My husband had on and off back pain while driving which came to a head after we purchased a new car. A few weeks later, when he was at the gym, he felt a squeeze/strain in his back. This was approx. 9 months ago and he's been in pain ever since. The same story I've seen in your posts and in the four TMS books I've read: X-rays, several MRI's, a herniated L4/L5 disc which may be pinching a nerve, degenerative disc disease, arthritis. The doctors are having a hard time linking his pain level and symptoms to the MRIs. He first had tingling and numbness, sciatica, in his right leg, then to his toes. About a month or two later it started moving into his left leg down to his foot and now he's feeling tingling in his penis and occasionally in his arms, which has been attributed to a bulging disc in his neck by the chiropractor. He's had that off and on through the years too, but it's typically gone away. He's had a good physical and motor nerve test. First EMG and sensory nerve test was fine, waiting on results of a second opinion. He had a very challenging childhood and relationship with his Dad, fits the personality characteristics of a do gooder and high achiever, very low self-esteem, very anxious and a history of acid reflux, TMJ, asthma, allergies and other conditions. Dr. Schubiner reviewed the symptoms and MRIs and said he thought he's classic TMS, as did a member of the Pain Psychology Center in L.A.. We have an appointment to see Dr. Schechter in California in May. My problem is that my husband, who is also a nurse practitioner, doesn't believe this could possibly be it and not be structural. I know this is the key to success and healing. Do any spouses out there have any encouraging words? It breaks my heart that he's not more open and doesn't see himself in the TMS books. I want so desperately to help him!