I have managed to reduce the amount of pain killers I take. The kind I use, allows for a max of 3 per day, but I have had a couple of days I smuggled in an extra dose and made it to 4. Now I am using 2 per day.
In addition, the orthopedic doctor prescribed me a muscle relaxant containing diazepam. I looked it up in Wikipedia and was surprised to find this is actually valium. I hesitantly tried expecting a sleepy stupor, but was surprised to find that it does exactly what it has been prescribed for: relax the muscles.