Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience


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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.


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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.


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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.

Comment from: EmJ, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I am a 27-year-old female and had my tonsillectomy on 16/9/19. Day 1 to 3 were very painful but nothing compared to day 7 which is what I’m currently on. I’ve been up all night as when I lie down, I feel like I’m going to choke on my own saliva. And if I sit up the pain runs from my throat all the way up to my ears. I’d say it’s a different pain to days 1 to 3 though. I had ‘normal food’ days 5 and 6 but it’s back to ice lollies today! I just want this over with now. Where’s that light, tunnel!

Comment from: Marissaperez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I had my tonsillectomy and adenoids taken out on the 6th of August. I am just through 3 days, and it was not that bad a pain. But then after that I was in agony. It is now the 19th, 2 weeks after, and my tongue still feels like it is asleep, and if I eat the food burns the back of my tongue. My jaws and ears hurt badly, plus I have a head ache. I am sure if this is normal and if so when it will get better. Wonder if I should call the doctor.

Comment from: Pain10/10, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I am a 38-year-old male. I had my tonsillectomy on September 12, 2019. Today is day 7 and it is bad. Everything hurts. My head hurts, my ears ache, my throat is swollen and I'm hungry. I am still not talking; text everything. I have been eating soft foods since day one; mainly scrambled eggs, sweetened applesauce, and lots of pressed coconut water. Flavored ice chips have been my savior in dire straits. I wake up throughout for ice water. Waking up is the worst pain. I want to cry.

Comment from: Gb97, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am 22 years old. After years of avoiding tonsillectomy, I finally had my tonsils out on August 28th after many sore throats and 5 peritonsillar abscesses. Let me just say this, if I could go back in time I would have chosen the peritonsillar abscess. I’m on day 10 and I still wake up in excruciating pain. It does get better now as the hours go by. Day 1 to 3 were nearly painless, day 4 to 8 were the worst, to the point where I contemplated suicide. Just don't do it. I’ve lost 15 pounds already.

Comment from: Brittany, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had my tonsillectomy surgery on September 5th at 9:02 am. The first day wasn't actually that bad, but yesterday (day 3) I started experiencing ear and neck pain to the point that my pain was 10/10. I choke on my own spit and sometimes can't even swallow Jell-O. Please tell me I'm almost done with the pain!

Comment from: Leah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I am 26 and I had my tonsillectomy on August 9th. I’m on day 8 after surgery and I absolutely cannot sleep. I wake up between every thirty minutes to every hour. My pain is so bad at night that absolutely nothing can touch it. It feels like I am constantly swallowing glass and I have no relief. I don’t know what to do to make it stop. Ice doesn’t help, neither does numbing spray or cough drops or Tylenol or a humidifier. I’m so exhausted.

Comment from: Queen of Surgery, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Pain medicines don't really work on me, so I find the only thing that helps the ear and jaw pain from tonsillectomy (which is debatably worse than my throat right now) is a bath. As long as you drink water in sips in the bath you don't get dehydrated. I also find it easier to swallow liquids when I'm in the bath because the pain is significantly less.

Comment from: Chelly, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had my tonsillectomy and septoplasty done on August 5th. I'm currently on day 8. My septoplasty had zero pain and is completely fine by now. My tonsillectomy not so much. On day 6 a scab as big as a marble tore off. I actually thought of committing suicide just so I never have to feel this pain again. But I'm also confused, because here my doctor tells me to eat crunchy stuff. Everyone does. I eat toast and cereal and biscuits. It's supposed to help.

Comment from: jessica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I am 41 and had a tonsillectomy and a septoplasty on 7/5/19, and I am here to tell you that this is the worst pain I have ever experienced! I have had many surgeries before and this is awful! I am on day 4 and can barely drink anything and woke up very dizzy at 7 am this morning! It literally feels like glass shards are in my throat when I try to swallow! It seems to want to come up through my nose today! Gargling with warm salt water makes it better for a hot minute then back to severe pain! Not sure what to do.

Comment from: Karlee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I am a 20 year old female on day 8 of tonsillectomy. First few days it just felt like a sore throat, where the pain was easily controlled. Although, day 7 and 8 have been the absolute worst; a pain I had never experienced before. When drinking or swallowing soft foods, the ear and throat pain has me in tears. Such a burning and excruciating, constant pain. I am always so hungry, but can barely eat. I have already lost 8 lb. Hoping it gets better soon.

Comment from: carob, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I got my tonsils removed on July 19th, so it's been 10 days since my tonsillectomy. The first few days were manageable only because I was taking my medicines every 4 hours, drinking lots of water and having ice chips. Day 5 to 7 I was going through the least amount of pain of this process, I thought I was in the clear until I tried to eat more than just broth. Now it's day 10 and the past 3 days my uvula has been so swollen and it hurts to swallow. I haven't been able to talk at all through this entire process.

Comment from: Lilleahbeah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I am having a very good recovery from my tonsillectomy. I had my tonsils out on July 17 and am 33 years old. I’d had recurring strep throat for 3 months. Luckily, I was on a course of antibiotics right before surgery so my tonsils were back to normal size. My surgeon is apparently the best in the province. He used laser cautery. So those are the things in my favor. On day 9 post-operation and I just have annoying stinging when I eat or drink. None of the pain was above a 4/10. Set alarms for your pain pills through the night.

Comment from: Dazzler1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I am 24 years old and I had my tonsillectomy on 7/10/19. It’s currently (technically) day 10 at 12:33 am. I am still in quite a bit of pain. Day 8 was a good day. I was able to eat a whole can of Cup Noodles which was an accomplishment because I’m not able to eat much of anything at all. I’m currently trying to eat Cup Noodles as I type this, taking many breaks in between. I have an on and off stabbing feeling at the back of my tongue on either side and also painful swallowing in general.

Comment from: Kanduv, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I am on day 5 after tonsillectomy and have very minimal pain. I am talking and eating well. I have read a lot of horrible experiences so thought I would share mine. Important to take hydrocodone or acetaminophen every 6 hours like clockwork. I set an alarm to take it. I am also on a steroid. I stuck ice in periods where medicines fail until the next dose. I drank constantly since waking from surgery. I don't lie flat. It eased ear and tooth aches significantly. I chewed gum. This helps with hard mornings and pain. Rest, rest!

Comment from: Millie’s momma , 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 23

My 9 year old had her tonsillectomy done on Monday, July 15th. She came home that evening fine, ate some soup, and the very next day she was great! The day after that she could barely drink, and come Thursday couldn’t even swallow her saliva. She hasn’t talked since Wednesday. She got thrush and she’s dehydrated. The doctor gave us a narcotic. She’s able to drink, but now she has massive pain in her cheek bone! What an awful experience!

Comment from: feelingbetter, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had my tonsillectomy on 7/10/2019 and am currently on day 9-10. The pain was manageable until day 6 when it became excruciating to even swallow water. This stinging/stabbing sensation lasted for 2 days and then on day 8 I began to feel the best I had all recovery. I have had a few minor bleeds in the past 24 hours, one in which I literally spit straight blood out of my mouth, yet I went to the doctor and they said everything looked fine. I woke up this morning to another bleed.

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

I’m 24 years old and I had a tonsillectomy on July 11, 2019. It’s currently day 7 post-operation. The first 2 days were easy. I was sure to stay on top of medicines (even setting alarms through the night) and constantly drinking water! Days 3 to 5 were rough. I couldn’t eat or drink. My medicines were filled wrong so on day 5 I had no pain medicines and ending up going to the emergency room because the pain and swelling became so bad I could no longer eat or drink. At that point I had gone 3 days with no food. But it does get easier.

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

I am currently on day 6 of my tonsillectomy recovery. I got them out 7/10/2019. I am currently in the emergency room for the third time since getting them out. First time was day 1 and it was for unbearable pain and swelling (I couldn’t breathe and kept choking on spit). The second time was day 2 because I threw up and bled. Third time was yesterday because I threw up 12 times within 4 hours. This surgery is the worst thing I’ve ever gone through ever. If you could avoid doing it, avoid it (19 year old).

Comment from: Roshan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I had tonsillectomy on 20/06/2019. First 2 days were ok pain, but no food only ice cream, yoghurt and some asparagus cold soup. And I was taking 2 paracetamol tablets, 1 ibuprofen and 1 morphine every six hours 4 times. But day 4 it started hurting so much I was crying. Day 5 I could swallow and I found it hard to breathe. I called the ambulance and went to the hospital. I got some antibiotics because of infection. Day 5 to day 7 were the worst. But day 8 started a little easy. I lost 4 kg weight. Very bad experience.

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

I had my tonsillectomy on June 12, 2019. I am currently on day 9. I am here to tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. The first 2 days were okay. But days 3 to 6 were absolute agony. My biggest suggestion is to have a medicine schedule, stay with it and don’t miss a dose! Use ice bags on your neck, and rest. Go one day at a time and remember it won’t last forever!

Comment from: Jess, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I had tonsillectomy on 29/5/2019. Day 2 to 5 I stayed on top of the pain and day 5 I really felt normal, even had a normal dinner. Day 6 I had a really bad bleed at 5 am, went to the hospital and they kept me for 24 hours. I had a minor bleed at night time but still went home. The day I went home I had another minor bleed but had it under control in no time. Day 9 I lost a lot of blood, threw up blood and they decided to cauterize the one side that was bleeding so bad. I went home next day, back at square 1.

Comment from: Cameron, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I am 19 years old, had both my tonsils and adenoids removed on May 30th. I couldn’t speak the first 3 days after my tonsillectomy and then was completely fine after. I decided to eat a S’more last night (5th day) and it went down fine with no pain, I decided to eat some meat and cheese after and my throat started bleeding. I was able to get it to stop and am not in much pain at all.

Comment from: Painpaingoaway, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I am 25 years old, I had both tonsils removed May 21, 2019. I'm currently going into day 9 of severe pain after my tonsillectomy that comes and goes. Days 7 and 8 I've experienced bleeding. I went to the emergency room and was discharged on day 7. Day 8 I had stopped the bleeding on my own and taken it very easy. I refuse to speak, or eat anything that isn't the consistency of water. Ready for this excruciating pain to subside. Days 1 and 2 pain is about 4/10, 3 to 6 I give those days 6/10 pain. Day 7 to 9, I give 11/10.

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.