Tonsillectomy Day 10 -Strep After Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day Ten


A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their tenth 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 10. 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 10.
-Greg Tooke 

Tonsillectomy Day 10 -Strep After Tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy Day 10

  •  Tonsillectomy Day 10 :First day of narcotic withdrawl.  This lasts thru day 14 or 15
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 11, 12 if you count surgery day, and my throat still feels enough pain that I only want liquids and super-mushy things. After the scrambled-egg attempt two days ago I got a little downhearted… like, Can’t I even eat THIS? Maybe I will try them again today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : Post-Op: Day Ten
  • I actually got sleep again last night. All in all, I’m feeling pretty good today. It feels like most of my scabs are gone, so that’s a plus. I went out for the majority of the day. Like I said before, it feels awesome to get out after being secluded in my house for such a long time! I took Tylenol at 12:00am and I’m feeling pretty good. By pretty good, I mean I can swallow pretty well, but now what it feels like is a bad case of strep throat (yes, that is a good thing)!  Still couldn’t eat much today. I guess I could physically eat soft food (pasta, soft bread, etc.) but since I’m not fully healed yet, I’m a little scared to do something that will push me back in recovery. So I stuck to peaches, yogurt drinks, water, etc…all of the usual stuff!
  • Post-Op: Day Eleven
  • Well, I did pretty good medication wise. I took my meds again at 12:00am; that means I waited 24hours between 2 doses of meds. It feels like I took a step back in my recovery process. My sleep was scattered and after waking up every hour to drink water, I was beyond exhausted when I woke up this morning.  Even though I did drink a lot last night, my throat was still very dry. And swallowing today is a little harder than yesterday; it still feels like there is a ball in my throat. So, as you can imagine, I haven’t eaten much today either. I’m a little tired of not being able to eat as I sit on the couch, watching my family eat all of my favorite meals – what can I say, I’m a little hostile at this point! The pain isn’t bad enough that I need to take medication again, it’s just very uncomfortable. Well, I decided after 11 days, I was able to drive today and that felt good also (not having to rely on people feels awesome). When I was in the car, I decided to look into my throat (because the natural light made it easier for me too see) and I still see A LOT of white! I’m not sure why I have so many scabs left at day 11, but it sucks. Why can’t I be one of those lucky people that loose all of their scabs on day 8! I wish! Other than that, I’m not that miserable today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 10-, 12 if you count surgery day, and my throat still feels enough pain that I only want liquids and super-mushy things. After the scrambled-egg attempt two days ago I got a little downhearted… like, Can’t I even eat THIS? Maybe I will try them again today.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : day 10 (40/f). took lortab last night at 9 p.m. and have taken nothing since. not to say it doesn’t hurt, but it feels more like a normal sore throat, and let’s face it, i’ve been dealing with that for years w/out relying on tylenol or meds
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 :Day 10,
  • Feeling much better now, thanks. Still a little pain in the ears, but bearable. Seriously , If you can get a hold of Tylenol Liquid Rapid Blast in your neck of the woods, get it. goes down easily. And eating much more now, try to gain back a few of the 20 lbs. I lost, course some things still taste funny / odd. And I can start to sing again. (actually better than before). Hopefully My tongue swelling will go down.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 : Day 10–my boyfriend ordered pizza for us. I had to eat some real food and this is what I was craving. BEST PIZZA EVER!! Couldn’t eat the crunchy edge pieces like I like, but the soft middle pieces were amazing. Throat still hurts a lot, especially in the middle of the night, but only taking advil at this point, every 6 hours.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 10 (post-op day 11) and beyond:
  • From here every day had less pain and discomfort. I was able to slowly return to a regular diet. It took few more days to get my throat muscles to become less tired when swallowing, My uvula and soft palate still felt weird for a while.

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  1. i am on day 10 and i need some advice! i started having severe ear pain around days 7-8 and it only seems to be getting worse! i feel like i have a lot of pressure in my head and constant ear pain. the only thing that stops this ear pain is when i take my pain meds but lately they haven’t really been working! any advice on to how to help soothe this pain? thanks!

    1. hi, Emily! I’m having some ear pain too! I heard some people say heating pads or warm compresses help them, but personally I felt more relief putting an ice pack on my ears! Chewing gum helps my ears but burns my throat– may be worth a shot. I also had my doctor prescribe benzocaine ear drops and they work wonderfully! Hope you feel better soon– I can’t wait to sleep without being in pain, and I can’t wait for a real meal!

      1. hi thanks!! i actually have been pushing food because if i don’t take something with my pain meds it is complete hell so i’d rather suffer with my throat. i tried some really soft popcorn before and it was ok for the first few and then one got stuck in my throat and never again!! basically all i can really tolerate is soup, oatmeal, soft pancakes, soft crab cakes, soft oven roasted chicken, rice, and flounder. i just started with these foods this week though so my first week of recovery i really only ate soup and oatmeal and the occasional pancake since they are really fluffy and soft. I am on day 11 now and still feel crappy but definitely not as bad as the first week. i am soooo tempted to eat chocolate but i know i cannot just yet. i was at the mall today and had not eaten for like 6 hours so i needed something and i got chicken teriyaki with rice but threw it out because it was too hard to eat 🙁 wishing this nightmare will end! the ear pain is not as bad as it was but still there. i unfortunately am still feeling enough pain to have to take my pain meds which sucks because i want to stop them asap, but soon enough i will. hope you are doing better and have a smooth recovery 🙂

  2. I have had a difficult and very painful recovery similar to many experiences I’ve read on the Internet. I’m on Day 10 now and feel good as new. I woke up this morning and didn’t even take Tylenol until after I showered. This is the opposite of everyday up until yesterday. The best thing I could advise to anyone going through pain after a tonsillectomy is GO TO YOUR DOCTOR AND GET A STEROID SHOT! Up until I did i couldn’t even swallow saliva without trembling. I was terrified to sleep knowing the pain would be overwhelming when I woke. I wasnt even able to speak a word for 8 days straight.
    I wondered if this painful experience would ever end.
    The moment I got the shot it turned everything around. I feel human again. I ate solid foods like chicken and veggies and rice!!!!!!!! Up until then jello and water put me on my ass.
    I feel brand new and so thankful this experience is coming to an end.
    So if you’re suffering please go get a shot. You will thank me.

  3. So currently I’m researching online other people’s experiences and wondering if mine are the same. OMG it’s day 5 for me post-op and I feel like there is something huge stuck in my throat. I just want this feeling to go away. Yesterday I took 4 baths because being in the hot water made every pain temporarilly go away. I am on Tylenol and OXY. I stopped the OXY because it’s making me absolutely sick to my stomach. The children’s tylenol isn’t doing much for me…I need some help on how to get through this. I am following every direction my doctor told me to, but I’m in excruciating pain!!!!

    1. Day 5 was my worst day as well but I woke up on day 6 with nothing more than a regular sore throat and I have been peachy ever since. The pain doesn’t last long, and the relief is dramatic. I did lose 8 pounds and sound like I inhaled helium but its pretty funny and I am hoping it isn’t permanent. One thing that really helped me was putting an ice pack on my throat. Try that! I hope it works and good luck on the rest of your recovery!

  4. Day 10, pain is between 3-7 out of 10. Pain is more apparant during mealtimes. Cheated a little with pasta and macdonalds hotcakes 🙂 pain was rather bearable, but as it got dry it hurts a little. The moment it gets hydrated, pain comes in. Oh, found out an awesome way to drink water without much pain, mix isotonic drink with water with plenty of ice, it goes down the throat easily! Breath is horrendous! Pains were more notable at the corner of my tongue meeting the throat, it radiates towards the ears. Pain felt like ulceration. Throat feels a bit scratchy and dry.

  5. What should I expect on day 10 after tonsil operation? I’m going to have to go to school regardless if its day 10 for me :'( what should I expect?

    1. My recovery has been pretty easy, and I am on day 11. Days 3-5 were the worst pain I have ever felt in my life but day 6 on has been amazing. It feels like a regular sore throat and I can eat almost anything. I do sound like I inhaled helium and my friends and boyfriend and myself are getting a kick out of it 😀 If you do as the doctor says and take care of yourself you should be back on your feet in no time! Best of luck

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