This is my first post. Several months ago, I was diagnosed with a large herniated disc (L4/5) with nerve compression of the S1/S2 nerve roots. I was told not to do anything for 6 mos unless I wanted to end up on the surgeons table. A friend gave me The Divided Mind and I immediately felt better, about 80% pain free. Some stressful events occurred and I was back to square one with the pain. I read Steve O's book and immediately felt better again. However, I had another relapse so I thought if I went to a TMS dr for a diagnosis, it might help. However, the TMS dr said I didn't have muscle soreness in certain spots and said my MRI clearly shoes a herniated disc that corresponds with my pain (lower back/right leg). When I asked about Dr. Sarno not believing that a herniated disc would cause pain, he said he parted ways with him on that theory. He also mentioned possible surgery down the road which has me terrified. Because I said I'd had success with reading the book, he said I had mixed TMS (combination of structural/emotional). My problem is that it seems in order to conquer TMS, you have to embrace it 100% which I can't do to the structural diagnosis. Any thought? Anyone else with this problem?