lightheaded + dizzy + dehydration?

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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Since Thurs. I have felt slight nauseous and lightheaded off and on. I immediately thought I might be dehydrated so I have increased fluids. Drinking mostly coconut water, ensure shakes, and some water. I even have started keeping track of all input/output of fluids. According to what I read I am right on track. But, I am concerned that it may be impossible to catch up if I was already dehydrated. Can someone start to have symptoms and turn things around instead of having to go get IV fluids? At what point should I be concerned?



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   Posted 9/27/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
if you get dehydrated badly, and your output is still going fast, you cant get caught up.
Do you have mostly liquid output If you do try eating some thickening things, like bananas or potatos.
That should help you keep stuff in faster. And just drink lots and lots. But if you keep having the other symptoms then check with your GI
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know how far you can recover without intervention. I suppose it depends how dehydrated you really are.

I got a new loop ileo on 9/1 and ever since I have been battling dehydration constantly. When I saw my GI last week he gave me a recipe for an oral rehydration solution. I finally made a batch up on Friday and holy cow could I feel the difference within a few hours of drinking two glasses. I went from fatigued and nearly passing out every time I stood up to feeling almost normal.

He told me where to buy polycose powder in our city; one particular pharmacy always carries it. It may be hard to find, I don't know. It's in a short can like you'd see of baby formula. It was in the same section as the Pedialyte.

I'll warn you, this stuff tastes terribly salty. It really does work wonders though. I add a packet of Splenda to a glass and it makes it slightly less repulsive. :-)

Because I'm on Zestril for borderline high blood pressure and also diabetic, I need to have bloodwork done to check my potassium checked due to the No Salt.

Oral Rehydration Solution:

4.5 Tbsp Polycose Powder
9/10 tsp Table Salt
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp "No Salt" (potassium chloride)
Diet Kool-Aid (with aspartame, envelope says it makes 1.5L) (my packets say they make 2L)

Mix all ingredients well with 1500mL (6 cups) water and chill.

Alternate Oral Rehydration Solution:

1 Litre Pedialyte Solution
1/3 tsp Table Salt

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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Your GI or primary might want to do a quick blood test to check your electrolytes. This will tell how dehydrated you are and if you need IV. They might do a urine test too. Perhaps consider asking. Sometimes, you just can't catch up.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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