Tonsillectomy Recovery Day 3

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 3

A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their third 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 3. 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.

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Tonsillectomy Day 3

Tonsillectomy Day 3



  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 :  It’s starting to hurt a little worse for some reason. Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Drugs aren’t working – help, Doc! …Yay, new drugs! What to eat? Thoughts on the post tonsillectomy diet
  • Eating After TonsillectomyTonsillectomy Day 3 : I guess what I wanted didn’t matter, because at 1:30am I rushed to the bathroom and began to vomit. After the first time, I absolutely panicked, because I saw red and figured I was bleeding – just my luck! It turned out to be the children’s Tylenol melt away caplets – which were bubblegum flavored and therefore pinkish red in color! Whew! After getting back in bed, I felt a little better and decided to keep drinking water.

    An hour later I rushed back to the bathroom, and christened the majestic bowl a second time. After getting sick the second time, my throat felt very raw, but no more painful than before.  The only good part of getting sick is that it removed all of the phlegm that was built up in my throat. I went back to bed, grabbed my laptop and came right to, where I posted my guts out! Sleep? What’s sleep? I stayed up all night trying to find something other than an infomercial on television – if you’ve ever watched television at 5:00am; you know how difficult that is! In the morning I began chewing gum to get my muscles working again; my teeth and jaw have been so sensitive. Eating wise, I was able to work in applesauce today, which is a big step up from frozen treats and jell-o. This reminds me, mark my words, after the recovery, I will never be able to eat jell-o again – the taste of it mixed with amoxicillin is haunting me in my dreams! Pain wise, today is definitely the worst by far. The throat is very sore, but the worst is the ear pain; it’s so intense! Today I also had to call my doctor and let him know that the codeine wasn’t working with my empty stomach. He sent my mom out to buy gravol (an anti-nausea medication) to take before the codeine. Turns out, it didn’t help. I found myself dry heaving over that same majestic bowl (I apologize; I know that is not the most pleasant picture). I didn’t actually vomit, but that feeling was definitely worse. As stubborn as I am, I decided to play doctor and call it quits on both the gravol and the codeine. As a result – I’d have to make it through on children’s Tylenol? What was I thinking?
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : day 4 post tonsillectomy and sinus surgery (turbinoplasty, septoplasty, antrostomy, the works), 31 years old. I am still glad that I got both surgeries done at once, since I’ll only have 1 recovery, but WOW. If one thing doesn’t hurt, something else does. I now know why my surgeon works with Ears, Nose and Throat… they are definitely all connected!
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day 3-4: I woke up both mornings at 5am with really bad pain, my ears were aching and my throat was on fire and i could barely get my pills to go down my throat. I went back to bed until about 930am. When i woke up again i had to have ice chips, jello and a popsicle to sooth my throat. drank lots of water and some coca-cola and ate some noodles with Parmesan cheese.took my meds like clockwork so i wouldnt be in excruciating pain. although the pain was still pretty bad. Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Surgery day up until the 3rd day, was like, WHAT what surgery..pshhhh smooth sailing…and then Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day 3 – 7 – Wham! And I mean WHAM! The pain steadily increased with day 7 taking the cake as WORST DAY EVER.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Had a pretty decent nights sleep. I think the humidifier helped keep my throat and nose damp over night, and i tried to keep on my pain management by taking a percocet about every four hours. I have started clearing my throat of bloody phlegm, drainage from my nose i believe as i do not see any bleeding form my throat. Pain level is still very tolerable. Drinking fluids is sill a bit difficult, i did start eating popsicles which are nice and soothing. Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day three–felt better, due to the anti-nausea drugs in my opinion. Taking pain meds was good again, eating still not so good as jello was the only thing I could eat. Drank lots of water, even though it hurt. Worst part, in my opinion, was the swollen tongue and uvula, which no one ever mentioned. Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day 3 post op (72 hours) . Drooling when i sleep that causes me to choke and cough. I dont know why im not swallowing when i sleep. Ear pain now and sometimes cold doesnt feel good. Im still hanging out in bed and pretty much in a daze after my meds. Im taking one hysrocodone pill every 3 hours. I eat before my meds and it sometimes makes me late to take my meds. That causes more pain. I am drinking trying to eat eggs, pasta, and soup. Sick of popsicles and sweets.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day 3- painful morning, went home ate chicken noodle soup. My mom decided to let me sleep…big mistake! Woke up in horrible pain, stay on TOP With your PAIN MEDS!
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Recovery Day 3 (post-op day 4): I stopped taking the Lortab because of the slight overdose and the scary side effects (paranoia, mood swings, fidgety, sweating feeling un-easy) and I began to take 2 tablespoons of Tylenol Sore Throat liquid 500mg per tablespoon about every 5 hours or so. It curves the pain slightly without diving back into the Lortab. I did however need a teaspoon of  Lortab just so I could eat some soup. I then drank an Ensure plus in the shower while banging on the wall after each sip because swallowing it hurt so bad. I also discovered that drinking some children’s benadryl (double the child dose which is an adult dose) it helps me relax and sleep for a little bit. Noticed a white coating on my tongue. Been using colgate peroxyl mouthwash to get ride of any sores and possible Thrush in my mouth. Also began taking acidophilus probiotic supplement to get rid of any Thrush that may have developed.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 3 : Day 3: I feel no better than I did the day of surgery. I am pretty disgusted. I thought that I would be feeling better by day 3, but I am not. At this point I am just trying to muster the energy to get through another day.
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181 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Recovery Day 3”

  1. Day 3 = worse day.

    I woke up swollen. More swollen than the proof 2 days so my throat hurt more than the prior two days. I am happy I ate on day one and two because today has been a struggle. I ate an entire 1/2 gallon of sorbet. I didn’t want to be without cold and popsicles were too harsh today. Later this afternoon I was able to have creamed rice. I had new ailments today. The worst beimg extremely sensitive teeth. Couldn’t even brush. The toothpaste and brush on my teeth sent shooting pains. Jaw also hurts and I am itchy all over, nonstop from tjr Oxycodone.

  2. I thought it wasn’t too bad, I was wrong. Day 3 completely floored me, the pain increasingly got worse and worse, I can feel it spreading to my ears and I’m struggling to open my mouth. Everything I eat is like goblins knifing the inside of my mouth. I’ve had a few smoothies but I think any dairy is making it a lot worse so I stopped that as it’s making my mouth really coaty and full of saliva. And what about burping? Omg such pain!!! So I’m trying to keep on top of the drugs as they’re the only thing keeping me going but I’m seriously considering ringing in and asking for some stronger stuff. I just woke up on day 4 and am feeling worse than ever before I’m just hoping to get through the next couple of days.

  3. Day 3 well so far today has been the worst day yet…the swelling went up I can’t swallow talk nothing….I’m afraid to keep taking the meds sooner and sooner bc the pain keeps coming back. All I want to do is sleep and it doesn’t seem like I’m gonna get my wish any time soon. It’s only the left side. It feels like there’s a mountain of phlegm stuck there and I’d do anything at this point to get it out. I was able to eat a sandwich this morning a liverwurst with mayo sandwich(thank heavens) I was so hungry I thought about eating some chips and not caring bc I’m that hungry.

  4. Day 3: Going on 6 hours without pain meds. Mixing liquid oxy and Tylenol for best results, as per the surgeon’s suggestion. I’ve been eating and drinking since the day of the procedure. Today, I’ve eaten mashed potatoes, a pudding cup, a popsicle, and some puffcorn. Planning on eating more later. Drinking water and gatorade. Sometimes Sprite or white grape juice to help move “gunk” along. Substantial amount of ear pain today; feels like a double ear infection. Swelling in my mouth and throat is worse today than ever. My humidifier has been a huge help.

  5. Day 3-4 were the worst for me. I’m now on day 6 and as long as I stay up on Tylenol I feel fine besides the uncomfortable (but not unbearable) feeling when I swallow and the dang scabs. Day 3 was spent lying in bed whimpering about my nausea with ear pain and day 4 was spent vomiting for several hours. Luckily, I hardly threw up any blood, mostly bile. This caused my stomach to burn SO bad that I just cried and cried and cried. My mom is into essential oils so she put peppermint on my wrists to help with nausea and digestzen on my stomach. It seriously helped so much and I was able to nap. So I actually stopped taking my pain killers because it was making me sick. I was taking liquid hydrocodone…but never again! Guess I’m unlucky haha. But Tylenol and an ice pack has really really helped. As far as food goes, I’ve had mashed potatoes, Lipton noodles, pudding, popsicles, smoothies, pasta, oatmeal…I had ice cream and while it helped temporarily, it gave me SO much phlegm later on. Some may think that the coating helps your throat but I couldn’t sleep because I had to keep swallowing my phlegm down or I would choke. I do not recommend! FYI you will have the NASTIEST taste in your mouth and I’m still waiting for it to go away! Tis nasty. With everything said, if you can get through days 3-4 you can get through the rest. I know it could get worse for me when my scabs fall off, but I have a very high pain tolerance and nothing will ever be as bad as puking with a raw throat.
    Good luck!!

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