Should you be popping painkillers for every headache and could it be harmful? A pain management expert weighs in…

Dr Michael Schenk, a pain management specialist, says that it is good to treat severe pain, but sometimes headaches can be treated with lifestyle changes.

“…We should not forget that painkillers can have severe side effects, especially if you go above the allowed limited doses,” says Dr Schenk.

Some painkillers affect the stomach and heart, which is why one has to be very careful if you have heart disease or have a high risk of heart disease.

Dr Schenk says that it’s also important to consider psychological aspects and painkillers only treat one small aspect. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic disorder can all impact one’s sense of pain.

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