The throat pain finally began to subside. I noticed in the middle of the night that I could swallow without the sharp pain. The pain changed more to irritation and more of felling of something being stuck in my throat. I was able to drink small amounts of water and eat soft foods, but this would aggravate the pain somewhat, and at times the food would want to come back up. As the day went on, swallowing became easier and more comfortable. On a side note – I noticed that the hair on my head is starting to fall out.