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Hey everyone,
I had a tonsillectomy a little over a month ago and I've recovered quite well. I had the tonsillectomy because I had reoccuring tonsillitis and strep throat. However, for the past few days I have had a sore throat. I thought it was maybe just dry but even when I drink a lot of fluids it doesn't go away. I also have other symptoms of a cold but I'm not sure if the sore throat is really something I should be worried about or not? My surgeon said a sore throat after recovery is normal but I'm not sure if he just meant a few weeks after or not.
Could someone please shed some light on this or maybe I'm worried for no reason?
Thanks!
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replied July 27th, 2007
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I was on pain meds for about two weeks after my surgery but it still hurt to eat for over a month afterwards. It wouldn't hurt to give your surgeon a call and let them know what's going on. They might want you to come in so they can give a quick look.
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replied July 27th, 2007
Yeah I am going in for a check up in august because he wants to make sure everything is healing properly. But I didn't think I would be getting sick like this so soon after.
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replied July 27th, 2007
hiya well i had a tonsillectomy a few years back and i know and can remember the pain and how long it took to feel 100%better...but with saying that i feel you should try and get an appointment sooner than the one already made for august just incase you have developed an infection in the scar tissue, its probably nothing and youve caught a cold and its just making the throat sore with it but best to get it checked out i would say, asending good wishes to you to feel better soon!loopy.
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replied January 8th, 2009
Hi there

I had a tonsilectomy a couple of years ago, and while the intital two weeks were agony,it took a good couple of months before everything felt normal. You've had an open wound in your throat that is taking its time to heal, with "scabs" sloughing off. Scar tissue is developing, and it can feel tight and sore, and dry and uncomfortable, particularly in the mornings as you tend to breathe differently for a while.

I remember it took me about 3 months to be able to sneeze normally!

Get your doctor to check that everything is healing normally, but really don't be worried, it's a horrible surgery to have as an adult and does take time to get back to normal.

Take care!

Kirsty
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replied February 7th, 2010
healing for adults
Kristy,
I had mine out on December 26th 2009 and i am 27. Everything is going good but my left side where my tonsil was the biggest still feels like there is something stuck back there all the time. I always want to put my fingers back there and i know that is bad for infection. My ENT says everthing is healing beautiful and everything i am feelling is normal and it takes time to heal. Did you ever feel anything like that.
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replied August 17th, 2011
I had my tonsils out a year ago. My left tonsil was larger - they thought I had lymphoma. I still feel like there is something back there, tightness, soreness. Its awful. How are you doing?
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replied August 23rd, 2011
so after a whole year the left side of your throat still hurts im afraid that might happen to me its been 12 days ive healed pretty good i have almost no pain except at the side my tonsil was biggest towards the back of my tongue and im a afraid maybe they didnt completely take my tonsil out i have an appointment in 10 days
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replied May 30th, 2010
Blisters?
I had my tonsils out on may 3rd. The first two weeks were horrible and I lost 16 pounds. It will be about a month since my surgery and i am feeling much better. I still do not have my taste back 100% and it feels like i have something stuck in my throat which is really annoying and feels funny when i eat or drink. Does anyone else have that problem? This past week my throat has been scratchy and found blister like things on my right side where my tonsil would have been. Has anyone else had this problem?
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replied June 20th, 2010
Hi guys. I had mine removed about 1 month ago. But up till now my throat is still feeling sore. Still cannot take deep fried, spicy or hot food. It will make my uvula and soft palate swollen. I am also down with a flu and cough for the past 1 week. From what I heard, usually people will be able to go back to their normal diet after 2 weeks but why am I still not well yet? The specialist inserted a scope into my nose and it goes all the way down to my throat to check on the operated area and everything heals very well. However, I still don't feel well at all. I'm working in the military now and my throat feels very uncomfortable when I am in camp due to the dust. Food in camp are always deep fried or spicy and this makes eating impossible for me. The doctor cannot explain why am I still feeling uncomfortable over at my throat area. Any of you having the same experience as me? By the way, i am 21 years old, male.
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replied July 8th, 2010
Tonsillectamy
Hi there,
I had mine taken out on 3/5/10 and am still battling with a feeling of something in my throat, a pulling sensation all the time, as well as sometimes the feeling of gaggin, as well as battling to swollow and food not going down properly unless I chew very well and take small amounts into my mouth, My ENT says this is normal, but I am not so sure anymore.
Please can anyone advise?

Viv
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replied July 29th, 2010
blister and sensation of something being in throat!
Hi,

I had a tonsillectomy and atenoids out on June 7, 2010 . The surgery went great I could talk afterwards. I had hardly any pain it was smooth sailing or so I thought. I am 31 years old so I was scared I was warned of pain. That was not the problem. About a week and a half I got this feeling that I had something stuck in my throat . like a finger stuck down there. Now this last week I noticed a bister on the right side of were the one tonsil use to be. I have gone to the post-op appointment and told the Dr. about the sensation and she told me it was to soon. I moved out of state and saw another ent and he told me suck it up and wait. Now I have that blister well tomarrow I see the ent so hopefully they will do something. it has been 6 and a half weeks I have had enough! I will repost if they tell me anything useful or do anything.
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replied July 30th, 2010
On reading the above it seems like most of us are going through the same thing, feeling like something is stuck in the throat, gagging, pulling sensations, not being able to swallow properly, small blisters appearing, these I have been told are lingual tonsills and quite normal....have been to the Ent 4 times since having mine out on 3/5/10 and there are days it feels so bad I have to wonder if it is normal to feel like this, but have also heard it can take up to a year for everything to return to normal. My Ent actually got rude with me because he insists everything is normal and I am saying I,m not happy with it......so will wait it out!!
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replied July 30th, 2010
To VivienP,

I have also been to the ent 3 times and yes the were rude with me as well!! You would think if this sensation is normal or can happen to a lot of patient why do they not just say so. The ent's look at you like you have a third head!! Dr's can be so frustrating I can't wait unitl it is them that is miserable. Thanks for the imfo on the blister. I see my ent today about that .
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replied August 2nd, 2010
helps horrible sensation
I saw the ent and he told me that the blister looking thing on the right side of my throat is not a ligual tonsil. It is what is left from the regular tonsil it is just inflamed. He said when they remove the tonsil they can't take it all. He notice that my throat and voice box everything was really inflamed, so he recommened that I use NeilMed Sinus Rinse. I have to say it really helped with that horrible dry feeling. It also got out a lot of bloody scabby stuff that might of been causing that feeling of something stuck in my throat.
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replied August 18th, 2010
I had my tonils out about 3 weeks ago and everything was going great. After a week I went to my college cheerleading camp that was pretty intense and aside from being extremely exhausted I kept up pretty well. I too have noticed the tugging and feeling like something is in my throat. The spots where my tonsils were constantly feels dry no matter if I drink liquids or not. However, I am starting to feel like I have a really bad cold. And my throat hurts like it did before the surgery except without the inflammed tonsils. I feel like its too early to be having sore throats again! Anyone else experience this?
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replied August 24th, 2011
Nac Long (Acetycysteine) works magic if it feels like you're coming down with a sore throat in the area of where the surgury was done). Total magic bullet! (It doesn't work for a painful scar adhesion hower).
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replied September 1st, 2010
similar situation
Same situation here to! Dry feeling, itching, trouble swollowing, and the most irritating thing of all is that I gag so bad that I vomit. I can't do nose sprays or even the rinse because of the horrible gagging and vomiting...please any suggestions?
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replied September 9th, 2010
I had my tonsils out three weeks ago and on day ten my left tonsil hemorrhaged and the blood clot had to be removed and the site cauterized. Before the surgery nothing ever felt stuck or scratchy in the back of my throat. Both sides of my throat seemed to have healed and I was swallowing okay. Then with the hemorrhage and the second go at healing on the left side I feel as if I have swallowed dental floss. That's the best description I have been able to come up with. It's there from morning to night and it's very irritating. I want to throw up and I feel like gagging all the time. I'm always a bit nauseated as well. In addition to tonsils I had deviated septum repaired, two turbinate reductions and a large concha bullose removed from the right middle turbinate. I've been through a LOT of pain and have a ways to go before all the swelling goes away but the moveable "dental floss" in the back of my throat is driving me crazy. Today is the start of the 4th week after surgery and I'm beginning to wonder if this feeling will ever go away. ENT says the scabs are "all gone" but it sure as heck doesn't feel like it. I go again next week and will let you know what he says this time. I've also lost two dress sizes so that's about the only plus so far. I'm still not sleeping well, have a lot of dull headaches, am not sleeping well and my ears still hurt. Looking forward to new posts by any of you with the same problem.
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replied September 9th, 2010
Tonsilectomy Hell!
Thank you to all for your comments! I feel less alone! I had my tonsils out on July 21st 2010 and it's been about six weeks now. It was more painful then having children! Right away I noticed that my taste was off. It's a bitter taste with pretty much all food I eat, especially sweet food. On week three I had really bad BM's and bad ear pain. Found out I have a massive ear infection and thrush to go with it. I have a constant tickle in my throat which drives me crazy! Just recently, I noticed that my tongue has partially healed and fused to where my tonsil used to be. Sounds crazy, but I can't move my tongue very well. I'm having it all checked out tomorrow at the ENT. This have been hell. If I would have known, I would not have gone through with this.
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replied April 6th, 2011
Fused Tongue
Hi Katie,

Did you find out about your fused tongue from your ENT?

Mine has fused on both sides and now i have a very small gap to my throat
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replied September 18th, 2010
still have it
I am still dealing with the sensation of something in my throat! The ent told me to wait 3 months and it has been three months . So, now he is telling me it can take longer for some patients. Ughhh.... this is so rediculous I feel like I am always going to have this sensation of something in my throat!
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replied August 23rd, 2011
to frustratedlady17
Doyou still have the feeling something is stuck in your throat and does it hurt??? Cause something similar is happening to me
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replied September 24th, 2010
I just had my tonsils out a week ago and I can't talk right. I sound like marvin the martian, if I can even manage to get anything out at all. I also feel as if something is stuck in my throat and I get that dry feeling no matter how much I drink. I was wondering how long it took others to be able to talk correctly and normally?
sincerely, Meghan.
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replied September 27th, 2010
neck pain after tonsillectomy
I'm so glad I found this forum. I'm 2 months, 4 days post op now and since about week 5 I've randomly had days where the front of my neck and up the sides of my face hurt. Sometimes just sitting there, sometimes eating etc. It feels like I'm recovering from being strangled, or punched in the throat. The inside feels fine and I have no swollen glands in my neck. I've been worried cause I started thinking I had throat cancer or something terrible like that. I went in today because 3 days ago this pain started up and has gotten progressively worse. As of today, it hurts to turn my head, swallow, everything. I have a headache. He said everything looked great, per usual, and that the scar tissue is developing and could be there another year before it becomes "pliable". I don't know what I'll do if it gets worse. Is anyone else having this? I don't have a fever and it's been going on and off this whole time so I've eliminated spinal meningitis but I'm starting to wonder..
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replied October 2nd, 2012
try going to the chiropractor. I had such terrible jaw pain, radiating into my cheek bones and forehead that I thought i was going crazy. The chiropractor adjusted my jaw and since then I've felt so much better.
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