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Diagnosed with autonomic dysfunction.keep getting dehydrated despite drinking a gallon water a day. Why can this be?IVs are only thing that help.

Diagnosed with autonomic dysfunction.keep getting dehydrated despite drinking a gallon water a day. Why can this be?IVs are only thing that help.

Other dx: You need to be assessed and speak with a physician familiar with potential diagnoses that are similar to the symptoms you are exhibiting. Given that you have the diagnosis, what has been recommended to you regarding the therapeutic options and evaluation of the issue? Suggest you consult with the diagnosing physician for the therapeutic plan and expectations. ...Read more

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Docs keep saying I'm dehydrated, but I drink 1/2 gallon water per day, pee 12 times at least a day. I don't know what else to do? Egfr 57 bun/cre norm

Dehydration?: If your BUN and creatinine are normal, it is very, very unlikely you have dehydration. If your egfr is 57 ml/min, it is unlikely that your have a normal BUN and creatinine, as you chronic kidney disease stage 3. Why don't you ask the physician (p) who ordered the blood work on you that gave you an egfr of 57 what is going on? That p knows you better than anyone else. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is two gallons of water a day too much?

Is two gallons of water a day too much?

For most people!: For most, but not if you lose excess water through sensible and insensible water loss. This can occur in extreme heat, diarrhea, extrem exercise or physical work. But this is four times what is recommended for the average person! ...Read more

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Is a gallon of water a day good for you?

Is a gallon of water a day good for you?

Probably not: Unless you have a lot of water loss from exercise / heat exposure. If this is just one more cult health claim, ignore it. You may salt-deplete yourself. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink a gallon of water a day?

Is it ok to drink a gallon of water a day?

No harm: A little time-consuming but no harm likely as long as your kidneys and heart are working fine. Not sure why you would want to do this however. Are you doing it because your body requires it (you are thirsty all the time?) If so then you might consider that you have diabetes or a rare condition called diabetes insipidus. However, if this is just your choice, then you will do no harm. ...Read more

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What to do if I drank 3 gallons of water. Help!!!!?

What to do if I drank 3 gallons of water. Help!!!!?

Hyperhydration risks: A major concern of too much water intake is hyponatremia (sodium level in blood is too low). Also, of concern is hypokalemia (potassium level in blood is too low). Can also cause brain or other cell swelling, or seizures.
If any symptoms or any concerns, report for medical evaluation in location that can provide evaluation and draw labs. ...Read more

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Help please! Is drinking a gallon of water a day bad?

Help please! Is drinking a gallon of water a day bad?

Probably OK: A gallon a day is probably more than what you need if you are not exercising vigorously or sweating a lot. However, if you are feeling well otherwise, there is no harm done. Be sure that you don't have any health conditions which may cause you to have excessive thirst (diabetes is just one example) and urination. ...Read more

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Heard that if one drinks a gallon of water a day thru out the day & their urines clear, it means the fat cells are being washed? Out of the body. True?

Heard that if one drinks a gallon of water a day thru out the day & their urines clear, it means the fat cells are being washed? Out of the body. True?

False: Fat cells, or fat by itself, does not get washed out of the body. Fat is fuel, which is vital to human survival, so the body is very good at holding fat. Our goal is to not eat nor drink excess calories, so not to create more fuel for storage. That said, a person who drinks a gallon of water a day INSTEAD of sweet liquids or calorie-containing liquids, helps her body use fat for fuel (burns fat). ...Read more

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Drinking 2 gallons of water per day bad?

Drinking 2 gallons of water per day bad?

yes: 2 gallons or 7 liters is excessive water intake in most cases. If you do not have kidney stones then this much water intake is not recommended. You can develop water toxicity, electrolyte problems, increased blood pressure etc. 2-3 l /day is adequate water intake for most individuals. ...Read more

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Can you flush out heroin in 24 hours by drinking a gallon of water?

Can you flush out heroin in 24 hours by drinking a gallon of water?

No: It will take longer and drinking that much water rapidly can cause the possibility of multiple electrolyte abnormalities that may be dangerous or even fatal. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 115lbs woman 5'4 to drink 2 gallons of water a day?

Is it safe for a 115lbs woman 5'4 to drink 2 gallons of water a day?

Drinking water is: Usually advisable. However, too much water, too quickly can be dangerous. Here's an article on this that I just pulled up for you: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/
2 gallons seems like a lot, but I am not sure of the exact amounts since I am not a medical doctor. In the Boston Marathon several years ago a young psychologist I knew, died ...Read more

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I sometimes drink 2 gallons of water and I feel good. I exercise a lot and have physically demanding jobs. Is this ok?

I sometimes drink 2 gallons of water and I feel good. I exercise a lot and have physically demanding jobs.  Is this ok?

That's a lot of h20-: -but it depends on heat you work in, how demanding it is, and how much you sweat. It could Be ok but if you sweat you also loose electrolytes, so an energy drink such as Gatorade which will replace electrolytes. A quart of this over a day, decrease h2o by the same. ...Read more

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Does drinking a gallon of water a day flush out an uti?

Does drinking a gallon of water a day flush out an uti?

No: Urine infection generally needs antibiotics. Bladder infection or cystitis may reslove spontaneously. Drinking water may alleviate some discomfort, not necessary to drink excess water. ...Read more

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If my electrolyte levels and sodium levels were normal, is drinking 1.5 gallons of water safe per day.?

If my electrolyte levels and sodium levels were normal, is drinking 1.5 gallons of water safe per day.?

No!: If you have them checked every day and they stay normal (which they won't) then fine. Otherwise, this is an extremely silly and dangerous idea. Why on earth would you want to do this? People die from the electrolyte imbalances they get from, for example, trying to get around a drug screen by drinking this much water. If someone recommended this for any reason, they are very misguided. Don't! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have high albumin levels even if you drink a gallon of water a day and are on a vegetarian diet?

Is it normal to have high albumin levels even if you drink a gallon of water a day and are on a vegetarian diet?

Unlikely: A serum albumin test measures the amount of protein in the clear liquid portion of your blood. Albumin is a protein made by the liver; the test is often used to evaluate liver function, nutritional status and other conditions. Under (not over) hydration would more likely affect albumin; vegetarian diets can/should be completely adequate and not usually associated with low albumin. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I took a gallon of water from entrance to the kitchen but I felt that my heart is pomping fast.now it's ok but I still feel my heart.no heart issue.

I took a gallon of water from entrance to the kitchen but I felt that my heart is pomping fast.now it's ok but I still feel my heart.no heart issue.

Underlying: This is likely benign. Has this happened before? Are you know to have "mitral valve prolapse" or a "hyperkinetic circulation"? Some basic labs includng thyroid, magnesium, hemoglobin, and potassium + a standard history and physical should settle this. See my www.thepmc.org website for general health infomation. HRS, MD, FACC ...Read more

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I drank a gallon of water in 1-2 hours time. This was over 24 hours ago. Was the gallon too much? Raising anxiety levels over fear... drank 20oz today

I drank a gallon of water in 1-2 hours time. This was over 24 hours ago. Was the gallon too much? Raising anxiety levels over fear... drank 20oz today

Not dangerous: Generally, one should drink not more than one liter per hour, as the kidneys can only eliminate about 1/2 liter per hour. But a young healthy man would have to drink gallons of water to get in serious trouble, called hyponatremia (when sodium levels in the blood get too low). Dizziness, headache, nausea, and diarrhea are common symptoms of "water intoxication". Try CBT therapy for your anxiety. ...Read more

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How safe is to drink 2 gallons a water a day while on a low calorie diet?

How safe is to drink 2 gallons a water a day while on a low calorie diet?

Water intake: Not really safe. You need roughly 64 ounces of fluid a day. 2 gallons of water is 256 ounces of fluid, not only that, it is free water rather than balanced electrolytes. The net effect will be that you will eventually become hyponatremic and that can cause you all sorts of problems. You could probably do a gallon and still be okay. 2 is pushing it. ...Read more

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If I eat a low carb diet and drink 2 gallons of water a day will I lose weight fast?

If I eat a low carb diet and drink 2 gallons of water a day will I lose weight fast?

Calories, exercise: If you also do aerobic exercise at least 3-5 times a week, weights to build muscle, and restrict your intake of calories by about 300kcal less a day, you will lose about a pound a week which is safest. The main thing is to learn new habits by changing the old over time. Smaller portions with white smaller plates actually has been studied to help. Drink water or water-based soup or salad first. ...Read more

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I drink two gallons of water a day and my bun and blood protein level is higher than normal. Why?

I drink two gallons of water a day and my bun and blood protein level is higher than normal. Why?

You can drink too mu: You can drink too much. You may not be dehydrated but have intrinsic kidney problem. See a kidney specialist. ...Read more