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symptoms of mild dehydration, possibly

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  • Posted By: rockandahardplace
  • June 25, 2009
  • 06:38 PM

Please ignore the incredibly obvious causes. They have been ruled out. I need help finding the condition that might be causing, what appears to be, a mild form of dehydration.
Most of my possibly related symptoms have gone on most of my life & steadily worsened over the years. (variable thirst, dry mouth & peeling, dark urine, infrequent urination, dry skin & cracked hair, cracked lips, skin turgor, randomly rapid pulse & breathing, eyes-dark rings, headache, hoarseness, swelling. Slightly sunken eyes, not sure if it has to be to an extreme to be included.) Also, the last three years, I sometimes get mild throat infections when the humidity drops too low, which was only caused by my acid reflux previously.
I primarily drink water. When the thirst first became unmanageable, a soda would help, most of the time. Carbonation or sugar, not sure. All diabetes tests have been negative.
When I discovered this may be dehydration, for the last year, I started drinking Gatorade, too much sugar though. Then (20oz - 40oz per day) Pedialyte, then electrolyte strips & most of these symptoms mellowed with all three.
It also helped unexpected things such as: much less gas now & I get the shakes less often (from the moment I get hungry, not a daily occurence).
Doctors, of many different specialties, have found nothing unusual in the tests they have run. But I was drinking about 40oz of Pedialyte every day before. So I don't know if that invalidated the test results.
I, briefly, stopped Pedialyte to see how long until all the symptoms return & have my primary care doc rerun his blood tests. Ex: The scabbed dry skin on my face returned in 2 days. The overall swelling was in 3 or 4, & so on. And the test was normal, again.
If this is familiar to you, please help. I know dehydration may not be accurate & many of my symptoms may not be related.

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  • Hi there :) A lot of your symptoms (except for the infrequent urination) sound suspiciously diabetic, probably type 2. Has your doctor done a blood sugar level test on you?'I say type 2 because you have obviously had these symptoms for a while, and they sound like they have been there for long enough for you to start asking questions.I won't continue, until I hear whether you have had a fingerprick (blood sugar level or bsl test).Hoping that you find some answers soon, Kate.
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  • Sincere apologies:o Obviously, my eyes searched the symptoms first, without reading the other information. Good to hear that diabetes has been ruled out.
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