Haven't had them for a while thank goodness; but when I did yes they were like it. Rheumy told me warm sea salt water rinses 3-5x per day for a week or until they went away. I hope you feel better soon. I am sorry you are having them. They will go away. Let us know how you are feeling. There are times we don't want to discuss things; but we also all learn from them as well. Someone else on the board will look up the blog and go "hmmm, I thought I was the only one." We are all in the same boat so it helps to share; keep paddling.