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Health: Why you shouldn't carry heavy bags

I was born in the early 90's, where backpacks, drawstring bags and handbags were the must have for carrying school supplies. And lets face it back then the books and work we were given weighed a ton and those bags were no help what so ever. I know, I know we did carry backpacks but did anyone use both straps?? No one I knew did unless you were uncool, and no one wanted that hehe. When I started university the books got even heavier and laptops came in tow, which was probably more weight in my bag than being at school. Then when I started traveling around the UK I strted to carry too much in my handbag and backpack, like makeup, wash bag, ect. for staying nights. Finally when I started work I carried heavy water bottles, food and shoes in a handbag which most of the time was carried on one shoulder.
Then during work, as I had to carry heavy boxes around, I started to develop a very strange sensation run into my head and down my arms. Now at first I thought it was just because I was pushing myself to hard but it started to become more frequent. It was a fizz, like pins and needles running down my arms and to my head, causing my arms to go limp and my vision to go. As the filling got to my fingers it eased off, this made me increasingly tired and mentally drained. My balance and coordination started to be affected and I was falling over myself and became dizzy and disorientated, time to call the doctor.
At the doctor's appointment, my eye sight was checked and my ears were checked to make sure there was no infections in my ears or blindness starting in my eyes. With those clear, the doctor started to check my neck, mainly my spin. It was here he noticed a hard lump on the right side of my neck, this was a concern to both me and the doctor. He suggested that he will refer me to a neurologist and to have a blood test, as worst case scenario it could be a tumor or MS. Being told that makes your mind go into overdrive and worst case scenarios start to circle in, till thats all you think about.
Three weeks later, blood test done, I went to see the neurologist. He checked my walk, my nerve reaction, my eyes and felt my neck. He confirmed that there was something there and that I will have a MRI scan to check what the lump was. Once again, left feeling the worst cases again which was making me stressed and tired.
Another three weeks later came the MIR scan. Now if you haven't had one its the most uncomfortable place to be. You go in laying on your back with a hard cushion under you knees, which is suposed to make you more comfortable. But when you are in the machine for an hour and half it isn't comfortable, and even though you have ear plugs and ear muffs you can still hear the machine. Three weeks after that I recived my diagnosis, which was a relife but a bit of a shock as well. My diagnosis~ a varicose vain.
Yep thats right, usually found in your legs and in older people due to leg crossing I ended up with one in my neck. Now, this is strange but where it is I can't get it removed unless absolutely necessary, as it is too close to my brain that there could be problems if removing it. Not only this, my pupils dilate and contract too much, my right side is not as strong as my left (but I use my right side more) and I can't walk properly but my bloods were fine. Now there is nothing wrong with having the vein, but if I push my self too hard with lifting or carrying anything then I get a real pain in my neck and I cannot sleep on my back no more as my head becomes numb and pin and needley. Funny I know, but my head does become numb if I sleep like it I will consistantly wake up and my head will fill swollen for most of the day. Its not too hard to change the way you live to help it but it can be anoying at times.
And all this was caused by excessive weight being held on the back and shoulders for an excessive amount of time. So be warned, do you need all thats in your bag?? And can you really carry it all for the amount of time before you can put it down??
Stay vigilant and healthy
XOXO
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