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OKLAHOMA CITY -It is always a balancing trying to deal with a busy life, but dealing with back pain can send you into a tailspin.

Purses that help you carry it all are fashionable and practical, but can result in real shoulder or neck pain for women of all ages.

Doctors say you should stick with the 10 percent rule, meaning that a 140 pound woman should not have a purse that weighs more than 14 pounds.

Experts suggest carrying your purse across your body and not on your elbow.

Also, think about cleaning it out or adding extra padding on the shoulder straps.

Backpacks are another issue since kids don’t have a say in how big their textbooks are, so make sure the backpack itself isn’t too big or heavy.

Remove all non-essential items and heavier objects should be placed near your back.

Dr. Michelle Briscoe, with the Laser Spine Institute, stopped by our studios with some other tips.