I am suffering

  1. I am suffering from horrible back and shoulder pain from my books. I usually would have over 50lbs at least. I can't wear my backpack on both shoulders because I can't have anything bumping into a ruptured disk. Does anyone know of any alternatives? I either need to find a new bag or hire a caddy for class! One more thing, you all know how poor students can be so please don't tell me about this great backpack that only costs $200! My instructor already told me about it! Must be nice!
    Please help!
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  3. by   KristaB
    I feel your pain (literally). I've seen those rolling backpacks for under $50 at Target and Walmart -- I'm planning to get one when I get my financial aid in January.


  4. by   cateyesrn2003
    I was having some of the same back pains so I went to Walmart and for 10 or 15 dollars I bought a rolling luggage rack. It came with a small bungee cord. I just secured my existing backpack on the rack. This saved me alot of money because I had just bought a brand new eastpack last year!! It works great and the handle extends far enough so that you don't have to slump while you're pulling the 2 ton pack of books behind you!!
  5. by   giftedRN
    I am having severe pains from my backpack too. Wow! it is so hard on me. I am hoping to get one of those luggage rack soon.

    I have to take the bus every morning with my backpack and my daughter. It is so hard. i just have to do what I have to do and hope things get better.

    Please pray for me.
  6. by   prmenrs
    I think I would beat a path to the nearest place that sells rolling backpacks or luggage racks--check w/ the bookstore, maybe they carry them. If you can't afford it now, ask someone for an early Christmas present!

    Also, do some excersizes--stretching, esp. your shoulders and backs. Some tylenol and/or motrin wouldn't hurt, along w/ a shower massager.

    Save those backs!!! You're gonna need later on!
  7. by   Robin61970
    I spent 25 on a rolling bag at the beginning of the semester and it is one of the best investments I ever made.......do it if at all possible.......I see people slumped over carrying tons of books and I wonder how they can possibly do it!
  8. by   Aerolizing
    First off, ask around for anyone who could loan you one of those wheeled luggage carriers for a month or two.

    If none are available to you, go thrift store shopping and look for one yourself. I am sure you could get one cheap.

    We have all been there and we try to forget all of those wonderful memories of nursing school.

    Good Luck
  9. by   GPatty
    I have a rolling back pack that can also convert to a regular one if need be. It's huge.... carries all my books, and has a couple of extra pockets for other stuff!

    The handle goes down, so it's not always stuck up in the air too!
    I love it!

    And the best part?

    I got it at K-Mart just a couple of months ago for $15 on sale. If I am not mistaken, it was only $20 or so to begin with!

    Wouldn't trade it for anything!!! Especially with all those books and everything else we have to carry!!!

    Good Luck!

  10. by   debbyed
    You might also want to check out your local Good will/Salvation army store and also place a note on the school bulletin board.
  11. by   PudneyA
    Hi everyone,

    I have just become a member of the bulletin board this morning and was reading through some of the messages listed and have decided to add a thought or two.

    Just concerning the difficulties of lugging heavy bags full of books around. I appreciate that this can really be a 'pain', I have been there too! I hope this isn't rude, but can I suggest that if this is a problem, are there lockers that can be utilised? Or, are they not available at your Universities? Studying in New Zealand I realise that I have no conception of the incredible volume of students at your universities not to mention the size of your campuses and perhaps the difficulties you may have obtaining and utilising a locker. We too only have a certain amount available. But many students find using lockers and leaving books and equipment there during the day and overnight if it is unnecessary to take them home that day, can alleviate some of the heavy load. Just a thought.

    To the person with the sore back - I hope that you solve the problem and your pain is alleviated. Afterall, student life can be stressful enough without the added difficulties associated with back pain. All the best.
  12. by   Robin61970
    I know at my school we do not have lockers or the chance to get any. We have to carry our books from our vehicles on that mile walk across campus from wherever you were lucky enough to park......anyone else?
  13. by   KristaB
    We do have the opportunity to have lockers, but I don't think it would do me any good. I have to lug the books home to study at home, there is nowhere to study in the vicinity of the lockers at school, and I'd still be dragging them with me either to the basement of the building (where there is limited study space) or to the library (which is all the way across campus).

    I love the idea of the luggage carrier. I can't believe I didn't think of that before!

  14. by   steffymo
    Okay, I listened to all of you. I went to Wal-mart and got the rolling bag today. It was around 25 dollars, so not too bad! We can be a few days late on the bills!