If the ice helps, and the heat aids in healing, I suggest alternating heat and ice. I used ice for two weeks without ay trouble. I can't take much into my stomach without a problem (it's very reactive) so I avoided added meds that I could do without. I always use ice for aches and pains. Since I had a lung infection, I coughed incessantly, which made the pain much worse.
Glad to hear you're on the other side! Welcome to the Wrapped Club!
Remember, if you can surrender to the reovery and follow it where it takes you, you'll find your recovery far easier. It is as it is. It'll take its own sweet time, so might as well just go along for the ride!
Stick around and ask questions whenever they crop up. There are no stupd questions, so anything you're worrying about or wondering, just say so.