I d told my doctor that I had a really bad sore throat. Failed to tell him my neck was also painful up to my left and sometimes my right ear. I then realized that my sore throat could be caused by my hocking continually and coming up with a pail white substance that was extremely viscous making me think it was coming up from my stomach. My doc initially put me on antibiotics and when I told him about the viscous stuff coming from my stomach, we both concurred it might be caused by a minor hieratic hernia . I ve an appointment with a gastroenterologist...Feb 7, but right now the sore throat and pain in the neck is causing me angst. I m 83 and on a bunch of chemicals for collesterol, ,minor hypertension since CABG in 2013, and a Type II diabetic. Sore throat and pain mild in AM and severe in pm. Take two tylenol help.