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23 years old, Lower Back Pain and Freaking Out

Hello, I am new to the forum.

I am trying to decide what to do, what my options are and research some more information about my condition.

Some story about me...I am 23 years old, working as a CNA in a hospital. Prior to this I was doing CNA work in an assisted living, which is where I'm guessing my back problem originated from. Hospital work isn't so rough these days as I'm working on the Women's floor and most of the patients are younger patients who can walk. Occasionally, I get those that I'll have to help with turning and maybe a little bit of lifting, but nothing too much...We always get help from staff with patients who can't do much for themselves.

I have never had a back problem prior to becoming a CNA. Just only recently (probably 2-3 months) that I have noticed this on-going...constant mild discomfort or pain in my lower back. I have these two lumps on my back, which are probably from the stress I endured on my back from my last job. However, the pain isn't necessarily there...but more around the area. Sometimes when I palpate my back there is some soreness...When I bend or sit playing my piano or on my laptop for a long period of time, my back becomes uncomfortable.

I know I shouldn't...but you know when you crack your fingers you can hear that sound OR that your feel your joints in your fingers moving? When I do the same with my back, such as twisting or bending certain ways...I can feel my joints moving...around my lower lumbar and maybe around where my spine hits my hip bone and sacrum...I can feel the moving and it accompanies by mild pain.

I am freaking out because I get many patients who come into the hospital with back problems, and they're not what anyone would want to have! At 23, it's freaking me out thinking it can develop into much more chronic and aggravating condition. I am also petite, which is probably why I shouldn't put too much stress on my lower back. CNA isn't really a top choice a profession I want to do, but doing it to get into a professional health programs sometime in the future, and they require direct patient care experience, which I can only get through CNA as I've been a full-time student this entire time.

Is this a start of a problem? Is this a point where I should quit my CNA job before my back worsens? The pain isn't severe, but it gets uncomfortable that I have to stretch, twist, change positions, etc. I try to do some yoga...but that helps temporarily until I go to work again and then the pain comes back...I'm not sure at this point if it is merely the physical labor OR if it is also the psychological stress as well.

Thank you for any feed back.

I am having an appointment with a doctor later this month, hoping to discuss about my back issue, but for the time being I don't know what to do.



  • Think about your poor muscles that are working so hard to let you do everything.
    Then see what you can do to help them get and stay healthy.
    For me, it's regular physio and massage to keep me going.
    You need to provide maintenance for your body if you want to keep using it!
    Start now before it all becomes chronic.
  • Hi B-L, I have had lumbar back problems since I was in my late teens and it really started getting worse while pregnant with my first child at age 20. Had problems on and off for yrs and at age 29 had my first lumbar lamencetomy L4-5. Have always had jobs where I lifted and bent. I also worked as CNA for 7 yrs and that is when the real problems started. I would come home from work and literally could not walk the next morning. I went back to school at age 42 and went to work in a doctors office as a CMA and loved my job and physicall was so much easier.

    But, the damage was done from all those years and in 2008 I had back to back lumbar lamenectomies L4-5 in Oct. and Dec. and was out of work for 4 and 1/2 months. Then in 2012 I had a microdiscectomy at T7-8 and that was the end of my career. I was let go after my 6 week leave was over and I could not return. I had a microfracture surgery on my knee in Jan. of this yr from severe arthritis from all the damage over the yrs.

    What I am trying to say is you need to take care of your back while you are still young and if you are already having problems than that is not a good sign. I realize you have to have CNA for a yr. before becoming RN. If you can find a job in doctors office which does occasionally hire CNAs or somewhere that will be easier on your back. I would hate for you not to be able to accomplish your dreams later by abusing your spine now. Please take care and listen to your body.

  • Beautiful-LoveBBeautiful-Love Posts: 3
    edited 04/04/2013 - 10:30 PM
    Thank you for the advice!

    @kamgram: Was it because of the CNA job that you began to develop back problems? I can easily apply for an ER Tech position at my work and only work 1 shift (12 hours a week) -- the idea makes my brain giddy because I would totally love to get the experience, but I don't think I can afford to put my back in jeopardize, which makes me feel depressed and so limited already.

    I also want to do CMA, but I don't have the MA certificate. I heard some offices do train CNAs for the job, but I'll probably have to get lucky. Most places I've looked at only want to hire for full-time M-F (40 hrs) and since I have school I don't have that option available :(
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  • I've had my physical, asked about my back and she ordered an x-ray.

    I finally got the report back, and this is what is stated:

    There are 5 lumbar type vertebral bodies. There is well corticated nonunion of the L1 transverse processes bilaterally. Finding may be congenital, posttraumatic also possible. Other transverse processes are intact. Visualized pelvic bones are unremarkable. The vertebral body height and alignment are maintained. No acute compression fracture. The disk spaces are maintained. No significant degenerative spondylosis.

    1. No acute compression fracture or significant degenerative spondylosis.
    2. Chronic nonunion of the bilateral L1 transverse processes.

    I know a lot of people had an MRI but since I'm changing from full-time status to PRN at my job, I won't have health insurance so I wouldn't be able afford an MRI. The doctor suggested physical therapy, and she can make an order for that, but same reason...not health benefit beginning next month, so I guess I have to wait on it. And I've heard that many insurance companies don't want you to have an MRI until it is necessary or like if you've already done physical therapy and nothing is working.

    I'm not sure what that means concerning my lumbar 1 though... The nurse was the one on the phone making the phone call but since I was in a hurry I didn't really ask a lot of questions.
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