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A 43-year-old male asked:

Can electrolyte imbalance cause you to feel very dehydrated and make you to drink more water and also to frequently urinate?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amita Buddhdev
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Are you hungry all the time, but not satisfied? Do you have frequent urination and excessive thirst? If yes to the above, consider having a check for diabetes (hgA1c lab test).
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Le commented
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
I agree with Dr. Buddhdev. High sodium can make you thirsty but if your thirst mechanism is intact you will drink enough water to normalize it and you should not void a lot. Hyperglycemia is suspected
Oct 9, 2021
Dr. Spiros Arbes
40 years experience
If your dehydrated and your sodium is elevated you will feel thirsty. If your sodium is low because of lack.of salt intake, alcohol and poor eating habits you may feel weak. Elevated potassium will make your muscles feel weak.
Last updated Oct 10, 2021

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