Horrific ongoing pain in your shins might not be shin splints. I was advised by a friend who is a doc that my pain could be compartment syndrome but the ER doc who admitted me 1200 miles from home insisted it was just shin splints. I did not demand a pressure test until the next morning and by then nerve damage was done. My muscles were breaking down and the road forward became infinitely more rocky.
On top of my injuries I was suffering from a lack of sleep in the hospital. For three nights I got no sleep because I was always being tested for something straight through the night. I learned you can demand/politely request they coordinate schedules so docs must come in at the same time. I started to heal faster once I started to also get rest.
I wish I had been prepared to spend a month in bed. I was really active before and loved working. I don't like sitting in bed. The mental health aspect was tough for me. You have to accept it and you can't fight it. This was a source of more agony than it needed to be. This ended up being a time where I could have been investigating my spirituality but I spent weeks angry before getting to that place. Then during plastic surgery you have to be immobile or things go backwards. Bonuses:If narcotics are not for you know there is a IV drip that is lowgrade/non-narcotic but still helps with pain. They will try to say no due to addiction fears but find a solution that works for you.You should talk to you insurance company every day so they are not surprised. You can reduce anxiety by increasing communication.
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