I wake up in the middle of the night dying of thirst. I panick if I run out of water (actually drank from the tap for the first time - water here is bad!) and drink straight from gallon bottles. I don't know exactly how much I am drinking but I feel like I have to drink constantly and it's never enough. What could possibly be causing this?
Thanks for any advice.
"There are many possible causes for excessive thirst. These include:
? increased exercise, which can increase the body's water requirements
? dehydration. This occur from any of a number of causes including diarrhea, infection, hot weather, vomiting, or the use of medications called diuretics that eliminate fluid from the body.
? hormone imbalances. These may include a high level of thyroid hormone, a condition called hyperthyroidism, or a high level of adrenal hormones, called hyperadrenalism.
? hypernatremia, which is a high level of sodium in the body
? uncontrolled diabetes. This is a condition that causes an increase in blood sugar levels, triggering excessive thirst.
? diabetes insipidus. Diabetes insipidus is a disease that causes people to urinate excessively and results in dehydration.
? certain drugs or medications. The use of antihistamines, marijuana, caffeine, or alcohol can cause this condition.
? psychogenic polydipsia, which is a psychiatric condition that causes a person to feel thirsty for no apparent reason
? damage to an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is rare. Other causes are also possible. Sometimes, no cause can be found. "
You also posted that you've stopped having your periods...so there might be something hormonal going on. You really should check with your Dr.
Better safe than sorry. If you haven't made a change in your diet or exercise that would make it obvious why you're so thirsty (panicking from running out of water is extreme), then you should definitely see your doctor, at least call the doctor's office and tell the nurse your symptoms.
If it's nothing, you'll be relieved. If it's something, the sooner you know, the more time you have to make significant changes which may mitigate whatever it might be.