I am SO HAPPY to hear things went well overall! It's great that your parathyroids were not damaged!
I'm sorry to hear you vomited - that must have made the soreness a lot worse
But i agree, the scar looked much worse than how I actually felt the first few days. Do you have steri strips on top of your scar?
I definitely took the RX pain medicine for at least 2.5 days...I definitely needed them!
I found that for the first 5 days that it did become easier to eat. But it wasn't until the steri strips fell off and I began massaging my scar on day 6 or 7 that the tenderness started to go away.
One tip I have is for you to do some exercises to keep your neck from being too tense. I started to get bad headaches and stiff shoulders and once I started doing the exercises it helped tremendously. I would look to my right, then rotate my head down and to the left at least 10x every few hours. It's only been about a week and a 1/2 and my scar is looking better and better every day! I was wearing a light summer scarf at work this week but I don't think I'll have to actually wear it next week!
How is your appetite? Have you been able to eat?