Side Effect, Rebound or something else?

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   Posted 3/25/2013 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, New here so please bear with me!
A very long story I'm afraid.... I had a bad cold last October and ended up with sensation of something stuck in my throat which was like sticky mucus and I couldn't clear it.
I got bored of waiting to feel better so went to the Docs in December to be diagnosed with Tonsilitis. After course of antibiotics still didn't feel great, also sent for routine blood tests. This was when I also decided to give up smoking, as you can't very well complain of a sore throat whilst smoking...
Back to the Doc's this time to be told it's post nasal drip and to take Beconase for up to 3 months to see any effects and if this didn't help then something stronger might be given. I should also take the blood tests to check nothing nasty going on.
This felt a little too passive for me. I did the blood tests and these turned out fine.
My symptoms were gettting a little better but I still had a feeling of 'filling up' during the day and that I would be getting horrible headaches and sore throat each afternoon, mostly accompanied by a pounding headache, also whilst constantly trying to clear throat, this would taste a bit sickly.
I started wondering whether there might be a little bit of reflux going on, so I started on OTC Omeprazole 10mg which seemed to help the afternoon feeling a little.
All was well until about 2 weeks into being on Omeprazole and I started tasting black pepper, and my mouth and tongue were feeling really hot. I went back to the doctor and they suggested a stronger dose of the Omeprazole (20mg).
The black pepper feeling if anything intensified, and I thought it was coming from my throat, so I've stopped taking the Omeprazole altogether.
I have no idea whether I had acid reflux originally or not, certainly the feeling of bringing up some nasty tasting mucus was much more preferable to what I'm going through now.
I don't know whether what is happening now is a side effect, a low acid reaction, or acid rebound or something completely different. I don't want to take anything else as I've totally scared myself now, this is the reason I am also staying away from the docs as they don't really seem to know any better than me?
In total I took 10mg Omeprazole x 2 for 1 week and 6 days and 20mg x 1 for 4 days and stopped altogether 6 days ago. My throat and mouth are burning pretty much from morning until I go to sleep, I am not bothered by it at night thankfully.
How long will it take for this to be out of my system? I've read other posts and they say anything from 2 weeks to months and months...
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