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.

4 responses to “When painkillers cause pain”

  1. I took ibuprofen every day for a couple of years; masked an autoimmune disease that was damaging my kidneys and perepheral nerves. Stopped after a spell in intensive care..

      • I was taking it for joint pain, which was another symptom (Google Vasculitis PAN). Nowadays i have paracetamol and codiene (prescription strength; quite pleasant). The ibuprofen might have played a role in the kidney failure, but it’s hard to tell.

      • I would like to stop taking ibuprofen. I get headaches every month due to hormones and usually take ibuprofen because paracetamol makes them worse. I’m not the only person who has this problem with paracetamol. A friend told me she specifically calls them panadol headaches because the suphites they put in them give her a headache too. Maybe I’ll try aspirin next time.

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