Jessica I am not sure how old you are, but I am 42 years old and had mine out on 2/27, yes, it is painful, but if you continue taking your pain meds every 4 hrs, it will help alot,, the pain was only bad when I swallowed, while I was resting or watching TV, the pain was only a sore throat, not too bad, I was prepared for the worse because of everything I read. Warm soup or broth is good, and popsicles and jello worked wonders. I am on day 8 and went for a walk today, all of a sudden I went from wanting to sleep all day to really feeling OK. Drink water as often as possible, especially after taking your meds when the pain isn't too bad. It's tough, but in a week you should feel better, I was advised to take two weeks off of work, just because you feel weak for a while. Good Luck.