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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July 4, 2016 12:11 am

BayBeBluu here, hello everyone!
I majorly messed up by not waking up to take my Pain meds and ended up sleeping a whole 7 hours last night. Needless to say, my throat was ON FIRE when I awoke this morning. I’m 32, my doctor advised this recovery may be a long one since I’m older. Starting this adventure out I invested in a couple things. First off you absolutely need an area to lounge, were you’ll get complete silence and at least 10 days to recover in peace. You’ll also need a couple Ice packs, to rotate out when yours melts. Humidifier is a smart move, put it as close to your lounge area as possible. Tissues. When you cough spit it into your tissue to check for blood. Heating pad. Today was the first day my ears hurt. Felt like splitting inside my head, not pleasant. When your ears begin to burn, put the heating pad in your pillowcase. Turn your head around every once in awhile, it works wonders and feels amazing. I hadn’t been in much pain, but I’d also been taking the Percocet and Tylenol on time as prescribed except for this morning. The key to keeping the pain at bay is KEEPING HYDRATED. Water is always best, even if it hurts. If your nauseous contact your doc for some meds that help with nausea so you can keep the water down. Once you can keep water and popsicles down start with Luke warm stock broth. Rich in Vitamins this will give your body a bit of strength. Luke warm, anything warmer could burn your throat. On day 2 I ate chicken and stars and drank the broth Luke warm. Felt good to have food in my tummy. You’ll know what your body can handle. If it feels weird or hurts then stop. Take your time, this is a big deal for us adults… I rested and binge watched Game of Thrones, ate dole fruit popsicles, kept an ice pack tucked under my chin and slept. A bunch. Keep away from lactose for at least 10 days, as this can cause a thick mucus to cover your scabs, making them soggy and easily torn. This experience has been good for me so far. Ohh yea, I have a bell to summon my kids or husband. Its AWESOME. 😉

June 14, 2016 2:15 pm

Thanks to Greg for putting together this wonderful site on Tonsillectomy recovery. This is my first post. I’ve been reading other posts for the last couple of days and my situation appears to be better than many who have been suffering with a lot of pain. I think there are some possible reasons for why I am not in as much pain. I would like to share them here and get opinions from others. Thanks.

Here is my situation: I am a 74 year old male. My ENT surgically removed my left tonil just about 100 hours ago. So, I am currently in the early part of day 5. At this point, my pain level has occasionally gotten to 4 but in most cases, it stays between 2 and 3 when I swallow. Here are the things about my situation that may have helped me:

1. The doctor said that my right tonsil was gone (probably removed when I was a kid – do not remember). Therefore, part of my throat is not subject to the swallowing issue.

2. They prescribed a liquid Hydrocone and Tylenol solution. I take my medication every 4 hours as they suggested. I have cut down somewhat on the dose since the pain has not been bad.

3. They strongly suggested that I keep ice chips in my mouth at all times (while awake) to keep the mouth moist and avoid complications. I have done this faithfully. I have probably consumed 100 glasses of ice chips in 4 days.

4. I bought a New Humidifier that works great. It really keeps my bedroom very moist at night. I also keep my window open in my bedroom to let in more humidity (I live in FL). I think this whole humidity thing has helped greatly.

In summary, I think the above items have helped me. I am surprised to read that many of the people who have reported on this site have NOT been taking a strong pain medication and they have NOT been using a Humidifier. I also didn’t see much about the use of Ice Chips.

I would appreciate any thoughts.


June 12, 2016 9:34 pm

I am writing this about my 16 yr old daughter. She is in pain, but that is a side bar to her bitterness for not being able to eat real food. She has been eating mac and cheese, jello, gelato, yogurt and even ice cream. But she is missing pizza and grilled cheese! Dairy doesn’t seem to bother her. She has been taking pain meds every 4 hours. They don’t seem to ever leave her pain free. Today she just bitter and angry. I am looking forward to day 7, hopefully a turning point.