I had mine out when I was 24 and I had prepared myself for the worst pain possible from the horror stories I had heard. I have to say though that it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. The first day wasn't bad at all, but day 2 and 3 were rough. I just slept a lot and ate lots of ice. By day 5 I was at the mall shopping with my mom. It was sore to eat, but I'm an eater and couldn't not eat! Lo mein and other pastas were easier for me to eat.