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Could this be Fibromyalgia?

I am a 21 year old female and I have severe bouts of pain in my lower back, hips, pelvis and thighs. I have no idea what could be causing it, and I am in need of some good advice. For a long time I was convinced that this was all caused by my kidneys, as I have had a history of kidney problems. However, my urologist is certain that there is nothing kidney related to these pain episodes. It feels like the pain is coming from deep down inside my low pack and hip/pelvis joint. Sometimes it is very hard to stand and walk. Other times I feel just fine. The pain in my legs feels a lot like growing pains.  I am confused and clueless, and I need some answers because this has been going on for years now. I am not sure which type of doctor I should see to get seom help. My sister has benign bone tumors on her pelvis which causes severe bouts of pain. Perhaps I have the same thing? It is hard to tell, because I am also afflicted with fatigue and body aches and she is not. I have had several ct scans recently, but nothing has turned up. Perhaps I should get a bone scan? If anybody has any advice, please let me know.  
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551683 tn?1220656108
If you have discs pressing on nerves in your spine, the pain will be in the back, hips, upper and lower legs, and even in the feet. As far as being on both sides, I had bone fragments that were pressing on the nerves just where they exit the spine and split down each leg. This affected both sides and had to be taken care of with surgery.
As for fibromyalgia, I've had it for 9+yrs now. Fibro characteristically affects different parts of the body. It does move around (the pain). If you have fibro, you will have had pain all four quadrants of the body (upper, lower, right, and left) for at least 6 months. You didn't mention any pain above the lower back. This makes me think it's probably disc related. I have both fibro and degenerative disc disease. This sounds more like discs. Good luck with the chiropractor.
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553995 tn?1332018840
Glad your going to the Chiro.  I like people who take action and don't just ask questions.   If it is Sciatica it wont show the nerves on a CT with or without contrast. But it would show any bone malformation.

My flare ups go away with heat/ cold and stretching, last about a week.  They come on suddenly.

As for me, the pain has been mostly on one side or the other but it has migrated to both sides at times.  

My dad had it down both legs, real bad.     My Dad had  bone spurs on his vertebrae which they removed and voila', he is awesome. At 83, he is hauling bails of peatmoss again.

You said the pain is ALMOST every day.  Not every day.  Sciatica is usually continual because it is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, usually due to bones irritating it.  This type of inflammation doesn't usually come and go.  Possibly you have a disc slipping. Your Chiropractor can help you with that.

Be sure your not pregnant before any xrays are considered.

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Hey thanks for your response. Yes the CT scans were with contrast, directly focusing on my kidneys. But still, nothing showed up on my bones. Several people recently have suggested Sciatica. I have scheduled an appointment with a chiropractor, and hopefully he can provide some help. The only strange thing is that I actually hurt on both sides of my body, and the pain is almost everyday. Was  your pain on both sides or just one? Also, every great once in a while, I do feel pain as low as my calfs. Thanks for the great advice. I will keep you posted and let you know how its goes.
Keeping you in my prayers as well.
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553995 tn?1332018840
Hi Cams wife, Were your CT scans with contrast?

Have you tried a chiropractor?  

I have had bouts of Sciatica  which has given me severe pain to the groin, lower back, and down my legs with very hot burning sharp pain as low as my calfs.

My Chiropractor has helped with these bouts.

Fibromyalgia is usually all over your body.  Keep in touch
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