I am looking for some advice, and also just to vent.
I am pretty sure my sister is a hypochondriac. She has been diagnosed with a few psychiatric disorders, though other than OCD, she will not actually tell me her other diagnoses. I am an RN and the only person in her life that works in healthcare other than a couple of her friends.
She is 31 years old. We have no history of cardiac disease in our family. She has had a battery of tests done (EKGs, echos, CXR, stress test, labs) that have all come back normal, yet she is constantly convinced she is having an MI. We don't live in the same area, so she will text & call asking if ___ is a symptom of a heart attack. I am always fairly certain she is not having a heart attack, but I always get this moment of anxiety knowing that in young females, MI symptoms are all over the place and not textbook. She has been to various ERs, quite a few times, she probably averages about once every two months. Each time they conclude she is not having an MI. Lately she is convinced she is having syncopal episodes, but what she describes to me just sounds a lot like being tired and falling asleep against her will (which I think happens to a lot of people lol). I told her to go see her PCP but somehow she never seems to be able to make an appointment.
Has anyone else ever had a family member that's probably a hypochondriac calling you all the time because you're a nurse? And what did you do about it?