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What is wrong with me???

I'm a 19 year old female. I try to be healthy, but I am in college. For a little over a year I have smoked on and off, but more off than on, and wWhen I do smoke I don't have more than 4 cigarretes in a day.
I exercise regularly and try to stay active, but it's getting hard. I find myself being fatigued all the time lately. I have to force myself to do anything. It's hard for me to do school work. It's hard for me to sleep, hard to wake up. Sometimes I'm nauseated and sometimes I simply don't have an appetite, and then sometimes I get these awful cravings and eat like a raving beast.
I'm not pregnant for sure.
I'm achy a lot. My knees especially - but I've had three knee surgeries in one knee and I figure the other one just has problems from my running.
I used to work out all the time, and I still do, but now after my workout I get cold and feel ill for hours. I get terrible abdominal pain and my feet turn into ice-cycles. My feet are cold a lot, and sometimes they turn purple. They go numb sometimes even when they're warm, though, and sometimes they're tingly, especially after a workout. They're purple and numb and cold as I speak. My calves have been feeling "crampier" than usual, too.
I get itchy a lot. My head itches, but I have pretty dry skin and have had problems sleeping lately, so that could be why.
I'm achy a lot - for seemingly no reason - but sometimes I feel like maybe it just bothers my joints to weight lift or run? I don't know...
Lately, though, even my muscles have felt "tired" literally like they don't have as much energy as usual.
Sometimes my feet hurt and get bruised, and I don't know why.
I keep getting iron deficiency anemia on and off, but  I am only slightly low on my iron right now, like an 11 hgb or whatever. I was an 8 for a time, but it's never been super severe.
I get sick a lot, though, especially in the past year.
About a month and a half ago I had bloody stool and severe abdominal pain. They didn't test me but said it was probably shigella because they had seen two cases of shigella in my hometown that week - only problem - I don't know anyone who has had shigella, and they never tested me, so how can they know? The PA put me on an antibiotic and said it was shigella. The blood went away, but the intestinal weirdness continued. I get constipated and have diarrhea a lot.
Since then, I have had really bad on and off back pain at my low back right above my tail bone (in the middle) - lumbar spine - for over a month. It hurt to bend over and to walk sometimes.Then it started spreading up and I got pain in my abdomen, and I got pain in my lower abdomen; it radiated along my hip bones. Then it spread up to my sides under my rib cage, and it hurt when a doctor would put pressure on my back in the spot parallel to where it hurt in the front - on the sides under my rib cage. They did a urinalysis and a pelvic exam and found that I had a yeast infection. It was really bad apparently, because they gave me a week-regimen of fluconazole. It helped with the back pain for a couple days, so I thought that was the cause of the back pain, but now my back is starting to hurt again (I'm still on the fluconazole 150).
My neck hurts a lot too, but couldn't that be stiffness from classes and doing homework on my computer?
I grind my teeth, so it's not unusual I have teeth and jaw pain.
Today I noticed a hard lump on my first or second rib on the right side - the one between colorbone and breast. I also have a super weird bump on my hyoid bone (right in the middle of my neck). A nurse practitioner looked at me for two seconds about a week ago and told me it looked curious and perhaps could somehow be a lymph node that moved under my hyoid bone, but that doesn't make sense! Because it's still there, and if I had a little virus wouldn't it have gone away? Plus, how would it move under the hyoid bone? And it's spreading down. I now have a second bump that's a little more than an inch lower than it. My throat isn't really that sore, but I do have a cough. The bump does make me feel dizzy if I push on it... but it's in my neck so like...? Idk... The bump on my throat really does scare me. a lot. but you can't get cancer after only a year and a half of light smoking can you? at my age? that seems ridiculous...
I feel like I'm overanalyzing everything... but I can't pretend anymore that all of these frustrating symptoms aren't impeding my life! It makes it hard to function as a student... Like it's really hard.
My feet right now are numb and it's spreading up my leg.. like what is this?
I get dizzy and nauseous sometimes. I am tired all the time... I have to drink an energy drink some mornings just to drag myself to class.
I keep getting all of these flu like symptoms and like yeast infections and I feel fatigued fast. I thought I had mono. But I never seem to get better and my white blood count is neither high nor low so it isn't an infection or a virus. And I've been coughing up like a white foamy mucus and it could be thrush? OR god knows what?

What could I have does anyone know??
I just need to know opinions... I never say the symptoms all together like this and it makes me feel ridiculous.. usually I just go in for one thing or in for the next... And the hands and feet and fatigue and stuff like that I just live with.
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I just wish that you could go to a doctor and ask them to run every single test available...

I just feel like I'm getting worse instead of better, and it's starting to scare me because it makes me wonder if something is seriously wrong.
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And I know the cigs are a problem. It started with me just doing it socially when I was out with friends, but it's become a habit for when I'm stressed or stir crazy from studying. I keep quitting for a week and then caving and smoking when I'm stressed.

Do you think that could be causing any of my problems?
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In regards to the anemia, it was iron deficiency, and my iron levels are pretty much normal, now. They've never been drastically low. At one point my iron level was 8-something. Now it's 11, which is almost normal. But in the last year I seem to go in and out of iron deficiency anemia.

And thank you. I know you're right about presenting the doctors with the big picture issues, but the one time I did they didn't take me seriously because my white blood count was fine. But this was just an urgent care clinic, so I think you're right about seeing a PCP because then maybe they'd do more tests then just a simple blood test.
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Oh, and if all those things are not the problem, then what about adrenal fatigue.  This can happen in college.  You are used to having a support system, and now you are on your own.

Quit the cigs as they are not consistent with a person who wants to be healthy and comfortable.  
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I am concerned about your anemia because it causes such fatigue and it starves your brain of oxygen.  

So why are you anemic?  What kind of anemia?  Iron deficiency?  Are you supposed to take iron?  How do you feel after taking iron every day for three weeks?  Better?  Keep taking it and do not stop.  

Do you have Celiac disease or Crohn's?  Have you had upper and lower endoscopy?  Do you have thyroid problems?  If you do, you need to know if it is hyper or hypothyroid.  Is it autoimmune or what kind?  Follow up and get treatment if your thyroid is not working right.  The neck lump and your low energy issues make me question your thyroid.  If your eyes are uncomfortable, that's another thyroid symptom.  

You need to have these things checked.  

You seem nutrient deficient, so if you have been told to take iron, take it.  Also take magnesium in the morning and vitamin D 2000 IU and calcium 400 or 500 mg at night.  Eat vegetables and protein for breakfast.  Avoid eating much sugar or other junk food.  Eat real butter when you cook, nothing fake.  Eggs are fine, but are best eaten with vegetables.  

It doesn't sound like you are getting adequate care, but you need to go in for this specific puzzle and not try to bring it up when you are being seen for an acute illness (like the flu)  That's the only way to get attention for this problem, and it may take multiple appointments because it sounds like you need a gastroenterologist as well as all the lab work from your primary care doc.  If you use a gynecologist for your PCP, that may not be the best person to help you with this.  
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