My mom is relatively healthy and lives alone. She has lots of lady friends and they meet weekly to play cards. We see her about 3 times a week and we live close. We take her to run her errands, although she can still drive.
Over the last year, we have noticed that Mom has increased anxiety about physical ailments. She says her hip hurts, we take her to the doc and there is nothing wrong. Two months ago, she was CONVINCED she had ovarian cancer because she had a sharp pain in her side (the pain went away after a minute, by the way). A trip to the specialist showed NOTHING. Last month she was convinced she had vericose veins. Took her to a specialist, and no she does not. Nothing wrong.
I've tried to talk with her about her fears, and she says she can't help it, her mind just spins out of control. Oh, and she watches Dr. Oz faithfully, and that doesn't help. No offense to Dr. Oz, but my Mom imagines she has every condition he showcases on his show.
Every doc appointment she has is met with jubilation! She talks of nothing for weeks. Then, she is so impatient when she doesn't get a call back.
My Mom used to be the one that wanted to know everything about what you were doing, and truly cared about helping. Two months ago my daughter (her granddaughter) was very ill, and my Mom barely acknowledged it. Couldn't stay focused on it and went right back to her imaginary cancer.
I know that she would most likely benefit from an anti-anxiety drug, but she will get so offended if I suggest it. Can I go with her to her primary care doc and ask that she be put on one?
Thanks in advance everyone!