My aunt passed away October 2004 (My mothers only sibling here in the states) and her best friend…they called each other for everything and nothing…since my aunt passed my moms health has been steadily declining...her main problems are with her digestive system, bloating, chronic abdominal pains, heartburn...she eats very little but she still bloats up and is absolutely miserable.
Doctors have run every test and all have come up negative...My theory is major depression...I personally have been on antidepressants since 1994 and will remain on medications for the rest of my life.
I have mentioned depression many times to my mother, however she does not believe that one can suffer from such physiological effects and it not be an illness…she believes that if it were depression she would feel sad and or have feelings of suicide, her only bad feeling is loneliness…I've tried to explain to her that depression can be purely physiological and the aches and pains that accompany it are very real.
Anyway my mother is 74 and she will not mention the word depression to her doctors, I don't know why they don't suggest a psychiatrist or at least prescribe an antidepressant...she has other signs of depression such as irritability, fatigue, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, periods of highs, periods of extreme lows and so on.
I mentioned depression to her gasterinologist...she said they have to rule every possible other illnesses out first...she (doctor) just had a baby so she won't be back for a few months.