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.
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.
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.
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