I had a C-S about a week and a half ago so it is all fresh in my mind. While I was in the hospital I was given Toradol (like IV motrin) every 6hours - that worked the best for my pain and small doses of dilaudid and then percocet for breakthrough pain. I really try not to take pain medication but I found it really important to stay ahead of the pain (otherwise I couldn't move out of bed). It was also really important that I emptied my bladder really frequently or the pain was unbearable - oh and the stool softeners were very important as well - I was famished after the surgery and by day 2 I felt like I could barely breath because I hadn't gone to the bathroom in 3 days. I had my husband or my mother stay overnight with me during my entire hospitalization to help out (and the other would watch my 2 year old at home) and I wasn't even rooming with my babies (they were in the NICU). I was still in a fair amt of pain when I was discharged after 4 days but was able to stop the percocet after about 7 days post op. Most pain was when trying to get up out of bed, out of a chair, out of the car. I used a belly binder starting about 3 days post op and that helped a lot with my mobility. I did have staples which didn't start bothering me until day 4 (pulling pinching sensation) but I had them out day 6 so it doesn't bother me now. So far no separation.
My husband went back to work yesterday (10 days post-op) and I am able to do most things on my own (dishes, laundry) though I have enlisted the help of my mother for help with dd1. My babies are still in the NICU and she plans to spend a lot more time at my house when they come home (hopefully in the next 2-3 days).
The next four weeks (from 2 weeks to 6 weeks) are the danger period. You're quite likely to feel as though you're basically back to normal...but you aren't. I've hurt myself at least once in that period after every c-section, because I feel as though I'm more or less back to normal, but I'm still physically recovering. It's also really, really, really easy to misjudge my stamina, so i'll go to pick up a couple things at the grocery store, and then end up doing a biggish shopping trip, and be completely and utterly exhausted by the time I'm done. Try hard not to push too hard in that time, as it's very easy to get impatient, and you really will bounce back better if you don't overdo it.
I am in this stage right now - I am almost 2 weeks out and I physically feel able to do basic things like chores etc. It is really hard for me not to pick up my 2 year old (though I know I shouldn't), I've resumed driving, I am occasionally take a motrin but off of percocet. I do feel a lot more physically drained/tired by the early afternoon/evening. While I wake up every 3-4 hours to pump I am able to get some quality rest time which will likely end once my babies are home.
I have never had any major surgery so I had no idea what to expect. I still don't know what to expect as far as the rest of my recovery and I am still mentally trying to come to terms with some of the issues I had with this pregnancy (also probably not the best mind set for recovery) so I am also really glad for this forum.