Finally an Answer!!
(Salt Lake, Utah USA)
I'm in my mid 50’s, female, very small & fit, active, quite strong. 25 years ago a chiropractor pulled on my right leg. I not only FELT it like a bullet, but I think you could hear the pop. It hurt for a week or two, then seemed to get better.
After a year or two it started hurting again. Spent 1/2 fortune trying chiropractic, acupuncture, shock, lasers, you name it, probably tried it. But got the most relief from a good massage.
Finally about 10 years ago it started becoming more & more painful, crippling & just plain HURT 70% of the time. As you say, nothing ever shows up in X-rays or MRIs. I've been diagnosed with everything from arthritis to bulging disc… none of which I think I have!!
Finally, the doctor at long last listened to me when I said it was my leg not my back & sent me in to the massage therapist he employs there at the office. She knew EXACTLY what the problem was as soon as I showed her where it hurt.
She dug in (soon had me in tears) but what a difference. For the first time in 10 years I am not feeling that pain "deep down.” She told me to google it, I found this site, read your article and said THAT'S IT!!!
My question now is why in the *!*! did it take 50 people, 10 years, thousands of dollars for a proper diagnosis which I finally believe I have - Iliopsoas Syndrome. Very exciting and I’m hopeful for some relief after all these years of horrible pain.