I have a couple of questions for other people here, though. First of all, I'm glad (in a sadistic sort of way) to know that I'm not the only one having a ton of problems with this recovery. I had no idea it would be this difficult, but I'm glad nobody told me. If I had known, I wouldn't have gone through with the surgery, but it needed to be done.
Ok.. my questions:
1. When can I expect to get my voice back? It's been a week and I still feel like there's a glob of peanut butter on the roof of my mouth way in the back...
2. Am I supposed to have white stuff coating the back of my throat? It's freaking me out and I'm wishing I had stuck to my original plan of just not looking in there.
3. My left side is hurting a lot more than the right side... in fact, the right side barely hurts, but the left stings and my ear hurts horribly. Is this normal?
4. Are there scabs when they use cauterization? If yes, what does it feel like when the scabs fall off?
5. My jaw has been hurting since about 3 days after the surgery. Is this just from swelling in my throat?
6. Did anyone else bite their tongue while they were under anesthesia? Not just bit, but like... hardcore biting that leaves a big blister and gives you a temporary lisp? I did that. :(
Thanks in advance for any help. :)
1.I was able to talk an hour after the surgery, but I don't think it is recommended. But it is day 6 right now and I can talk, but its still painful and gets tireing fast.
2.I also have white stuff on the back of my throat, so I assume its normals but thats one thing I am wondering as well.
3.Same here! One side is a lot more painful than the other.
4.I was also wondering about the scars. I was told there would be scars as well but I only see white? I'm wondering when they will fall off as well and if it will be another pain to endure.
5.My jaw aches as well but I think it is from the insision? I relized I can't blow, suck up anything, brush my teeth or yawn without pain.
6.No I did not bite my tongue but I can imagine that hurts! My lips are just really chapped and I think my tongue is swollen and rubbing up against my tteth which is painful.
I'm sorry I'm not much help and have just kind of compared with you =P But I guess the only onther things that i have been troubled with is spit, and a lot of it, and the whole food thing. I have lost a lot of weight! (which will all be gained back in no time) But foods I have been able to eat are popsicles, jello (which I never want to see again in my life), pudding, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, and pina coladas. But it is still very painful with each sip and swallow, even if it's just water,
Well I wish you well and hope you heal soon!
1. even on day 11 i haven't regain my full ability to speak but it is getting better it feels like i have something in the back of my throat but i hope once the swelling goes down it'll get better
2. the white stuff are the scabs and the worst of the recovery time is when those things starts coming out cause it leave you spots of you throat raw and very painful that hits about day 6 7 or day 8
3. one side of my throat does hurt more then the other but i think it has something to do with what side you sleep on cause i think the saliva might help in the healing process or at least prevent it from drying out to much
4. i think the white stuff is the scabs
5. the pain will get better just try not to sneeze cause it will suck and use non-alcohol mouth wash and brush your teeth twice a day cause there will be bad mouth order and doing this will help minimize it
6. my tongue was bruised in the back to the nurses said it might be because of the tools the doctors used to hold my tongue down during the surgery
well i hope this help you guys
Hello. First, you need to know a lot about tonsillectomy side effects. I believe that one, that is also most common, is losing your voice. But that is just temporarily. When I had my tonsillectomy, I was scared to talk for the first couple of days, I didn't even try to talk. I was waiting. At the fourth day of my recovery, I started to talk but nobody could clearly understand me. Which was normal, according to my doctor. Sometimes, when I look back, I have a feeling that I was not able to understand me neither. But as one week passed by, I was feeling much better and my voice started to be normal again. After day 10 I think that you can expect your voice to be back. Don't worry if this doesn't happen even after your 10th day of recovery....
I dunno about the voice, I had a little bit of trouble talking after the operation, but can't say I lost my voice..
The white stuff is normal, yeah, eat toast/rough stuff at least once a day to try and keep it to a minimum, although it's supposed to be there, it's not a good thing. I coughed a lump up today and it stank like hell.
The scabs come off and it should be fine, acidic stuff like fruit juice will sting like hell, but it really shouldn't bleed alot, if at all.
Jaw and earache and that sort of thing is because the nervous system from the throat extends to these areas, common ENT thought is that this becomes more so the older you get, although I don't think there's any proof.
Anyway, I got a couple of questions of my own.
I'm now 5 days post-op. Throughout the day I'm mostly ok, I just keep taking my codeine, paracetamol and diclofenac.
At night I get chronic earache and very dry, swollen throat to the point where swallowing brings me to tears. I'm 6'3", 18 stone rugby player, and I'm not ashamed to say the last few nights this pain has been making my wake up crying like a baby.
I'm wondering when this starts to cool off?
Also, on the side of my tongue, near the back of my mouth, there appear to be a few lumps on each side, about the size of a big zit. Are these somthing to worry about or are they just somthing I've never noticed before?
I was doing some research to find out more about what they did in the surgery and what happens when recovering...
When I first woke up, I literally didn't remember anything.. Not even going to the Surgery Center, (a place located in the hospital I attend.) I was fully awake and I noticed two huge scars on my tongue.. I was reading some of these posted comments and I could have bitten my tongue while in surgery? Or it could have been the clamp-thing they used to keep your mouth open to do the operation.
Anyways, when the scab started coming off, (this is really gross..) it felt like I was just swallowing something. It IS in your throat, so it just kind-of disolves within you. Haha...
Okay, and also, did anyone have problems with yawning? I could not even open my mouth that far..? I couldn't even eat my soup because my mouth hurt too bad to open my mouth and use the spoon.
I had normal symptoms. I am just taking a little longer to recover.
Oh, and I also found out that if you have a side (left or right) that is hurting more, then that could be because your tonsils are located in 2 different places, so one side they did the operation on could hurt more or you could have more sensitive areas.
Hope I helped? :-)
I had an awful experience. I have to say to someone who hasn't done it yet...HYDRATE. I stayed in a recovery center for 2 days after the surgery and I'm so glad. So i had nurses there for me and had IVs in me the whole time, giving me fluids. The day I came home I was fine...drank a lot of water (but it wasn't enough). That night, I could not stop vomiting. I'd feel a little better, and 20 minutes later, I'd do it again. It happened about 4 times and I went to the Emergency Room because I knew I needed fluids. I was dry heaving after a while and I knew that couldn't be good for this throat. After vomiting a few times there, they finally got an IV in me and some meds and took a nap and I immediately felt better. From then on, I made sure to be drinking lots and lots. The doctor wanted me peeing more often than every 2 hours. That's when you know you're doing okay. Just a warning. I wish I had someone to tell me that even when you think you're drinking enough, you aren't. It was a mix of dehydration and my pain meds and an empty stomach. So i stopped taking vicodin and stayed safe with extra strength tylenol because I knew it worked for me. If that works for you, I'd keep off those intense pain meds unless things like tylenol don't work for you.
I wouldn't go and do it all again. But I have to say, i am so glad that it's over and done with. I'm a singer. And I can't tell you how amazing this is going to be for my voice. Those tonsils were ruining me for a long time. It was time to get rid of them. If you are a parent and reading info for a tonsillectomy for your child, do it now! The procedure on a child is much easier on them. Surgery and recovery-wise. All doctors will tell you that. The older you get, the worse it is!
When I woke up from the anesthesia i was back in the room i had passed out in. The nurse gave me a cup of crushed ice and apple juice. and they went down really nice. (not eating anything since 12am the day before) i was extremely happy i could swallow anything. I expected the worst!? When i got home that night i was able to eat luke warm chicken broth.
The medicine i was proscribed was Liquid oxycodone (Roxicet) and Methylprednisolone tablets. I was told to take 2 tea spoons of the Roxicet for the pain. (I got sick once the first night) and now im only able to take one tea spoon because it made me nauseous and itchy. If the pain is so uncomfortable I will take the 2 tea spoons but NOT on an empty stomach. I always try to eat something after to avoid the nauseous feeling, and i can put up with the itchy face if it takes the discomfort out of my throat.
My pain level has been at the worst... maybe a 3.5 on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the worst.
I like the idea of not looking down your throat during recovery because it only freaked me out when i did today! The first couple of days my throat looked "normal" it was the same color, only missing my tonsils. Today when i looked, there was white pus covering both sides. (not to sound gross) but i thought it was food that got stuck. It scared me. I didn't know what it was or if i was getting an infection. some of your posts on here said it could be scabs forming. I agree with that! It felt like i had something stuck in my throat and i was trying to swallow something all day. after reading a similar story i tried to rinse my mouth out, gargling cold water gently to get some of it out because it seemed as if it was accumulating? and that worked. it didn't hurt when it came off either.
At night when i sleep i drool a little bit from having my mouth open and the corners of my lips were cut the first couple of days. Im not sure if thats from the doctors clamping my mouth open during surgery or from them getting dry at night? They don't seem to be as dry today.
Im nervous about scabbing... im a little worried about tonight when i fall asleep if the white pus will dry up and if it will hurt coming off? It didn't hurt today when it came off but it also wasn't dried up.
If you couldn't tell from how long this post is... I talk a lot! so i have been trying my hardest to rest easy and not talk as much as possible. Txting and facebook have been my ways of communicating the past 4 days. Mornings i can talk at a whisper and afternoon i can talk in an almost normal tone ( just not a lot!)
your stories have helped me. I didn't really give advice, but i can tell you that if you have a food processor it will become your bestfriend! I love spaghetti and my family had that for dinner while i had chicken broth. it was such a tease! the next day i was looking for something to eat and had the idea to put the spaghetti in the food processor. PERFECT! it chopped up so fine that it was the perfect consistency. Not mushy like baby food but small enough where i could swallow and have it go down smoothly.
I really enjoy trying new things so i messed around with the food processor after discovering the wonders it can do.
Another night my family had steak and potatoes. I could get the potatoes down fine but the smell of the steak really made me want some. so i pored some of the juice from the steak onto my potatoes, and even though i couldn't bite down into the steak itself, it tasted like heaven in my mouth!
I also tried to get scrambled eggs down. Its possible but not so easy.
I kinda made my own puree. I used one can of green beens and put them into the food processor first. After they were a thin consistency i poured them into a medium sized bowl. Then I found a small onion, a small carrot, and small potato. I boiled the onion carrot and potato together before i put them in the food processor and also put them in the food processor together. I then put in one boiled egg, a pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of celery salt. I mixed all things together in the medium sized bowl and heated it up in the microwave to a temperature that wouldn't hurt going down. I wouldn't recommend it cold. Together it all looks like green mush, but it tasted delicious!
Thats just an idea i came up with for something other then jello popsicles and soup.
I would share more ideas but i pretty much just wrote an essay lol, so if you would like more let me know and ill just end my story here for now. Thanks for reading! :-)
I hope that helps :-)
From straight out of surgery, they gave me ice chips, then a few minutes later some apple juice and saltines.
The most important thing I can recommend anyone to do is to KEEP EATING AND DRINKING! Not 'exercising' your throat will cause it to spasm/clamp up and prolong the healing process. I followed all of the dr.s instructions, and with the exception of 2 tough days (day 5 + 8) I felt much better than expected.
My Easiest Foods:
-SUGAR FREE Jell-O (The sugar creates lotsa spit/mucus formations)
-Saltines dipped in Jam
-Overcooked Noodles (with butter or tomato sauce)
-Italian Beef drenched in Au Jus
-Fresh/Frozen fruit smoothies
Good Luck everyone! :-)
On Day 5 I took a nap in the evening in my recliner chair and woke up to my husband calling me from Iraq. I lightly cleared my throat from the spit that accumulated so I could talk, but I just kept swallowing and there was so much to swallow. I finally went to the bathroom and spit it out and it was blood... I continued to bleed for 15 minutes until I went outside in the freezing air to wait for the ambulance. I think the cold air is what helped it to clot. I realized I started bleeding while I was napping because I was spitting out fully clotted blood that was on my teeth from the beginning of bleeding.
It was really scary. I lost at least a pint, but I had to just keep spitting it out. It was coming so fast.
My doctor switched me from the liquid Roxicet to Percocet tablets because the liquid made me feel queasy all day long. He said I had to be on a liquid diet for a week after the 2nd ER visit and that I should be on clear liquids for most of that time.
I'm so done with clear liquids! on Day 5 I had finally eaten a few bites of mac and cheese, it was so delicious! I long for more food. You'd think I could at least lose some weight being on this diet for the last week, but I've only lost 2 pounds!
Anyway, I'm so over this, I want my voice back, I want my food back, and I want to be able to swallow without taking in tons of air with every gulp.
Wishing the next 7 days go by a thousand times faster than the first 7!