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Old 02-10-2004, 09:20 AM
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Why am I always dehydrated?

Ok, I've consistantly had this problem, for yeras...and I'm not qute sure why.

I dehydrate very easily. My mouth and throat get dry quickly. When I sleep, I wake up completely dehydrated, despite how much I drink before bedtime. If i drink a whole bottle of water, I wake up with dry throat, dry eyes, dry mouth, and a painfully full blatter. It doesn't matter if it's summer, winter, if I sleep with the window opened or closed, if the room is warm or cold...I've even tried a warm steam humidifier in the room, which helps some, but still ultimately not all that much.

It happens during the day. Let me mention that I don't take in a lesser or greater salt content than most people, nor do I eat ultra spicy foods regularly. I drink water like it's going out of style...generally I drink between 100 and 140 ounces of water of day (I'm consistatly drinking, and constantly pissing). The more water I drink during the day, the more it helps, bit it never totally eliminates the problem.

Most people don't drink a fraction of the quantity that I do, and don't have this problem. Any idea what my problem might be? Any medication or suppliments anyone can think of or suggest?

Let it be said that otherwise, I'm an extremely healthy person. I'm physically active, work out regularly, eat well, get 8 hours of sleep a night, and rarely get sick.

Thanks, y'all! - Freewill39.
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:34 AM
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You may not be dehydrated at all. I have trouble with dry mouth/dry eyes as a side effect of antihistamines. No matter how much water I take in, my mouth is still horribly dry and cracked and my eyes stay blurry. Doctors suggest using a humidifier in the bedroom to help keep the air moist. I also use eye drops and alcohol-free mouth wash.

Dry Mouth Information Page

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See your doctor. Sometimes dry mouth is a symptom of other underlying diseases, such as diabetes or autoimmune problems.
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:39 AM
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IANAD.

A dry mouth can be caused by any number of things, not just dehydration.

http://my.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_...avbar=hw259590
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:24 AM
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A sign of diabetes.

I am not a doctor. See your doctor.
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:12 PM
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I'll second that; please get checked for diabetes.
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:48 PM
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Definitely get checked by a doctor. But if he clears you, consider that your perception what it means to be dehydrated might be wrong. I drink somewhere around 7 to 8 liters a day. I started drinking a lot of water as a diet aid and continued when all the fitness experts recommended it. I've discovered that I'm always thirsty. I am so accustomed to drinking large quantities of water that when I stop, it feels weird. But, if I'm in a situation where I don't have access to a lot of water, I experience a few hours of thirstiness and then it normalizes out and I get used to it. There have been several studies recently that disprove the standard "8 glasses" a day theory. It makes sense to me that water consumption has been oversold as a health aid; I can't believe paleo man was running around with his little Aquafina bottle all day...
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:55 PM
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It makes sense to me that water consumption has been oversold as a health aid; I can't believe paleo man was running around with his little Aquafina bottle all day...
... but paleo man probably wasn't eating the quantities of salt that we eat, not to mention caffeine and other dehydrators.
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Old 02-10-2004, 02:58 PM
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If you're waking up dry, maybe you need a humidifier in the room?
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:32 PM
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... but paleo man probably wasn't eating the quantities of salt that we eat, not to mention caffeine and other dehydrators.
True, but I don't think our water requirements are upped that drastically. Plus, we're considerably less active than we used to be. I also find it hard to believe that human beings throughout history have been chronically dehydrated until the 8 glasses of water a day rule was handed down in the 1960's. Read here for more info.

That said, I'm still drinking my 7 liters a day. I'm used to it and I don't think it's enough to harm me. I'm just suggesting that maybe the OP's perception of dehydration might be off...
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:47 PM
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Yep, me too.

I drink water all day and night. Am constantly thirsty and have to get up a few times at night because of the quantity of water I consume. (I'm not even close to diabetic).

Then I heard about this and I believe this may apply to both of us (assuming you aren't diabetic).

First talk to a doctor and be tested. Also, search for "water diabetes" or it's technical term "diabetes insipidus" and read up on it.

Water. I never leave home without it.
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Old 02-10-2004, 04:53 PM
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I also drink an insane amount of water, and barely consume any salt. I decided when I was about 12 that I should stop using salt because, well, I really liked salt. Way too much. I'd eat the salt out of the bottom of pretzel bags. To this day I won't eat pretzels because they're not salty enough. But anyway. I decided that the amount of salt I consumed would be really bad for me later so I stopped consuming it at all. I switched to pepper. Nobody knows of any adverse effects from pepper, do they? Because I don't like to be able to see my food underneath the pepper I put on it.

Sorry got a little off track. I constantly drink water, lemonade, tea, anything. And not out of those crappy 8 oz. glasses either. I'll drain those in a second. I have to use these giant 20 oz. glasses to prvent myself from going to the fridge every 10 minutes. And there's nothing wrong with me.
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Old 02-10-2004, 04:58 PM
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I drink water all day and night. Am constantly thirsty and have to get up a few times at night because of the quantity of water I consume. (I'm not even close to diabetic).

Then I heard about this and I believe this may apply to both of us (assuming you aren't diabetic).

First talk to a doctor and be tested. Also, search for "water diabetes" or it's technical term "diabetes insipidus" and read up on it.

Water. I never leave home without it.
Huh, I'd never heard of this before. Fascinating stuff. I couldn't get the above like to work but here's one to the Diabetes Insipidus Foundation. THe OP should definitely ask his doctor about this...
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:57 AM
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I have the exact same problem!

Hi I saw you post online today. I was going to write the same things. Dehydration is driving me crazy. Exactly as you said no matter what I do I can't avoid it. Have u found a sulotion yet?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:19 AM
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Hi I saw you post online today. I was going to write the same things. Dehydration is driving me crazy. Exactly as you said no matter what I do I can't avoid it. Have u found a sulotion yet?
Did you happen to check the date of the original post?
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:52 AM
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Ambivalid, you well know the answer to that question.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:01 AM
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Did you happen to check the date of the original post?
It's the dehydration. Makes it hard to think.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:43 PM
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Ambivalid, you well know the answer to that question.
My post was phrased in question-form only as a measure of politeness.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:50 PM
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:36 PM
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Amazingly, logic dictates that posts to a thread may contribute to it REGARDLESS of the age of the thread. *GASP!*
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:55 PM
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Amazingly, logic dictates that posts to a thread may contribute to it REGARDLESS of the age of the thread. *GASP!*
Yet you've managed to bump this thread without contributing anything at all to it.

I also suffer from dry mouth but I figure its healthy to drink lots of water, so it's probably for the best.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:11 PM
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Amazingly, logic dictates that posts to a thread may contribute to it REGARDLESS of the age of the thread. *GASP!*
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That post, however, contributed nothing whatsoever and bumped a thread that's been dormant for 8 months. Do not do that again.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:20 PM
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freewill39 and or Mehrdadaus (if either of you are still around), do you breath through your mouth when asleep? I find that I do if I sleep in certain positions (but not others), and if I do this I have an uncomfortably dry mouth when I wake up (and the dryness may even wake me). It has nothing to do with dehydration, but you might try changing your sleeping position, or taking other steps to make sure you breathe through your nose.

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Old 02-27-2013, 08:22 PM
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Since the Zombie bump added nothing new, I'll close the thread.

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