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Tonsillectomy Recovery

Gwen says:
December 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm (Edit)

@Adam – My “wheels fell off” at about the same time, and since then it’s been ups and downs, but generally heading toward recovery. Slow, but going the right direction. Hang in there, it will get better eventually.
@KimC – Yes, I think it’s normal for your teeth to hurt. Mine did too. This is just a long recovery period, but you can get through it. Seems like it never will end, I know, I’m still waiting for the end, but it is much better now at day 13.
@Tag – Adenoids out here with the tonsil surgery. Doc said he didn’t think they would bother me much. Hard to tell, it’s all not fun. I don’t seem to be in any more misery than people who just had tonsils done. Good luck with your surgery.
@Katie – Hugs. It’s a rough week, this first one. Let people do things for you. Ice chips, ice packs for your neck, and keep drinking water. It hurts but it’s the best thing for you to do these first couple of days to stay hydrated. Don’t want those scabs to dry up and fall off too soon. Take your meds on schedule. If they don’t work well enough, call the doctor and see if you can switch to something else.
Katie says:
December 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm (Edit)

On day 2. Had Surgery on 12/13/11. Pain has been increasing every few hours, waiting for the worst to kick in! The swelling is so so uncomfortable though. I’ve been drinking chicken broth today and only getting up to go to the bathroom. I got sick to my stomach a few times last night, and I think I was moving around too much. Not looking forward to the next couple days. My family has been a life saver. Don’t know what I would do without them.
Hoping to get through these next couple days.
Tag says:
December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm (Edit)

Surgery-next Monday.

I just found out I have to have my adenoids removed as well. AH! Oh well. Has anyone else here gone through both? Is there a consensus that getting both removed makes the healing process longer/worse? Anything I should be aware of?

I hope you are all healing well. Best wishes to all!
Kim C says:
December 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm (Edit)

Well had my surgery 12-12. I am only on day 3. OMG what a difference in pain level. When I came home Monday I had such high hopes and could not believe that I was not in horrific pain. Well it hit today. Even my teeth hurt! Is this normal? Each day seems to bring a new pain. I am having the worst time trying to drink. Can not even think about any food today. Yuck! How many days does it take before you will feel any relief? Seems like one minute it’s going away then you take a ten minute nap and it all comes back.
Adam says:
December 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm (Edit)

Thanks to everyone for sharing, this website has helped me. I am on Day 7 today, and am coping, but discouraged at the setbacks. Day 1 was fine, Day 3 was pure hell, followed by very small improvements each day until last night when the wheels fell off and i was in incredible pain. This seems to have been a 12-hour or so speedbump, because I am doing OK again today. Not great by any means, but just counting off the days and dreaming of a slice of pizza and an ice cold beer. oh, to feel normal again!
Courtney says:
December 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm (Edit)

Just wanted to say hi to everyone. Tomorrow is my 3 week post op anniversary after my second tonsillectomy since February of 2011. That’s right. My second.

How is that possible, you ask? My doctor who performed my first tonsillectomy left a rather large piece of tonsil tissue in my throat. It developed three crypts (holes) in it and it filled up with bacteria, sinus drainage, food, you name it, and created a big mess of a tonsil stone. It was gigantic. It was causing me so much pain I could hardly talk, and it oozed pus out of it. I found a new doctor in Nashville and I went to see him. He took one look and he said it had to come out. So, out it came on November 17th. The new doctor told my husband that when he cut into me, the tonsil stone literally popped out of my throat and that it smelled bad. He said I had an infection that he had to “clean up,” during the surgery. My new doctor used a laser to do this surgery with and I was in the OR for almost an hour. I spent half a day in recovery and I will say that I was treated very well. The nurses at Baptist Hospital in Nashville were first rate, as was my doctor.

My husband and I spent two nights in Nashville at a hotel near the hospital, just in case I had unexpected complications. Luckily, I did not have anything happen, and it was an uneventful recovery.

I had my two week follow up and the doctor was impressed with my healing and told me that he felt that I was healed enough that I could do whatever I wanted to do and to start trying to eat a normal diet. I had taken it easy, and only had applesauce, mashed potatoes and soups and the like. I was able to eat a small hamburger earlier this week, so I was pretty impressed with myself.

It’s amazing to not wake up in pain now. And I still can’t believe that I went through two of these surgeries in one year. All I can say is, to anyone about to have this done, make SURE you get a surgeon that will not do a “rush” job on you. Make sure that the doctor understands that things are more complicated for adults and that he/she takes the time needed to completely remove all the tissue from your throat. If they don’t do that, you will pay the consequences just like I did.

Happy Holidays and hopefully, Happy Healing to all of you.
Gwen says:
December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am (Edit)

@Kim – If you’ve been reading here, you kind of know what to expect. The recovery isn’t fun, but you can come here and whine and the people are really nice and will support you and give you suggestions of things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. {{{hugs}}} You can get through this.
Gwen says:
December 14, 2011 at 10:30 am (Edit)

Day 13. Still have a “throat ache” when I swallow, and there is a burning sensation back there all the time. Ears feel a little achy off and on. Coughing. Can’t get rid of that part too soon. Day 11 was good and I worked most of the day (I work from home). Rested as needed. Yesterday, day 12, not so good. Hills and valleys of recovery, but generally moving in the recovery direction.
@Jackie – Yes, there is some connection with this group that is comforting. Mostly in know you are not alone. Knowing some of these annoying symptoms are normal, kept the panic away. I could cry and not feel too wimpy about it. 🙂
I think I’m going to try and move back to my bed tonight. I’ve slept in the spare room to spare my husband of weird nosies, snoring, the sound of the humidifier, me getting up and down all night, etc. Hoping I can keep the coughing controlled.
Thanks everyone for all the support! 12/2, f, 56
Kate says:
December 14, 2011 at 10:22 am (Edit)

Good morning everyone, hope you all had some good rest last night. This has been a great website to visit. @Maui, I had surgery the same day as you did, and I too am sooooooo tired of eating nothing, so last night I tried little bits of mashed potatoes and peas and carrots (my 2 year old shared with me!). I chewed and chewed, and chased the bites with cold ice water and it was OK. My uvula is really swollen as well, and is sitting on top of my tongue, so it feels like I constantly have something in my throat. Sending cold thoughts to you from Manitoba!
@Jackie- what a time to be away from the classroom! I am an educator too, and can’t imagine having to teach all day feeling like this. We don’t go back until Jan. 9th, so I am hoping by that time I’ll be OK again.

Congrats to all of you who are enjoying regular food and drink- I am looking forward to a Christmas Daiquari in a weeks time!
Kim says:
December 14, 2011 at 9:37 am (Edit)

29 year old, Female, surgery 12-16-11. I have been reading this website for days and I don’t know if it has halped me or made me a little more nervous! It is not the surgery that I am worried about….it is the “aftershock”! I have been very emotional today just thinking about it. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I will do for all of you. Happy healing! 🙂
Danny G says:
December 14, 2011 at 9:35 am (Edit)

Day 14. Wow, who woulda thunk it 🙂 . 2 weeks now since going through the tonsil meat grinder. Most of my post-op care instructions expire today, but because of my nose surgery, I’m still under orders to sleep at a 45 degree angle for another 2 weeks. I am really envious of anyone who is sleeping in a ‘normal’ position. On a positive note, I enjoyed a steak dinner last night for my 25th wedding anniversary. My only complaint is that my taste is still a little off. Other than that, eating is no problem.

I’ve been back to work now for almost a week, and not sure that was the best idea I’ve had, but necessary. Looking forward to the weekend(s) to do my resting now.

For everyone that listened, and contributed to my healing experience by posting your supportive messages here – I thank you. Especially to those that timed their surgeries with mine (incidentally of course) – Jackie L, Jadee, Jennifer, and Jen – a heartfelt thank you. Hopefully I said something at some point to help, and wish you all the best and quick healing – it will come.
Jackie L says:
December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am (Edit)

Hi Everyone,
Day 14 for me too. Like Jadee said, throat feels like the sore throat of strep, which might be scary for some to read, but it’s an improvement over ‘surgery’ sore. I am coughing so bad that I’m totally unable to sleep, last night was constant, my throat is just raw from it. I had finally made it back to my own bed and now my poor husband who has been the best help and support has moved to the couch so he can sleep. The impact this has on family members can’t underestimated! I work in education and by the time my doctor releases me to go back to work, it will be Christmas break so I am very fortunate the surgery timing worked out the way it did. My job is constant talking and there is no way I could handle that, I can still barely talk for any length of time.

I was telling my husband you feel a connection to the group that you went through this process with, I cannot thank you enough for your advice and support. We might be an anonymous group and will never meet, but I will always remember my surgery pals: Jen, Jennifer, Danny, Jadee, and lately, Gwen. I may have left someone out, but if you helped me get through this, thank you. I’m not to the point of saying I would do this again – if I get through winter & spring without the usual sinus and throat infections, I will be a believer. Jadee, I’m sorry to hear about your arm. Is a reminder that there are many more serious issues that we could be facing and I hope that the infection gets under control quickly. God bless all of you, and continued good healing.
Jane says:
December 14, 2011 at 5:36 am (Edit)

12/13/11 female/55 Tonsils & Uvula removed after years of dealing with tonsil stones and more recently complaints of snoring.

I went in for out-patient surgery at 10:30 this morning. I wish I’d worn long socks and taken my own bath robe to wear while waiting, since I get cold easily. I went into surgery around 12:30 pm. They put two warm blankets on me and compression wraps on my calves that helped keep me warm. The anesthesiologist told me he’d give me just enough to keep me under (IV in the arm) and then give me something to wake me up. I’d say he did great – no side effects.

I go to a Naturopath and she suggested taking tiny homeopathic Arnica pills the night before & then again in the morning before surgery. I’ve used them before and found them very helpful. She also suggested taking Acidopholus to put good bacteria in the gut while taking the Antibiotic. I got a chiropractic adjustment to make sure my neck & body was in good alignment and I got some Echinacea spray that I used last night and again in the morning. I think I’ll wait a day before spraying again since it has a slight sting.

I prepared for after surgery by getting lots of liquids and soft foods that sounded appealing. So far the best has been Throat Coat tea luke warm – very soothing. I’ve got jello, sorbet popsicles (nothing acidic), apple sauce, Odwalla drinks & broth. I also bought some pudding & Boost drinks but I’m trying to avoid sugars & dairy products the first few days. The surgeon prescribed liquid Hydrocodone & liquid Amoxicillin which my husband was able to pick up while I was in surgery (might not be available at all pharmacies). I can’t imagine trying to swallow pills!

So far it just feels like I’ve got some dry crusty scabs in the back of my throat. I’ve avoided talking but every now & then I forget and it doesn’t seem to hurt. I’ve been propped up in bed because it felt weird laying down – I’d wake myself up making weird little noises. A little while ago there was a rattle in my chest so I coughed and it was blood. I freaked out a little but my husband reminded me that the doctor told us to expect some of that so I calmed down and found this website. It is helpful to hear more about the healing process from others who have recently gone through this.

I’ve heard the second day is the worst so we’ll see how tomorrow goes. I’ve also heard carbonated drinks are killer – not gonna try that. I’m going to start the Amoxicillin in the morning so we’ll see how my stomach handles that. Hopefully I can eat some chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, scrambled egg or pureed fruit to put more in my stomach. I’m gonna keep it soft as long as possible. I have dreams of being healed and able to eat a nice meal on Christmas Eve. I just took medicine, time for some sleep.

Thanks for being here so we can voice our experience and concerns.
Maui says:
December 14, 2011 at 2:40 am (Edit)

Just had my surgery on 12/9 and I’m glad I found this site. I was getting a little depressed about the swollen uvula and ear pain. I thought I was making myself sicker by eating whatever I want. I found it really hard and depressing not to eat real food so I eat just a little and chase it down with globs of ice cream to numb the pain after. Such a comfort to see that I am not alone in my predicament. It sucks to have your tonsillectomy 2 weeks before Christmas. You really miss out on a lot of good food and parties.
Jadee says:
December 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm (Edit)

Day 14 post op, still have a dull pain in my throat, but able to eat most food, had chinese today and pasta later. It just feels like a case of strep throat right now. I was supposed to go back to work tomorrow, but extended till Friday. My skin cancer removal area on my arm is infected so on a dose of antibiotics for that, and unable to really move my left arm, sucks. ENT thinks my pain presence is a direct result of having the infection and my body not able to tackle both surgical areas quickly, so little set back. @ Katie – uvula doesn’t reduce for about a week, I recommend getting some prednisone if you don’t have it, it will help. @ Kate – I agree with Danny and try things as you seem fit, I welcomed a warm cup of mate/chai tea with extra honey. The combination did wonders for soothing my throat, then I’d ice my neck right afterwards. @ Danny and Jackie – I’d say we are definitely trending in the same direction in terms of recovery, still have the coughing, yawning sucks, mild pain, etc. I’m just looking forward to Xmas feasts and drinking a cocktail, although I did have a frozen margarita last weekend, tasted good and felt good on the throat. @ Jason L. – I would think your recovery should be somewhat easier considering there is nothing left in that area to swell or irritate, if your apnea is not nixed your last resort is the jaw realignment. Hope this is your last surgery. @ Kristin – I waited about a half hour with my bleeding because most say to gargle ice cold water for 20 minutes and see if it stops, but in your case it may be less time. I would still recommend the surgery, I was asked today, knowing what I know and the experience would I have gone through it, and I said absulotely because I know in the long run there are way more benefits than the downside of two weeks of pain. Well hope all is well with the others, Happy Healing. 33, m, surgery 11/29/11.
Kristin says:
December 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm (Edit)

Hello, looking for any insight. I’m a 21 year old female. May be in need of tonsillectomy soon but very scared of any surgery! I am also have a slight iron deficiency anemia. So not sure if I can even have surgery in the first place, or if I have a great Risk of hemorrhaging after surgery. I know not a high percentage has these things happen, but I always feel like I would be that 1 in 15000. And if u do start to bleed how soon do u have to get to an er?? Any help please.
Pat S says:
December 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm (Edit)

I added something new to my menu today. To add more fiber and protein (and to counter the effects of the narcotics) I blended in my blender one can of low sodium chicken broth, one can of Great Northern White beans, and some chicken. It blended into a nice soup. I put Ritz crackers in my bowl until soggy and they went down well. I served the soup slightly warm with a straw so that I could direct it towards the part of my throat that was the least sore.
Katie says:
December 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm (Edit)

Hello everyone! Made it home from the hospital around noon today. Feeling pretty good except for all of the swelling back there. I just had my tonsils removed but my uvula is swollen really bad. Super uncomfortable!!! The Loratab isn’t helping the pain much, only the T3′s. Drinking lots of water and eating mainly shaved ice and jello. I think the shaved ice machine is the best 30 dollars I have ever spent (Bed Bath and Beyond) Hoping to get a little rest tonight and try some whipped mashed potatoes. How long does it take for the swelling to go down? At least the uvula? I can barely breathe through my mouth it’s so big. Hope everyone is feeling good, wherever you are in your recovery.
Jason L says:
December 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm (Edit)

I feel I am very fortunate. I had my surgery last Thursday, 12.08.11, and I feel great today. Sure my throat is sore, and I am still coughing up junk, but other than that I feel fine. The pain is moderate, nothing that will ruin my day provided I keep up my schedule of anti-biotics and pain meds. I’m really pleased with how this surgery went. I’m going to see my ENT tomorrow for a followup.
Danny G says:
December 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm (Edit)

@Kate, soda-pop and ginger ale *may* be a little harsh at first. I intially tried on like the 3rd or 4th day. But, it wasn’t until around the 7th that it didn’t feel irritating to my throat. I also tried warm and hot beverages early but again it didn’t feel good until a few days later. I think everyone’s experiences have varied and the only good answer is to try things when you feel up to it, and if it doesn’t hurt – go for it..
Kate says:
December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm (Edit)

Thanks dresdeno, for the support. After reading this forum, I got up my nerve and made some soft boiled eggs and mushed them up, and had a heavy hitter painkiller. I feel better.

I am drinking ice water and iced juice like mad…is there some point where warm liquids go down easier? I have also seen a few mentions of pop on here. Is the pop flat, cold, a certain kind? I was thinking ginger ale might be OK. Thoughts>
Thanks to everyone, it’s been a great help!
dresdeno says:
December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm (Edit)

@Kate, so sorry you recovery is so awful. My experience was very easy compared to most of the folks who post here. I am a 50yo female who had a coblation tonsillectomy on 11/18. I only used T3′s for the first po week. Then when the awful burn started around day 10 po, I used it a couple of times. Other than that I used adult strength liquid Tylenol.
Eating was definitely a struggle. I couldn’t get satisfied, and by the end of week one, I needed some flavor. I ate blue cheese dressing on a salad, which burned like mad. I also ate hot and sour soup, which was awesome. Baked potatoes were really hard to swallow, but I managed to get them down. My favorite was banana popsicles, and I melted an extreme amount of ice in my mouth. Constantly with the ice and water, really helped me I believe.

At this stage of my recovery, I have an abundance of mucous hanging from my soft palate down my throat. My ENT placed me two more series of steroid, helping a little while on the med. It is a constant feeling of not effectively swallowing. I go back to my ENT the end of December.

My ear pain has been minor, though high pitched noices/voices really bother my ears.

Still can’t yawn without discomfort.

I hope you get some relief soon. Drink, drink, and drink some more. This is the one piece of advise I believe really assisted with my easy recovery. Best wishes
Danny G says:
December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm (Edit)

Day 13 now. All the gunk where my tonsils were is gone. The cavities where the tonsiles were are mostly pink now with areas covered with a of kind-of translucent white sheen. Swallowing is much easier, but a little scratchy – like I recently swallowed a cracker. All ear pain is gone. Finally started having (or noticing) the discomfort while yawning that others have mentioned. My nose is actually starting to cause a little grief now that my throat is not acting up. Little pin-sticks and burning sensations combined with numb spots near the tip. Just enough to be annoying. Keep the faith folks. It does get better.
Kate says:
December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm (Edit)

Had my surgery on Dec.9th, and it was outpatient surgery. I was in and out in 6hrs. Things are just getting worse and worse, although my trip to the ER on Sunday paid off- IV fluids and a better prescription for pain meds. T-3s don’t work for 4 hours at all. I have tried eating when medicated, and it’s OK, but I sure suffer for it after? Is this common? Love this site, it’s so helpful!
Lex says:
December 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm (Edit)

I had my surgery on 12/7 so this is my 6th day. I was so happy to wake up and not be in any worse pain than yesterday, it is about the same or maybe even a little less. I may just be tolerating it easier. Yesterday my ENT upped my Percocet dosage to 2 pills which really upset my stomach, I was dry heaving all night which definitely did not feel good to my throat. I can’t eat so I’m just switching back to the lortab elixir which seemed to work the first couple days. I am still only eating ice and Popsicles, the Popsicles burn from being acidic but I have to have something! I can’t wait to eat again! Good luck to everyone recovering! The end is somewhere near!
Danny G says:
December 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Trent. You can use direct and indirect. Direct by actually sucking the ice chips as far back in your throat as you can and let them do their magic as they disolve (worked well for me). Additionally I got 2 refreezable ice packs and wrapped them in a towl end to end and wrapped it around the front of my neck as close to the back jaw area as Imagine a neck brace effect. This worked well when the pain in the ears was getting fierce. Good luck.
Trent says:
December 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR REASSURANCE IN HAVING THE SURGERY!!! Im still scared, but Im gonna have it… I think… ;0)
I have a question… Again, I am set to have my surgery on the 15, and am wondering WHERE do you ice your throat? Do you put the ice under your chin, on the back of your neck? Having a hard time picturing where to put the ice and what type of ice packs are best? I played college football and believe in the power of ice, as Ive had 4 knee and one ankle surgery… Any ideas?
Jen says:
December 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

Day 3 post op:
38yr old F

My scabs are starting to come off already!?!? I called the doc and he says everyone heals differently, so as long as there is no bleeding, it’s good. I’m just waiting for the pain to get bad. It hasn’t. Not over a 2 or 3. Nothing I can’t handle. I’m waiting for the ear and jaw pain to settle in. It hasn’t.

Seems like I’m waiting for something horrible to happen, when maybe I’m just going to be one of the lucky ones. We shall see. Oh, and i slept really good last night. Got up 4 times to pee and have a drink since my throat was a little dry.

So far, although annoying, it’s been totally manageable. I’m still taking it one day, heck…one hour, at a time.

Gwen says:
December 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

Many thanks to all who suggested the use of a humidifier. That along with the new pain med gave me a good night. A couple of times (when I wasn’t swallowing), I had no pain anywhere. It was amazing. Starting day 6 feeling more hopeful.
Danny G says:
December 7, 2011 at 4:47 am

Well shinola! Was doing great until I feel asleep at midnight. I awoke at 3:30 am with an extremely dry mouth / throat. Even though I have a humidifier running right next to my chair! But my nose is plugged up again so I guess I was mouth breathing. The pain was fairly intense and heavily focused in both ears – particularly when swallowing. So I invoked what I’ve began to call the “tonsil trinity” (pain meds, ice chips, and ice packs) and the pain is pretty much gone again. No additional change in size or scale of scabs at this point. Still feeling very optimistic now that I’m on the down-hill side and just going to have to deal with these recurrances as needed. @Jadee good to hear you seem to be about the same place I am. We’ll get this beat yet!
Jenny says:
December 7, 2011 at 3:31 am

I’m still up can’t fall asleep. I think my scabs are starting to get loose. It’s not too painful just VERY uncomfortable. I refuse to look into my throat I believe that it won’t do me any good. Haven’t looked at my throat since before surgery. I feel almost fine during the day, hard to swallow once in awhile but the problem really comes in at night. I feel a lot worse at night starting about 7 pm than I do during the day.
28,f, 12/1
Jadee says:
December 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

I’m on top of the world right now. As stated last night one of my scabs finally broke free while the other collapsed and laid on my tongue and in the back of my throat. Probably the most annoying feeling ever. Around 6-7:30 couldn’t barely eat anything due to pain in my throat and it extending to my ears. Ear pain absolutely sucks. I left the house to go pick up my steriod predisone, I believe. I came back eager to take it, but muscled all six pills into my stomach throw my piercing throat. At 11:00, I took the max dose of percocet (2 tabs) and sat down to watch Spartacus Season 1. While sucking down popsicles, I could feel that scab going down my throat with every swallow and it was driving me nuts, so I tried to suck it out similar to post nasal drip, and that sucker came flying out, it was a miracle. I only got half so I focused on getting the other and within minutes it came out to. My throat is clear of scabs with some random white ones on the walls, but the space in my throat is amazing like Danny. My hope is with the steriods and the painpills that I should be able to coast the rest of the way thru. If there are any return visitors that have completed the process please guide me to the next progression of expectation. However, I will sit on cloud 9 for now, and get consistent sleep. Happy Healings! Keep your heads up there is a light and it truly is right around the corner. 33, m, surgery 11/29/11.
Cathy O says:
December 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

op 30/11/11, 49, f, qld, australia

Day 7 saw the ENT today. All going well. Drove myself into town, felt strange being out. I have some ulcers which are painful so he gave me a script for antibiotics if I need them. Feel much better today, still pain but not 0verwhelming.

Thanks Jackie L. I have taken four days off work as I work P/T and the Christmas holidays for teachers starts this week so I have until late January. Should feel better by then, right???

It’s great to talk and listen to you guys. It has really helped me deal with it. I’m not as bad as some but I just had my tonsils out, no other work. Off to spend an hour at our Christmas party at school. See how I go.
Danny G says:
December 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Wow. Pain went from 4 to 8 with radiating ear pain. About an hour ago, I began having a feeling like something with the consistancy of a saltine was stuck in my throat and gagged a few times, coughed several more. I then heaved and VOILA!. A hunk of scab came up. It wasn’t huge, but definately noticable. Initially the pain spiked for a couple minutes making me fear I had done damage so I was shining the light back there. No bleeding and only some mild irritation from where I suspect the scab came from.. The pain level is down to a 2 now with very light radiating to the ear. I feel like there’s such an emptiness in my throat when I take a breath I actually feel like I’m sucking air through a vacuum hose. Nothing inhibiting the flow. REALLY FREAKIN COOL!!!! The only problem was that during the hacking, I put my hand up to my mouth while simultaneously lurching my head forward and whacked my nose. No bleeding as a result, but now it has a burning sensation like a stick got stretched. Sooo close now…
Jen says:
December 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

End of Day 2
“Tonsillectomy, 38yr old F”

I hate to say this, but I’ve promised to tell the truth regarding everything during this process. This morning I woke up with mega swelling in my throat. My uvula was so huge I was choking on everything. Even water. The Lortab elixer was awful trying to get down. My husband called my ENT and he called in a liquid steroid for me to take for 3 days.

Within 2 hours of taking it, I felt 70% better. I’ve felt really really good today. I’ve been drinking liquids like mad (my husband made me sweet ice tea… Yum!), and have managed to eat some soup, and Fettucini Alfredo which tasted so delish! I’m taking my pain medication every 4 hours although I don’t think I need to. I’ve been icing my neck on and off throughout the day and I can honestly say that my pain hasn’t gotten higher than 2/10.

I know tomorrow is supposed to be the turn around for a spike in pain, so I’m not counting my chickens yet.

Let’s see what the night brings. Good luck everyone!
dresdeno says:
December 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I had a septoplasty, septum bone spur and turbinate reduction surgery in Feb. Very little discomfort. After first couple of days, I could breathe out of my nose again. So glad I had this surgery separate from my tonsillectomy. I couldn’t imagined having to breathe through my mouth while recovering from a tonsillectomy.

Day 18, coblation tonsillectomy, 50yo F.

Glad it isn’t Tuesday of last week. Last week I was in full blown burn, this week, so much better. Day 14 was definitely and turning point for me. Still have a sore throat, but I am eating just about everything. Bananas still burn like crazy and sweets tastes metallic.
Gwen says:
December 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I had my first tonsillectomy at age 18. Just had my second on 12/2/11 at age 56. High hopes for the second one being much better are now dashed, as day 5 is coming to an end, and I’m still miserable. Left side tonsil grew back after nearly 40 years, and apparently, I had a whole pile of adenoids that needed to go. Along with the “rogue” tonsil, was an infection “iceberg” which doc found to be quite large once he got in there. I am very fortunate to have only one side of my throat in recovery. It is a good thing to find you are not alone. I think most people think of this as a “kiddie” surgery, and not that big of a deal if they don’t know anyone who has been through it. God Bless you all!
I had to get a new pain med today, Roxicet, and hopefully it will work better for me. Hydrocodone elixir doesn’t last much longer than 2.5 hours. Also need to figure out how to sleep with my mouth closed. I am not a mouth breather, but somehow, my mouth is coming open while I sleep, and drying me out fast. Lots of discoveries to make on this journey.
I’m going to get a humidifier going tonight.
Jadee says:
December 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Jason – I had a tonsillectomy, but was suggested to have the UPPP surgery which is removal of uvula and scrape of soft palate. I can’t imagine that your pain will be extraordinary based on the fact that you had your uvula removed. I honestly think that is where my primary pain is from because the rest just feels like a bad case of strep.
Jason L says:
December 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I might have missed this in reading everyone’s comments, so I apologize if there is some repetition. My last surgery was a combo adenoid/uvula/deviate septum procedure. The pain was the worst I’ve experienced. I’m trying to anticipate what to expect pain-wise. I’ve enjoyed reading what everyone has written; I’ve found it quite informative, but I also realize their experiences may vary.

So everyone here had (or is about to have) their tonsil removed, right? My question is this: Did you just have your tonsils removed, or was it in conjunction with other operations?

I’m getting a bit anxious for Thursday. I can deal with the pain. It’s the waiting that’s driving me crazy…
Jen says:
December 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Trent, honey… Get it done. It’s not THAT bad. If you’ve had strep nd issues with your tonsils before, you know what discomfort feels like. They’ll give you good pain medication to help you along, and you’ll be very glad you did it.

If you have any questions, just ask.
Jadee says:
December 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Trent I’m in the same boat with Jason, I had surgery on 11/29/11, and although the recovery process is a pain in the you know what, I’m already glad I have it done. After my one scab completely removed today, I can notice a big difference, and it’s a positive one at this point. Yes my throat hurts a little, but think of the long term, I know I’m going to be glad I did it. I have yet to ask a person that had their tonsils removed as an adult that they wish they still had their tonsils. Too many positives to negate the surgery and skip two weeks of recovery. Besides it’s two weeks of your life to impact the rest of your life. Good luck Jackie tomorrow.
Jason L says:
December 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

@trent – Get it done. Live through the pain; you’ll be happier in the long run. I am having my third procedure (and hopefully last) to alleviate my apnea.
Trent Spafford says:
December 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I am SCARED to DEATH! I am set to have my tonsillectomy on the 15th… Should I bag it? I have sleep apnia and strep all the time… I have heard death stories and am not too excited… Please give me some feed back…
jennifer says:
December 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Day 6. Omg what a morning. I feel like i have 2 golf balls in my mouth and killing my ears. Got to say last night was the best night of them all. My dear husband put the humidifier on and it worked. Best idea ever. Soup and oatmeal is finally going. Down. Movie day with lots of sleep. Good luck to you all today.
Jen from quebec canada.
Danny G says:
December 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Day 6 comes with a new bout of pain in the throat. Like Jackie, I was up in the early morning hours trying to rehydrate my throat. I had slept too long and my throat dried a lot. I awoke with it being really achy, tender, and frankly PISSED!… My nose has bouts of weird and wonderful. There’s very little pain except for the occasional ‘wake-up’ pains it throws at me from time to time. I have a lot of dried out blood in there that won’t come out which is blocking the spray. I got to the point of actually getting some tweezers and delicately (missing any stitches, tubes, or raw skin) pulling out a couple of the clots that were close to the rim. That allowed me to rinse it out a bit, and can somewhat breathe again through there. I know what our surgeons tell us about this, but frankly I’d rather have the ENT gripe at me (if he notices it), than have to deal with no air flow at all through there. Well here’s to hoping for a better tomorrow – for all of us!
Jadee says:
December 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

@ Jackie, well I ended up getting to bed around 2:30 because I could feel the scab constantly resting on my uvula and it was annoying, I managed to loosen it up but then it went into my throat and sat there. Around 4:30, I woke up and it loosened and I was able to dislodge half of it, so my scabs are coming off quite a bit and then again there was some blood, but not as much. So as of now I’m okay. Just paused for a second because the left side scab was irritating my uvula and I gagged it out now it’s gone completely!!! At least one side is rid of that disgusting looking, smelling, tasting nastiness. Just got off the phone with ENT, and they are going to prescribe a steriod to reduce the uvula swelling and advised me not to mess with my scab (called to ask if I could pull it out due to making me gag), they said no of course, just gargle and try to break up that way. Jen hope you can manage to get/feel better. As for the rest hope you a speedy recovery especially those with soft palate scraping (I was advised to do, but declined due to not covered by insurance) and those with septum surgery (I had this done when I was 17, broke my nose in soccer game) I remember vividly how much gauze they can pack in those nostrils and those splints, my God, how did they fit in there, so Jackie, I feel your pain. As of today, I’m half way there, but after getting one side clear, I feel refreshed and feel ahead of the game. Happy Healing. 33, m, 11/29/11. Time to watch a movie with my son.
Jackie L says:
December 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

Well, I’ve been taken off the hydrocodone and antibiotic because of the bad reactions and making me so sick. The ENT called my primary care physician this morning to get me in this afternoon so she can decide if I need a steroid. They had me take benadryl to stop the allergic reaction & I do feel better right now. I plan to see if I can take Motrin, like Jen, that has always worked well for me, Tylenol has never done a thing, but you are right, they don’t like the risk of bleeding. We leave late afternoon to make the 5 hour trip to the big city to the ENT for my apt. in the morning, we live in the sticks. Thanks for listening everyone & I hope today is a good one for you.
Jen says:
December 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

Oh, and the doc said I could take some Motrin/Ibuprofen but isn’t real keen on it. Bleeding risk and all. I hate that I can’t take my “go to” drug. I heart that stuff!!! It’s kinda nice he gave me the ok if I really need it. We’ll just see how it goes.
Jen says:
December 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

Day 2:

I did finally get some sleep, thanks. 3 hours, but it was something. The swelling was way worse this morning, so I called my ENT.

They called in a script for some liquid steroids. Said I should have relief within a few hours after taking it. THANK GOODNESS!!! I think I could deal with the pain if I didn’t have this insane amount of swelling. I can’t even see my tonsils (or where they used to be, because of all the puffiness), so I’m not sure how they’re doing.

We’ll see how the day goes. To say I’m getting scared about tomorrow, is an understatement. The highly talked about Day 3 is right around the corner.
jennifer says:
December 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

Hey gang
Well i can’t complain to much about last night. My husband turned on the humidifier in our room took 2 tylenol and sleept till 6am. Try it if you have one. Pain in the ears and burning on the tonsils. My uvula is finaly getting back to normal. Still haven’t eaten this morning but apple juice and cream watery brocoli soup is awesome. Movie day in bed for me kids are gone to school and taking day 6 very easy.
Good luck today everyone Jen for quebec canada
Jackie L says:
December 6, 2011 at 4:53 am

Hi Everyone, 4:25 here & I ‘ve not slept one wink. Can’t breathe. Did the steam pot, then nasal irrigation but I’m so swollen from surgery that the water won’t go through from one side to the other. Took liquid Tylenol & have cut the hydrocodone to 1 teaspoon (took them 3 hours apart). Now have diahreah so at least no more worries about constipation. We leave in the afternoon for the 5 hour drive to the ENT on Wed. I live in the sticks so had to go to the big city for the expert. Jenny, I have the same problem with the deviated septum, can’t touch, can’t blow, the irrigation & steam are supposed to keep everything loose. Danny, you are making great progress, good for
you! Don’t rush back to work too soon. Cathy O, hang in there, we know how you feel.
Jen from Chicago, thanks for the hug! Jadee, so sorry for the horrible night, oh my
gosh, I hope things have quietened down. You did a good job staying calm. Let us know how you are in the morning. You are all the best group to go through this with, I
am forever grateful. Jen who was up at 3:25, hope you got some rest.
Jen says:
December 6, 2011 at 3:25 am

Gotten worse throughout the night, which is why I’m up at 3am. Counting down the minutes until my next dose of medicine.

What’s frightening me at the moment? The insane amount of swelling I’ve got going on. Everything I try to get down… Water, ice chips, meds, make me choke. It feels like my airway is closing off and it looks like it too! The dangly thing (uvula) is the thickness of two of my fingers. It’s HUGE! It’s so annoying! I think I could deal with the pain if I didn’t have this gagging/choking sensation whenever I try to drink anything.

I’m getting really scared. If it’s this bad now, what’s it going to be like the next couple of days. The tears have already started 🙁
Jadee says:
December 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

**Gross Posting: Warning**

Jackie I completely agree with you in terms of where you are at in terms of pain, taste, hating meds, etc. I had a frightening experience about 45 minutes ago. I was icing my neck because it seems the only thing to soothe the ear pain right now. Well I started to fall asleep on the couch and then woke up having to cough, gag, whatever, but rushed into the bathroom because I could feel something taking place in my throat and it wasn’t comfortable. I looked inside my throat and I had two huge scabs that were peeling off both sides, the problem was they were tilting towards my uvula. I have the worse gag reflex and I was try to break them up on my own, but it happened they banged on the uvula and I started to gag repeatedly. The scab on my right side dislodged and I spit that sucker out with a massive amount of blood, I was spitting blood out for the next 10 minutes and it was a lot and it was bright red. I figured oh sh*^ I’m heading to the ER. I told my wife I needed to go to the ER, but asked her to look ont he internet first, so I gargled ice cold water for about 20 minutes and it appears to have stopped bleeding for now, periodically I spit out a pink spit, but so far in the clear. As for the other scab it’s dangling there and was very tempted to go to ER just to ask them to snip away the pieces that are dangling because they are rubbing against my uvula and it will be a matter of time. As far as pain goes, hurts to swallow anything, and the ear pain is what’s the most unbearable. My wife likes the fact I’ve lost 19 pounds in a week. Not complaining there, just need to maintain later. Well that’s my rant for the night. 33, m, surgery 11/29/11.
Danny G says:
December 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Finishing up day 5 and feeling better (mostly). As long as I take the meds on time, the pain is minimal. I haven’t had nausua in a while, but have the Zofran ready in case it comes back. I’m still not eating much more than eggs, mashed potatoes, and pudding now but am feeling like I’m getting enough solids to keep my digestion working. @Jackie. I can relate to the burning sensation as I get it as well when I take the hydrocodone elixir. I just chase it with some tea and it passses quickly. I’ve also gotten into a habit of spraying the chloraseptic just before I take the pills (steroid and antibiotics) to numb the area and keep from feeling like it’s dragging a meat hook through with the pill(s). Went into work for a short time today to test the waters. The test failed, and I will be taking off until at least Wednesday. I coughed up some scab today that had the same taste I’ve been getting with everything else – bitter salty yuk!!! Still a big buildup of gunk on my throat, but the edges don’t look so pissed anymore. Hoping to keep felling better tomorrow.
Jason L says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

@Jen from Chi-town: Thank you for sharing. Your post has lessened (a bit) my trepidation at having my surgery on Thursday.
Jenny says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I am finishing up my day 4. It is really not as bad as I thought so far. I am actually more uncomfortable from having my deviated septum corrected than throat. I’m stuffed most of the time and the worst thing is I can’t even do anything about it but use saline spray. I was told by a doctor not to touch it at all. Any tips?

During the day I only took Tyl3 in morning 8 30 am and at 5 pm I was able to tolerate pain with no problem. At night i had to take it because pain definitely gets worse at night and it also knocks me out after like 2 hours so that i could sleep. Hope everyone is doing ok! Speedy recovery to everyone!
Jen says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’m sorry you’re having such a rough go. That just sucks. Vent all you want and here’s a virtual hug for ya {{{{HUGS}}}}
Jackie L says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

And Jennifer, I hope you are ok, I’m so sorry for the bleeding you went through, how scary. You are in my prayers tonight, hope you get some good rest. Let us know how you are doing.
Jackie L says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Evening of day 5. I feel worse than ever, hydrocodone is making me sick, everything I could eat or drink now burns, can’t get the awful taste out of my mouth, everything I try to eat tastes like something rotten. I can’t sleep, don’t know how I’m going to get through the night. Calling the ENT tomorrow. My nose hurts where the splints are digging in, I need to take a shower but afraid of getting water up my nose. Depressed. Thanks for letting me vent, prayers please.
Cathy O says:
December 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

49, f, Queensland, Australia

Getting tired of the monotony of pain, everything tastes yuck. Day 6 and hasn’t changed much. I just want to sleep but then I start to snore.
Jen says:
December 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Tonsillectomy Surgery Date:
12/5. 38 yr old F, Chicago. (Yep, this morning 😛 )

I posted an intro here about a month ago, and after all the worry and waiting, today was the day.

I guess I’m going to journal a bit and share my experience. I mean, what else do I have to do for 2 weeks, right??

So, I went in to the hospital this morning at 7am. My surgery was scheduled for 8:30. And to my surprise, my doc was right on time. Very nice. I really, really like him. Here’s a shout out to Dr. DiVinere in Joliet, IL. Very cool dude (and ladies… very easy on the eyes 😉 ). I was wheeled into surgery after getting a little happy cocktail in my IV. I was given some kind of steroid, anti nausea meds, and some non worry liquid. It was all lovely. I don’t remember kissing my husband goodbye or anything after about 5 minutes after they administered the Valium. Ahhhhh…..Valium.

So, I wake up after the surgery and it feels like I was out for a second. Right away I notice my throat is swollen. Very swollen and I panic a little bit. The tears start flowing and the nurse that was attending to me in recover (bless her) just told me to relax, breathe and she’s going to give me some pain medication (Morphine) in my IV to make me more comfortable. She actually wiped my tears away with the blanked, which was all warmed up for me. That was really nice. After about a minute I started to relax and tried to swallow. Easy peasy, although weird since my uvula was very swollen and the left side of my throat was the same. I can’t even feel the right side. No pain at all. I would say over all the pain I was in would rate a 2 maybe. I wasn’t in pain, but the swelling was highly annoying.

I was wheeled back to my room after the nurse gave me some ice chips which were nice, and observed for about an hour. My husband came in, saw I was eating a popsicle and feeling pretty good. They took my vitals, looked in my throat, said I was pretty swollen, gave me my discharge papers and I was released. The doc told my husband, my tonsils where (and these were his words)… “Freaking NASTY”. The surgery went very well, very minimal bleeding, and thank goodness they were out. They were scarred and infected on the underside, cryptic, the epitome of nastiness.

Way home was easy. I only live about 20 min from the hospital. Pain was never over a 2. It was just annoying. Swallowing was difficult because of the swelling. I have to force everything down and anything is a real bitch to get down. Even water. I’m thankful it doesn’t hurt, but I wish it were easier.

I got home around noon and took a dose of pain meds (hydro elixer/generic Lortab). Half hour and I’m good. And I’m starving!!! The doc said I could eat anything soft if I felt like it. Well, I was feeling good, so I felt like it. I had some Ramen Noodles and they tasted delish. Drinking a LOT of ice cold Gatorade and water. I got sleepy this afternoon and tried to take a nap, only to wake myself up every time I fell asleep from snoring. And I don’t snore! But the swelling is getting worse. I’m icing up my neck as much as I can, but wow…. This part really sucks. I’m due for another dose of Lortab in a half hour and I’m taking it. My doc told me to take it. His words, “Don’t be a hero. Take it on time and on schedule. That’s why I gave it to you. Don’t wait until you’re hurting, because it will take twice as long to get relief. You’re not going to turn into a junky over a month. TAKE IT!!” Like I said, I love the guy.

My husband is taking very good care of me. He’s a real doll. He has to go to work tomorrow, so I have a very good friend staying with me during the day while he’s working. I have a 5 year old daughter and she is staying for as long as I need her to over at my moms. She lives across the street from me (Yes, just like “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and her helping is FANTASTIC!

So, Day 1… Totally manageable, although annoying. I am not surprised, since I’ve read and know Day 1 is easy.

Let’s see what day 2 brings 😀 . Happy sleep everyone!!!

Jason L says:
December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Wow. I am hoping that since my uvula is gone that I won’t be experiencing some of the pain everyone is describing, though since the Dr. is also removing part of my upper palette who knows?

I had my pre-screening call today, and the nurse seems to think that the pain of having my tonsils removed will be less than the pain I experienced when I had my adenoids removed. Though it should be stated that she has both her adenoids and tonsils.
Jadee says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Well I skipped posting yesterday because it was a crazy day. My wife was very sick, so with 4 kids to occupy guess who had to step up to the plate. I was fine for the most part, but I had to take my son to hockey and then run some errands, so I had to prolong my pain meds (mistake or just inevitable). The pain later that evening is starting to ramp up, not sure if it’s part of my scabs starting to fall off or since it’s day 6 that the pain reportedly starts to get worse a little bit. I couldnt sleep and I was spitting up some nasty stuff, like Jackie the taste of my mouth makes me sick, and I just want to go in and scrape all that nastiness away. I feel like my throat is dried out, but I constantly am drinking, and it starts to tickle and I start coughing (painful). I’m tempted to do what Christy did and swab some of it out, I think it would feel better. My uvula is still swollen and annoying to say the least and believe this is the source of all pain. This pain reminds me completely of wisdom teeth. The best relief is to ice my neck and beneath my jaw, that’s heaven. I’ve eaten so many damn popsicles, I feel like that’s all I can taste. Right now I’m staring at my pain meds, dreading to swallow and taste them for another time. Yes, I’m starting to get sick of this monotony, although I manage to function well through out the day. I’m day dreaming of BBQ ribs, pizza, fajitas, you name it just some real food. Enjoyed reading some of the other posts, and if someone else has tips to shed the scabs quicker or get the crap out that would be greatly appreciated. My throat looks nothing like the pictures on the site, it’s still nasty looking. Happy Healing. 33, m, surgery 11/29/11.
jennifer says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the lol Jackie! Nothing for mouth wash will do it. The alchool in there ain’t good for you. I’m back home i was rushed this morning on a gurney by 2 hot ambulance man. I was vomiting extrem blood clots from my tonsil surgery. I was so scared. Kids got woken up buy the noise. Good thing my mom was around to help at 5am… lots of water and rest is what they say. Well i like to think I’m superwoman but i guess this morning i was just proven wrong. Rest up kids. Time to sleep and good luck to all of us today!
Jackie L says:
December 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

Jason, I’ve had sinus infections & allergies my whole life along with asthma, so the allergist & ENT who worked together on my case said that to have the tonsils out & not take care of the sinuses would not help reduce the infections – I also get bronchitis & pneumonia so they were trying to clear out all of the infection sites. Of course I’d like to kill both of them right now, ha ha. They have both had these surgeries themselves, I think that was supposed to be reassuring to me. I wanted to do the sinus and tonsils separately but the ENT said the recovery wasn’t that much harder for both at the same time. Uh uh. Danny, 7 hours, wow! Congratulations. Christy, you are brave. I can barely look at my throat let alone try to swab it. I have been carefully swabbing my nose with mineral oil though. The worst today is the putrid taste in my mouth, it is making me so nauseous. Have been sucking saltine crackers and chewing peppermint gum. The chloreseptic works for me too, I did give the liquid lidocaine mouth rinse a try today and it numbed my eyeballs, that stuff is so gross, not doing that again.
Jason L says:
December 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

Are sinus issues that prevalent when you have your tonsils removed, or did some of the people on this board have other things operated on?
Danny G says:
December 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

Well I slept a total of 7 hours over-night, having to wake only a couple times to wet my throat with tea and chloraseptic and take my ‘normal’ medicines. @ChristyS, the mucous your describing is only a shade or two different than mine. I haven’t gotten bold enough to actually try to blot any of it off, but might get there soon. Still having good results in doing both the hydrocodone and benedryl combination. When it’s at it’s peak effect, I feel zero pain from swallowing and think the inflammation is at least a little less. My taste is returning but still off. The ice tea I drink has a citrus taste to it, even though it’s plain old tea. The Dr. Pepper I had also shared the same odd flavor and though cold, really didn’t seem like it was cold – weird… Using a continous long breath (not blowing) I pushed out an ugy clot out of my right nostril and have been able to breathe through my nose ever since. My uvula is still a little swollen and I can hear it rattle a bit if I take a quick breath. Hoping I can start reducing my meds today but not holding my breath on it.
ChristyS says:
December 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

So glad I found this site! Just had my tonsils and adenoids taken out on Friday (12/05/11) and I’m surprised at how much pain I’ve been in. Especially now that it’s Monday. I guess I was under the impression that after the first 48 hours the pain would start to subside, but apparently I am sorely mistaken! (bad pun intended) 🙂 Fair warning, this next part is pretty graphic, so weak stomachs beware. I have extremely thick scabby/mucous stuff at the back of my throat, and I know that some of that is to be expected. But this stuff is REALLYREALLY thick. It’s mostly a pale tan/yellow color, but there are some parts that are black. No matter how much I swallow, it just stays in the back of my throat. And it looked webbed as well. A few hours ago grabbed a q-tip and VERY VERY gently blotted the webbed part and was surprised at how gooey it was. I was able to get it out and it actually helped ever so slightly ease the pain of swallowing. I guess I’m wondering if this type of mucous production is normal, and is it better to just let it sit in my throat? Again, I’m sorry for grossing anyone out. And any tips or information will be GREATLY appreciated!
Jackie L says:
December 5, 2011 at 6:55 am

On the 5th day post op. Sat. & Sun. were pretty rough but I am making progress. Slept for about 5 hours in all last night and was able to cut back on the hydrocodone. The side effects from that are making me feel so bad – dizzy, upset stomach, and like I have the flu. I got by with 4 doses yesterday instead of the usual six ( in a 24 hour period). And I’m able to cut the dose to 2 teaspoons instead of 3. Ate a full serving of cream of wheat for breakfast and warm tea, so glad to have something besides water. Sinuses are healing, the nasal irrigation and steam sessions are helping clear gunk out. I can breathe now and my taste is back! Everything still tastes off but at least it’s back. I feel like I can see the light. Scabs are still in place, I know that is the next step but still I have more energy today. Hope all of you are doing better today too. No BM yet, has been 6 days now. Took milk of magnesia yesterday with no results. That stuff is horrible. Any suggestions of what to try?
what else to try?
Cathy O says:
December 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

I also wake myself up snoring. As soon as I fall asleep, I make an awful noise and wake myself up. Is this mucous or injured soft tissue from the op? Hope it doesn’t last too long as I get tired and then I yawn. Whoa, new experience in pain. Tongue won’t move much, probably from clamps. I have two long cuts along my tongue and taste buds aren’t functioning very well. Sure will improve in time.
dresdeno says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

@Eric W, 8 hours of sleep is on my list in the coming days. I am hoping it isn’t too far in the future. I am so jealous of your rest!!!!

Day 16, and feeling better with each passing day. Can’t yawn, but swallowing is better than yesterday which was better than the day before……..

Bananas and orange juice burn my throat, will try again in another week.

I ran again today and my throat felt better. Be back out tomorrow morning for another run. Makes me happy.

This second prescription of steroid continues to lessen the mucous production and I hope it is the last steroid I’ll be taking.
Cathy O says:
December 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Had my tonsils out on Wed. I have to eat rough food eg corn flakes for breakfast, chicken nuggets etc to stop scabs from forming. Not as bad as it sounds as just swallowing is painful so it doesn’t make much difference. Home from hospital Thurs morning, up and around, having a nap in the afternoons. Just able to swallow water this morning without the body contortions from the pain. Taking Painstop and panadol. My ears and my glands ache when meds have worn off. I have been forcing myself to drink lots of water. I find warm water with a straw is easier than a water bottle. Sleeping OK at night thanks to Painstop. I gargle it as it has an analgesic which numbs somewhat within minutes. Bliss.
Danny G says:
December 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Quick update. Without intending to gross anyone out. You know how I mentioned before that I had the sensation of immovable phlem? Well a little bit ago, I brought up two huge blood clots (size of quarters) and it feels sooo good to swallow without that sensation. I’m also trying a Dr. Pepper. It’s the first carbonated beverage since the day before the surgery, and WOW – carbonation is a lot more tinglely than I remember. I tried some mashed potatos and enjoyed the change in flavor, but the thicker consistancy hurt worse than the eggs, so I’ll fall back a little to just eating eggs for the next couple of days – no need to push it. Also started taking bendryl along with my hydrocodone. The effect is favorable, and I think is helping the swelling in my nose and throat, while the hydrocone and chloraseptic is handling the pain nicely. Definately feeling better at the moment.
Jason L says:
December 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

No kidding! I laughed at my doctor when he told me of the jaw/tongue removal option.
Danny G says:
December 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Jason, I was originally scheduled to get the UPP augmentation along with the tonsillectomy. I’m praising the Lord that I pushed back on that, as I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine how much more that would add to this. I may have to look at that in the future (if this doesn’t help enough on the sleep apnea). They were also wanting to schedule me for a mandible adjustment to move my lower jaw out some. Don’t think i want that either. It’s amazing how much pain can reside in such a small area as the throat / mouth?
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  1. I had my tonsillectomy 14 days ago (26 year old female my experience / advice:

    * Days 3 and 7 – 10 were the worst! Severe pain, ear ache, upset stomach, painful teeth, tongue extremely bruised and battered
    * Try to talk as little as possible, even if you are able to speak, spare your throat!
    *I found the easiest things to eat were jelly (mix it with energade and rehydrate or something to replace your body’s electrolytes etc) / plain pasta or noodles / biltong / plain scrambled eggs / plain biscuits (not too sweet). I know that the doctors say that you must eat food that will scratch the scabs off but I’d eat soft food in the morning just to build up my energy and to be able to take my pain meds…once the meds kicked in I’d eat things like toast and crisps etc.
    * Do not take a very hot bath or shower – this will lead to ear ache and can cause bleeding. Keep your baths/showers mild and limit it to only a few minutes.
    *Chew alot of ice, especially for the first few days, this will soothe your throat and will also prevent bleeding / infection.
    *I found warm foods and liquids to be quite painful up until day 6 but after that, lukewarm food and liquids were quite soothing (especialy peppermint or chamomile tea)
    * Stay away from dairy and fruit


    sufficient pain meds (I ran out on a Saturday evening…disastrous!)

    medication to prevent nausea

    ear drops and cotton wool

    anti-bacterial mouth wash / throat spray (rinse your mouth 3 times a day, alternating between anti-bacterial mouth wash and salt water, this will help your tongue to heal quicker and will keep your mouth fresh)

    oral ointment to prevent tongue sores and oral thrush

    drink water, drink water, drink water

    ice packs (I’d use these every morning, very soothing)

    warm water bag

    throat lozenges that numbs your mouth

    sleeping tablets (I wake up from the pain and then end up only getting 3 or 4 hours’ sleep…your body needs its rest!)

    I got some of that anti-snoring spray at the pharmacy, I sprayed it in my mouth and throat before going to bed, it keeps your throat lubricated so you don’t wake up with that extremely dry and sore throat

    Hope this helps!
    Good luck with your recovery!


    1. I had my surgery on yesterday at 8:30. I did bleed quit a lot but I’m home I’m exhausted but can’t sleep as I cannot breath throgh my nose. It seems to be blocked can I blow it?? Any tips advise? Steam and albas is good

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