OK, finally day 12 and I am off the harsh pain med (sticking to tylenol or motrin) and can swallow better and do not feel as bad as in days before, can finally go out to a movie but keep the liquids near (had bad cough attck at the movies). Can tolerate soft foods but if I eat anything harder (like a hard sandwhich) it hurts. I agree with Debbie and thank God she shared her unpleasant to say the least experience --- lesson learned drinks fluids. I do see the light at the end of this tunnel!!! GodSpeed anyone else about to go thru it!