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Snowy

378d

Tonsillectomy advice pls! I'm having my tonsils removed in just a couple days and I'm really nervous. I've read that recovery as an adult (I'm 22F) is harder than as a child. Has anyone had their tonsils out, esp as an adult, and have any wisdom from their experience? Please share anything and everything, I don't know what to expect!! thanks so much 💕

    • tomsthefox

      377d

      Had mine out right before I turned 18 due to tonsil stones. Turned out my tonsils were growing into my neck muscles, and we made the right choice. It was a rough recovery, but honestly, do exactly as the doctor says. Be prepared to be out of commission for at least a month. Don't be afraid to use the pain meds, it'll keep you sane. I personally had a worse experience due to none of my pain meds working, but as long as they work for you, you should be good. Sleep most of the days away, and try to drink as much water as possible. Keep your throat WET.

      • Snowy

        376d

        @tomsthefox that's really great to hear someone else getting them out because of tonsil stones. I'm sorry your recovery was so rough, but I really appreciate you sharing. It's weirdly comforting to hear a tougher experience since most of the stuff I'm seeing and have read says that "it's not a big deal" and I just feel like it very well could be 😅 Thank you for sharing!

    • ItsSam

      377d

      I had mine out last year at 18. Did not hurt as bad as I thought it would. Had both tonsils and adenoids out. Ate solid food right after just fine. Was in hospital overnight bc of my sleep apnea they wanted to observe me til morning. I coughed so much though that I made myself bleed again and had to go back into surgery again to have it re-cauterized.

    • UnnecessaryXL

      378d

      I did it at 29, I think. The best advice is TRY to avoid the meds as much as you can because it will heal faster. Specifically, the steroids; while they decrease the swelling and you'll generally feel better, it greatly slows progress. Also, try to avoid advil/motrin for the same reason. Not saying it's easy, it wasn't. I was told it was going long because of my pain treatment. Tylenol should be fine. You eventually will be GLAD you did it. 👍good luck

      • Snowy

        378d

        @UnnecessaryXL thank you for your advice. If you don't mind me asking, why did you have your tonsils removed? I'm having them out because of recurring tonsil stones, but it sounds like that is a kind of "extreme" option and I'm worried if it's right choice for me...

        • UnnecessaryXL

          373d

          @Snowy sorry for the delay. I had then removed partly because of recurring infections and partly to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Zero regrets.

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