Hey Everyone, I am new to the TMS wiki and forum and the TMS world in general. I was given Dr Sarno's book from a friend with very similar symptoms and found relief in just two weeks after two years of agony. I procrastinated on reading his book and continued with the conventional medicine routes for a month or so more. I now picked up Dr Sarno's book and have finished it in just two days! I am a slow reader so that should begin to show how much I latched on to this idea. I fully believe what he is saying and have been researching my brains out. I believe there may be something similar on here about this, but I have not found quite the answer to what I was wondering. So in advance I apologize if this is a repeat post, and please feel free to redirect me if this has been answered previously on the forum. Anyway, my story, I have been dealing with varying levels of pain for 9 months now. I was working ski patrol in Utah last year and in February I began to feel soreness in my lower back (very common in this profession). I disregarded it at first and continued on with life. Two physical therapists over several months, massage, chiro, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, cortisone, two mri's showing fairly large protrusion at L4/S1 and now scheduled for microdiscetomy. As I had mentioned, I have now read Dr Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain", and feel that this is the method I want to pursue and forgo the knife! He mentions the "classic" symptoms of TMS involving pain upon pressure on the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg. My main concern is that I have the pain sometimes in my lower back, but primarily along the side of my left leg and left calf. I have slight numbness along my left calf as well. What I DO NOT have is any pain produced upon pressure anywhere in the areas mentioned in the book. I want to fully commit that this is TMS, but I am having trouble given I do not match the suggested "classic" symptoms. I am so sorry for the length of this post, but this consumes my entire life as I am sure it has yours as well. Thank you all so much for being a part of this community, and I plan to be highly involved in any way possible in this community. I appreciate any and all comments and suggestions on this matter.