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Could opioid therapy actually induce pain? If so, does it only happen after several months of opioid use?

Yes, opioid therapy can actually induce pain. Some patients may experience a paradoxical reaction to the opioids. Multiple scientific studies have concluded that opioid therapy may induce hyperalgesia and allodynia. Therefore, increasing an opioid dose may not improve function and pain control, and may actually worsen the patient's symptoms.

This paradoxical reaction can develop within a month of starting opioid therapy.