Unquenchable Thirst

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debaser
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this thing that happens to me sometimes and it's affecting me right now. I can't recall if it's ever been brought up here or not, but I'm wondering if I'm alone in it or if others experience it.

It's what the title says, an unquenchable thirst. It doesn't happen regularly, but it's not extremely rare, either. Most often it happens just after waking up but it can happen in the middle of the day, too.

To explain what it's like, imagine that you haven't had anything to drink in a long time. Your tongue is dry. The roof of your mouth is dry. The inside of your cheeks are dry as well. It's not in your head, either. You can feel the inside of your mouth with your fingers and there's very little moisture. The natural thing would be to drink water, but not only does the water not make it better, it somehow makes it worse. It's very odd. It defies all explanation.

I'm guessing it's some kind of anxiety symptom. I'm anxious every time it happens, but I really think that feeling like this is what causes the anxiety. Or at least that's how it seems. I just don't understand how water can fail to quench a thirst and actually make a person more thirsty. I'm not dehydrated. When I pinch the skin on top of my hand it snaps back to normal. Don't get it. It's very uncomfortable and unsettling though.

Plus, it lasts for hours. Nothing I can do about it.

Jennara
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I get really really thirsty sometimes. Sometimes I go all day and wont feel thirsty at all and then at the end of the day, I cant drink enough! Thats bad too bc it keeps me up all night afterwards too.
I know this can be a symptom of diabetes but not to jump to that conclusion! My mom gets this exact same feeling you are describing and she gets it often and she doesnt have diabetes at all! For her, its just annoying. Maybe its the same for you. But as always, check with your doctor to be sure. This doesnt sound serious. I think theres a really good chance you could just be like me or my mom. It just hits out of the blue huh?
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debaser
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your response. I'm sorry you're sometimes afflicted with it, although from what you describe your mom's thing sounds more similar to my thing than yours does. That doesn't sound right but you know what I mean.

I'm pretty sure it's not diabetes. I don't have a doctor or insurance right now, but a few months ago I did and I had a full blood panel done on my second-to-last appointment with him, which I guess was in March or so.

Sometimes I think my sugar may get too low, but it's when I haven't eaten for hours and hours and hours. That's unhealthy whether a person's diabetic or not. In any event, that's not the case today. I have not eaten yet today but I did last night.

But yes it's out of the blue. Well sometimes I wake up with it but it has hit me in the afternoon before with no warning. Suddenly I'll just get really thirsty and getting something to drink makes it a lot worse. Can only wait. It's very strange and I wish I knew what caused it so I could do something about it, because I'm telling you it drives me crazy.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/16/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
debaser,

Have you ever been tested for diabetes? If you feel like you can't get enough water and are drinking much more than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. If your body is pulling extra water out of your blood and you're running to the bathroom more, you will become dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace the water that you are losing.



Just a thought and not meant to increase your anxiety.



Hugs and Happy Holidays.



Kitt

debaser
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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Kitt. Diabetes would show up on a blood panel, though, wouldn't it? I asked specifically for a full workup.

This only happens very rarely. And when I get like that I don't urinate any more than usual. It's just a really dry mouth as far as I can tell, and the water somehow makes it seem even drier. The less I drink the better it is, honestly. Then it will eventually go away and I can drink whatever I want. But there are no signs of dehydration. Well except inside of my mouth. My throat doesn't even feel dry. Skin snaps back like I mentioned before. Mucus membranes operate normally.

Plus I eat lots of stuff that would probably kill a diabetic and feel fine afterward.

When I get to a doctor next month I'll mention it, but please reply with your thoughts.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/17/2009 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
debaser,
Good Morning.  smile

The symptoms of diabetes can develop gradually and may be hard to identify at first.

Symptoms may include feeling tired or ill, excessive thirst, frequent urination, sudden weight loss etc.  Yes, a fasting blood test for Blood Sugar would be elevated most likely if you have early onset diabetes.

I suspect you are right, your thirst is related to something else and it may just be one of the quirks of anxiety. 

You said you are not dehydrated so that is not your problem.  How about your meds.............anything there that would cause your sx?

Do discuss this concern with your Doctor at your appointment next month as it is good to just get it out there and then if there is not a problem you can just stay in the moment and let go of the concern.

Happy Holidays to you,

Kitt

 


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   Posted 12/17/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Debaser I had a test for diabetes recently, and it is a fasting test, did you do the fasting test? If so, then its probably anxiety, but if you didn't do the fasting test, I would recommend one. Good luck!
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debaser
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. No, I did not fast for any of that blood work. And I specifically asked for a full workup. I guess it's good it didn't show up because my insurance rates would be higher if it did. Either that or the diabetes would not be covered at all if I had it.

Then again I wasn't dehydrated. My eyes were lubricated. My urination was I guess normal whatever that means. Skin snapped back. My mouth was just dry. For some reason drinking anything seemed to make it worse. Oddly enough eating does not. If anything, eating helps kick start the saliva but not by much. Oh and I've lost weight recently but have been trying to lose weight. Before when this happened my weight was stable or perhaps increasing.

Meds. I take over-the-counter Prilosec. Just one dose in the mornings. And then there's the .5mg bid Klonopin. I'm pretty sure they aren't the cause. It just happens randomly. Seems like if it were meds it would be more consistent. Don't know.

I'll definitely talk to the doctor about it. I certainly can't before I get insurance. You know how that goes.

debaser
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh and you're sure there wouldn't be some sign of diabetes in a regular blood panel? My grandmother and my dad are both diabetic and they have those at-home blood sugar meters. They don't have to fast for that. Looks like if that little thing could measure blood sugar so would a standard blood panel. Maybe it wouldn't be enough to diagnose but wouldn't the doctor see something to provoke him to do more testing?

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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
HI, I ran into your post looking for information about a symptom I have and yours describes exactly what I experience sometimes, (like today I am having one of those episodes)
I get extremely thirsty and my mouth feels very dry and I can feel it in my tongue and inside of my cheeks.
Its been happening randomly for the past year and I noticed that it happens more when I have some sort of intestinal problem, like soft stools or the runs.
I have also had this happened with no other symptom other than the thirst.
My first reaction was I may be diabetic so I had my doctor check me and I bought a glucose meter so I could check my blood sugar when this is happening and my blood sugar was always normal
the highest it has been was 109. I also do not urinate frequently or anymore while or before this is happening.
so I am a total loss. I drink electrolyte water when this happens but it doesn't make it any better and it is horrible.
If you have got any answers or anyone can shed some light would be great.

Thank you..

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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I too hv had this and bsl is good......lynmy doc mentioned it can be if yr blood pressure goes outta whack...and mine sure does from extreme low to high depending on whether i am not feeling good high anxiety not enough sleep...lyn
                          
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debaser
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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately I haven't found any answers for this. It doesn't happen to me that often but it's really weird when it does. Maybe Lyn is onto something with the BP. I haven't had mine checked lately but it's never been high before.
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