I can't be the only one who knows people that suffer from this problem. These are the ones whose headaches are thought to be the foreshaowing of a brain tumor. The same ones who invariably suffer every known side effect attributed to a medication. The same ones whose aches are unbelievably painful to the point they cannot function. The ones who self diagnose and then doctor shop until they find a doctor who will arrive at the same conclusion. The ones who feel only surgery will help them and look for a surgeon who will remove the offending body part.
How do you deal with these friends or family members? Do you pretend to be sympathetic? Do you flat out tell them they need to see a shrink? Do you just avoid being around them? Or do you just let them ramble on about their latest doctor's appointment and medical problem and pray you don't look bored while you listen?