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The increased water consumption and urinations are key symptoms in several diseases, and unfortunately not specific for one particular problem. This could be due to anything from a resistant urinary tract infection to bladder/kidney
stone, kidney issues, liver issues, endocrine problem (such as diabetes
mellitus or hyperthyroidism
) and the list continues.
If not already done, then my top recommendation would be if she was my patient is to do some screening lab work that would include a chemistry profile with electrolyte, CBC, thyroid check, and urinalysis. This should give us some indication of the problem. If a persistent infection is found, then a urine culture should be submitted to know what bacteria this is and what antibiotic may clear (because it is probably a resistant organism). If not, then X-rays are indicated to screen for stones and tumors/masses. If still nothing is found then an abdominal ultrasound can be very useful to look inside all the organs, especially kidneys or bladder.
Until we know the problem I would not restrict her access to water. If she has kidney or liver issues or diabetes, and we restrict access, then she could get quite sick.
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