This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question About a year ago, I injured my lower back doing heavy deadlifts and took some time off after excruciating pain for a couple weeks. Then 4 months ago, I started heavy lifting squats and leg presses again and the pain returned. This this time I went to see a PD and got an MRI, which showed a 6mm bulging disc at L5-S1. The doctor said it wasn't too serious and PT alone should heal it but a week AFTER my MRI results, sciatica symptoms started showing up in my left leg. Today I just finished Dr Sarnos book Healing Back and have some questions hoping someone can answer. How do I know if my 6mm bulging is structurally abnormal or not? My doctor tells me it's not serious but I don't understand why I still have symptoms after 4 months of PT. Based on the fact that sciatica symptoms showed up AFTER my MRI, could this be TMS related? I was pretty stressed out when I found out and upset I didn't get an MRI sooner. I am no longer in "pain" and do not need any meds, but do have uncomfortable sensations in my lower back and left leg. How do I know if these uncomfortable sensations are caused by TMS or not? Would I even be in this miserable state if I never injured myself in the first place? To me, if I understand it correctly, because I injured my disc, it is causing a structural abnormality. However, whether I feel any pain or not is not solely dependent on that bulging disc or structural abnormality. The pains/symptoms are caused by my repressed emotions. HOWEVER, if I never injured myself, it's highly unlikely my repressed emotions would cause pain symptoms in my lower back or legs but it could cause symptoms in other areas of abnormality. Is this correct?