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Opioids for nerve pain

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Opioids for nerve pain

Nerve pain actually does sometimes respond to opioids. Very commonly cancer patients are having pain that is related to the cancer and then in addition they have nerve pain. In those cases, certainly opioids are the first main-line thing for severe pain. They do have some effect on nerve pain, but they don't always control it. So very often what we see are patients who are on opiods and on some of these adjuvant medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, various sorts of anti-convulsants, and the anti-depressants. For me there wasn't any particular point in using opiods as long as the other worked. I would never be hesitant to take them if I needed them. I am totally convinced that patients who are in pain are not going to become addicted to opiods.

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