I understand where you are coming from. I can't bring myself to take it easy, though frequent breaks to lie down would help me. Instead, I work through the pain and until recently, would only move to a BT med when the pain got really bad.
The grogginess or fogginess from pain meds can be mitigated through various strategies. One is to take a time-release. That could do it. If not, then eventually your body might adapt and you won't have the same side effects.
Another option is to change meds. Some may not have the same cognitive effect. Some are more activating, some more sedating.
In my case, I woke up in pain and am doing quite badly now, but it is too early for meds for me -- if I took something now, in 4hrs, I'll need more, then 4 after that. So, I need to wait a few more hours in pain.
Post Edited (cogito) : 4/13/2012 9:40:24 AM (GMT-6)