Tonsillectomy Day Five

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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  1. I too am on day 5. Slept last night in 1 hour intervals between tickle cough. Water seems to stop it. Ear pain and jaw pain still persist. I am doing Tylenol 650 mg alternating with Advil 400 mg every three hours. The Advil seems to work the best. Don’t like narcotics. I am 68 years old and had this surgery as diagnostic for cancer location. Otherwise I would advise everyone not to do it unless absolutely necessary. Just not eating for a week or more is one big reason! Had poached eggs which were very easy going down. Would recommend. This forum is a godsend! Good to know you’re not alone in this agony, looking forward to eating and being healthy and pain free.

  2. Day 5: wow I didn’t even know this comes with ear pain. I’ve had none. I can whisper, but only if I absolutely need to. (It’s tiring being a mute.) Swallowing feels like glass in my throat, and most of the pain is on the lower portion now with less outer swelling. I used to feel like a chipmunk! But I can now take only 1 oxycodine & 1 Tylenol at a time without agony. Still hurts to eat anything thicker than water or pudding. Tried applesauce and regretted it. Tried scrambled eggs and only the fluffiest parts went down. Forced myself to eat thin sliced smoked salmon because I need food with my other meds.. it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t nice, either. Chewing and hiccuping are my worst enemy.

    1. Hang in there! It gets better. I used a little throat spray before eating. Not a great appetizer, but made swallowing a little easier. Best of health to you!

  3. So today has been better progress throat is sore and upon waking swallowing hurts but warm water lemon and honey really helps. Ear pain is still there but definitely feel better today. I’m also using a neck hot water bottle which is really soothing.

  4. Going on day 5 but 1:44am sounds close enough.

    I used my voice today more than I have all week and I regret every single bit of it. Ice water is my best friend. I’m able to consume French fries but not for very long, and tried Mac and cheese today, it is currently in the fridge for hopefully tomorrow.

    Throat is scratchy and swallowing now is my enemy, I didn’t get narcotics for pain meds they literally said “Tylenol and Motrin is good enough every 4 hours!” Yeah- no. Im calling my doctor tomorrow to get /something/ stronger.

    Breath tastes and smells horrendous however I know it’s because of the scabs and tissue that is my throat.

    If I take a nap I wake up nearly crying

    Hiccups are the bane of my existence. Swallowing feels like tiny little razor blades going down my throat.

    Why did I get this tonsillectomy?

      1. Yes I have. Today is now the jaw and ear pain and less my throat even though that is sensitive too. Doctor didn’t prescribe me any pain meds so I’ve been living off Tylenol and Motrin

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