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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345 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Day Five

  1. After the dreadful day 4, day 5 has actually been pretty good! Just a bit sore but nothing like the previous days. I even managed to be most day without the painkillers as it didn’t feel like I needed them and also I wanted to try and stay off them so I could use the toilet. I also had a cooked lunch AND dinner, woo!! Made me feel so much better actually having decent meals! I really hope this is the light at the end of the tunnel, I honestly don’t think I could take another day like yesterday.
    A couple of weird things happened today, earlier I burped and literally smoke came out – am I imagining things?!! It was like burnt chalk came out of my throat. Looking at it one of the sides of my throat looks bloody, like dark red and the other one is completely white – I’m trying not to freak out about it as I’m not bleeding and it’s not hurting but I’m not sure that is normal and why they are different.
    I’m hoping tomorrow is a little better I did read that the pain comes back once scabs start falling off, I can’t see any scabs so not sure what will happen – tomorrow will tell!

  2. Day 5 was really good bad I mean the pain keeping going in and out and I had to stop taking the pain meds so I could go to the bathroom. I’ve returned to eating regularly so that’s the good thing. It doesn’t really hurt unless I swallow by itself. All and all I can tell that things are definitely looking better and thank goodness bc I don’t know if I could take it anymore.

  3. I have been reading many og the comments, and it looks like That i am having a bit different recovery than many og you guys(og girls).
    Im 14 Yeats old and i had my tonsils removed for 5 Days ago and the first 4 Days were Hell, i couldn’t sleep without waking Up with severe pain in the ears, i just had the first night of good sleep. Both before and after the tonsillectomy i have been told That i can eat Evertons, as Long as its isn’t spicy or hot. So from Day one Ive been eating almost normally, yesterday i had a durum( an arabic wrap made with kebab etc.) And it sent Down My throat fine, i have been spitting out blood since after the surgury and Ive been descriped 400 mg ibuprofen and 1000 mg paracetamol, and they just decrease the pain a little bit and if they don’t help I’ve been given 8, 5 mg morfin pills That i can take Up to 3 of, a Day with 1 hour between each pill. I have not been experiencing bleeding more than usual and expected and my scabs Are still intact.

  4. Im 16. I’m on day 5 and I’ve thrown up 3 times in the last 2 days because of the pain meds. I can’t not take them because the pain is excruciating, and I can’t eat because the pain is excruciating. I haven’t been able to sleep for the last 2 nights and I’m exhausted. I’m so scared I’m going to throw up again, it burns so badly.

    1. Hi, my ENT put me on liquid Oxycodone and liquid Tylenol and I stopped taking the Oxy because I threw up twice because there wasn’t enough food in my stomach to satisfy the pain meds. Try ice chips and keep drinking lots of water. I also found a heating pad also helps with neck and ear pain.

    2. Zahia, you need to be on Zofran! Also, see if they can prescribe you a scop patch. it is an anti nausea “bandaid” that you put behind your ear and it gives you a slow release of nausea meds for 72 hours.

  5. I’m on day 4 and I can’t even swallow without choking. Can’t swallow spit water absolutely nothing. The methylated 4mg pal I can’t swalloe because I’m so swollen what do I do?

    1. Hi, I tried trident bubblegum it helped me. Also warm tea, a good chicken broth (fatty from the chicken), and sunny side up eggs. Popsicles and ice cream was no help for myself. Everyone told me it would help.

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