Dry Mouth During Flare, but drinking lots?

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   Posted 12/18/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
hey all,
well I just would like a quick opinion from any of you out there. I am currently going through a flare which is causing me bloating, cramping, lack of appetite, and some difficulty sleeping. I have a pretty dry and pale looking tongue at the moment, which I am trying to remedy by drinking lots of water. I feel like I am drinking enough water though, as my urine is frequent and often clear in color. Maybe my electrolytes are depleted? I'm not sure. Any suggestions or past experiences?
Current Meds: Remicade 4 bottles every 2 months, Entocort 9mg daily, Methotrexate 15mg SC weekly

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   Posted 12/18/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had a lot of diarrhea? If so, could be you are getting dehydrated. And sometimes we can't replace it fast enough and need IV help.
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   Posted 12/18/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners and when i get like this i put sugar in my water just like ya would a babe if they hv D and are becoming dehydrated.....just my own experience..lyn

I see u r on mtx that for me causes a real dry mouth....but of course all ppl are different

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   Posted 12/18/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Try drinking Powerade Zero or something. When I'm flaring bad and drink only water, I still feel dehydrated.
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   Posted 12/18/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
definitely drink gatorade or something. when you get dehydrated from diarrhea, etc., you lose electrolytes, and drinking only water dilutes the blood even more, can be dangerous.
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   Posted 12/18/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   

As others mentioned too much water can be dangerous -- best to balance it with some electrolytes.  Also, too much water too quickly (or other liquids) can wash away the mucous coating on your tongue, making you feel worse.  It's important to differentiate between a purely dry mouth and other symptoms of dehydration (e.g., dark urine, lightheaded, headache, etc.).  If it's true dehydration, treat that since that can cause trouble.  If you have dry mouth without other symptoms of dehydration, supplement your liquid intake with an OTC product to treat dry mouth (Biotene makes both a spray and an ointment, which I find helpful when I get a dry mouth).  As odd as it sounds, i also find that eating something will help with dry mouth symptoms (my best guess is that because food increase salvation, it helps ease the symptoms).

Hope you get through your flare quickly.


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