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Stress Issues Due to Opioid Treatment - Premier Pain Centers

Over the past two decades, a growing number of people with chronic non-cancerous pain have been using opioid analgesics to treat them, accompanied by a significant increase in opioid abuse, opioid use disorders, emergency department visits, hospitalization, and admissions to programs for drug treatment, and overdose. 

This epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose requires well-designed clinical trials that are randomized to effective pain management as well as developing effective analgesics that are less responsible for trauma and protect against depression caused by chronic non-cancerous pain. 

However, incomplete knowledge of effective treatment options for various types of pain has worsened the underlying awareness of transitional neurobiological processes of depression, opioid-induced recurrence, and chronic non-cancerous pain in patients presenting care for these conditions.

This insufficient knowledge base has unfortunately developed a readily available prescription for opioid painkillers responsible for the abuse, as opposed to treating the underlying problems using multiple group-based, patient-centered, collaborative care-based pain management and opioid-based interventions. 

This paper reviews recent neurobiological findings on the varied mechanisms of relapse caused by opioid-based stress and chronic non-cancerous pain and discusses this in the context of key evidence gaps and clinical research guidelines that may be followed to fill these gaps.

Such research guides, when done with well-designed randomized controlled trials, may greatly inform clinical practice in general medical settings about how to effectively care for patients presenting with pain-related depression and these common co-occurring conditions.


The compilation of recent evidence highlights the huge cerebral palsy between opioid use disorders and depressive episodes of chronic non-cancerous pain. Medications that prevent the recurrence of opioid-seeking behaviors in animal models may be helpful in the treatment of opioid use, and as will be discussed later, basic research suggests that some may have pain management benefits. This small review will introduce a recent scientific compilation of advanced repetitive stress-induced opioid-based reactions that may also resolve the underlying stress factors for chronic non-cancerous pain. 

The effects of clinical research on patient care associated with opioid abuse and chronic non-cancer-free pain, evidence gaps, and therapeutic study guidelines that could be developed to fill these gaps will then be discussed.

Recent Translational Research Regarding Stress-Modulating Mechanism Governing Opioid-Seeking Behaviors

Chronic opioid use and chronic non-cancerous pain can make the amygdala's brain vulnerable to negative emotional stress, such as dysphoria, anxiety, irritability, and hyperalgesia that occur after increased opioid use and during withdrawal, a depressive mood. re-use of opioids.

Those seeking opioid treatment who were kept on buprenorphine and received initial control – opioid-free urination between 5 and 6 weeks of treatment – were randomly assigned to continue with buprenorphine or to receive clonidine added to buprenorphine. 

In addition, to assess the stress and craving for real life, these participants obtained hand-held computers. This encourages reporting about past hourly pressure or opioid cravings four times a day at randomly scheduled intervals during waking hours. 

Participants receiving buprenorphine plus clonidine showed significantly longer duration, compared with participants receiving buprenorphine and placebo. The definition of expiration was an opioid or missed urine test.

Participants receiving buprenorphine and clonidine also showed longer opioid abstinence compared with participants receiving buprenorphine and placebo. Clonidine was well tolerated as an adjunct to buprenorphine. The only specific symptoms reported in the clonidine group were dry mouth.

Overlapping Brain Circuitry Mediating Psychological-Stress Component of Pain and Stress-Induced Opioid Use

Neurobiological mechanisms underlying opioid-induced depression following heavy opioid use and duration of drug withdrawal are phenomenologically similar to the negative emotional features of chronic non-cancerous pain. 

A version of antidepressant neuroadaptations causing anxiety in an enlarged neural amygdala network [e.g., increased pathophysiological noradrenaline signaling, and corticotrophin-releasing factor/hormone (CRF / CRH) and dynorphin-mediated signaling] of recurrent pain or opioid use and during opioid withdrawal may cause normal negative emotional responses to depression.

The similar nature of reward-winning pathophysiology in the enlarged amygdala that increases the tendency to relapse into stress-related opioid use and recurrences of non-cancerous pain has significant clinical effects. 

Requires systematic research lines on how to effectively establish a patient-centered care approach to the United States public health crisis of opioid-related morbidity and mortality (i.e., use of various care, collaborative care to safely and effectively manage stress and pain, and common conditions associated with opioids). -comorbid, such as opioid use disorders). 

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Dr. Rao K. Ali M.D.

Dr. Rao Ali, a board-certified pain management physician, leads the clinic, which specializes in nonsurgical treatment. The physician has experience in the emergency room as well as training in pain management and rehabilitation. As a personal physician, he works with each patient to develop a treatment plan that will minimize or eliminate their pain. Providing expert diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions, Pain Management In Dallas, PA provides a comprehensive range of services. These services include neck pain, back pain, hip and knee pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches, migraines, and many others.