I'm a 21 year old female and I'm on day 6 post op, honestly I think people try to frighten you it really isn't that bad well at least I don't think so. I've genuinely had worse tonsilitis than the pain I've experienced with having my tonsils out. It is uncomfortable but it's definately not unbearable. Day 1-4 were a breeze. I drank plenty of water, iced drinks and warm drinks and found the contrast of heat was easing the minim pain. Take the pain killers when you need them first few days I managed to not take them at all until I went to bed as I didn't feel I needed them. Just try and get plenty of rest as your energy levels are seriously low. Also as much as you don't want to try and eat as much crisps/ toast as you possibly can to prevent infection, as of yet I've had no bleeding or infection(fingers crossed), but the last 2 days have been the worst, I wake every 3 hours and need pain killers but again it's tolerable, I have a hot water bottle for my ears as they are hurting more than my throat. I also have white spots at the back of my throat and scabs have begun falling off, I genuinely would recommend this operation to anyone who suffers with their throats as the short term pain prevents a long time of suffering if your anytbing like me , and this pain was worse than post op pain. Just listen to your body, plenty of fluids, rest & ice and as much hard rough food as you possibly can!