Tonsillectomy?

  • tmm6497

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    May 30, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    Has anyone gotten their tonsils out as an adult? Just got my tonsils and adenoids out about a week ago. And, can I tell you, the pain is absolutely brutal. Anyone who had their's out, how long was it til you were able to eat normal food again? Pretty tired of Jell-o and applesauce. I know it will be worth it in the end. Having a constant sinus infection all year round isn't fun, neither is strep 4 times a year...
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    May 30, 2011 7:49 AM GMT
    I had mine taken out 2 yrs ago. I probably went 2 wks without solid food, or maybe a whole month. I'm not really sure because I was so numbed on prescription drugs the whole time. I slept, I woke, I ate, I played videogames, then slept again. I do remember drinking lots and lots of Ensure though. That was my primary source of energy.

    Another thing I remember was how my uvula felt like it was falling into the back of my throat. That thing was elongated for some reason and kept hitting the back of my throat. It made me gag randomly.

    After the initial healing period was over, I went back to exercising. Then found out I would randomly get these urges to throw up, even during light physical activities. I braced through the throwing up episodes and they went away after about six months.

    I lost so much weight during the recovery period.

    Now everything is better. No more remnant of the tonsillectomy.
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    May 30, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    I had my tonsils out a few weeks ago too. You are not kidding about the discomfort. A two week time frame for food is about right though. Everything should start to feel better really quickly at that point. Most important thing is to stay hydrated though. I lost at least 10 lbs during and though it may be great for the abs, it's a killer on the arms. It's been three weeks now and I'm about 95% recovered.... definitely recovered enough to eat, train, compete .... but still running on low reserves. Every day gets better though ;) Good luck man.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    May 30, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    I had mine removed in December 09. I don't think I ate anything at all the first week, then foods like jello for the next two weeks. It was at least 3 weeks before I ate anything remotely like real food. I really just slept for the first 3 weeks, courtesy of pain meds. It was brutal.

    It was about a month before I was anywhere near "feeling somewhat normal"
    Lost 20 pounds. Not exactly a healthy experience but I haven't been sick once since having them removed -- the year prior I had strep 6 times.

    Hope you feel better soon!
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    May 30, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    Had mine taken out 8 years ago I think.

    After a week I freaked out about not having had real food for ages (just scrambled eggs and ice cream) that I had some pasta with my roomies. Big mistake. Pretty spicy and the chili made me start bleeding from the back of the mouth. Talked to the hospital "Try sucking on some ice and see if you can't get it to stop." Stupid nurse. Didn't stop and by the time I got in I had lost so much blood that I had a panic attack and they had to put me in full narcosis to fix it. Urgh.
    So umm yeah. Stay away from the chili.

    I lost a lot of weight but it came back so fast that I think it was just water and not having food in me.
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    May 30, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    I had all sorts of ear, throat, and you name it infections when I was a little kid. I had mine removed when I was five and have never had the flu, ear, throat or really anything wrong since so its ultimately worth it. I don’t remember anything at all one way or another about pain given that the operation was well over 50 years ago.

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    May 30, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I had mine taken out when I was 28. I had chronic strep and was told I was high risk for rheumatic fever. Evidently there were some complications with the removal and wound areas were bigger than normal. It took me over a month to recover and it was the worst pain I've had in my life. The surgeon told me I had to keep my blood pressure and heart rate very low or risk blowing the clots and bleeding out. He said sex, even jacking off was too risky and I had to sleep in a sitting up position for almost two weeks and had follow up exams every week for three weeks.
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    May 30, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    I've heard that there are a lot more complications and pain from getting a tonsillectomy as an adult versus as a kid. I'm sorry you're having a really rough time of it!

    A couple years ago I had reoccurring strep throat for nearly a year and a half. It was reaching the point that I should consider seeing an ENT specialist about getting a tonsillectomy. Fortunately all plans of that were cancelled because they finally found an antibiotic that got rid of my strep for good. I had gone through a number of different antibiotics because I'm allergic to most of the common ones, so getting treated was more like an experiment.

    Hang in there!
  • acousticpunk

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    May 30, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    Yup... just did it in January. Lots of ice cream. You should be good in about 3-4 weeks. Hang in there!!
  • KinesiologyMa...

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    May 31, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    tjmeany saidHas anyone gotten their tonsils out as an adult? Just got my tonsils and adenoids out about a week ago. And, can I tell you, the pain is absolutely brutal. Anyone who had their's out, how long was it til you were able to eat normal food again? Pretty tired of Jell-o and applesauce. I know it will be worth it in the end. Having a constant sinus infection all year round isn't fun, neither is strep 4 times a year...


    Dude I got my done 4 years ago. OH my GOD!!!! It was so painful! I feel your pain
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    May 31, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Blunt trauma injury to the back of your throat?
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    May 31, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    i had mine taken out about 2yrs ago. It did hurt like hell, but I also got to the point where I was so hungry I didn't care about the pain and i started eating solid like normal, despite the pain. That was about 1 week. By the 2nd week I was feeling pretty good.

    I had this liquid pain killer called codine that really helped and make sleeping bareable.