Hi, I recently read Dr. Sarno’s book and it really resonated with me. I developed lower back pain almost 3 months ago which now turned into sciatic nerve pain. I have a herniated disc at L5-S1. I have tried PT, chiropractor, epidural injection, and acupuncture. I read the book a few weeks ago and started to feel positive and then the pain started to get worse and the sciatic nerve pain became unbearable (especially at night and while driving so I haven’t had a good night sleep in weeks). As much as I liked the book, I thought “no there’s something really wrong with me” and continued to go for treatments because I was afraid to stop. Almost 3 weeks ago I had an epidural and it helped a little but not much. After my 2 week follow up my doctor mentioned doing another epidural and consulting with a surgeon in case the 2nd epidural didn’t work. Of course that day my pain felt worse because surgery freaked me out. I decided to give the book another chance, what do I have to loose? I’m feeling more positive and hopeful. I spoke to a friend who had success from this book and he mentioned the SEP which I wish I knew about a few weeks ago. I recently switch PTs and I really like this new PT. She does a lot of soft tissue mobilization. My question is, is it ok to continue? I see it as I lost a lot of range of motion which I’d like to continue to get more Range of motion and then eventually move on to Pilates or yoga in the future (for overall health benefits). I have a 1 year old and a 5 year old. I want to get better for them and ME! I’ve already noticed improvements on my first day. I should add that I’m an occupational therapist who used to work with inpatient rehab patients in a hospital so I have a medical background so it probably will be hard to make the shift to TMS being emotional rather than physical. Especially since my muscles are so tight and range of motion is limited. Thanks for any support you can give!