Hi All, Before I launch into my wee story, I want to thank everyone on here for their input. Just reading through this forum alone is really good therapy. I am on day 16 of the S.E.P. I have sciatica pain which started as mildly irritating and has gradually gotten worse. I was referred to physiotherapy about a year ago. They thought it was very likely that I had a bulging disc and I either had to put up with my sciatica or look at an MRI / surgery as symptoms did not improve with physio. Ever since then it has gradually worsened. There have been 2 occasions where it noticeably worsened and I can relate these to stressful happenings in my life. 3 months ago I decided to give acupuncture a try. The TCM acupuncturist told me she thought it was unlikely that it was a disc issue but that I needed to stop my hillwalking and hiking for now. I did as she said. It got worse. Next I decided to take time off work to try and “heal” and again it got worse. During this time I read Healing Back Pain and discovered this site (which I am so grateful for). I am now suffering from anxiety, I am crying a lot and the pain and the fear of it is now stopping me from doing many simple things that I used to enjoy. I would never be able to obtain an official diagnosis of TMS as there are no TMS professionals in my country. I have noted patterns that do point to TMS including the pain shifting. It has always been just the left side but since last week I've had occasional sharp pain and throbbing in my right leg as well. Has anyone here been able to prove to themselves that it is definitively TMS without an official diagnosis or any medical intervention? Thanks for reading through what it undoubtedly (for some of you) yet another sob story. Sheena.