I had my tonsils removed in my mid twenties, and my doctors told me that it was going to be a lot more painful than if I had done it when I was just a lad. They were certainly correct!!

Why is it that a tonsillectomy is more painful to have as an adult? Are the pain nerves more mature? Or is it that the tonsil is larger than when I was a child?

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After removal of tonsils, most adults have significant pain for 10 -14 days, some up to 3 weeks. Because adults & teenagers have larger tonsils and more developed throat muscles, pain and muscle spasm can make it difficult to swallow for 2 weeks or more. Constipation may occur because narcotic pain medication, when taken regularly, can slow down the bowels. link

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