So I finished the SEP and as of last Wednesday have had much higher levels of pain. I did some pretty intense stretches that make me think I irritated the nerves in my back? Does TMS get irritated by stretches? I am deeply doubting TMS right now. I am very depressed. I can't seem to get to a place where I'm physically comfortable. And that makes me sad and depressed. I am seriously considering calling a doctor or a chiropractor tomorrow morning. I went off the rails yesterday researching bulging discs and annular tears (both of which I have according to an MRI done in Nov. After all of my googling I felt even more scared. Annular tears may or may not heal much like any disc problem but some of the things I was finding really sounded like my pain. I don't want to turn my back on TMS but I don't want to stay in chronic pain either because it seems the longer that goes on the harder it becomes to break free of it. And I don't want "hard" right now. Everything already seems hard enough. I took the longest walk I've been able to yesterday (since Oct.) I was in a lot of pain by the end but I made it through. I have started smoking again and its one of the few things I have right now that seems to comfort me. Sigh......what to do?