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I have a lot of vague symptoms and received normal test results, any advice?

Hello,

I am female, weigh around 140 lbs, height around 5"5, white, 22 years old, and I am from BC, Canada.

Recently I went to the doctor and mentioned some of the symptoms that I will outline below, she told me it's probably all in my head, but had me go get a routine blood test and urine sample. Which apparently came back normal, this is why I am now desperately posting here.

I am also recently in the process of being diagnosed by a psychiatrist for persistent depressive disorder, and maybe borderline personality disorder (although I was told bpd is fairly unlikely). I have been taking wellbutrin for around 2 weeks and have felt neither good or bad effects so far.

I also get migraines with aura around once a year. I have worn glasses since I was 2 years old.

Okay so here are the symptoms, I'll start with the more major/disruptive ones:

-Frequent urination (average 20 times a day)/ frequent feeling of having to urinate (that can almost become painful) without actually needing to urinate. (since childhood)

-Stomach pain, diarrhea (soft stool), and infrequent constipation. (since childhood)

-Nausea, especially when eating/after eating to the point of gagging (never actually throwing up). (since childhood, but has gotten a lot worse, I also have no mental illness problems relating to food or eating)

-Lightheaded (since childhood), buzzy feeling in head (a couple months), strained feeling in eyes. (about a year)

-Indigestion, heartburn, chest pain. (hard to know how long, teenage years?)

-Feels like I'm about to get a sore throat/cold but never develops into anything. (last few weeks)

-Achy, sometimes very painful in my legs. (no idea how long)

-Occasional numbness/tingling in feet and sometimes hands. (a few years)

I have no idea what might be wrong, maybe it all is in my head and I'm just going to be like this forever, but I am desperate for any help.

Thank you.
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Unfortunately  living in beautiful BC does not co-relate with having a good  medical system that works well for you.
Your doctor has taken an oath, yet treats you in a such an unprofessional manner that may put you at risk.
When a patient is sent to a psychiatrist, s/he assumes that the referring doctors has ruled out pathological conditions, so the next step is likely  getting a prescription of some anti-psychotic and anti depressant drug(s) from the psychiatrist.
For life maybe???  
It is a devastating way of treating patients, when many suspected underlying imbalances have not been investigated at all.
The reliance on just a basic blood and urine test is simply  ludicrous!

You are very young and you have an opportunity to improve your health dramatically! I can offer you many suggestions and guidance.

Please post again any details regarding your medical history: diagnosis, tests and results, treatments and meds in a much detail as possible.
Also food and drink intake, activities, past serious events like accidents, trauma and anything else you may consider significant in your life.

If you're not comfortable to post all this, you may send it to me in private message.

Best wishes,
Niko
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Hello, thank you so much for taking the time to help me.  My partner had told me that I should have been outraged at my doctors comments but only with you now confirming his thoughts have made me think I should be a little outraged too.

I don't have a super extensive medical history in regards to getting treatment.  In highschool I had to get surgery on my hymen to open(?) it up more because I could not put a tampon in without extreme pain.  I still have a bit of pain and am very tight (sorry if that's an inappropriate term but I don't know what word to use), but it's manageable now.  This year I again had to have surgery to insert a copper IUD because the doctor was unable to insert it himself after trying about 10 times.

When I started having frequent migraines when I hit puberty I went through some testing to make sure there was nothing underlying, everything was fine.  The migraines literally only happen once a year now, and my grandmother had them so I believe it is just genetic.

I have been on 2 other generic anti-depressants for short periods of time, sorry I forget their names.  One gave me panic attacks and the did not really do anything, although I may not have been on it long enough to tell.

I eat alright, probably a bit too much junk food but I try to be healthy.  I try to drink water but it's hard to cause it makes me have to pee so often it begins to interfere with my daily functioning. I also drink coffee regularly and probably drink a bit too much wine.l

The last 6 months or so I have gained weight, but I also stopped going to the gym and went out to eat more so I think that's probably why.

I am a little concerned I might have a hemeroid, I don't know though.

I am also exhausted all the time, but I think that's the depression.

Please anything else you would like to know let me know or anything I missed answering, thank you so much!
Well, where to start?
Firstly, don't concern yourself much with not using  the right or appropriate words.
  I'm non-judgment, I pick up easy on just  a few words and not much bothers me.
You express and communicate what you need just fine.

The key to your improvement lies mostly in the integrity of your gut.
Fix your gut and you'll likely fix most of your health issues.
Sounds simple, but it's rather complex and requires a great deal of commitment and some sacrifices. More about this later.

The other factor which may have been playing a role in your health is stress, both mental and biological, perhaps a substantial part of it hidden (from your awareness)
There's a very special  doctor in BC, Gabor Mate, who has been one of my greatest teachers.
One of his books is titled" When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress", is a real gem. You could inquire at your local library if they have it or can get it for you if interested.

From my own experience, the frequent urinating or the frequent urge to urinate is quite stressful, as it can be very disruptive in one's everyday life.
I  self-diagnosed my Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a male condition which presents those symptoms. Luckily, I  managed to tame this beast by taking Saw Palmetto capsules daily,by controlling  the BPH. Note: This is only a male condition!
Try cutting down on coffee and wine, do kegel exercises daily and anything that naturally improve an overactive bladder.
Both coffee and wine are diueric agents, promoting more trips to the bathroom and dehydration, which you may have, since you don't drink much water.
So consider making healthier choices and hey...I'm not judging you, just trying to help.
It's vital you drink ample spring water. A glass of red wine ( BC has some killer wines, lol!)
occasionally and a good coffee ( black & strong espresso is my poison) daily is OK .
Overdo it and things are going south again!

In regards to the gut connection, do a search for Labs in BC that test for Leaky Gut Syndrome and also Comprehensive Stool  test (not a standard stool test).
My feeling is that you may need to consult a Functional medicine or Naturopathic Doctor
to order these for you.
You may also want to do a wheat and gluten elimination as a test. Tough, but important.

For testing stress levels, only FYI  purposes and not a recommendation, visit the BioHealth
Labs  site (US) and checkout the  HPA  stress Profile test.

Gotta go now.
Please give me some feed back, so I know we're on the same page.
More on my next post.
Best,
Niko

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