Just a couple weeks ago, I decided to get an MRI to rule out any serious pathology like cancer, etc. I thought after this I can then fully embrace the TMS protocol. I received my results a few days ago. They were muscle spasms, herniated disc at l4-l5 and DISH disease (arthritis of the ligaments on the spine causing calcification). At first I was like "ok, I know herniated discs likely don't cause pain and research on DISH shows it typically can be controlled and sometimes causes no symptoms". It wasn't until I googled more and found stories of people who experienced paralysis, disability, needing a scooter to get around, etc. I panicked. I thought about how am I going to pay my bills if I can't work, will my family need to take care of me, will I be in severe chronic pain my whole life, etc. Keep in mind I am on 29 years old and have relatively minor pain. I get by without medication and actually experienced the least amount of pain in months after accepting that I likely have TMS. It wasn't until I received the MRI results that I started to panic and get more and more pain. I am still going to follow up with a rheumatologist to discuss. But just looking for some support to get back on track. I kind of wish I didn't get the MRI at this point.