Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Guy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I had my tonsillectomy 15 days ago, I'm a 28 year old male. Days 3 to 6 were the worst for me but after day 8 I was off the medicines and it wasn’t so bad. I had part of my one scab on the left side fall off too soon so it bled pretty badly for about 15 minutes, but then slowed down and stopped about 30 minutes after it started. I did not need it re-cauterized. I just wish my scabs were fully gone already so I can have toast again.

Comment from: Stephanie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I’m on day 9 of recovery after my tonsillectomy and am still in pain. Days 5-8 are definitely the worst! Almost drove myself to the emergency room (ER) on night 7 because the pain was so unbearable. I’ve been eating only Jell-O and chicken broth because everything else hurts. Ice packs around the throat are a huge help, especially at night when the pain wakes me up. Hoping there’s an end in sight soon and I’ll be able to eat again.

Comment from: Mucho Lucho, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

Ah, tonsillectomy, how painful you have been! On the plus side, my sleep has improved. I no longer snore and I lost some weight. Currently I am on day 11 of recovery and still feel pain and discomfort, but it is like a sore throat, so it is bearable. Days 1 and 2 were easy, not much pain at all. Days 3 to 9 have been extremely painful, and I’ve not been sleeping. I’ve been on drugs and icepacks, and forcing water down is all you need to focus on. Hang in there. Stay strong. Days 10 and 11, I am happy it is coming to an end.

Comment from: Anonymous, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 23

I am a 20 year old male. It’s day 10 after tonsillectomy and I still can’t eat. It’s felt like my scabs are coming off for 4 days now but it still hurts to swallow and burns to drink cold liquids like shakes and yogurt. When does this go away! Also my neck is kind of sore and so are my ears.

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

I’m a healthy 21 year old, and I had my tonsils out 10 days ago. Day 1 was bearable but after that it was horrible. On day 5 and 6, I was constantly trying not to choke on the scabs. On day 7, the right side hemorrhaged where my carotid artery is and I had to get rushed to the hospital. I had emergency surgery but I ended up going home the same day because the area that was cauterized was so small. but it was the scariest experience of my life. I was vomiting blood and ended up having my stomach pumped.

Comment from: Johnea, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I had my tonsillectomy on 2/24/2021. I honestly don’t have a horror story here. I’m on day 6 and nothing drastic has happened, I hope I don’t jinx myself. I have alarms set throughout the day and night to take my medication and drink at least 8 oz. of water. It’s rough to swallow but I’m still able to eat. I eat applesauce, ramen and popsicles. Do not eat ice cream, I don’t care what the doctor says, it gives you a ton of mucus and I felt like I was choking on it all night because I couldn’t spit it up.

Comment from: Steven, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I’m on day 16 post tonsillectomy surgery. Days 6-8 I bled from 3 different spots, and each time I had to go into the emergency room (ER). The surgeon cauterized the spots and it restarted my recovery clock. I followed the rules strictly. I will say it does get better. The first week, take medications faithfully. Drink water, freeze Pedialyte mini ice drops, take Jell-O, pudding, and use humidifier 50-55 percent and propped bed; don’t push it. Be patient. The doctor can give a numbing mouth rinse that helps. Don’t gargle. Use a kid’s toothbrush, it’s easier.

Comment from: Samirah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I am really struggling during this recovery. I had my tonsillectomy 11 days ago and still in pain. Majority of my scabs are still on. I have been staying well hydrated. I am trying to eat but it’s still a struggle, I can only eat maybe 3-4 spoonsful of whatever I’m attempting to eat. Days 6-10 were pure terror for me because of the scabs starting to fall off. I also had terrible ear pain. The pain could be described as extreme burning and pain which I wasn’t ready for. I hope to see a change soon.

Comment from: Kaylan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I’m on day 9 of recovery from tonsillectomy and it’s been a rollercoaster. Days 1-2 weren’t too bad, except for getting sick once from constipation and too much dairy. Days 3 to present have been a blur of constant ear pain. My throat isn’t too bad but my ears feel like they are bleeding anytime I eat, drink or talk too long. Eating has been a challenge and I usually end up in tears. I took hydrocodone consistently during days 1-7 and have switched to Tylenol during the day. I’m worried about returning to work on day 12.

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Comment from: Shell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

Day 1 after tonsillectomy for me was like bad strep; doable but hurt. Day 2 was the worst pain ever, worse than labor, broken bones or other surgery I had 6 years ago. My pharmacy didn’t have the pain medicines the surgeon prescribed. Day 3, I found liquid adult Tylenol at Walmart, and it burned so bad. Day 5, I finally felt decent taking liquid Tylenol every 3 or 3.5 hours. I drank 4 bottles of water that day. Day 6, scabs started coming loose so I am back in pain. I haven’t been able to eat since day 1, my jaw won’t open to fit a popsicle, just half that.

Comment from: Margaret , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I’m a healthy 23-year-old and was told in October to get a tonsillectomy but I put it off because of school. I had infected tonsils, so I was unwell for a long time, and antibiotics weren’t enough. I also had chronic sinus infections and got septoplasty and inferior turbinate reduction surgery and got my wisdom teeth out a year ago. Reading these posts make me feel better because this is the absolute worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. I am on day 9 and gave up eating. The pain is so excruciating.

Comment from: Roshell , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I’m on day 6 after tonsillectomy. I am 51 and have had 2 children. This pain is excruciating I have and use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber daily for 2 hours. I did this before the surgery also to help with pain, swelling and infection. I came home and got in the chamber for 2 hours. I am sure I am way ahead of the average person’s recovery. Having said that it is still a hard recovery. I also have a painful disease called RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome) or CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), so my pain maybe worse than most. On day 4 my ears hurt inside, as do my teeth, gums and throat.

Comment from: *, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I am on day 6 after my tonsillectomy and I can't even eat mash. It hurts to take the medication which I need to ease the pain. After calling my general physician (GP) I am now on codeine, ibuprofen, paracetamol and antibiotics. I just want to eat real food again, all I've been able to manage was strawberry pudding, even tomato soup was too painful. I can't wait for it to all be over and binge out on my favorite foods.

Comment from: Presson1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I am on day 10 of my tonsillectomy. The majority of my pain is at night, but throughout the day it is manageable. I have been taking Tylenol and ibuprofen back and forth throughout certain hours of the day. Pain is very much present at night, but once I drink water (because staying hydrated is most important) it hurts still but it is more manageable afterwards. So, just keep hydrating and have faith. I understand trying to be patient is really hard and you’re not alone! It does get easier.

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

I got my tonsillectomy on 01/14/21. Reading through this thread has made me feel a bit better as I will admit, I thought I was being dramatic about the pain. As it turns out, nope, the pain is even worse than people describe. I am writing this going into my 8th day, and I can finally say I’m starting to feel some relief, however minimal, but this experience has been the most agonizing week of my life. Thank goodness I never have to go through this again, because I can’t say I would.

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

I had my tonsillectomy; the worst pain ever. It feels so hard to swallow. You can’t eat anything because it hurts so bad to swallow. The pain medicines help a little bit but when they wear off, you are back to square one in pain. The only thing I can eat is ice pops.

Comment from: Ann, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I had tonsillectomy operation on 16.12.20. It was painful from day 1, though I had been told by my surgeon day 4 would be bad, according to most patients. I had to time paracetamol every 4 hours and ibuprofen in between. A ward nurse gave me liquid morphine which enabled me to sleep 3 to 4 hours, but sitting up. Operation was 5 weeks ago and I am now on antibiotics for sore throat and painful ear.

Comment from: KrysB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had a tonsillectomy and it is the worst pain I have ever felt. I've had a C-section that didn't even hurt like this, it is insane. I can’t eat, I can barely get water down, and it feels like I swallowed razor blades and glass. I am on day 6 and the ear pain is insane. I don't recommend getting this unless you really need it done. Hope I start feeling better soon.

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

I got my tonsillectomy, turbinate reduction, septum repositioning and adenoids removal on 12/29/2020 and I can say that this is the worst pain I’ve ever felt. Reading the other entries have made me feel better because I thought I was dying. It feels like I have knives in my throat when I swallow and my scabs still haven’t come off. Don’t even get me started on the ear and tooth pain. Ten on ten, I would not recommend.

Comment from: Addie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

What I’ve learned since my tonsillectomy surgery on 12/28: Drink lots of water. Take your medicines on time. Set an alarm throughout the night to drink water and take medicines. Apply ice and heat regularly (helps with swelling and ear pain). Sleep with a humidifier. Limit talking. Don’t let other people’s experiences scare you. You’ll be ok! It’s painful, yes. Yet, for me, the pain wasn’t constant. You’ve got this!

Comment from: Lexy , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

Everyone’s experience can be different, mine was horrid like the rest. I had my tonsillectomy done on 12/18 and am now on my ninth/tenth day. Days 6 to present have been the worst, the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I gave up eating for a bit because it was too painful, I’d start bawling if I tried to. Until I started using Chloraseptic spray. If there is one thing I’d tell anyone about recovery from a tonsillectomy is to get and use Chloraseptic before I did! It numbs you so well and reduces the pain.

Comment from: AL220, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had adenotonsillectomy on 12/15. Felt strangely good the first two days and then my body had a full blown reaction - I think to opioid. Lips and airway swelling made water feel like fiberglass. Ended up in the emergency room (ER) for fluids and steroids to control the swelling. If have any uncommon or severe symptoms listed in your paperwork do not hesitate or feel any shame in calling the on-call doctor or seeking ER care! Thanks to all for your shares. Be well.

Comment from: mkalmring, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

This is the status post tonsillectomy on 12/18/2020. The first day was lots of grogginess from anesthesia and then nausea and vomiting... yay. I slept on and off for the next couple days living off pain medicines and liquids and never taking an ice pack off my neck. Today is day 6, I thought I was maybe at a turning point to be able to want to join the living again, except I cannot eat even soft food. Excruciating pain! When does this get better! The worst thing I’ve ever been through.

Comment from: Tonsil W, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had tonsillectomy on 12/11/2020 because of tonsil stones. The doctor told me ahead of time, that it would be the worst pain imaginable. Day 1-2, my pain was 3/10, day 3-8 a 9/10. Day 9-10, it was 7/10. I am taking Percocet and Motrin. The pain is indescribable; burning throat and stabbing ear pain. I take medications on time, especially during night, I set my alarm for every 3 hours. Sleep upright if you can. Lots of baths, and lots of popsicles, I’m on day 11 and still in pain. Whatever you do, don’t let your throat get dry.

Comment from: Sammie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I had a tonsillectomy on 12/14/2020. It has been pure agony. I thought it was supposed to be better by now, it feels like razorblades when I try and swallow. Trying to eat is a joke. I'm wondering if this will get better. Seems dramatic, I know, but it is the worst thing I've ever gone through. To top it off, with the pain medicines being out, and it's Sunday the office is closed. I never considered myself a wimp. I had stitches on my labia with no numbing. I'd rather have that again. I'm 32.

Comment from: NH, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I am 36 and just had a tonsillectomy. The first few days were ok and I thought I could definitely make it through. Then the evening of day 4 the pain in my jaw, ears and throat was so intense I had to increase my Percocet to every 4 hours I woke up vomiting and spaced out from the medication. I tried cutting back but nothing seems to last more than 2 hours now. My throat is sore around the base of my tongue and sensitive to cold. Having 3 kids without analgesia was much easier than this.

Comment from: IHurtAndImHungry, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

All of these comments about tonsillectomy made me so happy to not be alone. Who knew the pain was going to be so bad that I had to find forums to make sure I’m not crazy! The first 1-4 days were easy, a breeze; soft foods include salmon? Let me have it, easy. Day 5, I looked at my pain and said “I jinxed myself.” I went from taking 1 oxycodone to 2, and I have two left. I’m on day 8 and I’m terrified at the fact that I’m running out of medicine, because this recovery is far from easy. I hurt and I’m hungry.

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am at the end of day 7 after tonsillectomy, going into 8. I am speechless. The pain is intense always. Drinking water hurts the same as it did, day 3. I never imagined that a day could roll so slowly into the next with the same results! The pain is just rude but worse is that I can’t sleep at night because I’m choking and gagging as soon as I relax, no matter what position. I am convinced that perhaps this is my fate and will never end. Is it normal to have a swollen uvula on day 7! Your stories keep me going, thank you.

Comment from: Austin, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I had to have a tonsillectomy, got it done on 12/7/20, and currently I’m 10 days in. I am only 19 but have still had my fair share of broken bones and other very painful situations. Nothing I have ever experienced can top the pain of this. I thought I should be hurting less by now but I’m in the same pain as I was on day 5, just now that the scabs are off it’s an external pain rather than an internal. This is awful.

Comment from: Dawoo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

I had my tonsillectomy on 12/08/20. I haven’t slept for more than 30 minutes at a time since. On day 3, at 7 pm I woke up from one of my naps to a mouth full of blood. I had to head back to the hospital to get them re-burned and the bleeding to stop. During the last surgery (while I was sleeping) has been the only time I haven’t been in pain. Everything I eat or drink burns like acid. The Norco with the Tylenol helps the most and I have to do that every 3 hours. When will I be able to sleep and heal!

Comment from: KC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had tonsillectomy, turbine reduction and septoplasty, all on 12/3/2020. Age 47. I'm at day 7. I am taking Norco pain pills and Advil every 3 hours. Everything hurts to swallow, even water. I am breathing better since stents are out. The pain in throat, ears and head are constant. I use humidifier at night. Sleep causes my throat to dry and I wake to feeling of knives in throat. Medicines are hard to get down. Scabs are starting to loosen. I am trying to wean off Norco pain medicine to return to work on 12/14. I am told it will be worth it in the end.

Comment from: 28yrold, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I am on day 6 after tonsillectomy. I noticed I have a hole forming where the skin is healing. So much pain everywhere in there that I’m not sure this is normal or okay. Recovery is difficult, and I’ve had 2 C-sections, and in my hand I have had multiple broken bones requiring plate and screws. And this recovery, the pain management is quite possibly worse. This post really helps me know I’m not alone.

Comment from: Ouchhhh , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

I had my tonsillectomy on 11/30/2020. Day 5, I believed, was the worst. Then day 6 happened. I thought I got mostly better, at hamburger macaroni soup. I chewed so well, I thought I was fine. The pain that followed for the rest of the day is literally unspeakable. I made myself a milkshake. Took one drink and the cold hurt so badly it felt like an open wound with icy heat on it and cold water running on it. Pure pain. I’m not sure if it’s a scab falling off. Or what it is. But anything cold is now painful.

Comment from: Shelbutler, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

While my experience with my tonsillectomy several years ago was painful, particularly from day 5 to 14, and it took months for my swallowing to feel normal, I want to say that it was a great decision. For the past 5 years, I have rarely gotten sick. When I do, instead of 2 weeks of symptoms, I am usually better in a few easy days. Hang in there, it is miserable, but it will be worth it.

Comment from: Patient, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had my tonsillectomy on 11/25/2020. The first three days were easy for me, except my uvula was super swollen. I constantly felt like I was choking or gagging. Day four was okay but my hunger has kicked in. I haven’t been able to eat anything. I have been living off applesauce the last week and have lost 6 pounds already. Today is around day 6 and I have significant pain in my ears and my neck and jaw. I can’t eat without my ears feeling like they are bleeding. This is horrendous and isn’t ending.

Comment from: Rocky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had my tonsillectomy aged 62 in 2016. I had horrendous pain for 10 days even with heavy medication. My sense of taste/flavor never recovered, apart from salt, sugar and vinegar. Fortunately, the cancer they thought was present wasn’t after biopsy, so ultimately it was very good news though it did change my life regarding any enjoyment of food.

Comment from: 2tonsillectomies, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I don’t want to scare anyone, but I just had my right tonsils removed for the second time on 11/19/20. My full tonsillectomy was one year ago and not all of the right was removed, so it grew back. Things I learned that are helping this time is to set alarms for your medicines and not skip. Ice packs on your throat help. Avoid dairy and fruits that cause extra mucus. Warm towels help for the ear pain. Sleep elevated as much as you can. Cool mist humidifier has been my best friend to not feel dried out.

Comment from: Alyssa , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I got my tonsils out on 11/9/20 and I thought my tonsillectomy was going to be easy going. The first day was fine, I just mostly slept. The 2nd day was a little worst but I made through it. The third was terrible! My throat was aching, I could not sleep or swallow. I thought I was going to die in my sleep. The 4th day was irritating but I controlled it; until I had a cough attack. Yeah, you heard me, a cough attack. Now I am on the 5th day, I have the worst ear and neck aches, and cannot swallow.

Comment from: Kat C, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had my tonsillectomy done on 11/6/2020 and day 1 was not too bad. I was very tired from the anesthesia so I slept most of the day. Here we are, day 4 and I have a ton of mucus that makes it very hard to breathe or sleep. Most nights I wake up 3-4 times to drink, in hopes it pushes it down as I find myself gasping for air. I haven’t hit the scabbing stage yet, and yesterday I started to feel better, until I woke up today and I feel like I’m back at square one.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had tonsillectomy surgery on 10/23/20, 2 weeks ago. I too jinxed myself on day 4 saying it was not bad at all. Day 5 the pain kicked in. I was taking Motrin and Percocet on alternating 3 hour intervals for the next 4 days. I had 2 episodes of make-me-cry pain. It felt like a nail going into my ear. The pain medicines otherwise worked great. I drank a lot of water all day long and throughout the night. Popsicles, Jell-O and ice packs were also keys to my recovery. I had BRAT diet on days 1-4; no toast. No horror story here.

Comment from: Andria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

The first couple of days post-tonsillectomy were not that bad, aside from the difficulty swallowing, but now at day five, the pain is becoming more intense and unremitting. My tongue is swollen, my jaw is stiff, I can barely talk, my ears ache and now swallowing has become incredibly painful. The pain medicines last about two hours, instead of the promised six. I am getting less and less sleep, sometimes waking up choking on the wad of phlegm in my throat. Not as bad as childbirth, but lasting longer.

Comment from: Ash23, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had my tonsillectomy surgery 10/23/2020. I would say the pain for me kicked in that same day. I went home about 3 hours after surgery, and my body was shaking because of the pain. The oxycodone was not working, it just made me feel high instead of attacking the pain. Day 5-7 were horrible; my scabs started to fall off and I had the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I’m on day 8 and I’m walking around eating little things and I feel great, except a little bit of tongue pain, so we shall see how the rest of my recovery goes.

Comment from: Ruby , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am glad I didn’t do enough research before my tonsillectomy (20/05/2020) as I desperately needed it after years of horrendous tonsillitis. Now I am on day 8 of recovery, and pain has been horrific. I ended up back in Accident and Emergency convinced I had an infection as I had a fever. I had excruciating pain, the scabs were yellow and covering the back of my mouth. The fever was just my body reacting to the pain! For the last week I have just lived on painkillers. This sure is misery; I hope to goodness I’m near the end.

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

Currently I am on day 7 after tonsillectomy and it’s not getting better. I can’t open my mouth without jaw pain, and my throat is throbbing. I have constant earaches in both ears. I’ve been prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone both of which make me violently ill, so all I can do is use Tylenol every 6 hours and ibuprofen every 8 hours, when really I need it every 2-4. My tongue is still so swollen my teeth leave imprints. On day 6, despite brushing my teeth my mouth tasted like raw eggs. I’ve lost 12 pounds from not being able to eat.

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

I had my tonsillectomy surgery last week and now on day 8. Fortunately, I haven’t had any excruciating pain while on medication, maybe because I’ve had liters of water every day. However, I had terrible nausea and vomiting on days 2-5 to the point I had to call the ambulance in the middle of the night as I could not stop vomiting. From day 6, I’ve finally managed to start eating ice cream, but my taste buds don’t seem to work the same.

Comment from: Lexi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I’m five days post tonsillectomy. I’m a healthy 23 year old. For me, days 3 and 4 were the worst. I remember telling my mom on day 2, “wow, if this is as bad as it gets, it’s nothing.” Ha ha, I jinxed myself. It’s awful! There is radiating pain to the ears, jaw, and neck. The pain medicines barely put a dent in the pain and you have to wait 4 hours to take them again. Swallowing is terrible. I can barely swallow my own spit right now and they expect me to eat soft foods! Sleeping is the worst. Good luck!

Comment from: mph0159, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I got my tonsillectomy surgery 9/29. I am 19, and very healthy and active. On the second day, I had very severe pain. Every other day, it was bearable and sometimes sore in the morning. However, on day 9, I woke up choking on my own blood. I almost had to have a blood transfusion and had to get a second surgery. Scariest experience of my life. I do not recommend it. If my father was not home to call the ambulance, I could have died.

Comment from: Kerri, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

Do not get this tonsillectomy surgery done until you really, really need it. I regret it so much. I'm in the most unbearable pain, I've had my medication increased twice and nothing is touching the unreal pain in my throat and ears. I can't talk, eat, or swallow. I can't even sleep because as soon as I lie down I choke on my own saliva and have coughing fits. Day 6 and it just keeps getting worse.

Comment from: Crisy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

This is by far the worst recovery I have been through; by the way, I thought having a baby naturally was the worst until a tonsillectomy. I did my surgery on October 12th, I am now 8 days in, and time has never moved slower. I am taking Cataflam, Panadeine F and Baralgin, nothing works for more than 2 hours. There is this constant feeling of something being stuck in my throat, severe pain episodes every 2-4 hours along with terrible earache. I am in misery. I hope one day I will say it was worth the pain.

Comment from: Heather B, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I’m on day 15 post tonsillectomy. I expected a lot of pain, but nothing could have prepared me for the amount of indescribable pain. It literally brought me to my knees in tears on day 6. I use the term indescribable because I had no idea how, why or where the pain was coming from. It hurt in places I’ve never hurt before. Felt like I had my mouth open for a month straight, all the while being stabbed repeatedly in the throat. I am on day 15 now and it’s much better, but still pretty sore.

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

This is day 8 post tonsillectomy and feels like the pain gets worse each day. Swallowing anything at all is excruciating. Anything cold hurts my throat beyond belief. Can’t even get a sip of water down. Not to mention, the taste in my mouth when I do try to eat is awful; tastes like burning metal. I was given a nausea patch for surgery so luckily I have not experienced any nausea. I am getting frustrated by not being able to eat anything and starting to feel very dehydrated. Can’t wait for this nightmare to end.

Comment from: MyThroatBurns88, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

Currently I am on day 6 after tonsillectomy. Most of my scabs have fallen off however drinking any fluid or pain medicine causes my throat to start bleeding. I haven’t eaten in 3 days. I’ve also been coughing up greenish reddish phlegm that smells horrible. Just yesterday I thought it was finally getting better. Boy, was I wrong! Here’s to hoping the end is in sight.

Comment from: Claire, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had my tonsils removed on 05/10/20. The end of day 7 and I have never experienced this level of pain (and I've had three children). Days 5, 6 and7 have been next level. The pain is also in my jaw and both ears. Please start getting better soon! I'm starving.

Comment from: FracturedSnail, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on October 5th, 2020. I am currently on day seven of recovery from tonsillectomy and am feeling the most pain I’ve experienced during the whole recovery process.

Comment from: Lisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had a tonsillectomy done 9/30 and I am 41. The first two days were okay, other than difficulty swallowing anything. Day three to seven were very painful and I could swallow nothing. Day 8 and 9 were better and not nearly as painful. I am currently on day 9 and the only problem I am having now is the thick scab getting stuck in my throat. I would eat popsicles when getting up because that is when it's the most painful.

Comment from: Skitzzo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am on day 6 post my tonsillectomy (Monday, 5th October). I've had 6 natural births with no pain killers, a hysterectomy, 2 broken bones and numerous cuts that needed stitches, and nothing, not one of them, comes anywhere close to this. I can't eat, drink, sleep, talk or stare into space without being in pain. Endone, Tramadol, and Panadol do not touch the sides. I could sit and cry all day but it hurts too much to do so. I've changed my mind and would like my tonsils back please!

Comment from: Beth.c, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had my tonsillectomy on September 30th and the first few days were manageable. Since day five I have had this stabbing pain like I’m swallowing glass and it’s the absolute worst. If I do manage to fall asleep, the pain when I wake up is l like nothing I’ve experienced before. I’m definitely regretting this surgery right now and wondering when it gets better. Tomorrow will be day 10 and I was told it would be much better by then. Right now that seems unlikely.

Comment from: A.J. Day 8, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

Tonsillectomy has been the worst physical experience of my life. Day 1-3 were “okay” because the anesthesia was still kind of working its course but once it was completely gone, things went downhill straightaway. Day 4-6 I woke up every morning in agonizing pain from my pain medicines wearing off overnight and woke up barely able to breathe or hear. I am on the night of day 8 and I am still experiencing agony. I don’t know when this will get better but, never get your tonsils out!

Comment from: Kooper93, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on October 1, 2020, today is day 7, and so far is the worst day. I had to get this done, as my tonsils and adenoids were still growing and were abnormally large. I am afraid to fall asleep as, usually when I wake back up, the pain is bad again. But my body is fighting for sleep.

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

I had a tonsillectomy on 10/01/20 so I am on day 8 and it's been terrible. I honestly can't eat or drink and I've been a mute. On day 4 my husband made me go to the emergency room (ER) because I was dehydrated and needed an IV. I'm talking, and all day I am in tears. I live in a junkie area so no pain medicine refills if I run out early or use other methods, so I have to keep to the 6 hour schedule but I really need them about every 3 or 4. The worst pain is the bloody vomit, ear and tongue aches, and severe uvular oedema.

Comment from: Anes, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

It's 1 am and I'm reading all the comments. It makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one experiencing horrible pain on day 7 after tonsillectomy. I thought it would be better but it is the worst pain ever. The earache, jaw pain, and the feeling like there's broken glass stuck in my throat. To go through all this pain I guess we really had a good reason. Let's hope the pain will go away tomorrow. Took my medicine and will try to sleep. I wish you all fast recovery.

Comment from: Taylor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I got a tonsillectomy done on 9/29/20. The first 2 days was a breeze, being that my doctor subscribed me Norco for the pain. On day 3, I finished all of my Norco and the doctor wouldn’t proscribe me anymore because he said it can be addictive and offered me to get over-the-counter Tylenol 500 mg for the pain. That helped me for a good 4 hours, and the pain returned. If you are not in a life or death situation please do not get this surgery. I regret it. This is a different type of pain.

Comment from: Tonsillectomy , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had tonsillectomy on 28/09/2020. First 3 days it was ok for me I could bear my pain. Now I am on day 7 post-operation. I have throat, ear, jaw, and headache; the pain is horrible. Day by day my pain is increasing. Scabs have also started falling.

Comment from: H, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

This is now the end of my day 5 after tonsillectomy. Last year I fractured my skull and I can still easily say this is the worst pain I have ever experienced. Days 1-4 were hard. I couldn’t eat, drink, or speak without serious pain. I have been rotating Tylenol and Advil but today was excruciating and I had to take the prescribed painkiller. I really recommend bone broth - easy to drink and good nutrients, gum for bad breath, massaging the throat, and lots of ice water - even if it hurts just keep drinking because it will help.

Comment from: Ellie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

On 09/21/20 I had tonsillectomy. With Tylenol and Motrin, the pain is not totally gone but bearable. Days 1-3 were ok, but at nights the pain of a swollen tongue, jawline and ear palpitations along with the feeling of swallowing-glass pain is awful. I am currently on day 6 and the pain has me wishing I had a remote to fast forward to recovery mode. Mornings are tough, the smell, feeling of scabs in your throat and the pain. Keep medicine schedule, chew gum, use ice pack, and hydrate, it does help.

Comment from: Steve, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I had tonsillectomy a month ago. The first 2 days were painful but not as bad as days 3-7. The worst was day 6 when I was in actual tears. Days 7-10 were slightly better every day and by day 15 I was much better. I gargled with Corsodyl from about day 7 to avoid infection but it can knock off scabs so don't do it earlier or it will bleed. Highly recommend using Diflam as well as painkillers every couple of hours (alternate with paracetamol and ibuprofen). Turmeric tea and honey really helped.

Comment from: Trissie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I got my tonsillectomy on 9/14. I believe it’s day 6, I swear I thought it was day 7, it’s been so long. My ears are killing me and my throat is burning, but I haven’t puked. I gagged once because of the scar tissue but that’s it. I can’t sleep without an icepack. My jaw kills me, my tongue is swollen, my left side is in pain and I can’t stop coughing. It burns if I eat or drink anything, I have a migraine, ear pain, and lower tooth pain. So just remember, use constant ice packs on your throat area, keep a schedule with your painkillers and continue them even if you are feeling better. If you have trouble swallowing the medicines, mix them in a smoothie.

Comment from: B, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my tonsils and adenoids removed 8/28, so I’m on day 6 from tonsillectomy and the pain is so bad. Day 1-5 were terrible but I was able to get soft noodles and applesauce down. I last took pain killers at 10 am and felt like I didn’t need them anymore, goodness, was I wrong! I just woke up with the most intense pain in my ears and throat. I ran and took the medicine as directed. Don’t stop taking the medicine even if you are feeling better! Reading the other posts made me feel not alone but this truly is horrific pain.

Comment from: Anabelle, 19-24 (Patient) Published: September 01

I’m currently on day 7 of tonsillectomy recovery. Day 1-4 were fine, I could eat soft foods like eggs, mashed potatoes and fruit. The pain was definitely bad but it was bearable with pain killers. Then day 5-6 hit... my doctor had said these would be one of the worst days. It was excruciating. Nausea from post-operative medications hit and I was constantly vomiting. This eventually caused my wounds to open and bleed. Day 7 seems to be where I’m finally noticing it getting better. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

Comment from: Beks, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

My tonsillectomy was not as painful as these comments make it seem! I'm 35, moderately active. Days 1-5 were a breeze. I drank 96 plus ounces of cold water, round the clock, and cycled Advil and pain medicines every 3 hours. Days 6-9 were a little rough; mostly muscle soreness, did feel like I was being stabbed though, but it didn't last long. I didn't want to eat/drink on day 7, but I made myself stick to really cold stuff. Overall it wasn't the worst pain I've ever experienced. I've had worse sore throats and period cramps.

Comment from: Too much pain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Oh, where do I begin! Tonsillectomy is not a procedure to get if you aren't in major danger because this pain is no joke. I had my procedure done August 7 and my first 2 days were fine. I was hoping the rest of the time would be a breeze but then day 3 happened and it’s been downhill since then. The pain is ridiculous. I am about to start eating just air because everything I drink and eat burns in my throat. I can't wait for this to pass because I am tired of crying, taking oxycodone, and eating pudding.

Comment from: Alex, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 11

I am 22 years old and am very fit and healthy. I can honestly say this is the most amount of physical pain I have ever been through. I’ve broken bones, dislocated shoulders, had shoulder reconstructions and even other oral surgery and none of those hurt half as much as this tonsillectomy. I am on day 6 now and pain only fluctuates from bad to worse. I am forced to take oxycodone which has bad side effects. Don’t get this surgery unless you really need it as it is truly awful.

Comment from: Morgan R. , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

Today makes 9 day post-tonsillectomy. I am a college athlete (so I’m extremely active). The first few days were fine, just difficulty swallowing. Day 5 was terrible. I could not eat or drink anything. Since my symptoms started to occur 2 months ago I have lost 23 pounds and am now barely able to swallow water, so my daily diet consist mostly of ice. If I say more than 5 words in a sentence I’m in excruciating pain and have to sit down. I can only walk around for 5 to 10 minutes without becoming fatigued.

Comment from: MB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I just hit my two week mark and finally ate a real dinner. Adult tonsillectomy recovery is slow folks! I was fine until day 6 when I became really discouraged. I had only been taking regular strength Tylenol and on day 8 I caved in and finally took pain medicines. Days 6 to 10 were completely miserable and had me not eating at all. My tips are, put a humidifier by your bed so your mouth doesn’t go dry while sleeping, set alarm every couple of hours while sleeping to remind you to drink, and drink a lot! Constantly ice neck and ears, and eat soft always!

Comment from: Miss Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I am 51 years old, I started getting tonsillitis in my 40s, and had strep in February pre-COVID. Then during COVID, I had a tonsil stone, my ENT finally opened up and said the tonsils had to come out. Tonsillectomy by far was the worst experience in my life. I have had a hysterectomy, back surgery and child birth and this by far was the worst. I am on day 19 post-operation, and my throat is still sore. I woke up in excruciating pain last night. I just want the sore throat to be over, and the ear pain.

Comment from: arialove23, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I'm on day 4 of the tonsillectomy. I got liquid acetaminophen-codeine. I’ve gotten prescribed this for a sore throat, the same amount of mg, it says it's used to treat mild to moderate pain, and this is one of the worst pains I’ve experienced. I’ve had part of my thigh removed, an ovarian cyst pop, and I broke my thumb into my wrist. I'm supposed to sleep elevated to keep the swelling down, and I can't sleep like that. I’ve been getting 5 hours of sleep at the most, with no naps.

Comment from: Carrie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

Currently I am on day 8 post tonsillectomy. Days 1 to 4 were painful. Day 5, I vomited a lot, which was just dreadful torture. Day 6 was ok, day 7 and today, the ear pain has been excruciating! I have not been able to eat anything without being paralyzed by the pain. I'm hoping it gets better tomorrow.

Comment from: CHANTI , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

Let’s just say… I believe the post-tonsillectomy instructions and the reality of care for the patient are terrible! I am on day 11 post-operation and I still can barely eat anything. I have managed to get watermelon fresh juice and mixed basic smoothies with yogurt added down. I have lost 15 lb. and usually starve the majority of the day. If I dare try and eat, the headaches, awful inner ear pain, the lower teeth pain, the swollen tongue, and weird taste ever in my mouth! I am regretting it so far.

Comment from: Judy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

Today is day 8 post tonsillectomy surgery. Some of my scabs have fallen off and the pain is intense. Make sure to keep up with the pain medicines! The pain started day 5, I assume when the scabs began falling. I noticed that my throat is bright red and sore, but I have no blood. I have been taking numerous naps a day. I guess my body needs it to recover. My voice sounds funny, I hope it goes back to normal soon. I ate ice cream for the first time yesterday and it felt good going down my throat but it was a weird feeling.

Comment from: Judy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Today is day 2 of my tonsillectomy recovery. As long as I am on my pain medicines I am doing really good. I am actually surprised that I can drink without issues, and eating applesauce and green smoothies are no problem. I didn't sleep at all because I kept snoring and worried about bleeding. I just couldn't get comfortable and figured out that sleeping with my mouth open was the way to go, but I am not used to sleeping that way. I also ended up sleeping face down. I will report again soon.

Comment from: YF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I'm 48 and currently on day 6 after tonsillectomy. My surgery was on 6/3. Days 1 to 4 were not so bad. I was able to eat more on those days. Day 5 was excruciating. I could barely swallow water and stayed in bed all day taking medicines as directed. Today was slightly better but, it is still very difficult to swallow. I had scrambled eggs and a smoothie. It was very difficult to swallow the smoothie. My doctor’s note says I should be able to go back on 6/15. I don't know how I'm going to manage that.

Comment from: Sam, 19-24 (Patient) Published: May 27

I am currently day seven post tonsillectomy and I am in the worst pain I have ever experienced. Even the pain from the visit where they decided I needed to have the tonsillectomy was better. I currently feel like someone is pouring boiling water down my throat and shoving toothpicks into my ears. I took a dose of Vicodin two hours ago and it hasn’t even made a dent in my pain. I can’t even swallow my own saliva let alone water or food. I am absolutely miserable.

Comment from: Nikki H., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on 03/05. The day of tonsillectomy I was fine, my tongue very swollen and bruised from being clamped. I had some nausea the first night, pain wasn't terrible. Days 2 and 3 weren't bad, I could eat popsicles, custard, broth, etc. Days 4, 5, and 6, very sensitive to sweet, burned like crazy! Day 7 and 8 were absolutely awful, required 24/7 ice packs, and I was unable to eat. Days 9 and 10, starting to feel better. Highly recommend Biotene rinse for mouth pain and dryness. Don't skip medicines!

Comment from: Andy_JWR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

This is day 5 post tonsillectomy... can I have my tonsils back please! The pain is horrendous. The only time I’m not in pain is when I sleep, but waking up is when the pain is at its worst. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and codeine are not helping.

Comment from: Rsmw625, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I’m 39. Gave birth to 4 kids including a set of twins. Yep; one right after the other. I have had 3 transsphenoidal surgeries to remove a pituitary tumor. I have had a tummy tuck with over 250 stitches in my stomach. Having my tonsils out by far is the worst thing I have experienced. I am writing this on day 9 post tonsillectomy. I am still in so much pain. I can barely eat any foods. Waking up in the morning, the pain is unbearable and I cry so much. I would have been better off never getting this done.

Comment from: Mila, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had tonsillectomy 8 days ago. I’ve lost goodness knows how much weight. I have the worst taste in my mouth. I still can’t drink anything. I can’t swallow anything. My life is totally a mess right now and there is no end in sight. The doctor warned me that this would be extremely painful. I’ve washed my tongue with peroxide and it has made things a little better. I bought a numbing spray and it has made my life so much better. I regret not doing more research on the recovery process of this surgery.

Comment from: John, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I am on day 8 after my tonsillectomy surgery, I still can’t eat, and it's still really painful to drink water. I'm hoping this goes away in the next few days. The first 2 after having the surgery were relatively easier than days 3 to 6. On day 3 my jaw and teeth started to really hurt. Then after that my ears and even my head started to hurt. Using an ice pack under my chin and under both ears was some great relief and somewhat helped with the swelling. I'm hoping in the next few days I start to feel normal again.

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

I’m on day 2 after tonsillectomy. I’m doing much better than I expected. They gave me liquid OxyContin but I’m only taking that 1 or 2 times a day at 1/3 to 1/2 the prescribed dose. I’m supplementing that with Tylenol and Motrin tablets. While medication is working my pain is around a 2. My medicines wore off earlier and pain probably went up to a 7. Right now the most uncomfortable thing Is my swollen uvula. It makes it hard to eat, since food keeps getting stuck on it. So I’m back to sherbet and pudding.

Comment from: girl , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am 37 and on day 14 of a tonsillectomy and having my adenoids removed. The first 1 to 4 days pain was 7/10, with liquid pain medicines. My ear pain is now finally going away; had it since day 1. I lost 15 lb., still cannot eat much. The scabs have not fallen off yet. It hurts to swallow, drink or eat. No taste buds and my tongue has finally gone down from being swollen but hurts so bad still, and is numb in some spots still.

Comment from: Brittany, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 28

My 8 year old son had a tonsillectomy done January 17th. He did very well the first few days, up until a couple days ago. He's in so much pain now all he does is cry. He can hardly open his mouth to eat, drink, or take his medicines. He's constantly drooling now. I just wish this was over with, it is killing me seeing him like this.

Comment from: Michaela, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I’m on day 7 after tonsillectomy and I can’t eat or drink anything without it burning and stinging! This week has been rough and the medicines are to strong sometimes I have mood swings or feel itchy. Now the medicines won’t work and I cry every day because I’m so hungry and in so much pain. I had no idea it would be this bad and I hope all this is worth it.

Comment from: Nathan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I had my tonsillectomy Thursday 11/07/19. Day 3 TO 6 was horrible pain. Day 6 at night I began to bleed a little but got it under control. The next morning I woke up gushing blood and had to rush to the emergency room where they did a 2nd surgery to stop the bleeding and I was back to day 1. However I asked for my medicine in liquid form. When you don’t have pain drink as much water as you can, this will help hydrate you and eventually feel better. Drink Ensure it will give you some strength and rest.

Comment from: Hurricane Bob, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

It has been a week and I am still experiencing shoulder pain from my 2019 flu vaccine. I can never recall the pain lasting that long and I have been getting the vaccine for years!

Comment from: Tania, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 24

September 2018 I had an acute onset vertigo in Argentina. Now October 2019, and my vertigo never left my side. I have acute, chronic vestibular migraines, chronic headache disorder, dizziness, cervical spondylosis, cervicocranial syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, musculoskeletal disorder of the neck, balance disorder, spasm and osteoarthritis. Not ruled out Meniere's disease. I am a healthy 47 year old woman, 5' 5” and 112 lb., eat healthy, ski, hike, bike, travel and do yoga. I have taken medicines to control vertigo mostly, optical nerve blocks and trigger injections for head pain.

Comment from: 26 year old, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

At 22 years old, I had been drinking heavily for about 4 years. I experienced vomiting, jaundice, confusion and of course withdrawals from alcohol. One night, I vomited 2 toilet bowls of blood and needed two blood transfusions. Luckily my mother was there to call an ambulance and get me admitted to the hospital or else I probably would have died. It’s been 4 years, almost 5, since I’ve been sober and although I have cirrhosis, my blood work and liver function are back to normal. There’s hope!

Comment from: Guestdieing67, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Tonsillectomy was the worst pain of my life! I am now on day 7. I actually thought it was getting better and boy, I was wrong. I actually regret getting them removed, I should have just left them in. They don’t tell you how very bad the pain can be. When it gets bad my tongue swells up with it and it’s a struggle to drink any cold water for an hour to even try to get a pill down.

Comment from: CDUBLIN1 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

This is the worst pain I’ve ever felt and I’ve had a baby and a tummy tuck. Even drinking water hurts after tonsillectomy. I’m on day 6 and the codeine doesn’t even seem to work anymore - think I’d rather just have tonsil problems for the rest of my life. Hoping the pain will be less tomorrow but we’ll see. Literally feel like I’ve got several knives stuck in my throat and tongue. I’m gargling with salt water regularly. Just realized I can eat filet of fish as it’s so soft. Happy days!

Comment from: Pain Sonny, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

After tonsillectomy I have been snoring like crazy and get no deep sleep. The amazing thing is I am alive to comment on it. When you are my age the doctor should have prescribed liquid medicines instead of hard horse pills. I had so much swelling I could not swallow a barely breathe. Almost choked to death by sucking saliva into my wind pipe. I ended up dehydrated. I am on day 6 in recovery.

Comment from: MiRo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I am on day 6 of post-operative recovery from tonsillectomy and finding these comments feels like a lifesaver, as I could not imagine anyone suffering this much pain from what seems like a common surgery. I am at an 8 out of 10 pain tonight, can barely choke back a sip of water. I do think an icepack on the face, head or neck provides different sensory input from the relentless burning in the throat. What fresh agony!

Comment from: thisfreakinhurts, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am 21 years old. I had my tonsillectomy on 9/18. I didn’t realize just how bad it would be. I’m on day 5. I thought the pain was finally subsiding until I ended up talking too much. Yesterday was the worst day so far. If I don’t have an ice pack on my neck 24/7, it feels like someone is repeatedly punching my jaw. When I wake up or don’t drink enough water, swallowing feels like someone is taking a knife to the inside of my throat. I would rather have kept dealing with sleep apnea and infections.