I had to take my pain meds for 6 weeks post op. I took them full time for close to 3 weeks then started to put more space between them. I ultimately cut them in half & took half at a time. I made the same mistake you’ve made as far as not sticking w/ the suggested pain med protocol in the first week post op & it did set my healing back a bit. Stay w/ those pain meds. Have your husband call Dr. Dedhia’s office & ask what you can take as an anti-inflammatory. Prednisone really helped me. If that’s something you can’t take then other options may be available.
Hang in there, SewMomma! By this time a week from now things will be very different in a good direction.