My mother will tell me about an ache or pain as if I have the ability to do something about it. I usually ask her some questions in an attempt to appear like I am trying to diagnose (and in some cases, I am) but otherwise, there is noting I can do about them. She always looks at me expectantly like she is waiting for me to fix it.
Last night it was "I hurt right here (pointing to her left lower abdomen)
I asked dull or sharp; Constant or come and go; throbbing; how bad on scale of 1-10?
I then base her need to seek medical treatment solely on the factors of how close it is to bed time and whether or not I have to work in the morning (partially kidding).
A couple of weeks ago, it was a mysterious pain in her chest, just under her breast. I asked her a bunch of questions and determined that it was either angina or a heart attack. Treatment for angina is rest so I put her to bed and figured out that by morning, we would know which one it was. It was not a heart attack.
I don't know what to do about these random pains. They don't seem to be enough to warrant a trip to the ER (minimum 4 hours of our time) but she wants me to do something about them.
Of course, she never has these symptoms or remembers to bring them up when she is actually in front of her doctor.
I try to appear sympathetic but I really don't care.