Hi, I'm new to the forum but not really because I've been looking at it for a while to try to find someone with the same situation as me.
I'm a CNA, 22 years old, and injured my lower back in March 2015, my doctor put me on light duty and gave me muscle relaxers to take for when I was at home. Because of my work status, I wasn't allowed to work on light duty (casual worker not pt or ft), so I was off from March to June. I had x-Ray's done by the doctor in May and they didn't find anything, my doctor said that if my back didn't get better by June then she'd send me to a specialist but my back did get better, or so I thought.
Fast forward to last week, I have a new CNA job that is a lot less of a load, as in, I'm not doing much of anything other than limited transfers and answering call lights. When I answered one call light last week I had a back spasm, I had to work through it and when I finished with the patient I went to the bathroom. A few minutes later the pain subsided and I continued to work. An hour or so later I was walking down the hall and had another back spasm and was tempted to go home but felt bad because I didn't want to leave my coworkers with my group. Again, the pain was gone within a few minutes and then I could work again. After dinner, I had another back spasm and had really intense pain for the rest of the night. Even when I went home and got some sleep I was unable to walk without extreme pain in my back.
On Monday I started to move around because my mom said that I needed to get my back used to moving and she said that the pain was just because my back wasn't used to the work. I've been a CNA for two years and have worked harder jobs than this and the pain I'm currently feeling was worse than when I actually injured my back.
Now when I sit or lay down I feel immense pressure in my thoracic and lumbar regions and when I'm standing it'll go from uncomfortable tightness to unbearable pain. I could be just standing there or moving around and it's be the same. Im scared that my back has been permanently damaged or if I have something else going on. My mom told me that I just have to deal with it because when I go to the doctor they don't find anything and just put me on meds that only put me to sleep. My mother also suggested that I find another CNA job because when my current job finds out they'll fire me.
I'm scared and I don't know how to handle the situation anymore. I can't even put clothes on or take a shower or lay down without pain in my lower back anymore. This time I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary and the pain just seemed to come out of nowhere. I cannot take ibuprofen because of my antidepressants and Tylenol does nothing for the pain. I even run hot water on my back and it doesn't soothe it.