Our expert says:
If it is only numbness in the skin and no pain that you feel the most likely cause is that a superficial nerve in the skin is being compressed. I assume that you have no weakness of the shoulder or arm to support that theory. I agree with you that the direct pressure of a bag over the same shoulder could cause such symptoms and first try to avoid applying that pressure to the shoulder by carrying the bag on the other shoulder. If in spite of that precaution it persists you may then see a neurologist to examine you.
Dr Joe de Beer
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