Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience

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Please describe your experience with tonsillectomy. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: BivvyL, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I am 19 and the day of my tonsillectomy surgery was 6/16/22. Days 1 and 2 were okay but I could not get a lick of sleep. Days 3-5 I would say were probably my worst days but today is only day 6 for me. I ate some chicken on day 4. Then later, I was in lots of pain because it irritated my scabs. I do not wish this pain on anyone. Not being able to eat solid foods still is terrible. I am so scared to swallow my own saliva because it hurts so bad! Day 6, I swallowed part of my scab and it was a gross feeling, but maybe that’s progress.

Comment from: MattieF, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

May 18th, I had my tonsillectomy. My artery was nicked by the surgeon causing more bleeding than normal, and cauterization did not work. A clamp was put in place. The pain was the worst the first full week, and a few additional days. Almost a full month and I'm still choking on food, unable to swallow without having a drink to help force it down.

Comment from: LuiBlak, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

I am a 35 year old male. I had tonsillectomy on 6/3/22. I’m currently on day 5. I just want to slam my head into a wall. I want to crawl out of my skin and ascend to the stars. This is unbearable. Throat feels like I’m chewing on razor blades. After hours is the worst because I wake up with the worst pain and it lasts till sunrise. Can’t wait till this nightmare is over. I see light at the end of the tunnel.

Comment from: AK Girl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I had a right tonsil removed on May 31st. Pain was difficult the first few days after the tonsillectomy, yet nothing like days 5-7. I never have experienced such excruciating pain. I have lost 7 pounds and find eating anything but mashed potatoes intolerable. Wish my ENT had prepared me better for how serious the pain could be. Hoping my scabs are forming and will drop off soon. This is the most miserable experience I have ever had.

Comment from: Patrick T, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

I am a 34 year old male, and had tonsillectomy on 23/05/2022. This has to be the worst I have felt ever. Days 1-3 were ok, painful but I mainly slept. Day 4, I thought I was out the woods, ordered a mild bolognaise pizza, and bam, felt like I had fallen on a spike. Day 7 was the worst. Had not had food for days, just water. I stood in my kitchen last night shaking in my pants, clutching the side of my face staring at a glass of water, goading myself mentally to drink it to get some pain relief in. Avoid milk.

Comment from: Juliet , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I had my tonsillectomy on the 26th. I’m 25 so I was expecting it to be painful, but I was not ready. I’ve had surgery before but, wow. I threw up post-surgery due to some liquid pain medicines they gave me before I left the hospital. The pharmacy ran my prescription wrong so my insurance denied it, I had to pay out of pocket. Turns out I’m allergic to liquid oxycodone. I have been to the emergency room (ER) twice. I am on day 7 and I can’t even comfortably lie down. I hope it gets better.

Comment from: Kate, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I’m currently on day 8 of tonsillectomy recovery. Days 1-2 were fine. I was in pain but I could eat- had a burger the first night! Day 3, everything went south. I was in incredible pain, had bouts of feverish sweats and chills, extreme nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Vomiting was horrific; acid on an open wound. Days 4-7 were very painful and I was nauseous and dizzy. Eating toast helped clean my throat and reduce nausea. Somewhat better today but still in pain and feeling very blue.

Comment from: Brittany , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I am a 27 year old female and just had a tonsillectomy. Day 1-3 post operation were bearable with all the pain medicines. Days 4 onwards have been different pain. There is a terrible burning sensation in the back of my throat and it feels as though someone has shot me through each ear. The pain at night is worse and I’m often up crying at least once every night because I wake up in extreme pain. I have been given a rinse that I find does settle the extreme pain immediately and allows me to go back to sleep.

Comment from: Montanna, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I had tonsillectomy on 23/05/2022, and the first 5 days were absolute agony! The pain is next level. I was unable to eat or drink very much for 5 days and faced infection and dehydration. I learned to avoid dairy as it thickens the spit and it is difficult to swallow. I ate to encourage the scabs to fall off around day 6, it’s very painful but worth it. Tea and honey help to soothe. Now it is 7 days post operation and I am feeling a lot better than I was one day ago. Take it each day.

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Comment from: Miron, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

I had my tonsillectomy on Thursday, 5/5/22. I began bleeding that night, rushed to the emergency room (ER), and had another surgery Friday morning to cauterize. That following Monday I began bleeding again, was sent straight to the operation room for another surgery. Got home that evening, stepped out of the car and immediately began bleeding really bad. I was sent straight back for a second surgery on the same day. Pain has been horrible. Now on day 10 of recovery, scabs coming off with a little blood spotting but pain has subsided and things are looking up!

Comment from: pandaratrat, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I had just a tonsillectomy and am on day 5 after surgery. This recovery really has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever experienced. The hardest thing is that the pain comes and goes. You might think you’re doing good and on the mend, and then the pain just hits you bad and you feel discouraged again. I have been alternating ibuprofen and Tylenol and have only taken oxycodone 3 times. My advice is to just be patient with yourself and take it one day at a time.

Comment from: Patricia , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Tonsillectomy was on 4/26/22 so I am on day 9 this morning. I had heard from a friend this surgery was really bad and I guess I underestimated my pain tolerance. Days 0-3 were painful; uncomfortable but medicines kept it at bay at pain level 6. Day 4, I started to get a slight ear pain, days 5-8 scabs were falling off, with burning sensation. Everything stings, ear pain is much more, at pain level 8-8.5 depending on if I get to medicines on time. I tried to switch to Tylenol maximum strength 1000 mg, but it made me too jittery.

Comment from: Gm38, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I had both of my tonsils taken out on 4/25/22 due to one side being really enlarged. First 2 days after tonsillectomy were bearable. I had taken oxycodone the first day and it made me feel so nauseous I stopped it on the 1st day. I’m just alternating between Tylenol and Advil, but Advil is much more helpful. Someone on here gave the advice of taking 2 Advil tablets and I did that just this morning, day 4. It worked and I can eat today without feeling like I’m eating a knife. Avoid salty, hot, dairy, and spicy foods.

Comment from: Mads , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had my tonsillectomy on 04/19/22. I got them taken out due to chronic tonsillitis. I’m on day 6 of recovery and I have never been in this much pain. I’m taking medicines every 4 hours but feel little relief. I can barely drink water and I haven’t eaten since 04/18 at 4 pm, the night before surgery. It hurts terribly and I’ve lost 15 pounds so far. Day 6 has been the worst so far but I hope I feel some relief here soon because it’s unbearable.

Comment from: Kierra, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I’m a 20 year old female and just had my tonsillectomy on 4/4/2022 and this is complete misery. I was told day five would be the worst and it would get better from there, but that is not true. Days 1-3 were pretty bad but I mostly slept. Days 4-5, I started to see some hope and was like, wow, they were all wrong, this is fine! I’m now on day 6 and I’m pretty sure I’m going to pass away. This pain is indescribable. I haven’t slept almost the entire night because I’ve been up and down sobbing.

Comment from: TommyK, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I am currently on day 7 after my tonsillectomy. The first three days were just a haze of nausea and sleeping. Days 4-7 have been a crescendo of pain. I keep having to choose between the agony of the tonsils or the nausea of the pain medicines. Hoping to goodness it gets better after today as I miss eating, talking and generally just enjoying myself. Given the option I would rather have the recurrent bouts of tonsillitis than this.

Comment from: Ryan a, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I’m 24 and got my tonsillectomy 6 days ago due to severe bad breath I’ve had for years; tried everything and nothing would help my breath. So the ENT said it was my tonsils. I’m on day 6 of recovery and feel like dying. It feels like glass in your throat when swallowing. Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 we’re not too bad. Day 5 was getting a bit worse but today, day 6, is terrible. I’ve lost 5 pounds so far, all I do is sleep. Day 5, I got the worst bad breath in the morning; I could smell it from just breathing.

Comment from: GeeDee, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 23

Currently, I am in day 4 heading to day 5. I'm a 34 year old male and post tonsillectomy has been the worst physical pain I've felt thus far. Oxycodone and Tylenol every 4 hours is bumping the pain level down from 8/10 to 5/10. It hurts to drink, talk or lie down. Only relief is pain medication which comes with an annoying side effect of nausea. Furthermore, I have not had a bowel movement since surgery, probably due to only fluid intake since eating is an impossible option.

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Comment from: McKenna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I am 40 years old, had my tonsillectomy on 3/1/22. I was prepared for the worst, but it wasn’t all that bad. I stopped the narcotic pain medicines on the second day, Tylenol only after that. The first 5 days weren’t very painful. Days 6 and 7 hurt more, then it gradually got better from day 8 to 12. I’m on day 12 now and mostly back to normal, just a mild sore throat left. I drank water around the clock, iced my throat, rested, used a humidifier and ate as much as I could. So happy to be done!

Comment from: doitazateam20, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I'm 49 years old and male. I had my tonsillectomy and uvulectomy on 02/22/2022. The day of surgery and day 2 were pretty uneventful, very little pain. Days 3-4 were torture, night of day 4 poison completely, I almost just quit, then bam, day 5 and 6 are complete torture. I'm drinking water only and eating mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs with gravy. Day 6 and it still feels like raw flesh to swallow anything, even spit. Hope things get better. Good luck to all.

Comment from: Rowland, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

Make sure you really do want/need them out before committing to tonsillectomy, there’s no going back. I was told it was painful but nothing prepared me for the reality of this torture. I wish I hadn’t had it done. Day 1-3 were ok, but codeine made me nauseous, so I had to stop. Day 4-7 were excruciating. My tongue and uvula were so swollen I couldn’t talk or breathe well, had to go back to hospital for steroids which made it go. I have no sense of taste still day 10. I hope it comes back... still in pain.

Comment from: Brie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I am a 33 year old female with tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, on day 6 of recovery. Day 1-2 felt like nothing. Day 3-4 I had moderate pain but I could drink liquids/broth. Days 5-6 have been the worst. Can’t swallow without extreme pain that radiates through my whole head. Can’t swallow liquid Norco, so I’m on ibuprofen alone because acetaminophen does nothing for pain. Hoping this is worth more than the chronic sinusitis/tonsillitis I get. This recovery is really rough… and I’ve had other surgeries!

Comment from: Ally, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I'm on day 8 of recovery from tonsillectomy and so far the pain has been very uncomfortable at times, but always bearable (feel very lucky reading other comments!). The pain is bad at meal times and in the morning, but other than that it's not much trouble at all. Days 1-3 were pretty fine, days 4-6 were sorer, especially in the mornings. I have been able to eat everyday but need to time the painkillers to kick in at meal times. Even at my worst, the pain is never enough to make me regret having the surgery.

Comment from: Regrets, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am a 21 year old female. I had a tonsillectomy on January 7. I was told pain each day would be worse than the last and that was the standard during my healing until day 6 when I hemorrhaged in the middle of the night. I went to the emergency room (ER) and got it under control, then went home. It happened again and I had to undergo emergency surgery to stop the bleeding. Now I have to start the 14 day recovery all over again. If I could go back, I wouldn’t get the tonsillectomy.

Comment from: Christy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I’m a 61 year old woman who had a tonsillectomy and tumor removed on 06/01/2021. Days 1-5 were uncomfortable but I was managing more or less a normal diet. Day 6 my pain levels went off the scale, I’m now day 9 and the pain is still awful. I’m on limited pain relief due to gastric bleeds and a functional bowel disorder so soluble paracetamol is my main analgesic which truthfully is not enough. I’m taking ibuprofen in between doses, and trying not to take much codeine.

Comment from: Sammie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I ended up getting a bleed on day 7 after tonsillectomy and rushed to the emergency room (ER) for emergency surgery to cauterize the bleed. I thought I was all good then they sent me home right after to recover. Then I started puking blood the next day, another bleed. They kept me overnight to see if the bleed would hold and to avoid a 3rd surgery. It held overnight so they sent me home. Seriously good luck to all. This has been absolute torture for me. Forever traumatized from throwing up cups of blood.

Comment from: Sndavis1981, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I'm 40 years old, on day 6 of my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and the pain is unreal. My whole head hurts from the top and all the way down to my shoulders. I have been eating some but drinking plenty, and it hurts bad to swallow because my throat is on fire. I've run out of my prescription pain medicines and regular Tylenol is not working. I hope I can sleep good tonight and awake with this pain gone. I hope everyone else heals good and feels better.

Comment from: Sammie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I’m 20 years old and had tonsillectomy surgery six days ago. Like most, first couple of days weren’t bad, I was able to actually eat and drink. Day 4 hit and it got bad, I’m currently on night six and I want to die. My ears, jaw, and throat are screaming. I haven’t been able to eat at all and drinking even water makes me cry. I’m hoping it gets better tomorrow, after reading all of these it seems like it gets better after day 7. I seriously wish everyone good luck. If you’re reading this, don’t do it.

Comment from: Molly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I am on day 7 after tonsillectomy. Surgery went well, and no side effects from anesthesia. I didn’t sleep at all on night 1 despite using a wedge pillow to stay upright. I blame this on the malt I drank; dairy, I have found, coats the throat and produces far too much mucus. Felt like I was choking. Days 2-3 were uneventful but I didn’t know to limit narcotic. Wish I had, because days 4-7 have been pure torture. Ice water is painful. The only thing I can tolerate is iced coffee with almond milk and extra ice. Hope it gets better.

Comment from: Alex, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I am a 25 year old male. I’m currently on day 7 after tonsillectomy. First day was great until I had post-tonsillectomy hemorrhaging and had to rush to the emergency room (ER) in the middle of the night. Bleeding stopped without the need to be cauterized. Days 2-6 have been painful, 9/10. I survived off ice chips, Jell-O, and protein water (Gatorade or popsicles made my throat sticky). Day 7 feels better. I ate some solid foods and ran out of my opioid. Pain level is at a 7/10.

Comment from: Apnewman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I had both tonsils removed, and one of them was cancerous, so my surgeon removed extra tissue. The pain in hospital after tonsillectomy was 3/10 but 5/10 when I ate. I was sent home on day 2 with liquid morphine, codeine, ibuprofen, paracetamol, anti-nausea tablets and laxative. My tips: make a list of what you have to swallow and when. Keep a record of what you actually swallowed. Try to eat normally. Plan your medicines so they have maximum effectiveness at meal times. Eat alone. Drink lots of water. Walk outside as soon as possible.

Comment from: ow, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, turbinate reduction, and septoplasty on 12/21 (Merry Christmas)! I’m on day 6 right now and they weren’t kidding when they said this hurt. If you’re on hydrocodone plus 325 mg Tylenol liquid, this is a pediatric dose so add 2 regular strength tablets of Tylenol every time you take it. If you’re not bleeding much, 3 hours after, take 400 mg ibuprofen. Drink more water than you think is a lot. And even though it’s hard, try and get some food down because you need it to recover.

Comment from: Bamadanni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I am on day 7 of my tonsillectomy recovery. Days 1 to 3 were slightly uncomfortable, but tolerable. I was able to eat soft foods, take my pain medication and drink without much of an issue. Days 4 to 6 were extremely painful. I still managed to eat on days 4 and 5, nothing on 6. Today has been a much better day. Stay hydrated, keep up with your pain medications and try to chew gum to help with ear pain. Elevate your head with 3 pillows at night to help with swelling.

Comment from: gymnastics6958, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I wish I found this tonsillectomy page sooner! I’m 22 and on day 9 post adenoid and tonsils removal. Adenoids, honestly, I can’t even tell a difference. Tonsils though, ouch. Days 1-3 were okay, nothing too painful, but day 4-7 were absolutely horrible. So much pain, talking hurts, swallowing hurts, taking medicines hurts, everything just hurts. Day 8 was my best day yet. Felt great! Day 9 felt almost like I went back to day 6. Nights and mornings are the worst for pain every day.

Comment from: Peter, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I’m a 51 year old, healthy male. I had a tonsillectomy on 09/12/21. Days 1 and 2 were very bearable but that’s probably due to the quantity of painkillers they pumped into me. Day 3, I started to realize that this wasn’t going to be easy. I’m now on day 7 and still have severe throat pain. It’s a nightmare to swallow as I try to keep hydrated; I dread the action of swallowing. I’ve eaten barely anything, it’s reassuring to read that days 9 to 11 are when recovery hopefully kicks in. Good luck all.

Comment from: Mardy , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I had my tonsillectomy surgery 11 days ago. Days 1-3 were just ok. Days 4-10 have been so miserable, I have been alternating taking ibuprofen and Tylenol around the clock. I am living off chicken broth and hot cocoa. Anything cold, out of the question. But last night and today have been horrible! It’s not even where my scabs are, it’s my throat. I’m in more pain from it than what the tonsillectomy itself gave me. I can’t talk still, I don’t know when I will. I had to stop medicines due to blood in stool. When will it be over!

Comment from: Josh910, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I am a 26 year old man. I am on day 6 post tonsillectomy. Day 1 was fine until I had post tonsillectomy hemorrhaging and had to be rushed to the emergency room (ER) for them to fix my nipped artery. Day 2-3 was fine, I was just tired. Day 5 now has been the worst. I can barely sleep, can’t swallow and can’t talk. My doctor ended up prescribing me methylprednisolone. It brought me from 0 to 75 percent. The swelling has decreased a lot and I finally ate some soup after not being able to eat for 6 days. Best of luck!

Comment from: Bagguley , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

It’s been a month since I’ve had my tonsillectomy. I left hospital with infection, and the pain that was unbelievable after surgery. Eating and swallowing were a nightmare. I had three courses of antibiotics. I had hospital trip for three days. And day 25, I still have infection, just hope this is it. No painkillers would work. If I could turn back that clock I never would have done it. All I have done is run through tissue after tissue for 3 weeks. Good luck, hope this helps.

Comment from: Emma, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had a tonsillectomy 13 days ago I just wanted everyone to know my experience. So, the first 3 days I had no pain at all which I think is rare, but on the 4th day it started. My ears and throat started to hurt like crazy and my tongue was so swollen. I could only eat clear soups for 5 days. Every time I drank or ate something, my ears in were in so much pain. All that pain went away on the 9th day. And from then I got better and better day by day. I hope everyone’s life will be better after all this.

Comment from: Better be working it, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

My tonsillectomy surgery was on 11/08/21. Today is day 6 and I’m back in the emergency room (ER). I went the other day about my ear and was told it was fluid on my ear drums (double ear infection at 41). Eating anything is pure and absolute torture. I tried to eat cottage cheese, and was able to eat 4 kernels before the intense pain. The crushed ice is a godsend, only when I can swallow. I want to point out a C-section. You know, when they cut through 7 layers of skin and pull out a full human it was not this painful.

Comment from: JoeyScal, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I am currently on day 21 post tonsillectomy. Day 1, I had a little discomfort from the breathing tube but overall fine. Day 2 was significantly worse, and day 3 was the absolute worst experience of my entire life. I ran out of medicines on my 4th day because I was taking them so frequently. Swallowing anything was like a golf ball. Popsicles helped but the sugar made my saliva so sticky that I couldn’t spit it out nor swallow. I hemorrhaged on day 5 and that was stopped without cauterization at the emergency room (ER). For the next week the pain was unbearable. Day 9 is when I noticed the biggest jump in recovery. Day 11 I was finally eating food.

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

This is day 6 of tonsillectomy. I’ve been in severe pain since surgery. The hospital told me to take paracetamol and ibuprofen which I laughed at, and I’m now on naproxen, 60 mg of codeine and paracetamol and still feel the pain through it. Definitely worse than child birth. I'm a single mum with a toddler who I can't tell off or raise my voice with. I have eaten barely anything and trying to drink as much as I can. I have lots of popsicles but even they are a struggle. I Can't focus on anything, be glad when it's over.

Comment from: Cardplayer21, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I am 24, male, and had my tonsillectomy surgery on 11/04/21. This forum is a godsend because I was worried I had an infection or something after reading online that day 3 was the worst (spoiler it is not). Currently I am on day 6. Pain medicines wear off much faster and pain becomes 9/10 when they do. Eating and drinking used to cause a dull pain, now it’s a sharp knife-like pain. I wake up every 2 hours with my throat and ears pounding, and on and off fever. Happy to hear it’s normal.

Comment from: Marti, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I’m a 19 year old girl post tonsillectomy. Day 1-2 we’re not bad at all as I was pretty drugged up on medications, slight pain but nothing I couldn’t bear. Day 3 I was returned to emergency as I woke up spitting up blood after one of my scabs ripped and then proceeded to throw up blood all over triage at the hospital. They cauterized my throat again and pain was bearable. I experienced some coughing from the white coating in the throat. I am on day 6 and I was up all night with the feeling that I was swallowing razor blades. Water is difficult to get down and I am scared for the days coming. Thank you and good luck to everyone.

Comment from: Katie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I got a septoplasty, tonsillectomy, turbinate reduction and sinus surgery. I started eating the same night after my surgery and haven't stopped, even managing steak! I have antibiotics, Panadol, an ant-inflammatory drug and a steroid I take religiously, as well as tramadol for when the pain is worse. I'm on day 6/7 and haven't needed a full dose of tramadol yet. The mornings are especially hard as my nose is completely blocked so staying hydrated is key (humidifier helps). I am waiting for things to worsen.

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

I got my tonsillectomy 8 days ago and I’m writing this in a hospital bed since I hemorrhaged this morning. I’ve learned a lot about recovery since I’ve been admitted. Here are my tips: eat avocado. It’s soft, cool and nutritious. Take dissolvable medication. The fizz feels really good on the throat. I died every time I had to swallow a pill. Gargle with hydrogen peroxide. Speak to your doctor if your medicines are not working for you. I developed a chest infection with lots of phlegm and bad cough. I needed antibiotics.

Comment from: Sophie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Tonsillectomy recovery is the absolute worst! I’m on day 5 and all I’ve done is basically take medicines, try to drink something (which is becoming impossible) and sleep because I can’t stand the pain. I’ve been coughing up phlegm too which collects in my chest when I sleep, and crackles when I try to breathe. Apparently my doctor said this is from the anesthesia and because I’m not moving around to clear it. If I could, I’d run into a hospital and put myself on a morphine and IV drip. When does it get better!

Comment from: Dymp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I am on day 8 after tonsillectomy. I had large awful tonsils. I am in a lot of pain but take two types of painkillers. My surgeon urged me to eat soft solid food as soon as possible as this helps clear away the wounds. I take painkiller and wait 30 to 40 minutes and try to eat. The pain changes from very sore just after painkillers, to excruciating later. Last night I made sure my mouth had enough saliva to stop drying. My wounds are rawer now as the scabs wash away.

Comment from: Stina, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I read horror stories about others’ experiences and I am so lucky. The same day as tonsillectomy surgery and the following day I was eating pasta because I was so hungry. It wasn’t unbearable to eat or drink at all. I only took 1 of my 12 pain medicines. Today I am 7 days post operation and I gag every time I talk because of the feeling of the scabs and I can’t even swallow saliva without wanting to puke from feeling the scabs. I’d rather go back to surgery day than deal with this. I keep a spit cup with me (super gross).

Comment from: Eric, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I am 41, male. I am 5 days removed from triple surgery: tonsillectomy, deviated septum, and turbinate removal. Percocet with acetaminophen works well for 2-3 hours. Drawback is constipation. Day 3, lack of food and water caught up to me. Throat pain is on par with having mononucleosis. Tips: when medicines are working, eat and drink. I spit and drink water a lot; easier than swallowing this gunk. Mornings are the worst. Head, ears, tongue, all hurt. I don’t know how people work post-operation. This is a slow torture. I gargle with mild hydrogen peroxide.

Comment from: thefunnyalto, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I'm the unicorn positive experience. I'm one-month post-tonsillectomy, never had to take a painkiller and not due to high pain tolerance. It just felt like a really bad sore throat. I had bad breath, excessive mucus/phlegm, but besides discomfort swallowing, I was fine. For 1 week, I rested, barely opened my mouth, and lived on protein water, Jell-O and soup. After a week I had cup noodles and dumplings after I read medical journals on soft versus regular diet in recovery. Get manuka honey if you can, 20 UMF plus. Good luck! I'm 40.

Comment from: N.r, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I am 27 years old and a female. I had my tonsillectomy and adenoids taken out and I wish this pain on no one. I had my surgery on Thursday, 10-21-2021. I am on day 10 and the mucus is unbearable. I constantly feel like I am choking, and swallowing anything makes me question life. Popsicles make me want to vomit now, I've had them so much. I ate applesauce today and it felt like my airways were being blocked. I am just waiting for the end because this is ridiculous. Swishing with salt water helped the mucus some.

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

I am a 23 year old female that had tonsillectomy on 10/22. Days 2-3 were bad because everything became swollen and stiff. I could barely breathe because of the saliva. Day 5, my scabs started falling off and I started to experience extreme pain. It revealed blood spots and it caused pain that went into my ears. I tried salt water wash to try to help. I’m on day 7-8 now, I can’t even eat cold things now and my throat has a strong burning sensation when I eat anything. I also still can’t talk.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 (Patient) Published: November 03

I am so grateful to have found this forum, at least now I don’t think I am going mad. I’m 7 days post tonsillectomy and have never experienced pain like this. I haven’t eaten anything since day 2, the pain is unbearable, shooting into my ears. I can tolerate lukewarm green tea with manuka honey and find this very soothing. Ibuprofen far outweighs the morphine and I’m also using Mucosoothe which helps a lot. Good luck everyone.

Comment from: Gsr717 , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I had my tonsillectomy on October 21, 2021. Basically, I have the same symptoms as stated by others. I'm still in pain. Here are some things I've found to comfort the pain. Chloraseptic spray and Cepacol for throat pain. Fill a pair of socks with rice and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute for earache. Make a chart of when to take pain medicines. Set an alarm. It's hard to drink any fluids. So I take my medicines with yogurt or pudding. No need to crush the pills, it’ll slide down easily.

Comment from: Emma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had a tonsillectomy on Monday, and it is day 5 now. I’ve been back to the hospital once from bleeding and extreme pain, and they couldn’t do anything. I am getting worse every day. One side is more painful. I hope it’s healing and not an infection. I pray that in the next few days I will start having less pain but I don’t have much hope. I can’t eat and can hardly drink. This is the worst pain of my life, if I could go back I wouldn’t get it done, only because the recovery is too painful.

Comment from: L.Cap, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I am 39, male, and had a tonsillectomy with adenoids removal on 10/15/21. Day 1, I just slept, mostly a result of anesthesia. Days 2-4 were better than expected. The back of my throat was nasty looking, I constantly felt like I was choking on my uvula, but the pain was bearable. Days 5-9 (today) have progressively gotten worse. It hurts to swallow, my ears are killing me, tongue is swollen, uvula is still inflamed, I have a horrible headache and I’m down seven pounds. After reading the comments, it appears that this is fairly normal.

Comment from: Lulu, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had my tonsillectomy on 12/10/2021, I’m on day 7, and I’ve been in pain every single day so far. I can barely eat but I try force at least a bit of water down. Night time is the worst as the pain is just unbearable so I can’t really sleep. I haven’t been able to speak unless I’m painfully whispering “painkillers”. I think some scabs are starting to fall as there’s a bit of bleeding. Everything in my mouth is in pain, even my tongue. I’m hoping the pain stops in a few days because I want food.

Comment from: Jinxed , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

I am on day 9 since tonsillectomy and definitely this is the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I had to motivate myself to drink water, swallow tablets and eat soups due to intense pain in my ears, throat, tongue and mouth. I used my CPAP machine following surgery, as advised by the nurse and this was a big mistake. My mouth became dry and stitches became hard rubbing on tongue and top of the mouth. I’ve lost weight but feel I’m past the worst, although eating poached eggs caused severe ear pain. Still snoring!

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

I am here on day 6 after tonsillectomy. Wow! Okay, so I knew it'd be bad. I woke up with moderate pain a day ago and said oh lord, don’t let it be worse than this. I knew. We all knew. I know the pain can last to 14 days. Take your medicines. When you're out of heavy Tylenol, don't be scared to take 2. My best tips: Aloe water soothes burns and helps heal. Almond milk is once again soothing. Eat whatever you can. We aren't talking pointy chips, but if you can at all stomach white bread and deli meat, do it.

Comment from: Teri , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had my tonsillectomy surgery on the 30/9/21. On that day I thought I was completely fine and wondered why I wasn’t in pain. After that it all went downhill. I’m on day 9 and I’m still sat here just crying all day from unbearable pain. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless it’s really needed. I haven’t eaten, slept or spoken since my surgery date and there’s no sign of improvement for me whatsoever.

Comment from: Olivia , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had my tonsillectomy two years ago, and it was undoubtedly the worst pain I’ve had. Worse than child birth, but just remember if you’re here reading these comments, you are not alone! My first two days I felt fine, mild throat pain and controlled by hydrocodone. Days 3-10/11 were absolute agony. I ended up in the emergency room not once, but twice from dehydration. Get lots of sleep! Ear pain is horrible, worse than the throat. it goes away after a few weeks. Felt like forever.

Comment from: Pamela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I had tonsillectomy on October 1st. I am 38, the doctor told me it's harder on older patient and he wasn't lying. When I woke up from surgery, I just had a lot of pain in my right ear and throat. Days 1-3 were similar, I didn't like anything cold, it gave me burning sensation from cold water/popsicles. Day 4 was awful! I am on day 11 and still have pain in my right ear. Nights are bad, I sleep with a humidifier and still take pain medicines. I can eat a bit now but the pain is when I swallow. Good luck guys.

Comment from: NoTime4Rest, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

So happy to have found this page. I am a 30 year old female who had a tonsillectomy 7 days ago. Days 1-3 were bearable as long as I was taking medication. I thought I was an exception from the forewarned torture. Day 4-5 the pain started getting worse. Day 6-7, holy moly! I took all my medicines, and had to get a refill. I started combining it with ibuprofen because the hydrocodone alone doesn’t do much. I'd say mornings are the worst. I am a single mom of a toddler and still working every day.

Comment from: vero, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I woke up from tonsillectomy literally shivering, freezing cold, and unable to talk. I'm 4 days post operation and still unable to talk, if I do speak at all it hurts like crazy. I’ve been having chest pains as well and have been coughing up sputum in the mornings. They gave me hydrocodone mixed with acetaminophen 325 mg but it does not help, I have to take an extra acetaminophen for relief. I’ve also been using ice packs on my neck which feels amazing. The only thing I can eat right now are popsicles.

Comment from: Kyla, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am a 30 year old female. I am on day 8 post tonsillectomy and still experiencing a lot of pain, especially in the morning. The day of the surgery was awful, I was so nauseous and was vomiting up blood. Doctor prescribed an anti-nausea medicine and I haven't puked since, but I still get nauseous. I had my follow-up appointment on day 6 and the doctor said everything is healing well. Days 3 and 4 were really painful. I still can't eat much and room temperature water has been the best. Cold hurts and sends unbearable ear pain.

Comment from: Judith, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I’m 25 years old and am on day 9 of recovery after tonsillectomy. I still can’t eat or talk, and can barely drink or sleep. I’m losing weight and feeling so weak. I’ve finished my prescription of Endone (which helped a little but made me horribly nauseous) so just Panadol now. I know this will be worth it in the long run, but right now it’s awful!

Comment from: Ryan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 30

So, everything you read here about tonsillectomy is true. For me, the worst pain was on days 2-5 peaking on day 3 or 4. I haven’t really been able to eat anything since day one. Doctor prescribed Tylenol-codeine for 7 days but must have miscalculated the amount because it only lasted 4 days. The most unbearable part for me has been the onset of the worst earaches you can imagine. It’s like your head is about to explode. That usually happens in the morning when I wake up or when I try to swallow food.

Comment from: Julie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I’m 41, female. I went to the emergency room (ER) on Thursday, September 16th, because of excruciating pain at the left side of my throat which turned out to be a peritonsillar abscess. Draining didn’t work, incision didn’t work so they ended up doing a tonsillectomy-a-chaud on the 21st to get rid of the infection. I had massive pain when waking up, and got 5 shots of morphine. Now, I’m on day 2. It hurts but not to be compared to the days I was dealing with the abscess. Ear pain is dominating. I can eat mashed food. Drinking helps a lot.

Comment from: Chrissy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I’m 25, and today is my 9th day post tonsillectomy. Days 1-3 were bearable. All I did was drink ice cold water and take oxycodone every 6 hours. I didn’t have much of an appetite, and my tongue and uvula were still very swollen. Day 4, I had ear pain, and though it was bad, it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. Days 5-7, more than half of my scabs had fallen off and I was talking a bit, but I was so weak. Since day 7, I keep feeling like a throat muscle is being pulled each time I talk. I’m so scared.

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

I had my tonsillectomy 9/14 and am struggling with pain management. Days 1-3 were hard but not too bad with regular medication. On day 6, I had to go to the hospital because the pain was so excruciating I was starting to panic. They gave me a tiny dose of fentanyl and an oral steroid to help with the swelling but that helped for about 24 hours. It is still extremely painful, especially in my jaw and ears. Anything I eat tastes sticky and gross, so I’ve been living off popsicles and water. No bowel movement (BM) since 9/13.

Comment from: Gamwah, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I will put a few points down that helped me after tonsillectomy. My pain level was 2-5. Sleep was a struggle, sleeping on my side helped, and I bought a humidifier. I made a plan where my phone had an alarm every 3 hours for ibuprofen or paracetamol. Last tablet was 12 at night and the next was at 6 in the morning. I drank loads of water and chewing gum helped. I ate toast, bread and got rye\whole grain bread for constipation. Mentally I struggled at day 5-7, down to medicines I think. Stopped taking medicines on day 10. Good luck, it’s not that bad.

Comment from: Kay, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had my tonsillectomy on 27/08/21. Day 1 was uneventful, just sore throat pain. Day 2 has been the worst day of recovery, I suffered a severe migraine. I am currently on day 12 and still suffering from pain in the ear and a sharp lump on the right hand side on where my tonsil used to sit. Day 9, I had my first attempt of exercise, a gentle walk for 20 minutes, and I ended up sleeping for 4 hours afterwards. However, the next 2 days my energy improved a lot. Day 13, I managed to talk for 3 hours without pain.

Comment from: Katie. , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my tonsillectomy on August 25th so I’m about 12 days post-operation. Recovery is slower than I like but I must admit, the pain has not been unbearable. The absolute worst part so far, which I haven’t seen anyone else talk about, is the awful taste I have in the back of my throat when I eat most foods. I get this sickly aftertaste whenever I eat almost anything and it hasn’t gone away. I have no idea if this is normal, and I can’t find anything about it online. Hopefully this is not permanent.

Comment from: Healing, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I had my tonsillectomy on August 26, 2021. I am on day 6, and the scabs have started to fall off on both my left and right side. The ear pain had been excruciating since I came out of surgery. My mouth is just now starting to feel some type of relief, but I know that I am not done yet. I haven’t had much bleeding, but I did have to go to the hospital due to an erosive tonsillitis (really raw throat post-operation). They gave me some lidocaine and an oral rinse to take home with me. We have this!

Comment from: T, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I am on day 7 after tonsillectomy, and have had unbearable pain every day since the surgery. I cannot consume anything but water because my throat burns if anything touches the tonsil sites. The sides of my tongue also burn and drinking anything colder than room temperature triggers the burning sensation as well. The ear pain is unbearable. I’m hoping to feel better soon, this is like nothing I’ve gone through before. I’ve been taking Advil and Tylenol but feel like there is no difference in pain management.

Comment from: Misscalisi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I'm only on day 5 after tonsillectomy and I can tell you I've never woken up so much in unbearable pain, crying. This is the most painful, horrible experience I've ever had. I am in such pain and the drugs the hospital give you are pointless. They slice your throat off and say good bye like it is a minor surgery; it should be reclassified as the most painful one. The agony, the smell, the lack of sleep, the inability to eat, the waking up with ears swollen, throat killing, not talking, etc.

Comment from: Tiff, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I’m on day 8 today after tonsillectomy and having ear aches and throat aches when I swallow, but I believe the scabs will fall off within the next few days. Yesterday, I was able to eat bread, hot cakes, and ice cream peacefully, but today’s been the killer. I know it will get better, I’m on my last painkiller and then it’s strong Panadol. Wish me luck! I can’t wait to smoke and have an alcoholic beverage to celebrate this recovery! It’s been terrible, and I don’t wish it upon anyone!

Comment from: Bonnie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I’m a 21 year old female and I got my tonsillectomy on 8/18/21. Days 1-4 were uneventful, but day 5, I had a massive arterial bleed that restarted my recovery counter. I’m on day 5 (again) and I haven’t been able to eat or drink more than a few sips at a time. I’m so hungry, I think that’s the worst part. The pain up until now has been unbearable as well, nothing like I’ve ever experienced before.

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

Day 1-3 after tonsillectomy were the worst for me, as in, the pain was manageable with paracetamol and oxycodone. From day 4, it started to very slowly get better up to day 14. The nights were by far the worst. My tip is, drink ice water all the time. However, I lost my taste after 6 days and when it wasn't back a week later, I got extremely worried and depressed over it. I read stuff on the internet and started taking 30 mg of zinc tablets a day. It’s been 3 weeks since surgery and my taste is almost normal again.

Comment from: Maed23, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I am a 19 year old woman who suffered multiple episodes of tonsillitis a year since I was a baby. My tonsils had always been big since, but it all started back in May when they got really big and I had strep throat. Since then, for 3 months, I went with continuing strep. I got my tonsillectomy three days ago. This is the worst pain ever. The scabs are so nasty. My tongue is swollen and so is my uvula, so I can barely breathe, let alone drink. I keep an ice pack on my neck because it’s swollen. I hate it.

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

Having read all these comments I can completely understand how awful tonsillectomy can be. I’ll be on day 5 as of tomorrow, post tonsillectomy surgery. Pain medicines do work within reason. I find paracetamol every 2-3 hours between your 4-6 hour pain medicines (codeine/Endone) works well. Try and drink water, have warm soup, cold milk shake. I don’t suggest pancakes or pasta, it hurts! Keep head elevated, swallow saliva regularly, don’t spit out constantly. Just try to cope with the pain, it hurts, I know!

Comment from: mad21, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

Day 1 and 2 after tonsillectomy were bearable, but days 3-6 have been really painful. I always dread waking up in the morning or from naps because I know that’s when it will hurt most since I’m a mouth breather. Cepacol lozenges help a little. Since I had no issue with bleeding, I’ve been able to take 800 mg of ibuprofen and that works way better than tramadol or Percocet. I’ve lost 9 pounds already and it’s only 6 days in. I went day 4 unable to eat or drink at all. The ear pain is terrible too.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I am a 43 year old male who had a tonsillectomy and uvula shortening on August 5th. The first 2 days, I had minor pain in the throat, but severe body aches from anesthesia, until day 5. Day 6 felt ok, soft popsicle was the best to eat, and Gatorade, but room temperature cold would cause pain. On day 7 through 9 it was torture; the worst pain. I could not eat and was taking liquid codeine every 4 hours with little to no relief. During these days the best thing was an ice pack on my neck from ear to ear and leaving it there a major help. After day 9 I am almost normal.

Comment from: Chiddy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am on day 9 today, after tonsillectomy. I’m reading a lot of comments and no one talks about that extreme ear pain. It started around day 5 and it’s triggered when something (food, water, etc.) touches my right side tonsil at a certain angle. It’s super sharp and it radiates through my right ear and down the right side of my tongue. I’ve found a way to eat: I need to push all food to the left side before a swallow. Acetaminophen is helping a little bit.

Comment from: Eliza pp, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

The pain from this tonsillectomy surgery is unbelievable. I was shocked when it hit. I have come up with many comparisons for this terrible experience. Gargling pocket knives, swallowing a swarm of bees... The pain made me dizzy. Swallowing now has become a thought about and prepared for adventure of pain, suffering and disappointment. If you don't know, you better figure that out. Because this is as close to torture as I can think of. They slit your throat and send you on your way to deal with it at home.

Comment from: S, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am a 21 year old female who underwent a tonsillectomy on August 3rd, 2021 due to chronic tonsillitis. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. The pain is excruciating. I am currently on day 7 and still having to take oxycodone. Day 5 was the absolute worst. My pain was at a 9/10 and I had to go to the emergency room (ER) for bleeding in the morning, and almost went back that same night due to more bleeding. It hurts to just exist after you’ve gotten this procedure done!

Comment from: dardarbinks4321, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I’m a 21 year old female who just had a tonsillectomy. Days 1 and 2 were painful, but manageable as long as I stayed on top of taking the oxycodone on time. Days 3-6 were horrible. I was barely able to drink anything, let alone eat. I only survived on popsicles and ice chips. I’m on day 9 now and the pain is manageable again. I’ve been able to eat scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes, however, it is very painful. I have lost 15 pounds so far. I would not wish this on anyone. I’m miserable.

Comment from: CO, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am currently going into day 7 after my tonsillectomy. The first 2 days, I was pretty okay, I started with hydrocodone which totally took away my appetite. Day 3, the pain started to worsen, and day 4 was an absolute nightmare. The nausea from my medicine, combined with the pain, was the worst thing I’ve ever felt. But after that day I started eating solids again, got off the medicines and I’ve been feeling better. I hope it doesn’t get any worse.

Comment from: Jennifer , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am a 47 year old female, on day 7 of tonsillectomy. The pain was not the worst I have ever had. Day 1 and 2 were the worst, sipping small amounts of water before eating or taking pills helps. Popsicles are life. Eat 1 before food and before bed. I developed coughing (tickle in the throat kind) yesterday. Also sneezing is terrible. I stopped the pain medicines Friday morning as I felt the same on them as off them. Still hard to talk or eat (opening my mouth, not swallowing). Weirdest symptom is throat spasm. Feels like a hiccup.

Comment from: I’m a G lol , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I got a tonsillectomy and I’m on day 6. I am a healthy 19 year old. Yes, the pain is terrible. Tips for you: Drink lots of water the first 3 days; as much as you can. Mix ice cream with almond milk and take a couple sips. Not too many as it will make your mucus thick. But enough to coat your throat so you can drink water after. Take your medicine 30 minutes to an hour early. Today I had to double my medication as it wasn’t working with just one pill. Ice packs help. You’ll get through this. And apple sauce!

Comment from: Megan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I’ve never really had any surgeries before, other than my wisdom teeth, so I can’t compare tonsillectomy to really anything. That being said, this is the most painful experience I have ever been through. Days 1-3, my pain was so unbearable, I woke up out of surgery crying and cried till about day 6 because it hurt so bad. I couldn’t eat, drink or barely breathe with all the saliva in my mouth. Day 4 was the worst because I ended up in the emergency room (ER) from severe dehydration and they had to push two IV bags.

Comment from: Over this , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

The comments have been helpful. I’m going into day 9 after tonsillectomy. I’m a 42 year old woman. I thought I physically and emotionally prepared for this, but nothing can prep you for the pain. Through my research I knew day 1-2 would be ok. What I didn’t fully realize was day 3-forever would be torture. I lost 15 pounds. I struggle to sip water. I can barely eat any soft foods. I gag on my scabby throat to the point where I’ve urinated in the bed! I long for a sparkling water and a nice meal.

Comment from: Morgan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had my tonsillectomy at the age of 28, and the surgery wasn’t terrible. Days 1 and 2 were easy, didn't hurt, but I couldn't stomach food, and drinking hurt. Days 3-8/9 was torture! I have a high pain tolerance but this was something else. I ended up in Accident and Emergency on day 3 for bleeding throat. I didn’t eat for the first 9 days, and after that it was Jell-O or yogurt. Note that dairy products make you feel like you are choking, so much mucus. I'm currently on day 16 with a slight sore throat.

Comment from: klh09, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had my tonsillectomy and my adenoids removed on 7/20 after I had strep throat 7 times over a 4-month period. My doctor told me it would be the worst 2 weeks of my life and he did not lie. Day 4, I developed an infection and was crying nonstop. For days 1-3, all I ate was soup broth and Jell-O. Day 4, I tried mashed potatoes and days 5 and 6, I was able to eat salad and pasta. My scabs are beginning to fall off, but my mouth is raw from how much I am swallowing and drinking.

Comment from: Babydriver1999, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I read these comments the day before my tonsillectomy surgery and really began to get scared! I’m on day 9 now and still waking up at night with burning in my throat from the scabs healing. Days 1-5, I took my hydrocodone every four hours and was able to eat soft foods. Day 6, I woke up crying, day 7, I woke up at night thinking I’d have to go to the emergency room (ER), day 8 was ok with occasional burning, and day 9 similar. I hope I found a corner soon where I can sleep through the night.

Comment from: Painintheneck., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I had a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and septoplasty 9 days ago and today was the first day it didn’t feel like my head was being cut off from the inside out. Days 1-2 were a piece of cake, I had hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Days 3-5, nope, hydrocodone worked for literally 10 minutes. Cold drinks hurt, hot drinks were absolutely terrible. Days 5-9, I found ibuprofen works at about 75 percent after taking 1000 mg, which makes the throat tolerable at best. I found, if I ate 30 minutes after ibuprofen, it was doable but hurts like crazy afterward. Take plenty of rest!

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

This is miserable. I had a tonsillectomy 9 days ago and I still can barely drink water, much less eat any food. The pain makes me dizzy, it hurts so bad. I am so aware of the scabs and stitches in my mouth and it makes me gag constantly. Day 5 now has been 1000 times worse than any strep throat I have experienced. Everyone says after day 10 it gets better but I have little hope. This page has helped me a ton and helped my family understand I am not being dramatic when I cry twice a day.

Comment from: Jacob, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

It has been 26 days since my tonsillectomy surgery. The doctor told me that my tonsils were the worst he had seen in over a year, and one of the worst he had ever seen in his career. In my experience, the pain hasn’t been unbearable. It has at the worst of times been either a 7 or 8 out of 10. A week after the surgery, an artery ruptured in my throat and I lost a liter and a half of blood before getting to the emergency room (ER). I still can’t eat without food getting stuck in my throat. I just want to eat again. This is awful.

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

I’m having the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I broke my back last summer and tonsillectomy is worse than that! I’m on day 9 and still very sore, although slightly better. Night is the worst and it is so sore. It’s the worst pain ever, I was even on morphine for a bit. It’s reassuring to know others have the same pain, although I can’t wait for it to go. I had and infection, so am on antibiotics now.