Tonsillectomy Day 4 Post Op

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 4


A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their fourth day post op 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 4. 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.

Please feel free to add your own experience with tonsillectomy day 4.
-Greg Tooke 

Tonsillectomy Day 4 post op

Tonsillectomy Day 4


Tonsillectomy Day 4 post op : OMG! I am dying!

Tonsillectomy Day 4 post op: Oh, so THIS is the pain everyone’s talking about.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : Well, last night was the best night so far – which is nothing to brag about. The ear pain last night was even worse; so far, that is the nastiest part of this recovery. I did however wake up coughing due to a tickle in my throat. As most of you know, coughing and clearing your throat is a no-no…but to me, it was a yes-yes. There was absolutely nothing I could do, but cough! I was drinking water, but it wouldn’t stop. Thankfully, that didn’t trigger any bleeding! The morning was alright minus the _ _ _   _ _ _ _. That’s right; you got it, the EAR PAIN! And I ended up thinking that I made the wrong decision about just sticking to children’s Tylenol. I decided to nix the child Tylenol idea, as it was doing almost nothing for me and moved to taking extra strength Tylenol – obviously I had to crush it up and mix with it with ice cream. I got my mom to call the doctors office to see if there was anything else I could be prescribed. The doctor faxed a prescription for Percocet’s to my pharmacy and I was extremely happy. At this point I could talk a little bit, but very low and even then it hurt, so I had a pad of paper and a pen with me at all times (I guess I’m lucky I got 100% on all of the spelling bees in elementary school)! My mom came home with the Percocet’s and I could have kissed her! It said I could take 1 to 2 pills every 4 hours, but decided to start with one because I heard that they were super strong. I couldn’t swallow it so I crushed it up into applesauce and consumed it that way. Not even 10 minutes later I started getting a stomach ache and got incredibly dizzy. So dizzy that I couldn’t see straight and my eyes felt like they were crossing. My mom called the doctor’s office up and explained the symptoms. He confirmed that it was normal. NORMAL? Is that what you call normal? I felt like I was seeing double (I have glasses, so would that be considered quadruple?) Nevertheless, if I knew of the severity of the symptoms I would have battled with the codeine! I decided to lie down for about 2 hours and woke up with pain still in my stomach; I guess the only good news is the dizziness was gone. Once the Percocet wore off, I dumped the rest of the prescription in the toilet (or the majestic bowl – however you want to refer to it). I ate some chicken broth today, with a cracker that I broke up into a million pieces and softened it in the soup. I got most of it down, so it was pretty good. The ear pain was getting a little hard to manage so I decided to use ear plugs and a heating pad. Both of them together helped to muffle and alleviate the pain. As of right now, I need 2 Tylenol every 4 hours, but it does work better than the children’s Tylenol!

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : 4th morning..and I was miserable…

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : 4 days post-op and overall it’s not as bad as it could be. As long as I take the Roxicet every 4 hours (even in the middle of the night) and the steroids every morning, the pain is bearable.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : 4 days post op and today was the worst as far as just pain. I’m attempting Mac n cheese here in 5 min. But overall the pain isn’t too bad. 🙂 but then again I’m only 4 days out.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : To date the hardest part of the recovery are the panic attacks i get. I believe they come from my inability to clear my nasal airway. My nose has splints in it to keep the septum straight, so along with the swelling my nose is constantly  congested. The pain has not been an issue yet, but i did a little research and heard from the doctors office that the pain comes typically around days 5-10

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : Day four–out of anti-nausea meds, felt like sick again after taking pain meds. Decided to forgo the pain meds and take advil and tylenol alternating, like my doctor recommended. Throat hurt A LOT but I felt like a human being. Still not eating much, popsicles and smoothies too cold, soft boiled eggs were the BOMB!

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : Day 4- woke up in pain, felt better during day- night was painful.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : Days 4-6: Very small, almost imperceptible, improvements each day. I was able to drop my Lortab doses from 15ml down to 10ml and even stop taking it during the days and just took Tylenol. The evenings were rough for me though, and I still needed the Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Sleep was intermittant, and required me to get up and re-hydrate and take more Lortab. Food intake during these days was very very little. I did OK with oatmeal and instant pudding, but that’s about it. Make no mistake – these were difficult days.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : I was able to sleep a little bit during the night. Taking the liquid benadryl helps. Pain was bad. Started to be able to feel the scabs in the back of my throat very well today. Ear pain increased a bit and chewing Dentyne Ice gum helps a bit for that. Had horrible diarrhea during the afternoon but was also relieved at the same time because it was the first time I was able to go number two since the morning of surgery. I was able to actually eat a bowl of cream of wheat today and ate some chicken broth with soggy oyster crackers in it. I get bad hiccups at times which hurt really bad. Swallowing is still very tough to do.

Tonsillectomy Day 4 : Day 4: I am out of pain meds and I want to cry. I have been taking 2 vicoden pills every four hours and it is barely helping with the pain. The pain meds are making me very tired and itchy all over so my husband has went to the doctor’s office to get me something different. The nurse at the doctor’s office told my husband that I was not going to feel better for at least a week. Wow, I feel hopeless right now. I was relieved when the hubster came home with Percocet. Percocet has worked a little better and now the pain is bearable.

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212 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Day 4 Post Op”

  1. Day 4 eh today is a mixture of pain and no pain. I think today might be one of the better days…I mean I should be asleep but I’m gonna enjoy the fact that I’m not in pain the whole time….I mean I hope the rest of the days are like this bc this is not too bad at all. I was actually able to eat real food thank God. And I’m going to continue to eat real food bc I’m so hungry

  2. Day 4: slept so much better last night. But woke this a.m. in pain (mouth breather). I feel like I’m suffocating because of the mucus but I can’t clear if. On day 2, I ent back for emergency surgery because I hemmoraged. No available beds left in the hospital so I had to come home. I am 38yrs old, and this has been the WORST experience of my life. Staying on top of pain meds and the anxiety meds so I don’t have a full on panic attack. My uvula blocks my airway when I lay down so sitting up to sleep and everything and it’s getting old. I’ve lost 12 lbs. I’ll be glad when I am healed!

  3. This is day by far the worst day. I had my operation on Thursday and haven’t been able to drink,eat let alone swallow anything. My ears feels like there’s an ear infection in them and my body is just weak. I’ve tried taking children’s Tylenol and that’s not doing anything;I’m chocking and spitting every 5 minutes(even though they tell you not to It’s kinda hard). I’ve been keeping a cool compress around my neck and ears to try and tame the pain and it’ll work for a little. It just feels like absolutely nothing is working and I’m so ready to get over this pain. Always take the medicine your Dr prescribe and if that’s not working ta9 yourself to the er.

  4. Day 4. The first 3 days were hell. I didn’t not had any good days since I left the surgery room. I walked back into the emergency room on Day 3 because I was feeling dizzy with a fever of 101.2. I was not eating since the pain in my throat was unbearable and meds would just make me sleep. It was too hard to even take down water. I was in the ER for 9 hours after giving me a bunch a meds. They finally gave me staroids and OMG! It was amazing!! I was able to talk, eat and take down anything. They asked me if I wanted to stay since I was feeling better but with my luck, I know that it was going back to hell as soon as I step foot out of the hospital. I decided to stay the night and sure enough, I woke up this morning at 4am and they are giving me more meds. I am so glad I decided to check my self in for overnight observation. Please go to the emergency room and ask for steroids if the pain is still unbearable. At this point is the only thing that helped me.

  5. When I woke up the 4rth day I had a really sore throat and my ears were banging. Pain scale probably 5/10. I drunk a painkiller immediately and covered my ears with the bed blanket. After a couple minutes the pain was gone and I slept again. During the 4rth day I was very exhausted and my stomach felt too “watery” with the liquids I had the past days. I made an attempt at night to eat some very soft and boiled chicken after I chewed on it really well. It didn’t hurt much, actually pain scale 3/10, and it made me feel like really better! Like I got back some of my energy. After that I checked my tonsils to see if there is a bleeding and there were only red spots there and there so I drunk plenty of cold water and all went fine.

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