This will be a long story, so bear with me. I just bought your book after reading Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain". I am a poster child for TMS. I had a breakthrough after reading your book and started to cry and haven't stopped crying since.
I suffered a large herniated disc after a long and painful year. I separated from my husband, going through a divorce, living in a horrible apartment (I have since moved into a wonderful house), and now dating someone who has let me down numerous times. I feel this all contributed to the herniation.
I was sexually and physically abused as a child and always had stomach problems as far as I can remember. It then turned into constant headaches and then urinary tract infections and now this.
My subconscious mind has now got my attention. Anyway, I am trying to work the program, but I wanted to know when should surgery be considered?
It has been seven weeks and my MRI is unremarkable. My written MRI says that there is a desiccation of the nucleus pulposus at L5-S1 level. There is a large extruded disc at the L5-S1 level on the left causing displacement and edema of the left S1 nerve root.
There is also a far right lateral disc herniation at the level of the right L4-L5 intervertebral foramen. There is no evidence of central bony stenosis. The subarachnoid space and conus medullarius appears normal.
I have had two epidurals (the last one two weeks ago) and generally feeling pretty good especially after applying some of the program (I felt great after a one and half hour walk in the woods).
Anyway, I am scheduled for surgery for December 7th, but my gut feeling is not to go through with it. I have numbness in one third of my left foot (it used to be half of my foot). This is my only concern. Should surgery be considered?
Thanks so much for your help and inspiration. I do appreciate your spending time responding to me. Also, thanks for the tips in your book on dealing with TMS. I going to begin writing in a journal. I haven't done that before. I have been in and out of therapy for years but, only have scratched the surface and think writing will help. Thanks again. - Wendy