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Bugg
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Hi everyone-

I've been on here recently discussing a bunch of recent symptoms I was having that didn't seem like lyme disease (which I contracted 7 years ago). I fainted the other night, went tachychardic, and landed in the ER. Apparently, I was severely dehydrated. I have NO IDEA how this happened as I haven't been outside sweating and I haven't taken any new medications.

Here were my symptoms:

irritability
cold hands and feet
Very slowed thinking that was episodic...
extreme forgetfulness
extreme fatigue
insomnia
intermittent dizzy spells
aching especially in my legs
weakness in my legs
dry mouth
dry eyes
couldn't get my ring off my finger when I normally could

Anyway, I have never been dehydrated nor do I still understand how it happened....I just wanted to warn others to please be mindful of their intake of fluids....especially if you have any of the symptoms above

Take Care!!!

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Bugg, so sorry this happened.

Are you feeling better? I hope so!

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Oh how awful--ER visits are never fun!

What are you taking for medications and supplements? Could any of them be causing the problem?

Had you had any vomiting or diarrhea?

Hope you're feeling much better soon.

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Dehydration may have been the cause of my fainting 3 wks ago.. though my cardiologist said my labs looked OK. (that the EMT took in the ambulance)

So.. I hear ya!! Take good care of yourself and feel better soon!!

--PS - I didn't really have any of the symptoms you described, except for dry mouth and eyes.. but I do have Sjogren's .. so that would be understood.

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water is SO important!

I have to have well over a gallon a day to feel alright.
and I'm tiny, like 114 lbs!

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Bugg
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You people are so kind and wonderful....Thank you for your sweet words...

I have NO idea what caused it...I wasn't taking anything...no supplements even...nothing...Earlier in the summer I had initiated taking B12 sublingually but I hadn't been taking it in awhile....

Lymetoo, so sorry you went through that as well..not fun! For what it's worth, all of my blood labs were normal...they only found out I had dehydration via a urine test and the fact that I failed the orthostatic hypotension test.....

I really just posted this in the hopes it might help someone else recognize HOW OFF dehydration can make you feel....

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They ran those tests on me too. I think I passed all of them.

You are right, we all have to be more careful than the average person on this!

Fyre.. you're right on. You need 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.

So that would be a minimum of 57 oz in your case.

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Bugg,
Could you possibly have POTS?

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Lymetoo
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quote:
Originally posted by Bugg:
and the fact that I failed the orthostatic hypotension test.....


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Yes, she does!

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Almost every time I've ended in the ER it was due to dehydration--well, and these infections. I dehydrate nearly every time a lot of bugs reproduce at one time, and have to supplement daily with all my electrolytes. No vomiting or diarrhea needed for me to get to this state. Even if I'm doing everything right, often I get very close to dehydration, as I have these past few days, actually.

When your immune system is active you use more electrolytes such as calcium and potassium, and of course we need adequate water every day with all the stress and war our bodies are raging. I completely agree with the above--half your body weight in ounces should keep you safe, and make sure you get enough electrolytes from your diet or this could make things worse. I can usually tell mine are off when I start getting more muscle twitches and heart palpitations, and my POTS gets out of control if I'm not getting enough fluids.

You're not the only one!


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Dehydration is a constant battle for me. Finally found out why.... thanks to lessons from Dr. K. Those of us who have Lyme and Mold issues often do not produce enough of the anti-diuretic hormone (to keep fluids in). It mostly has to do with mold, as I understand it. It's also mentioned by Dr. S in his mold books.

It's very likely that you have mold issues (certainly worth testing for), especially since living in a moist area.

Best to you,
Tammy

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Lymetoo
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Then could yeast problems do the same thing?

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That's a good suggestion! Me personally, I was on harsh antifungals for about nine months, even at the risk of heart failure, so I'm pretty sure I'm covered--lots of success from it! Thank you for taking the time to mention.

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Strange - I've been having issues too with dehydration, even though I drink a ton of water everyday. I know about drinking half your weight in ounces, so I've been doing that too.

I don't make ADH (vasopressin) which is a hormone that retains water. The pituitary gland is in control of ADH (vasopressin).

The treatment for this is the hormone desmopressin. You have to take desmospressin to make up for the hormone you don't make.

I just had my blood test again - yesterday for ADH levels since I've been feeling extra dehydrated this past week or so. The lack of ADH could be from inflammation around the pituitary gland,

I would ask your endocrinologist or family doctor to have this tested. It could be that you need this hormone too.

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How interesting, I don't think I've ever had that test--and like most, I've had a LOT of tests. I'll bring that up with my doctor. Thanks! [Smile]

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Betty1939--How did you know you needed to be tested for ADH? Were you chronically dehydrated or did you have an electrolyte imbalance??? What are the symptoms of low ADH?

Also, thanks to you guys and what I've learned on this board, I actually asked about POTS while I was in the ER and I don't have this....

I had an irregular/heavier menstrual cycle before this episode of dehydration so perhaps that contributed to the dehydration?? Who knows...

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Bugg -

I didn't know anything about ADH until a year ago. My LLMD checked me for the hormone because I had to pee every 10-15 minutes and felt dehydrated all the time.

He said it's not uncommon for patients who have lyme to have pituitary gland issues. I think he just tested all his patients for this hormone.

He tested me for about 20 different things at the time.

My symptoms were peeing all the time (literally every 10-15 minutes) I kept track of it and dehydration.

I had an MRI done by my endocrinologist because of the low ADH and the radiologist found a small spot of either inflammation or in his words possibly a microadenoma in the pituitary gland.

I have never had any other MRI's since last year, but am due for another one soon to recheck it in October.

I would definitely ask about this - I guess if you have issues with your pituitary gland it can have an effect on other hormones as well.

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Bugg
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Thanks so much for the helpful information

Betty1939, I'll definitely ask about this next time I see my doc....

Oh, another symptom of dehydration can be a pungent odor to your urine....

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This thread reminds me of 2 threads of mine a while back

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/99002?#000000

and

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/100602

I also can't decide if this is lyme related, mold related, or something else. I have toxin-producing staph in my sinus which could be causing that IMO. Shoemaker would certainly say it's mold, and no doubt i was badly exposed, but he often credits things as mold when it's totally unclear (like the abnormal immune system lab work seen in CFS/mold illness/lyme).

my ADH is also low, but not that low. DDAVP did not help, but i only tried a short period. Since 1 week after my sinus surgery i feel like i need less water but my sinus are extremely dry.

What did Dr K have to say on this?

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