can i ask my doctor for stronger painkillers

While it’s true that opioid painkillers are one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, asking for them does not necessarily target you as an addict.

Many people with chronic pain conditions simply cannot manage their pain with other types of medications. The attitudes toward the role of opioids in pain management are also changing. Studies show that with careful monitoring, addiction and abuse are not usually issues for people with legitimate chronic pain conditions.

Most physicians will consider the benefits of a stronger painkiller versus the potential risks. Stronger painkillers like opioids carry a higher risk of tolerance and abuse, but if they could possibly increase your quality of life, they may be worth a try.