Is it normal to be so thirsty all the time but not be diabetic?!
Question: Hi ever since last year I've been really thirsty, and I have been tested for diabetes so thats not the problem. I drink around 4- 5 litres of water a day and I'm still thirsty, I thought it could have been psychological but my body shows signs its dehydrated even after drinking loads! I always have dry lips, bags under my eyes, I'm always tired and I have regular headaches. Is this normal, does anyone have any clue what to do? My doctor doesn't seem bothered which is fine because its not exactly life-threatening, but its really irritating me!
Answers: Hi ever since last year I've been really thirsty, and I have been tested for diabetes so thats not the problem. I drink around 4- 5 litres of water a day and I'm still thirsty, I thought it could have been psychological but my body shows signs its dehydrated even after drinking loads! I always have dry lips, bags under my eyes, I'm always tired and I have regular headaches. Is this normal, does anyone have any clue what to do? My doctor doesn't seem bothered which is fine because its not exactly life-threatening, but its really irritating me!
It could be a few things...the main ones that come to mind are an electrolyte imbalance, an acid-base imbalance, or a hormone imbalance (especially involving the adrenal gland), Some kidney problems would also have this effect. Have you had labs drawn testing for any of these?
Sounds like a change of doctor is definitely in order. Also a check for diabetes is a fairly simple test and usually does not involve checking very many other labs. I would strongly suggest some kidney function tests.
Think about how good your diet is. It could be a lack of nutrients. If you work out a LOT then you could be dehydrated.
yea somtimes i drink 7-8 bottles of watre a day. It all depneds on the person i guess.
Have you kidneys been checked?
You could always go to another dr. and get another opinion.
get a second opinion doesnt sound right unless you eat an incredible amount of salt
Your Doctor should be bothered because it could be something medical other than Diabetes, WHICH they should test you for again! Go get a second opinion, something doesnt add up with your symptoms!
No, it is, given the symptoms you are presenting.
Time to go back to the doctors I'm afraid.
Headaches are a common sign of dehydration so all that water is not reaching the parts it needs to for some reason. Cut any excessive salt from your diet and insist that your GP runs more tests and/or refers you to a specialist.
Drink thick drinks more often. Maybe you are or were born with a very dry throat which makes you think that you are thirsty which is making you think that you are so thirsty. I hope that you eat meals regularly because it is very bad for your body to live off of only liquids. Take dry throat lozenges. Drink smooth drinks as well. I Hope This Helped!!
I think you are fine...however if it continues to bother you, see your doc again..maybe if you can elect to see a different doc, and get a second opinion.
thats what I would do.
does diabetes run in the family?
hi, you said you drink litres of water but this will not quench your thirst just will flush out your system. Try drinking fluids that contain nutrients, sports drinks or even tea will quench your thirst
Whats normal for some is not necessarily normal for oothers. That being said; it's not 'the norm' to drink that much but it may (and sounds like it is) the 'norm' for you. Sounds to me like ther might be an underling condition -the tiredness and headaches are not normal, what does your doc say about those?
My doc said it was related to my bloodpressure, and I've been known to faint during heatwaves if I didn't drink constandly because of it. Very irritating, and nothing the doc will do about it.
Apparently though, salty meals may help with this as salt helps your body retain water and you won't get dehydrated as quickly. That's what the doc told me anyway - so whatever people tell you, eating salt isn't always bad. Too bad I don't like it when things taste salty...
Don't know how much you sleep, but I sleep 8-9 hours a night and still feel tired a lot of the time, so I can tell you right now that, if you sleep enough, it's not always completely related.
Hope that helps, it helped a bit for me (not completely, but better than it was anyway).
Edit: I just saw you added your weight - I've noticed in myself that if I go below a certain weight for my height (I'm pretty tall and weigh about 10 stone) I feel thirsty more often, and get what mum calls "hunger headaches". I don't know how tall you are, but you don't seem to weigh all that much, so that might be part of why you're feeling like this. Healthily balanced diet is a good thing, but are you eating enough of everything?
Other info that would help would be if you are in a hot environment, how active you are, what kind of other foods/drinks do you eat a lot of.
First off it could be a hormonal/chemical imbalance but more that likely that would have shown up on the dieabetes tests. If you are very active and/or live in a hot environment you need to drink more water than 4-5 liters aday. Also eating foods or drinking drinks that are high in sugar, or a lot of sugar intake, will actually cause you to feel more thirsty.
Drinking drinks that have stuff in them won't help either. The back of your throat and your mouth decide if the body is getting the water that it feels it needs, so if you eat sugary foods and drinks then your body is going to feel more thirsty afterwards than less because the sugar draws the water out from the cells of your mouth and throat throwing your brain off leaving you thinking you are still thirsty. So cut out the sugar.
But even with all that considered constant headaches and fatigue are not normal. You could have high BP or there is something your doctor missed on the lab reports. You need to change doctors.
My brother drinks loads too, we ended up finding out he has some kidney problem going on, so perhaps you should go to the doctors again? (a different one!)
could be the food you are eating