Patient Comments: Dehydration - Causes


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Comment from: BD, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I have stage 3 colorectal cancer with total colectomy and later a surgical removal of left adrenal gland was when chronic dehydration kicked in to the fullest (2009), resulting in stage 3 kidney disease, recently diagnosed. I recently completed lab work and CAT scan. I get IV hydration, weekly 4 bags.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 21

I had a stomach virus and repeated vomiting. For three days, I threw up everything I put in my stomach, even water. I began to have a headache, dizziness, and low urine output from dehydration, so I was brought to the emergency room, where I continued to vomit. I was given Zofran and IV fluids, which helped a lot. I only threw up a couple of more times after that, and felt much better, once rehydrated. I do not recommend Gatorade, as I didn't keep that down, either.

Comment from: Pheline , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I didn't realize how much I was sweating at low altitude and high humidity compared with the high, dry climate where I live. I'd once drank too much water on a visit to Chicago and had a painful El ride with a visibly distended bladder so I was consciously decreasing my fluids. I guess I over compensated causing dehydration.

Comment from: gradgirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

As a graduate student with a very busy schedule, I realized after the fact that I barely drank any water for 2 days in a row. All I had was coffee and one diet coke during those days, and a glass of water at dinner each night. This morning I woke up with a horrible, horrible headache (no medication helped) and became very lethargic. I basically slept from 1:30-5PM. I've been slowly drinking water all night and am starting to feel better.

Comment from: L, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I have got myself down to 1 bottle of 3.5 percent 300 ml lager a night. I’m still getting stinging eyes. Wonder if this could be due to dehydration.

Comment from: hmazuji, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

Nothing was going to stop me when I was in the army, going like there was no tomorrow. I signed up for the Nijmegen march, and after 75 miles dropped out with diarrhea and vomiting, a fever, and I was cold; very, very cold. For the longest time I thought diarrhea and vomiting were symptoms of dehydration, but looking back after years of retrospection, I have to admit something else was the problem. I had been drinking. I must have gotten sick from something else. Dehydration doesn't cause a fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, does it!

Comment from: Bailey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I woke up one morning after a long car trip which started at 7:00 am and ended at 9:00 am. I felt very swollen, and had a hard time urinating. I was also very constipated. The following morning, I fell in the bathtub as I could not stay on my feet, and my extremities started jerking. I was talking out of my head and not making any sense. I was on several medications at the time, including hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic) at the prescription of a specialist I saw for recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). I was rushed to the emergency room. The exam showed I had shallow respiration with low oxygenation levels, my blood pressure was dangerously low, and my pulse low as well. They began to run tests feverishly. It took forever. They thought I had an infection, or some brain swelling after a CAT scan of the brain. They could not do the spinal tap because of my jerky movements. They gave me a cocktail of several antibiotics. They kept hydrating me until I was able to urinate. I was able to go home at 8:00 am the next morning. I had a difficult time remembering the details or providing any historical information. My husband directed the attending physician to my doctors and the pharmacy. Finally during the night, all my vital signs were normal. Since then, I do not take any diuretics. I am thirsty a lot and drink water throughout the day. I have not had this problem again since that day. I had not experienced it before. But, I had been recently given additional medications which were just too overwhelming for my body. I never want to go through that again.

Comment from: jeremy, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 07

I did not drink a lot of water and had dehydration.

Comment from: blues0923, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had a stomach virus with no fever for two days. The vomiting was severe. I was able to hold down some liquids, but no solids. Stomach and leg cramps began on the second day. The doctor gave me something for nausea and to relax my stomach. It worked well, while Tylenol helped with my leg pain. I attribute the leg pain to thrusting and retching. The next day, I called my doctor and he told me the leg pain was a sign of dehydration. He suggested trying bananas and lots of liquids, especially Gatorade. I have several food allergies, so I substituted Pedialyte for Gatorade. So far, so good. If this doesn’t work, I may need IV fluids. I don’t know how long rehydration takes, but my skin is wrinkly and I’m a little nervous about it, so will ask my doctor. I don’t want to go to the hospital though.


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