Patient Comments: Tonsillectomy - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Sher, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I am 33 years old and had a tonsillectomy last week Wednesday (May 13th). I feel as though I am not getting better. I felt as though they did not give me enough pain medicines so last Friday I had to get some other medicines (Percocet) and those didn't last me too long either. I cannot drink anything. I have to force myself to take the medicines that are crushed up in Gatorade, every 4 to 5 hrs. I am constantly told to drink as much water as I can but I cannot! The pain is too much; to even swallow my saliva is a big deal. I am on day 6 and have cried many times as my ears hurt and it feels like someone took an iron to my throat. I miss food very much but for now just sticking to soup broth, popsicles and some Jell-O. I hope the pain goes away fast as I am due back to work next week. I see the surgeon on Thursday, hope he prescribes some more medicines. Good luck everyone.

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Comment from: reza, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

Today is my second day post operation. I had tonsil stone on the right side which I used to think was just one, and a cyst hurting me especially during cold or allergic congestions. I was very obsessive regarding cleaning my tonsils and finally after three years of trying useless ways to remove tonsil stones I decided to have them removed. A few days before the tonsillectomy procedure I was very anxious that I couldn't even sleep. Whenever I was reading others' experiences I was about to cancel my operation. Finally I decided to go for surgery and I did it yesterday. Before surgery I prepared myself mentally. I told myself that two or three weeks of misery is part of my life and I can pass it behind. After operation my doctor told me the right tonsil was full of stones and the one that I was worried about was just one of them. And also the part of the cyst on the left side was just tip of the iceberg and the much larger part was behind the tonsil. Though I don't have a fun time now I think I will pass this period successfully. I have pain on swallowing even my own saliva, let alone ice cream! I can't sleep very well now. But these are ok not very intolerable yet.

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Comment from: gio81, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I'm on day 5 after my tonsillectomy surgery; what can I say it's been pure agony, not being able to swallow anything including fluids, without extreme pain. I have been given a couple of different pain killers, the most powerful of which is tramadol; now this is an extremely powerful painkiller. I have used it before when I bruised my ribs and it worked a treat, this time however to my shock it has hardly had an effect. Now I will say that I probably have more neck muscle than the average patient, and I was told this would most likely make the recovery more painful. Now if you are thinking that I am a person with low pain tolerance think again, I've been known not to need local anesthesia for dental work. So to the doctors in the 80s who thought removing my adenoids and not my tonsils was okay, think again.

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Comment from: sglenney11, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am on day 5 of recovery from tonsillectomy (including surgery day). Days 1 to 3 were not bad at all. I was able to eat eggs and bread (small bites at a time) less than 24 hours after the procedure. However, the last 2 days have been a bit more painful. It has not been unmanageable though but I don't know if that's because it's not that bad or because I have been very good about taking my medicines and drinking water. I have high hopes that it will only get better from here.

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Comment from: Jodie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I am on day three after a tonsillectomy. The day of the surgery was a piece of cake as I was still numb, day two was a little more painful and day three is on par with that. Considering that I had to have stitches after procedure due to a difficult extraction, the pain isn't as bad as my worst case of tonsillitis. I don't know if this is a UK site but here in England we are told to eat normal food like cereal and toast to remove dead tissue, strengthen muscles and to speed up the healing process. I eat about half an hour after taking my medicines, only taking paracetamol and Ibuprofen as I am not risking being sick with codeine. Eating isn't as bad as it sounds, as it hurts just as much as swallowing. Hopefully I am out of the woods and I will start to get better.

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Comment from: Ash, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I got my tonsillectomy on April 9th, and it is the night of day 4 recovery. When I think about tomorrow I find myself hoping that I'll feel better in the morning. My pain isn't as bad as it was before, days 2 and 3 were the worst. But I think some of the pain I experienced was from the liquid hydrocodone that I was taking, it felt like I was drinking a cup of acid each time I took it. After day 3 I stopped with the hydrocodone and started taking ibuprofen. I can definitely tell a difference. Now most of the pain I am having is ear pain, especially my right ear. And I also have this scratchy feeling. I clear my throat about every 2 minutes. And that's only happening on my left side and has been since I woke up from anesthesia. The most recent issue I find myself having is extreme dry throat and mouth which just started today. I'm not sure why it's happening but it's very painful. I drink plenty of ice water so I know I'm not dehydrated. Maybe it's the temperature of my house. All in all I guess it's been a smooth recovery so far. I don't take pain well so I've been miserable, but thank goodness I haven't had any complications and I wish the same for you all. Good luck!

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