Symptoms dehydration: What you need to know, reviews the various symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration (without shock).
Symptoms are the physical conditions that indicate that a disease or condition is present. Often the symptom is only apparent to the person with the disease or condition. This is the subjective part of identifying the disease or condition.
Dizziness or Fainting on standing
Unconsciousness (late stages)
Increased thirst (may not be present in elderly)
Loss of appetite
Mood changes including grumpiness
Decreased or no urine output
Urine will be dark yellow or amber colored
Dry or sticky mouth
No tears when you would normally have them
Pain...actually, any pain
Poor skin turgor or elasticity (pinch the skin on the back of the hand and it will stay in the tented position for several seconds before it lays down again and returns to the normal state.
There are a number of other symptoms that many have experienced with dehydration. Among these, there are over 72 different diseases and conditions that are associated with the body in a state of drought and there is a lack of electrolytes.
Of the forces at work when the body is dehydrated, there is the drive for water intake. At the same time, a rationing and distribution system for what water remains goes into effect. This is a priority program, causing the water to go to the most important and reducing it from the least important.
Since our brain is almost 85% water, this is one of the necessary places that the water is distributed to. This is because the brain sends the signal for histamine to the subordinate regulators and when either the water or electrolytes arrive, the pain is relieved..
Using pain killers to manage pain are actually doing more harm than good. The physiology of pain production is a signal of a localized dehydration. Eliminate the dehydration and you eliminate the pain. Even if the pain is the result of inflammation, the inflammation is the bodies cry for water to flush out the chemical toxins and clean up the tissues to eliminate the pain.
Dehydration could precipitate multi-system organ failure.
More on this will be covered in the pain section.