I actually had my accident over 8 years ago and just nursed the pain away whenever there was a flare up. Unfortunately the pain returned with a vengeance and didn't let up for 5 months with excruciating, teeth-grinding pain.
Now entering my 3rd week post surgery. Sleep is a thing of the past. PT to begin one month following surgery. Surgical site cannot bear to have anything touching it so I need to keep it uncovered which makes it difficult while at work - wearing tank tops with scarf over shoulders in mid-winter. Still icing which offers relief and taking pain meds at night which offers about one hour of sleep. Have never taken pain medication before in my life until now. Showers help to loosen the muscles and make it much easier to do "pendulum exercises" (after sutures are removed) but the heat causes swelling.
Highly recommend a good support system to assist when you are recovering at home. Extremely difficult to adjust to using one arm especially if surgery was in primary arm.
Still have pain but not at all like it was prior to surgery. Seems each day is different, a very good day can be followed by a not so good day - just anxious to be pain-free and get on with life.