When painkillers cause pain

I’ve had this awful headache since last Thursday. It’s not uncommon for me to get a headache which lasts several days but this one has gone on for longer than usual and I’ve just felt rotten. When I woke up at 5am this morning with a thumping head I suddenly figured it out.

Last Wednesday I read the news about a new study which found a link between heart disease and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen has always been my painkiller of choice and after reading about the study I decided to get some paracetamol instead. On Thursday I swallowed a couple of pills and they had no effect whatsoever and I even felt a bit worse. I had more on Saturday and then again yesterday. At 5am this morning I suddenly remembered why I have always opted for Ibuprofen. It’s because paracetamol contains preservatives. They put E223 in it which is bad for people who are sensitive to sulphites. Sulphites give me terrible headaches which is why I don’t drink wine. I’ve effectively been giving myself a headache since last Thursday. I caved and took some Ibuprofen this morning.