Thank for your input guys, it's much appreciated. It's good to hear that other people have and are currently pulling through. It feels like it's never going to end at times and you feel like the only one in the world suffering this pain when it's at it's worst.
When I woke up this morning (I actually had a few hours sleep - YAY!! hehe), my throat was in absolute AGONY. I felt very, very disheartened indeed and was extremely teary, dizzy, nauseas and couldn't begin to even talk. I thought icy water would help and boy, was I in for a rude shock
BUT! (yes, there's a but
) my sister went to the chemist and picked up some Voltaren Rapid 25 (diclofenac potassium). I took one and about half an hour later, the pain was reduced ten-fold. It's the only pain relíever I've had today. It's also an anti-inflammatory and so far, it's been the most helpful of all my pain meds, which have included codeine and Tramadol. I've eaten 2 slices of toast today, dried apricot pieces and 2 Weet-Bix. I have, of course, made sure the food has softened quite a bit before swallowing but it's made a world of difference to my state of mind being able to actually eat with minimal pain and eating to assist the healing process.
My ENT didn't advise me to take Voltaren (he also didn't advise me not to) but the pain was so unbearable I had to take something and I know it worked wonders after I had a tooth surgically removed last year and they cut into the bone. It's an NSAID, which some doctors say to be careful taking because of bleeding. But some docs do recommend it in small, controlled doses.
Hopefully, with 2-3 Voltaren per day, the pain will be minimal and scabbing won't be so traumatic. I'm so glad ths is working for me, it's a Godsend