Hi All, I'm looking for some supportive ideas on my situation. I had my first MBS TMS symptoms in April 2012 in my right glute. It took 8 months it to increase to point where I thought it was more than the aches of a 46 yr old weekend warrior. My journey led me to a caring and conservative neurosurgeon in February 2013. An MRI showed (surprise, surprise) a herniated L4-L5 disc that is compressing the nerve roots that corresponds to the areas I have leg pain. Fortunately the surgeon has continued to put surgery as a last option. Along the way I was introduced to Dr Sarno's books and found Dr. Schubiner and Dr. Hanscom's books. I became convinced I have MBS/TMS, stopped physical therapy, started journaling, working w Dr Denkin who I found on this site and was making slow progress. Then 4 weeks ago I woke up in such excruciating pain I could barely get out of bed. I assumed something really severe must have happened to the disc when I was working out the day before because I had more pain at one point than usual. I since started the Mckinzie method of physical therapy but I have been mostly in bed since then, though I am improving. The neurosurgeon called two days ago with the results of a second MRI: the disc is basically unchanged! That said I do have some reduced reflex in the right ankle and some weakness in the big toe, neither were there before. I see I wasn't thoroughly convinced that MBS/TMS was the sole cause but I am convinced more than ever that I have MBS and need to address my repressed emotions even more directly. It has been suggested that the disc issue is real but so is the MBS/TMS. Any thought or experiences would be much appreciated. Be well.