I need painkillers almost every day for around 3 weeks in a month. I generally take ibuprofen and tylenol. Some days I am able to manage with a couple of 400 mg ibuprofens, some days I need the maximum dosage. During my periods and ovulation, even the max dosage doesn't cut it and I need stronger medications. Lately I have been reading a lot of scare-mongering articles about the side effects of these medications and I am worried that I am making my endo worse by taking them everyday. But life without painkillers for me is not worth living. Does anybody else feel the same? How many painkillers do you take on average? And how long have you been taking those?