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Posted by Sissy8422, on Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:29 pm

I'm having a problem staying hydrated I eat n drink all day long but I still stay dehydrated n now it's starting to effect my kidneys idk what to do please help 

Reply by LadyHope, on Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:32 pm

Hi Sissy8422, I wanted to respond to your post.  I am so sorry that you are having problems staying hydrated.  From your post, it sounds like you are drinking alot all day long.  Quick question....have you tried mixing some gatoraide or one of those hydration drinks with your water?  My friend consumes extra salt to keep her hydrated. Salt is not an issue for me because I over salt everything.  I was instructed after surgery that I needed to consume at least 36 to 48 oz of liquid, not caffiented drinks, daily.  I drink liquids all day long and even have some water by my beside for evening comsumption.  So far so good....but I am very aware of my intake.  I am fearful of becomming dehydrated myself.  Hope everything improves for you. Please keep us posted.  Take care.  Sincerely, LH

Reply by Primeboy, on Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:32 pm

Hi Sissy.  What's happening to your kidneys? Are you seeing a urologist?  I had 2 kidney stones in the last 2 years and I don't ever want another.  Unbearable pain!  Dehydration is a real problem for me for 3 reasons: (1) an ileostomy, (2) type 2 diabetes, and (3) golf addict.  I was warned by a urologist years ago to watch out for kidney stones which result from dehydration.  I have subsequently found out that drinking large amounts of water alone won't solve my problem.  I went to the Kidney Clinic at UPenn; and, after several tests including an analysis of stone content, am now taking potassium citrate to neutralize the effect of uric acid on my kidneys.  You really need to be guided by a competent urologist or renal specialist. In the meantime, you can google good information relating to kidney, dehydration and diet.  Good luck!


Reply by Sissy8422, on Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:06 am

Thanks so much for y'alls response lady hope n pb I also have a ileostomy I've had it for 17 months. I did have a colostomy n the Dr said he could reverse me so I went in n had what I thought was being reversed but when I woke up from surgery I had this ileostomy the Dr said I need another surgery b4 I can be reversed n I've chosen to just keep this bag cause it's not 100 percent that the next surgery will work either. If I would have known I would of kept the colostomy bc I didn't have any problems with it.  But I've had issues every since I got the ileostomy. Idk what's going on with my kidneys right now I'm having a renal ultrasound next week. I will try to drink more Gatorade. 

Reply by, on Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:08 am

Hi Sissy, I had the same problem. I am having a sjogren´s syndrome treatment. I haven´t got diabetes but it was the first test that the doctor asked for it.


Reply by Immarsh, on Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:31 pm

Hi Sissy, 

PB gave you excellent advice. 

  I too have a history of kidney stones  which were analyzed and found to be uric acid. 

For years I thought I was having pelvic pain ( from my period) until I started to find orange gravel.   People who do not have a large intestine ( to filter liquids) are more prone to the condition.   Stones could be calcium, uric acid, or a few other types.   One needs appropriate medication .   ( I take allopurinaol   & potassium citrate).   I see a urologist, and a nephrologist regularly ( kidney doctor) to monitor kidney function, and potassium levels... 

Living with an ileostomy is a little different than  a colostomy, but you can still have an excellent quality of llife.    I've had mine for 50+ years,  married, had my babies, traveled extensively, and did mostly anything I wanted.  Keep posting, ask questions,.   We're all here to help.  

Best regards,



Reply by Xerxes, on Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:26 pm

Yes, kidney stones are a problem especially for those who have an ileostomy. Water loss is a constant problem because of the lack of much of the colon (large intestine) which normally absorbs most of our water leading to consolidation of the fecal matter. Over time, our lieum (last part of the small intestine) adapts and absorbs water, but not to the extent of having the colon still in tact. So, as others have said the best preventive measure is to drink a lot of water daily and even more in the summer months. As was said, people can produce different types of stones related to diet such as calcium and genetics such as uric acid. Watching the intake of dairy products will help with the former while modifying the intake of red meats and wine will help with the latter. Of course, medications can be used such as allopurinal which will help block the formation of uric acid. However, this is an antimetabolite that some doctors prefer to avoid. The best start is to see a nephrologist or urologist and have your stones analyzed as PB did.



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