For a few weeks I've had a niggling ache at the top of my back, mainly at the side where I carry my bag over my shoulder. This is my bag which I've been using for about 4-5 months.
It is quite big and because of that I have always had a tendency (when I have a big bag) to put anything and everything in there. I realised that these niggles were most probably caused by carrying something which weighs several pounds over my shoulder but didn't do anything about it. I have no reason whatsoever in day to day life to carry anything more than my purse and a reusable shopping bag. I very rarely go any further than our local town or shopping outlet, both of which are within easy walking distance so carrying all manner of stuff in my bag is just not necessary.
Yesterday was a turning point though. I carried a big bag of potatoes and 4 pints of milk plus some other bits back from town and it was extremely heavy. Last night my back was really hurting. Much more so than previously so this morning I got out a smaller bag which is one of those across body types so the weight is distributed more evenly and made sure I only put the essentials in it.
Much less pain on the old back. However I walked to Asda after the school run and whilst my shopping wasn't particularly heavy I really felt it especially on the side I carried the heavy potato and milk bag yesterday. I'm guessing I've pulled something yesterday that was already weak from carrying all the unnecessary stuff around in my shoulder bag.
I always do the main supermarket shop in the car but usually stock up on fresh stuff two or three times a week aswell which involves walking and carrying. Until it starts to get better those extra trips will have to be reassessed and heavier things will have to come from our local shop regardless of the extra cost.
Painkillers and deep heat are the order of the day I think.