Tonsillectomy Side Effects

After Tonsillectomy

Side effects

Aside from no longer having tonsils, the effects of tonsillectomy are somewhat unique to each individual. All surgeries carry the risk of complications. While tonsillectomies are no different, tonsillectomy side effects are usually mild. They sometimes reach the discomfort levels of the chronic respiratory infections leading to most tonsillectomies. For other people, ten days of significant pain is a common tonsillectomy side effect.

Not everyone undergoing a tonsillectomy has the same side effects. If you’re putting off a tonsillectomy because side effects are a concern, knowing the possible complications may help you reach a decision.

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Tonsillectomy Side Effects in Children

The tonsils reach their largest size in children between the ages of 4 and 7, according to the Better Health Channel. Your child is most susceptible to infected tonsils during these years. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reports that tonsillectomy side effects for this age group include:

• Residual bleeding
• Anesthesia-induced nausea or vomiting during the first 24 hours following surgery
• Throat pain that may irritate the nerve leading to the ears
• Jaw or neck pain
• Mouth breathing and snoring for up to two weeks
• A voice change if the child’s tonsils were very large
• Low-grade fever for a few days

Some children may continue experiencing these tonsillectomy side effects for up to two weeks. Most, however, recover fully within seven to 10 days. Tonsillectomy recovery for adults is another story.

Tonsillectomy Side Effects in Adults

Adults may require longer recovery periods than children. Tonsillectomy side effects in adults include:

• Post-operative pain in the throat and back of the oral cavity
• Nausea from residual bleeding
• Pain subsiding after 48 hours and recurring three or four days later. It may involve the ears as well as the mouth and throat.
• An unpleasant taste from scabs forming over the surgical wounds.

The American Association of Pediatrics’ “Textbook of Pediatric Care” reports the most common tonsillectomy complication is postoperative bleeding, in 1 to 2 percent of cases.

Tonsillectomy Side Effects

Tonsillectomy Side Effects

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76 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Side Effects”

  1. So I am day 8…and I have a bruise and dent on my right cheek near my jaw joint. It is also very red and hot along my whole cheek, but only on one side. What the hell is that?!? I can’t find anything anywhere to say it’s normal…

  2. HI! I’m on day 10 after my tonsillectomy and still experiencing a lot of pain. The scabs are coming off and yesterday I noticed on one side that I now have a hole in the tissue to the right of my uvula. Is this ok? Anyone else experience this? I’m trying not to freak out about it. Not sure if I should call the Dr or just wait until my follow up in 5 days.

  3. Hi! I’m on day 10 of recovery and am feeling great! My scabs are almost gone and I have so much more energy! Pain is under control without any pain meds! I’m wondering – has anyone else had a numb tongue after surgery? Just the front 1/4 of it feels numb and tingly. It’s a strange sensation and I’m curious to know why I have it! Or if anyone else has experienced this. Ps. This website is an absolute blessing! Reading other people’s experiences and advice was so helpful! Thanks and happy healing!

  4. I am not support the surgery. because my uncle was have tonsilectomy. I was tell him are you better now. he said me tonsilectomy is very bad. it was my rubbish dessition. so i tell every body use antibiotic. no surgery.

  5. It being about 3 months and throat is still tight up on me and feels when is making me have shorter of breathing . What should I do it being on now for a month. Help me please

  6. NO the initial healing process to the surgery is very painful. I have a very high tolerance for pain have suffered a complete break of both bones in my leg and this was painful. And the adjustment to not eating to slowly eating and then working to solids is painful. The long term effects are great because it solves a lot of issues with sinuses also but it is painful.

  7. Now you are ok na?
    I also got ny durgery on 9yh msy but now i am feeling better but ut was so difficult tine i wss spend…

  8. Okay so I got my tonsils and adenoids removed about 3 days ago, the pain isn’t to bad but my left side hurts more than my right I’m not sure if this is normal but could anyone tell me if they experienced this I’m freaking out?!

  9. Better you do surgery …I too suffered same problem .
    But after operation it’s all fine
    And better feeling
    Its not all painful

  10. I’ve had my tonsils removed almost 20 years ago when I was 7 and even since the surgery I have had the same issue as you. I just made the connection now since so many years have past and never thought or assumed that might be a connection. I have the same exact problem but I haven’t yet found a cure; what I noticed it might help to some extent is cleaning my nose with a sea salt spray that you can find in pharmacies and I have just bought but never used a neti pot that is supposed to help and to clean the sinuses. What I have read so far it might be related to mucus and sinuses and some mucus going into the throat hence the need to clear it constantly. It’s something that might be worth looking into. Good luck

  11. Its only been a couple of months since I have had my tonsils out, but I feel like I have a lot of sinus pressure and sinus headaches since then. Does anyone know if this is related in any way?

  12. Hey guys I’m struggling with tonsils, since at the age of 7 and until today. Last year,2016 I did go to clinic for antibiotics and Its get better. Today which is 2017 i’m 4 to 5 days sick now. Tonsils are painful and i’m not considering to have surgery as I am afraid for its side effects…….

    Guys if is there any idea to cure or treat tonsils please share

    Doctors where are you???????

  13. I had a tonsillectomy along with a Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery and deviated septum repaired in September 2013 (age 38). It was a very intense surgery to cure obstructive sleep apnea. My sleep apnea is almost non existent now.

    I also experienced a change in taste after surgery and I am still sensitive to anything w lots of sugar (candy, sweets). I also seem to suffer from chronic bronchitis since the surgery. I had it 3 times one winter after the surgery and actually have it now. Before the surgery I can only remember having bronchitis one time ever. I am wondering if anyone else experienced anything similar.

  14. Hi Kate I had my tonsils removed September 2015 I have the same problem and my ENT says he has never heard of someone having this problem. If I may ask how was your problem resolved

  15. Hi all, I’m 28 and I’ve been having sore throat accompanied by a running nose and fever since years. I have that a few times yearly and I require antibiotics a couple of times every year to recover.

    Several doctors (in Germany) say that the causes of the frequent sore throat are not my tonsils but rather a relatively weak immune system and a problem with my nose (which I’ve described in the following paragraph.) As far as the immune system is concerned a doctor adviced me to take tablets to two time a year namely in September and January strengthen my immune system. Well, in October and January so as to protect my body from catching a cold due to drastic temperature changes due to seasonal changes. It actually worked and I’m satistied with the results. However, it seems that the tablets are efficient only for a couple of months. After which I so have a disturbing soar throat. (By the way, I’m pretty sure that I have a relatively weak immune system)

    Concerning my nose: my nasal concha are big/inflated and (according to doctors) this MIGHT unconsciously force me to breath through my mouth during my sleep and this hence bacterias passing through my throat. Nose sprays reduce the concha size only temporarily. To ensure a permanent reduction, laser hyperplasia, which is a small op has to be done. Another issue is that my nose septum is not straight and it is also supposed to affect my breathing through my nose. A doctor advice me to get a nasal septum deviation which is an operation. Doctors said that it is only a hypothesis that I will have less a sore throat less frequently after one or both of these operations. I don’t want to do 2 operations just to try out and see if they helped to solve or reduce my throat problem.

    Anybody around having similar issues as me? Comments are most welcome 🙂

  16. At 64 I had my left tonsil removed in June 2016 because it was enlarged, and a sign of cancer when only 1 tonsil is enlarged. Thankfully it was NOT, but I’ve had the same filling in my mouth. It started after I was able to yawn about a month after surgery. I had my MD look at it, but he said it looks good. When I open my mouth real wide, or if I yawn I feel this pulling sensation on that left side where my tonsil was. I have major problems with acid reflux, and wonder if I have a few things going on. I too feel like there is something in my throat.

  17. Hi all, I love this site and am so grateful for it. I’m 2 years post adult tonsillectomy. It was a painful recovery but so happy to have done it. BUT I recently got a cold and the pain in my throat is similar to after the surgery. I don’t feel like I have a typical cold related sore throat, it is completely concentrated on the surgery sites. The pain is the same as week 2, tolerable to some degree, but there’s pain at the surgery site and my ears hurt as well. Is this phantom tonsils?? I’m over my cold, but the pain persists. Any ideas??

  18. I had my tonsils removed yesterday 7/8/16. The pain in my throat is tolerable however, i can not move. I woke up this morning without being able to get out of bed. I’m 22 Years old and I had to texted my mother to come help me. It took my mom and dad about 15 minutes to help me get into a sitting position. My entire body is stiff and barely moving. I’m not sure how common this is but I am absolutely miserable

  19. OMG so it’s not just me haha I had mine out November last year an still now in June I feel like there is constantly something stuck in my throat like a bit of food or something it’s only on the left side the doctor had a look an found nothing but it seriously drives me bonkers

  20. I had a tonsillectomy last year. Since then I constantly feel like there is something in my throat.. I have to clear it.. Almost as if it was phlegm.. Nothing ever comes up but all the time it feels like there’s something there. It’s driving me insane and I feel like I’m off my head when I tell people about it.

  21. Hey folks, I am one of the lucky ones. I had my tonsils removed in 1998 at age 7 due to a persistent sore throat that began as (what turned out to be) an antibiotic resistant strain of streptococcus that went from normal strep throat to chronic over the period of several months. I missed a lot of 1st grade for appointments with the pediatrician (a DO) who, after trying me on three different antibiotics, ordered a tonsillectomy. Not just ordered, she had to fight to get me one because this was at the point where researchers were finding that the efficacy might not be as high as once thought.

    Imagine, a scared little 7 year old who in pre-op just wanted to color in the coloring book a nurse or orderly had provided while some surgeon tried to convince her that she was in the OR for a squeaky foot (oh my parents’ embarrassment when I grumpily informed that surgeon that no, I was in there to have my tonsils removed now please leave me to color). This is probably why now I heavily research any medical procedure I am going to receive because I was basically told I’d get put to sleep (and oh how worried I was that they would do it intravenously) and wake up unable to talk. Now I want to know EXACTLY what anyone is going to do to me (ergo, I have never had my eye pressure tested because some ophthalmologist came at me with a tonometer once without explaining himself, and it looked like I was going to be jabbed in the eye, so I FLEW to the opposite side of the room).

    The point being, I was gassed to sleep and woke up with a numbness in my throat (thanks local anesthesia) and didn’t want to talk. I didn’t talk for a week because my throat hurt and the sutures (I am guessing) made my throat feel scratchy.

    But, within a month I felt normal again, my main side effect being that I missed a lot of school (I must have missed a lot of days that fell on computer day because I had a persistent struggle with computer class and especially typing until middle school), so my teacher decided I didn’t need to go to the nurse anymore because I was “behind” in my work (except that I wasn’t at all, and did whatever banal homework a 1st grade teacher assigns in 1998 while I was out for a week for recovery).

    The main side effect is that the only time since my surgery that I’ve had strep was in 2007. It had actually been so long since I had had strep, that while I felt cold and ill all day, I didn’t recognize the signs until I got home from school and was on the floor crying because I was in so much pain.

    In conclusion, recovery stinks. It’s not all “you get to eat only ice cream for a week!” like some people seem to believe. Your throat is going to be sore and you’re not going to want to talk. If you’re lucky, you’re still a kid when it happens because I’ve heard (and these accounts seem to attest to the fact) that it is so much worse after puberty. So, yes, someone basically just took a knife to some easily accessible globs of flesh in your throat (I mean, come on, the only incision they generally need to make is the one that removes those globs of flesh!) but it’s still taking something from your body that’s supposed to be there. No, it’s not as critical as a heart. But, just think, it’s more critical than an appendix, and it’s in a very critical area of your body (you know, your nutrient hole and your oxygen hole), thus it’s not a risk free procedure. But, like all operations, as long as something didn’t go wrong, you will recover. And holy cow, I am so grateful to the DO that fought for me to get that surgery because I was so miserable before the surgery.

  22. I had a tonsillectomy along with removal of the uvula to ease my snoring which helped for a while but for some time now I have felt like there is something in the back of my throat, thinking it was food, I tried to get it to move. My gp referred me to ENT where my nose was scoped and was told I have a lump of tissue (skin) between my nose and throat and could be as a result of the tonsillectomy. I am having an mri scan to determine whether there are blood vessels to it or not, followed by a biopsy. Has anyone else experienced this.

  23. I forgot to mention that after day four to five up until now when I eat, drink, or take meds its burns bad and then causes a one to three minute burn sensation in my ears.. It’s horrible.. I just hope that I am about done with all this so I can get back to normal.. I don’t deal with pain at all.. I am dead set on the fact that I think this has been more painful then when I had to rush to have my daughter by c section because she wouldn’t progress down the birth canal and the pain I experienced after that for the four to six weeks or whatever.. Will be worth it in the end as long as I don’t get sick often..

  24. I am 27 and just had a laser tonsillectomy 12/28/15.. The first couple of days were ok, I thought hmm maybe this isn’t gonna be as bad as I thought.. Well I thought wrong, day three until now going into the seventh day have been the worse pain filled days of my life.. The pain just seems to get worse and worse and worse as the hours go on.. I know this is normal and will continue a few more days.. I Havent been able to eat anything besides jello, applesauce, and soups but im fine with that.. Must drink lots and lots of liquids, its so hard though because of the pain you feel.. Must take meds like clock work, stay ahead of any infection and stay ahead of the pain.. My concern is that I have what feels like a very severe kink in my neck that starts from underneathe my right ear and wraps around to the back of my neck and then is causing pain through out my head into my eyes.. so severe that I’d say it’s a migraine x3.. I have cried for the first time tonight because of this unusual pain that set in a few hours ago.. In of course the crying has now made my throat hurt worse and built the mucus up more.. I have also been running a fever for a few days but hasn’t gotten over 102.. The mucus has been real bad the last few days as well.. It takes me a minute but I manage to get it up and spit it out.. Wasn’t for sure if the constant mucus was normal.. My allergies are finally starting to set back in, I get the sensation of having difficulty breathing which makes me cough then just have the urge to cough so I cough, this has been going on for a couple days now and the coughing is not helping my throat or the pain in my neck and head.. I don’t have any regrets to this as long as I will not be sick nearly as much as I was before this surgery.. I literally was getting sick with strep or tonsillitis every four to six weeks.. I will no longer get tonsillitis and if this cuts me down to getting strep like one to two times a year even I will be happy..

  25. I had a tonsilectomy on 01-12-2015.
    Recovery isnt that bad but i have lost my sense of taste in food or any fluid i take. Evrything taste the same, my togue is unable to sene or pick up any Sweet, sour,salt or bitter taste.
    This happened after the operation and it continues for 7 days now.

  26. I had my tonsils removed last week so today I’m at day 8 and all I can say is it’s the most HORRIFIC PAIN I’ve ever been thru after surgery My ears hurt my throat hurts my head hurts an my jaw don’t ever get me started on the jaw I’m really struggling to open that at certain times of day mornings I would say r my worst I can’t hardly talk or open my mouth I’ve been eating endone like its candy also ibuprofen an panadine setting my alarm to wake every 3-4 hours over nite just to take pain relief in saying all that im glad I’ve had them removed just can’t wait to feel human again 🙂

  27. Hi Julie, i hope you’re all better now. I got my disgusting tonsils removed Tuesday November 10 2015. Its day 4 and i currently feel pretty good.. i used ibuprofen instead of the hydrocodone with acetaminophen and it’s comparable in relief. SHOCKER i know lol. I have experienced some ear pain after eating bread last night then again after apple sauce today ohhhh and day 2 after 3 cases

  28. Thank goodness I’ve read all these comments I thought I was an isolated case of bad recovery… Just had tonsils removed aged 37…. 6 days ago the pain has gotten worse I’ve had to change medication twice due to side effects , can’t sleep and keep getting panic attacks at night due to mucsus and trying to swallow& breath.. It’s been awful. I’ve has 2 sections with kids and can not recall being lead up in bed for this length of time. I love and enjoy my food so tried so hard to eat but expereniced more pain as days went by and have reduced my food. Let’s hope I get through the next week and the outcome out ways the painful recovery.

  29. I had a tonsilectomy, I sometimes choke when eating too fast, and am over weight. I have not been over weight all my life though. I have allergies that bother me and have had two deviated septum surgeries.
    I am 64 without and major heart problems. No attacks or strokes. I had mine out when I was 5 , as I remember clearly. My sons, 3 out of 4 of them had to have theirs out. All have problems with allergies, probably climate, area, and genetics are the causes of these allergies and not the surgeries.

  30. I had a tonsillectomy 3 months ago and I’m afraid to say I too have a constant dry throat that feels as if it’s partially blocked sometimes. I can’t taste sweet things so sugar and chocolate tastes awful in particular. I also wake up with a sore throat although this easy as the day progresses. I hope it improves soon

  31. First of all I am no expert, but I am 46 years old and had a tonsillectomy 2 years ago. My experience they told me was occasional as well. I had the surgery because my tonsils were so infected that I choked on food and got bronchitis constantly. After my surgery my throat wasn’t sore but I couldn’t swallow even liquids without it shooting back out and choking me. This went on for 6 weeks. Because I just kept waiting it out, and absolutely nothing was going down, I ended up at the ER getting iv fluids for severe dehydration. After that things started looking upward and I continued to get better but in the meantime my voice wasn’t normal nor was my hearing. It took 6 months for everything to return to normal. Like I said I am no expert and definitely no doctor but my advice is don’t panic and as long as you are able to eat and drink well,keep your doctor informed and just be patient. As I learned children are resilient but we older ones take a lot more time to heal fully. Take care. –shelley

  32. I have a 60 year old friend, who had a tonsillectomy September 19, 2014. She feels find now, but is having trouble speaking. She sounds like a deaf person that has learned to speak, and her voice is very high, kind of like she inhaled helium. She was told this happens occasionally, and to do some exercises for the uvula and if all else fails, she will have to start speech therapy. This seems very odd to both of us, she a basically healthy person, just had this done because she was getting strep throat all the time. Any ideas, suggestions, did they mess up the surgery???

  33. Hi Shannon. Thanks for posting. Hope you feel better soon. It’s not uncommon to have what’s called referred pain in area other than the surgery site. Nerves connect different areas. Many folks get bad ear pain. It may be that. I’m no doctor though. If it continues, you may want to check with your doctor. Good luck!

  34. Hi my name Shannon i had a tonsilsectomy 8 days ago, in still struggling the pain is still bad, ive lost nearly a stone in weight as i couldn’t eat i was having still is about 4-6 spoonfuls a day. Anything cold i cant have no i managing to drink tea as anything warn does help.. But the thing in scared about is i have alot of pain in the to back of my middle head.. Just pain i wanna know isit normal to have pain in the head ? Its worrying me, i know in the long run this will be great but past 8 days i wish i was dead this been the worst thing in the world i feel so depressed, so vulnerable.. IM 22 and i just wanna know if this pain in the head normal ?


  35. Hi, I’m looking for some helpful information. I had my tonsils out on July 22, 2014 at the age of 38 due to recurrent infections, swollen lymph nodes, red/swollen tonsils, pain when talking, headaches, fevers, difficulty swallowing due to swollen tonsils, recurrent throbbing pain in the tonsils (mostly present on the left side), but no sore throat. My last experience lasted about eight months while I continued to experience all of the complications listed above. I endured post op pain for about a month and now almost two months later I have a lingering feeling as if the area/tissue where my tonsils were is tight & numb but when it doesn’t feel numb it has begun to ache/throb like my tonsils did before surgery. Can you offer any insight? Will this ever go away? I don’t have any other symptoms of an infection. I think I may need a new evaluation/opinion from an ENT.

  36. I had a tonsilsectomy about 3 to 4 weeks healed from my throat but since my surgery everything That is SWEET tastes diferent to this normal or will I not be able to enjoy sweet food anymore

  37. Hi Natalie! I certainly have been through what you’re experience. You’re lucky, (I doubt you feel “lucky” right now;)), to be having this done at a younger age. Your recovery should be much easier than many of the older folks, Like me, on the site.

    I know it’s hard to swallow, but it’s really important to KEEP DRINKING LIQUIDS!

    A big part of the problem is probably a swollen uvula- that thing that hangs in the back of your throat like a punching bag. It will shrink back to normal soon- cold liquids can help reduce the swelling.

    Hang in there my dear. It’s tough, but it’s temporary. Take a look around this website- lots of tips.

  38. I’m Natalie(12 years old) and I just came home after a surgary today. My throat is so sore I just want to die! And now I don’t want to talk cause it hurts! A lot! But now and then I try to drink something to fill my stomach cause swallowing food is to hard for me and if I swallow liquids I have to swallow twice cause it stays there. I wander if I’ll survive the week and the rest of the month(if it lasts that long). Please reply if you ever experienced these symtoms after a tonsillectomy and if you have any remadies for them please tell me! I need the help.

  39. I am 38 and I just got my tonsils taken out on the 4th of March 2014. For the first 10 days atfter the surgery it was very painful. The medication made me Dizzie and now I feel that my taste buds have changed to the point that if something is sweet, I find it sweeter and if its salty I cant stand it. Anyways, compare to the infections I used to have I guess I am better the way I am now. I recommend the surgery but do know that it will be painfull for atleast 10-14 days.

  40. oh, i have tonsil doctor bolraha hai operation karneke liya muje dar aata hai every month hota hai mai brofin n azethromisine tablet khake baitha hu kya opration 100% suxses hota plz tell me brother

  41. Bro i seriouslly suggest u operation mat karvana there r many sideeffects i had my operation 2yrs ago nd abhi tak side effect hai!!

  42. I just had mine out and I’m 42 yrs old. My Doc did them via lazer so no stiches, no coughing up blood and I’ve had tonsilitis that was worse than the entire recovery process. I took two weeks off because I heard it was much worse for old dudes like me, but I didn’t need pain meds after about a week and a half. Glad I got it done…

    Now I’m trying to find out that since the surgery, my nose runs non stop. Thought there may be some coinsidence, but don’t see any.

  43. I am SO GLAD to see I am not the only one having these problems! I am 25 and had my tonsils out in April. It’s been two months and it still hurts when I yawn, I constantly have mucous. The mucous used to be terribly thick and would make me gag. The doctor is telling me it’s because of smoking, my sinuses, acid reflux. I smoke occasionally so I really don’t see that being the case. I’ve never had these issues until my tonsils were removed. My voice is also hoarse alot, more than before they were out! And I was a singer, well not since they were out! Ugh 🙁 how long will this go on? I’m trying to stay positive but it’s hard!

  44. Questions.
    1) Was your uvula removed?
    2) Were your adenoids removed?
    3) Is your tongue coated with a thick white or yellowish white coating?

  45. Have any of you with chronic problems or side effects tried to gargle like peroxide or warm salt water? Peroxide is an oral rinse agent but can also help break up and kill any mucus you have in the back of your mouth or throat. I honestly did the warm water way before I was suppose to like in days after my surgery because I hated the mucus but the long term effects have been great I breath better sleep better I can eat taste and have little to no sinus problems anymore. Just a thought at least it worked for me

  46. Holly shit!!! Aftr reading aforesaid comments i am not going for operation. Although my tonsils enlarge every month

  47. This gives me hope! Thanks. It has been 4 months of torture and forcing myself to eat but knowing that there is hopefully only 2 more months of this helps me feel like there is an end. I was starting to worry that this would be permanent.

  48. What method did your doctor use when taking out your tonsils? I am an adult so I knew that recovery would be longer but I am having similar problems. I had my tonsils out on Dec. 10th, 2012 through the laser method and I get that thick mucus in my throat that I can not seem to get out and choke on. I have also lost my appetite as nothing taste good and makes me nauseous. I was originally told that this would go away in 2 months but when it didn’t I called. They then told me it will take 6 months to fully recover. I really hope it does get better. As far as the choking feeling, I was also experiencing water going up my nose when I would drink from a water fountain. The nurse told me that it gets better but that you have to relearn the use of the pallet in your mouth because it is different from how it was before the surgery. I guess it is like a weak muscle that has to readjust.

  49. I am 15, I had my tonsils taken out January 4th 2013, so about 4 months ago. Well now I can not gargle at all! It has become a problem, because when you get a lot of mucus in your mouth you gargle it “up” then spit it out, well I can do that and it feels like my throat is clogged and it is scary! Can someone please please help! I have always been able to gargle until after the surgery. I am doing it just the same as I always have, but it is not working! Please help!

  50. I had my surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. I can eat normally I can drink anything my smell is normal and I actually stopped taking drugs or medications after maybe a week and a half. I’ve started running again and I haven’t had any real setbacks. I gargled warm water maybe a few days into recovery to start the healing and promote the mucus coming out. So I’m not sure what’s going on with the taste smell things with people but I have none of those issues.

  51. on march 1 my tonsilectomy done my pain is gone but still throat dryness feeling what is reason for that ?

  52. I made surgery last nov.20,2012 but untill im not feel better.I did taste the food,I visit to the doctor but they said it normal it will goes afer 3mnth im hoping.I will be ok..but my problemghing now is im suffering dry coughing and pain to my troat

  53. i have not noticed the loss of smell at all but a feeling of wanting to clear the throat always. i have 7 months since the surgery was done but i feel better than before

  54. all will be well though there is usually a recurrent sore throat from time to time. otherwise life is smooth

  55. i have all the same as you except the smell i can still smell I
    strong smells but the tastes is so bad it is 5weeks now for me can’t believe you are stillsufferi after all this time

  56. I had my tonsils removed on February 27 just 9 days ago and my surgery went very well. My Doctor (Dr. Winter at Lahey Clinic) was fabulous. She explained everything during my consult and made it very clear to me about how painful the recovery process would be. I finally decided to have them removed and 9 days later I am I feel good. It is very important to follow all the after surgery instructions to the T. Drink lots of fluids take your pain meds every 4-6 hours. While my throat is still sore I am able to manage very well and have already been able to reduce my pain meds to 3 times a day and have had no bleeding or other side effects. While you can’t make a decision based on other peoples experiences because eveyone is differen really take into account how you have recovered from any prior surgeries as well as how you respond to pain.

  57. I had my surgery on jan 16 and my biggest complaint is the pain it’s rough but I know that at some point it will be gone. I can agree with the lump in the back of my throat, when I swallow it just all goes left and right and I have to swallow twice for just one drink, and the taste is terrible and I don’t enjoy eating cuz nothing tastes normal:( but I hope mine comes back sooner than 6 mo to a year cuz it really sucks. I can’t wait to feel the benefits to the surgery cuz definitely after two weeks all you feel is regret. But I’m sure it will pass! Good luck everyone!

  58. I have terrible taste in my mouth too and it’s i only been two weeks and one day and I thought it was from the oral Meds but I’m not sure and I’m scared it won’t ever come back. So I am wondering if yours has come back and what your doctor said about its. I’d really look forward to your reply if you or someone else can help. I don’t notice a change in smell at all.

  59. I am so glad to hear all of your responses. I am 38 years old. I had my tonsils out in Nov 2012, it has been 2 and half months, and I still can’t taste or smell. I have a disgusting taste in my mouth no matter what I eat. It has a bitter hint. It is worse in the mornings and I also have all this mucus in my throat (gross). It is supposed to go to my nose but it feels like it goes straight into my throat. I was so scared and I have an apt to see the doctor today. I also have a feeling of dryness no matter how much I drink. Water taste bad too. I feel like my tongue doesn’t have enough room any more and it feels uncomfortable on the back of my throat. I feel like a have to swallow all the time and it makes my throat sore and irritated. its a weird sensation. I really hope this goes away because I feel like I can’t take it any more and it is making me really upset. If any one has anything else they can suggest please let me know. No one has mention the smell part but I lost that too. Has any one else lost their smell?

  60. My 4 years old son had tonsilectomy 2 to 3 months back. Now he has develop abscess on his throat. This abscess could be side effects for tonsilectomy. Please help I’m so worried

  61. Ok so all these posts are really scaring me into not having this surgery done…HOWEVER what I am scared about is the whole feeling like something is there and food getting stuck feeling. Also the loss of taste what do you mean?

  62. No worries. They will come back. I had my surgery in Februrary 2012 it took 6 months but one day all of a sudden the bad taste will be gone and food will finally taste good again 🙂

  63. I had my opp in June 2012. My mouth taste is horrible especially in mornings, i cant take any sweet stuff but my doctor said it would take 3 months for the taste buds to come back and still no sign of them.

  64. Chris carter, my op was 24/07/12 and it has been hell! It feels like a ridge has formed where the tonsils were and every swallow has to negociate this obstacle. Does anyone else feel like this?

  65. Omg! Your post is exactly was i was searching hoping to find! Ugh……up to a yr?
    Thirsty, getting food stuck is the worst of it. I feel like the back of my throat is still a bit swollen as well. Hope these annoying set backs go away soon. 6/25/12 was my surgery date.

  66. I am 59… I had mine out jan 30,2012… I still feel like my throist closes up if i get dehydrated , my taste buds are barely coming back and food feels like it get stuck on both sides. i have heard it can take up to a year for an adult to feel normal again.

  67. I am 43,its been 2 months since my tonsilectomy,I still have what feels like something in the very back of my throat on both sides that food gets stuck on and a horrible taste to the point I cant taste other things and even water even tastes metallic. Does anyone know what might be wrong? My doctor just says an adult can take months or a year or more to recover. I don’t buy it,something is still there.

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