I have continued to take my medicine each and every time I am suppose too. I have kept ice on my neck as well. Waking up this morning was really hard. My mouth was dry - despite the humidifier and liquids. A nice bath helped to relax me. Another thing that I have found helpful to to have a candy/gum in my mouth. I have been using Werthers since it helps to mask the terrible taste and keeps my mouth moist. I just need to be really careful to not have them aound a time when I am sleepy - especially about an hour after medicine. Tylenol, pain killers, nausea pills and antibiotic are still being taken.
Keep posting if possible and I'm wishing you a speedy recovery! ((HUGS))
1) Warm liquids..not hot though. Sometimes it was nice to have something colder and then warm. Warm apple cider was a good optioin for me
2) Take your medicine - don't skip or miss a dose. I have liked the liquid rapid release (extra strength) tylenol - in addition to the pain killer.
3) I ended up calling the doctor and have new pain killers. We will see.
4) Sleep whenever you can. I can only sleep for about hour at a time but thas was good (using the cool humidifier)
5) Warm baths or heating pad on the back of my neck
6) Eat what you can - it has been limited for me - cream of wheat, jello. Continue to try and drink lots.
7) Don't talk
8) I did use some lemon/honey cough drops. They did provide some relief for a little while
I am very glad thatmy mom has been here to take care of me. I have a toddler and caring for him, during this pain, would have been so terrible.
Something else that seems to help me..is the cool fresh air. I go onto my patio and it seems to help a bit. Take care of yourself and rest. Don't push things and remember to drink.
I am hoping to get to bed soon and that tomorrow will be better.
If I could offer the best advice it would be:
1.) take your medicine on time every time for the first 7-10 days. if it says every 4 hours make it every 4 hours not 4:30 or 5 hours. trust me you will regret it if you wait.
2.) drink WATER like you are lost in the desert. I constantly had a water bottle in my hand(aquafina worked for me) Dont drink tea, sports drinks or anything else. only water keeps you from coating your throat with things that slow down healiing.
3.)Limit talking the first 3 days to a chalk or dry erase board, after that limited conversation should be ok.
4.) enjoy your time off from work, read books, watch tv, write whatever you can do to relax and keep peace of mind.
Hope this helps, Good Luck!!!
I had my op four days ago and i can eat fine.
Four hours after my op i was eating hospital meals.
The more you eat the less pain you will be in, trust me!!
The only times the pain is worse is in the early morning and around dinner time.
This is only becuase your mouth has not been moving very much.
Chew some gum!!
Theres hardly anything to worry about apart from a few aches and pains.
If you dont eat, youll cuase infection too!!
This is becuase the bacteria stays in your gums and teeth, unless you eat it wont pass threw!!
Oh and eating jelly and ice cream will NOT HELP!!
Eat a normal diet.
Roughage is best.
This will keep the scabbing at bay, if you eat ice cream and jelly wich isnt rough, the scabs will form and will break off then bleed.
I too have eaten since day 1, gradually increasing over the the day or two (im on day 4) i feel as though eating has helped and i now find i could eat and drink small meals all day, and that, yes just the evening, early morning and night are the worst.
I am just waiting to see what this scabbing is like....as that bit does worry me.... o.O
I am a 29-year old who had my tonsils removed Thursday, January 14, 2010 after 15 years of painful, recurrent sore throats.
Day 1 - Surgery & 1st Day of Recovery
My surgery was at 7:00am and went smoothly. My ENT said that my tonsils were larger than he expected. He removed them using the coblation method (radio frequency), which is supposed to be better for recovery. I was released and back home by 8:30-9:00am, and slept for a few hours. I started my drinking/eating/medicine regimen... On the first day (surgery day) I was able to eat broccoli soup (very thin), Peanut Butter Moo'd (Jamba Juice smoothie), mashed potatoes and pudding. It took a long time to eat, but I got it all done with little discomfort. I also drank 100 ounces of water, as it seems to be the biggest recommendation from those who have undergone this procedure. I made sure to take my medicine exactly as prescribed... nausea pill followed 30 minutes later by 10ml of liquid Zamicet (every 4 hours). At night I decided to set the alarm every 4 hours to continue my nausea/pain meds and drink water each time I woke up. All in all, Day 1 was really easy. I would say my pain level was between a 2-4. The biggest surprise is that I now snore when I fall asleep and it's so loud that I keep waking myself up... my husband decided to sleep in the guest room due to the snoring... funny!
Day 2 - Day After Surgery & 2nd Day of Recovery
My second day of recovery was very similar to Day 1. My pain level remained somewhere between a 2-5... not really any worse than a mid-level sore throat. I continued eating similar soft foods (pudding, vegetable broth, butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt) and drank 108 ounces of water. The pain started to feel a bit worse late in the evening... closer to a 5 or 6, but still not as bad as my regular sore throats. The snoring hasn't subsided... I suppose it will get better when the swelling goes down.
I am currently on Day 3 of recovery (2 days post surgery). I am now feeling more pain in my throat and some "referred" ear pain. I would say the pain level is about a 5-6 at most. I tried eating some instant oatmeal, but it seemed to chunky and I couldn't get it down. I decided to have pudding again for breakfast. I still haven't missed an opportunity to take my pain medication and have needed to supplement with some Motrin (okay-ed by my doctor). I also had some Lipton's chicken noodle soup (not too hot), the warmth felt great on my throat. Day 3 is the hardest so far, which I expected from the many blogs/posts I have read. The pain has really not been bad yet though... a 5 or 6 at most. This certainly isn't as bad as my worst sore throats, and I'm still thrilled to have my tonsils removed! I'm not sure if I'm just lucky with my recovery or if I had lived with A LOT of pain over the past few years.
My eating hasn’t returned to normal yet, eating a lot of puddings, custard, soups, lightly toasted bread with a lot of butter and overcooked pasta, thin margherita pizza the last couple of days has been heaven, as that and thin crepes with loads of butter and golden syrup have been the only real substantial foods I have managed to consume (crepes are by far the easiest solid food for me to eat). I did eat chicken, chips and gravy from KFC at the end of day 4 which was also amazing after an eternity of soups but I woke up that night with a mouthful of blood, so I would not advise that. I found milkshakes and yoghurts until about day 6 horrible, they sound like a good idea but leave you with mouthfuls of mucous that has to be spat out for long periods afterwards.
Feeling pretty good at the moment, the only thing that bothers me is the ear pain after eating anything when I have not taken pain killers, not sure how long that will take to disappear but really hope it will soon.
To me the most important things are, drink ice cold water by the gallon, I have had a bottle at my side the whole time as I was not able to stomach iceblocks, take a vitamin c and zinc supplement regularly (promotes healing), get one that you swallow as vit c is ascorbic acid which wont be good on your raw tonsils if it’s in the chewable version & also a protein supplement mixed in with water as all I am getting very little out of my diet and protein is essential for repair.
For anyone thinking of having the op done I would definitely encourage it as you find that it’s the people who have problems with the operation are the ones who post their experiences, remember a tonsillectomy is one of the most common operations in the world, they perform more than 80,000 a year in the UK alone. Reading the posts before I had mine was starting to psyche me out but I am happy to say it has been so much more bearable than I had expected and is totally worth it if I never get tonsillitis again.
The pain really hasn't been that bad for me...it's just more annoying than anything. The pain is way less than the pain I've had with past strep/tonsillitis and peritonsilar abscesses. I stopped taking my hydrocodone painkillers two days in because they made me vomit. I've just been taking liquid extra strength tylenol every 4 hours for the past few days and it's worked just fine. HOWEVER, recovery is really gross. The scabbing causes a really nasty taste in your mouth. Also, I have a lot of drainage that tastes pretty nasty. The grossness of it all has been way worse for me than the pain...BY FAR.
--Stay hydrated!!! Everyone says it and it's true. I really like the V8 fruit juices...lots of vitamins and stuff in them, too.
--Eat whatever YOU feel comfortable eating. People have listed a lot of do's and don'ts when it comes to food...but whatever you are hungry for and feel like you can get down, go for it. Just be careful to take small bites and really chew. I've been eating as normally as I possibly can while still staying comfortable. And hey, the Brits heal from tonsillectomies faster on average in part due to the fact that they eat normal food and slough their scabs off from day 1.
--You will most likely a) get constipated b) vomit or c) have diarrhea at some point during recovery. Just accept it and mentally prepare. When your eating patterns change as much as they do during recovery one of these things is bound to happen.
--Try to stay up and active (and by active I mean reading, catching up on TV, watching movies) as much as you can, but don't push it. Sleep is soooo key to recovery. But lying around in bed and wallowing in pain doesn't help either. So find a happy medium.
That's all I got for now...I'm praaaying that things don't get bad for me and that the scabs coming off isn't pure hell. I'm thinking it won't be...but you never know. I've gotten off pretty easy this far in recovery.
Good luck with your surgery!! As much as it may suck sometimes during recovery, it's worth it!
The worst days were 3-5. But other than that it wasn't too bad at all.
The worst part for me was having to sneeze. That is the most painful part of the recovery. I ate jello the first two days and then did apple juice mixed with banana.
I think a lot of people have such a problem with recovery because they try to rush the heeling process. Don't eat anything hard the first few days, in fact, if you can, don't eat at all.
I lost 6 pounds the first 10 days, and even know I am still only eating soft foods.
Doctor said I was healing nicely in my post opp appointment. I didn't have any bleed outs, or any other types of emergencies. Took my meds religiously for the first four days, and then as needed with the painkillers and took the antibiotics.
I am still not going anywhere need hard foods, so chips and crackers are out. I tried to eat a wheat thin today, but that was difficult. On day 9 I was able to eat half an In N Out Burger, and on day 10 I was able to eat half a plain chicken sandwich, but that was about it.
If you follow the instructions from your doctor, don't try to rush food down, and stick to fluids the first 2-3 days you should be fine. I read all these horror stories and was always looking for blood in my spit up the first week after my surgery but I was fine.
The worst part for me has been my uvula. It was so swollen Day one and two until the end of day two and day three the swelling went down (most certainly due to a shot of steroids the ER doc gave me for that particular reason). I felt like I was choking on my uvula or like I needed to swallow constantly because it was on the back of my tongue. It was so frustrating... it went away until this morning where it's back with a vengeance. My mouth and throat are much more swollen and in more pain today, I didn't realize how great I had it yesterday. I tried to talk on the phone to my husband this morning (he's in Iraq) and he could barely understand me.
My baby girl (12 months wants me to read to her and I can't because it hurts too much. Probably from all the reading to her I did last night because I was feeling semi decent.
I'm continuing to drink as much water as I can and just wish we had an ice maker because I go through it so fast. It's hard to swallow water though, I keep getting a lot of air, probably from all the extra space in the back of my throat now!
I am on Roxicet (yuck) I hate this liquid c**p, but I'm also on liquid Amoxicillan and that's not so bad. The ER doc gave me zofran pills to take home and they give me heart burn, luckily though I haven't thrown up since I was in the ER.
My doc also said my tonsils were larger than he thought... the surgery took twice as long as he planned!
Now if only I could get my baby to not want to read for a few days (which sucks, because she loves books!) I think I can manage the talking part at least.
All I've been able to keep down food wise was butternut squash soup and that had a few chunks which made it really hard to swallow and made it feel like there were chunks in the back of my throat for hours.
Everyone's experience is different. I really don't think it's fair of people to judge too much about other people's pain tolerance as we all experience things differently. We also all have our different things that are going on. I thought it was no big deal. I read up on what to expect and I thought I would have no problem with recovery, I even have appointments that I had made thinking I would be fine. I think I will be cancelling them. Shoot, I had my baby last January with NO DRUGS whatsoever, but that doesn't mean that I won't have a hard time with a tonsillectomy. I honestly thought that I would recover fast, but I guess I'm just in more pain than I thought I could be. Oh well, as long as I recover within the next 10 days I won't be upset ;-) (My doc said 2 weeks recovery time)