Patient Comments: Diabetes Insipidus - Diagnosis

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What tests and exams led to a diagnosis of diabetes insipidus? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Me meh, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 26

Doctor’s examination of the ultra sound of my stomach, urine culture and sodium potassium test in blood, all are normal, but frequent urination in night led to a diagnosis of diabetes insipidus.

Comment from: Marty, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I am now a 77 year old female who in 1979 was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. After watching it for a while they felt it would be prudent to try to remove the tumor. They did the surgery and all turned out well, within a week I was back home feeling no worse for the ordeal, my headaches were gone and I felt great. But after about three days I began to feel off balance and nauseated, and after five days I couldn't get out of bed without reeling and being very nauseas. At the end of the week home I began to violently throw up. It was like a fire hydrant. My husband called the hospital and they said to get me right in. After an hour ride on the ferry, throwing up all the way I reached the hospital. They told my husband later I was in a very critical position with diabetes insipidus and I had lost enough of my electrolytes for it to be very dangerous. I was mentally and physically out of it for the whole week. So don't let people tell you it is not dangerous, it can be life threatening under the right conditions. It took another week for me to return to the living and when I came home I was not to drink water tea or coffee, as they are all diuretics and make it easier to wash out everything. Diabetes insipidus is not something that just visits and is gone, the conditions in your body are still there regardless of how many years go by without incident. If the conditions are right your body will let you know.

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