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Hi there. Sorry to hear about your pain. How long have you had it? Have you ever injured your back?
Without coverage an MRI would probably be too costly. Normal plain films (X-rays) are a reasonable place to start, to rule out a compression fracture, degenerative changes, slippage of the vertebrae, etc. Start with 2 views only and ask for a discount as a "self-pay" patient. The imaging center will often negotiate in this type of situation.
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