Several months ago, my lower left leg (shin area) began to hurt?

Hi, several months ago, my lower left leg (shin area) began to hurt. Like a soreness, didn’t feel like the muscle, it felt like bone pain. I am a 43 year old female, 5’6 235pounds. I went to the doctor, who said I had mild pitting edema, but ordered an xray. My doctor, not the radiologist, viewed the xray and said it looked good, he didn’t see a fracture or anything but the outer part of my tibia was a little thicker than he is used to seeing, but said wait for radiologist report. The Xray came back normal. He then ordered an mri. He called and it was normal, and showed mild dermal edema. He said all he wanted me to do was try to exercise and take ibuprofen as needed. That seemed to help, but it is back. I want to believe the xray and mri would have showed something if it were of bigger concern. Just confused & worried. Thank you.

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Ayman Darrag
7:39 pm my opinion if the MRI and xray did not show any abnormality ,so no need to worry,I recommend a uric acid and ESR tests also..
If you are overweight ..lose some..
That may also be due to mechanical problem secondary to hyperextension of knee joint .
Feel better soon

Ahmed Fawzy
9:58 pm

You have no fever which means no reason to suspect something bigger, do lots of aerobic exercise on daily basis , you will be fine, also upload the x ray so I can give you a better opinion
Good Luck

4:44 am

even if an Xray is normal,we could have been woried that something might be missing.
But MRI is a very sensitive modality and won’t miss even a slightest of abnormality.
The pain may be due to the oedema which may be unrelated to the bone metabolism .A physician can rule out this.

Stress over shin bone can be due to calcium and vitamin D deficiency.
Start on these supplements.
Reduce weight if you are overweight.

Thanks you

Dr.Honey Arora
8:13 am


It is a good sign that x ray and MRI Scan is normal..
You need not to worry but consult an Orthopedician once and get evaluated so that he can evaluate the x rays and MRI once again..
You can also be advised to get checked for complete blood count and uric acid levels along with nerve related studies for further confirmation..

If nothing specific is ruled out then pain relievers, muscle relaxants and physiotherapy can help..


Masr Fawzy
11:05 am


Regarding your inquiry,

U need to do some tests, CBC, kidney function tests, liver function tests, random blood sugar ,ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

2:32 pm

When I look this pain up on the internet, the sites always point to bone cancer. Are the x-ray and MRI, good tests for this?

Ayman Darrag
3:58 pm

Yes for sure bone tumors can show up on xray and better on MRI ,if an abnormality of the bone detected ,then a biopsy is needed..which is not applicable for your case…

Ahmed Fawzy
12:14 am

You can perform a pet scan to confirm 100% if it is a cancer or not

Dr.Honey Arora
11:35 am

Do not worry of bone tumors etc as if it would be present, it would have been evident in x ray and MRI scan..