Good day. I know exactly what you are saying. This was happening to me even 15 days after my surgery. My throat was sore, I really had difficulty in eating and drinking, and I have lost some weight that always bothered me. But that is normal. Look, some patients will feel tonsillectomy side effects days and days after the surgery. That is normal, but of course, I would recommend you one thing, let it be under a supervision. No, you feel like canker sores but that is not actually it. It is just a feeling and it is a kind of normal. It will go away.
My ENT has recommended a tonsillectomy for me. I have read some of your postings which scare the hell out of me. Last year at this time I had sinus surgery/deviated septum- which I thought was painful. This sounds beyond frustrating. Did you guys stay overnight in the hospital or were you outpatient? Thanks for any advice? Do you feel the outcomes were worth the pain and loss time?
Another problem I'm having is whenever i manage to swallow something it goes up my nose. the doctor says it's my palate not closing and it should go away quickly... anyone else having this problem??
Socialcarrie, not sure if you've since had the tonsillectomy. I am 3 weeks post-op, and I was SCARED. But, I had bouts 2x/year from age 8-20, and left me w/one enlarged tonsil. Then it started back up when I returned to office work at age 29.
I had an outpatient surgery, from check-in to check-out was about 4 1/2 hours. I was eating crushed ice about 20 minutes after surgery but needed some demerol as initial pain was severe. I did have a bit of bleeding on day 6 and had to go back in. That was stressful. I took 10 days (using 2 wknds) off work and it wasn't quite enough. I worked 1/2 days that second week, and doing 6-7 hours a day this third week.
So far, I will say that it was not so traumatic that I wouldn't have had it done. Every other 'about 30 year old' that I've polled has said they were never sick in the same way again. I hope to have that same outcome.
Good luck in your decision.
I'm 33 and while this has been the most painful process I've gone through, I have managed quite well, and I'm a big ole wimp! The hardest thing is forcing myself to not go back to work and not become overzealous about my daily responsibilities.
Do the benifits out weigh the pain and suffering. I though having your tonsills removed was a piece of cake, now I know that is not the case.
Any feed back on elderly tonsillectomy would be appreciated.
Concerned daughter in law
i was able to talk that night and even eat some creamy milky mashed potatoes that night. the first 5 days were very painful, but they alternated good/bad. At some points I was crying from the pain (typically after sleeping - even though I continued with the pain meds every 2 hours - because i wasn't taking in any fluid while i was sleeping). But at some points I felt "fine" - ie, not in tears and able to swallow with relative ease. At some points I have been able to eat some milky mashed potatoes or creamy soup but that's it as far as non-liquid, non-jello food goes.
days 6-8 so far have been the worst, and progressively so. Yesterday seemed to get better by late last night, but this morning I woke up in intense pain unable to swallow - taking my meds was terrible. My throat is completely covered over in the white scab, which my mom says is looking great (shes a doc). I was able to talk the first few days (with mild pain) but then couldnt talk day 6 and could only talk in the evening of day 7. The past couple of days i have been experiencing a lot of stinging sensations when i swallow/talk. (sharp pains like being poked with needles) and the area where my sinuses hit the top of my throat are particularly sore/irritated because I have begun to breathe mainly through my nose instead of with an open-mouth. also my gums/teeth/tongue are still very very sore.
anyone else experience any of these things and have any suggestions?? i feel like i'm going crazy and my family doesnt believe i could possibly STILL be in this much pain from such a "small surgery"!!!!!!! i would be crying incessantly right now if it didnt hurt so badly to cry!
I take a percocet (oxycodone with acetaminophen) every 2 hours, which really doesnt seem to do anything except keep the edge off. I also take benadryl because the pain meds make me itchy, chloraseptic spray works a little right before having to take the dissolved pills because they tend to burn (acetaminophen in powder form really burns the scabs). I've tried both ice packs and heating pads on my neck, each have helped on seperate occassions. I also bought a cold mist humidifier but i question how much it's helped. Something that really has helped with the nausea (from the pain pills) is zofran oral disintegrating tablets. Your doc can prescribe them to you, they dissolve on your tongue, go down easy (no hard swallowing!) and really work. Theyre the only reason i havent thrown up, even though I've come extremely close on several occassions.
Anyways, this is long i'll cut it off... just thought i'd let people know how my experience has been. So far i'm not feeling glad i had this done, but it was necessary as i had tonsillitis 7 times in the past year andmissed tremendous amounts of school/work. I'll maybe update again later... but for now i'm going to try to work on getting this pain im in under control.
I am currently experiencing this, but it seems to be lessening... I think... and I hope. Lol You are not alone.
YEAH RIGHT. So far, it's the sixth day since surgery, and all I've really been able to eat is ice chips. Popsicles, jello, yogurt, ice cream, soup... everything just burns the heck out of my throat. Everything is still really swollen and raw. The rawness, I think , is where the burning is coming from, like my tongue and throat are one giant canker sore.
Yesterday started the lovely process of scabbing, which makes it feel like I can't breathe. And last night was some of the worst pain I've had since I had the surgery. Today it's the back and mostly sides of my tongue that are feeling the pain the most.
I'm alternating between tylenol 3/codeine and percocet every 4 hours, which helps with the pain a little but makes me dizzy and soooooooo tired all the time.
In the past year, I've had strep throat 3 times and mono, and the ENT said that my tonsils were really infected when he removed them, so I know this is gonna be to my benefit in the long run. But right now, IT JUST SUCKS.
Okay, had to vent.
Trying not to cry now. It hurts too much.
This has been the most awful experience of my life. I am on day 15 which is really day 8. One day 9, I started bleeding uncontrollably and was sent into emergancy surgery. The pain will not go away. My ears hurt, I am tired, my tongue hurts . I've lost 17lbs cause I cannot eat. The daoctor said since I went back into surgery I was starting back at day one. When does it end? I cant sleep cause it hurts, all I do is suck on ice all day and take pain meds. The nausea is awful and he dry heaving makes it worse. And yes, crying is not an option cause it makes you feel worse. I put an icepack on my neck which kinda soothes it. It truly feels like someone keeps stabbing your throat. Its the worse kind of pain.
Okay, I have read hours and hours of post on this surgery. Trying to see what to expect in this day and that day, but it doesn't help. I am not sure if I had a really good doctor or what, but the pain people describe on here isn't how it went for me at all.
First Let me say that 2 years ago At the age of 20 I had sinus surgery/deviated septum surgery. I would have a tonsilectomy 5 times again before I had that surgery again.
This is were people went wrong. ICE CHIPS! Ice chips are possibly the one thing during the recovery that prevents you from getting better. (from my doctor). Think about it, your throat is swollen, cut, bruised, sore. ect. and every 5-10 your making it work for an .oz of liquid. You need to drink water, its going to hurt like crazy, but it will make your feel better in the long run because it will hydrate you better than Ice Chips.
Pain Meds - LOVE THEM!! :-) Take them when your suppose to take them and it will relieve the pain. Do not settle for anything BUT Liquid Hydroconde.
Mornings - Mornings suck, its painful, you want to cry. Not going to lie. Walk to your fridge take your pain meds and chase it with some ROOM temp. Water. Get into the shower (natural muscle and sinus relaxer). Once finished, BRUSH YOUR TEETH!! This makes such a difference! It removes the bad taste you have from not only sore throat, but meds too. It also relieves your jawl muscles. (This was the best tip i got)
"Milky Things" - Stay away from Milk, Yogurt, Pudding, and defiently ICE CREAM. This are all hard to swallow and produce alot of phelgm (sp). It feels good going down but it wont soon after. Stick to soups, ensure, pancakes, ramon noodles. ect.
ICE- Make ice your best friend. If your alive, have Ice around your throat. AT ALL TIMES!
Well. these were the best advice I got so I just wanted to share.
I had my surgery 8 days ago. (counting day of surgery). And I have been off my pain meds for 2 days now. Just had mexican food tonight, and half a beer!! :-) Take care all and God Bless!