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. Day 5: It didn’t really hurt this morning i think it was because I slept on my side and didn’t snore as much but it felt better after i took my meds and drank a cold coffee but after 8 hours of talking and driving my ears stared to hurt really bad.

  2. I am on day one , surgery day, So far i have minimal pain and have eaten ice cream , applesauce , and chicken noodle soup. I have been sick with a sore throat since December and this pain is not as bad as i was told it was going to be. I am 32 and looking forward to healing fast.

  3. Its day 5 and I feel fantastic… I haven’t taken any pain meds since day 2, this all just feels like an average sore throat! I am getting ear pains and a little nausea but a very tolerable amount. I went to Costco and have been playing board games with my family all day.

    This is all waaaaay less painful than I thought it would be.

  4. Day 5 post op t&a…still hurts like hell to swallow anything, even water. I have to swallow 3-4 times to get even a tiny sip of water down. Drinking Boost or anything like that just makes me choke. Haven’t really eaten any solid foods either. Also having trouble going #2 because of the pain meds. I’m worried about getting any nutrition into my body. I’m living off of pain meds and tiny sips of water! Also, any time I try to eat anything, it tastes HORRIBLE.
    Ear pain is probably the worst part about this though.

  5. So I’m halfway through Day 5 and I look like I have alien DNA in my face when the pain is engaged. I take the oxy and the liquid tylenol at the same time every 4 hours or the pain is brutal just like day 4….again what I read on the carolinaearnosethroat site about days 4 through 7 continues to ring true about pain increase due to maximum swelling during this time period in recovery. I might add that I am 57 years old so I would surmise I’m healing slowly. Had a little tiny bit of bleeding early evening but thank God that wasn’t an issue. Will keep you all posted further tomorrow evening, day 6 begins in 12 hours

    1. Day 5 today I’ve not had an awful lot of bad pain so far but the last 2 hours my pain has changed and earache and headache and throat is soooo painful. Ive tried to stay off the strong painkillers that were prescribed but today now I don’t think I I can as it’s hurting soooo badly. Looking forward to the full recovery

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