Hi everyone! Let me first saw how happy I have to have found an active community discussing TMS. I am at the beginning stages of recovery and I am trying to remain hopeful that I will soon be pain free. My back pain has been prominent for about a year. I went through the usual Doctor process, pain meds, X-rays, MRI, physical therapy. The MRI revealed two 8mm herniated discs (L4-L5, L5-S1). Because of the MRI results, I had an epidural on December. I finally found Dr Sarno's Healing Back Pain about two weeks ago and everything started to make much more sense. For the last year I couldn't understand why I would have pain but someone with the exact same diagnosis wouldn't. Logically, I am convinced that TMS is the source of my pain. The herniated discs are general wear and tear on the spine and not causing me pain. Emotionally, I can't shake it. My insurance doesn't cover the TMS Doctor in my area so I am left to self diagnose. Because I can't get a true diagnosis I worry that I am wrong and that somehow my herniated discs will get worse. I am looking for some reassurance that my pain does not have a physical cause. Also wondering if anyone has had the same experience, where herniated discs show up on an MRI but the pain subsides by treating the TMS. I know that this is all a process but I can't help but wish that I had been cured simply by reading the book like so many others. I worry that the pain will never go away. Thank you all!