There are plenty of legitimate reasons for requesting a specific pain medication from a physician following surgery and patient are entitled to make such a request. The patient ultimately decides the most appropriate pain management method, according to Cleveland Clinic.
Patients may have concerns about certain medications or have an allergy or bad reaction to a particular medication. Patients may also have a fear of becoming dependent or overdosing on a particular medication. A patient with a history of opiate addiction is entitled to discuss his history and request alternative medication to avoid a potential relapse. The patient may not see the physician for a day or more after surgery. The physician and patient should have this discussion ahead of time so the patient knows what to expect and has the proper medication ready once the pain begins, states Mayo Clinic.