Diagram of tonsils

Diagram of tonsils

Tonsillitus with swolen tonsils

Tonsilitus - Swollen tonsils with ulcers

Tonsillectomy scabs

Tonsillectomy scabs

Tonsillectomy Scabs

Tonsillectomy Scabs

Tonsils after tonsillectomy

Tonsils after tonsillectomy

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  • Rach:

    I had my tonsils removed and lasered last Monday. I’m glad I didn’t know until after surgery how painful and uncomfortable it is. But am glad I found this page when I did I was a little worried that I might have an infection in my throat as I was very dizzy, nauseous, loss of appetite, had a slight fever and my throat looked gross. I went back to my doctor and she said a few days after op this can happen and I probably didn’t have an infection but gave me antibiotics anyway. So my throats meant to look this gross?! haha I’m starting to feel a little better but recovery is slow. I’m not sorry that I had the op I did need it. I’d like to offer some advice; hopefully someone will find it useful in their recovery. When I got home from the hospital I slept a lot and angled my pillows so I wasn’t lying flat which helps me sleep. I wrote down when and what drugs and how much I took for pain and antibiotics so I could keep track of it. I’ve been drinking as much fluids as possible especially the first day as I had to fast for the surgery and went over 10 hours with no food or water and ended up quite dehydrated and also the drugs make you a little dehydrated. I like water with ice cubes in them best. For food I was told to eat as much normal food as possible. At first I ate a lot including jelly, tinned fruits, yoghurt, custard, sorbet, ice blocks, ice cream, pureed baby food, scrambled eggs, toast, cereal, cup of soups, fruit mince pies, vegetables, soft fruits such as watermelon and mashed bananas (room temperature food/fluids is best, too cold or too hot and it was sensitive on my throat). But after a few days I got worse and things like ice cream and yoghurt got stuck to my throat and toast and other dry foods made my scabs bleed so I went back to soft food. Also my tongue hurts which I didn’t expect so some foods that require extra chewing can be painful. Oh and when bending down and getting up do it slowly, I didn’t once and nearly passed out! The first night after surgery I slept a solid 6 hours and woke with a burning throat, so whenever I wake I have a drink, meds if needed and food. Eating is painful so I recommend taking pain meds and then 15 minutes later or whenever they kick in then you can eat. My sleeping habits and eating normal foods are slowly
    getting back to what they used to be. Just have to be patient, you’ll be better soon : ) Keep up your normal teeth brushing, being gentle near your throat. I also every few days made up a salt water throat rinse. I don’t gargle, just rinse my mouth out or hold it in my mouth then spit it out. its a cup of heated water and a teaspoon of salt, stirred then let to cool before rinsing. Get plenty of rest, take your meds, fluid, food and just take it easy and if uncertain see your doctor and you’ll be back on your feet and back to your normal routine very soon. All the best everyone x

  • Ann:

    Thank you for this info. How are you doing today? I am scheduled to have this done 12/14. I am very nervous because I am 46 years old and don’t bounce back like I used to.

  • Kelly:

    Good info. I was told by my Dr only liquids the first day and then on to soft foods only until recovered. The pain meds can constipate you too, so be sure to drink lots of water and maybe some Metamucil or other fiber therapy drink.

    • BeccaD:

      Do not use fiber for constipation caused by pain meds, it will just make the problem worse! Tell your pharmacist what medications you will be taking after the surgery and let them recommend what to have on hand to use. Get all of this done before your surgery, you will not feel like dealing with it later. You will want to have all of your supplies (food and medication) ready when you get home.

  • Penny:

    Hi, I’m 43 and had my tonsils out 6 days ago. One thing I was told before my operation that it was going to be painful after. I was never told how long the pain would last and lasts up to
    2 wks or more. Not knowing either first day after op and second day was not so bad. By the third day the pain was worse and thought they were going to keep me in hospital. But no I came home. The pain increases I’m affraid each day that goes by. With this I was really worried. I then went on this site and found out that the 7-11 day is the worse day of real bad pain as scabs will start to remove and need to watch out for bleeding. In hospital I was told to have roughage food to which was very hard. Only could eat after medication set in. And even then I had only little. Had lots to eat straight after operation. The foods I was told to eat was toast, potato
    Chips,Meat, chew on chewies in between so there is no stiffness of the back of your throat . I know all that sounds terrible, and believe me its not easy but it is suppose to give u a speedy recovery. And to drink coke. I’ m starting to eat less now and wanting more soft foods like yoghurt, jelly, frozen icy poles as the 7 days starts tomorrow. Fresh , lemons, oranges and bananas may cause severe pain in throat and ears and should be avoided. don’t know how but I was also Told by my nurse in hospital that if u eat roughage foods it will stop it from bleeding u would think it would be the other way around. Patients need to be told before they go home that each day gets worse with the pain. I take 4 hrly medication and antibiotics. I do gargle a mouth wash called Cepacaine, which has got an anesthetic to numb area and a antibacterial, I use that every 2 hours do not swallow, you won’t be able to talk and if u do write on paper. Try not to talk makes it worse. Make sure u have plenty of of water and bed rest. Good luck to you all and hope u have a speed recovery. :-)

    • cheryl:

      Don’t know who your medical team was, but the first few days need to be very soft. Popsicles and sherbert. Stay away from ice cream and milk products the first 2 days because it causes extra mucous. Stay away from citrus as it may burn. You do not want rough foods (chips, pretzels, and even bread) and nothing salty or spicy. These will cause pain in the open sores. Keep the throat wet by drinking plenty of water.

  • fridah:

    GOD this tonsillectomy operation is a death sentence. im in so much pain its been 6days since i had the op but hell no im in real pain

  • mikayla:

    I wonder how long the pain lasts, because i had mine done on april 1st and its killing me!!!!!

  • Cindy:

    I had my tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy on April 8, 2013. The first day was bad with drinking liquids. I kept feeling as if I was going to choke. And I could not lay flat and sleep because where the back of my throat was swollen I felt as if I couldn’t breathe. The second day of recovery was better, my doctor prescribed tetracaine numbing suckers, pain meds and antibiotic. I ate soups and drank PLENTY of ice water. My third day was worse, I had more pain when I woke and didn’t want to swallow. My doctor told me I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I could tolerate it. This morning (4th day), the pain was bad again but as I drank soup and drank water my throat started feeling better. My doctor told me that this would be the worst WEEK of my life. I can’t lie, I’m about to die for a slice of pizza, some “real” solid food but, I am being cautious and taking it easy. I am talking and I will brush my teeth which seems to make the pain a little better. But the mornings are worse for me right now. Keep a glass of ice cold water with you when you go to bed, keeping your throat hydrated is the key thing.

  • Ellen:

    If anyone is reading this before they have their tonsillectomy here is what I found online/was told by my doctor (USA).
    1. Pick up your drugs ( over the counter ones too! plenty of ibiprofin) before the operation and stock your fridge. I got massive things of Gatorade and water and packs of pudding, applesauce, and sorbet. I also admit to picking up some slow churned mint chip 😉
    2. I also bought an armchair pillow for my bed, and before I went to the hospital I changed the sheets, set up a massive heap of pillows, and turned down the bed. It’s the little things people.
    3. Parcel out your meds into timed doses. I used ice cube trays and labeled them with the time and date I needed my sister to give them to me. Have your caretaker set alarms! The pain can be avoided if you/they don’t get lazy and let you blow off food and meds.
    4. I spent probably 2 hours post op in the hospital while the anastisia slowlyy wore off. Then she took me home and about when she had settled me in bed that good ole alarm went off! I told her to MAKE me eat something as right after surgery is when you are going to be the most drugged and thus least likely to feel pain and it is also when it is most important to get the blood flowing in there to start the healing, prevent bad clots and prevent the scabs from bonding too tightly at the root.
    5. Applesauce seemed to be the most appealing as I was thirsty but not fond of the feeling of straight liquid there. I preferred it room temp or very slightly chilled- cold felt weird. I slept for the rest of the day and most of the next, taking my pain meds, amoxicillin, and/or ibiprofin as directed every 3-4 hours by the alarm. Each time I took pills I ate at least half of an applesauce and as many sips of Gatorade as my sisters taunting could yield.
    6. By the 3rd & 4th days (this past weekend). I was eating saltines and more ibiprofin than oxy. The only thing besides the irritation in my throat that bothered me was dissiness. I’d started getting my own meds and food and kept knocking into things! I was determined to shower and that was terrifying- bad idea.
    7. Monday I was fit to be tied. Dying for a beer and pizza. Went off the oxy so I could have the beer, and yes we got the pizza too and I had my average 3 slices… Slower and couldn’t quite bring myself to face the crust but not too bad. Tuesday I actually did go crazy a little, did my nails, called in to work meetings, cleaned around the apartment, planned today…
    8. Today my sister and I went apartment shopping. I drove, on ibiprofin all day (still have a 4 hour alarm for 400-600 mgs). Didnt eat today, except for a diet coke- I couldn’t tell if that was doing good or bad things to my throat… But I seem to have no appetite, much less than the first few days. Also- tonight makes the second night I haven’t slept a wink.

    Either liver failure, too much ibiprofin, RX meds reharmonizing, or excitement/anxiety about my impending move….
    I’ll see the doctor tomorrow and get her opinion, my tonsils look like the pictures but the scabs are uneven so I suppose some have already come off. Tempting to stick a cotton swab back there and investigate but if I went and gave myself an infection I’d never forgive my stupidity.

    It’s not over yet but I can say that comparatively my pain sounds like its been negligible. I do have a high tolerance for pain, but as far as I can tell setting the president to eat and drink frequently those crucial first days is really what helped.

    I have probably only lost 5 or so lbs but I suppose I’d rather miss out on the weight loss perk than be in pain or in bed for any longer.

    Hope something in this ramble will be helpful for somebody!

    • BeccaD:

      Your advice is the best I have seen on here, and I agree that planning ahead is the key. The one thing I haven’t seen mentioned that I would have liked to have been warned about: Lortab Elixir (liquid pain medication) feels like drinking lava! I couldn’t believe how badly it burned my throat. I recommend a sip of room temperature water, followed by the medicine then quickly washed down with several more small sips of water.

  • Got my tonsils out last wednesday (it’s Monday today). The surgeon said they were pretty rotten. he wanted me to take narcotics or some shit and all ive been taking is tons of that liquid ibuprofen and tylenol for kids and i’ve been fine. (I’m 18). as for the antibiotics, I crush the pills up and mix it in with pudding or applesauce, really helps!!

  • Denise:

    Hi, i have just had my Tonsils out at the age of 50! I knew it would be painful-they were right i am on day 5 now and still in a lot of pain days 3,4 and 5 have been worse. I have tried to eat toast/crunchy stuff but to painful. so am on a diet of milky porridge for breakfast, soup and a very soft roll for lunch and mashed potatoe with gravy for dinner. ice cream relives it but brings mucus! so have stuck to ice pops! Feel very tired and got earache at moment but that is to be expected.. your throat looks horrible with big white scabs. But in time hopefully i will feel better.xx

  • jouball Henry:

    please I have tonsils and I am afraid of operation, is there any medication that can remove them without surgery

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