Male doctor assesses male patient for possible hyperalgesia symptoms

What You Need to Know About Hyperalgesia

Physicians commonly prescribe opioids to treat pain, with more than 17 percent of Americans filling at least one opioid prescription in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet few people realize that prolonged use of opioids can actually make pain worse. A condition called opiate-induced hyperalgesia remains relatively misunderstood by patients and physicians. Here’s what…

Pills spilling out of a prescription bottle. Prescription opioid dependence and addition can require medical detox.

Opioid Addiction vs. Opioid Dependence: Key Differences in Symptoms and Treatment You Need to Know

People frequently — and mistakenly — use the terms “opioid dependence” and “opioid addiction” interchangeably. Still, these conditions are very different, and the treatment a person receives can mean the difference between life and death.  What Is Opioid Dependence? Opioid dependence is not the same as addiction. Physical dependence can occur as the brain, and…