What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind? A few come to mind over the years and especially currently with this latest bout of acute "sciatica": You have a hernia, you need to be careful the rest of your life and avoid x,y,z You have a weakness in that right L5-S1 and just need to be aware of it. e.g. don't deadlift after having spent a few hours in the car that day Strengthen your core (if I hear that one more time...) It's definitely something structural (heard this today from an acupuncturist. Even though I've made huge progress the last 3 days treating this as TMS and I've worked so hard to build that belief, it's still poking holes of doubt and very discouraging to hear. Ironically, it made me quite angry and frustrated) These repeated diagnoses about underlying structural issues (with no explanation why they happened) and repeated advice and treatment recommendations all create an image that my body is weak, I'm weak, and there's nothing for it- it's how I'm built. This is incredibly damaging to my psyche, especially as someone who has become increasingly obsessed with fitness (def to the degree of a compulsive disorder that's contributing to my TMS) and always felt frail as a child (very skinny, often got colds, and had a pronated right foot). When doctors tell me these things, this just feeds into my feelings of physical inadequacy and never feeling like I'll even have a normal life if this is something I'll always have to live with. Tons of frustration, anxiety, fear and rage there.