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10 Potential Excesive Thirst Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    Type II Diabetes is a life-long condition but can be well managed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, excesive thirst
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Hangover

    Hangovers occur after consuming alcohol. People often wake up the morning after a night of drinking feeling a general feeling of sickness and fatigue. The unpleasant symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration.

    No more than 12 hours

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), fatigue, nausea or vomiting, headache, diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with hangover:
    being severely ill, fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a disorder caused by gradual loss of kidney function. It is most common in elderly individuals.

    This condition cannot be reversed; however, treatment can delay or stop the disease from worsening.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, decreased sex drive, dry skin
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    Great prognosis with high remission rates

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. Unless treated quickly and aggressively, DKA can lead to coma and death.

    No lasting effects if treated quickly, but risk of death if not identified early.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), fatigue, nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with diabetic ketoacidosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  8. 8.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.New Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 Diabetes starts when the body attacks cells of the pancreas that normally make insulin. Insulin helps the body manage the level of sugar in the blood. Once these cells are destroyed, injections of insulin are needed to keep blood sugar levels safe.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, vomiting, general abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  10. 10.Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a blood sugar issue that may occur during pregnancy. Though noticeable symptoms generally do not appear, testing in the early stages of pregnancy is advised so that this condition can be managed well for the health of the pregnancy.

    0-9 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, excesive thirst, dry mouth, leaking urine, urinating frequently in normal amounts
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Excesive Thirst

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?

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Excesive Thirst Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced excesive thirst have also experienced:

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 4% Headache
    • 4% Frequent Urination
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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