megkath, I hope you're feeling ok! I am finishing up day 11 now, I was doing amazing in the beginning, I stopped taking the roxicet after day 3 and was just taking tylenol. I had my follow up appt. on day 7, which just so happened to be when my pain started getting worse. My doctor said it is all the nerves waking up again after surgery and that it should only last a couple more days and then should start to feel much better, but if I needed to, it was fine to switch back to the strong pain meds. To answer your question Roxicet = a combination of oxycodone and tylenol. The oxycodone they prescribed should be taking good care of your pain. Yes, its a strong pain med, but it is essentially what you have been taking all along. As long as you are having pain and need it, its fine to take it. I am still taking it on day 11. I try to take tylenol during the day and then take the roxicet at night to help sleep and usually first thing in the morning to take the edge off. I'm watching the throat closely, I havent seen any real improvement in a couple days, so I'm starting to feel a little down, but I'm hopeful. Most of the scabs are gone, their coming off was a lot easier than I thought it would be, aside from the pain. For the most part I didn't even notice them coming off. I can't really tell from how you describe your throat, since mine was pretty much completely white right from the start, but what my doctor said on day 7, was that it was really important to keep eating soft food for at least 10 days to make sure you don't cause bleeding by ripping off any big scabs with hard food. I have heard people say different things about that, but I thought it was best to listen to my doc! Take care, you're getting there!