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I usually post about my inlaws but today I asking about my 86 year old very able minded mother. She only drinks one cup of coffee with breakfast and one cup of tea at lunch. She " doesn't like water " . She has been complaining of being dizzy and shakey . My sister told her it's because she doesn't drink enough and I agree. Who can survive on that? I drink water all day. Man, she is stubborn ,you can't tell her anything; she thinks it's the heat ( 72 degrees at the coast?) . She does have kidney issues too due to long term use of medication for Barrett's esophogas. Advise?

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The complaint of being dizzy and shaky should be discussed with a medical professional.

When I feel dizzy and shaky it is almost certain to be low blood sugar, and I know exactly how to treat that. For your mom, would she enjoy a couple of snacks during the day? And if those snacks happened to be watermelon or grapes or pudding or applesauce, she'd be getting more liquid, too.

The snacks may be worth trying. And the lemon water, too. But don't let that substitute for talking to a healthcare professional.
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Time for a visit to the ER or her PCG. As Jeanie said there are many causes for dizziness and shaking and you already know she has kidney disease so follow up and get proper medical treatment. Has she recently started any new medications? These symptoms can be side effects.
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Hm. This is why I'm not satisfied with the dehydration answer. Your mother's habit is to drink what she drinks. Your sister's habit is to nag her to drink more water (quite right too, I don't disagree). But if your mother's habit hasn't changed, why would she all of a sudden feel dizzy and shaky when she never has before?

By all means give her water, with a slice of lemon to posh it up a bit and make it more refreshing perhaps, it can't possibly hurt and it might do the trick. But it's not a logical answer.
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Sorrynotsorry, I remember one time being driven to an urgent care because I was dizzy and shaky, felt like I was going to pass out... the doctor said I was dehydrated. He gave me small cups of water every couple of minutes and after a half hour I was feeling much better.

Does your Mom like ice tea? Ice teas come now in a variety of flavors. My favorite is peach ice tea. Even the lemon is good.

Does your Mom have a snack between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner? If not, that could cause blood sugar levels to drop, I also use to have that, mainly feeling very shaky. Rarely a problem now by having snacks.
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Dizzy and shaky are two symptoms that could be caused by a variety of things. It could be dehydration, but it could be many other things. I've not really ever considered shaky a symptom of dehydration, but I guess it could be.
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