is described as opioid-seeking behavior with requests for dose escalations caused by inadequately treated pain .
results from undertreatment of pain, and may resolve with proper therapy.
Often, this is a manifestation of pseudoaddiction
an attempt to acquire enough medication to reduce intractable pain, from doctors who undermedicate them, usually because of fear of causing addiction or fear of arrest by overzealous law enforcement agents.
Pseudoaddiction is a delicate issue, especially when you consider the potential for survey and legal problems.
Residents with pseudoaddiction are your "clockwatchers.
Pseudoaddiction is a syndrome, not a diagnosis, and residents with pseudoaddiction typically have pain that is partially but not adequately relieved by their current pain management regimen.
He has determined that, despite previously accepted theories, much of Hughes' eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle was a direct result of intractable pain from his now-famous devastating airplane crash in 1946-in which he fractured his jaw and neck and received third-degree burns-and his own self-prescribed attempts to alleviate that pain as a "relief-seeker" through what became a pseudoaddiction
Boston -- Adolescents with under-treated chronic pain may develop pseudoaddiction to their pain medications, which would involve the demonstration of drug-seeking behaviors that are easy to confuse with true addiction.
Adolescents with pseudoaddiction are unlikely to engage in these sorts of behaviors," said Dr.
Several tip-offs can help to distinguish addiction from pseudoaddiction.
Another important element in sorting out addiction and pseudoaddiction is simply the family history, Dr.
That may sound simple, but in everyday practice, fear of prescribing too much of a controlled agent results in patients never truly achieving a therapeutic effect and then lapsing into what's known as a pseudoaddiction