah! My name’s Kaci, i’m 16, and I had my surgery on June 20th as well. I have lost the scab on the right side of my throat, but not on the left. The reason that your throat is in so much pain is because your scabs haven’t fallen off yet. They are tightening, (it will be incredibly painful i’m sorry to say). The scab on the right side of my throat is still there, and it’s causing a good amount of pain. The first day that the scabs fall off will feel amazing, but don’t eat anything that will aggravate your throat like chips, and pizza. Today, the left side of my throat feels like a case of strep, and the right side is still pretty painful. I am going to try and take my medication every 12 hours. I hope that I helped you to see what it will feel like, and have a quiet, lazy day!!

      1. Thank you, Kaci! Very helpful.

  3. Post coblation tonsillectomy, day 10: If the scabs were off, I know I’d feel so much better. After having a few small spots cauterized last night, the areas I feel the scabs pulling are extra tender and feel sharp (I can’t think of another way to describe the roughness back there that I did not have before the cautery) when I swallow. The constant sense of having a lump in my throat (again, I’m not sure what is causing it, swallowing against the scabs hanging back there?) is getting old.

    No pain pills today! Nothing. A few Ricola throat drops to sooth that sharp/rough/dry feeling is all.

    I did wake up several times last night, perhaps from a sharp swallow, or bit of scab pulling off (does anyone else think it feels like pulling a band-aid off one hair at a time?). A few sips of cool water and a few minutes for the sharp pain to subside and I was back to sleep.

    I’m getting more and more energy back. It’s great! Too much using my throat to swallow or talk, but especially talk, and I get that strained lump in my throat. So I talk low and soft and as little as possible. I slept in an extra two hours, took one nap today and stayed up until my normal bedtime.

    Aside from not talking much, and the still present scabs and sharp pains that go with them, today felt as normal as can be. I’m almost there!

    1. Awesome, Martha! You are giving me hope that normal life is not too far off! Very impressive about being totally off pain pills. I’m still on extra-strength Tylenol around the clock. It doesn’t completely get rid of the pain, but I feel so much better overall being off of the oxycodone that it is worth it. Hope you have a great day today!

  4. You will be better before you know it. I was in so much pain, never had any bleeding or anything. Didn’t have to go back and see my doctor either. It took me right at 2 1/2 weeks to feel better. Close to day 12 I was feeling better. My medicine really had me off, I would sleep most of the day, at night I was restless. Than when I was off my medicines completely, I couldn’t sleep, I was emotional and cried and cried it was awful. It’s been 3 months since my surgery and I’m doing great. I feel so much better. I noticed a few weeks ago I got sick with a spring cold, I didn’t have a cough or sore throat, my throat was just super dry feeling. So I knew having my tonsils out was a great idea, cause before if I had a cold, I would lose my voice, tonsils were horrible, throat so sore. I hope you feel better soon. Best wishes

  5. Well I just finished day 10. Day 9 was better and the first day I actually went out and did things. I was able to talk better and enjoyed the day. But I think I overdid it, cuz I thought I was well enough to go to church. I was ok at the beginning but we had to have the service in the basement(due to our church being run over by donations for an elderly apartment complex that was destroyed by a fire) and it was really warm and humid today. I was ok til halfway through the sermon when i became very sweating and it was a cold sweat and I felt very sick. I ended up laying on my moms arm and almost fell asleep. Left right after church and came home to rest. Still been taking my hyrodoc. cuz the pain has still been non-stop for me. But I am almost out of these news meds. I’m thinking I will go back to the Tylenol with codeine and try to spread it out more. Sounds like it might be time to just start getting off the strong meds. I have been very forgetful on my antibiotic. Forgot to take it all day. I will try to remember it in the morning. I’m gonna take the last dose of the new meds before I head to bed. I’m really just praying the pain starts to lessen, I have one week til my post-op appointment with my doctor and I am hoping my pain level will be minimal at that time. Its got to get better right?

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