Hello all, I came to this from the TMS wiki, and it suggested maybe contributing to the forum to get started. I'm a little skeptical of adding yet another "wow, I'm in pain" story but at this point, I'm near my wit's end and I'd just like to get the story out there. I'm 35 years old, an advertising creative director and one of those really motivated types who likes to play peacemaker. Basically, reading through the characteristics of TMS, there was a lot of overlap. Not on the low self-esteem aspect, though. I like myself perhaps a bit too much ;-) What I really love doing is training. Hard. For years I did CrossFit, then I got into rowing, and for the past couple years I've been a sprint track cyclist. If you've ever seen those guys on the funky-looking velodrome going really fast, that's me. It is awesome. It's a great way to express an obsession with lifting heavy weights (Squats, deadlifts, Olympic lifts) into speed and competition. I got more and more entranced with it the more I did it. Then, about six months ago, back in late March, I noticed that something around my SI joint hurt. It was getting hard to stand, and hard to walk. I could still ride without incident--I even got faster!--but basic things were painful. The pain running down my left leg was (and is) ongoing and at times severe. My girlfriend, a DO, looked at it and thought there was an SI joint problem. I did some exercises, but nothing changed. I went to see a chiropractor. She was nice, and helpful, and the condition improved somewhat, to the point that I could at least walk greater distances. But I was still hobbling a lot, and I'd get concerned comments from friends, family, and random people about my poor gait, and my leaning to one side. I finally went to see a sports medicine doctor, who estimated it was a herniated disc, and he referred me to physical therapy. The pleasant PT advised me to try Tai Chi and put these electrodes on my back; we joked a lot about type-A athletes, I learned some simple exercises and for the first time in my life used a Swiss ball. Sometimes I'd hang from a bar. Things were feeling better but it was still there. I was told to stop riding, but I bargained to keep doing that. Lifting however ceased entirely. After a couple month's away from the barbell, and feeling somewhat better, I went to do some squats. With 95lbs on the bar, I got lit up like a Christmas Tree. Strain, twinge, tweak, whatever. PAIN. I felt like I'd erased any progress I made. Lying around for a few days helped, and I was able to resume riding but I was terrified of lifting. Skeptical of PT and tiny little "strengthening exercises," I went to see an active release technique practitioner. He said I had a significant issue but he could help. He'd break up the scar tissue in the fascia and reduce the nerve pressure. It helped some. I was walking with ease by now. Then I went back to my friend's gym to lift again. Feeling ready. 45lb squats were hell. Doing lunges, I "tweaked" my back. Sitting funny, standing funny, generally hobbling and feeling that burning sensation all the way down my left leg. Concerned, he he me lay down to stretch me out--my piriformis he said was tighter than anything he'd encountered. Tighter than the muscles of 60+ year old men and women he worked with. He advised foam rolling, deep-tissue massage, maybe even rolfing. And definitely more stretching. Well, in short? I somehow came across Dr. Sarno's book Healing Back Pain. And it makes more sense than ANYTHING I've come across. I'm in St. Louis, there seem to be no practitioners in the area, so I guess I'll just read everything I can and figure this out!