i have a new example of feeling helpless. let me put a hypothetical situation to you. someone you know is having chest pains. this person has a history of similar chest pains, but when all possible tests were done, no defect was found in the heart. the person has been looking after their health, exercising, eating carefully and having regular check-ups.
but there are these chest pains. they've been going on for some hours, they are clearly causing some discomfort. but the person refuses to see a doctor. no amount of nagging or pleading makes a difference. being an adult, this person can't be bundled into a car and forced to get treatment.
so, what options are there? it's a condition that may or may not be serious. just because nothing had turned up in the past, doesn't mean that this particular incident isn't life-threatening. but if a person refuses to seek medical treatment, what exactly can family and friends do? this is a serious question, cos i really don't know what the options are here.