I am in the middle of sciatic flare-up. I notice that I have been on a pain roller coaster for a few months, flaring up for a nasty week or so every three to four weeks. I have been going through the SEP a little slow, about half-speed. Anyway... I recently signed up at a local yoga studio where they have mediation classes several time a week. I have been to two meditation classes so far and find it helps with the pain. I felt the pain leave in anticipation of the second class. Just knowing I was about to meditate soon made me feel better. Mediation helps me feel calm and at peace and forget about the pain. Although the pain returned shorty after the class, all the fluctuation in pain is helping fully convince me this in fact TMS. I'm pretty convinced. I can't seem to give up my physical remedies, though. Massage, inversion, trigger point release, and the hot tub all help with the pain when I flare up. Do I really need to abandon all of these things? Isn't it OK to treat the symptoms, to get some relief? As long as I recognize it for what it is?