Tonsillectomy Day Five

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 5

A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their fifth 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 5. 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 5

Tonsillectomy Day 5

  • Tonsillectomy Day 5 :  Can I take the pain killers every two hours?
  •  Oh God. PAIN. …And why am I constipated??
  •  So, the pain is a little better today. I took Tylenol at 2:00am and didn’t need it again until 12:00pm – I’d consider that progress! The coughing is still present. I’m trying to avoid it, but it’s harder than you think. There isn’t much to say about today. I’m talking a little more, but don’t want to strain my voice even more, so I’m still writing a lot down. I had soup again today and canned peaches are awesome – even though I had to puree them. All in all, the throat is feeling okay; the ears – still painful.
  •  Day 5 and so far it has been pretty tolerable
  • Day 5: so today i woke up feeling pretty good, my throat was a little tender but once i took the meds the pain was almost gone and i didn’t need to have any ice or Popsicles. i ate some noodles and pesto sauce. drank water and coca-cola and had some ice cream. I ate potato smileys for dinner. they went down pretty well although thier was a little pain but once i drank some pop it went away. The scabs fell off today as well and i didn’t feel it at all just the occasional tickle and i could feel them hanging down but then i looked in the mirror and they were just gone, so i’m assuming that i just swallowed them :s ( kinda gross)
  • Day 5 and still not getting better. When does it start getting better?! Im nauseous all the time because I have no food in my stomach but i have to take my pain meds because the pain is incredible! I started out weighing apprx 108lbs and weighed myself today and I weigh 101lbs. I hope I dont lose much more. This is depressing
  • Day 5 for me and definitely the worst day yet…woke up so nauseated and was so nervous about throwing up and ripping a scab a hold of my doctor who ordered me some anti Nausea med’s
  • Day 5. I’m very thankful that I’ve had a great recovery so far. No major pain other than a sore throat. Today I substituted a dose of the Hydrocodone for a dose of ibuprofen and am doing well. I’ve been eating since the very first day (applesauce, grits, milkshake)
  • Day 5 and I had my best night sleep yet last night. Had to stop by Drs office yesterday. My tongue felt swollen and getting a lot of itching with the Roxicet. He said I was doing fine. Still taking Benadryl at night though. I find if I talk I pay for it later on so trying to talk as little as possible. Went to my office for an hour to do payroll but had to leave as I wanted to talk. Still eating good and no stomach issues at all. Hoping to get out of the house tomorrow even just to take a short walk.
  • Throat is a little more tender today, and ears hurt when i swallow now. From what i have read/heard it is just the progression of the healing.
  • Day 5-7–nothing exciting to tell, tried to eat a few more interesting things, but throat hurt too much since I wasn’t taking pain meds. Soft boiled eggs were my friend. Getting bored being home by myself all day so I went shopping for an hour and had to come home and take a nap!
  • day 5 and so far it has been pretty tolerable. First day I had only soft food and lots of coke and water but from day 2 I ate normally. Doctor prescribed Voltaren 100mg suppositories which works like a charm for 8 hours, the 4 hours before the next dose however is excrutiating to say the least.
  •  Day 5- horrible morning, good during day.
  •  Recovery Day 5 (post-op day 6):This day was pretty much a blur. More pain and not a lot of food or water. Was in too much agony to do much of anything. Taking the liquid Tylenol and chasing it with a teaspoon of lortab each dose time.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 5 : Day 5: I am still trying to just get through the day. I sleep much better at night and have noticed a major difference in how I feel; I have more energy and I feel rested after sleeping. I cried today over mashed potatoes and small curd cottage cheese. I am not a happy camper.

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April 3, 2015 9:20 am

I can say that day 5 and 6 were the worst days after surgery. I didn’t feel myself for at least 15 days, but IT DOES GET BETTER!!! I would recommend to you a humidifier. Go out or have someone get you one asap. Use it throughout the day and when you’re sleeping! My Honeywell humidifer saved my life!

April 3, 2015 4:27 am

How can this pain get any worse?! I’m on day 5 and I’m hoping this is the worst it can get! 3&4 were pretty crappy but day 5 hit a whole new level!

I woke up throughout the night with a dry mouth, thought I’ll just take a sip of water and oh my god! The pain after that sip went straight to my ears through my throat. I actually whimpered and held my ears! So unbearable! So after a night of this, the days no different. I’m desperately trying to get water down and small bits of food, but as I’m sure you guys know it’s taking its toll.

I’ve not noticed anyone else mention this so I thought I’d see if this is normal, but I’m having my mouth full with thick saliva every 5 minutes! It tastes horrid and I’m either spitting or swallowing depending on how brave I feel!

Can someone tell me when does the pain start to decrease? I’ve got my brothers wedding a week today and I’m terrified I’ll feel this way next week!? :(

March 13, 2015 12:07 pm

Day 5 of recovery and Im ready to have this shit over with. I can only have liquids still, trying to knock down pain pills makes me die a little bit more. My doctor believes only steriods and tylenol is what someone needs for this and its a lie. Steriods help alot but honestly i have been taking muscle relaxers and its probably the only reason i havent ripped off my ears and teeth yet. I have huge pain on the left side of my jaw up through my ear. I sleep on a heating pad for my jaw and it helps a lot till you move. For food i have been drinking chicken broth, i get warm water blend some of that powdery stuff that comes from ramen packets into the water and get some crackers, soak them and try to eat them. For protein and stuff i get chicken and dumplings, milk and blend it up. It doesnt taste bad honestly, just blended chicken makes it dry. Either way i cant wait to gain all the weight i lost by eating pizza and brownies. My throat is white/ yellow ( its normal) and my tongue has that white stuff on it and its swelled up in the back too, luckily not all of my tongue is being a bitch cause i did not need to have my tongue ring cause more pain for me. Hopefully tomorrow is better.

January 28, 2015 4:55 am

When I had my tonsils removed the worst days for me was day 5-8! But you have to keep eating solids. None of this ‘soft’ crap! You need those scabs gone!

January 28, 2015 4:39 am

Day 5; is horrible pain. I just woke up its 4:33am and took a dose of hydrocodone liquid waiting for it to kick in. The pain is excruciating right now. Today I only ate a cup of jello and some vanilla wafer pudding (wafers was extra soft) and drank a cup kids pedialyte and apple juice. No soda yet. I sure hope it feels better tomorrow. I thought the 3rd day was suppose to be the worst. It wasn’t . the worst is day5.

January 4, 2015 2:52 pm

My day 5&6 have been a complete and utter hell. I “woke” (never really slept since surgery) up thinking I was improving considerably,my throat didn’t really hurt when I swallowed, I wasn’t too nauseated, I hadn’t been eating however due to the pain being so bad, I had very little to drink as well and was on the verge of dehydration. Because I was feeling better today, I thought I’d be brave and eat some eggs with cheese. I ate them slowly and managed to get a small portion into me before horrific nausea set in which lasted the entire day, into the night, and early into this morning. I realized about half way through the day I was swallowing loads of thick mucous which I believe to be the main source of my nausea. At about 4am I’d had enough I sat in the shower, brushed my teeth, and took my medicine followed by two ginger tablets and attempted to ingest the remnants of a bottle of water. Immediately after I felt the distinct saliva build up that comes with the urge to exume one’s stomach contents. Shortly after 3 painful rounds of this it finally stopped, after almost 12hrs of intense nausea it was finally manageable. I returned to my post at my couch where I had been living for the past 5 days since surgery and tried to suck down some jello, I didn’t get very far, and the pain returned worse than before. I managed to sleep until about 9am and awoke because my parents were awake now, I told my mom the events of that early morning and none of it surprised her (a work friend of hers about 5 years my senior had hers removed recently and has been giving my mom advice for me) today I managed to take the liquid hydrocodone, and just finished a popsicle. My stomach is doing alright, kind of a weird in between of nausea and not. Trying to avoid dairy and spit out the mucous to avoid another whole day of the nausea. Had my first bowel movement since surgery today (have been taking Senna, a natural laxative) It smelled the same as the back of my throat which confirmed my suspicions of my nausea being attributed to ingesting too much mucous. When I attempted to drink the water this morning (before the upheaval of stomach contents) I noticed my throat seemed to “clear” and I swallowed a large lump I’m assuming was the scab, which could have also triggered it, It’s some nasty business. I managed to open my mouth enough (it was very painful) and a lot of the white in the back of my throat was gone, so this seems to be confirmed. At the moment I’m taking it easy and trying to not agitate my stomach or my throat. I’ve never been so very thankful to be Southern, there is always a large supply of sweet tea in my house which I’ve been… Read more »

January 2, 2015 12:40 pm

Day 5 post surgery on 12/29 – definitely turned the corner. Today will be my first real solids in several days, going to try a fish filet sandwich and some french fries from McDonalds. The salt will help debride my scabs and now that I’ve had my first BM in several days I need to get food back in my system so as to build some energy back up. My recovery in my opinion has been pretty quick, but I made it my full-time job to drink so much fluid that my urine ran practically clear, and push myself during the 60 mins after pain meds to get a soft solid in me. I have had no GI symptoms, other than some constipation which really had more to do with insufficient solids in my diet than it did meds. Sleeping with just one awake period last night had a huge impact as well (my caregiver, my MOM – also was thrilled for a full night’s sleep). Having someone to help me particularly during the overnights which were the worst, is something I’ve been grateful for. She leaves tomorrow to fly back home. I am talking more today and relying mostly on Ibuprofen now rather than the Lortab – which also is helping me feel less woozy, and frankly less depressed. During those painful periods my advice is push the ice packs and simultaneously suck popsicles to help ease pain and swelling. Push this at time of med administration out to about 20-30 mins. Then rest and ride the pain relief, using that time to hydrate as much as possible and consume solid. In that last 60 mins where the pain relief wears off, ice pack and popsicles again. It’s a job but if you follow a regiment and just rest, it does get better. I was a nervous wreck for endless pain – my mother says she is shocked by how vigilant I’ve been and feels that’s been the key to my recovery. Also run that humidifier at night and during naps!

January 2, 2015 12:29 pm


I am a 23 year old female and I had a tonsillectomy on monday dec.29th 2014 and today makes 5 days! So far today has been a bad day :( I suffer from asthma and my wheezing and coughing has been pretty bad today. For the past few days I have been able to tolerate foods like oatmeal, soup, but I can barely swallow water today. The first day of surgery the nurse said I can have french toast since I wouldn’t feel much since of the morphine. I went home and had pancakes and they were sooo delish, but I paid for it after! My dr. gave me steroids, liquid antibiotic, and some pain meds. So far the steroid isn’t helping too much with my lungs but I guess it’s helping with the swelling. I have read that some people set a timer for their pain meds but I have just been taking them pretty much every 4/5 hours except when I’m sleeping. I took 1 pain pill so far today about 2 hours ago and it hasn’t helped which is pretty ood, thinking I might have to take a half in a few. The best advice I can give is to write everything down and keep track of your meds and what times you take them. The 2nd day of recovery I made a mistake of taking almost all of my pills about 5 mins seperately and got a horrible migraine from it! Praying that these days go by quickly and I can eat regular food soon! So far (if my scale is correct) I have lost 7lbs since my surgery! I guess that can sometimes be a good thing ;] Good luck to anyone getting this surgery as an adult. I really did not think it would be this bad but I am getting through it day by day! ps- I would advise to avoid dairy products! I know most doctors say you can eat icecream but I made a protein shake the other day with milk and it made me very mucousy! If you like protein shakes like me I would stick with almond milk or water. As hungry as you are do not force yourself to eat foods that you would normally eat pre surgery! On my 3rd day I had soft flounder with rice and yesterday I had chinese fried rice with veggies and was miserable after, So i have learned my lesson not to get ahead of myself even though I am starving! It is going to suck but we will get through it :) Good luck!

Lynn F
January 3, 2015 2:46 pm

I am 50 years old and had a tonsillectomy on my left side on 12/29/14 to remove a tumor. This has been horrible. In order to take the pain meds I needed to get an anti nausea which really helped. I thought I could just go it alone and do Tylenol but it didn’t work. Matter of fact I had to increase the oxycodone. Day 5 I was in extreme, unbelievable pain. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… The ear pain intensified. I had stopped the ice pack thinking I was on the mend. That was a bad move. It took almost 4 hours to make the swelling go down again. I’m not even trying to stretch the time between pain meds. Tylenol and pain killer every 4 hours. Quite frankly I wish they could just pump it into my veins. Forcing fluids. The nurse said 50% of pain can be relieved making sure you are hydrated. I also think scabs are falling off or at least starting to. The burning sensation makes me think that’s what it is. Protein shakes do make things slimy. I just keep trying to brush my teeth and push water and juice. I also drink aloe vera juice (nasty taste) to help with the healing. I agree with Emily, this is a day by day, minute by minute recovery. What does not kill me, makes me stronger. (Geez I hope that is true)

December 24, 2014 12:04 am

Oh my mom said that to me too. Neither of them had theirs out either. This is an extremely painful recovery process. I’m glad I’m not going through it alone. Just stay hydrated and stay on top of your meds. Today is starting day 7 for me and I just woke up with horrible ear pain. ouch!!! Probably the WORST feeling ever! :'( time for more pain meds!

December 23, 2014 6:34 pm

So I have a question. here I am laying in bed and I have this feeling that something is hanging down in the back of my throat. In fact If I lay in certain positions this thing makes me gag (which in turn makes my ears, jaw, and throat hurt. I feel like I have to be constantly drinking something in order to avoid all that unpleasantness. Is this thing I am experiencing the scab falling of, or dangling? If it isn’t, has anyone else experienced this before? also I have a horrid taste in my mouth.

December 23, 2014 7:26 pm

Today is day 6 for me. My absolute WORST day was day 5 (yesterday) it could be a scab possibly or your uvula. Most likely your uvula is swollen. That’s what my problem was and is still. Also, I have a lot of built up mucus in my throat. I recommend eating lots of ice and drinking plenty of water. I too have a disgusting taste in my mouth. Hopefully it goes away eventually.

December 23, 2014 11:19 pm

as I said for the other reply, thank you for the reply. Neither of my parents ever had their tonsils out and they don’t seem to really comprehend how unpleasant a process this is. My mom told me I was being a drama queen earlier and tried to tell me to suck it up and deal with it.

December 23, 2014 6:39 pm

day 5. My first piece of scab fell off on day 5. It could also be your uvula just englarged and hanging in the back there. Ever since me first scab fell off (day 5) until now (day 10) I keep feeling like there is a soggy potato chip hanging in my mouth. I think its just the scab that is coming off on the edges but not quite ready to leave? idk. Just a tip. God forbid you bleed and go to the ER… stick around for a few healthy bags of IV. That was such a blessing when I went to the ER. It finally hydrated me back up!

December 23, 2014 11:15 pm

Thank you for your reply. It is reassuring to know I am not alone. My mom called the docs office and the on call physician said that it is most likely the scabs falling off as that will happen anywhere from day 5-10. But I also got a prescription for some steroids to reduce any swelling that is going on. Definitely staying on top of the hydration.

December 24, 2014 12:11 am

That’s good! The steroid will definitely help! This is weird, but I long for the day when I can chug and fully gulp water, haha. Even drinking ice water now tastes weird to me, and I just cant wait to get a Venti Ice water from Starbucks and just gulp that thing down! haha. Also, if you notice a lot of white on your tongue, look out for “thrush.” I feel like enough people didnt warn me about it and it is pretty common with tonsillectomies. If you do get thrush, though, just drink buttermilk twice daily! Supposedly Thrush contributes to some of the throat soreness, so anything to reduce soreness is worth it!