Chronic Pain - No Diagnosis
My wife has been plagued by severe pain for the better part of a year now in this area shown – below the knee in the anterior part of the lower leg. In September we visited the ER of our local hospital (a measure of last resort since it’s impossible here to get a timely doctor’s appointment). They were very thorough with their exam including an XR of the affected area but no diagnosis could be arrived at since – the area looked normal clinically – no sensitivity to digital pressure applied to the area – nothing abnormal was seen in the XR. So that was disappointing and the pain has continued unchecked since then. During the day, as with most pain, it’s tolerable but at night it’s bad enough that it interferes with sleep. A combination of Aleve / Tylenol sometimes will help with getting to sleep but not consistently so. As you can imagine, it’s quite depressing to have to endure this chronic pain and not have a diagnosis as to the source. I am wondering whether it is worthwhile to get an MRI of the area. Is it possible that an MRI can pick up abnormalities in this area that an XR wouldn’t? Any insight on the merits (or not) of an MRI (or a CT scan) in this situation would be appreciated.