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Neck Pain Ladies? This Could Be the Reason.

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For quite a while I have suffered from a pain in the right side of my neck and have put it down to age and lack of exercise.

However I always wear my handbag cross body with the strap against that side of neck and as I dug into my bag recently the pain worsened. It suddenly occurred to me the pain was caused by the weight of my bag pulling across my neck, despite it not being particularly heavy.

Have mentioned to a friend today and she had already discovered the same thing, so the moral of this story is............

Lynibis
13 days ago
What do you think of this?
Faye1
Faye113 days ago

To be honest I never carry a bag but I still get neck pain. maybe it’s just a women thing and we get it no matter what

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
13 days ago

If you use a computer or look at a smartphone a lot, tablet etc it can cause neck pain. Dr Hilary spoke about it on morning Tv recently. When head is upright it's weight upon neck is 10 to 12 pounds but depending on how far forward you bend your neck it can go as high as 60 pounds pressure on neck. I now make a conscious effort to keep my neck upright and bring the tablet/phone up to my eyes.

That small change and the bag thing seems to have solved my neck pain problem.

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hspexy
hspexy13 days ago

I suspected that to be the case years ago when I changed from a shoulder bag to a cross body bag. I just have a very light bag now, so I don’t have the pains as much these days

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jcd
jcd13 days ago

I started experiencing the same thing when I started carrying more stuff around with me for work. I use a backpack now (one of the Fjallraven Kankens) with the cross straps which is super comfy and much more practical.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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12 days ago

I think it would help to find a bag with a wide strap which would sit on my shoulder rather than feasting against my neck. If I designed one myself I would also have a belt attached to the bag so it would be across shoulder and around waist, hence taking the weight off the neck.

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967312 days ago

Both me and a colleague had similar issues and were recommended by the physio to switch to rucksack style bags so the weight distribution was more even. It definitely helped

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Pjran
Pjran12 days ago

I have pain on my left side and diagnosed as a rotator cuff damage by a physiotherapist but use a walking stick in my right hand. So why on earth should I get pain on the left?

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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12 days ago

Probably because if you have an injury or pain on one side you compensate by favouring the other side and that can cause problems too. I could be totally wrong but I am sure I have heard that said.

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Pjran
Pjran12 days ago

Lynibis I did say that to the physio but she dismissed that.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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12 days ago

Pjran mmm seems strange as when I damaged my knee and was scared to put too much weight on it I was favouring the other leg and my hip began to hurt lol.

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Pjran
Pjran12 days ago

Lynibis maybe it just isn’t appropriate to shoulders as they’re not weight baring.

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