I just had a steroid drip done at a doctor in a box and got a script for steroids along with cipro and ear drops. I have a very bad ear infection going right now and I knew this place is big on steroids so I went there because my normal doctor closes extremely early on Fridays and I couldnt get there in time to see them. I had a steroid shot in my hip about two weeks ago and that helped my joint pain quite a bit for a short period of time so that really shows me that inflammation is a huge problem for me. My problem is steroids have caused me major issues with the bipolar. I am having to balance if I want to feel better physically or mentally right now. I am praying I have enough psychiatric medications to catch me if I tip too far over into mania. I do have some extra's of most of them from when we upped doses and they were different strengths. If that makes any sense....lol. This just bites because I cant even possibly get into a rheumy till after the first of the year. Everyone within driving distance is booked solid that far out. Im having to play it by ear and my GP isnt real comfortable with that...sigh.