Because of the nature of their jobs, CMV drivers frequently suffer from other conditions, including back pain and hemorrhoids.
Manage Back Pain
Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. MedlinePlus notes that back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain and can be either acute or chronic. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and lasts a few days to a few weeks. Chronic back pain is back pain that lasts for more than three months. Over-the-counter pain relievers and rest can help with the pain. If your pain is severe or doesn’t improve after three days, you should call your health care provider. Also, call your health care provider if your back pain is the result of an injury. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases provides an easy-to-read overview of back pain. Also, the Cleveland Clinic provides an interactive guide with information on common causes of back pain, coping mechanisms, and posture and exercise recommendations.
Prevent and Treat Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids can be painful, but they are not usually serious. Hemorrhoids occur when there is too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal areas. Due to working conditions and diets lacking in fiber, truck drivers are at an increased risk for hemorrhoids. The risk of developing hemorrhoids can be reduced if you make sure to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids. If you do develop hemorrhoids, the HIC Digestive Health Information Center provides 12 tips for truck drivers to heal hemorrhoids.
Improve Home Safety
Is your family ready for an emergency? Planning ahead can keep you safe if a flood, fire, or other public health emergency strikes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that each family get an emergency kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed of the emergency resources available in their community. Here are a few simple items you can gather today to prepare for an emergency:
- At least 3 gallons of water for each member of your family
- Food for at least 3 days—choose foods that don’t need a refrigerator, like canned fruit, energy bars, peanut butter, and crackers
- Prescription medicines that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine
- A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other injuries
Proper planning can also help you to ensure your home is a safe, hazard-free space. For example, if you or someone living or visiting with you is prone to falls, this guide to home modifications can help you to create a space that is free from unnecessary fall risks.
Should you fall at home or have an ongoing medical condition that requires monitoring, a medical alert system can be invaluable. ConsumersAdvocate.org provides an extensive assessment of medical alert systems for users of all ages ranging from home-based systems to mobile apps.
Medications can also pose a serious household danger. All medications should be properly stored at all times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 60,000 young children are brought to the emergency room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. Up and Away website provides storage tips for parents and grandparents, and those traveling with medications.
Additional planning resources are provided below:
- Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
- Build a Vehicle Emergency Supply Kit
- Department of Healthy and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Emergency Preparedness and Response
- National Institutes of Health, Senior Health, Safe Use of Medicines for Older Adults
- U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Management Agency, Tips for Protecting Your Home from Fire
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