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Water intake, should I be drinking more or less?

Hi there,

I have Crohn's disease. I am a big water drinker, I drink around 2.5 Litres of water a day and 2-3 cups of herbal & black tea on workdays.

95% of my BM are watery, just flow straight out of me and I am never constipated or struggle.

However, sometimes when I have a big weekend or night out and I drink less water, like 1litre and 1 cup of tea my BM becomes solid (which obviously feels better and healthier.) But I also get headaches.

I am feeling conflicted, because I know that with watery stool, you need to keep up your water intake, so I do, but when I don't, I don't have watery stool. So it's making me think I am drinking too much water! But if I don't drink enough water I feel tired and get headaches. SO I AM VERY CONFLICTED!!

Has any one else encountered this problem or asked a professional for advice on this?? I have no idea what my water intake should be and if I am making it worse by drinking too much..

Look forward to hearing form you...
 

David

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It is possible to drink to much water which can lead to a condition called hyponatremia where your sodium levels get too low. People with Crohn's can have mineral imbalances which makes me wonder if they're more susceptible to this.

I just wonder if your headaches and fatigue aren't from the reduced water, but your reduced tea intake and thus caffeine withdrawals. Maybe try reducing your water intake but keep the tea the same for a couple of days and see if that helps improve your stools without causing headaches and fatigue?
 
Hi there,

I have Crohn's disease. I am a big water drinker, I drink around 2.5 Litres of water a day and 2-3 cups of herbal & black tea on workdays.

95% of my BM are watery, just flow straight out of me and I am never constipated or struggle.

However, sometimes when I have a big weekend or night out and I drink less water, like 1litre and 1 cup of tea my BM becomes solid (which obviously feels better and healthier.) But I also get headaches.

I am feeling conflicted, because I know that with watery stool, you need to keep up your water intake, so I do, but when I don't, I don't have watery stool. So it's making me think I am drinking too much water! But if I don't drink enough water I feel tired and get headaches. SO I AM VERY CONFLICTED!!

Has any one else encountered this problem or asked a professional for advice on this?? I have no idea what my water intake should be and if I am making it worse by drinking too much..

Look forward to hearing form you...
Hi,

I'm exactly the same as you and am just as conflicted :confused:.
I drink a similar amount of tea and water as you also attribute the headaches to dehydration because that's how they feel and they go away when I hydrate. In my case the headache is definitely not from caffeine withdrawal as I drink 1 espresso in the morning every day without fail and only herbal teas and water the rest of the day, so I'm sure it has to do with hydrating less.

I've tried to balance things by drinking slightly less each day with absolutely no effect, until there's a day where by chance I drink very little and get the headache and firmer stool. The effect is very temporary though, as soon as the firmer bit is out it's back to watery D.

Sometimes drinking alcohol can have a similar effect and I think it's because alcohol is also dehydrating.
I don't remember ever asking a medical professional about this but would love to hear the answer if you do. I have enough trouble getting an appointment at the moment so no room for any questions like that.

I regularly get my sodium and potassium levels tested and they are very stable but I do need to take magnesium by the bucket load to stop cramping legs, feet and hands. I know that some forms of magnesium are also a laxative but that effect I don't notice, strangely.

Are there any other minerals that could be affected by too much water?

Or is the firmer stool just a by-product of actual dehydration and therefore not good to pursue?

I'd love to know the answer!
 
Hi All
I don't know if I am talking nonsense but I have CKD and I have to drink plenty of fluid I was advised to check the colour of my urine if it is dark I am not drinking enough if it is a pale golden colour I am drinking enough hope this helps.
 
Hi All
I don't know if I am talking nonsense but I have CKD and I have to drink plenty of fluid I was advised to check the colour of my urine if it is dark I am not drinking enough if it is a pale golden colour I am drinking enough hope this helps.
Yes, I've been told to check the colour too and it's usually pale. I'm sure I'm drinking enough!
 
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