Why People in Chronic Pain Should Get Their Hormones Tested

Among others - opioid pain killers can reduce hormonal levels

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    Dr. Christina Lasich
    It turns out that opioid pain killers and simply being in chronic pain over time can reduce your hormonal levels - particularly testosterone and estrogen. Because hormones tend to reduce pain, reduced hormonal levels can increase your pain sensitivity.

    In fact, the hormonal problem caused by opioids is called “opioid endocrinopathy”. It has been estimated that between 60-85% of those using opioids experience hormone suppression and associated symptoms like erectile dysfunction and sleepless nights. -