Karl KarlNewcomer Am new to this forum, so am hoping that I can hear from others. My story - will make it quick and manageable to read. Last year: •Start new job •Turn 50 •Fall in love/lust At around the same time. •Stand up and walk out restaurant and feel stab of pain in lower back. •Felt like fluid coming out. •Bad pain for about 4 weeks, which lessened. •Left with foot drop. Had MRI. •Herniated disc •Suggested surgery - but I declined (extremely frightened of surgey) •Have had foot drop since. Am walking long distances most days and swim about 1 km each day, so not impacting majorly on lifestyle. I'm a 'perfect fit' for Sarno's person type that will experience TMS. Am reading his books but not sure if I'm in agreement. Anyway, has been emotionally stressful for the past few weeks. Walking ok and still some movement with foot, but sometimes it feels heavy; especially when I stand still. Heaviness goes when I walk. For the past year have constantly been focusing on this. Get stiffness in lower back and more recently tingly burning in butt. Am writing a thesis at the moment and tingliness and burning occurs when sitting and writing. I also get this when driving car. At my wits end and would like to hear from some of you.