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Dehydration after surgery
« on: December 12, 2016, 05:33:50 AM »
Hi everyone!
New to the forum. I am 51 and donated a kidney to a dear relative almost two weeks ago.
I keep testing dehydrated even though I am drinking 3-4 liters of water a day.
My body does not seem to retain water as it just flushes out. I am still weak, as it was expected, but also get a little dizzy after walks even if I drank enough liquids.
At nights, I wake up every two hours to relieve myself and to drink water as my mouth is bone dry.
Anyone out there who experienced something similar after donating?
Thanks!

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 12:37:20 PM »
Dear Papa,

No I had nothing like that.  But I was weak and tired for sure.

Have you seen a physician for follow up?  Have you had your blood sugar checked? 

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2016, 09:23:30 PM »
Not to alarm you, but those sound like symptoms of diabetes. Best to see a doctor to find out what's going on.
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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 09:39:15 AM »
I did have my follow up visit and another lab work. It looks like levels are going down and things are moving in the right direction.
Thank you.

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 03:19:35 PM »
Great, I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. 

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 05:00:08 PM »
Good news!  :D
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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2016, 09:23:56 PM »
     Glad to hear that there is improvement. Over the years I have read about kidney donors who suffered from dehydration because they were negligent about their fluid intake, but had never before heard of a case like yours in which you are drinking enough. So if it does not get back to normal, please be sure to follow up with a doctor. Since it has only been 2 weeks since donation, perhaps it might be an after-effect of the medications/anesthesia? Also the urinary catheter that they use during surgery can irritate the urinary tract for a while afterwards, causing increases (excessive?) urination?

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2016, 05:02:14 PM »
Those do sound like very extreme symptoms, especially given the quantity of fluids you are taking in. 3 to 4 liters is a lot. I would definitely keep an eye on it and seek help if it doesn't improve. I know that in the weeks following surgeries, I would wake up nauseous because I dehydrated during the night. But I was never drinking as much as you are.

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Re: Dehydration after surgery
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2016, 10:19:01 PM »
I donated on December 2, my water intake is around 3 liters and I still drink tea etc...

I find myself going to the rest room often as well, I have my follow up at the end of the month.

Except for going to the restroom often, I feel good.  I am 33.

 

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