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Old 10-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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extreme thirst, weakness, urination frequent

First of all, I drink so much more than anyone I know, probably 6-8 qts a day, of any liquid I can get. I do not have diabetes mellitus, but I do wonder if I have diabetes insipidus. My Dad had it, and I have a connective tissue disease that sometimes predisposes to it. The drinking is because I am thirsty, not because I think I should drink that much. I also get orthostatic frequently (dizzy when getting to upright position). Does anyone out there have this? Does DDAVP nasal spray work well? Anything else that anyone has tried with success to keep the fluid in your system?

 
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Re: extreme thirst, weakness, urination frequent

I have exactly the same problum... i have tested myself for diabetes using the urinalysis strips and it was negative. My grandfather had type 2 diabetes.would this show up on the analysis stips? I would also be interested in what could cause this.

 
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Re: extreme thirst, weakness, urination frequent

Diabetes mellitus is the one that you test for on the strips, testing for sugar in urine. Diabetes insipidus is a deficiency of a pituitary hormone, ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) that causes the kidneys to conserve water. With deficiency, you have lots of water going out (dilute urine) with increased thirst to compensate. It is uncommon, and has to be diagnosed by an endocrinologist, who will measure ADH in the blood. It can be treated with medication.

 
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