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Old 03-28-2018, 21:24   #1
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Hello everyone,
I don’t think my first post went through but that’s probably for the best as it was so long.

I’m basically wondering about the thirst, how extreme is it? If you’re not much of a drinker to begin with could you temporarily ignore it?

My thirst is unquenchable. So I sort of started seeing it as not thirst just dry mouth and my thrush that can’t be cured it seems.. I’ve tried rehydration drinks (the real kind from the pharmacy) and drinking extra but it doesn’t work. If I drank as much as the back of my throat wanted me to I would get so full that if I strain myself I end up “vomiting” the liquid back up. And I’d still have that weird feeling in the back of my throat. Like that it would be nice to drink. But it’s not overwhelming and I can ignore it. Because it’s not like it’ll be better anyway sort of.

It sounds too mild right?

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I assume since you joined this diabetes forum that you're wondering if your thirst is a symptom of diabetes. Might be. Might not be. I would suggest that you see your doctor about it. (Could this be related to the thrush you have?)

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I assume since you joined this diabetes forum that you're wondering if your thirst is a symptom of diabetes. Might be. Might not be. I would suggest that you see your doctor about it. (Could this be related to the thrush you have?)
I guess I wanted to know if it was even thirst. My doctor brought it up that he wants to check today and I left the blood tests needed and I guess I'm just worried and surprised. Thing is I have some health issues that are making life less enjoyable but we are struggling working them out because of my weird interpretation of things. I say no to questions I should say yes to because I am interpreting things differently. It wasn't until I was admitted to the ER a few weeks back that my husband and I realized that my bad breath was what they call "acetone breath" because neither of us are very familiar with acetone or.. the way it's used medically to explain a certain breath smell. Now, I will know for sure when the lab results come back but .. I guess I'm just worried that I've missed yet another important symptom

The thrush has just had the doctors itch their heads. Since I got treatment and it didn't work. And I didn't mention any other symptoms making them think any further. Because I just didn't know I had any..

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Ask the doctor to run tests for diabetes, if this is your concern.

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_He already did_

I understand you’re tired of people coming in here asking to be diagnosed. I’m not doing that. I was just wondering if I had the image of what increased thirst was wrong. I was never worried about diabetes until the doctor said that’s what he wants to test me for. It caught me off guard and I thought but isn’t thirst a big part of that diagnosis. And that’s how this question was born.

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Which tests were run and what were the results?

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I think VeeJay asked the right questions.....

But I will jump in and tell you that in my case, over 12 years ago, I had two symptoms that told me I was going diabetic.

I was losing weight for no reason and I was always very thirsty! I went to my doctor and ask that he check me for diabetes...and yep, results were yes... I was a type 2 diabetic with an A1c of 11.0! My doctor told me I should have an A1c of 6.5...so my average blood sugar was way high! Says my body was not able to process the carbs I was taking in, so sugar crystals were running around in my blood....not a good thing!

IF YOU ARE DIABETIC....IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!

That's what all of us on this website can show you. You can control your blood sugars, even if you are diabetic. And if you control you blood sugars, 24/7...you can minimize and maybe even avoid any side affects associated with diabetes......

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I have to wait to get the results, my doctor has next week off so I won’t see him until the second week in April.
I wasn’t worried about diabetes mainly because I don’t feel like I have the thirst that people mention and I also don’t lose weight. But it seems that I have just been too tolerant with a lot of symptoms. But when I ask people about thirst they say like you that they’re thirsty and drink. But what if you sort of.. fight it. Is that possible. Because then I might have excessive thirst. May it be diabetes or not. But whether it is or isn’t it should it be a symptom then I need to express it and still figure out the reason for it, if you guys know what I mean.

So I thought it’s better to ask you guys who really know thirst and experience this symptom in your diagnosis but since symptoms are still individual then we all experience them differently.

I sound so confusing, I know 😞

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Thirst is only one of several symptoms, and not all folks have it. It is usually associated with very high blood sugar. And usually with T1 diabetics.

Most T2 diabetics and pre-diabetic don't have the thirst. In fact, many have no symptoms at all. That's why the blood tests your doctor did are important for a diabetes diagnosis.

IF your blood sugar was dangerously high, your doctor would have contacted you before now and wouldn't have had you wait until he got back from vacation.

I would suggest that you begin to learn more about diabetes and the best place for that is Blood Sugar 101 I'm not at all saying that you have diabetes, only that some education on this subject would be good. And it may alleviate your concerns about diabetes.

All this, however, doesn't address your thirst. I don't think anyone here can give you the information or assurance you are looking for about this. You may just have to wait and see what your doctor says - after all, he's the one with the expertise and access to your lab results.

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Im not sure I am fully understanding your situation but let me give my 2 cents

if you are thirsty all the time, it means that your body is using that water too quickly and your body is asking for more. this is one sign of diabetes but it could be something else.

ignoring your thirst could be dangerous. your body is telling you something and you are considering ignoring it. that would not be a good recommendation.

if you are not getting your results for a while (maybe a few days), why not take a day or 2 and remove all carbs from your body. this will not hurt you since there is no necessary value in carbs. If you do this for a few days and the thirst symptoms ease, it might tell you something.

if I didnt understand or if I didnt answer your question, I apologize

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