Always Dehydrated.

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    Mar 10, 2009 8:21 AM GMT
    I drink tons of water all day, every day. It is the only thing I do drink.

    Yet, I am always thirsty and dehydrated- worse lately- due to allergies flaring up, I think.

    Went to the Dr. today and she gave me Flonase. icon_sad.gif

    Also did a preliminary check for Diabetes (sugar test of urine) and the Dr. said it was negative.

    Any Ideas??? I'M ALWAYS THIRSTY!!! AHHHHHH.


    Joe
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    Mar 10, 2009 10:30 AM GMT
    when was the last time you had your blood sugar level checked?

    what you are describing is a classic symptom of adult onset diabetes. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 10, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
    polydipsia or excessive thirst has several causes. I listed some of the more common causes

    1. Can be associated with anxiety/stress

    2. Inability of the kidneys to concentrate urine
    A. Diabetes
    1. Diabetes Mellitus..due to high blood sugar...
    2. Diabetes Insipidus..due to a lack of a posterior pitutary hormone
    that allows the kidney to concentrate the urine..ADH is the hormone
    B. Structural problems with the kidneys themselves...lots of
    diseases can cause this problem
    3. Chronic dry mouth that can be caused by medications and other problems..if you think this is the cause of you excessive thirst and want other causes of dry mouth just Google it

    Of course, only your physician can make this diagnosis. You need to talk to him about the problem
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    Mar 10, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    How much water do you drink a day??


    How many times do you pee a day??


    Are you feeling hungry all the time also??

    Did you doctor test your blood sugar??
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    Mar 10, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidI drink tons of water all day, every day. It is the only thing I do drink.

    Yet, I am always thirsty and dehydrated- worse lately- due to allergies flaring up, I think.

    Went to the Dr. today and she gave me Flonase. icon_sad.gif

    Also did a preliminary check for Diabetes (sugar test of urine) and the Dr. said it was negative.

    Any Ideas??? I'M ALWAYS THIRSTY!!! AHHHHHH.


    Joe


    Your symptoms are sometimes indicative of an underlying serious medical situation. SEE A DOCTOR TODAY.

    Often, severe dehydration is symptomatic of high blood sugar levels and diabetes. If your blood glucose is fine, you still need to figure out why it's happening. You may need to change doctors. You may be taking a medication that's causing the problem. You may have some serious medication issues. You may have messed up electrolytes. You need to get to the bottom of it.

    SEE A DOCTOR TODAY.
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    Mar 13, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
    ChuckyStud,

    I do not currently have health insurance.

    I am a grad student and with the 68 dollar payment of my 'student health fee', I can get free doctor visits at my university. The doctor did the urine test for sugar and found nothing. For 11 dollars they can do a blood test for Diabetes (which runs in my family).

    With or without insurance, the doctors in Las Vegas are a joke...

    Not sure what to check next...

    I spent over 2 hours to see the MD for 5 minutes!

    Frustrated...



    Joe
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    Mar 13, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidChuckyStud,

    I do not currently have health insurance.

    I am a grad student and with the 68 dollar payment of my 'student health fee', I can get free doctor visits at my university. The doctor did the urine test for sugar and found nothing. For 11 dollars they can do a blood test for Diabetes (which runs in my family).

    With or without insurance, the doctors in Las Vegas are a joke...

    Not sure what to check next...

    I spent over 2 hours to see the MD for 5 minutes!

    Frustrated...
    Joe


    I guess this is the reason we should have national health insurance; so people can get the appropriate attention. If you have not asked the physician about the excessive thirst you need to mentioned this. It's not enough in your case just to have asked him to rule out diabetes mellitus. You may have more going on.

    1. A urinalysis is only an inexpensive screening test. A blood test is definitive. Diabetes is defined as a fasting blood sugar > than 126 mg/dl.

    2. Evaluating a concentrating defect of the kidney is very complex and is in the realm of specialists such as endocrinologist or neprhrologists.
    The screening test for a concentrating defect is not that complex. The test is called a water deprivation test. The patient under a physician's observation is deprived of water for a defined time period of time. At the end of this period the osmolality of the urine is checked. A normal person will have a highly concentrated urine and high osmolality. A person with a concentrating defect will have an inappropriately dilute urine and low osmolality. This test does have risk. Someone with a significant defect can get severely dehydrated and develop shock.

    Good luck getting through the maze which is the US health care system. Whatever you do don't give up. Talk to the physician about the problem