What other symptoms might occur with thirst?

An absence or excess of thirst may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Common symptoms that may occur along with an absence of thirst

An absence of thirst may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Change in mental status such as confusion or hallucinations
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Muscle spasms or cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Seizures and tremors
  • Unconsciousness and coma

Common symptoms that may occur along with excessive thirst

Excessive thirst may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Change in mental status, such as confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Passing large quantities of urine
  • Unexplained agitation

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, an absence or excess of thirst may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Changes in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Unconsciousness and coma

What is thirst?

Thirst is the desire to drink fluids, and it is a normal, everyday feeling. Depending on your activities and diet, you may notice changes in how thirsty you feel during a particular day and on different days. Major changes in your patterns of thirst, however, may be symptoms of a disease or medical condition.... Read more about thirstintroduction


What causes thirst?

Your body maintains a certain level of fluids, and your level of thirst is your body’s way of telling you it needs more or less fluid. Thirst can increase normally if you lose a lot of fluid, such as during a workout, and can decrease normally if you have enough fluid, such as after drinking a lot of water.... Read more about thirstcauses

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