View Full Version : Dehydration and fibromyalgia?
01-22-2005, 10:06 AM
I'm starting to think there's a connection. Why do some of us -- including myself--drink so little water? Is this a fibro thing? I struggle to get a few glasses down each day and must do better. I have dry eyes and hair and my fibromyalgia pain is very bad recently despite over 2 months 100% raw. Headaches and sinus/neck pain especially bad. Perhaps it's the combination of winter cold, indoor heating and so little water. I've had an ocular migraine for three days and just drank 3 huge glasses of water to see if it helps. A website I visited says the number of ounces per day should be half your body weight. (That's a lot of water!) How would being very well hydrated effect my overall health and fibromyalgia recovery? That's my quest for this year...I'm going to be the Water Queen ;) Anyone want to join me? Any other thoughts about the importance of water?
01-22-2005, 10:58 AM
I'll jump in and be the Water Queen of the Southwest ;) I don't have fibro or any other maladies (that I'm aware of) but I know I don't drink enough either.
I have a huge 54oz mug that I've been filling and taking with me, but I still don't drink from it enough, especially when I'm at home. My hands feel really dry and my eyes a little, too.
Many years ago I tried drinking lots and lots because I was always thirsty, but that didn't help. I told my doc who tested me for diabetes (no) and even "water diabetes" or diabetes insipidus (also no). So, I don't know why I seem to be just as thirsty and dry-skinned no matter if I drink some, lots, or even when I was drinking lots of sodas--it all seems to be the same.
People say you need to drink lots to aid in weight loss and toxin elimination, so I'm for that. And 1/2 your weight in ounces of water?? Yowza!!
01-22-2005, 11:03 AM
I don't think water's a big deal. I'd like to live a lifestyle where I get all my water supplies taken care of from the water in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. I remember from the zoo, there's an antelope of some kind that goes its whole life without drinking water, gets all the water it needs from the grass it eats. I have nothing against water, I drink maybe two glasses a day, more if I do something that causes me to be thirsty. I don't know if I could drink 75 lbs. (what's that in ounces?) of water a day. In your case, it sounds as if you believe a lot of water would be good for you so I hope you go for it and have much success with drinking a lot of water. Water is probably very important, that's why it's in raw fruits and vegetables
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~Michelangelo
That's what this is like, carving marble, that's how hard it is to make this change to raw eating. But I should keep carving on myself, I have nothing better to do. I hope to set myself free, mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally someday. :( :o :cool:
I have fibro too, I feel better raw but I've had constant burning in my back since Thurs. At least my whole body doesn't hurt though. I have extremely dry eyes, in fact I get a recurrent infection of Uritis in both eyes and they burn and blink alot which is very annoying and painful. Sometimes the whole side of my face hurts! I'm all for drinking more water to see what happens. I will commit to drink at least half my weight every day and I'll report back in a week. Whadaya say? join me? :)
01-22-2005, 02:04 PM
I have heard that you should consume the number of half your weight in ounces of water also. So IF I weighed 150 lbs I would need 75 ounces a day, is that correct? I think so. I am on the water thing with you Melissa, dragging and kicking, and yelling, but I will go along too....
01-22-2005, 02:32 PM
I'm psyched...Let's do it! A week of mega hydration for us fibro girls...Let's see what happens. You divide your weight in half to get the number of ounces you should be drinking. I'm aiming for 85 ounces or more. I posted a photo of me with a big glass of water (I'm up to glass #6) in my journal if you need inspiration. Let's leave this thread open and check back this week. We fibro-fighters have to stick together. Before too long we'll be saying "We USED TO have fibro" Right?
01-22-2005, 03:03 PM
Just think, if you were all Dr. or scientist you would be able to charge at least a million dollars to the Gov. to do your simple study. Us tax payers will thank you lol
01-22-2005, 03:21 PM
i'm doing the master cleanse - just started today - and I need to drink more water along with the cleanse. So I'm in.
For some reason I LOVE water with a little unsweetened cranberry juice in it. I slurp it down. I drank that when I did the fat flush diet. I drank tons of water that way.
But without it - I don't want to have much to do with it.
01-22-2005, 04:59 PM
i don't notice much difference between when i'm drinking a lot of water or not. i definitely notice that i drink less water when i'm eating mostly juicy fruits. i notice that i feel the best when i'm eating mostly juicy fruits and very little fats/dehydrated foods. pineapple seems to really make me feel good. nuts make me feel bad. yoga helps a lot with stiffness. i also bounce on a rebounder and have found that it helps a lot. i love my rebounder. i would recommend that anyone recovering from any illness consider getting one. its a very gentle excercise that you can do even when you dont feel well. it helps stimulate your lymph system and just seems to improve my mood. i'm sure the lymph stimulation and increased blood circulation is great for a body that is all stiff and sore from fibro.
01-24-2005, 05:59 AM
Melissa, I know there is a connection for me. I'm not sure what it is, but it's there. I have always been thirsty. I can drink massive amounts of liquid and still be thirsty. When I wake up in the morning I have cotton mouth and I'm puffy. I also get low blood pressure symptoms like lightheadedness and was told that I need more salt, so I'm wondering if our bodies are not using the water we put in it b/c we don't have enough salt in our bodies to retain the moisture? I'm not sure what the connection, but it's there, somehow.
Im new to this site. This is my seventh day 100% raw.
Have any of you read
YOUR BODY'S MANY CRIES FOR WATER
A revolutonary way to prevent illness and restore good health.
DR F Batmanghelidj
IT LOOKS AT WHY MEDICINE DOES NOT CURE DISEASE.
The Dr explains whilst captive in Evin prison,Tehran for two years and seven months being 'processed' he discovered the healing power of water.
The book explains how water can cure many health problems.
Its well worth a read.
01-24-2005, 12:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your ideas. I'm still drinking my water but am having a bit of a hard time due to a sudden flare up last night of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome, diagnosed last spring, blech.) This too shall pass (I hope--I can't really eat anything in this state :( )
Hey Melissa! and everyone else that took the 1 week "water challange". The first couple of days it was hard to drink so much but by the third day I was easily drinking more than half my weight. I can tell that I am well hydrated. My skin is soft now, just a week ago it was dry and itchy and my nuckles were cracked. No more! Also, my eyes aren't dry and burning, yea!! Of course I am also less bloated, have better BMs and have to urinate alot! I still have Fibro pain in my back but no where else and only after I have worked making compounds for a few hours. So, there's my update! Thanks for the idea Melissa, I'm going to keep up the water regimen! :D
01-30-2005, 06:06 AM
That's so fabulous Jax! I kept it up for three or four days but then slid back into my teeny tiny sips routine. Your good results have inspired me to get the water in, big time, starting today. I'll keep you posted!
01-30-2005, 07:54 PM
I notice a huge difference in how my eyes feel when I have my humidifier running 24/7 and when I get lazy and don't keep it filled. I also try to drink a gallon of water a day. I feel better when I do. I also try to have fewer dried food/nuts because I feel better when I do.
Just my 2 cents...
01-30-2005, 10:04 PM
There is a website with testimonials of people who were healed of fibromyalgia and other illnesses by drinking water, along with salt.
The doctor recommends drinking half your weight in ounces of water, but also you must have a 1/4 tsp of sea salt per quart of water. Most people drink the water and forget the salt, but the salt is very important.
02-02-2005, 11:37 PM
Oh yeah, I did the fat flush too and loved the cranberry water. I did a vegetarian version. I lost belly fat and bloating. I too have fibro but have been getting better using thyroid. I found a doc in Colorado that's written books about using thyroid for fibro people. Even though my blood tests came up fine, I am thyroid resistant. I take an amount of thryoid that is off the charts now, and I feel better.
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