I've had debilitating sciatica for nearly a month, mostly confined to bed. I went to a chiropractor who initially said it was a soft tissue issue but then after viewing my X-ray said it was a herniated disc and might need surgery. The day he said that my pain increased. I went looking for answers and found Healing back Pain. I listened to the book and felt like Dr Sarno was talking about me. I accepted I had TMS and immediately began to improve. Yesterday the chiropractor came here to bring my slip for the MRI. I tried to explain to him everything I've learned and how I felt a bit better and hopeful I would be healed. He didn't want to hear anything. He says my disc is different. It has broken sideways and is causing my spine to be crooked. I admit in the last month or so I'm walking crooked but I think it's the pain from the muscle spasm. He says no it is the disc. He believes the only choice is fusion surgery which I am completely against. I feel so demoralised. Now my TMS work is blocked. I can only think of that disc and the crooked spine and surgery. I know Dr Sarno says there are some issues that can't be fixed using TMS ideas. Could mine be one? Are there such disc problems as the chiropractor is describing? I live in Botswana so I don't have access to TMS doctors. I am going for the MRI and I will ask the people there but I know the TMS ideas are not well understood here. Honestly I really feel what I have is TMS. I had a lot of stress the four months before this episode and my personality fits Dr Sarno's description.