Hey All, I've been struggling to figure out the best way forward with my TMS. It's safe to say my problem is largely inflammatory in nature. A consistent dose of Prednisone combined with an epidural has once again bolstered this theory, resulting in about an 85% reduction in my low back pain. For some reason this doesn't deter the surgeons who think a spinal fusion is the best option for me, despite my confusion about how inflammation can be removed with a scalpel. Unfortunately, as anyone familiar with corticosteroids knows all too well that this is a bargain with the Devil. As my tolerance increases, its efficacy begins to decrease, and sometimes (like now), it stops working very abruptly. A week & a half ago, I was making plans to play softball, while today I'm looking for a cane to help me walk. Now I'm left with all of the side effects & none of the benefits. Pretty much all of these side effects can trigger TMS (irritability, insomnia, etc.). The neurological symptoms (burning/pins & needles in calf & foot) persist regardless, but that's more irritating than debilitating. At its worst, the 'pinched nerve' starts to feel like I'm getting an electrical shock from certain movements. My standard response these days is "I can do anything as long as it doesn't involve sitting, standing, or walking". The pain & steroids keep me angry - all the time. This constant state of rage no doubt makes the pain worse. As far as the root causes - does the pain make me angry or does the anger cause the pain? The former - without question. Whether or not the TMS is responsible for the inflammation vs. the underlying autoimmune disease? That depends on who you ask, but what I'm trying to learn here today is how often TMS patients have blood tests that look like mine...where all of the inflammatory markers are off the charts (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), CRP, etc.). All of the values that cause my doctors to blame on 'active Crohn's disease'. Is there anyone on here that's managed to reverse this type of trend by treating TMS? All of the other meds I've tried to manage the Crohn's have failed at this point and it's becoming harder and harder to keep the depression at bay. Add to that the fact that every recommended treatment is impossible to actually get because, well, health insurance in this country is pretty much a giant scam...well let's just say that spending half my day fighting them for every nickel...doesn't do much to reduce stress. Any stories that can give me just a little hope would be welcomed.