My goal is to be a registered nurse and I am taking my pre-requisite courses currently.
I decided a few months ago that I would like to work in the health field while I go to school and 3 weeks ago began paid training at a local skilled nursing facility for Certified Nursing Assistant. I am finding that I adore my elderly residents and want to take care of them as best I can.
As the training goes on, we are assuming more and more responsibility. This weekend, which I have off, my back on the middle right side is very achy and stiff. We gave 4 residents baths in the Century bathtub Friday morning and I wonder if I twisted something.
Anyways, do any of you veterans have suggestions on how to relieve back pain? I want so very much to continue as a CNA and eventually nursing and don't want to get held back because of my back.
By the way, I am 51 and had neglected good exercise for a few years.
Thanks in advance for any help and assistance.
Feb 10, '02
Please, don't ignore back pain. It can get worse. And, it is not always muscle related. I had back pain and was treated with pain pills and muscle relaxants for weeks. Turned out I had pneumonia and an empyema.
Go to a good doctor and get treated the right way.
A regular exercise scedule will do wonders for your strengh and stamina. A trainer is a good idea in the beginning.
Good luck with your nursing career.