Thanks for all the suggestions ! I am feeling better as long as I keep drinking. Still can't tolerate too much texture in my diet and the middle of the night is still rough. I tried just about everything you all suggested. As much as I dislike honey - hot tea with honey was the best.
My throat actually got so raw with this that my upper pharynx was bleeding and the worst of the pain was blood clots running down my throat. I would not wish this on anyone.