I'm 11 weeks out from foraminotomy laminotomy surgery on both L4 and L5 nerve roots. I had a hard time of it for the first 3 weeks but then things improved rapidly. I've been back at work since the end of week three (light duty-desk work). Near the end of week 9 I was having a little pain mostly at night and an occasional pain pill would fix it. My big mistake came a week ago. I crawled on my riding mower and mowed for at least a couple of hours (I have a huge yard.) Ever since then many of my old pre-surgery symptoms have returned along with the need to regularly take pain meds. It has eased up over the last week except for the worst symptom which is pretty strong pain in my leg when I walk. This is the symptom that made me decide on surgery in the first place. Please tell me I have not messed up real bad! I am scared to death that I have really screwed things up put myself right back at square one. At 11-12 weeks should I not be better off than this? Has anyone else had setbacks like this this long after surgery and still been able to make a positive recovery?