i have the same problem you do with the lower back, it feels like if you stand/walk or bend over like your back is gonna give way and you feel like falling over, mine has a lot to do with the way i walk, cuz i have avascular necrosis in both knees and my R ankle so walking correctly is very difficult. I had swelling before i was diagnosed with lupus especially in the joints, ankles and legs cuz the lupus affects my kidneys. i am actually the only member in my entire family (immediate and extended) that has lupus, and i know about the mood swings but thats from the meds, i was diagnosed at 13 and i know the easiest thing for me was that my mom was a fighter, she made sure that the docs gave us answers and did everything that they could to help me, i actually got then from her and now my docs work with me in managing my disease and not just talk at me.
in most colleges dont they have some sort of free clinic or something equal to that? if your college has one, that my not be a bad option to check out, cuz maybe if you can convince them that you need some kind of specialist maybe they can talk to your insurance company or you can try calling your pcp from school and get his office to get you your referral that way, i know that some docs are more open to helping with things like that especially when you are away at school. good luck, but dont ignore your symptoms cuz you never know what can happen, i tried that when i was in high school and it came back to bite me on the you know what.
Hugs and prayers, God grant me the serenity to accept the
~Suzanne~ things I cannot change, the courage to
change the things I can, and the wisdom
to know the difference.
diagnosed in May '95 with lupus nephritis, hypertension, hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis (knee) '98, kidney transplant April '06, pseudo-cerebral tumor '07, AVN of R ankle '07
prednisone, cellcept, prograf, lopressor, allopurinol, synthroid, diamox, OsCal +D, lunesta, celexa, percocet for pain