Hi all, this is my 2nd post in this forum. Some background: - male, 35 years old - pretty active in the gym - hurt low back in the past, but healed, got some tweak here and there - overall, never really concerned about it and just enjoying life several weeks ago I decide to consult a doctor, of why I have several flare ups throughout the year. He ordered me to do MRI. MRI showed disc bulge at L4, and herniated disc at L5-S1 with pinched nerve. Doctor did some test (pressing the area, flexibility test etc) said that I was fine and there is no activities restriction. I don't even remember when I had herniated disc...might be 4-5 years ago when I hurt my back in the gym. However, after seeing the MRI, I become afraid, fear of movement, and start avoiding certain exercises in the gym. and after that experiencing some leg pain. and it seems like the MRI result really sink in my mind...I become more afraid. then I found this forum and Dr. Sarno's book. The pain also seems to move around, like yesterday - feeling pretty good in the morning, then right lumbar/buttocks become painful in the afternoon. Going to the gym in the evening doing squats and pull ups (no pain, but back felt uncomfortable). Strangely, the pain in the right lumbar gone after going home, but now the left lumbar/buttock start to ache. Felt good at night up until bedtime. pain is minimal and overall felt pretty good. I even talk to myself "wow, my back feel good" then go to bed. this morning, back pain returned. nothing excruciating (still can workout without pain) but enough to keep me scared. leg pain seems to subside, but the back pain are more prevalent. is this TMS? and what to do to overcoming fear? (fear that I might hurt my back with working out, fear that I might blow out my disc etc) any advise is appreciated. thanks!