At my post diagnosis appointment on Friday I tentatively mentioned dehydration. The woman mentioned interoception . Anyone else have a tendency to become dehydrated?
firemonkey said:At my post diagnosis appointment on Friday I tentatively mentioned dehydration. The woman mentioned interoception .
For those not familiar with or are not aware of what interoception is:
INTEROCEPTION is a lesser-known sense that helps you understand and feel what's going on inside your body. [People] who struggle with the interoceptive sense may have trouble knowing when they feel hungry, full, hot, cold or thirsty. Having trouble with this sense can also make self-regulation a challenge.
firemonkey said:Anyone else have a tendency to become dehydrated?
Very much indeed ~ especially when I am particular stressed I just completely forget to drink water. Another difficulty for me is knowing when I need to go to the toilet, as I need to be in rather alot of discomfort or pain before I actually realize. So normally I just go at set intervals during the day, which again I forget to do or can't do during stressfully constipating and inhibiting durations.
I am though making a very concerted effort to drink water just before each and every meal as a project of ritual habituation, to prevent bloodied solid and stinking fluid outcomes.
Most people's bodies need about two liters of water a day ~ and am struggling to get a liters worth in at best at the moment, due to having gotten heavily dehydrated recently and the body has to re-hydrate in stages partially in order to start re-hydrating fully.
If you just chuck water in volume by volume and the body is too dry to soak it up ~ the water just pretty much passes through volume by volume. Another factor is tissue salts ~ as a lack of tissue salts involves by the same proportion a lack of fluid retention. I use pink Himalayan mountain salt and tissue salt combinations from most health food shops, and spring water from spa towns like Glastonberry, Leamington and Bath etc if you live locally or know people passing through or visiting with appropriate vessels to fill.
I keep a careful check on my liquid intake every day to avoid dehydration. On normal days I need at least 4 cups of liquid adding upto 1.5 litres. Outside on hot days I need considerably more.
Today I had 3 cups of tea and one full cup of still spring water with my medication. I hate drinking tap water. I don't trust it and it gives me headaches.
For me the headache and nausea pips the recognition that I'm thirsty, by which time it's then hard to quench the thirst.The hunger one is interesting. Some people don't get a message that they're hungry. I'm the opposite. I often don't feel full up after a meal , and can feel hungry again not long after eating. My stepdaughter said I could be thinking I'm hungry when actually I'm thirsty.
firemonkey said:For me the headache and nausea pips the recognition that I'm thirsty, by which time it's then hard to quench the thirst.
I just know I am dehydrated by the colour of my urine darkening, feeling toxic and lethargic and passing out after meals. As for the headaches ~ I have seizures alot so am too frazzled and numb to notice them.
firemonkey said:The hunger one is interesting. Some people don't get a message that they're hungry.
I am one of those people ~ I had to learn to habituate an eating ritual of three hour intervals; which I am now steadfastly attempting to incorporate the water ritual into of one drink before each and every meal. I mean it took me fifteen years to learn to do pelvic breathing instead of diaphragmatic breathing, so learning to drink an appropriate amount of water regardless of the stress involved ~ should just be a matter of course.
firemonkey said:I'm the opposite. I often don't feel full up after a meal , and can feel hungry again not long after eating. My stepdaughter said I could be thinking I'm hungry when actually I'm thirsty.
Your stepdaughter could be very much on the case with that one perhaps ~ in the same way as chain-smokers mistake the thirst reflex as signalling the need for another cigarette. Chain-smokers are often staggered by how quickly they reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoke by having a glass of water with each cigarette.
The same could apply for you regarding eating maybe?
Yes! I was hospitalised with dehydration as a child (I simply refused to drink and had to be put on a drip). In adulthood, I know I should drink, but I often don't notice when I'm thirsty (until I have a pounding headache). I have to build-in routines to remind me to drink.
I hope you might find this article interesting, it was recommended to me by an OT friend of mine:
Thanks for that.