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So thirsty all the time, it's making me gag. Anyone any idea why?

(41 Posts)
SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:08:32

So I have been lucky this time not to have sickness but I am constantly thirsty. I coud drink a full bottle of water and still feel so thirsty that the dry mouth is making me gag a bit.

I have tried switching what I am drinking but nothing seems to work, I fell asleep early last night and needed it but ended up actually waking up because of the terrible thirst. sad

Does anyone have any idea what I can do about this? Or what could be causing it?

IslaValargeone Tue 04-Dec-12 12:12:14

Excessive thirst can be a sign of diabetes.
Best get to your GP for a urine test just in case.

poshfrock Tue 04-Dec-12 12:13:53

Definitely get tested for diabetes. My DSS was diagnosed earlier this year and excessive thirst which he couldn't satisfy was the first symptom.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:14:52

I had a urine test at the GP for something else just over a week ago and I think she said my sugars were fine?

Should I go and ask again, then?

Thanks btw.

IslaValargeone Tue 04-Dec-12 12:21:58

Yes definitely go back, symptoms can appear quite suddenly, so best get checked out again.
Hopefully it will be nothing, but it's not something to ignore.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:25:23

I've phoned them, waiting on a call back.

We think I am pretty early on though so I honestly didn't think it could be anything serious. blush

IslaValargeone Tue 04-Dec-12 12:28:21

Hopefully it won't be, I feel crap for making you worry, but better to get checked out.
Let us know how it goes, I shall keep my fingers crossed for you.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:29:10

You haven't made me worry at all. smile Will get it checked it and I am sure it will be fine.


BonaDea Tue 04-Dec-12 12:51:20

Symptoms can come on suddenly, but usually only for T1 diabetes (which is where your pancreas completely packs it in). For gestational or Type 2 diabetes (which are basically the same thing) it tends to be more gradual as you slowly become resistant to the insulin you are producing naturally. Anyway, get it checked and fingers crossed!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:53:13

Thanks for the information.

Still waiting on GP calling back and will see what they say, then I need to get DP to A+E because of 2 horrid abcesses that are basically being ignored even though they are leaking all over the place.


hobnob57 Tue 04-Dec-12 12:54:53

I was constantly thirsty in pg and didn't have diabetes smile

JuliaScurr Tue 04-Dec-12 12:56:16

Abcesses? yuk
hope you're OK

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 12:59:55

Hob Any suggestions on how to deal with it, please? smile

Julia Yes, that's how I feel too, they are horrid and he started seeing the GP about them over 2 years ago when I was pg with DS. It has taken them this long to refer him to hospital, his appointment isn't until mid January and that is just a consult. They are leaking all over the place, I'm seriously worried about them making us all ill, including him as he has red streaks on his skin from the infection. angry

<goes to bleach boil wash everything that has come in contact with DP>

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 13:00:24

Julia I'm fine btw. smile Thanks. Just very thirsty!

JuliaScurr Tue 04-Dec-12 13:23:53

I loathe private medicine on principle, but use it for my MS with good effects. I found Nutritional Mediicne (diferent from nutritionists) really good with chronic conditions. Also sterile medicinal honey healed my dad's chronic skin infection after years. Worth considering if no improvement.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 13:26:31

That's interesting, I will look into that if there is no improvement. smile Thanks.

MightBeMad Tue 04-Dec-12 14:14:35

Schro sorry to barge in but streaks on skin from the site of an infection can be signs of serious spread of the bacteria which needs urgent attention (dh hospitalised twice with this, called 'tracking'). You are right to get him seen ASAP.

rrreow Tue 04-Dec-12 14:49:41

Seconding getting checked for diabetes to be sure, but in any case it is quite normal to be thirsty as your blood supply increases a lot during pregnancy, so you need more fluids.

MrsWooster Tue 04-Dec-12 14:55:42

Don't wish to be doom-y but my pee sugar levels were all ok but Glucose Tolerance Test ( I asked specially as I felt so thirsty and knackered) found gestational diabetes and I was only 16 weeks...

Splinters Tue 04-Dec-12 15:37:13

On the other hand, I have been extremely thirsty all through pregnancy (now 28 weeks) and it's not diabetes. I've found very cold, very fizzy (so bog standard supermarket, not posh 'lightly sparkling') water much more effective at quenching thirst than still water. Does make you belch though.

Your DP doesn't have an uncomfortable itchy feeling in his nose, does he? Just a thought, because a couple of years ago I had terrible boils that no-one could figure out how to treat, and it wasn't until they swabbed my nose for apparently unrelated nose soreness that they discovered I had MRSA. When they found the right cream for that, my boils miraculously stopped..

rrreow Tue 04-Dec-12 16:09:46

Oh last poster has reminded me of something. If you drink TOO much water, it can actually make you more thirsty. Something to do with it flushing out the electrolytes your body needs to absorb the fluids. You can make the water you drink more effective at hydrating you by eating some fruit beforehand.

ScubaSarah Tue 04-Dec-12 17:45:54

As the previous poster said I'd guess you're low on salts. Get some dioralyte and add it to your water. If it tastes sweet you need more salts so keep going til it tastes salty. I take one every day as I drink 3l water every day.
Good luck with DS xx

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 19:45:14

Oh, didn't expect so many replies when I got back.

GP called and said that "your body is good at telling you when you're thirsty so just keep drinking". She says she highly doubts there is any other reason for it. I did try and tell her that on a normal day I drink loads anyway (up to 3l a day) so I am a bit worried as drinking a lot more than that just now, still same reply though. She has said I can book an appointment for a blood sugar test with the nurse if I like but their waiting times are so long, I will just get it done at Asda tomorrow. smile

I have some dioralyte here actually, will try that in a minute.

For the posters who has mentioned about DP, I felt really ill after I last came on here so we didn't go to A+E, we will be going tomorrow though as I am really worried about this infection. Funny thing about the tracking marks though, he had them when he went to the GP the last time and as usual he was pretty much shrugged off and given the same anti-biotics that have failed umpteen times in the past couple of years. hmm He has them really quite bad now though so I will definitely make sure he goes.

Splinters No itchy nose! smile

rebeccacraig0001 Tue 04-Dec-12 19:51:47

I had gestational diabetes and it didn't show in urine or GTT, only through blood testing. I was thirsty ALL the time and also had terrible aversion to tap water. Found that sparkling drinks were more thirst quenching, especially if icy cold.

Bunbaker Tue 04-Dec-12 19:52:16

If your DP has tracking marks he needs to go to A & E today not tomorrow.

vintageviolets Tue 04-Dec-12 19:55:17

Im getting really thirsty lately (am 20 weeks) & find Ice Lollies really help.
Also don't think my central heating is helping.

vintageviolets Tue 04-Dec-12 19:57:50

Also Folic Acid can make you feel thirsty.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 20:01:58

I've googled "Tracking marks" and am only finding pictures of marks from injecting drugs. I'm not sure they would be the same thing? I will have a hell of a job convincing him to go to A+E tonight, I will try but he will probably say no (was hard enough to convince him to agree to go today before I started feeling ill).

I think someone got to the bottom of my thirst thing, I have just tried the dioralyte and it was sickeningly sweet, finished it but it still doesn't taste salty, do I keep going and drink more of them?

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 20:03:02

Vintage I keep forgetting my folic acid. blush Can't be that! I don't really like ice lollies as they are too sweet but I chew a lot of ice. grin

justanuthermanicmumsday Tue 04-Dec-12 20:06:00

Get tested I had the same problem with my last birth. It was towards the end of the pregnancy. I had dry mouth too my tongue felt like it didn't have a drop of saliva on it. I was drinking lots of water but it didn't help. During the labour I forgot my large bottle of water in the car, even though I was a straight forward patient in a midwife led birth centre I asked for water and they kept saying its coming, 30 mins later still no water, she could see my lips were discoloured and cracked in the corners. I tried licking my lips but seriously zero saliva. I was in pain with short fast labour but more concerned about water, I have never wanted water so bad n my life. I hated the staff I never made a big request and they even told me labour suites were strangely quiet for this time of the year, that peed me off further lol.

get tests done but keep drinking and if you fear it's anything more serious a&e ASAP

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 20:07:46

Just That is awful! shock Please tell me you complained?

ScubaSarah Tue 04-Dec-12 20:10:58

Yes, drink more dioralyte - 2/3 a day til they taste salty then 1 a day to keep on top of it smile

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 20:13:23

Thanks, I will do that. Is it not meant to taste sweet though? confused I thought it had loads of sweeteners in it.

gemma4d Tue 04-Dec-12 20:47:39

Bumping, 'cos I am really curious!

ScubaSarah Tue 04-Dec-12 21:06:16

It is essentially salty with a little flavour and sweetener to make it palatable. Your body knows what it needs so once you have enough salts the saltiness is more obvious. Trust me it works - I use boots own brand (cheaper) but it is really odd how it 'changes' it's taste... Let me know how you get on and how it impacts your thirst levels xx

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 04-Dec-12 21:16:52

Thanks for that info, I tried googling it but it just kept telling me that it tastes salty. grin

We have loads of actual Dioralyte here so will finish that off and update. grin

SkinnyMarinkADink Wed 05-Dec-12 08:37:56

I had mega thirst early on too, my Dr told me that the body wants more of what it already has, i used to drink 1ltr a day but had to almost triple that to satisfy my thirst.

Have you tried flavoured water? i found the little taste to it really helped.

MightBeMad Wed 05-Dec-12 10:25:31

Schro I googled and found this random persons blog entry with a photo of their tracking up an arm weenimal.xanga.com/

MightBeMad Wed 05-Dec-12 10:28:24

And this about cellulitis (the proper name given to this form for spreading skin infection - it actually spreads through the lymphatic system) www.uihealthcare.com/topics/skinhealth/skin4984.html

MightBeMad Wed 05-Dec-12 10:33:14

Wiki with a pic for red streaks from an arm/hand wound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulitis

MightBeMad Wed 05-Dec-12 10:35:04

Have we pursuaded him to seek urgent medical attention yet?? Would it help if I told him that my husband was told his would have become potentially fatal within 24 hours had he not sought treatment (though I understand from the number of medical students they brought in to see him in hospital that his was a particularly spectacular case!) grin

Hope you are feeling less thirsty today!

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