>Am I alone with this issue of a sense of severe dehydration? As if I can almost never drink enough to satisfy, but at the same time a sense of being submerged, under water, nearly drowning.
You are not alone, Cora. Persistent chronic thirst is a strong indicator for diabetes. When the blood Sugar gets too high, thirst occurs because your body is trying to send a signal to you to *drink water*. Taking up lots of water is the body's attempt to flush the surfeit of blood Sugar that a diabetic's body can't take up normally.
All diabetics have a problem with thirst sometimes, but those with uncontrolled diabetes have the problem much or all of the time.
To help your body do the flushing it wants to do, drink *water*, not anything like tea with caffeine in it. If you want to add some Celtic Sea Salt to the water, go lightly, very lightly. You're not likely thirsty because you lack salt. You are likely thirsty because you either lack enough insulin for the size meal you just ate, or your body cells lack the ability to take up the insulin you do have, or both.
When the blood Sugar goes up above about 200--double the normal reading averaging about 100--you aren't feeling well. The brain needs glucose to function properly, and the fact of a high blood sugar means your cells aren't properly able to accept the circulating sugar and use it. The higher the blood sugar, the worse you feel generally in many, many ways because, among other things, your brain doesn't have the fuel it needs.
>Curious if it is limited to those with respiratory/sinus related mold infections or also those with GI pathogenic overgrowth and lack of good flora.
Too high a blood sugar makes all those kinds of problems common, very common, for diabetics.
You ought to talk to your doctor about your thirst; it's a very serious symptom. If you are in a hurry to find out something before you can get an appointment, then get an A1C test at a pharmacy that does them, like Walgreen's. Your reading ought to be below 5.5. The higher the number, the stronger the indicator for diabetes.