By Turtle Latest Reply 2015-01-09 09:50:24 -0600
Started 2011-08-22 11:45:39 -0500

I know that thirst is a symptom of diabetes but I had that under control or so I thought. I have been so thirsty the past few days! I drink so much cold water and keep drinking and I am still thirsty. I do not live in a hot region of the country so that is not the problem.

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RebDee 2015-01-09 09:50:24 -0600 Report

Since my bariatric surgery, I am not allowed to drink with my meals. That turns out to be a problem for me as I must drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water per day. I can't seem to do it. Since I have to drink about an hour before meals or an hour after meals, it is such a chore and I can't seem to get the water down. It is starting to effect me in many ways. I'll keep trying to get more water in.

realsis77 2011-08-22 15:08:36 -0500 Report

I've had this problem lately too! I don't have a clue why? But I can't get enough water! I drink and drink and drink! Its crazy!

jayabee52 2011-08-22 15:40:39 -0500 Report

The climate in Bakersfield may be one reason why Lynette. Perhaps you are perspiring more and it is evaporating quickly so you don't notice it. That happens so often here in LV. I have to keep a water bottle with me at all times, especially when I am out and about.

I don't know what the relative humidity in Bakersfield is, but being just west of the Mojave desert, I suspect it isn't very high. I am toward the east end of the Mojave in LV and the usual RH is 4%

kitkat1955 2011-08-24 13:45:56 -0500 Report

Your RH is much nicer than ours! I'm also from Bako and in years past, we used to have lower humidity levels, but it's not unusual to see ours in the 20-30's range now…and that's a little uncomfortable to us, as we're really not used to it. My oldest son used to live in Phoenix and he used to play golf in 115-120 heat, saying it wasn't any worse than 100 in Bakersfield because Phoenix was a 'dry heat'. We used to laugh, but he was absolutely correct! =)

jayabee52 2011-08-24 17:50:56 -0500 Report

I grew up near the great lakes in Ohio. Often got into the 90s in summer but most of the time the humidity was 75 to 90% Major heat index! Yet we survived without AC. That house didn't get AC installed until the year 2000. My only relief from that was to go at night and jump into the farm pond and go down to that cool water at the bottom and cool off. Once I did that I could sleep at night.

kitkat1955 2011-08-24 17:57:33 -0500 Report

OMG, I'd never survive with 75-90% RH!! NEVER! =) Another reason why I'd never travel east of the Rockies in the summer. When the humidity gets into the 30's around here, though, I do sorta the same thing. Jump in the pool just before bed and let the A/C cool me off enough to sleep!

jayabee52 2011-08-25 23:11:16 -0500 Report

It wasn't always that high, only some of the days. We didn't have AC in the house, and we lived in a 2 story house with a metal roof. The only thing we could do was run the box fan and blow the hotter air out the window, and jump in the pond. Down about 20 feet the temp was about 30 degrees cooler. It was really nice. and it got me cooled off enough to relax.

realsis77 2011-08-22 15:54:55 -0500 Report

Very true its been 100 and over for a month! But this thirst is unusual. Its like I get up in the morning and drink a huge glass of water and want more and more and nothing seems to quench the thirst? Its a different thirst. Its strange Jayabee, its as if no matter how much I drink I'm still thirsty! Also strange I've been craving tomato juice and salty things like that. Perhaps the desert has just got the best of me. Ha ha. Do you ever get such cravings? For salt and vinager and tomato products? (No, I'm NOT pregnante) haha but seriously things like pickle juice ect. Is that because of the extreme heat? Maybe my bodys lacking in something? What are your thoughts?

kitkat1955 2011-08-24 13:36:29 -0500 Report

Hey, fellow Bako-ite! I remember that awful thirst from right before my diagnosis. I felt like I could drink the Kern River completely dry and still be thirsty! Are your BG numbers good? If so, maybe your thirst is just the result of your cravings for salty things…and of course, today's 100+ is probably not going to help.

kitkat1955 2011-08-24 13:42:20 -0500 Report

Realsis77: Found the following, which seems to make sense:

"Craving salty foods can also be a symptom of adrenal exhaustion, especially in people who live fast-paced, stressful lives.

The average American consumes 15 pounds of salt a year. This much salt can cause high blood pressure and hypertension. The excess sodium also leaches a lot of calcium out of your bones, which over time can lead to osteoporosis.

Salt cravings have also been linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia. If you find yourself craving a lot of salt all of a sudden, it may be a good idea to schedule a physical. Be sure to mention your salt cravings to your physician, so he or she can administer appropriate tests for the conditions mentioned above."

I think I read somewhere that the adrenal glands play an important role in blood sugar metabolism and energy. Perhaps you should mention this to your doctor…

jayabee52 2011-08-22 16:06:20 -0500 Report

I suspect body may be lacking in something. The only craving I get right now is a craving for Carbs! LoL! I am getting vinegar, on my salads, and haven't been craving tomatoes (which is good since as a kidney patient I must reduce the use of Tomato products).

realsis77 2011-08-22 17:13:17 -0500 Report

I don't crave carbs thank God but salty tomato products and vinegar. I wonder what mineral or vitamin that could be I'm after?? Or maybe its just been so darn hot my body wants the salts? Humm that sounds likely :)isn't your weather like ours? HOT and HOTTER? I didn't know you had kidney problems? I'm sorry to hear that! How bad is it? Is it from diabetes?I hope you don't mind the questions :)

jayabee52 2011-08-22 18:52:37 -0500 Report

I don't mind at all Lynette, but it is quite a story.
It started on halloween / Reformation day weekend in 2006. I had a very packed schedule of parties, dances and activities. I think I overextended myself that weekend. I had some vomiting during the Sat night dance with a very vigorus "contra" dance (very much like square dancing) I got up on Nov 1 to go to church and sang in the choir for both services and in the evening went as usual to my east coast swing dance class. I had minor problems there but not as much as on Sat night, because I think ECS class is not as vigorous or concentrated.

I made it home that night, and went to bed. sometime during the night I fell off the bed, but couldn't seem to get up. Just couldn't find the energy in myself. So I just lay there. I woke up the "next" morning and my son called me. He was on his way to pick me up for his birthday (which was Nov 7). I had already gotten up and I met him at the door. And when he got there he wanted to take me to the ER. I didn't need to go to ER. Why did he think that? Heck I had only slept 1 night and was OK. He was insistent, so I eventually gave in just to humor him.

At the ER the docs did their tests and found out my kidneys had shut down due to an infection. I was going to need dialysis ASAP. I was wheeled to the OR, had a chest tube implanted into my heart (under anesthesia) and from there to ICU for 2 weeks. I was having dialysis treatments every second day for 4 hrs per treatment.

I was told that my treatments would last the rest of my life, or until i got a kidney transplant.

I left the hospital after 3 wks and went on dialysis in a clinic. Later on I finally figured out that I had been on that bedroom floor for 5 or 6 days. It seemed to me like only 1 night.

I continued on dialysis for 10 mo. 3 treatments a week 4 hrs a session. Then I got chest pains and was taken to the hospital and was put in the ccu for observation for 3 days. It turned out I had no heart attack but had referred pain from an over full bladder which was not allowed to empty by my prostate. In the course of testing for the chest pain it was discovered that my kidney numbers were good enough that I could discontinue dialysis without danger. So I discontinued. I eventually (in Nov 2007) met "Jem"online and fell in love and I moved to be with her and marry her. My kidneys were not back to the way they were when I was much younger, but I had been at Stage 3 of the Chronic Kidney disease. Then I slipped to stage 4 of the disease after Jem passed. Now I am teetering on the edge between stage 4, and stage 5, also known as End Stage Renal Disease (or ESRD). They stage the kidney disease via the use of blood tests which shows creatinine levels, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) levels and Glomular Filtration Rate (GFR).

My kidney Dr last Friday told me that I was 5% away from needing to start dialysis again. But I have been hanging around that level for several months. He is not recommending dialysis yet, but will be watching my labs to see when it is time. I don't see him again for 2 months, (late October). So he doesn't seem to be super concerned about a sudden decline. I do have to watch myself for nausea and vomiting. If I do a lot of that then I need to get with him sooner.

So that's my tale about my renal failure.

kitkat1955 2011-08-24 13:32:44 -0500 Report

Wow…that IS quite a story! I, too, found my soul mate online and we got married in 2006 (although we'd known each other 35 years earlier). So sorry to hear about your renal issues. I'll be praying that you stay at Stage 4+ for a long, long time!

Turtle 2011-08-23 18:30:39 -0500 Report

It is generally not too hot here at all. I live in wonderful western WA. I know it is a symptom of my diabetes and the thirst comes and goes but when I have it I have to drink more. I usually have to take water with me whereever I go too. I also have IBS so I have the runs a lot and that increases my thirst.

jayabee52 2011-08-23 18:41:33 -0500 Report

Are you on the IBS site too? I have IBS and on the site. That IBS will get you drinking especially IBS D.

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