Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with tonsillectomy.

Comment from: noellesmom, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

My daughter 12 years old just had her tonsils removed on 4/14. She is still in bad shape. She has been to the emergency room (ER) twice, and to urgent care last night. She was dehydrated, and very weak. The doctor prescribed Tylenol with codeine when she left the hospital and her first dose was in the evening. After she fell asleep her breathing would stop. I did not sleep all night as I had to keep waking her up to breathe. The next morning I called her doctor he said it was too high of a dose, and cut it in half. So I did, and she cried from the pain all day and night, no rest at all. She came down with a fever 2 days later, I took her to the ER, they did nothing saying she just needs to eat and drink. Next day I called the doctor and told him she's in so much pain. All he said was she needs to drink to get rid of the pain. Two days later I took her to the ER again because she was so weak and lethargic. ER weighed her, she had lost 9 lb. in 6 days. They gave her 2 IVs and told us the dosage was too low and that"s why she's in so much pain. I am very confused and mad that my daughter has to be in such pain because doctors couldn"t get the right dosage for her. She wasted a week of recovery in miserable pain due to wrong dosage and no one caught it. This is the end of the second week of recovery, she is still on Tylenol with codeine every 6 hours, a lot of pain from really bad headaches for 4 days now. We went to urgent care last night and the doctor just said, oh drink Boost. It did nothing for her. Nothing is going right. She is supposed to return to school Monday but she is not ready to go back yet.

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Comment from: oktonsiltale, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was rushed into hospital a month and a half ago with acute quinsy (peritonsillar abscess). I had suffered on and off with tonsillitis since having my first son 8 years ago. I had two nights in hospital and a 14 day course of antibiotics and having my tonsils aspirated. I finished the antibiotics and ended up back at square one, with enlarged right side, migraine and temperature. I could still feel something there, it was like having a golf ball stuck in your throat, and it felt further down than tonsils. So I asked for a CT scan and it showed three areas of infection, one 7 mm and two 4 to 5 mm in my right tonsil. My ENT consultant booked me in for a tonsillectomy, after trying to aspirate again. He also wanted to send my tonsils off for a biopsy as he wanted to rule out a tumor. So I had my operation yesterday. The anesthetist gave me morphine whilst I was under and I have to say I have not felt any pain yet, 24 hours later. I have taken home from the hospital, Endone, tramadol and morphine for the pain and steroids for the swelling and big amoxicillin tablets. I am eating small amounts and drinking lots of iced water and chamomile tea. My first meal after the anesthetic came straight back up but the nurse said that"s good, it gets it out of your system. I have eaten soft fruit, ice cream and even managed some toast this morning. As much as I would love to think I am going to lose the 5 kilos I have put on through the last month my main objective is to get well so lots of soups and ice creams for me. I get the results of my biopsy in five days and I am hoping to celebrate, the consultant said he is 98 percent sure it will be clear. So fingers crossed. I certainly feel better than I have for a while. My advice is drug up, eat and drink as soon as you get off the operating table. Good Luck!

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Comment from: Scorpoionwoman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had my tonsils out on 4/7. The first day was easy, other than the being nervous and feeling weak from the anesthesia they give you for the surgery, I was great. The doctor told me that I had the largest tonsils he had ever seen! I also had an adenoid removal and my uvula clipped. The first week was hard. I was so hungry but in so much pain I couldn"t even really fathom eating. I was heavily sedated as much as I could be all week. I drank lots of clear liquids and slept a lot. Beginning of week 2 was even worse. I was in so much pain it made me cry, which made me hurt more. I ended up back at the emergency room for the pain and bleeding that had started. They gave me pain medications, but none of the pharmacists in my area carried liquid narcotics. So I had to get pills and force them down half at a time. However I was glad to do so just to not be in pain anymore. I made myself drink lots and lots of water and clear apple juice all through the whole thing, and I even slept elevated. Here I am week 3 day 2. Every day I wake up it is just a little bit better. I am able to eat more solid foods now, however nothing with flavor, and if I get a whiff of anyone"s perfume or a strong odor I immediately start uncontrollably coughing. This hurts a great deal, but it's unfortunately unavoidable. This experience had been nothing but hard and painful, but I will say this. I don"t snore as much or hard as I used to, and I can breathe easier as long as there isn"t an odor around. I know the benefits of doing it outweigh the negatives. I don"t regret doing it, but I will say this. It is not easy, and it is certainly not pain free. At least not in my experience. I don"t wish this on even my worst enemy.

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Comment from: Mla0088, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

This message board really helped me during the first few days following my tonsillectomy. It"s really nice to be able to read what others experience on what days. Today is one week and one day post-surgery and I feel pretty good. Honestly, I felt pretty good days one and two, as well. Other than vomiting immediately after surgery, I thought I was in for a pretty easy recovery. The roughest days were definitely day 4 to 7. Days 4 and 5, the pain in my throat and my ears was absolutely insane. I wanted to scream, but I couldn"t even talk. Then on day 7 I woke up and threw up several times which hurt terribly. Even with throwing up, I had zero bleeding throughout my recovery. Not sure how I got that lucky. Today I can see that most of my scabs have fallen off and I can eat a lot easier. Like everyone else on here has said, drink a lot of water! All the time. I lived on oatmeal and popsicles. Chai tea and Gatorade were good when I couldn"t stand water anymore and needed flavor. Just lie in bed, drink water and keep a timer set for your medicines. Good luck to those recovering and about to have surgery!

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