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:

  • Absent or excessive sweating
  • 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
  • Increased appetite
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Passing large quantities of urine
  • Unexplained agitation
  • Unexplained weight loss

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.

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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.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Metabolic System