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.