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Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia

Opioid induced hyperalgesia is a condition where the opioid pain medication creates more pain rather than pain relief. This can be caused from any dose of opioid pain medication, but is more likely to occur with higher doses. Patients with opioid induced hyperalgesia may have:

  1. Increased sensitivity to painful and non-painful stimuli such as light stroking or pressure
  2. Worsening pain despite increasing doses of opioids
  3. Decreased pain threshold
  4. Pain that becomes more spread out and extends beyond the area of usual pain

This can be treated by reducing or discontinuing the opioid medication, or by using a different medication all together. Discussing this with your healthcare provider is important as it will improve your overall treatment plan and pain management results.