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  • dehrydration

    I have read a few posts about people really suffering when they get dehydrated. I drink quite a bit of water so I don't think I would get dehydrated. What are the signs-so I can watch for it?

    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

    Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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    Re: dehrydration


    I notice that my fingers/hands start to swell. The only way I notice it, it because my rings will not come off as easely.
    So throughout the day I play with my rings and if I see that they are starting to get tight, I start drinking more water.



    • #3
      Re: dehrydration

      from Medline:

      Dehydration symptoms:
      Dry or sticky mouth

      Low or no urine output; concentrated urine appears dark yellow

      Not producing tears

      Sunken eyes

      Markedly sunken fontanelles (the soft spot on the top of the head) in an infant

      Lethargic or comatose (with severe dehydration)

      In addition to the symptoms of actual dehydration, you may also have vomiting, diarrhea, or the feeling that you "can't keep anything down", all of which could be causing the dehydration.

      Signs and tests   
      A physical examination may also show signs of:
      Low blood pressure

      Blood pressure that drops when you go from lying down to standing

      Rapid heart rate

      Poor skin turgor -- the skin may lack its normal elasticity and sag back into position slowly when pinched up into a fold by the doctor; normally, skin springs right back into position

      Delayed capillary refill


      These are for severe dehydration. I know I'm getting dehydrated because 1. I know how much I should be drinking and I know when I've missed my target 2. I get a headache and if it gets really bad, I get nausea, too.

      Take care,



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        Re: dehrydration

        Thanks for the replies. Hope your all enjoying your Easter weekend. I do notice that my rings get tighter sometimes, but I thought it was due to swelling, not dehydration. I'll have to watch closer.

        It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

        Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.


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          Re: dehrydration


          You probably have plenty of signs from the other posts to work from as well but I thought that I would throw in a few of mine as well.

          A few of these are reiterations of what's been posted already but here are my 'signals': lower blood pressure than typical for me which causes me to feel as if I can't really think clearly (which my husband may argue is a normal thing for me... ), to feel fatigued in a manner that is different than my daily 'down time', dry mouth, headache or generally realizing that I just haven't 'passed' many fluids through my system in the day.

          Hope this is helpful. If you are drinking water throughout the day you should be staying well hydrated without a problem. If you do happen to drink caffeine I use the rule of thumb that for each serving of a caffeinated beverage I need to follow with 2 more 8oz servings of water since caffeine dehydrates.

          Come to think of it, I'd better go grab another bottle of water for me!
          Lynn Stewart
          HOCM 4/2002
          Cleveland Myectomy Crew 8/2002


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