I've been on an upswing for the last month or so since I started my TMS journey. I had one bad leg/foot burning day but it was gone in the morning and never returned. I have resumed a lot of normal activity...bending, lifting, twisting, driving, danced a little in celebration Ha!, even ran a short distance, housework, shopping,cooking etc etc Sooooo....this evening I bent over to pick something up and got the same lower disc pain that I had before (I have not felt this in any position at all for about a month) That started the old chain of events of nerve pain in my lower back, into my leg, ankle and foot. All the while Im telling myself its just TMS. My back is healthy. It will go away. It wont kill me. I dismissed it and kept busy with other things. I just doesn't seem to let go. Now every time I bend Im getting the same pain and its starting to mildly ache & throb. I have been doing so well with not dwelling on the pain but probably because there really hasn't been much to speak of. Not like this. Im confused about what is causing the actual pain. I used to always think that pain was my disc that was hurting but all the Drs/chiro/massage people would tell me its muscle. I guess that makes sense with TMS, as in mild oxygen deprivation to the muscle, in my back. I did get a little upset this evening so I think that may have been the trigger....although I think I felt the "pull" in my spine a little before my emotional issues. Cant remember. I did some journaling, cried a lot (haven't done that for a while) and the pain is still there. Could this pinching every time I bend down be caused by the muscles in my back? Did I get myself so worked up that the muscles are tense now (and oxygen deprived) so it hurts to stretch? I don't really understand what actually causes the sharp pain in the same spot every time I bend. I had it for almost a year...then it disappeared....and just came back tonight. Maybe I should not even be questioning where the pain is coming from? Maybe it doesn't matter and Im just feeding the fire? I guess Im just curious on how the pain goes straight back to that spot when I had completely convinced myself without a doubt that I CAN bend, twist, jump, run. I've been doing that for weeks and celebrating everyday. Telling everyone I know about the miracle healing I have had. Now this. Dang brain goes right back to....uh oh....I must have just twisted a little bit too much the wrong way and injured it again. This rollercoaster is enough to drive the sane mad. Yesterday I was ready to write my success story and save the rest of the world suffering with chronic pain. OK Well...I guess I will just have to look at this as a blip in my progress. Tomorrow will be better. I will try something new to add to my evidence list.