Pain Centre

Are you addicted to painkillers?

Painkillers are indispensible when you're suffering from a headache or a migrane. Just be careful though. Taking more than you should could lead to an unhealthy addiction.

Do you take more than two painkillers a day?

Have you noticed any significant changes in your personality or habits?

Are you oversensitive to bright light or loud noises?

Do you become defensive if someone asks if you’re addicted to painkillers?

Do you experience extreme mood swings?

Do you have erratic sleep patterns?

Do you visit your doctor with the intention of getting a prescription for painkillers?

Do you suffer from nausea, cramping or insomnia if you stop taking painkillers?

Have you ever taken pain medication prescribed for someone else?

Do you suffer from blackouts or bouts of forgetfulness?

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Pain expert

Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain.

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