Re: Elbow surgery recovery time
Except for saying you has elbow surgery, you haven't said what kind of surgery was done. I was supposed to undergo tendon surgery on my elbow but declined to do it as it meant cutting the tendon and then deeply scarring the area to make a "false tendon". That would have meant months of recovery. So if you are lifting even 5 pounds this soon, you must have had something different.
Did they just remove the bone spur?
Any kind of joint surgery can produce pain for an extended amount of time but that does not mean there is a problem. Nerve fibers are the slowest ones to heal and can take months. Same with muscle fibers if muscle was cut. Muscles can take 7-8 months and nerves, 8-10 months. Nerves are so slow they thought for quite a while that once cut, nerves never recovered.
And with healing nerves that are growing, once they re-connect, they tend to let you know with a huge burst of pain like saying....hi, I'm back!
So if your doc isn't worried, I wouldn't be either. Just go slowly and if it hurts, back off a little. As long as the pain doesn't get worse, you should be okay and the pain is probably just muscles and nerves healing.
I've had the surgery where they go in and remove all the bone spurs off the collar bone at the shoulder.....a common area for problems with athletes. They not only remove the bone spurs but cut off the last 1/2 inch of the collar bone to make additional room if more bone spurs develop. The recovery was fast from the actual surgery but the bone pain lasted a good 3-4 months. So if you had a bone spur removed, that can hurt for quite a while as well. Just takes time for the bone to heal over.
So I wouldn't be worried unless the pain increases with time or you get redness and swelling.