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Is anyone else with MS always thirsty?

Postby jtjdmj » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:22 pm

seem like I can't get enoutgh liquid, luckily I like water, seems like I ALWAYS havef to have some liquid, it that just me or normal?
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Postby Algis » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:29 pm

I am always thirsty too; but thought it is due to medication (Methotrexate).
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Postby flautenmusik » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:51 pm

I do not have that problem.

BUT, you may want to head to your doctor. Increased thirst, such as what you are describing, is one of the first symptoms of diabetes.
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Postby jtjdmj » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:43 am

I'm not on that particular medicine and I know it's not diabeteic due to having a problem with that back in 2006, I now take my sugar every other day of so unless I have a problem, which luckily I don't.
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Postby Leonard » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:04 am

I think it is diabetics related.
see http://www.thisisms.com/ftopict-15188.html
yet another pice of the puzzle that fits in neatly into the low-glucose hypothesis.
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Postby Bender » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:54 pm

I've always been very thirsty and as a result my doctors have tested me for diabetes a number of times. I don't think it's due to the MS, but I also have never had an explanation for it other than that I like water.

on 2nd thought i do sweat a lot when I'm hot (and as many on here I get hot easily) so maybe it's something to do with that, but I have no real idea.
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Postby lyndacarol » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:49 pm

I agree with Leonard and flautenmusik. Increased thirst is an early symptom of diabetes. If your GP or endocrinologist has tested your glucose level and it is "normal," ask that your fasting serum insulin level be tested. (I suspect the insulin level will be above 7 UU/ML.)
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Postby flipflopper » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:52 pm

I had my first relapse in 1999 (later officially diagnosed as ms) and I have been extremely thirsty all the time since about 1998. After my first relapse (optic neuritis), I asked to be tested for diabetes. I have been tested for diabetes every year for the past 12 years and I definitely do not have diabetes. I have also been tested for numerous things but my tests results have always been normal. So I am always thirsty and I have not found an explanation for this yet...
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Postby Leonard » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:30 am

From recent papers, I understood that insulin resistance starts developing long before you are diagnosed with diabetes. That may perhaps be as much 10 years or more. Also the process of demyelination and nerve damage has started earlier, but the signs, in our case MS, will only show up much later.

We are breaking new grounds here. The key metrics to qualify and quantify will need to be determined. I think the posting by Lyndacarol is extremely important here as we may need to look for early indicators.
lyndacarol wrote: ... If your GP or endocrinologist has tested your glucose level and it is "normal," ask that your fasting serum insulin level be tested. (I suspect the insulin level will be above 7 UU/ML.)


the link between nerve damage and diabetics has been known for a long time: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/

insulin resistance is also thought to be the cause of other neurodegenerative diseases as ALS http://www.als.net/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&m=326324

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/conten ... 984.1.full
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