I feel for you. I had hernia surgery last February. I scheduled it for a long weekend figuring I'd be back to work in no time (according to the surgeon). I was out 2 1/2 weeks, and still in pain when I went back. It was, by far, the worst pain I ever experienced. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't. At times, if I am doing a lot of physical labor in the yard, I get a soreness for a few days right where the surgical mesh was placed.