Extra-hard practice last night (i.e. pulled something putting on your shin pads)? Headache (i.e. hungover)? Low-back pain (i.e. everything hurts when you get old)?
There are a lots of reasons that have us reaching into the cabinet for a pill to take the edge off. Most of the time we grab whatever is closest at hand. But the evidence says not all analgesics (fancy name for a pain-killer) are created equal.
Vox’s master explainer Julia Belluz spoke to a bunch of experts and looked at the science in order to answer the question: