(Closed) Just had a tonsillectomy 2 weeks ago and…

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Gosh, that sounds horrible and nothing like my experience, thank gosh!

I was in pain, yes, but it was the single best thing I ever did as an adult. Tonsilitis plagued me and made my life a misery, now I have energy and my health back.

Sorry your experience was so terrible.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would say I have a reasonable pain tolerance, but not crazy high. I am sure there were many variables at play that meant you suffered so badly. Good thing is, IT IS OVER 🙂 I am 99% certain in healing hindsight you will thank yourself.

I hope so anyway!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I work as a pediatric nurse and we regularly have kids admitted for observation after a tonsillectomy. I have spoken to a few of the ENTs who say that kids tolerate it really well, usually only taking tylenol/motrin for pain, but they all say they feel horrible for any adult who has it done. They say it is super painful for adults!! Not sure what causes the difference, I just know that all of them agree its better to have it done as a child.

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Busy bee

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Olivepepper:  would you mind sharing more information here on on pm about your surgery? I ask because I’m a borderline case – have had tonsillitis enough that the surgery has been offered to me but doctors have stopped short of requiring it. I would love to know more about what you mean when you say you have your health and energy back..thanks!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve definitely heard it’s worse for adults! Obviously each case is different but I was expecting the sort of hell you’ve described and had an easier time – weird because my pain tolerance isn’t high. My surgeon was ringing insisting I eat toast on day 2 no matter how much it hurt because it roughs the gunk off. Maybe he was on to something? I’m so sorry you’ve had such a terrible time of it!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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samibee:  I had mine out when I was 17. Not yet an adult but still the worst pain I’ve ever felt. But completely worth it. I would do it again now that I know how much better I feel. I also had tonsils that were pretty much kissing. I had an adenoidectomy too. Im barely sick now, and feel 1,000 times better. A little trick I did to get the pain meds down which taste like crap, is mixed it with a little bit of sweet tea. It was the only way i could deal with the taste! 

I hope you feel better soon! 

Post # 9
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Newbee

Oh no!

I totally understand – I had a similar outcome with my tonsils. I was so sick for 2-3 weeks. Honestly it was awful. Remembering that taste in my mouth still makes me shudder! 

i think perhaps the worse they are the harder the surgery is. Apparently mine were very infected and difficult to remove so they had to be ‘dug’ out. Mine too were touching and when I leaned back it closed off my airway. 

Hopefully once they heal you will notice the difference! It haa been a pleasant surprise now for every other surgery I have had – the tonsillectomy prepared me for the worst! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

OP I hope you feel better soon. I had mine out at 23 (also super infected and needed to be “dug out”, blargh), and it was the worst pain of my life. I also had an allergic reaction to the pain meds, and ripped up all my stitching while puking my guts out the day after surgery. It wasn’t until precisely day 14 that I felt better, which is exactly what my doc had said. Hang in there, you’ll be so glad you did it in the longrun. I haven’t been sick in almost 10 years since the surgery, before which I had strep throat basically once a month. 

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Sugar bee

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samibee:  lol that is exactly why i don’t get one. my pockets fill up with junk All the time. It actually looks nasty but doesn’t hurt. Every now and then i get a little sore throat. My doctor said well we can get rid of your tonsils although isk how that would help since it’s not really my tonsils.  I said no thank you i will live with it. My niece was about 12 when she had hers removed and i watched her suffer.

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Helper bee

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samibee:  That is so unfortunate. I’m curious if your pain is more associated with the UPPP surgery as opposed to the tonsillectomy. I worked in a hospital and saw many patients who had recently had UPPP surgery for OSA. A lot of pain, swallowing difficulties, and some voice changes right after the surgery were common. 

I had a tonsillectomy when I turned 18 and it was no walk in the park, so I understand your pain. However, I NEVER had the crippling strep throat and ear infections I had previously gotten 1x per month. If you’re still feeling a lot of pain, try chewing some gum for a few minutes every couple of hours. It helped loosen some scar tissue and tightening as a result of the surgery (at least for me).

Get better soon!

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