Hi Everyone I have been suffering with lower back pain/ left leg/buttocks pain for over 6 months now. Although my pain levels have improved after undertaking the Structured Education Program approx 4 months ago, I am still not fully recovered. I have consistent stiffness in my lower back that has prevented me from touching my toes or bending over for a long time. Although my pain was at bearable levels, I have had consistent relapses in my recovery and this has really put me off. I have read so much about TMS and undertaken strategies and everything and still I am left with crippling pain at times. I consistently eat well, exercise and keep track of my emotions. I have worked so hard at overcoming this and still to this day I am unsuccessful. Can it really be TMS? I went back to my doctor and he was very concerned with a loss of nerve function in my left leg. It's reaction to the knee bump was minimal. He said to forget everything about TMS and undertake 2 weeks of intensive physio and then if that doesn't help I am to see a Neuro Surgeon. Today the Physio did an echo of my core and noticed my deep core muscles are about 1/3 of what they should be. I really want to believe that this is the cause of the pain but I was so convinced it was TMS. Really lost and confused now. Any help appreciated.