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Extreme thirst


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I'm normally one of those people who can go a day hardly drinking at all (bad I know, but drinking water rarely appeals to me). The past few days, however, my thirst has been out of control.  I am doing the same workout routine and eating the same as before.  I'm not on medication or anything.

I wake up in the middle of the night dying of thirst.  I panick if I run out of water (actually drank from the tap for the first time - water here is bad!) and drink straight from gallon bottles.  I don't know exactly how much I am drinking but I feel like I have to drink constantly and it's never enough.  What could possibly be causing this?

Thanks for any advice.
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Extreme thirst is a symptom of diabetes, I believe. You really should consult with your doctor.
But if it were something like diabetes would it have come on so quickly?

From:

http://health.discovery.com/encyclopedias/ill nesses.html?article=3240

"There are many possible causes for excessive thirst. These include:

? increased exercise, which can increase the body's water requirements

? dehydration. This occur from any of a number of causes including diarrhea, infection, hot weather, vomiting, or the use of medications called diuretics that eliminate fluid from the body.

? hormone imbalances. These may include a high level of thyroid hormone, a condition called hyperthyroidism, or a high level of adrenal hormones, called hyperadrenalism.

? hypernatremia, which is a high level of sodium in the body

 ? uncontrolled diabetes. This is a condition that causes an increase in blood sugar levels, triggering excessive thirst.

? diabetes insipidus. Diabetes insipidus is a disease that causes people to urinate excessively and results in dehydration.

? certain drugs or medications. The use of antihistamines, marijuana, caffeine, or alcohol can cause this condition.

? psychogenic polydipsia, which is a psychiatric condition that causes a person to feel thirsty for no apparent reason

? damage to an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is rare. Other causes are also possible. Sometimes, no cause can be found. "

You also posted that you've stopped having your periods...so there might be something hormonal going on. You really should check with your Dr.

Better safe than sorry.  If you haven't made a change in your diet or exercise that would make it obvious why you're so thirsty (panicking from running out of water is extreme), then you should definitely see your doctor, at least call the doctor's office and tell the nurse your symptoms.

If it's nothing, you'll be relieved.  If it's something, the sooner you know, the more time you have to make significant changes which may mitigate whatever it might be.

Thanks for all the advice.  Calisue, it's true I also seem to have lost my period at this point.  I don't know if the two are related.  I'm kind of pissed off though, because I have been doing well recovering from an ED and living a pretty healthy lifestyle now (with a few exceptions..).  It's disappointing to have these things going on now of all times.
There are many possibilities regarding what could be causing your thirst.  It could be diabetes, as someone else mentioned, do you have other symptoms of diabetes, like: peeing excessively, being extremely hungry all the time, fatigue, recurrent infections, visual changes, etc.?  If so, definately see a doctor asap.  If you do not have other symptoms, it is likely that you are simply not drinking enough water.  I would start simple if I were you, and drink more water.  Filtered water tastes better and is better for you.  You may also be deficient in electrolytes.  If this is the case, you need to replace them.  Gatorade, vitamin water, recharge, or an electrolyte supplement would do it.  If you are deficient in electrolytes (and you don't fix it) and you increase the amount of water you drink, you will just pee it out.  (I just read the rest of the replys, and I realize that most of this is redundant, sorry).
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Being that you look thin- I'd go with the basic - your thirsty -. Chinese food makes me thirsty. And too much wine- I noticed the wine thing as soon as I hit 39.
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