My story - Thanks for sharing everyone. Posting this is another step for me in the healing process.
I had a family history of back problems. My father had back surgery which I don't consciously remember but was told about later. He suffered through typical bouts of back pain after that eventually propping himself up with girdle like thing.
My troubles started when I was in my 20s. At the time I was working full time and was in a relationship. It was a stressful relationship. I "threw out" my lower back. Certain positions were very painful. My GP asked me a few things and determined it was nothing serious. Sent me off with some antiinflammatorys (which did nothing in my case). I was ok after a few days but problems would reoccur over the next 15 years. In these years I would also get those annoying lesser issues like neck/shoulder/upper back pain (from sleeping/washin my hair etc). In my 40s I got married and had my first child rather quickly. About a year after our first my wife became pregnant again. About this time I developed leg pain. This time my pain would radiate from my hip and would go down my right leg. I would limp after a few minutes of walking. My GP at the time did the logical thing. Asked me to bend to touch my toes (which I did with little pain) and as I sat on the exam table lifted my legs (no pain). This was pre-TMS for me so I didnt accept his diagnosis. I began looking for back doctors. Before I could make an appointment a family member gave me Dr Sarno's book. Just the idea that life stresses could be causing my problem made perfect sense to me and immediately decreased my pain. I read the book and over the next few months my problem subsided. I still have work to do. I get small bouts of re-occurences but not near the level I had before.