Sorry to hear about your back pain. I have been on prednisone for about 3 weeks now, I regularly see a chiropractor. I seen him yesterday and we discussed the prednisone and he also mentioned that it should be having an ant inflammatory result on my back and actually my back has been feeling really good. I had been sleeping on the couch for about 2 weeks b/c of outrageous insomnia from the pred and was surprised my back did not bother me, now I realize the pred probably was helping. I have had a massage before and found them to be wonderful and relaxing, have you had one? I would only be nervous b/c you sounded hesitant that it may be uncomfortable.. How about a hot bath? That is always a wonderful treat for my aches.. Feel better.