Planning and Tonsillectomy Recovery
How long does it take to recover from getting your tonsils removed?
Posted onOctober 23, 2014April 13, 2015AuthorGreg Tooke20 Comments
I’m 19 and I’m on day 5 of recovery. Today was one of my worst days in regard to pain. At first, the doctor had me on an antibiotic but after one day we realized I couldn’t swallow the huge antibiotic pills so we had to get the pharmacy to switch it to liquid. I am alternating every two hours between T3s and ibuprofen for pain. My throat seems to be getting worse and I can’t swallow the pills anymore. If I go to the ER would I be able to get a prescription for liquid painkillers? I also haven’t had a BM since the morning of my surgery. I don’t feel like I need to but it’s worrisome. I’ve been drinking water, ginger ale, apple juice, drinkable yogurt, and chicken broth. Sometimes I’m able to get frozen blended strawberries down, but other than that I haven’t eaten much. I tried Kraft dinner and alphagetti but I couldn’t swallow more than a few bites. I can’t have freezies, ice cream, or Popsicles because it makes my saliva so thick I start choking on it. I also tried pudding and apple sauce but it’s very hard to swallow it since it’s so thick. Please help me. I can’t handle the pain and I’ve tried everything I can think of.
Can anyone tell me if they have lost their sense of taste post tonsillectomy? I’m 22 days post surgery and I have to say recovery has been a breeze compared to some of the horror stories I read. The pain subsided by day 2 and I had no need for the liquid Tylenol with codeine. The main issues I had were sleep deprivation and starvation. My uvula was so huge I would choke on it and it also prevented me from swallowing my own spit. I felt like a man who chews tobacco and has to spit every 20 seconds into a cup. It prevented me from sleeping unless I was in a sitting position. The first 2 weeks I only slept 1-3 hours a night if I was lucky. I kept myself hydrated for fear of bleeding, but couldn’t eat anything besides unsalted chicken broth for almost 2 weeks and lost 7lbs. Now I’m back to my normal routine even lifting and training hard at the gym, but my sense of taste is off. It’s weird to know what a food is supposed to taste like, but it tastes nothing like that. Also my teeth seem to be incredibly sensitive to sugar. If I eat anything with sugar the pain in my teeth or gums is unbearable. My doctor said that has to do with the intubation and it will subside, but just wanted to know if anyone else is experiencing any similar issues???
I’m on day five of recovery and I noticed some tooth sensitivity two days ago. I just assumed it was from all the ice I was eating. I tried using sensodyne toothpaste which has helped a lot. It takes a few times of using it before you see results but I find it has been much better.
Yes talking definitely helps. I also liked the ice chips too because if i wasnt talking then i needed to be swallowing. My specialist said the more you swallow the better you heal.
I am now a month after my surgery and finally healed… Almost. The first week is pretty rough I’m not going to lie but it does get better! Rice, mashed potatoes, chicken broth, jello, and crushed ice are your bffs. After a while I got so hungry I couldn’t handle it. Don’t hurt yourself. If you HAVE to eat something and are so hungry for food actual food then eat cooled noodles, It is the best. I unfortunately recover very slowly so it took a whole month. My tongue and uvula were swollen the entire month but have now gone down. Don’t worry because I was kind of a special case. It usually takes a week or two. Feel free to email me if you need firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi there that’s a great help. I’ve had to eat because I feel sick if I don’t and couldn’t bare to me sick with the pain. I think ice cream and jelly are great I’ve only had toast I’m going to try mash now I find it a lot better when I keep talking because when I keep my mouth shut it hurts a lot more!
Thank You , Tiff 🙂
I am on my 7th day of recovery from having my tonsils removed everyday the pain gets stonger dont matter how much painkillers I take its getting worse and worse I can’t sleep eat all im really abel to do is drink I feel I have avbig lump in my troat I feel like I need to get sick but I do have to stop my self please if anyone knows of anyway to help with pain reply
Wonder if you could please help me as I’m still scared.
It’s 4 am and I had my tonsils removed yesterday. I’m on anti sickness. Pain killers. Ibuprofen , I’ve woke to eat and take tablets I plan to take every 4 hrs. What am I to expect. I managed a ice cre yesterday but this morning it’s excruciating its all bruised I feel like I have no throat left. What food do people recommend if you could please help it was my first ever operation I’m only 21
hi Tiffany. dont be scared. be prepared. read through the pages of this site. I’ve been where you are and got through. then I write about it- 100 pages. then over 7000 people commented with their experiences.
Hi there thank you for your help much appreciated I’ll read through it now 🙂
I had my surgery yesterday and it is harder to swallow than yesterday. I can not move my tongue is that OK? I tried to look at my throat but I can’t push my tongue down and if I try it is extremely painful.
I wanted some advice really. I am 3 weeks post op from having my tonsillectomy which I can’t say was a smooth ride at all but after reading others experiences on other forums I was quite lucky as I suffered no bleeding.
For the past week though I have had something lodged in my throat and it seems to be attached somehow… I have tried to hack it up as they call it and with a large amount of gagging it is still lodged there.
The white gunk as I call it, which were the scabs have now gone from where my tonsils were now but as soon as I fall asleep I wake an hour later unable to swallow because of whatever is lodged in my throat, I am now having great difficulty being able to eat as the food is getting stuck and when I bend over so my head is near enough touching my feet I feel whatever is lodged in my throat move to further forward which makes me gag.
Does anyone know what this is or have had the same problem. I saw my ENT consultant on Tuesday 6th in which he tried to feed a camera through my nose but didn’t have much luck as I was gagging so he didn’t manage to see anything, so he sent me home with no explanation.
I am now getting so stressed out and upset as it is very uncomfortable and just the feeling of something stuck in my throat is making me gag all the time and near enough vomit.
If anyone could help with advice it would be much appreciated.
I had some quick questions that I was wondering if you might have answers to. I had my tonsillectomy yesterday and things are starting to clear up in my de-fogged brain.
1. My ENT doctor said something about running tests on my tonsils, and he might have mentioned wanting to do a biopsy of the tonsils. What are the reasons that they do tests and do a biopsy.
2. I have had some numbness in the tip of my tongue, is that normal?
Taylor, my doc also had my tonsils biopsied. According to her, because one was swelling terribly and the other wasn’t. She said “anytime there is asymmetry in the body, it is a concern” for various reasons (not to scare you, but she mentioned cancer or thyroid). Freaked me out to think about it.
Better safe and tested than not.
Good luck! It’s a tough road, but now I’m 2.5 months post-op, and so glad to be rid of the quite literal white elephant in my throat!
I’m on day 4 going on day 5 right now. What the surgeon did was send your tonsils to pathology to get tested. Pathology is a department in the hospital that looks at pieces of the human body and decides if there is something wrong. Your ENT sending your tonsils to pathology doesn’t mean that she thinks there is something wrong, it just protocol. Nothing to be worried about:)
The numbness on the tip of your tongue is probably because of the meds you are taking. Did you have any numbing spray or numbing pops? Some of the time doctors will give you those but the problem with the lollipops are that they basically numb your tongue more than your throat!
Hope you start to feel better soon. Wishing you a peaceful and pain-free recovery!
Hi! I think we got our tonsils out on the same day. Were yours taken out on the 17th?
I just had a few questions:
1.) Is it normal for my body to wake up just in time for the next dose of pain meds? It seems like I wake up every hour on the hour or pretty close, and when I sleep longer I wake up 20-30 minutes before I am due for a dose of Lortab, once I take the drug and it kicks in it is off to sleep again.
2.) is it normal for the tip of my tongue to be numb? Follow up to that, Why is the tip of my tongue numb?
3.) The doctor said that they would be running some tests on my removed tonsils (he also said that there was some scar tissue on the muscles behind the tonsils, so it was a good thing that they came out), he said that they may also do a biopsy of the tonsils, why do they do these tests? I was too out of it to ask when in the recovery room.
Not sure if this forum is working correctly. I don’t see a “forum” of any kind here, just this reply form.
Hi Andrew, technically this isn’t structured like a forum. People use it more “free form”, by commenting and responding to each other, on each page
Not on this page tho – weird. Not sure how you ended up here. If you search the site by your topic, or simply go to the home page, you should find plenty of interaction. I hope you are well!
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