This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I had a microdiscectomy to repair a herniated disc at L5-S1 3 years ago. The surgery didn't help, or at least not in the time frame that the doctor laid out. After reading one of Dr Sarno's books, I greatly improved and believe that TMS was to blame for my sciatica. I injured my back playing basketball two months ago and swore that I'd never find myself in the situation I was in before surgery, where I attributed all my pain to the disc herniation. My faith in the Mind-Body cause for sciatica is really being tested now, as I'm experience severe sciatic pain in the same leg and foot. I'm doing my best to focus on emotional issues that may be the culprit, but I'm constantly in a battle between whether this is a physical or emotional cause. After all, I know I hurt myself. I must decide whether to get an MRI and pursue medical treatment, or continue to try to dig into emotional sources and hold faith in the TMS explanation of sciatica. I'm sure others have been there before. Please help...thank you so much!