I suffered a compression fracture of my L-1 vertebrae just over a year ago. after being denied SSI twice and receiving no treatment except for wearing out my welcome at several ERs. I am forced to return to work. I will self medicate for a while but I want to get with a legit pain doc. my question is in the title. I have no insurance so there is no way I can pay cash for an MRI. the x-rays are obvious as it was a serious fracture where 3 fragments migrated so the images are very clear. would x-rays be good or must I have an MRI?