(Closed) I'm Scared. Anybody have a tonsillectomy as an Adult?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My husband has his taken out at 36, it was not a big deal. He was funny while druggged in recovery. He was facinated watching a super cute baby boy but that only lasted 10 minutes. He slept the rest of the day, had soup and was back at work two days after the surgery. He said it was very minimal paid if any

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had mine taken out in my early 20s. I wish I could say I had a similar story to the pp. I was hospitalized for 3 days, and at home recovering for the remainder of the week. There is absolutely no way I could have gone to work in that time frame. I could not even speak. 

One thing I will say though, is i went from having strep throat on average 4x per year for upwards of 15 years, to never having it since.

For me, it was more painful than childbirth, but it is different for everyone.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I got mine removed 5 years ago when I was 26. 

It was one of the worst experiences of my life.  I had to go back to the hospital to be admitted two times afterwards for paiN. They have it as a day surgery here which sucks cuz they give you tylenol 3 which is not strong enough and like since you’ve had the back of your throat cauterized, you can’t swallow the pills! Tylenol 3 is weak too. They finally gave me Percocet and torodol to take home.  It was a long recovery and I lost 30 lbs because I couldn’t eat for a month.  I know that makes me sound wussy but it was far worse than getting my appendix or wisdom teeth out. And since I couldn’t eat, but I was on very strong antibiotics I was throwing up quite a bit which reinjured my throat every time.

that being said, I was glad I made the choice to do it.  But I was extremely sick, I had strep throat for a week every other week.  I was constantly on antibiotics and always sick and tired. I had trouble swallowing normally because my tonsils were so large even on antibiotics.  I was that sick for about two years and I didn’t even know what it was like to not have a sore throat. I was always sick as a child and probably should have had them out then.

if I had a redo I would have asked for stronger painkillers to take home. Sorry for the gross visuals and bad news but it was bad.  Depends on how sick you are though, might be worth it

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

On the plus side, I haven’t had a sore throat for 5 years and my health is significantly better. having constant infections for two years really runs you down. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

MangoBreezy:  VERY similar experiences. I agree that the pain/aftermath from the cauterizing was by far the worst. I was well into my second week before i was eating. I remember being so weak i fell in the shower, and the meds on an empty stomach would make me sick, and vomiting would tear open the cauterized areas, and my throat would bleed. it was truly awful.

For probably 2 years after I remember (dramatically) saying if I could go back in time I wouldnt do it, I would rather deal with strep throat 4x per year. Now that i have been close to 10 years out from my tonsillectomy, it was so worth it, but it was truly horrific.

I remember the nurse telling me that little kids wake up in recovery, eat a popsicle and go home. Why oh why didnt mine get done when I was little?!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

My friend got hers out at age 26 and also had a difficult time. She was out of work for 2 weeks. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

What would probably be more helpful for you though is how i would handle it if i could go back in time.

I would ask for a pain med prescription prior to being admitted to the hospital so I could have it filled and waiting for me when I got home. I didnt feel like going anywhere for a long time. I would also ask if it was possible to get a liquid painkiller. I have no idea if that is a thing though.

I would stock my fridge with beverages (nothing too acidic like fruit juices – ouchy!)

I would prepare broth soups for when I was feeling up to something more than water.

I assume because you are on wb you have a significant other, but if not – have someone check on you (in person) every day. You will not want to answer the phone.

Load up on movies and books, but you might just want to sleep.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had mine out when I was 20 and aside from obvious post surgery pain, it wasn’t that bad. I kept up on my pain meds and slept as much as I could. I lived on ice cream, jello, pudding for the first few days then started softer stuff, it sucked but wasn’t unbearable. I didn’t even try talking for a few days either, but when I did I only tried a few words at a time. Overall it wasn’t that bad. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Cimerone:  I had mine removed at 21. I had a bad experience because I had a blood vessel burst in my throat 10 days past surgery. I was rushed to the hospital and told it happens to 2% of all people. They had to put me under and recauterize my throat. 

Other than that incident, I kept up on pain meds and relaxed. I don’t remember it being fun but I don’t remember it being completely horrible. I no longer snore and I no longer get strep throat multiple times a year – so that’s a plus! 

My friend had hers out the exact same time I did – she had a fabulous recovery and a much easier time than I did. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Cimerone:  I had mine out at 21, it was awful. I agree with MangoBreezy it was truely an aweful time. Firstly do not eat ice cream!!!! They say because it’s cold etc… it’s soothing, but the dairy makes you want to cough, and causes phlegm, and trust me the last thing you want to do with open sores in your throat is cough. I could barely down an ensure, which is the only thing I managed to eat for at least 2 weeks, after that I started slow with broths, and very easy to swallow foods (eggs). I was on codeine and anti nausea meds because as pp mentionned above throwing up open the wounds up again and makes things infinitely worse! I managed not to throw up but I was mainly sleeping for 2 weeks, I could barely do anything, you don’t realize how much you swallow your spit on a daily basis until it becomes an agonizing experience. It is better now not having them, and not being sick (I was on antibiotics every 2 weeks for 6 months straight right before I got them out). 

I won’t sugar coat it, but it is the worse pain I have ever felt in my life. The worse is one day I coughed up the scabs from the cauterization and almost puked, it’s not fun, it’s gross, but it’s worth it in the end. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I had mine taken out at 18, which is still pretty young I guess.  The doctor told me beforehand how terrible it was going to be since I had full grown tonsils and they were deep in there, but I didn’t think it was that bad.  I talked on the phone for an hour the next morning without any issues.

My advice is drink all the water you can.  I would wake up in the middle of the night just to drink water because it would hurt if my throat got dry.  Make sure you have sufficient pain meds and anti-nausea medicine because the meds can make you feel really sick and you don’t want to throw up right after surgery.  My absolute favorite things for about a week after getting my tonsils out were 7-11 slurpees and crushed up otter pops, they felt so good!

I only ended up taking about half of the medicine the doctor prescribed and my pain level never went much over a 5 or so on a scale of 1-10.  I imagine if I had taken the full dose for the amount of time he told me to, I wouldn’t have been able to feel much at all.  The medicine knocked me out though and I would have rather been in some pain than be so out of it on the medicine.  It wasn’t comfortable by any means, and your ears might hurt quite a bit too, but I would do it again if I had to.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I had mine out when I was about 21. It wasn’t the WORST thing ever, but it did totally suck. I was in a lot of pain for over a week. On about the third day, the swelling changed somehow and put pressure on my inner ear, which gave me motion sickness from a two minute drive and made me feel drunk all the time while I walked. I was starving the first night, and then after that I was scared to eat at all because it hurt so bad.

HOWEVER, I would definitely do it all again to be spared all of the infections and tonsil stones.

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