The doctors need to study the patient's mind as well as her body.
When emotional difficulties arise in a young girl whose mother had died, the problems may not be the result of physical symptom! Hormonal imbalance and unspoken thoughts hidden at the back of the mind can produce changes in the body. For instance, some patients claim to suffer from disturbing symptoms that have no physical cause.
Rachel's complaints of severe abdominal pain only magnified her persistent fear of the uterine cancer that claimed her mother's life, and was now going to claim hers.