So, I am on day 4 of the SEP. I'm not sure yet how convinced I am about this. I know that the professionals on the forum can't diagnose or treat but I would like to find out if there are any others out there who have symptoms similar to mine and it turned out to be TMS. I can't find a doctor where I live who knows about this. And quite frankly I am ready to take a break from the doctor visits for awhile. My MRI shows a moderate sized herniation left side of L4/L5. My docs and therapist(s) are 100% CONVINCED that this is the cause of my symptoms. I have the usual sciatica, extreme tightness at the top of my left glute muscle. So tight in the morning that I can barely get my shoes on. It spasms at night. When I slump and try to straighten my legs it is impossible because the pain/tightness in my waist is so bad. I have tingling and pain all the way down to the toes. Its difficult to sleep, hard to find a position to get comfortable. Sitting in the morning is extremely painful but usually gets better as the day goes on. Docs think I should try steroid shots first. Has anyone else experienced this? Its not just pain, its stiffness and tingling that I worry may indicate something physical and not TMS. Thanks for your help!