Over the past week I have been experiencing a massive increase in my pain. It includes most of my joints, but has hit my neck and my knees the worst. The pain in my knees is radiating into my thighs and lower legs. The pain in my neck is radiating into my right shoulder predominantly and down the back of my arm. I am unable to take any NSAIDS due to chronic hemorrhagic gastritis. I have lipoma tumors on my spinal cord. I also have ongoing problems swallowing, secondary to nerve compression in c-spine. I currently take Norco, gabopentin, flexeril and a plethora of other medications. My question to anyone wishing to answer is "how do you tell your family to stop giving unwanted advice? " my sister's, who are the only ones left in my family, keep telling me to find someone who will operate on my entire back, and get back to work as a nurse. They think my 40 years in the healthcare industry as a bedside nurse isn't enough time working. One of them even mentioned my taking their tax dollars for my SSDI, like I didn't pay anything in. Please, tell me how to tell them, I just need someone to listen, not preach. I have tried the gentle way and it didn't work. Both got defensive and angry. And then yelled some more. Help please.