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I've got 99 problems and maybe you can solve them.

Im a 24yr old male, and for the past 2-3 years I've had extremely bad stomach pain, headaches, fogginess of the brain, problems urinating, extremely cold feet, chest pains, and most recently vision problems. As a child i was diagnosed with Mild Irritable Bowl Disease, but it never gave me much trouble as long as I stayed away from certain foods that I knew would.

When I was 20-21 i noticed eating things I normally could caused me stomach pain and diarrhea (within 2-4 hours of ingesting food) in which I treated with ibuprofen, and tylenol as needed. It persisted even after many doctors appointments. A few months later I started having pain while urinating, and I noticed my extremities were cold no matter where I was. Went to the doctor, got STD tests ran, and it all came back negative. Soon after I noticed my feet would get cold extremely fast, as in I'd get out of bed and almost immediately my feet felt frozen and cold to the touch. Talked to the doctor and he basically told me to start wearing socks or slippers around the house (they didn't help!).

About a year after that I'd start getting headaches (they started off mild and have progressively gotten worse). During this time I noticed in had issues speaking (I started stuttering) lack of awareness, and an all around fog in my head. I'd forget things quickly, I'd have issues with writing and reading, and found that I couldn't focus on something. Doctor ran blood work, and an MRI which came back fine minus a slightly elevated WB cell count, so I continued to take pain meds to fight off all of the above, and the newly found headaches along with doing mental tests to keep me "functioning".

Few months went by with all of the above going on and then I started getting minor chest pains here and there, especially after eating food. Again went to the DRs for blood work, an EKG along with an xray of my chest. Only thing that came up was an elevated WB cell count. told me to lay off on high colesteral foods and I should be good to go.

Only a few weeks ago I noticed my vision was getting blurry, and I had floaters in my eyes so i again went off to see the DR. Again Blood work, and a trip to an optometrist. Did whatever tests they needed and everything cameback fine however my WB cell count was still slightly elevated. I've been checked for diabetes, thyroid disease, STDs, a few autoimmune diseases, gallbladder disease, head trauma, and a few other things. At this point my doctor thinks I'm crazy and has suggested I might be over dramatic about all of this. Here I am at 24yrs old feeling like complete trash when I could be out doing whatever normal 20 something's do.
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Well, who told you to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for a stomach problem?  That may in fact be what's causing it.  Ibuprofen irritates the lining of the digestive tract and can cause chronic problems as well as ulcers and inflammation there.  Acetaminophen can damage the liver, which is essential for digesting fats.  So again, who advised you to take those for digestive pain?  Stop taking them and see if the problem doesn't start to get better.  But as for the wide variety of things you're complaining about, you say you saw your doctor but have you seen specialists?  Whey you got tested for your thyroid, did you get tested for the individual thyroid hormones or for TsH?  When you got tested for blood sugar, did you do a several hour long glucose tolerance test or just a regular blood test?  Have you seen a neurologist?  A cancer specialist?  Regular docs aren't experts at anything except perhaps colds and the flu.  They are generalists who do triage and then if there's a continuing problem send you to the appropriate specialists.  It's how our system of health has developed.  Now, I have no idea if you have anything physically wrong with you or what it might be, just that to truly find out you have to see someone other than your general doc.  You are listing a lot of problems, not just one or two.    
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Irritable bowel syndrome is a big old pain to deal with.  Common treatment today is with medication but also lifestyle changes involving diet, trying to cut down on stress, avoiding trigger foods, getting rest, exercise, etc.  Were you diagnosed officially with IBS?  I guess they told you to take ibuprofen for inflammation and pain?  That's fairly common but it's not a treatment for IBS.  There are a lot of medications these days specifically for IBS.  Here's a listing of treatments https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20360064

Now, it sounds like for the additional issues that you've been evaluated.  For headache, chest pain, vision issues?  I have to ask you about anxiety?  I do see my primary care doctor with great success and my insurance requires I always start there. So, please use your own experience and situation for what type of doctor to see.  One person's opinion on that is just one person's opinion.  My PCP is the gatekeeper and is actually pretty awesome at treating many things to start with.  I have been referred out when the first line of treatment is unsuccessful or I need testing she doesn't do.  She sends me when it is the right time.  Anyway, give us a quick update about where your doctor last left it with you.
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