Overall, she is in fairly good shape for her age, still drives and tries to take a healthy walk daily. Yet, there are days when she cannot get out of bed and cries that she is freezing (temp is 80) from head to toe. She bundles up, covering even her head because of the cold. She will not eat because she is too cold to remove her shroud of blankets and walk to the table. When I can help or persuade her to eat; she seems starved yet shivers and cries to return to her bed. Her skin always feels warm but she says the cold is on the inside of her body. On her good days, we cannot go out of the house, even for a specific timed appointment, until she has a bowel movement. She will not eat anything beforehand for fear of having it go through her within an hour's time. If we stop for lunch or a meal while out we have to immediately go home before she has an accident, which has happened on numerous occasions. She has lost 20 lbs. in the past 8 months for no explainable reason other than not eating or have what she eats go straight through her. Her doctor lowered her thyroid medication but that has had no effect. She also suggested my mother avoid milk for one week to see if she could be lactose intolerant. That would be interesting to find out after 88 years! Her blood tests show a high level of urea nitrogen in her blood, low hemoglobin causing anemia, insufficient platelet count and countless other things I do not understand but the doctor seems unconcerned. Her suggestion is to take a multi-vitamin with iron. Before coming to live with me 5 months ago, my mother lived alone after my father's death two years ago. She lived in Florida and her doctors there all attributed her problems to her "advanced age". That is why I brought her to live with me but seems the doctors are all the same. I tried to get Mother an appointment at a highly respected medical college hospital nearby but they said a referral from her regular doctor is required. My request to her local doctor is the reason she had an advanced, more complete battery of blood tests done but that seems to be the end of the matter. I know there is something very wrong with my mother, it is not hypochondria or old age related, but a factor in her otherwise good quality of life. Any suggestions on how to get a doctor to be as concerned as I am?