It lasted longer that they said it would. It was like 10 days or so. I was told that the earache is not an ear infection but that it comes from the throat as the same nerve goes through both throat and ears. The stimulation of this nerve could be felt like an earache.
You may decide to continue applying ice to the neck and chew gums as this is also said to relive pain and relax throat muscles.
I did have quite a relief from the painkillers I was given but if you find your pain unbearable, maybe you should see a doctor again. I think that vicodin is pretty strong as it is used for moderate and severe pain.
I would consult a doctor if I were you/
Paracetamol 2 x 500mg tablets
Tramadol 2 x 50mg capsules
Ibuprofen 2 x 200 mg tablets
on the first and second day i didnt need to take the tramadol as the pain wasnt so bad. Tramadol is for day 4,5 and 6 after surgery (day 1 being op day). It's very good for moderate/severe pain, as its derived from opium, same kinda league as Morphine.
Take the painkillers before the pain sets in, follow this plan. I've been doing it and am doing well at controlling the pain.
take the paracetamol and tramadol together on empty stomache, eat with or before taking ibuprofen.
6am: paracetamol and tramadol
12pm: paracetamol and tramadol
6pm paracetamol and tramadol
midnight: paracetamol and tramadol
2am if needed: ibuprofen
Remember only take the tramadol on days 4, 5 and 6 as scheduled UNLESS the pain becomes too much. I started the tramadol on day 3 because there was a lot of pain. Currently on day 5 and the schedule is doing good for my pain.
note: The above plan and painkillers were prescribed to me after my tonsillectomy, i haven't invented to the plan at all. So it's safe and advisable. Bottom line is its working for me.
i have lots of pain too and the coctail of panadol, codine and ibprofen isn't helping much. yes mornings and middle of night are the worst with splitting ear ache and aweful pain when swollowing.
i find icecream and cold custard slide down well. i have forced the odd piece of toast down too as was told must eat to stop scabs forming. these then fall off later and bleed which is not wanted.
thanks to the last response. i must split up the timing of the drugs a bit more. i can't last 6 hours between panadol.
love to know how earlier responses are getting on now.
The hospital were giving me Co-codamol and Ibuprohen but when i got discharged I was given Paracetamol?! and Diclofenac sodium, a combination that did nothing to help the pain from day 3 onwards. Thank fully I was staying with my Mom for a few days post surgery and she happened to have some co-codamol for a back condition, I know you're not supposed to take other peoples prescribed medication but I couldn't cope any longer. Bizzarely the Co-codamol and Diclofenac sodium, taken at 3hr intervals (So there are 6 hours between each dose) only seem to work for about 3hrs in the middle of the day, before and after the pain is almost unbearable, it has been like this the past 2 days.
I have been able to sleep through the pain however up until last night. Also today I noticed the scabs are starting to split and it is so sore. I really hope things start to improve soon!
As far as eating and drinking go, I have been able to eat for the 3hrs in the middle of the day when the pain is less severe but otherwise small sips of water are agony. I find drinking water between mouthfulls helps the food go down, otherwise it seems to be stuck at the back of my throat and almost up the back of my nose!
I still don't regret having the tonsillectomy though, this is about the same as my worst bouts of bacterial tonsillitus were, and if I never have to go through one of those again, it will be worth it!
On discharge from hospital the gave co-codamol 500g, ibuprofen 400g, erithromycin, difflam mouth wash/throat spray and diclofenac suppositories (1 a day). I also have a very good friend who has said that i can use her diazepam if it becomes unbearable.
I have to use the spray first thing the morning then drink a glass of water to take the co-codamol and erithromycin together and 30 mins before I eat, its the only way I can eat toast and other solid food that they suggest you eat to cleanse your throat, but afterwards i enjoy the ice cream! when these wear off which is usually around about 2 hours then i have the ibuprofen and the spray. after another 2 hours i start the cycle of drugs again. I find that cocodamol is the best and does help me sleep at night till about 3am when i wake up clutching my throat because its so dry. Today is the 1st day too that i have had to use the suppositories, but if you use them then you cant use the ibuprofen.
What I could do without is my mum trying to say how much of a wimp i am because when she had hers done she was back in school the week after (she was 6) but you can never get things across to her, she is cloth eared. When i am trying to explain what i'm going through and that things are different for adult she just told me grow up and stop being so f*****g soft. Anyone got advise on how to deal with people like that?
Like Joanna says, I dont regret having them removed and at least what I am going through now is temporary and i will never have to deal with the pain and discomfort of tonsillitus again
I know what some of you are talking about when others are acting like you shouldn't be in that much pain, they weren't they say or they know someone that wasn't in much pain...but, they are talking about having it done when they were a child, not an adult! They don't realize how difficult this surgery can be on adults and that is frustrating.
I did eat the whole soft diet for 3 weeks, lots of popsicles and propel (great stuff to drink) and egg drop soup. Best thing I can tell anyone is follow doctors orders to a "T" And Children's Tylenol works wonders for pain. It coasted my throat and tasted pretty good and it helped me sleep at night.
When I returned to my surgeon he was shock about how well I did and I didn't complain. He said most patients are in so much pain afterwards. The surgery was well worth and I had amazing care :-)