I think it might be good to share with you my story. I'm 29 years old male. In April this year I suffered an extremly huge pain in my backs with sciatica in my left leg. I visited my doctor and he ordered an MRI. The diagnosis was : HUGE EXTRUDED DISC L5-S1. I was shocked. Till that time I was extremly active person (horse riding, weight lifing, running, skiing and cycling). I was refered to neurosurgeon and he advised the immediate surgery. I was in huge depression and I was nearly crying once the doctors told me to forget about all sport activities for the rest of my life. Yoga and stretching classes where not the things I wanted to do till the end of my life. In the meantime my pain decreased to the level were I decided to wait with the surgery. I have read some articles and heard that some of the hernitation can be absorbed by the body. Of course all the time I was participating for all possible PT the medicine ever discovered. In the meantime in May and June I have started to have some numbness in my hands and strange pain in my neck. I was so affraid if the cervical disc were herniated. About three weeks ago I was looking for some bodybuilding forum and I read a story of the guy who was doing deadlifts again with herniated disc after reading DR Sarno book. I was very skeptic about mind body connection but I decided to read the Healing back pain book. At the beginning I could not believe at all. But then I was convinced by Dr Sarno who asked the question why in recent times so many people suffer from herniated disc? Why these were not present 50, 60 years ago. Now I believe I have TMS. The results are amazing. I have no more pain in my neck and numbness in my hands totally disappeared. I still suffer some numbness from time to time and little pain in my left leg (1 out of 10 scale). I was really affraid but I came back to most of my sports. Nevertheless I have some problems with my friends and family. They are thinking I will hurt myself. So I am doing weight lifting again, I am running and yeasterday I was riding my bike for 5 hours (I did 100 KM at once). It is amazing. I hope to get rid off the numbness in my left foot soon. I will inform you about my progress. I would like to thank you guys for all of the stories they really help in quick recovery. P.S Sorry for any language mistakes. English is not my mother tongue.