Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience


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Comment from: Tonsilsbegone, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

The worst pain for me was the day on day 1 after tonsillectomy. I'd put my pain at 5/10. It was super painful to swallow anything, and I'm glad I'm past that stage. Though I think I was one of the lucky ones who could drink straight away. Day two felt a bit better and days 3 and 4 were back to 5/10 pain, especially in the mornings. Day 5 has now seen a minor improvement. I'm taking Panadol, Endone and ibuprofen alternating every 4 hours, which greatly help. Cold foods are useful, but you get sick of ice cream pretty quick.

Comment from: Amba , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I am 23 years old, and it's been 8 days since I had my tonsillectomy. I can honestly say it has been the worst experience, I am still in severe pain. The first couple of days were okay, but by day 4 I was unable to swallow or drink anything. I've been so dehydrated whenever I try to sip water it comes out my nose. My ear is constantly ringing, and my throat is burning constantly, I've hardly slept and think I've lost over a stone in weight.

Comment from: Anliara, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I am 39 years old and on day 6 after tonsillectomy. I'm one of the few who hasn't suffered too much yet. My uvula and tongue swelled up and my jaw ached for the first few days. I tolerate anesthesia very well, so didn't have any after effects from that. My saliva production has gone into overdrive, but if I drink a lot it's not too bad. Mainly I've felt tired and need to rest a lot, and the throat is achy, but not unbearable. Take medicines as directed, drink lots, and rest. Not as bad as kidney infection or childbirth in my opinion.

Comment from: mar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I am a 22 year old female, and just had my tonsillectomy 6 days ago, last Thursday. I would get recurrent strep throat 5 times a year or so. Anyway, the first two days were fine, just surface pain that was easily controlled. I even ate sushi on day 2. Ever since day 3 the nerve pain has been 7/10. Eating ice chips brings it down, and works better than Tylenol. Icepack on the neck seems to work for ear pain. Mornings are the worst. If you try to eat normal soft foods it will get stuck in the scab, so don't.

Comment from: Student12345, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had my tonsillectomy on 3/27/2019 and for three days I was in pain 24/7. However, by day 4 I was in mild discomfort. On day 6 and now I feel like nothing hurts anymore.

Comment from: Martinlee, 19-24 (Patient) Published: March 05

I am 22 years old, I had a tonsillectomy done on 2/28 and I haven't been able to take in any liquids since the day after surgery (on day 4 now). Any time I try to drink, it comes up my nose. I assume it's because my throat is so blocked from thick phlegm. I don't know how this could get worse but according to everybody else, I'm not in the clear yet. I'm really nervous for what the days to come will bring and if I can't start taking water in soon, I'm going to have to be hospitalized.

Comment from: Delilah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I am 20 years old, female. I had my tonsillectomy on 20/02/19. Days 1 and 2 were easy, I had no pain. Then from day 3 onwards I've been in excruciating pain, it burns to drink water, and it goes up into my nose. I'm struggling to eat anything and it hurts to swallow. On day 6 now and I'm desperately looking for an answer on when this pain will end!

Comment from: Sam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I am a 40-year-old female and I am at day 8 in recovering from a bilateral tonsillectomy. I decided to have my tonsils removed as I got frequent sore throats but suffered a prolonged bout of tonsillitis at the end of October and my tonsils stayed larger and obstructed my sleep. I was terrified for the surgery and impending recovery. The first couple of days were not terrible but maybe a 5/10 in pain. Days 6 to 8, the pain level has increased significantly. Hoping for relief soon!

Comment from: Maria, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had my tonsillectomy on 1/29/19. Day 1 and 2 were tolerable. It all went downhill from there. I'm currently on day 5 and was already in the emergency room because I passed out from dehydration. I stopped all pain medicine and take Tylenol liquid or ibuprofen. It hurts to eat and drink anything; water burns and I can't even open my mouth to talk. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and if I can go back in time I'd never make this choice!

Comment from: benk , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I am currently on day 9 post tonsillectomy. I have always thought I could handle pain pretty well, however, I feel defeated. The recovery has been brutal. Similar to the other post, days 1 to 3 were a breeze, diet consisted of bone broth, ice cream and protein smoothies. I started back at work on day 5. I experience extreme pain and sleepless nights. I alternate with ibuprofen and extra strength Tylenol every 2 hours to manage pain. I advise taking time off till day 10.

Comment from: Dimu, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 04

My son (10 years old) underwent adenotonsillectomy on 25/01/2019. He has had ups and down in his pain. He has been given oxycodone, Tylenol, ibuprofen and paracetamol. He had less pain on day 1 and 3, but all other days he was in lot of pain. He struggles to swallow even liquids. He had temperature around 38 degrees C for 5 days, and was told that was normal.

Comment from: Stace, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I'm 28 and I had my tonsillectomy 10 days ago. Days 1, 2 and 3 my throat was sore but I could bear it. Days 4 to 7 I wanted to literally rip my neck off. I'm still pretty sore today, but not needing painkillers half as much. It's a rough ride. But if you suffer it'll be worth it.

Comment from: YouCanDoThis, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

Horror stories scared me but it wasn't too bad. Day 1-2 after tonsillectomy with the stitches, not much pain with the pills, just had to be careful. Day 3 to 5 were definitely the worst. Very painful in the throat, moves back as it heals over time. Mornings were the worst. Day 6 a bit better, day 7 now and I'm feeling back to good. Try to actually eat some foods (like rice, eggs) nothing warm. Use Chloraseptic and ice your neck! Get your sleep! If water is too hard to drink use cold juices, smoothies or slushies!

Comment from: Serrina of Norfolk V, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am 50 and I had a tonsillectomy on 1/24/19. Day 1, 2 and 3 were a breeze. Day 4 felt like I was swallowing glass, my ears felt like they were going to explode and my throat felt full of razors. Day 5, same thing. I am on day 6 and wish I'd never gone through with it. I can't eat because it feels like it is getting stuck and cutting everything it touches going down. If I could send a message 2 everyone who is thinking about having this done, I would say please don't do it.

Comment from: Ohkayaaa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am 22, I had both my tonsils and adenoids removed, and it has definitely been an experience! I am severely anemic so I was admitted to stay at the hospital for a full 24 hours after tonsillectomy (since hemorrhaging was a concern). First 2 days I had pain medicine given to me through IV which I am forever grateful for and I forced myself to drink water and lukewarm broth. Days 3 to 10 I drank Ensure and Gatorade religiously, and only used Tylenol 500 for pain. By day 12 (today) I had my first solid food; it is progress!

Comment from: Haleynae, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I am 23 and I just had a tonsillectomy along with septoplasty (deviated septum correction) on 1-18-19. Everyone warned me of the recovery pain and I strongly underestimated it. The first few days were fine with a lot of sleeping, now the pain comes and goes. At times it's like swallowing glass and then once the pain medicine kicks in everything is fine. Night time is the worst. My throat gets so dry and it hurts every time I swallow. Hopefully I won't continue to regret having this done.

Comment from: Jay, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

I had my tonsillectomy on 19/01/19. Pain on the first 3 days wasn't too bad. I had a sore throat but not much else. Day 4 I noticed the pain getting worse. Day 5 and 6 are a lot worse. However the pain comes in waves and I manage to get through the day on the pain medicines. I've been using Co-codamol for the pain and ibuprofen for the swelling. Essential items for a quick recovery are a humidifier (this prevents your throat from getting dry, especially at night), protein shakes, soup, and Difflam spray.

Comment from: Holytonsilpain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had my tonsils and lingual tonsils removed on 1/18/19. I'm 32. It is day 5 post tonsillectomy and at this point I hate myself for going through with it. My surgeon told my husband that mine was the most difficult procedure he has ever done. He had to remove a large amount of scar tissue and severe infection. The surgeon warned us my recovery would be very difficult. I have almost constant jaw and ear pain, feels like my throat is full of razor blades. Pain is 9/10 even with Tylenol with codeine. Assuming scabs are coming off.

Comment from: Liz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I'm 24, and I had my tonsillectomy on 1/15. Days 1 and 2 were bearable light pain. Day 3 I woke up in a lot of pain with swelling in the uvula. The pain now and swelling is making it too difficult to take down apple sauce so I am putting my crushed pills into protein shakes. From here the pain only seems to intensify. So does the swelling, now it's like my cheeks and tongue are double the size and my jaw is throbbing. Day 8, I think I'm losing my mind from the lack of sleep, never ending throbbing in my head.

Comment from: JT, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am 19 years old and it is my 4th day post-surgery. I noticed that my throat and ears ache more when I speak, laugh, chew and drink. It is easier to talk during days 1 and 2 but I guess the aftermath is overworking the nerves along our throat and ears, among other reasons for the pain. So don't speak even when it seems okay now or else it'll hurt more. I had the earache and throat and jaw pain starting day 3 but the moment I feel the slightest pain I have my ice pack ready on hand inside a cooler with lots of ice.

Comment from: Don't do tonslectomy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

It is day 8 since my tonsillectomy and this has been the most horrific experience of my life. The effect of the anesthetic and the toll on my body from being put under was the worst symptom for days 1 and 2. I felt battered and weak. If you are considering this, don't do it! In comparison, the throat pain is minor and not your worst concern. As you start to feel less weak the symptoms of the throat worsen. It feels like choking to swallow and my tongue and throat are incredibly swollen. I also had a hemorrhage and had to visit the hospital.

Comment from: Albizia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I had my tonsillectomy a month ago. My first days were similar to most comments here - the pain gradually increased with the forming of the scabs and swallowing was very difficult due to the swelling (water was going up my nose). I had my first solid meal on day 7 and was able to eat most things soon after. I had a flight on day 13 and the earache was strong. Currently I'm experiencing bouts of sore throat without any other symptoms so I assume the area is still sensitive (I blame the chips).

Comment from: Taylor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I got my tonsillectomy on January 6, 2019 at the age of 24. Like everyone says the first days are the easiest but it gets worse. It is now January 14 and I am in excruciating pain. I keep getting intense pains (9/10) that radiate from my throat to my ears that make me almost faint. Pain medicines help for maybe an hour then fade back to pain. Doctor said pain and recovery depends on how damaged the tonsils are. I didn't believe everyone when they said it's one of the most painful surgeries. Now I do.

Comment from: Jaxx, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I'm a 40 year old female on day 6 of tonsillectomy. I've been taking oxycodone and alternating Tylenol and Advil liquid every 4 hours. Set an alarm! I just changed oxycodone to every 6 hours. I could eat popsicles, farina, eggs and potatoes until day 4. My saliva is so thick I can't swallow it. Swallowing a little bit of water feels like razor barbs going down. Popsicles hurt now. Crying hurts, then you have to blow your nose so you don't choke. The pain is significantly getting worse. I don't regret it because I needed it.

Comment from: Taylor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had my tonsillectomy on 12/28/18 and it was the worst experience I have ever gone through. Day 1 was a walk in the park but by day 2 I was vomiting so profusely that I had to be taken to the emergency room (ER) because of dehydration. Two days later I was in another ER and the day after that I was admitted for another 5 days. It is now day 13 and I am still unable to eat more than a few bites of food a day because I still can't swallow correctly. Hope it gets better soon.

Comment from: Shania , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I am a 20 year old female. I'm currently on day 10 from tonsillectomy. The pain is a 1/10. It only hurts when I first wake up and swallow. The ear pain went away today and I can eat a lot more food. I haven't taken Tylenol since last night. My doctor told me during my follow-up (post-operation day 5) that I could eat anything. He said the more you eat (especially protein) the faster you heal. My pain has never been over 7/10 I would say. Advice: drink protein shakes.

Comment from: chiv123451, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I am 20 years old and had my tonsillectomy along with a septoplasty (deviated septum correction) on 12/28/18, to cure my sleep apnea. If I would've known what I was getting myself into I would've just gone the CPAP route. The first couple of days were ok, but the pain is now getting worse and worse. I am on day 9 and have woken up to excruciating throat pain. I can't even swallow a sip of water. Every time I swallow I feel like I'm swallowing crushed glass.

Comment from: Stillinpain , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I am on day 9 after tonsillectomy surgery and still miserable. They removed my tonsils and adenoids. The pain has gone down but I can't swallow foods. They don't mention the putrid taste of the scabs which makes me puke every time I move. I still have one scab that will not budge. I'm down 21 pounds and I was only 128 to start with. I am 19.


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Comment from: peony, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I'm 21 years old and had my tonsillectomy 12/28/18. The first day after coming home was the easiest since the anesthesia hadn't worn off completely, but once I came off of it I had intense vomiting. Day 2 I felt good like I was well on my way to recovery, then day 3 took a nosedive and I felt terrible and have felt terrible ever since and I'm on Day 6. There hasn't been any let up on the pain and I cannot even eat mashed potatoes without almost coming to tears.

Comment from: Cpm, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I am 24 years old and had my adenotonsillectomy on 12/18/18. The first 3 days weren't so bad but after that the ear and throat pain is wild. I was given oxycodone but I don't like the way it makes me feel so I haven't taken it. I've been taking liquid Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours and liquid Tylenol PM at night. Both help with the pain somewhat but don't eliminate it completely. Even with the PM one I still wake up at night in pain. I am on day 9 since tonsillectomy and it still hurts and burns to eat soft foods.

Comment from: Sadfoody, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I'm 24 years old and a female. It is day 14 since my tonsillectomy, I am still in pain, and starving. I feel very depressed and feel like there is no end in sight. I have no taste when I eat making it hard to force food down my throat. I can taste soda pretty well but that is it. I am at a loss. This is the worst recovery I have ever had... I fear I won't taste again.

Comment from: Dev, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had tonsillectomy on 12-11-18 and 14 days later my tongue is still all numb, white scabs all over, bad horrible breath, and I still have earache. My only saving grace has been children's liquid ibuprofen 30 ml every 2 hours. It is still hard to swallow. There is a white thick coating on my tongue; and thick mucus that is so hard to spit out, let alone even try to swallow it. I've vomited 2 to 6 times a day for 6 days straight now, due to stitches poking and tickling my tongue making me gag. I have dizziness and fatigue, can't sleep.

Comment from: stillinpain, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had my tonsillectomy on 12/11/18, I'm 20 years old. I am on day 10 and still in a lot of pain. I stopped the pain medicines on day 8 and am now switching off taking Advil and Tylenol every 3 or 4 hours. First few days were not as bad as days 5 to 8. My throat and ears hurt the worst and I am still having difficulty eating solid foods and talking. A cold ice pack and warm rice socks are my best friends. Hopefully by day 14 I'll be feeling better.

Comment from: Day 5 is BAD, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I am a 23 year old female. Adenotonsillectomy was done 12/17/18. Day 1 was pretty much like a sore throat - not bad at all. Day 2 was about the same, except more nauseous. I threw up 3 times (coming off anesthesia). Day 3 was about the same as day 1 but I did notice I had a pretty bad headache. Day 4 got worse. I didn't eat much and I had a horrible headache with excruciating ear pain. Day 5 I woke up around 1 am in the worst pain yet. I felt like my ear drums might actually burst! Pain is 9/10.

Comment from: kris, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I am 22 years old and had my tonsillectomy on 12/14. I have been in and out of the emergency room because of the pain and the doctors keep saying its 'normal'. I am on day 9 and still taking medication every 3 hours and it does not help much. I have had days were I'm able to eat macaroni and cheese or scrambled eggs. I have lost 10 lb. and still in a significant amount of pain. It does not get better by day 10 like everyone says. My advice, don't get your tonsils out unless you absolutely have to!

Comment from: Tracey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I am 38 and suffered with tonsillitis most of my life. I had a tonsillectomy 5 days ago. The pain seems to be getting worse, my jaw kills, ear aches, and I have a foul taste in my mouth. I can't sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time. It's worse than having a severe case of tonsillitis. Hope I start to feel better soon, after all it is Christmas.

Comment from: Teejai77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had a tonsillectomy December 7, 2018 as a 41 year old female. It is brutally painful and I wasn't prescribed any pain medicines. After 2 days of excruciating pain the doctor gave me liquid codeine which didn't work at all. I finally ended up at a clinic and then emergency with a bad case of thrush all over my tongue and throat. It was like a hot searing pain, I couldn't even get water down. I went on a series of antibiotics, pain medicines, Toradol by IV, and steroids. It's now 14 days post operation and I'm still in so much pain.

Comment from: Painsucks, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on 12-13-18, I'm 19. I'm on day 6 of recovery and currently taking hydrocodone 15 ml every 6 hours for pain. The medicine itself doesn't take all the pain away but it helps, but my throat is still pretty raw. The first few days were the absolute worst, it was hard to swallow my own saliva let alone water or soft foods. Over the days my appetite has grown but it still hurts to swallow. My throat is still very swollen/sensitive. I feel better than I did the first few days.

Comment from: Alli, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I am of age 46, at day 19 post-tonsillectomy I still have neck, jaw and ear pain, tongue feels burned, and I'm exhausted. No appetite. Been alternating Tylenol and Advil every 2 to 3 hours and icing my neck with bags of frozen peas. Days 2 and 3 were like having a bad cold - all bets were off after that. I didn't know pain like that existed. Thank goodness I had Ambien to help me get to sleep - I still woke every 2 or 3 hours. Horrible!

Comment from: N0m0r3t0nS1LS, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had a tonsillectomy on 12-11-2018. I am currently 1 week from my surgery and last night was the worst pain I've had since the surgery. The pain has been pretty steady (5 to 7/10 when on my medicines, 8 to 10/10 the hour before my next dose). I'm taking hydrocodone and would highly recommend you set an alarm, eat with it, and take it regularly! The worst pain for me so far has been ear pain and I haven't been able to sleep. Would recommend buying a spray bottle to drink water. Best 1 dollar I have ever spent.

Comment from: Mike, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 18

I had my tonsillectomy 6 days ago. The prescription drug has done almost nothing but the pain has been bearable with OTC medicines. I have been alternating between ibuprofen and acetaminophen every 4 hours with good results. In addition I started taking some lozenges called Chloraseptic to numb my mouth and throat. Strangely the pain is progressively better throughout the day but worse at night. I was told about 10 days of pain so here's to that!

Comment from: Stephanie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I'm 42 years old and had my tonsillectomy on 12/5/18. Today is exactly 1 week. I've been regretting the procedure. This is the most painful experience of my life. Day 3 to 6 were the worst and the worst nights so far have been the last 2. I alternate with liquid codeine and Tylenol. Not only do I have the unbearable pain in my throat, but now I have pain in my jaw, roof of my mouth, and ears. My doctor said it would be 2 weeks of misery. He was absolutely right.

Comment from: Bri, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 11/29/18 at the age of 21, so today is day 9. The day after surgery was bearable but after that the pain was brutal. I slept through an oxycodone dose and woke up crying with pain. Around day 7 I started to feel a bit better and was able to eat more than cottage cheese or very soft fruits. Today I started having awful intense ear aches though, so I'm hoping it's just a one day thing as most people say it's over after 10 days! Throat is still quite sore.

Comment from: Kara, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on the 29th of November, this is day 8 if you count that day. I can honestly say I didn't have significant pain until yesterday morning. Until then, I had been alternating Tylenol and ibuprofen every 3 hours, oxycodone only at night. Yesterday was the 1st time when I took another dose at 4:30 am! I also started having the ear pain yesterday. Soft palate also feels tender, hurts when I yawn, sneeze, burp, or hiccup. I also feel like I have scabby bits in my throat, ugh!

Comment from: PainInPortland, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

Today is day 8 after tonsillectomy and it is also by far the most painful day. I'm a 23 year old female. I was only prescribed seven days of pain medication so today was my first day completely just on liquid Tylenol and it's almost unbearable. Feels like someone sliced my tongue and throat and I'm swallowing broken glass over the wounds. Can't sleep at all, I wake up every two hours in extreme pain then fall back asleep only to be woken up a little while later with an intense pain.

Comment from: gracebs, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on December 28. So it is day 6 today. I am 22. The day of surgery was bad because of a headache and vomiting. After that passed, Thursday to Saturday weren't too bad. A little pain but I was able to eat some soft foods. Sunday morn I woke up in the worst pain and have been since. I stopped taking the hydrocodone but started again yesterday and this has helped some. I am so miserable. I had a baby this year and had my gallbladder removed. This is way worse than both. I want my tonsils back!

Comment from: mamabear, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I'm on day 5 of tonsillectomy. The first days were fine, day 3 I started getting intense pains in my neck and head. Half of my tongue is still numb and there's a bump in my gums on the back bottom row. I have pains everywhere except my throat, it's just phlegmy.

Comment from: Painpaingoaway, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had my tonsillectomy on 26.11.2018 and I'm 44. I'm now on day 8 and the pain just increases every day. Last night was my worst night, the ear pain woke me from my sleep. I'm taking pain relief every 2 hours and wondering when this torture is going to end. My best friends have been 2 hot water bottles which I place over each ear. I knew this recovery was going to be bad, but give me a C-section (I've had 2) over this. I've been eating normal foods throughout, but today can't face anything.

Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I'm 25 and am on day 8 of my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. This has been the worst pain I've ever experienced. The first couple of days weren't bad but the 3rd night I kept waking up to the driest throat and drinking water felt like razors. I had a reaction to some medicines, I feel like that set me back. Day 8 now has been the best day so far. While still very sore, mostly on one side it's tolerable. I'd say drink water, ice your neck and ears; and it's ok to cry!

Comment from: A.E, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had a tonsillectomy on the 23/11/18. The first 2 days I was taking the Endone and tapentadol but had a bad reaction and was vomiting uncontrollably and fainting. I've stopped taking them and rely on Panadol. The pain has been awful, I've barely been able to eat. I've lost about 5 kg and this is day 7, I was quite thin to start with also. I have bad ear and teeth pain, I grind my teeth in my sleep and think the sleepless nights are making it worse. At this point I would not recommend it.

Comment from: S.S, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I am 19 years old. I had tonsillectomy on 22.11.18. First 2 days the pain was bearable. I was able to eat and drink perfectly fine. Day 3 the earache began and gradually got worse. Day 5 the earache was really intense, it killed every time I swallowed. Accident and Emergency doctor said it's normal and it will get worse before getting better. I stopped taking co-codamol and now I take codeine with diclofenac. Today (day 6) I woke up with a slight pain, I control it by taking the pain reliefs. Hopefully the pain will decrease.

Comment from: agrz , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I got my tonsillectomy 11-19-18, currently am on day 7, and am feeling so much better! It is crucial to drink a ton of water the first two days as well as throughout, I was urinating every 20 minutes. This is why I believe my pain was at a steady 4 to 5/10 till day 5. My scabs did have some bleeding for about an hour on and off, this goes away with swishing around ice water as well as an ice pack on the neck! Pain medicines need to be taken on time, this will really help the recovery process go by smoothly!

Comment from: Edeepzle, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had my tonsil and adenoids out on 20 Nov. Days one and two after the tonsillectomy I felt no pain, only extreme amounts of phlegm coming out of the nose, and coughs. This was brown, smelly, and nauseating. It lasted until day 7. Days 4 to 6 were uncomfortable, but I didn't know pain until day 7. I didn't sleep, I tense up when I swallow, my jaw and ears hurt, and even my teeth hurt. It's a radiating pain like I've never felt before. I hope today is the peak please. I'm 20 years old.

Comment from: lizx1231, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I had tonsillectomy on 11/13/18. The pain has been manageable. Mornings were the worst. Prednisone was wonderful. Ear pain was a burden that I wasn't expecting! I still don't have my voice back, after 11 days post-surgery. I still get fatigued easily and throat still feels very swollen. I was able to work from home during this time, but went back to the office for about 6 hours today for the first time, and was very glad when it was all over.

Comment from: Oldpanda , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I am on day 7 from tonsillectomy and this has been terrible. I've had two kids and a kidney stone and I would repeat any of those over this in a heartbeat. When my throat isn't on fire the jaw and ear pain have been unbearable. I stopped pain medicines yesterday and rotate Tylenol and Advil and that helps the jaw pain. I still cannot open my mouth enough to eat anything. Mentally this has been just as exhausting as the physical side.

Comment from: Cd99, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

Since I came home after my tonsillectomy I have been constantly throwing up anytime I eat and I went to the doctor yesterday to find out it was my anti-inflammatory causing this. He changed it for something else which I've been taken since last night. I woke up this morning (day 5) and the pain is unnatural. I know the pain is supposed to be bad around now but it shouldn't be this bad. I feel like my throat is full with razor blades and my ears feel like someone is drilling them. It's hurts too much to gargle.

Comment from: Nikki Pee, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I definitely agree with a lot of these comments on tonsillectomy. The pain is pretty unbearable. I lost 15 pounds thanks to being unable to eat or drink anything for the first four days. I ended up having to force myself to drink water. I noticed that it made a world of difference in my recovery. I also switched hydrocodone for Advil. By the next day I was feeling much better. By day 7 I was able to eat solid food. Now I'm on day 10 and I'm back at work.

Comment from: Mochachip82, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had my tonsillectomy November 13th and tomorrow will be day 7. I guess I have a higher pain tolerance because I haven't had some of the issues other have. Yes, it hurts but definitely drink, eat and rest. The pain medicines help. I only take them when the pain is bad. I will say you are exhausted for days.

Comment from: brittanyleah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I got my tonsillectomy 11/13/2018. Barely reaching day 7 and the pain is still unbearable. Drinking water feels like I'm swallowing glass from my scabs coming off. Pain medicines don't do much besides help me sleep for a little. To be brutally honest this recovery has been intense. Some mornings are worse than others. Force yourself to drink sips of water, it will save you from the painful dry gulps. I will say between days 3 and 6 it was the worst for me. The ear pain is beyond uncomfortable as well.

Comment from: Foxin, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Mine is a 0/10 recommend for tonsillectomy. It was the worst pain of my life, pretty sure I'm going to be emotionally scarred after this one.

Comment from: EG, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had my tonsillectomy on 11/14/18. The pain is bad, but I can manage without the pain medicines prescribed. I'm not able to eat very well and force myself to drink water. I can somewhat tolerate Italian ice since it numbs my throat. Yesterday after my shower, I felt light headed and dizzy. I don't remember stepping out of the shower but I hit my head on something and it left a dent. I wonder if anyone else experienced something similar. I didn't see a doctor yet but plan to go in the morning.

Comment from: Savage, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had my tonsillectomy done 11/9/18. First 4 days were easy. Day 5 I gargled a little too hard (to get food out of my scabs) and it pulled off a scab. It started bleeding so I went to the hospital. They just told me to sit up and drink cold water, which stopped the bleeding. It bled a little on day 6/7. Other than the bleeding issue, everything went well. I never had problems with the pain. Drink lots of water and take pain medicines every 4 hours. Humidifier is helpful.

Comment from: Anonymous patient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 11/13/18. I'm on day 4 and I remember the doctor saying it will get worse before it gets better but this really is terrible! My throat aches and my prescription pain medication is just keeping the pain at bay. The first day or 2 weren't so bad but today and yesterday were bad. The Magic mouthwash upset my stomach that I was vomiting. Now I'm trying to save my pain medicines for the days they say are going to be the worst.

Comment from: Pretty Mom, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

I had my tonsillectomy on August 23rd, 2018. The actual surgery went well. But the pain after was unbelievable. On August 30th, 2018 at 9:00 am my throat started to bleed. Over a few hours it got worse. I finally went to the hospital to then be told I need a blood transfusion and emergency surgery. My stitches had busted, all but one. I'm alive, but the doctor did tell me it was a possibility that bleeding would occur.

Comment from: Steph, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had my tonsillectomy on the 08/11/18 and I regret it. The pain that pushes through Panadol and Endone is crazy. I've had major surgeries and the recoveries was less painful than this. On day 2 I could barely breathe, my uvula had swollen into my entire airway and I was in so much pain. Every day since the pain increases when I don't even think it's possible. Pounding headache, sore jaw, excruciating ear pains to add to the razor blade throat pain, and sleepless nights. This is day 7. When will this pain end!

Comment from: Livinglife , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had my tonsillectomy on October 19th, 2018. The surgeon said my tonsils were the worst he's ever seen. I had an infection on both sides. The first day of the operation wasn't so bad because I was in and out the whole day. The first day though I could tell the difference in my breathing. But for a week and a half the pain was a 20. I couldn't eat or swallow liquids. And I couldn't sleep because the pain would wake me up out of my sleep. But the procedure is definitely worth it.

Comment from: Cabbage, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

Reading the reviews on this site almost scared me out of getting a tonsillectomy, but I'm so glad I went through with it. My pain was nowhere near as bad as what people wrote here. At most it was a 4 out of 10, but not sustained. It basically felt like I had tonsillitis, but without the fever and headache. The most important thing is to eat and drink, and take your pain medicines every 4 hours. And try to sleep as much as you can.

Comment from: 23sem1995, 19-24 (Patient) Published: November 13

I'm 23 and I got my tonsillectomy on 11-5-18. The actual day of the procedure was fine. I came home and drank water. My throat was sore but I watched movies and slept. Day two kind of hurt but I had hockey tickets so I took pain medicines right before the game and went. I was super dizzy by the time I came home. Day 4 is when all of the pain hit, 11/10. Day 5 hurt almost as bad. I stopped taking the narcotics as they were making it worse. Day 6 was painful but better. I'm hoping by day 9 it will be okay.

Comment from: Karrie m, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had one tonsil removed via tonsillectomy on 03/11/18 due to having a benign cyst in it. I wish I had left the cyst and tonsil in there. I'm popping painkillers every two hours and when they wear off at nighttime I feel like someone's shoving a red hot poker down my throat. The ear pain is next level. I want to rip my eardrum out. I can only be glad they didn't take the other tonsil as well as I'm not sure how I would have coped.

Comment from: KIsha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I am on day 3 post tonsillectomy. Day 1 was blurry. Day 2 I had great energy. Day 3 and I feel like the world hates me. The ear pain is horrible, no one warned me about this. I have only been able to drink water every two hours. Since surgery I have barely tolerated Jell-O. My surgeon wants me to try more soft foods before I have a nutritional deficit. I am struggling to swallow my saliva, don't want the pain of trying to push food down. My pain is poorly controlled.

Comment from: Santi, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

Well, I had my tonsillectomy done November 5th, 2018. First day was actually very good, I was wrong thinking that this was it. Day 3 and 4 so far are pretty awful. Pain is 8/10, ibuprofen helps slightly. My tolerance to pain is fine so I'm eating no matter the pain. However this is far better than suffering from the infections I've had in recent years, and if you're suffering from tonsillitis more than 3 times a year you should get rid of that stuff from your mouth no matter what.

Comment from: shummel07, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had a tonsillectomy 10/23/2018. I prepared myself for the absolute worst, and it wasn't as bad as expected. The first week is a blur of ice and pain medicines - but I stayed on top of those pain medicines and used them longer than I expected but was able to get off them pretty easily. I'm over two weeks post operation and still have a bit of a sore throat and have been taking Advil a couple of times a day. By night time I just feel kind of achy. Glad I did it - looking forward to less sickness!

Comment from: Jenny, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Day 1 and 2 after tonsillectomy weren't that bad because you're still on all the hospital medicines. I was super nauseous. Day 3 is a whole other story, the pain 12/10, excruciating. I didn't sleep. My Vicodin didn't work for me anymore, so I started alternating Tylenol and Advil on a consistent schedule and this worked wonders. Including waking up in the middle of the night every 3 hours to take medicines. Day 4 I felt pretty good, 7/10 pain (which is good). Day 5 (currently) my throat is on fire. Nonstop burning but I have more energy.

Comment from: Carrie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am 34 and day 6 post tonsillectomy. This recovery is not a joke. Kids do this much better. There is tremendous pain and swelling post operation that continues the entire first week. Eating doesn't seem worth the pain. The scabs start to fall off after the first week and the rawness beneath is excruciatingly sensitive to anything. My ears hurt so much I can't focus. I had to stop taking pain medicines because they made me nauseated to the point I feared vomiting and causing a hemorrhage in my throat.

Comment from: Nyiaesha1003, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I'm 21 years old, and I got my tonsillectomy on 10-31-18. This is my first Halloween being 21 and guess what my costume was; a patient! Anyway I'm only on day 2 and when I tell you this is the worst pain I've ever experienced, it's like my tonsils are still there and swollen all over again. It stings so bad on the right side only from inside to out. I can't get a lot of sleep because I'm tossing and turning so bad. When I attempt to take the medicine the water goes down the wrong tube. It is awful.

Comment from: Elaine , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I am 56 years old and had my tonsillectomy on October 2. I was expecting the worst. So I tried to drink more to decrease pain and bleeding chance. I drank 48 big glasses of fluid a day. Everything went through smoothly. By day 10, I could eat noodle and some meat. I lost 2 lb. only. I am glad that the pain wasn't so bad. I want to share that drinking oatmeal water made pain smoother. I use the old fashioned oatmeal to boil a big pot of water for the whole day. Only drink the water on the surface.

Comment from: Ozpatient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm 31 and had my tonsillectomy on 29/10. I am on day 2 and still waiting for my throat to hurt more than a 3/10. I was told I did remarkably well waking up after surgery - alert and talkative. I managed to eat a multigrain sandwich and some jelly. Since coming home the same day I managed to eat noodles for dinner and even ate a Tim Tam for dessert (very slowly of course). Pain is tolerable and I am only taking Advil and Panadol since I was itching like crazy and heavy chested from Endone.

Comment from: Badpainjane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am on day 4 post tonsillectomy, I had the operation on 25/10/18. The first 2 days I was still high from the anesthesia and drugs that I felt sedated but ok. Pain was like a 3/10. But yesterday morning it was a solid 9! I couldn't believe how sore it was even though I'd taken maximum dose of all the medications on time. Today is even worse! Definitely a 10/10 for pain. I've lain in bed crying today. I don't think doctors are blunt enough about how painful this operation is.

Comment from: Csmallwood , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

This is my second day of recovery from tonsillectomy. The pain has been somewhat manageable with the medicine they prescribed me. The worst part is trying to swallow anything, even water. I feel like I'm choking myself and a lot of the time instead of going down it comes out my nose.

Comment from: Michelle, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had my tonsillectomy on 10/18. It's rough; the scabs will start to fall off on day 5 to 7, and make you want to hit people. Gargle with warm salt water the day you come from surgery; I did it about 5 times a day and the healing is so smooth even though painful. Ice didn't really help; I switched to extra strength Tylenol on day 6. I had my adenoids removed too so the mucus collected and smelled, making me so nauseous! Talking hurts but helps your jaw, and drink warm water after day 7 because of the scabs.

Comment from: Smiley, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

My tonsils and adenoids were removed on 10/17/2018. Today is post tonsillectomy day 8. The swelling, discomfort, and pain/ear pain are unbearable today. I haven't been able to eat any food and even drinking drinks is still like swallowing glass. I am 39 years old and have birthed two children… I would do that again over this. My scabs are still intact and my tongue is beyond sore. Please let this be over soon.

Comment from: Mhall0820, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had my tonsillectomy on 10-10 and am 42 years old. Lord, this is a nightmare! I am on day 14 and the pain is still there, it is hard to talk and there is burning from my throat to my ear but it is still on one side. I can eat eggs, grits and cheese but it still burns at times. I'm also drinking a lot still. I only eat once a day because I can't deal with the swallowing. My neck is still sore also, and hurts to touch the left side. I just want the pain to go away. Tongue is still sore also.

Comment from: JediJenni, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had my tonsillectomy done Tuesday (10-23-18). Day of surgery and the day after were not as bad as I thought. I was able to talk and had minimal pain when drinking. Day 3 (today) on the other hand is a completely different story. I woke up coughing (first time since the surgery) and have horrible pain swallowing and talking. Tongue and uvula are swollen like crazy. Only thing helping me is aloe water (strongly recommend the not flavored one) and ice chips.

Comment from: Q.D, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

It is day 8 after tonsillectomy and I am still in tears every day because of the pain. My tongue is swollen and hurts, my head is constantly banging and has been, since I woke from surgery. I have been unable to eat or drink anything more than a teaspoon of frozen juice at a time and have lost 11 lb. in weight so far. This is horrendous and wish I had never had it done. I'd rather suffer bouts of tonsillitis for the rest of my life than this.

Comment from: Luis1083, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I got my tonsillectomy on 10-19-18. Day 1 to 3 were not so bad. I had had worse sore throats. Day 5 I thought I was over the worst part; boy was I wrong! Last night because of the scabs slowly coming off or because they hardened, I got a tickle at the back of my throat which started me coughing. Today (day 6) is by far the worst painful day. I started back on the medicines and no pain relief so far. Just when I think I am okay, you can do this, I go into a coughing spell. Day 6 so far is the worst!

Comment from: Graham Girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

Tonsillectomy is horrible. I have 2 small children and would much rather give birth then get my tonsils out. Today is day 6 for me recovery. Days 1 and 2 seemed not too bad compared to days 4 to 6. I have the worst phlegm too so it is hard to breathe out of nose. I wake myself up snoring and I am not a snorer. My ears are killing me and I have more pain on one side of my throat than the other. Hydrocodone doesn't even touch the pain unless I take more than recommended. I hope today is my last bad day because I can't take this.

Comment from: James , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

This is day 7 post tonsillectomy. Absolutely wish I never had this done now. The smell and the taste in your mouth is disgusting. They say eat normally and eat hard foods, who are they kidding, I'd like to see them people do that. The pain is unreal, I'm on Co-codamol and ibuprofen and it kills. I can't eat and now it's stinking from just drinking ice water. Nothing seems to help the pain. I've booked 2 weeks off work but feel like I need another. I don't recommend this at all.

Comment from: Erica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had a throat abscess and emergency surgery last September. Since then I have had repeated strep and tonsil infections. I had a tonsillectomy on October 17, 2018. I am on day 5 of recovery. I am able to eat and drink little sips, but my jaw aches when I open it. Ears, throat, jaw and head just ache. I am alternating ibuprofen and Tylenol every 5 hours, keeping the heavy stuff for bedtime. Hoping it gets better soon! Hang in there!

Comment from: 29 male , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 19

I am 29 and had my tonsillectomy on 10/11/2018. I am on day 7 of recovery and here has been my experience so far. I don't know if I got lucky or a really good surgeon or if I have a high pain threshold but I never once experienced pain. I did have to go to the emergency room on day three because I was bleeding insanely when I woke up. I've been eating everyday (pudding, applesauce, and yogurt), my only issue is whenever I fall asleep I wake up spitting a decent amount of blood but it goes away after cold water.

Comment from: Jenthepen17 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I am on day 2 post tonsillectomy and I feel like I am going to die. It hurts to swallow, cough, or talk. I have so much mucus it just runs out of my mouth. Pain medicines don't seem to be helping at all. All I've been doing is crying and trying not to talk, cough, or swallow. They said it will get worse before it gets better. I can't imagine it being any worse. Also I am 35 years old.

Comment from: Sadandinpain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I'm 31 years old and I'm at the end of day 6 after tonsillectomy. Pain was not as bad during days 1 to 4 and got significantly worse on day 5 and 6. I was taking Co-codamol for the first 2 days and then could not tolerate it. I bought baby milk powder and nutritional drinks. I tried to eat and drink as much as I could, but so far not even one day without pain. I noticed that not many people posted experience after day 9, so hoping pain will improve. The pain is getting me down.

Comment from: Missy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

Tonsillectomy is not as bad as people say. I'm on my 7th day. If you are having problems with bad infections, this surgery is worth it. As bad as my infections were the recovery pain was not as bad. The only frustrating this is being hungry. I drank fluids like crazy and I think that's the key. You want to keep the scabs in as long as possible. Also your doctor needs to prescribe hydrocodone and an anti-inflammatory drug. Italian ice, not ice cream, is also key.

Comment from: Rebecca , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoids removal on October 12, 2018 and I'm in pain. My ears hurt really bad, my mouth is swollen, and I can't drink anything until midday basically until I take two rounds of pain medicine, then I can drink water again. Mine seems like it is getting worse and the phlegm I have is gross. I can't breathe out of my nose like I have a sinus infection or something as well. I wish I hadn't had this done. I'm 43, I have had three kids by C-sections, and I would rather be cut open.

Comment from: Suzizoo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had my tonsillectomy on 9/28/18, 16 days ago. I am 54 years old. I am still having discomfort. Day 4 to 7 were the ultimate worst but does the pain and swelling ever go away! I can now feel the stitches hanging in the back of my throat. So uncomfortable. I hope they will dissolve on their own.

Comment from: Ng17, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 26 year old female and decided to get my tonsils and adenoids removed on 10/2/2018 and the day of tonsillectomy I went home and the pain was tolerable. Each day got worse for me, and I didn't eat until the 4th or 5th day. It is now the 10th of October and I am still having a hard time swallowing, and my ears hurt throughout the day, mainly before I go to bed. Eating hasn't been great, eating soft foods still feels like I'm swallowing rocks, not a fun procedure at all.

Comment from: Idonotmissmytonsils, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had my tonsillectomy 10/5/18. I am on day 5 post operation, and days 3, 4, and last night were the worst days I've had so far. My ears ache so much, my jaw hurts, and it hurts to drink and eat anything. I understand the importance of staying hydrated throughout recovery, but it's so difficult to. Also, I wonder if anyone has a problem with grinding their teeth at night. I do and I realized that I feel the absolute worst in the morning, maybe because of this too.

Comment from: Not that bad, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had my tonsillectomy on October 3rd. Before my procedure I was absolutely terrified because of all the horror stories online. Honestly, the recovery was not that bad (so far). I took two weeks off work because that is what my ENT recommended. I was eating solids by day 3 (I had chicken noodle soup with actual chicken, carrots and macaroni noodles). By day 5 I had scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and sausages. Overall my pain was never above a 5/10. Maybe I have high pain tolerance. I'm 27 years old.

Comment from: H, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Having had my tonsillectomy I spent a lot of time reading posts on the Internet dreading the worst and I just wanted to give hope to some people that my experience was ok. I may have just got lucky, but straight after the operation I was eating and drinking and felt ok for first few days. Pain peaked days 4 to 6 and then gradually receded so was off pain killers just after a week. Even at its worst the pain was tolerable.

Comment from: Painfully hoping, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had a tonsillectomy on 10/4/18. I am in so much pain that I wouldn't mind lending my mouth out to someone else. My tongue is swollen and most times I find myself gasping for breath when I lie down. I now snore like a horse. I can't eat or drink. It is so painful that tears run down my ears even when I am not crying. The pain medicines help for about six so hours and I am back at it again. Looking forward to tomorrow and hoping it's a better day.

Comment from: Smoore84, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I'm a 30 year old female that had a septoplasty, bilateral turbinate repair, and had my adenoids and tonsils removed due to sleep apnea and chronic tonsillitis. The procedure was on October 1, 2018. I'm on day 5 and I've never been more uncomfortable in my life! I've endured natural child birth with 3 of my children and I would do that 1000 times again than this. My biggest fear is bleeding from the tonsillectomy because I've heard horror stories about that but I'm making sure to stay super hydrated.

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