What Drives Link Between Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

Patients with central sensitization struggle more with pain and quitting opioids

There’s always been a commonsense link between opioid use disorder and chronic pain, but a new study found how patients with central sensitization struggle more than others.

Central sensitization is abnormal pain processing in the brain and spinal cord, and those that have it experience higher pain levels than those who do not, and their brains struggle to turn off the pain signals once they arrive.

The study provides the first evidence of central sensitization underlying the chronic pain and opioid use disorder relationship.

The study provides the first evidence of central sensitization underlying the chronic pain and opioid use disorder relationship.

Researchers say that chronic pain may lead to OUD, and people with chronic pain and OUD have a harder time quitting opioids than people with OUD only.

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