As a qualified nurse working in operating theatres and recovery I thought I was more than prepared for the op! I was so wrong!!
From other peoples experiences I had gathered that it was a painful healing process but I honestly had no idea I was about to endure the most excruciating pain in my life.
I always thought I could tolerate pain well and after suffering from tonsillitis every 5 weeks for the last 2 yrs, I decided I'd had enough!!
After waking from the op obviously I was in pain and couldn't swallow but I felt quite out of it and was expecting this.
After a disturbed nights sleep in the hospital I went home the following morning after forcing down a few spoonfuls of soggy cereal. (Agony)
I was taking a combination of codeine, paracetamol and diclofenac and still had morphine in my system from the hospital so the second day I pretty much slept..althought awaking every few hrs with really bad pain and I found it impossible to swallow. I stuck to just sips of water throughout the day. I shed many tears also.
The third day was tough, by this point I decided to go back to the hospital in tears and I demanded some tramadol (stronger pain killer), this helped but I was still in a lot of pain..just taking sips of water every now and then when I could bare it and trying to get as much sympathy as possible-although I felt like everyone thought I was exagerating the pain.
Day four was rough too for me, by now I was sleeping only a few hrs each night due to the pain and discomfort..I still hadn't managed to eat anything as I just felt I couldn't take it!!
On the fifth day I woke up feeling awful and decided to go back to the hospital as I was in so much pain, was vomiting and feeling dizzy. They gave me some oral morphine to take home, it did relieve the pain slighty but left my feeling mentally drained, dizzy and sick at all times. I think the Drs just gave it to me to get me out of the hospital, I fear they think I am crazy) I also started to develop the most sickening taste in my back of my mouth, a taste which reminds me only of a dead ferret. By this point I had eaten a couple of things mainly soft things; a boiled egg, soup, soggy bread, sorbet.
Day six I woke up feeling positive, thinking to myself theres no way it could ever get any worse. Yet again, I was wrong. Later on in the day I was in agony, I felt sick, tired, fed up, confused, dizzy, thirsty, weak, hungry..you name it I felt like death warmed up. I really was in such a state-this was so much worse than I ever could have imagined!! By this point I was taking a mixture of paracetamol, tramadol and diclofenac every few hrs and was still experiencing pain, especially when eating and drinking.
Day seven was a bit of a turning point for me, I woke up feeling better in myself although my throat was still extremely painful, I don't know if it's that I had just got used to the pain or just accepted it but I managed to eat a few normal things: sandwich, toast(OUCH!!), hotdogs, salad. Even though it was sore to eat, it really did make me feel better afterwards and I only wished I had started eating properly from the start. I had a bit of an aching jaw too.
Day eight...today... I feel much better today in myself, although there are sharp pains in my throat and it's sore when I eat and drink.(
I had the strength today to look at my throat in the mirror and have discovered a main source of pain has been from my swollen, bruised uvula! As I have seen this operation thousands of times I have worked out I was probably burnt by the forceps used to cauterize the blood vessels during the tonsils being removed.)
I have managed to have breakfast and lunch today and even had some cheese puff crisps!! I feel almost human again!! I have also cut back on my pain killers from today in the hope that I can gradually wean myself off, purhaps this is why my throat still feels painful?? I finally feel like there could be light at the end of the tunnel, although I am still mentally prepared if the pain is worse tomorrow!
If you're having/had a tonsillectomy I think the main things I have learnt which have helped are:
1. realise that everyone has different pain levels, some people may just feel like they have a sore throat and some may be in agony like me!! Before I found this board I thought I was a crazy hyperchondriac :(
2. make sure you drink as much as possible, the more you drink the less it hurts! It also helps the throat heal faster by keeping it moist
3. chew on chewing gum!!! I only discovered this day 6, it really helped! It produces saliva, which keeps the throat moist and kept my jaw movement which stopped my jaw aching when I ate.
4. take painkillers about half an hr before attempting to eat, even if its just psychological it helped me!
5. use mouthwash. I have one called Difflam which is benzydamine hydrochloride, it's brilliant! Use it after eating to clean the area and stop bits of food getting caught in the scabs (yuck)
6. eat as soon as possible!! this was my biggest regret! as soon as I started forcing myself to eat I felt better in myself, and it reduces pain in my throat (Not at the time, but after eating)
7. ice and ice packs are a great comfort! They reduce the swelling and do numb the area slightly
PS thanks to everyone whose written on these boards, it helps so much to realise I'm not alone and I hope my experience helps others to realise they're not alone!
Hello there. I am glad that I have found this post. Anyway, I had tonsillectomy three days ago and I am feeling strange. I don't have any type of pain that is insufferable, but still, I have some strange feeling like numbness in my tongue - I feel like my tongue is made of woods if you know what I mean. Like I have plank instead of my tongue. Also, when I touch my throat with my tongue, I feel like I have some pockets on the side of the throat. I don't know are those "pockets" big or small, but under my tongue, I have a feeling like they are big. I don't know is this normal.
this experience was horrible. i cant wait for time to go by and enjoy the results of having made this decision.
AND TO ANYONE WHO HAS JUST HAD THE SURGERY, hang in there!!! around day 5 or 7 you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. it kinda sucks tho cuz you just want your days to go by and there is nothing in them that you can look forward to ... but i m looking forward to not getting sick every month, in pain, missing work, and spending $$ on antibiotics :-D
Today is post op day #1 and I slept on/off last night. Took pain meds 3x yesterday, but have not had pain meds today because I was going to be brave and eat breakfast. I did not want to take the pain meds and then vomit. I had soft scramble eggs and some water and so far have tolerated it. My tongue and mouth are very swollen still, but I need to be active if I expect to recover. The more you dwell on what is wrong blocks what you can do to make it feel better. My issues right now are the vomiting and pain. I have several white scabs at the back of my throat and my uvula as well. I can almost feel everything just laying low and sinking into my throat. I am sure many can relate. Well, hopefully you all have speedy recoveries. All my best!
My throat is sore and cold at this point, I am terrified that I will never recover. My tongue is still swollen and I cannot speak well.
This is miserable!
For me even room temp water is no good, I seem to not do well with the cold stuff either, but ice pack on throat helps, for liquids i do a lot of soup broths, decaf coffee with splenda, even tried a creme of chicken soup that was a bit harder but got it down.
A few times I did try stuff like gravy and noodles but paid for it dearly after about 5-6 bites I was shut down and in pain for hours afterwords, makes you really not even want to touch other foods when that happens.
I am down 11 lbs in 8 days, but trying to at least keep my fluids up by mostly drinking the broth and coffees, wife brought me a icee drink yesterday i took mini spoonfuls for a while, at first it felt good but hurt after a few more tastes so back to the warm for me.
I sure hope this gets better soon, mornings are the worst takes me a good 30 mins just to get my starting pills down and pain meds down.
I was on lortab liquid but it burned too bad taking it, so i am now on vicadin 500mg , i can take 1 or 2 every 4-6 hrs, im trying 1 today but next dose time im taking 2 again as im finding my jaw shaking from the pain at times (just a bit over the comfort edge on only 1), doc gave me a generic equiv of ambien for sleep, thanks bigtime to her on that, cuz first 5 days I got less than an hr at a time some nights maybe 3 hrs all broken total sleep, at least with that pill i can get a good 5-6 hrs sleep straight, yeah it bites when i wake up with an even more sore throat but at least I have my wits about me and am not bouncing off walls being over tired.
My thoughts go out to you all who are going thru this, i realize some are worse some are easier, but i honestly didnt expect it to be THIS painful or to last THIS long ;(