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Is Your Purse Causing You Pain?

Large handbags are great. They look great and you can fill them with everything you could possibly need when you are away from home. That big handbag stuffed to the nines might be more than fashionable. It might be causing you some serious shoulder pain.

The size of the bag really isn't the problem, it is all the stuff you stuff into it. While the folks at WebMD might not be fashionistas they have got your back, er . . . I mean shoulders, covered on this one. Here are ways to cope with the shoulder pain caused by the big bag:

  • If you carry a heavy purse, alternate it between both shoulders.
  • Switch your handbags so that you're not carrying a big purse every day.
  • When you're shopping for a big bag choose one with wider straps, which helps distribute weight over a broader area of your shoulder.
  • If you have to carry a lot of stuff, it might be a good idea to invest in a very fashionable backpack.

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bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
I'm experiencing chronic pain and some of it is derived from the size and weight of the bags I carry. I've been a serious bag-lady (Prada, Cole-Haan, Miu Miu, Chanel) over the years, but now I HAVE to find a bag that doesn't exacerbate my back and shoulder pain. The money that would've gone to fab suffer for it fashion items now gets spent on chiropractic and medical care. Sigh. Bellechic, I so feel your pain.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
I'm experiencing chronic pain and some of it is derived from the size and weight of the bags I carry. I've been a serious bag-lady (Prada, Cole-Haan, Miu Miu, Chanel) over the years, but now I HAVE to find a bag that doesn't exacerbate my back and shoulder pain. The money that would've gone to fab suffer for it fashion items now gets spent on chiropractic and medical care. Sigh. Bellechic, I so feel your pain.
ktacce ktacce 8 years
i try soooo hard not to carry much stuff to work but still, STILL, right now, my back hurts! yick! fashionable backpack? i'd be all over it if there were such a thing! i've been alternating shoulders,but since i ride the metro i hold it for sooooooo long. i just need a good new purse!
ning ning 8 years
It's always the purse I'm dying for but can't get that causes me pain...
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
fashionable backpack? what does fab think?
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love big purses and refuse to stop carrying them!
bellechic bellechic 8 years
I carry a backpack now... I have a shoulder injury from years of carry heavy bags... TEARS.
emalove emalove 8 years
Yes, my shoulder often aches after a long shopping trip...I just switch arms usually.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I seriously need to put a cap on how much junk I trudge around with me. Whenever I go into changing rooms after work I get freaked out by the huge marks on my shoulder where my bag was.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
i keep so much stuff in my purse. wallet, checkbook, (big) phone, camera, lipgloss, lip balm, gum, coupons, advil...oh man...but I can't imagine not keeping all that with me
emmae emmae 8 years
İ love my big bag so i must accept the fact that i will suffer with a sore shoulder sad but true
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 8 years
I'm not into purses (have never been), so I used to sport a messenger bag, which created the same problems. Now I use a small black backpack for everything and my back feels soo much better. It's nice having the weight distributed evenly between shoulders, and it's not as bulky as a regular sized backpack. Totally worth it.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 8 years
Is there really such a thing as a really fashionable backpack for ladies over 25? The big purses really do hurt though. :(
adelka adelka 8 years
Guilty. Unfortunatly.
adelka adelka 8 years
Guilty. Unfortunatly.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Guilty as charged!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Guilty as charged!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
I ALSO HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN MY PURSE THAT ARE NOT NEEDED, BUT I TRY AND SWITCH MY PURSE ABOUT ONCE A WEEK.. SO THAT HELPS.. IT LETS ME TAKE OUT THE THINGS THAT I THINK I NEED HAHA.. CUZ REALLY YOU ONLY NEED WALLET... AND A COUPLE LITTLE THINGS LIKE LIP GLOSS MASCARA LOTION AND WELL FOR ME THATS REALLY IT!... BUT I USUALLY HAVE A TON OF STUFF!.. I MEAN I EVEN HAVE NEEDLE AND THREAD! LOL CUZ YOU NEVER KNOW!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I keep SO much junk in my purse (like seriosuly half the stuff in there I don't even need in there) and my purse always gives me pain!!! I really need clean it out more...
suzanne suzanne 8 years
OMG! This is so my problem. I love the big bags, but my shoulder would burn from the weight of them. For a while, I just used smaller and lighter cloth ones, but it's just not the same fashion statement. :( Now I alternate the big ones with wristlets and the problem is at least cut in half. My big bags are for fashionable outings. O load the wristlets like a wallet and store them right in the big one then just yank out the wristlets when doing errands. No more getting cranky while shopping because my shoulder is killing me.
suzanne suzanne 8 years
OMG! This is so my problem. I love the big bags, but my shoulder would burn from the weight of them. For a while, I just used smaller and lighter cloth ones, but it's just not the same fashion statement. :(Now I alternate the big ones with wristlets and the problem is at least cut in half. My big bags are for fashionable outings. O load the wristlets like a wallet and store them right in the big one then just yank out the wristlets when doing errands. No more getting cranky while shopping because my shoulder is killing me.
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