I'm 18 and I just got my tonsils and adenoids removed a week ago. The first 5 days were hell and I'm still having some pain. For the first few days after surgery I ate only Popsicles, drank ice water, and sucked on ice chips . I was told if you don't keep your throat moist the pain only gets worst and it could increase the risk of bleeding which could result in a trip back to the hospital, so I suggest that you try to drink despite the pain you're already enduring. I still can't eat solid foods, I can't sleep the whole night, and I drool excessively when I sleep but the pain is getting easier to deal with day by day. I still get ear aches, head aches, tooth aches, and throat pain, especially when I swallow but not nearly as bad when I don't take my meds. I too had days when the pain was excruciating to the point that I cried and I have a pretty high pain tolerance. I take hydrocod-apap for the pain and amoxiciillan (may be spelled wrong) as an antibiotic. Every 4 hours i take my pain meds and do not miss a dose. I've found that if I take my meds on time, drink a lot of ice water, and try to eat something after my meds the nausea is kept to a minimum and so is the pain. I don't recommend any dairy foods because it causes a lot of mucus to pile up in the back of your throat. Also, I found that room temperature chicken broth goes down very well and eggs (without the seasoning). I see some people ate toast and stuff, but I tried to eat ONE little French fry and felt as if my life was going to end, so I don't think that's a good idea for me or anyone else that isn't healed yet bc that could scratch the back of your throat and take off the scabs, which is bad. You want the scabs to fall off by themselves, if you take them off early you can cause bleeding and that will be a major set back in the healing process and it'll be like starting all over. I think that if you just think of the benefits of having the surgery everything will seem worth the patience and pain..and also using an ice pack in my neck, jaws, and ears helps me a lot.