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For neither of those conditions should she be needing pain pills, and some people do indeed get themselves addicted to over-the-counter pain pills, whih can do several kinds of harm when taken in excessive amounts or for too long without a break.
You seem to be describing Hypochondriasis, which can arise on its own, but often accompanies depression, too. Surely she is supposed to be under the continuing care of a psychiatrist, who should be made familiar with your concerns, and take some responsibility for tackling these issues with her ?
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