I had a microdiscectomy 2-22-13 on L4/L5 after nearly two years of sciatica. I did not know the longer you wait the harder it is to fix. I have had some relief w/the sciatica but the lower back pain is consistent. I have been on pain meds since surgery plus mobic and neurontin; I hurt every day. I am in week three of PT. today as the therapist touched my ack I mentioned the tingling and numbness in my right leg/buttock. She stopped for a moment then has me raise up on my elbows acing forward. Ten times she had me raise to where my tummy was off the able; it hurt my back but I dd not push and it was tolerable until near the end. She asked then if the tingling ad subsided--it had for the most part--and where the chest raises had hurt bi admitted my arms and back hurt. Her response was to say my arms should not hurt and that my back old be better if my arms were stronger and could offset the weakness/vulnerability in my back. Is she crazy? First, had I get that strengthening my core is the goal. Second, her job is to find noninvasive, medicine-free solutions to legitimate problems. And third, things are probably going to feel worse before they feel better. But I walked away feeling as if I'd been accused of being fat, lazy, weak, and a faker. Does that make sense? I don't have pain-free periods longer than three or four hours. I was on the treadmill five or so days/week before surgery. I hurt all the time and I'm sad. I know I'm hypersensitive about it. And I know I'm feeling defensive. But could she be right? Am I overreacting? Should I call my doc? I feel like tattling, you know?