Hi. Thanks for taking the time to review my first post here at spine-health.com. I am a military veteran, been dealing with severe pain in my right leg for over a decade. For the sake of time, I'll just point out the key facts:
1) severe right leg pain and moderate lower back pain, especially when driving and/or sitting at a desk (of course I work in IT, ugh...). Left leg hurt sometimes in a similar way, but nowhere near as bad as the right leg. The pain is in my thigh, above the kneecap, and my hamstring. Long pants tend to make the pain A LOT worse...the area above the kneecap, in particular, freaks out and seems to swell up when touched by pants. I don't notice much pain below my knee, but I do know that using a foam roller on the outside of my calf muscle provides some relief all up and down my entire leg.
2) On a side note, I also experience pain in both of my arms, mainly in the forearms, but I have learned to manage my arm pain pretty well over the years (I use a rollermouse instead of a regular mouse, I massage my arms with the Arm-Aid whenever they get to hurting really badly, and I take breaks/stretch when needed).
What I've done / what I'm doing / who I've seen:
1) chiropractors - mostly spinal manipulation and ART (active relief techinques) provide some relief
2) physical therapists - stretching, strength training...helps a bit but only temporarily
3)  did blood tests, nerve conduction study, xrays, MRI, ended up calling it "fibromyalgia"
4) I'm doing "workup" with Minimally Invasive  in Dallas...so far, xrays, MRI, EMG, and CT scan with myelogram are all normal, save for a small "bulge" at L5/S1. I am scheduled for a VMA xray next week.
5) I do a lot of exercises/stretches at home, which provide some temporary relief. Heat / hot showers also help a bit. I use a lacrosse ball to massage my back/glute from L4 all the way down S4/S5, and that actually provides a lot of relief...for a little while. I am also going to try acupuncture next week for the first time...
This pain has hurt me and my family long enough...I am determined to find a resolution. Has anyone here had similar experiences? Any ideas on what type of ailment(s) I should focus on researching/reviewing? What tests I should get? What type of specialist(s) should I see? I'll take all of the constructive insight/advice I can get! :-) Thanks for reading, I wish you all the best.