Hello All, I'm new to the TMS forums, but I've been studying TMS and working on my healing now for approximately 3 months. I've read Dr. Sarno's 'Healing Back Pain,' 'The Mindbody Prescription,' and 'The Divided Mind.' I've also read Steve O's GPD book and Fred Amir's 'Rapid Recovery' book. I've also been in therapy since then, which seems to help somewhat. Last April I was diagnosed with disc protrusions at L4/L5/S1 and nerve impingement causing numbness down my left leg and into the toes of my left foot in addition to severe debilitating back pain that kept me out of work for about a month, and that made life a living hell for the next five months. I declined surgery and injections and opted for PT instead. I even got off the hard Pain meds within two weeks of my original diagnosis. Since last April, my recovery was slow, uneven, and painful, until I discovered Dr. Sarno's work in September. Since then, I've made leaps and bounds in my progress. I'm now about 85% healed and exercising every day. I'm applying healing principles from each of the aforementioned books and the one I remind myself of constantly is "ignoring the pain" or as Steve O put it "leaning into the pain." Unfortunately, I'm experiencing slight increases in pain when I do this. For example, I like to carry my five year old daughter up the two flights of stairs of our home at night before bed (she calls it Daddy Elevator). When I do this, I notice an increase in the numbness and stiffness in my left leg. Just recently, I went bowling with some co-workers and could only bowl one game because the stiffness in my left low back and leg was on the rise. Since that night, I'm feeling an aching in my left buttock as well (something new). So to sum up, I'm just worried that as I increase my activity levels due to pain levels decreasing, I'm conversely increasing pain levels which gives me doubt or at least diminishes some of my confidence in the TMS self-diagnosis. Has anyone here experienced this and just decided to push through and continue ignoring pain and actually had the pain decrease or resolve altogether? Based on their books, I know Steve O and Fred Amir have, but I'm hoping there are others out there who also have eliminated the numbness/stiffness/weakness in their legs/feet/toes by simply applying TMS recovery principles and by ignoring the increase in those sensations with activity. Thanks in advance for your guidance.