Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
151 Doctors are Online

Contracted bronchitis. Why am I allergic to smoke and have lack of thirst?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Allergist and Immunologist
Practicing since : 1999
Answered : 584 Questions
Hi. I am XXXXXXX. On November 28 I contracted bronchitis. It lasted for almost 6 weeks but just when it was trying to dissipate, I developed an allergic reaction to some cigarette smoke in a night club. This went on for a week and then I became much worse, health-wise, and had some tests done. The tests showed I had almost bottomed-out potassium and mono!!! So all of these things were experienced within days of each other. Some days, even though I am doing NOTHING but resting, I feel as if I'm dying from all these ailments.....all of them together feel like they're killimg me. And as much as I need to drink a lot of fluids right now, I am having to FORCE myself to drink almost anything! I AM NOT THIRSTY!!! Haven't been for a few months now........Any idea whatsoever is wrong with me???
Sat, 9 Feb 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Sujoy Khan 1 hour later
Your predominant symptoms do appear to be fatigue and lack of thirst that is also referred to as adipsia.
Hypothyroidism is a known cause of lack of thirst, and as you already have proven hypothyroidism, it is important to check that the current replacement thyroxine dose is adequate. You will need a TSH, fT4 test to know this.

I hope you have had a Chest X XXXXXXX to make sure there is no pneumonic patch of a consolidation that has remained untreated that can affect the salt water / potassium levels.
Also important is to know the sodium levels, and if that is high, would explain the feeling of lack of thirst. As the thirst center is located in the hypothalamus (brain), a CT scan may be indicated if the above conditions discussed do not apply to your case.
If you have ever had a history of brain problems, do consult an endocrinologist with this history of no thirst at the earliest.

I hope this was useful.
Best Wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor