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Do people with narcotic abuse have a lot of pain?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Merlin Larson
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Paradoxically, patients using narcotics chronically have more pain when they are injured.

In brief: Yes
Paradoxically, patients using narcotics chronically have more pain when they are injured.
Dr. Merlin Larson
Dr. Merlin Larson
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
People who abuse opioids chronically may suffer from generalized pain if they wait too long between doses, even if started without any pain.
It's a withdrawal symptom. The need for higher doses over time is called tolerance. Addiction is more about trying to prevent withdrawal than getting high.

In brief: Yes
People who abuse opioids chronically may suffer from generalized pain if they wait too long between doses, even if started without any pain.
It's a withdrawal symptom. The need for higher doses over time is called tolerance. Addiction is more about trying to prevent withdrawal than getting high.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
In brief: Some do
The concept if opioid induced hyperalgesia exists.
This means that those taking high dose opioids can be extra sensitive to painful stimuli.

In brief: Some do
The concept if opioid induced hyperalgesia exists.
This means that those taking high dose opioids can be extra sensitive to painful stimuli.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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