I had the surgery after the TMS diagnosis. I was stupid. The surgeon was very convincing and I wanted a quick fix like many others. Yes I had surgical pain, but that has gone away and what is left is what I had prior to the surgery. The pain after hasn't changed. I still have back, hip and foot pain. I have been going on with my normal physical activities and doing more. I can sit longer . The last 2 weeks of journaling, talking to myself (subconscious mind) etc as suggested I seem to be doing better. I have one good day, then suffer for one or two. I have really started to embrace the TMS diagnosis like I should have. There is no other option. I have no neurological issues like numbness, tingling or weakness. All my reflexes are normal. I can walk on my heals and toes. My post op MRI's look great, no stenosis, no bulging or herniated discs, no arachnoiditis etc. It's just pain. And last but not least I went thru this before twice in my life (once after a pregnancy) and once during a very stressful period in the life and it (pain & other symptoms) went away. At that time the MRIs showed nothing and the pain went away. This time I am older & yes the MRI showed everything from herniated discs all over the place to severe spinal stenosis, facet disease with aging what Sarno called the grey hairs of the spine I guess. That was scary. The surgeon said if I didn't have surgery I was looking at nerve damage ? Like I said the current MRI looks great according to them. I was told that Sarno worked with a lot of people who had prior back surgery ?