Hi. I am a newbie to TMS but am hopeful it will set me on the path to getting back to normal. At the beginning of year I started having unattributed back pain, chronic sciatica to the point I could have puked. It took an mri to indicate L5s1 paracentral prolapse as the possible cause. Now I elected for conservative care and was making great progress when I had a relapse again for no clear reason....i think I just stretched in the gym changing room...and there I was back to a stiff back, immobile and more sciatica! I am post 3 weeks now and things are mobilising and the pain is settling but I am in fear of another relapse and a submission to surgery which I dont want. I have started reading Sardanos book and beginning to consider anxiety and stress as the red flags as I am stressed and anxious. I have elected to work with a physio who does phsyco a s a combined therapy as I feel I need someone to talk to and the mechanics of the physio seem to at least relax me.... How should I approach what I think is clearly TMS and get back to doing the cycling, running that I get a buzz from.