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Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 01:00 PM

Can you be dehydrated without feeling it all the time?
Like a drug I abused would dry out natural fluids (lovely) so I'd have to keep drinking liquids and still have dry mouth.
One day I got really lightheaded and had to lay down. I was also really thirsty. I drank some water but not a lot.
I've seen people get dehydrated and they're usually really sick or in pain. Could I still be dehydrated?
   
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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 01:10 PM

Dehydration often goes in stages, starting with less severe signs such as thirst, darker urine/less urine output, and dry mouth; things people tend to ignore. If you allow it to progress you wills start noticing more severe symptoms like weakness, lightheadedness,nausea and muscle cramps. If you experience any of the severe symptoms please seek immediate medical attention. In the meantime if you believe you are dehydrated drink plenty of water, and gatorade.

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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 01:26 PM

Thanks Stacey and thanks for the link.
Right now it's hard to tell if it's my meds acting up or for sure dehydration.
I'll go check out the link you posted.

ok it didn't say on the site but how long does it take to get worse? To where you feel sick enough to know?

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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 06:35 PM

Signs would probably show up within a day or two at most. It really all depends on the amount of fluids you ARE getting. If you are still getting some fluids it probably won't escate to something too severe, but you will feel it. Remember, a person can only survive 3 days without any water, so the effects will probably be quite rapid.


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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 07:00 PM

OK thanks. I'm not getting enough the fluids I'm pretty sure of that. I don't pay much attention. I guess I'll just stay alert?
   
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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 07:53 PM

For a few days try having a bottle or so of gatorade a day to help restore your electrolytes. If you unintenitonally don't get enough fluids in a day then at least you will have a little bit of an advantage with the electrolytes gatorade can provide. It won't help a lot but it will help, it is what they give you in hospitals for dehydration, so it will give you a sort of leg up on getting more fluids and electrolytes back into your body.


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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 09:55 PM

I think that when you have a little case of dehydration you might not feel it, and you might just be a little lightheaded and have to drink some water. But when you're extremely dehydrated, then it can be a lot worse. When I was dehydrated I passed out, for example.





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Re: Dehydration? - January 23rd 2009, 10:57 PM

What Stacey said about Gatorade is right on. If you can't get your hands on Gatorade for whatever reason, mixing a little salt and a little suger into plain old tap water works just as well. They just help you absorb the water better.

One more sign: if your pee is bright yellow, you're not getting enough fluids in the first place. If your pee is really light coloured, but you still feel thirsty/sick, you're just not absorbing the water. Switch to Gatorade/salt+sugar water or 100% fruit juice if you can't get those.


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Re: Dehydration? - January 24th 2009, 02:02 PM

thanks for the advice.
I have some Gatorade Frost I could drink.
Right now, my mouth is kind of dry.
   
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Re: Dehydration? - January 25th 2009, 06:00 AM

I agree with what everyone else has said but i would do the sugar/salt water more than gatorade because gatorade has stuff such as very bright colors which aren't good for you to be drinking large ammounts of where as having a little salt and sugar in water is only that so balances out what needs to be fixed with out all the extra stuff

I tend to get dehydrated alot and getting a sore head like almost a hangover head ache is another sign because that is what a hangover is is dehydration so if ur head hurts and ur kidneys acutally go drink maybe a pint of water

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