Patient Comments: Dehydration - Symptoms


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Comment from: Dehydration , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

Every day, after I pass stool around 10 am I feel extremely drained out from dehydration. My blood pressure drops by 20 points and feel extremely lethargic and weak. I pass urine also frequently during the day. My appetite is also not very good. I have alcohol every night and that worsens it. Regular drinking of water, coconut water, etc. doesn’t help me. Only when I add electrolytes I feel much better.

Comment from: Billm, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 16

I've had extremely dry mouth, muscle weakness, bad headache and dysuria from dehydration, and slept almost 24 hours straight (except to urinate). I urinated every hour or two for two complete days. I was also lightheaded and tachycardic... 137 BPM was the heart rate at the Urgent Care. I was surprised to get a prescription for Zofran and sent elsewhere to get swabbed for COVID. I was nauseous, but not to the point of emesis.

Comment from: libations , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Dark urine was my symptom of dehydration.

Comment from: J.O.C., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I have pretty bad dehydration issues. Usually they start after one, but mostly 2 nights of poor or no sleep and sweating followed by inadequate fluid replacement. I then develop stomach cramps (that makes me hate myself and everyone around me). These become much, much worse (make me wish I were dead, as well as my parents for bringing me into the world to experience these cramps). I suffer through the cramps until I have an explosion of diarrhea and then I'm all better!

Comment from: Learned lesson, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I was outside all summer every day in the heat and I push-mowed my yard. Feeling fine that night I went to sleep. I woke up the next morning with dehydration and before I could even get my eyes open my mouth was so dry. I went to get up and it felt like I had the worst hangover ever, and as the morning went on it began to worsen. I went from feeling like a hangover to flu like symptoms - my whole body ached, I had lightheadedness, head pounding, and was shivering weak. All I could do was sleep with 3 days of feeling extremely sick with flu.

Comment from: Liz2u, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had chills and uncontrollable shivering. My tongue turned completely white. No color, then turned purple, and then back to normal (total 10 minutes of tongue discoloration and 10 to 12 hours of chills and shivering). I wonder if this could be dehydration!

Comment from: Pat P, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

With dehydration all my muscles were contracting and toes curling up, shivering, confusion, and no matter how much I drank water it was eliminated right away. Terrible electrolyte imbalance. I was given saline and liquid magnesium. Heart went into atrial fibrillation and I was transported to another hospital. Heart was shocked back into rhythm and I am on antiarrhythmic medicine and blood thinners.

Comment from: Frammie Pratt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

My symptoms of dehydration are bizarre. I have bile acid malabsorption (BAM), from gall bladder being removed. I get diarrhea every day. I wasn't taking in enough fluids, even though I was constantly drinking. My forehead would swell, and the veins in my head swell. My whole face would swell. Lymph nodes in my head and neck would be painful and swollen. I could not walk far so looking after a toddler was pretty rough. I would get high fevers, see and hear things that weren't there. Several times I did not think I was going to live through the night. This was before the diagnosis of BAM. Now I live on Questran powder every day.

Comment from: sukkera, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

For me the symptoms of dehydration were extreme dry mouth, then the lightheadedness, followed by the awful feeling of my heart beating at what felt like a million beats a minute. Then lastly I had the lack of urgency to void.

Comment from: Rick15, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

Recently I moved to Spain trying it out for retirement. Now I find that the heat and humidity 33 to 41 C in summer here dehydrate me quicker than I can replenish the fluids. Just a 5 minute walk outside and I'm covered from head to foot in sweat, same at night in 27 to 29 C. This has been causing kidney stone formations many times now. I find when I'm getting dehydrated my right ear plugs up like there is water in it, once I am hydrated enough this goes away, so this is my body’s warning sign of dehydration I find. Needless to say Spain isn't good for retirement for me at least in summer.


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Comment from: JayJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I had an injury that has kept me inside for three and a half months. Just 2 weeks ago I got to get outside for extended periods. I ride horses, and stay outside a lot. I have been outside at least 2 to 5 hours, 2 to 3 days each of the last couple of weeks. The day I dehydrated all I had drunk was 1 cup of coffee, 1 bottle of water, and a special K strawberry breakfast drink. We had snacks for lunch and about 4 oz. of water. Within 3 hours I got nauseated and dizzy. So I drank a bottle of water, Powerade, and after I got to a cool place I noticed that my skin was burning, then I had the chills and fever. I ran a high fever for 3 or 4 hours.

Comment from: Jibby, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

My dehydration symptoms were shortness of breath, severe fatigue, inability to eat or sleep, slowed thinking, retching, and cold sweat, brought by tapering off a light beer habit.

Comment from: unpc, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I have never had much thirst, so drank little water for years. Two years ago I had swine flu and was severely dehydrated. I think this was manifest as weakness. They overdid the IV at 8 liters in 8 hours causing some problems. The next time I was in the tropics I got food poisoning, then developed a kidney stone. I was drinking some extra but not enough and nausea did not help. Apart from the colic I just felt unwell and low energy. When starting treatment I was pretty wiped out and the pain not helping. On IV fluid for 5 days and interesting to see the struggle to raise my blood pressure which slowly responded to fluids and when low I was pretty wasted. Clearly I need to drink at least 5 to 10 glasses of water a day, plus the coffee, even if I don't feel like it.

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

Usually in the high xeric zone we all recognize dehydration as a headache so it wasn't unusual for me to simply rehydrate closer to sea level and much higher humidity. I didn't expect my dog to wake me during the night, just before I started seizing and vomiting. That's a state to avoid.

Comment from: Mares, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 29

My symptom of spondylosis was pain on my right side going down to the buttock. It felt like thousand needles stick me every time I move. I almost can't walk.

Comment from: Just_tim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

My legs ache, and eyes ache when I look up. I have very mild flu like symptoms because of dehydration.

Comment from: rapid transit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I am now 62, at 33 I had to have an ileostomy because of pan colitis. It was quickly discovered that my small bowel does not function correctly and I became dehydrated. For about 5 years I was on IV hydration. For the next 15 years I was treated for chronic diarrhea and then found myself in the hospital with acute renal failure. I was again put on IV hydration, and for 5 years did very well. Then I developed an infection in the catheter and the docs decided I didn't need the IV any more. Suddenly my body was without the IV fluids and I was expected to function normally. Was just hospitalized for dehydration again, but this time not for long term. Am still ill, still dehydrated because the doctors do not believe that a person with so much small bowel should need the IV hydration. Needless to say this is frustrating for no matter how much I drink my body does not process the liquid properly and the tests have not shown a reason. I am a firm believer in the good of IV hydration for those who are for whatever reason chronically dehydrated. I suffer from thyroid problems, depression, lack of energy, chronic diarrhea, and what the docs call rapid transit time of anything that I swallow.

Comment from: Jerseygal, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 12

Alisha...check your thyroid levels. The thyroid gland is controlled by the endocrine system, which essentially acts as your body's temperature gauge. I experienced the same thing after my last pregnancy only to find out that I had a thyroid condition (hypothyroidism or low thyroid). It was affecting my body temperature (and ironically, my hydration my body would overheat more and consume more of my bodily fluids). I was prescribed a synthetic hormone (and eventually switched to a natural hormone) that I have to take on a daily basis to avoid feeling listless, fatigued, confused, lethargic, and also to avoid the massive migraines that I was experiencing. You are young, like myself. Please inquire about thyroid tests with your doctor and get this checked out so that you can get your quality of life back!! After all, you will need your energy levels to be intact with a new baby =) Best of luck to you! Well wishes.

Comment from: alisha, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 16

All my life I haven’t drank enough fluids. I am never really thirsty. I am 32 and I usually drink an iced latte from dd and maybe some juice or water. I can go days without drinking anything but one cup of coffee. I woke up this morning w fatigue, a massive headache and the driest mouth anyone could imagine. I was lightheaded over the weekend but thought it was because I didn’t eat. I drank a ton of Gatorade today w/ h2o and my dry mouth isn’t going away nor my headache. My neurologist has done brain scans, cbc, vitamin deficiency tests etc. Thank God they came back normal except i have a major b12 issue. I am scared and reading through this blog freaks me out. I am normally healthy but since I had my last child I get sick all the time and just feel like crap. I think I am dehydrated and I am not sure if I should go to the hospital, my remedies don’t seem to be working.


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Comment from: MB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

Dehydration was caused by the use of chlorthalidone 25mg used to control hypertension in conjuction with other blood pressure medications.

Comment from: hapry, 25-34 Female Published: July 20

I binge drank 2 days in a row and forced myself to vomit the 2nd night. I could not keep fluids down after that. I did not drink or eat anything for a majority of the day. I had multiple crying spells before I fell asleep and had awful nightmares and woke up a pool of my own sweat even though I had the AC on. I had heart palpation and was afraid I’d have to go to the ER. I drank a huge glass of water and felt much better.

Comment from: Diarrha-medicine, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 25

I have vomiting, dehydration and loose motion.

Comment from: kaseyinspace, Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

My friend’s lips turned white. She had pain below the belly button and very bad diarrhea. I visited her the other day and it scared me, she refuses to see the doctor so I made her stay in bed and kept three bottles of water by her bedside! She was very pale also! She says she has had the flu for over a month and a half and then went shopping and ended back in bed a week later sick as a dog once again!

Comment from: jane bratcher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I go to the bathroom at night to urinate 4 times a night. The doctor said I was a little dehydrated.

Comment from: Lynn1022, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

Because of dehydration I can"t swallow as well.

Comment from: KaraBrent, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

Restricting my food intake, and probably not drinking enough liquids.

Comment from: Ebbyred, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I have just gotten back from the hospital due to dehydration. The day started with me feeling ill, then vomiting, then I felt drugged, even though I hadn't taken anything. By 7 pm I was delirious, I was confused, couldn't connect my words and was stuttering when I spoke. I felt stupid and out of it to the point where I was scared because it didn't feel right. In the ER my friends described it as first talking to someone intoxicated to talking to a child that didn't quite make sense, though you could tell I was trying. I hadn't noticed but my lips became chapped. My head felt full and I noticed when I laid down I felt a bit clearer. It is amazing what IV fluid can do. I began to feel better and coherent within a half hour. I was supposed to be going to Maryland from Jersey to help my cousin move but ended up going to the hospital instead because everyone else could tell I was off. My experience showed how serious dehydration can be, I felt weak and close to passing out. I will definitely pay closer attention to my fluid intake. Warning to others though dehydration is a cumulative process it can sneak up on you and get from bad to worse quickly if not monitored.

Published: August 31

I have severe acid reflux and drinking alot of water worsens this problem. I have been to the emergency room several times with angina and lethargy. No heart problem was detected, but I was told that I was dehydrated. I am trying to sip on water during the day. This does help.

Comment from: Lb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I became dehydrated after not drinking enough water. I was having some of the symptom you pointed out. I have increased my intake of plain water.

Comment from: Wina, 55-64 Female Published: July 26

I had been in a hot car (no ac) for about 1 1/2 hrs the night before, did not take in enough fluids that night or next morning, tried to go to work, felt nauseated, confused, decided to go back home instead, crossed street to take bus back home, slumped over while waiting for bus, paramedics could not get BP or pulse, taken to hosp, learning to drink water!

Comment from: slotaddict, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have collagenous colitis, for 4 years I suffered with watery diarrhea. Finally I was diagnosed and am being treated with Endocort. I am worried about dehydration still my fingers always look like they have been in water for an extended period of time. My skin is so dry and I am watching it deteriorate before my eyes. The endocort solved my immediate problem, but my colon apparently is still unable to absorb liquid. I have no idea how to hydrate myself adequately. I am drinking water, Gatorade etc. I have not yet discussed this with my gastro doctor.

Comment from: julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I was playing sports outdoors in the heat every weekend and did not drink enough fluids. Then my creatnine level was high and I broke out in an itchy rash on the body for a couple of weeks. Now I drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes. No further problems so far.

Comment from: anglobuff, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: June 21

My husband, aged 91, has a very bad cold and excessive cough. Went to the doctor and he confirmed it wasn't the flu although he had extreme body aches. Beginning yesterday he started to sleep excessively. I thought he had his days and nights mixed up. He mentioned that he didn't urinate as much, but that didn't register with me. I kept trying to awaken him but he would fall asleep constantly. My daughter, who is a nurse, suggested that he may be dehydrated. I immediately rushed to the drugstore and got pedialyte. He has had about a liter already--in the last 6 hours. Now I am wondering if I am giving him too much too fast. He says that he feels stronger.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

My reason for dehydration is diarrhea and vomiting from food poisoning.

Comment from: missyp28, Female (Patient) Published: May 23

When I mow the lawn, I do not sweat at all. I live in Florida and it is in the high 80's, low 90's. I push mow my yard and drink approximately three bottles of water while mowing. I get so hot I get dizzy, I get cold and my face turns beet red. I always feel exhausted the next day and feel as though I just can't get enough to drink.

Comment from: Lucky to get through, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 09

I had food poisoning, with violent, uncontrollable diarrhea that was like smelly water. That went on for three days, until there was nothing left for my body to expel. During that time I had great difficulty drinking any fluids and couldn't eat at all. I couldn't make it to the toilet in time; I ended up washing the floor about six times during the night, and washing off under the shower each time. It was crazy. After the diarrhea stopped, I was able to start drinking small amounts of fluid, gradually increasing. It was four days before I could urinate normally. Before that, it was a few drops at a time, or nothing at all. I didn't realize until I was getting better how poorly I had been thinking. Even the decision to tough it out by myself at home was a symptom of dehydration -- my mind just wasn't working. And although I talked to my doctor on the phone, she didn't realize how serious the problem was -- I sounded calm and quiet. The most shocking thing for me was realizing that I was making decisions about my care when I could hardly think. My heart rate didn't go up because of the blood pressure medications I take. My doctor and I have agreed that if anything like this happens again, I will go to hospital. I've been told that the local emergency ward would have put me in an isolation cubicle because they wouldn't know what was causing the diarrhea, and they would have started IV rehydration immediately.