Hi, All. I have been struggling with low back pain for over a year, mostly leg pain really. I first went to a sports chiro last summer and he thought my sciatica and tightness in left glute area was pririformis. So he treated with stretching and trigger point therapy (with a hard ball and a foam roller). When that treatment didn't work I had an MRI. L4/L5 herniated disc, mid-sized. This is the definitive medical opinion that I have been given by two MD's: left side sciatica and low back pain and gluteal tightness/spasm caused by herniated disc. I tried McKenzie therapy and it worked for a few days, but then the sciatica in my left foot and toes came back with a vengeance. So no PT has worked and I don't want shots/surgery. I just found out about TMS last week, read back pain book by Sarno. I think it all makes sense so I started trying to 'talk to my brain' and other things. My pain this morning was even worse than at any point in the past. I could not even get my left shoe on. Not because of pain alone, but my left upper glute is so tight it won't move. I finally got my shoe on and headed to work. It is a pain that is an absolute 10 when I am in certain positions, like driving. But it seems to get better as the day goes on. I am a teacher and am on my feet all day. What is ironic is that up until a couple of weeks ago I could not stand for long periods without pain. But now I have a hard time sitting until I have been able to get loosened up. Does this sound like a muscle problem, a disc problem, or could it really be TMS? Thank you!