I don't think you can take steroids. Don't they raise blood sugar? I don't know. I may be confusing my self. Have you tried stretches for your lower back? Will your primary care doc refer you to get psychical therapy? At least until you can get into a rheumy. A delay can just make things worse your right. Because the longer your body is in pain you can develop depression then get stuck in a cycle. Has your primary care ruled out any other reasons for the lower back pain.? Just in case because sometimes we have multiple things going on and then they start to all blend together. I'm thinking with being diabetic and having swelling and lower back pain have they ruled out renal problems ? I am not saying you do not have RA. I just know that sometimes we have to badger doctors into doing their jobs because not every stuffy nose is a cold. Doctors try to get moving to next patient and just give the most common cause of this or that and forget that we have to live with what ever condition and we NEED relief. I use a heating pad it helps a little. I also use a baseball and roll it on my back kinda like a self massager it helps sometimes and sometimes I just end up making my self sore from over massaging the area. RA is so crazy it makes you crazy. I hope you get a rheumy appt soon.
Post Edited (Pain$herlock) : 2/9/2015 9:51:20 PM (GMT-7)