Short of cancer, the worst physical malady a person can be suffering from is a sore throat. It is running a strong 1B to cancer.
The worst three days of your year are sore throats days. Nothing is enjoyable. You yearn for days past when your throat was nice and lubed, not dry and scratchy. But you wonder, did I imagine those pain-free days? Did I imagine them? As far as I can recall right now, my throat has felt this bad now and forever.
It's so bad that, months later, when somebody else complains of a sore throat, you say, "Man, I had one of those a few months ago. Sucks."
My throat hurts.