I feel terrible you are in pain, but fully understand what you are saying, as I have been through it before myself.
It royally sucks that we are looked at like "Junkies".
For two years now, I have been taking 4-6 Vicodin a day, mine are only 500 MG.
I had trouble with one doctor, but I explained to him that I need to take it to be able to somewhat function on a daily basis.
I refuse to let the back trouble ruin my life.
He had the same concerns as your doctor.
I was told to not work two years ago by the doctors, and I constantly hear what a "Trooper" I am sticking it out, then I explain it is the Vicodin that keeps me going.
Without taking it, I could not function.
As you can see, I never let the doctors live my life.
I believe the decision to live with possible withdrawal, as well as possible liver damage, should be mine to make.
If you feel you really need it, address your concerns with the doctor next week, and you tell him how you want to live.
We are not children, and should not be treated as such, not to mention, we are not "Junkies" !
If I was, I would be sure to score better drugs than Vicodin. (Prescribed or not)
I still work full time today, until my fusion next Friday anyway.
So, as you can see, you are not alone.
I hope today is a better day for you :)
Have a great Thanksgiving,
P.S. I also have some kind of small mass in my Liver, that needs to be checked every six months by MRI and CT Angiogram, so maybe they are right about Liver damage after all.
My next scan is scheduled for Monday morning.
I just keep praying it is not cancerous.
At this point, they are just being cautious, and watching me closely, to see if the size changes, so far, so good.
I did fully understand the risks though.
But I chose to live :)