Main Article on Food Poisoning Question: Please describe your experience with food poisoning. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Patty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23 I ate cheese and sausage from Starbucks and realizing after I had eaten five pieces of it, that it was rotten, I took it back. Within the next hour I was throwing up from the food poisoning, with diarrhea. That was yesterday and I'm still doing the same. I'm so sick, I'm still throwing up and have diarrhea. Comment from: Pbeartinker1104, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 09 My granddaughter and I ate the same chicken bowl except I had black beans and salsa on mine. About 4 hours later I was nauseous and dizzy from the food poisoning. She started with the vomiting. I started with the diarrhea. She is still really weak, and I am not much better. Trying to figure out how to get our strength up when nothing appeals. The thought of food is nauseating. Comment from: Extremis, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 03 Five hours after eating fish I became violently ill from food poisoning, with diarrhea, nausea, extreme sweating and tingling in my arms. I also had very painful cramping. All this lasted a half hour. I slept on and off for the next 18 hours. I have never felt so sick in my life. Comment from: Lil pinky md, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 21 I am on vacation and I brought a pack of Ritz crackers from home. I opened them and ate about 4 and they tasted funny so I looked at the crackers and I could see what looked to be worms. I threw everything up and had chills, diarrhea, vomiting for the last 2 days from food poisoning. I have the worst headache I've ever had in my life. I'm weak and my entire body hurts. Now I'm slowly trying to eat maybe some crackers or toast. Awful to be sick while on vacation. I've never had food poisoning before this. Comment from: Katy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 Last night while at a concert I was hungry so brought chicken tenders and fries. An hour later my stomach felt weird. At 4:30 am I ran to the bathroom vomited the chicken and fries, and also had diarrhea from the food poisoning. I can't say how many times I've taken hot baths. My body aches, I have chills, still have diarrhea, and vomited once. I've been drinking apple juice and Gatorade, and it's been staying down, thank goodness! Oh, and I'm sleeping a lot! Comment from: 123helpmeout, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 06 I am mad sick with food poisoning. It says drink water but that fuels my throwing up. I don't know what to do. Comment from: Dalisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 I ate at a Chinese buffet type restaurant I had ate some raw oysters. I woke up out of a dead sleep vomiting everywhere because of food poisoning. About an hour later the diarrhea started. I tried to sip on a coke and ginger ale. But it kept coming up. I lost track of time, my girlfriend kept asking me to go to the hospital, but I would say no. Finally after doing this for two days she just dressed me and took me. I was having a high fever along with severe stomach cramps, I had no idea who anyone was or where I was. Comment from: TeeTee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10 Just recently (last night) I ordered Chinese food and later was vomiting it up because of food poisoning. So now, this morning I continued to do it. Chills, nausea and diarrhea has occurred also. I am light headed also. Comment from: lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 10 Food poisoning may be what I am experiencing now. I ate some leftover sausage at work last night about 6 pm. By 8 pm I began to develop a stomach ache and queasiness. By the time I got home and lay down, the room began to spin, and I leaned over and threw up all over. At first, I was bringing up everything I'd eaten that day, including the sausage and peppers, then went to clear brown several times, then clear mucus, and then greenish-yellow bile. The nausea is still not relieved and I still need to vomit. Comment from: Piequeen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07 I got some fresh scallops at the Food Market. I rinsed them and seared them in butter. They tasted fine but when I finished, the nausea from food poisoning began. I never threw up. Since I am on narcotic medication which causes constipation I never had bathroom problems either. Since I contained everything, I have been sick for 4 days. I am weak and cannot eat. I am now drinking a little. My stomach pain is gone. I had fever then chills. This is awful. No scallops ever again! It is way worse than a flu. SLIDESHOW Sleep Disorders: Foods That Help Sleep or Keep You Awake See Slideshow Comment from: BR_09, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10 I suspect that a chicken and veggie platter that I ate at a family picnic were the culprits of my food poisoning. Within hours, I felt a ghastly, wrenching sensation in my stomach and intestines. For hours, my stomach muscles cramped and contorted in unimaginable ways before the final 'explosion'. The pain was so pronounced that, at one point, I almost called the paramedics. This is day 4, and I still struggle to eat without an accompanying discomfort. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but my worst enemy. Comment from: Pleasemakeitstop, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 I went to a barbeque at a friend's house on the 4th of July. I ate 1 burger, piece of corn, and some macaroni salad. By 9 that night I had a fever and felt weak. I woke up out of my sleep with diarrhea so bad I didn't make it to the bathroom on 12 occasions, it would just come out on its own with no warning. Everything I drank I vomited back up. It's been 48 hours and I still feel like death. This food poisoning episode has been awful. I'm afraid to eat any foods unless I make it myself. I've been drinking Pepto-Bismol with no luck. Comment from: DJ, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 14 The symptoms of food poisoning started about 5 days ago on a Friday. It was a frozen TV tray dinner that I ate, don't remember the brand as it was prepped for me by my wife. I had no issues till about three in the morning. I had the most horrible feeling ever right out of a dead sleep, I jumped out of bed freaking out because my stomach was aching like crazy and I had difficulty breathing. I thought to myself this is it, I'm dying, as I'm puking my guts out but absolutely nothing came out. I was more like dry heaving and spitting up acid. I ended up going to the hospital and I was prescribed nausea pills which do nothing for you. So it's been 5 days and I'm still throwing up, less than the first night but still very uncomfortable. I get chills, sweat, migraines, abdominal tightness, back aches, nausea, all in all an uneasy feeling. All the pills I was prescribed isn't doing anything. Comment from: Neil, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 06 My husband ate coleslaw (restaurant prepared) which didn't look or taste like it usually does. I immediately stopped eating it though he continued. Within 24 hours he's weak with diarrhea, and hoping this food poisoning effect doesn't last long! Comment from: Debra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03 I went to lunch with a family member, and had steak and baked potato and salad. When the meal arrived, after having very little of it something didn't taste right. So I didn't eat much more. Around a few hours later I wasn't feeling good. I lay down in bed and was getting a very bad tummy ache. I couldn't relax, and finally it started around midnight. I got so sick, and the diarrhea was horrible. I have never felt like this before; thought I was dying. I made attempts to reach the bathroom four different times and never made it; oh my goodness, what a horrible mess! After 2 days I was still having nausea and such pain across my tummy I called the doctor. He prescribed nausea pills to take for two days and if pain or nausea was still there I had to have culture done. Now it is the third day, pain in the tummy is still there, and it hurts terribly. I need to follow up with the doctor again. Comment from: Anonymous, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12 Within 6 hours of eating Chinese food take out from a local restaurant my husband and I were both sick. I started first with diarrhea, then vomiting. My husband started within an hour after I started vomiting. I had chills and a terrible headache. That lasted about 10 hours. Eventually we were just left with nausea and extreme fatigue from the food poisoning. Comment from: ronna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 29 Do not buy the packaged salads from the deli department of the grocery store! You have zero idea on how sanitary the preparation was! I ate the salad and by the next day my stomach felt like it had a bowling ball inside! By that night the runs began and continued all night until I was empty. Along with shivers and headache it was horrible, and messy. Lesson learned: buy your own salad ingredients and wash them yourself! Comment from: ChicagoTeacher, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I had diarrhea the day before I got the terrible stomach pain and vomiting from food poisoning. I've never vomited more than once before. Usually I vomit and then feel better. This time I vomited 7 times over the span of 10 hours. The pain was crazy! Then I had leg and buttock cramps. I took ibuprofen and kept drinking as much water as I could. After two days of this I felt better, although I was still weak and my abdomen was sore from all the vomiting. Comment from: Naomi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 01 I woke up early in the morning (3:30) with nausea which eventually became 'throw up'. Since then I have thrown up about 9 times; the last one just now at 11 AM. Diarrhea began shortly after the first throw up episode and I have had probably 12 to 13 episodes, the last one around 10:45 AM. I have not eaten anything, took Pepto-Bismol around 7:30 AM, but threw it up shortly afterwards. I had a clear drink similar to Sprite which resulted in the 11 AM throw up episode. I have chills, but no pain, and my tongue and teeth are black. Last meal was 2 BBQ hotlinks (fresh) and Spanish rice made from a packet of dried rice with seasoning. I had purchased it over a year ago, and feel this may be the cause. I have had food poisoning in the past, but it never lasted this long. QUESTION A bagel 20 years ago was 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories. How many calories do you think are in today's bagel? See Answer Comment from: Dorothy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23 I went to breakfast this morning with my church group to a local restaurant. I had eggs, sausage, home fried potatoes and biscuit. A bowl of gravy came with it. Within two hours after eating I had very bad diarrhea, and vomiting (both at the same time), profuse sweating and dizziness which lasted about an hour. I was very weak and cold because of the food poisoning. I went to bed under an electric blanket and slept for 3 1/2 hours. I haven't had any more diarrhea but have had very bad cramping and when I sit on the toilet, thinking I will have diarrhea, bright red blood runs out of my bottom. This has happened several times in the last 3 hours. Comment from: Bear, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 22 My daughter started vomiting at about 10 pm last night and vomited every 45 to 60 minutes until this morning. She went to the toilet about 8 this morning and had diarrhea and hasn't vomited since but hasn't moved from the lounge and has slept on and off. She has had Hydralyte but can't eat anything and says she feels light headed and extremely weak. She had a fever on and off throughout the night and day. Hopefully we'll get some sleep tonight! Comment from: Nayla, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 14 My husband had food poisoning after eating a hamburger and is throwing up and has major diarrhea. I don't know what he should do other than hydrate. Comment from: Chuck50, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28 After coming through surgery 2 weeks ago, the very next day I couldn't stop vomiting. I was told it was from the anesthesia, now another whole week later, August 24th I'm experiencing another episode of nausea and vomiting, I think from food poisoning. Comment from: Aly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 15 Friday and Saturday I felt fine. Sunday morning about 12:30 AM I threw up and then again at 2:30 AM that same morning I threw up. I was fine all day Sunday until about 8:30 PM I threw up a little bit. My stomach still hurt all day Monday and it felt a little better when I went to bed on Monday night but then again Tuesday when I woke up my stomach still hurt really bad. I am not sure if food poisoning is what's causing my stomach to still keep hurting but I'm not throwing up anymore. Comment from: SixMiles, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27 I purchased spinach quiche from a local grocery store. Within a 12 hour period, I knew it was Salmonella food poisoning as I have had it once before. I had projectile vomiting and diarrhea same time, with severe dehydration and I was barely able to move. I had to lie still and wait for a modicum of energy to get water and something with potassium [cranberry juice] to replenish my muscles. Comment from: RNchick, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27 I had nausea vomiting watery diarrhea about 3 hrs after I ate. It was Mexican food with veggies, chicken and a glass of water. The vomiting and diarrhea were continuous every 15 minutes for 3 hours until I went to the hospital. I eventually became dizzy after all the fluid loss. They rehydrated me and gave anti nausea meds and eventually sent me home with more nausea meds. The diarrhea continued but vomiting subsided. Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27 I ate out at a fried chicken place and got violently sick I was vomiting weak and couldn't stand diarrhea, dry mouth slurred speech and had to be rushed to the hospital. You never want to experience food poisoning. Comment from: Laulee, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 27 My husband ate out at a $30 burger place. He always orders his burgers cooked medium. About an hour after he ate he started feeling strange. The diarrhea began along with vomiting and severe abdominal pains. He called an ambulance for fear of food poisoning and spent an evening in the hospital on an IV. He unfortunately had to get on a plane the next day. I await him from out of town, preparing with Gatorade, toast, rice and wheat bread as this wonderful website suggested. Thank you so much for all the help!