Hey all, I hope this message finds everyone well, enjoying a great recovery and finally taking control of life again. I had my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon yesterday to review the results of my MRI. The good news is that none of my discs was herniated, but I've got a couple of bulgers at L3-L4 and L4-L5. The surgeon said there was nothing structurally to worry about significantly, that it was actually pretty normal for someone who has done as much running as I have. That was pretty reassuring, especially coming from a guy who makes his living off of back surgeries. Nevertheless, last night while I was cooking dinner, I felt for the first time a real strike of sciatica pain down my right leg. I could feel a little bit of shooting pain in my lower back before it started, and I think the stress further constricted oxygen flow and sent a bad signal. I'm wondering if my unconscious mind isn't staging a late-game offensive because I'm now starting to go on the attack myself. We'll see how things go. Maybe it was a delayed pain response from the anxiety I had leading up to the doctor's visit. Had some pinching pains throughout the rest of the evening . . . nothing too serious, just an occasional feeling of weakness/shooting pain that came and went quickly. I walked last night for about an hour, listened to music and talked to my parents, with no symptoms. Almost worked up a sweat for the first time in a while. I may try to do some jogging soon if I'm feeling confident. I'm also going to see a neurologist whose name appears on the TMS Wiki, since I just discovered that he's covered by my insurance ! I figure it's worth it to have the assurance of an MD that what I'm experiencing is TMS, even though I am 99.9999% convinced that it is just that. But that 0.00001% is still significant. Woke up this morning feeling just fine. I am going to go walking for an hour or so to get some exercise in for the day. Then to work for a few hours and then the weekend. Phew. Right now, it's not so bad. I am starting to rid myself of the fear of moving around. A great thanks to the memory of Dr. Sarno! I hope that everyone here has an amazing day, free of pain and full of love and light. Keep on believing !