It's been a long time since I have been on this forum and I'm still working away at TMS back and leg and hip pain. I saw Dr. Schubiner last June and was assured I did have MBS and started working diligently on his program at home. Even though the pain did not improve, I learned a great deal about what I was thinking and doing that certainly was making it worse. So, I am glad that I did the program and still continue to work on my internal messages. The chronic pain, now 2.5 yr into it, is getting worse slowly but surely. Still cannot work, debt is rising. Unfortunately I am working my way through some cardiac issues as well and will be having a treadmill stress test this week. I am not so much worried about my heart as I am my hip and leg allowing me to complete this test. A few weeks ago I had another lumbar MRI which showed bulging discs basically at every level with mild foraminal stenosis except at L5 S1 which showed moderate foraminal stenosis. I knew about the L5S1 bulging disc which showed up on the 2016 MRI; it was described as foraminal compromise at that time. The report stated in summary that there was not a significant change compared to that MRI. So, of course, the MD wants me to see Pain Management for a consult for an epidural injection. I have rejected that for the past 2.5 yr. I have never been helped by steroid injections and I know the track record is miserable. The MD thinks it could be "both therapeutic and diagnostic." I do believe my nervous system is on overload and flooded with neurochemicals which are keeping the pain cycle going. I just don't know if that nerve at L5S1 is OK. Dr. Schubiner and my spinal MD said my neurologic exam was normal. It seems many others have been able to heal in spite of even worse MRI findings. I have been skyping with an intern from the PPC so I do have that support. If I had just one of these problems, that is the cardiac stuff or the chronic pain to work through, it would be overwhelming -- both together are really too much for me. As you can see, I have one foot in the medical system, and one in the MBS system. Would appreciate some thoughts and encouragement. Thank you.