Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 9

A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their ninth 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 9. 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.
Many will experience depression toward the end of of their tonsillectomy recovery.

Depression after tonsillectomy
Depression After Tonsillectomy?

Please feel free to add your own experience with tonsillectomy day 9.
-Greg Tooke 

Tonsillectomy Day 9
Tonsillectomy Day 9


Tonsillectomy Day 9 : Thank you Lord!

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : Pain hasn’t changed, but something’s different. I’m going walking-So Day 9 was overall much better than any day so far of this recovery. But the pain came back tonight in force. Urgh. Back to the painkillers and junk TV.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : My throat felt a lot better last night, it was moister and clearer than it has been in a few days. THANK YOU HUMIDIFIER!! The Tylenol I’m slowly easing off of, and the pain is almost gone in my throat. My ears still hurt, but definitely not that bad. I didn’t eat much today because of the panic attacks again, but I kept drinking through them because I know I need to keep a moist throat. I actually went out today!! I went to the mall with my mom which felt very liberating after spending so much time confined to my house.  The only semi-new symptom is stinging in my throat. Every time I drink water it stings a lot and I’m not sure why. It could be because it’s healing and still raw; but I’m not really concerned. My dad looked in my throat today and he said almost all of the scabs are gone. He did see a few small red bumps in my throat, but I’m not quite sure what they are (another question to ask my doctor about)! Otherwise I’m feeling okay today.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : day 9 and today I was able to talk a bit without pain. I haven’t napped at all today and am fading fast. It was nice to have friends visit me but also exhausting.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : day 9 (today i feel better again)I had bled quite a bit last night before I went to bed which scared me a lot because it was more than a tablespoon, however I kept rinsing my mouth with ice water and sucking a piece of ice and after 5 minutes it stopped.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : Day 9 – hallelujah… feeling so much better in myself. My throat still feels sore and im still on my meds., but I find I’m not willing for the 4th hour to come to pop more in. It’s also a little easier to talk today (something I have not done for the past 8 day’s and believe me it’s been hard having 2 son’s 5 & 2yrs) I went to the doctors yesterday to make sure thing’s where as they should and all is well.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : Day 9/10 is slightly better than the last couple of days. The white in the back of my throat looks a bit more transparent, so I think it’s slowly sloughing off. There’s a red rim where it used to be. Everything is still sore, but not as bad. However, my right ear and the area behind my right jaw are KILLING me. It feels more like an ear infection than referred ear pain, but my temp is normal, so I’ll wait to bring it up at my post op on Monday

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : first day I’ve spent most of the day alone. No much to report, but that is a good thing. My appetite is returning a little bit. I had some chicken noodle soup last night, and tried some mac n’ cheese for dinner tonight. It was a little painful getting tonight’s dinner down, but not to bad. Pain levels are still about the same. I tried talking in a fairly normal voice for a little bit today, but didn’t maintain it very long, it did get a bit painful. In the interest of tracking my recovery and health i will share the following story. Had my first BM in a week yesterday, was fairly constipated.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 : Day 9 and I am waking with a bit more energy.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 :Day 9: The skies opened, and the angels sang! I felt good! (by good, I mean much better than the previous 8 days, but not “back to normal”) I could eat, with some pain, but actually consumed a breakfast, lunch and dinner. I stopped taking Lortab and haven’t been back. This helped get my head cleared up, and also helped with my extended absence from the bathroom, if ya know what I mean 😉 I was able to do some work (from home) and really started to feel like myself again.

Tonsillectomy Day 9 :Recovery Day 9 (post-op day 10):
I have lost the majority of the scabbing on my right tonsil bed but my left side still have massive scabs. my uvula was so huge it was resting on the back of my tongue but it seems to finally be starting to shrink a bit but when i do talk it makes me sound a bit slurred. Pain today is not nearly as bad as it was during the first 8 days. Was able to eat 2 over easy eggs today


373 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Day 9

  1. Hello everybody, thank you for sharing your stories it really helped me get through my tonsillectomy. I’m on day 9 as well like with most of you it was torture up until now.
    It’s about 10pm now and I have pain for the first time today. My tongue pain has subsided and is bearable unlike the past three days.
    I also had a septum repair done at the same time but that does not compare to the throat pain at all.

    I stopped most of the pain meds and asked my ent to let me continue with an anti-inflammatory as this helps for the jaw pain as well.

  2. Hi everyone! I’m 20 years old & got a tonsillectomy done February 27th. I’m currently 9 days into recovery & let me tell you.. this was the worst 9 days of my life. I have a 1 year old son, which I had gave birth with no epidural, & i would rather give birth to triplets with no epidural than receive a tonsillectomy! I was on liquid tylenol with hydrocodone in it to help with the pain, but this never helped me. Not even the slightest. The bottle is gone, obviously, because i was taking it religiously every 6 hours. I finally went to my doctor’s & he’s been giving me shots of Toradol, which help SO much. Today’s my second day of receiving the shot, & i feel pretty crappy. I’m so nauseous & dizzy & i keep getting random sweats, but my throat isn’t hurting. I don’t know guys, if your pain medication isn’t working, I recommend talking to your doctor for these shots, but they do make you feel crappy. But worth it if you’re struggling with eating or drinking. I’m at the point in my recovery where I feel like I have peanut butter stuck in the back of my throat & i gag everytime i talk. Anyone else experiencing this? When will this ever end? 🙁

  3. DAY 9~ The nights are the worst, because that’s when it’s the most dry, it feels like every time I swallow someone is sanding down my throat. It hurt more on the right days 3-7 but now my left side is hurting. Its BEARABLE now and I ate some porridge bc I’m fed up with Popsicle and jello ;_; just scared the food will get stuck in the holes! eww eww AND THE WORST THING!!! I have to say, since day 7 I’ve had a horrible taste and smell in my throat! which loses my appetite for everything I put in my mouth, ughh I wanna puke. some hours I think I’m feeling like “Hey I’m okay now” then the next hour someone is strangling my throat, knivesssss it’s really inconsistent… I’LL say the BEST THING is to STAY HYDRATED! and circulation is important. Meaning, (Don’t push yourself) but go outside and walk a little bit this will do wonders! if you can’t do that, then just take a chair and sit outside. Breath in fresh air. Take slow, deep breaths once in a while is what my nurse told me. I’ve also been drinking teas with honey in them so it can hydrate my throat. And gargling slat and warm water is a good idea too so it kills the bacteria. HOPE THIS HELPS! Lets go through this as best as we can! ;_;

  4. I feel like their is a golf ball is in my throat and i feel better than normal but i cant eat very much because it hurts so much but i mostly feel bad for my mom she had to deal with me and my brother for 2 weeks and we were in a lot of pain at first.

    1. this is also day nine for me

  5. Day 4 here and wow I thought I had prepared myself for the pain but this is nothing you can prepare yourself for! Day 1 I was ok, it hurt to swallow but I was chugging liquids any chance I got. The pain was probably at about a 2. Day 2 and 3 were absolute hell. I can’t tell you how many times I broke down crying and saying how much I regret having this surgery. Day 4 has been better thanks to Benadryl. It has really helped calm the swelling and I have been able to get a better nights rest because of it. I can definitely tell when it starts wearing off because the pain comes right back at a 7 or 8 and lasts until the Benadryl kicks back in. I am only taking 1 every 4 – 6 hours. I am sleeping a little bit more because of it but I will gladly take it considering I barely got any sleep the first two days. Seriously if you can take Benadryl, TAKE IT. It really has been a life saver for me. I was able to even shower today because I was feeling so good. I really hope this helps someone.

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