I have had a sore throat for over a month. It feels like there is something blocking my throat as it hurts to swallow and hurts to talk. I also get a cough like its trying to expell something and sometimes get a lot of mucus feeling like it s caught in there. When it first started it felt like there was a strained muscle in my neck, my throat burned a bit and I had a sharp stabbing pain that hurt when I turned a certain way, swallowed or spoke. It came and went oddly. Now after a month, it feels like I have a golf ball in my throat and the front of my neck is tender to the touch. I think it s swollen as well. It hurts more on the left side than the right.