What do you all do about bags/backpacks/purses?
I can't use backpacks really at all without triggering pain. I sometimes use over-the-shoulder bags, and I know that's not great, but it seems to cause less pain than backpacks as long as the shoulder strap is really wide and what I am carry is very light. Some weeks even light shoulder bag will trigger too much pain, so I often just carry a light purse with only necessities in it. Sometimes, carrying anything at all hurts, especially when it is also a day that things like necklaces and even bras feel very uncomfortable to wear that day.
If I need to carry things like books (for school), then a shoulder bag is impossible and trying to use one will often cause my neck to hurt for days or even weeks. Backpacks (even really good ones that are supposed to be ergonomic), for books, cause severe chronic pain and make the back of my neck swell up and give me terrible headaches. I have used a rolling bag, and that is about the only type of bag that I have found that I can use for books... but even a rolling bag can be troublesome when it needs to be lifted on stairs.
This school term I have decided to just leave all of my text books at school so that I never have to carry anything but the essentials (wallet, phone, meds). Is that the only real solution? And, if I absolutely need to use a bag, is a rolling bag the best solution? What does everyone else do? Does anyone else find bags/backpacks/purses sort of impossible and extremely painful? I would really like to hear other people's experiences and suggestions.