Michelle, I feel your pain! I had my surgery 3 wks ago & am still feeling the effects. Unfortunately, I have to say you will probably need more than 4 days off work. I took 10 days off & wish I'd have put in for that extra few days. Days 5-8 were the worst for me. It was all I could do to swallow my medicine (OOOOWWWWWWWW!!!! that Lortab BURNS!). All I was able to swallow other than my meds for those 4 days was maybe 1/2 cup water per day. I was in absolute hell. I no longer have pain, except a little in the way back of my tongue (I know - weird), but that hairball is still in the back of my throat & very bothersome. My dr says that's normal.(?) Good luck & know that there actually will come a day when you will feel much better!